‘Noles in the NFL: Week One

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‘Noles in the NFL kicks off Week One.

With the league on lock by Jalen Ramsey, Sebastian Janikowski’s left leg hanging on by a thread and well Jameis being Jameis,  FSU Football stands as one of the most represented collegiate programs in professional football.

With players such as Dalvin Cook, Nigel Bradham, and Patrick Robinson supplementing the big name guys such as Xavier Rhodes, Devonta Freeman, and Telvin Smith, Florida State fans should have little to no problem looking for the former Seminoles studded throughout the league.

That being said, professional football is officially back and NoleGameday is here to give you week by week coverage of former Florida State players as the NFL’s regular season gets underway for its 99th season.

Despite the tragic opener against Virginia Tech and the turmoil lingering over after the 36-26 comeback victory over Samford, ‘Nole fans had something to spew the bad taste from their mouths as 45 former Seminoles took the field during week one of the 2018 NFL season.

Atlanta Falcons 12-18 loss to the defending champions Philadelphia Eagles

Aside from Julio Jones’ masterful week one performance that included 10 receptions for 169 yards, 2013 National Champion Ronald Darby made his own impact in the defensive showdown. Darby finished with six total tackles (one for loss), and three passes defended including the potential game-winning score by Julio Jones

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was sidelined late in the second half due to an apparent knee injury. Freeman was limited to 36 yards on six carries and added 14 yards receiving.

During NFL’s Week 1, rookie Josh Sweat and Timmy Jernigan were both inactive while LB Nigel Bradham served a one-game suspension.

Buffalo’s disappointing 43-0 blowout against Baltimore

It seems as if both sides of the ball for Buffalo decided not to show up for their season opener against the Ravens. As far as it goes for the Seminoles, Kelvin Benjamin tallied only one catch for ten yards, mainly due to the horrific quarterback play by both Nathan Peterman and the rookie Josh Allen.

Jacksonville’s 20-15 win over the New York Giants

It was no easy task for Jalen Ramsey. The All-Pro DB was called upon to cover Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr for the majority of the night. Ramsey finished the night with four solo tackles and one tackle for loss while only surrendering one catch for 24 yards to Beckham. Linebacker Telvin Smith also joined in on the action in which he had seven tackles in total, five were solo.

Giants DE Mario Edwards Jr collected two tackles in the limited playing time he saw during his fourth season opener.

Tampa Bay’s stunner versus New Orleans

In a game that no one saw coming, back up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (filling in for the suspended Jameis Winston) threw for over 400 yards and collected four touchdowns after going 21-28 with 36 yards rushing. Defensive Back PJ Williams recorded no stats in the opener, while the Saint’s Patrick Robinson had two solo tackles in the losing performance.

Minnesota 24-16 win against Jimmy G and the 49ers

Xavier Rhodes was well, Xavier Rhodes, as he looked to have picked up exactly where he left off last year. The All-Pro corner joined teammate Mike Hughes with the Vikings second interception on the day to begin the fourth quarter. Rhodes ended the game with two solo tackles, one interception, and one pass defended. Dalvin Cook had a solid start to his 2018 campaign. Aside from losing a fumble on what would have been a big gain, Cook finished with 40 yards rushing on 16 carries and had six receptions for 55 yards.

Cincinnati vs Indianapolis

Not much here for the ‘Noles. OL Bobby Hart gave up one sack on what was a rather impressive day for the Bengals OL. Wide Receiver Auden Tate was inactive, and Kermit Whitfield is currently listed on the Bengals practice squad.

Cleveland stuns Pittsburgh, with a 21-21 tie

In my opinion, the biggest winner of week one was the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were unable to break bad habits and failed to take advantage of Big Ben’s fumble that was called back due to holding by DE Myles Garrett. For the ‘Noles, Vince Williams led the team in tackles with 12 and one for loss. Rookie LB Matthew Thomas did not record any stats.

Derwin soothes the Chargers headache aside from 38-28 loss to Kansas City

James was simply all over the field and made me reminisce on his days in Tallahassee. James had three total tackles, a great pass deflection in the end zone, and one sack in his NFL career opener. The future looks promising for #33 in Los Angeles under Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley. Cam Erving got the start after recently signing a three-year extension. Rookie Derrick Nnadi saw some playing time but recorded no stats. Linebacker Terrance Smith had a solid opening performance as he recorded five tackles in total (two solos).

Seattle’s 27-24 loss to Denver

The old man still has it. Sebastian Janikowski was the only ‘Nole between the two teams, but that didn’t stop from making an impact. Janokowski was a perfect 3-3 on PAT’s while going 1-2 on field goal attempts for the day.

Carolina’s 18-16 win over Dallas

Another former FSU kicker played a role in this one. Graham Gano did his thing by making a lone 27-yard field goal attempt that turned out to be huge in the two-point victory over the Cowboys. Gano was 1-2 for PAT’s.

Washington’s 24-6 win over the Cardinals

Chris Thompson added to the success that former FSU running backs had in week one. Thompson had an explosive day has he rushed 65 yards on five carries, and tallying six receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Dustin Hopkins was one for one on field goal attempts, drilling a 35 yarder. He was also a perfect 3-3 on PAT’s.

A-Rod stuns the Bears in a 24-23 come from behind victory.

The game will go down as a classic for the league’s oldest rivalry, although only one Seminole played a role within the game. Chicago’s Eddie Goldman had three solo tackles in the losing effort Sunday Night, but not before signing a massive 4-year extension worth over $42 million, $25 million guaranteed.

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