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NFL Week 1 Recap: Stock Up and Stock Down for Each Team



The first week of the NFL season is always filled with excitement, surprises, and, of course, plenty of takeaways. Let's dive into the stock up and stock down for each NFL team after their Week 1 performances.




New York Jets


Stock Up after the Win: RB Breece Hall. In his return from ACL surgery, Hall had an impressive game, rushing for 127 yards on 10 carries. His explosive 83-yard run was a highlight, and the Jets will rely on his production, especially without Aaron Rodgers.


Stock Down after the Win: CB Sauce Gardner. After an outstanding rookie season, Gardner allowed all five passes targeted at him to be caught. While there were no major breakdowns, the expectation is high for him to maintain his excellent coverage stats from last year.


Buffalo Bills


Stock Up after the Loss: Bills' Pass Rush. Leonard Floyd and Greg Rousseau had strong performances, combining for nine quarterback pressures and 1.5 sacks. A strong pass rush is a crucial asset for any team.


Stock Down after the Loss: Special Teams Consistency. Despite Coach Sean McDermott's emphasis on improving special teams, the Bills allowed a game-winning punt return touchdown. It's a reminder that there's still work to be done in this area.




Dallas Cowboys


Stock Up after the Win: Dan Quinn. The Cowboys' defensive coordinator had the defense ready, recording six sacks in less than three quarters of play. The unit's performance has improved significantly under Quinn's guidance.


Stock Down after the Win: Brandon Aubrey. Missing his first extra point of the season raised concerns, but he redeemed himself by making his next four point-after tries and both field goal attempts.


New York Giants


Stock Up after the Loss: It's hard to find any positives after a 40-0 loss, but it's only one game, and there's room for improvement.


Stock Down after the Loss: The Right Side of the Offensive Line. Right tackle Evan Neal and right guard Mark Glowinski struggled, allowing five sacks and constant pressure from the Cowboys' defense.




Philadelphia Eagles


Stock Up after the Win: DT Jalen Carter. The rookie had an impactful NFL debut, generating six pressures and registering his first sack. His combination of speed and power is promising for the Eagles' defense.


Stock Down after the Win: Eagles' Offensive Line. Normally a strength for the team, the offensive line struggled to protect Jalen Hurts, allowing 19 pressures and three sacks. Improvement in pass protection is needed.


New England Patriots


Stock Up after the Loss: Defense. After a shaky start, the defense held the Eagles to just nine points after the first quarter, showcasing their ability to limit opponents.


Stock Down after the Loss: Running Game. The running game struggled, managing only 76 rushing yards on 22 attempts. The absence of starting guards was a factor, but the running backs need to find more success.




Miami Dolphins


Stock Up after the Win: Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill. Tagovailoa had an impressive game, throwing for 466 yards and three touchdowns. His connection with Tyreek Hill, who had an 11-catch, 215-yard, 2-touchdown performance, is exciting for the Dolphins' offense.


Stock Down after the Win: The Dolphins' Front Seven. They struggled against the Chargers' rushing attack but came through when it mattered most.


Los Angeles Chargers


Stock Up after the Loss: The Run Defense. The Chargers, previously the NFL's worst run defense, limited the Dolphins to just 70 rushing yards, a significant improvement.


Stock Down after the Loss: CB J.C. Jackson. His 30-yard pass interference penalty proved costly, giving the Dolphins a 41-yard field goal opportunity to end the first half.




Green Bay Packers


Stock Up after the Win: Defensive Youngsters. Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt, and Lukas Van Ness showcased the potential of the Packers' defense, recording sacks and making key plays.


Stock Down after the Win: RB AJ Dillon. While not heavily utilized, Dillon's performance was underwhelming, with only 19 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards.


Chicago Bears


Stock Up after the Loss: RB Roschon Johnson. Johnson had several physical runs, providing a spark for the Bears' offense.


Stock Down after the Loss: S Eddie Jackson. He struggled in pass coverage and allowed receptions, including a touchdown.




Las Vegas Raiders


Stock Up after the Win: WR Meyers. Meyers had an impressive game with two touchdown catches and nine receptions for 81 yards.


Stock Down after the Win: WR Hunter Renfrow. Surprisingly, Renfrow was not targeted once in the game, raising questions about his involvement in the offense.


Denver Broncos


Stock Up after the Loss: CB Pat Surtain II. Surtain's strong performance frustrated the Raiders' receivers and forced Jimmy Garoppolo to look elsewhere.


Stock Down after the Loss: Broncos Special Teams. Kicker Wil Lutz missed an extra point and a 55-yard field goal attempt, and the decision to open the game with an onside kick backfired.




Los Angeles Rams


Stock Up after the Win: Puka Nacua. The rookie receiver impressed with 10 catches for 119 yards, setting a rookie record for the Rams.


Stock Down after the Win: Penalty Rate. The Rams committed seven penalties for 53 yards, indicating the need for improvement in discipline.


Seattle Seahawks


Stock Up after the Loss: DT Jarran Reed. Reed blocked a field goal attempt, providing a boost to the team.


Stock Down after the Loss: CB Tre Brown. Brown's mistakes in the red zone proved costly, including a missed tackle and a penalty.





Cleveland Browns


Stock Up after the Win: Jim Schwartz. The new defensive coordinator devised a game plan that effectively pressured Joe Burrow, a key factor in the win.


Stock Down after the Win: Cleveland's Passing Attack. Quarterback Deshaun Watson's performance was underwhelming, with only 154 passing yards. The passing game needs improvement for the Browns to contend.


Cincinnati Bengals


Stock Up after the Loss: The Bengals' Pass Rush. Cincinnati's defensive line pressured Deshaun Watson and recorded three sacks, a positive sign for the team.


Stock Down after the Loss: Cincinnati's Run Defense. The Browns had success running the ball, accumulating 206 rushing yards, which was a significant factor in the game.




Atlanta Falcons


Stock Up after the Win: S Jessie Bates III. Bates had a standout game with 10 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble, showing his worth as one of the highest-paid safeties in the league.


Stock Down after the Win: WR Drake London. The Falcons' receiver had limited involvement in the passing game, with just one target and a dropped pass.


Carolina Panthers


Stock Up after the Loss: LB Brian Burns. Despite the loss, Burns had 1.5 sacks in the first half, showcasing his impact on the Panthers' defense.


Stock Down after the Loss: CB Jaycee Horn. Horn suffered a hamstring injury, putting his availability in doubt for the near future.




San Francisco 49ers


Stock Up after the Win: K Jake Moody. After a challenging preseason, Moody had a perfect debut, connecting on all field goal attempts and extra points, showing his reliability in clutch situations.


Stock Down after the Win: RT Colton McKivitz. In his first game as the starting right tackle, McKivitz struggled against Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt, who recorded three sacks and forced a fumble.


Pittsburgh Steelers


Stock Up after the Loss: DE T.J. Watt. Watt's outstanding performance included three sacks, tying the Steelers' all-time sack record in significantly fewer games.


Stock Down after the Loss: QB Kenny Pickett. After a solid preseason, Pickett struggled with accuracy, throwing an interception and looking like a different quarterback than he did in the lead-up to the regular season.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Stock Up after the Win: The Pass Defense. Despite Justin Jefferson's impressive game, the secondary produced three takeaways, helping to keep the Buccaneers in the game.


Stock Down after the Win: The Running Game. The Bucs struggled to establish a running game, averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, making it challenging to sustain drives.


Minnesota Vikings


Stock Up after the Loss: WR Justin Jefferson. The reigning offensive player of the year had an outstanding game with nine receptions for 150 yards, setting an NFL record for most 150-yard receiving games before turning 25.


Stock Down after the Loss: C Garrett Bradbury. Bradbury suffered a back injury in the first quarter and did not return, raising concerns given his history of back issues.




Washington Commanders


Stock Up after the Win: Washington's Defensive Line. Led by Daron Payne and Montez Sweat, the defensive line had an impressive game, producing seven tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and two recoveries.


Stock Down after the Win: Washington's Passing Game. Quarterback Sam Howell had a challenging debut, throwing for just 202 yards, getting sacked six times, and committing turnovers.


Arizona Cardinals


Stock Up after the Loss: LB Dennis Gardeck. Gardeck made a significant impact with two sacks, displaying his pass-rushing abilities.


Stock Down after the Loss: Arizona's Third-Down Offense. The Cardinals struggled on third down, converting on only four of 14 attempts, making it difficult to sustain drives.




Jacksonville Jaguars


Stock Up after the Win: LB Josh Allen. Allen's performance with three sacks in the season opener indicates that the pass rush may be stronger than initially thought.


Stock Down after the Win: Ball Security. The Jaguars had multiple fumbles and an interception, which didn't cost them the game against the Colts but could be problematic against tougher opponents.


Indianapolis Colts


DT DeForest Buckner. Buckner made a game-changing play with a sack, forced fumble, and scoop-and-score, showcasing his value to the Colts' defense.


Stock Down after the Loss: RB Deon Jackson. Filling in for injured backs, Jackson struggled with two lost fumbles and just 14 yards on 13 carries.




Baltimore Ravens


Stock Up after the Win: WR Zay Flowers. The rookie had a solid game with 78 receiving yards and 9 rushing yards, showing promise for the Ravens' offense.


Stock Down after the Win: QB Lamar Jackson. Jackson, under constant pressure, had a subpar game with turnovers, indicating some rust after not playing for 280 days.


Houston Texans


Stock Up after the Loss: CB Steven Nelson. Nelson had a strong game, allowing only 38 yards in coverage and recording an interception.


Stock Down after the Loss: TE Dalton Schultz. The offseason acquisition had a disappointing debut with just two catches for 4 yards on five targets.




New Orleans Saints


Stock Up after the Win: The Saints' Defense. Despite the loss, the defense performed admirably, generating three interceptions and stifling Derrick Henry in the second half.


Stock Down after the Win: LT Trevor Penning. Penning struggled, allowing multiple sacks, putting quarterback Derek Carr under pressure.


Tennessee Titans


Stock Up after the Loss: LB Arden Key. Key made a strong debut with two sacks and a forced fumble, showcasing his pass-rushing skills.


Stock Down after the Loss: Offensive Line. The offensive line struggled to protect Ryan Tannehill, allowing three sacks and consistent pressure.




Detroit Lions


Stock Up after the win: DE Aidan Hutchinson. The second-year edge rusher impressed with six QB pressures, displaying his potential as a pass rusher.


Stock Down after the win: WR Marvin Jones Jr. Jones dropped a pass and fumbled for the first time in his career, missing a scoring opportunity.


Kansas City Chiefs


Stock Up after the Loss: DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah. The Chiefs' first-round draft pick stood out with two tackles and two QB hits, highlighting the team's need for pass-rush help.


Stock Down after the Loss: Short-Yardage Offense. The Chiefs struggled in short-yardage situations, converting only three of nine plays when needing 2 yards for a first down, indicating the need for improvement in power football.




It's important to remember that it's just the first week of the NFL season, and many teams have room for improvement. The stock assessments will likely change as the season progresses, and players and teams settle into their rhythms. NFL fans can look forward to an exciting and unpredictable season ahead!

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