Week 1 Report: Charles and Johnson Shine on MNF
Jamaal Charles and Derrick Johnson both started off their season with dominating performances, while helping Kansas City defeat San Diego in front of an electric crowd at New Arrowhead stadium and a national prime time audience on Monday Night Football.
Charles carried the ball 11 times for 92 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown sprint (video). JC continues rattling off long, game-changing runs and has now had five rushing TDs of 40 yards or more since the start of last season, second only to Chris Johnson.
On the other side of the ball, DJ led the game with 12 tackles (11 solo) and forced a Ryan Mathews fumble with one of his patented punching tackles in the second quarter (no video but looked a little like this or this).
DJ spent most of last season as a second-stringer, so Monday’s performance as a starter went a long way in securing his starting position following a good preseason.
Vince Young also had an impressive performance this week, picking up where he left off last season by leading Tennessee to a victory over Oakland. VY completed 13 of 17 passes for 154 yards and 2 TDs, including a 56-yard TD bomb to Nate Washington (video) and a 1-yard TD pass to Bo Scaife (video). VY also ran the ball 7 times for 30 yards.
It’s a little premature to call VY the top QB in the league, but after one game, VY leads the league in QB rating (142.8). The most important stat, however, is another W for VY, who ended last season with an 8-2 record since taking over as the starter in week 8.
Meanwhile, fellow Titan Michael Griffin led his defense with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery.
The Dallas/Washington matchup featured a pair of Horns involved in the final play of the game. Roy Williams caught a 13-yard TD pass from Tony Romo in the final seconds, but the catch was nullified by a penalty when officials flagged Dallas’ Alex Barron for holding none other than Washington’s Brian Orakpo to end the game (video).
It was not a great day for Williams all around, finishing the game with just 3 catches for 21 yards. Orakpo tallied two tackles in the game.
Rookie Jordan Shipley debuted on the NFL scene, catching 5 passes for 82 yards, including a 51-yarder. Fellow Cincinnati receiver Quan Cosby caught no passes but returned one kick for 18 yards.
With the Bengals playing trailing New England the entire game, Cincinnati threw the ball 50 times, which limited Cedric Benson to just 15 carries for 43 yards and a TD. Benson performs best with 20-30 carries per game.
Miami’s Ricky Williams fared slightly better with 18 carries for 62 yards.
Other noteworthy performances:
Lamar Houston – 3 tackles
Michael Huff – 4 tackles
Roy Miller – 1 tackle
Tim Crowder – 1 tackle
Ahmard Hall – 1 reception for 3 yards
Jermichael Finley – 4 receptions for 47 yards
Earl Thomas – 4 tackles
David Thomas – 2 receptions for 3 yards
Shaun Rogers – 1 tackle
Casey Hampton – 1 assisted tackle