Week 1 of the PML season kicked off on Thursday evening and the excitement across the league is at an all time high. We saw some likely results with favorites taking care of business in the Cardinals, Giants, WFT, Lions to name a few. We also saw some unlikely results from some teams that were very active this off season performing make overs to there respective clubs in the Falcons, Bengals and Browns who also came out victorious. The week 1 calendar came to a close last evening with a heavy weight bout of two of the top teams in the AFC In division rivals New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills. This contest went into overtime and was a back and forth battle throughout that had viewers on the edge of there seats. Ultimately it was the New England Patriots knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions 33-27 in overtime a perfect capper to a great first week of the season. Now with all games in the books, let’s take a look at who impressed in the opening week of the PML season (let’s call them studs) as well as guys who didn’t impress as much (let’s call them duds).
Week 1 Studs QB
Dj Uiagalelei. QB Detroit Lions
17-29 319 Yards 4TD 1 INT
Uiagalelei the #1 pick of the PML draft did not disappoint in his first career start as he overcame a slow 1st half which saw the Lions trailing early. He exploded for 3 2nd Half Td scores, 2 of the scores on the day going to Amon St. Brown in the 39-17 home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
2. Dwayne Haskins QB WFT
25-34 342 Yards 4TD 1 INT
The strong armed Haskins picked up right where he left off last season which saw him throw for 46 TD passes and over 4700 yards as he carved up the San Francisco 49ers defense to a tune of 4 TD passes, 2 of which went to Elijah Moore in a 48-10 road victory.
3. Feleipe Franks QB New England Patriots
17-21 218 Yards 3TD
Anytime you go on the road and win a game is a big deal, but when you go on the road and knock off the defending Super Bowl champion Buffalo Bills it’s an even bigger deal. Frank’s was flawless throwing for 3 scores and none bigger than his overtime strike to Daz Newsome in a 33-27 victory.
Week 1 Duds QB
Derek Carr QB Las Vegas Raiders
19-38 245 Yards 0TD 6 INT
The Raiders made one of the more controversial moves this off season trading away youngster Henry Ruggs for Stefon Diggs, and the results were not positive in week 1 as Carr struggled throughout in a 48-0 divisional loss to the Denver Broncos.
2. Deshaun Watson QB Pittsburgh Steelers
18-35 203 Yards 0TD 6 INT
The Steelers turned there focus to the offensive side of the ball this off season acquiring Watson as well as Julio Jones and drafting the top WR in Jadon Haselwood but the results were not positive in week 1 in a 52-20 home loss to the Houston Texans.
3. Trey Lance QB San Francisco 49ers
15-30 178 Yards 0TD 5 INT
The 49ers decided to make a move this off season and trade away quarterback Davis Mills in exchange for Trey Lance from the New Orleans Saints and after one week the results were not great as the 49ers struggled to move the ball through the air in a 48-10 home loss to the WFT.
Week 1 Studs RB
Javian Hawkins RB Houston Texans
241 Yards Rushing 2 TD
4 Rec 38 Yards 1 TD
Hawkins who is 2 years removed from rushing for 2000 yards, got off to a fast start as he steam rolled over the Pittsburgh Steelers defense to a tune of 241 yards on the ground in the 52-20 rout on the road.
2. Austin Ekeler RB Los Angeles Chargers
164 Yards Rushing 4 TD
3 Rec 20 Yards
Ekeler picked up right where he left off for last seasons top offense rushing for over 160 yards on the ground with 4 scores in the 28-10 home victory over the visiting Miami Dolphins
3. Tony Pollard RB Dallas Cowboys
172 Yards Rushing 3 TD
5 Rec 52 Yards
Pollard who was filling in for suspended starting RB Ezekiel Elliot was spectacular in the start combining for over 200 all purpose yards and 3 scores but it wasn’t enough in the home loss to the visiting Atlanta Falcons 41-35.
Week 1 Duds RB
Miles Sanders RB Philadelphia Eagles
37 Yards Rushing
5 Rec 64 Yards
The super star RB Sanders was unable to get going on the ground but was able to contribute in the receiving game racking in 64 yards, but for a player of his caliber this is well below expectations and the results showed in the 42-10 road loss to the New York Jets.
2. Derek Henry RB Tennessee Titans
43 Yards Rushing
1 Rec 4 Yards
The freak of nature Henry was unable to get going in the rushing or receiving department to make an impact in the game and the Titans subsequently were defeated by division rival Indianapolis Colts 27-17.
3. Breece Hall RB Miami Dolphins
24 Yards Rushing
3 Rec 20 Yards
The dual threat out of the backfield Hall who completed a Rookie of the Year caliber first season, hit a speed bump in his first game of the 2023 season as he was held under 50 all purpose yards in a 28-10 road loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.