Smith was one of the few bright spots in a tough matchup against an efficient Titans' offense. Although the defense struggled as a whole by giving up 37 points, the offense did not offer much help, as they consistently gifted the Titans with a short field to work with. Smith will look to carry his momentum into Sunday's battle with Baltimore in London.
Although Ford was relatively quiet in the contest, he made his impact felt with a second quarter sack of opposing quarterback Carson Wentz on third down. which resulted in a nine yard loss. Though his tackle total was low, the 26-year-old saw a healthy 67 snaps (97%) in the contest. He will face-off against Phillip Rivers and the Chargers in San Diego next week.
Webb now has an interception in each of the first two games this season, which is great to see considering he only played in two games last year due to injury. The Ravens boast a ton of talent in their secondary, which should benefit Webb throughout the season.
Houston has been hot to start the season and shows no signs of slowing down. He recorded a near-record 22 sacks during the 2014 campaign, but has been held back by injuries the last two years. However, he is healthy now and the Chiefs are giving him every opportunity to succeed. The 28-year-old was only on the sideline for two snaps Sunday, as he saw 70 (97%) overall. He will look to carry his momentum into San Diego for the team's Week 3 clash with the Chargers.
Coach Pete Carroll said the team intended to limit Rawls' workload in his first game back. He gave no indication of that prior to the game, however. Rawls didn't have a carry after the first quarter and played two snaps in the second half. Chris Carson ran well in the fourth quarter against a tired 49ers defense. A starter hasn't been named for Week 3, but it would be surprising if Rawls was forgotten so quickly. It would also be surprising if Eddie Lacy was inactive for consecutive games, so that complicates matters too for Rawls. As does a weak offensive line that provided little running room Sunday.
Chung led the way in tackles along with teammate Elandon Roberts. The veteran safety only recorded three in the team's season opening loss to the Chiefs, but was much more active in this contest. He rarely saw the sideline, as he took the field for 63 snaps (97%) in the victory. He'll have a favorable matchup next week when the Patriots welcome rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Texans to Foxborough.
The Giants signed Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract this offseason to be their long-term closer, but the veteran reliever was displaced from the ninth-inning role as he battled a myriad of elbow and forearm issues throughout the season. Despite the rocky 2017 campaign, Melancon will be reinserted into the closer role next season. He's a prime candidate to put together a solid bounce-back performance, assuming he's fully healthy.
A cornerback leading a team in tackles typically does not speak highly of their coverage skills. Opposing quarterback Tom Brady was picking on the 24-year-old throughout the contest, but Williams was unable to take advantage of any throws in his neighborhood. He will matchup against Cam Newton and the Panthers next week in Carolina.
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