Week 1 of the NFL season is here! Whether you’re only watching your favorite team, taking in the highlights via RedZone, or trying to catch every game with multiple screens, consuming Week 1 is always like drinking from the firehose. Let’s take a look at whose stock is up and whose stock is down following Week 1 action.
NFL Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down: Early slate
Offenses throughout the league appeared sluggish early on, but the excitement picked up as the games progressed. Make sure to check back in following the late slate of games, as we’ll be updating our stock reports throughout Sunday afternoon and evening.
Stock up: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts
The Eagles spent the offseason transforming their roster into one of the best in the NFL, making 2022 a make-or-break campaign for Hurts. The third-year quarterback delivered against the Lions on Sunday, completing 18 of 32 attempts for 243 yards while adding 90 yards and a score on the ground.
Hurts locked onto trade acquisition A.J. Brown in the passing game, sending 13 targets his way for 155 yards and a TD. The Eagles will face tougher tests than Detroit, but Hurts’ performance is a positive sign for Philadelphia’s offensive outlook.
Stock down: Bengals QB Joe Burrow
Burrow was awful for the majority of the Bengals’ game against the Steelers. Cincinnati’s new-look offensive line was no match for Pittsburgh’s front, surrendering seven sacks to the Steelers (including three to Alex Highsmith). Burrow was consistently under duress, but he also made poor decisions in the passing game, leading to four interceptions. Cincinnati committed five turnovers in total, something they never did in a single game last year.
We can’t deny Burrow’s moxie in bringing the Bengals back from the brink of defeat. On 4th-and-goal with four seconds left, Burrow completed a six-year touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase to tie the game at 20. Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson’s PAT attempt was sending the game to overtime, where the Steelers pulled out a last-second victory.
Stock up: Ravens passing attack
We all expected the Ravens to be a run-heavy team, but it was their passing attack that ruled the day against the Jets. Baltimore was without both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, so instead of leaning on Kenyan Drake and Mike Davis, the Ravens turned things over to their former MVP under center.
Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 30 attempts for three touchdowns versus New York. Devin Duvernay hauled in 54 yards and two scores, while 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman grabbed a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown.
Stock down: Jets QB Joe Flacco
On the other side of the field in New York, Flacco struggled while playing against his former team. The 36-year-old quarterback threw for more than 300 yards, but he averaged only 5.2 yards per attempt, didn’t get the ball in the end zone, and tossed one interception. It wasn’t all Flacco’s fault, as he was the victim of multiple drops and fumbles. But Jets fans were chanting for Mike White to come into the game, which isn’t what Flacco wanted to hear.
Stock up: Browns K Cade York
The Browns selected York in the fourth round of this year’s draft, and he rewarded their faith in him on Sunday. Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro gave the Panthers a two-point lead with 1:13 left, but Jacoby Brissett quickly got Cleveland into field goal range. York drilled a 58-yarder to send Baker Mayfield and the Panthers home and give the Browns their first win of the season.
Stock down: Patriots offense
A Matt Patricia-led offense struggled to score points in Week 1? Color us shocked. Mac Jones and New England’s offense could only muster seven points against the Dolphins on Sunday in a 20-7 loss. Miami edge rusher Melvin Ingram recovered a fumble for a touchdown, while Jones threw for just 193 yards. Something needs to change in New England, and fast.
Stock up: Commanders QB Carson Wentz
Washington fans witnessed a Lite version of the Carson Wentz experience against the Jaguars, but overall, the veteran quarterback was successful in his first game for the Commanders. Wentz threw four touchdowns, including a 24-yard strike to rookie Jahan Dotson to take the lead with 1:46 left. While he threw a very Wentz-esque interception to Jacksonville DL Travon Walker, he still managed to pull out the victory.
Stock down: 49ers QB Trey Lance
Game 1 of the Trey Lance Era didn’t go so well. Lance started two games for the 49ers last season, but he’s now San Francisco’s clear starting quarterback. He completed just 13 passes for 168 yards and an interception as the 49ers fell to the Bears, one of the least talented teams in the NFL. We knew there’d be growing pains for Lance — we just didn’t think they’d start against Chicago.
Stock up: Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson
The Saints earned a comeback win over the Falcons, but Atlanta running back Cordarrelle Patterson was impressive, rushing for 120 yards and one touchdown. New Orleans hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 20 games, which was the longest active streak in the NFL. Fellow RB Damien Williams was injured early in Sunday’s game, so Patterson may once again be the focal point of Atlanta’s rushing attack.
Stock down: Texans head coach Lovie Smith
The Texans took the Colts to overtime in Smith’s first game as head coach. That’s the good news. But Smith then made the most head-scratching move of the week, electing to punt on 4th-and-3 from Indy’s 49-yard line with 20 seconds left, essentially conceding the tie.
Houston isn’t playing for anything this season, so the risk-averse decision-making by Smith made no sense in this scenario. At least give Davis Mills and the rest of the Texans’ young offense a chance.
NFL Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down: Late slate
We only got four games in the late afternoon slate in Week 1, but there were plenty of notable performances.
Stock up: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
I’m not entirely sure Mahomes’ stock could go any higher, but here we are. He’s the league’s best quarterback, and he continued to prove it in Week 1 against the Cardinals. Mahomes was uber-efficient on Sunday, completing 30 of 39 attempts for 360 yards and a whopping five TDs.
Tight end Travis Kelce was Mahomes’ primary target (as usual), but he also spread the ball around. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (two), Mecole Hardman, and Jody Fortson all caught touchdowns in addition to Kelce, while seven Chiefs pass catchers had at least 15 yards through the air.
Even after trading Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins over the offseason, Kansas City dropped 44 points on Arizona in Week 1. This is a revamped passing attack that won’t be taking its foot off the pedal any time soon as Mahomes guns for another Super Bowl trophy and MVP award.
Stock down: Cardinals’ offense
Arizona’s defense gave up 44 points to the Chiefs, but it’s hard to be too critical of a unit facing Mahomes. However, on the other side of the ball, Kliff Kingsbury’s offense put in just as disappointing of a performance.
The Cardinals managed 21 points against the Chiefs on Sunday, but don’t let the final score fool you. Fourteen of those points were scored in what was essentially garbage time. Arizona never looked to be in rhythm, and Greg Dortch ended up as the leading receiver. Kyler Murray can’t do it alone, and DeAndre Hopkins’ six-game suspension can’t end soon enough.
Stock up: Vikings WR Justin Jefferson
What else can you say about Jefferson? He posted more receiving yards over his first two seasons than any other WR in NFL history, and he started the 2022 campaign off extremely hot. In a 20-7 victory over the Packers, Jefferson recorded nine catches for a career-high 184 yards and one touchdown, constantly shredding Green Bay’s coverage unit.
Jefferson is right there with Cooper Kupp in terms of being the best receiver in the league. Under the tutelage of new head coach Kevin O’Connell, Jefferson will only continue to ascend.
Stock down: Packers’ passing game
Playing behind an offensive line that was without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins (and lost guard Jon Runyan Jr. during the game), Aaron Rodgers had no chance against the Vikings on Sunday. He was consistently under pressure, and Minnesota ultimately took him down four times.
Rodgers was also missing top wide receiver Allan Lazard, leaving a wide receiving corps that caused him plenty of frustration. Running backs A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones and tight end Robert Tonyan were Green Bay’s leading receivers, as Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Romeo Doubs, and Christian Watson did little to nothing on Sunday. All told, Rodgers completed 22 of 34 attempts for just 195 yards and one score.
Stock up: Giants head coach Brian Daboll
Not only did Daboll get his first win as an NFL head coach on Sunday, but he showed some guts by going for two to take a 21-20 lead with 1:06 to go. The decision ended up working out when the Titans missed a last-second field goal, but I would have liked the call regardless of what Tennessee did on the other side.
The Giants aren’t playing for anything this year (although in a weak NFC, anything is possible). It behooves Daboll to show confidence in his players and make aggressive decisions as he did in Week 1.
Stock down: Giants’ pass blocking
If the Giants want to keep having success, they’ll need some improvements up front. New York’s offensive line has been a problem for years, but they started to correct the problem by selecting tackles Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal in the first round of the last two drafts.
However, the unit was an absolute sieve on Sunday, giving up constant pressure and allowing Daniel Jones to be sacked five times. Going forward, the Giants may need to do something differently — max protect, chips from running backs and/or tight ends — to help what is clearly a weak link on their roster.
Stock up: The Derek Carr-to-Davante Adams connection
Those of us who play fantasy know that it’s often a smart strategy to fade veteran wide receivers joining new teams. Well, we might want to make an exception when we’re talking about the best WR in the game.
Carr and Adams’ relationship dates back to their time at Fresno State, and Adams’ trade request was driven in some part by wanting to play with the Raiders QB again. Las Vegas lost on Sunday, but Adams balled out with a 10-141-line while receiving 17 targets on Carr’s 37 receptions.
There may have been a question as to whether Adams would as much of a focal point with the Raiders as he was with the Packers. Those questions have been answered, and definitively.
Stock up: Chargers EDGE Khalil Mack
The Chargers viewed Mack as one of the final pieces of their defensive reconstruction after sending a second-round pick to the Beras to acquire him, and he demonstrated his ability on Sunday. Playing against one of the league’s worst offensive lines, Mack registered three sacks, giving the Chargers six total on the day.
Mack and fellow pass rusher Joey Bosa should continue to terrorize quarterbacks all season long. But Mack is also an excellent run defender, which will give the Chargers options. They should be able to regularly play Bear fronts (essentially a 5-2 look) with Mack and Bosa setting the edge.