The NFL made its 2017 debut this past week, and while Week 1 didn’t hold a ton of excitement, nothing circles the wagons quite like the National Football League. Some teams impressed, others disappointed, and the buzz from the return of football remains strong. Let’s take a closer look at what we saw.
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger becoming the new No. 1 in Cleveland (2:18).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What was your main takeaway from Week 1 of the NFL season? Leave a voicemail or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- “Wait, Who?!” introduced us to the rookie running back who now holds the NFL record for the most yards from scrimmage in a debut game (8:45).
- This week’s guest was Eric Edholm, an NFL writer for Pro Football Weekly and FanRag Sports, and a friend of the show. Eric joined us last year to chat about his writing career and to breakdown the NFL draft, and you can check that out in Episode 65 of The Bridge. Now, he’s back to help breakdown all the big stories from Week 1 of the NFL season, including the Chiefs, Patriots, Goff and Wentz, Seahawks, Packers, Giants, Broncos and more. We’ll also hit on some of the surprises and disappointments to start off the season and some things to look out for in Week 2.
- You can follow Eric on Twitter @Eric_Edholm. The interview starts at the 14:18 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
His new gigs with Pro Football Weekly and FanRag Sports (14:53), how we should view the Kansas City Chiefs moving forward (16:15), the worry for the Patriots defense (18:31), great debuts from Carson Wentz and Jared Goff (20:43), no one going to watch the L.A. Rams (23:27), the Jaguars and Browns not being as awful as usual (26:01), the porous offensive line in Seattle (28:55), if the Packers might have a decent defense (32:13), troubles with the Giants offense (33:37), the rise of the Vikings (35:19), the solid showing from the Broncos defense (37:39), what team was the biggest surprise or disappointment (40:18), games on the radar in Week 2 (41:34), poor offensive line play hurting the NFL product (43:12) and how to not become the next Sergio Dipp (45:46).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the prestigious John and Joe Sports Show, breaks down “Death Note,” which Rotten Tomatoes describes as the story of Light Turner, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light then decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L (47:42). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com.
- “Good Try, Good Effort” recognized one of the most awkward, agonizing and amazing moments in broadcast history when Sergio Dipp made his sideline reporting debut on Monday Night Football (49:10).
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