The first Sunday of NFL football is in the books and there were some very interesting storylines that came from it.
Each week I will take a look at the five players who I consider as those who stood out the most on winning teams. Those five players will get Game Balls.
Here we go:
Calais Campbell – Jacksonville Jaguars
He might have been up against a terrible Houston offensive line but Calais Campbell had the debut that players dream of. He got a franchise record four sacks for the Jaguars and helped his team dominate on the road against a divisional opponent.
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
He may not have scored a touchdown but Antonio Brown was outstanding once again for the Steelers. He caught 11 passes for 182 yards, including an incredible catch that sealed the game for Pittsburgh.
Mike Daniels – Green Bay Packers
Mike Daniels spotted a weakness on Seattle’s offensive line and he took full advantage. He was constantly in the backfield, making life so difficult for Russell Wilson. Daniels also got the crucial strip sack that set up Ty Montgomery’s touchdown, a huge play in the game. Brown is one of the best in the business and he proved why in week one.
Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions
Every year, we hear of guys who’ve performed well in pre-season and most of them fade away. Kenny Golladay looks to be different though. He caught two touchdown passes, one of which was a sensational diving effort, to help the Lions defeat Arizona at home.
LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills lack talent in a lot of areas but in LeSean McCoy, they have a genuine star. He had a combined 159 yards of offence in the air and on the ground, and he was the main reason why the Bills could control the game against the Jets.
Each week I’ll give a shout out to a player who performed well but in a losing effort. This week’s honourable mention goes to Tarik Cohen of the Chicago Bears. He had 113 all purpose yards and got himself a touchdown too as the Bears came close to upsetting the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.