The NFL’s 100th anniversary began with the league’s oldest rivalry – the Packers and the Bears.
In a game with big-name stars like Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and Khalil Mack, fans were expecting an absolute barn-burner.
What they got was the complete opposite.
The game was very defense-minded, which normally isn’t a bad thing. However, both teams’ defenses shined due to horrible offense.
The game ended with a 10-3 score. However, most people turned off their TVs long before that point.
The week continued on with great success, despite the underwhelming first game.
The Saints vs. Texans and Panthers vs. Rams games were some of the high points of the week.
Each game consisted of all-around great football – terrific runs, spectacular catches, hard-hitting linebackers, and drives that had people on the edges of their couches waiting to see what would happen next.
We also got to see outstanding performances from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. Both threw for more than four touchdowns without any interceptions.
Jackson was able to silence the critics who had labeled him as a “run only guy” who could not throw the ball on a consistent basis. The Ravens won their game by 49 points against an extremely lackluster Miami Dolphins team. Jackson finished with five touchdowns, 324 passing yards, and a perfect passer rating.
Prescott came out and dominated against a division rival and led the Dallas Cowboys to a 35-17 victory over the New York Giants.
He finished with four touchdowns, 405 passing yards, and a perfect passer rating of his own.
The major news of the week came when controversial star wide receiver Antonio Brown was cut by the Oakland Raiders.
Brown’s name has been coming up in the media all summer for a number of reasons. He refused to play due to his hatred of the new helmet designs the NFL picked out for the season and his posting of a confidential letter from his team on his Instagram page.
He also got into a near physical confrontation with the general manager of the Raiders, Mike Mayock.
Reports came out saying Brown had threatened to punch Mayock in the face. He proceeded to punt a football and told Mayock to “fine him” for that.
Brown’s initial issue with Mayock stemmed from two separate fines he received from him for ditching practice and walkthroughs while he was dealing with grievances about the helmet issue.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Brown went up to Mayock and initiated the conversation by calling the GM a “cracker,” which was the moment when things started to escalate.
After all of these events, the Raiders believed they had no choice, so they decided to release Brown.
Shortly after, Brown was in the headlines again when news broke that the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were taking a chance by signing him.
While shows such as “First Take” and “Undisputed” debated how long Brown would last with the Patriots, more news broke about the controversial player.
This time, it was a lot more serious – Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a lawsuit against him for three alleged incidents of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018.
Brown has since denied the allegations and filed a counter-suit for extortion.
While Brown’s future is unclear, what is clear is the NFL’s 100th anniversary went from being a huge celebration to having the party ruined by one of the league’s premier wide receivers.