NFL GIF BLITZ! : WEEK 1

Mike Schultz | Updated Oct 04, 2017

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Congratulations on surviving yet another NFL offseason and welcome back to our regularly scheduled weekly GIF BLITZ!

So far, Week 1 has not disappointed. We were treated to some wild finishes, a few upsets and the best statistical NFL debut by a rookie quarterback in the history of the league. Check out our in-depth look at the best picks for the upcoming NFL spreads in Week 2. To scroll through our top ten GIFs of the week, just mouse over the GIF and use the slider navigation.

Fitzgerald Flea Flicker  - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The Bears took a beating on Sunday, losing to the Cardinals 48-23 at home. While the loss was bad enough, Chicago literally added an injury to the insult with Jay Cutler leaving the game after trying to stop a pick six. The Bears weren't able to stop much of anything else, either. Here's Carson Palmer taking the flea flicker and connection with Larry Fitzgerald who makes a spectacular catch while being heavily interfered with.

Bridgewater Flip Pass - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The Vikings were able to forget about their embarrassing Monday Night opener by earning a 16-26  win against divisional rival Detroit. The Lions were unable to get anything going on offense and had no answer for a rejuvenated Adrian Peterson on defense. Here's Teddy Bridgewater improvising a last second shovel pass to Peterson, who rumbled for 49 yards. This play was indicative of how things went for the Lions all day.

Cam Newton Backflip - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The Panthers are 2-0 and sent the Texans to 0-2 after a 17-24 home win. Carolina was slow to get on the board, but once Cam Newton heated up, he was able to move the offense with his arm, throwing two touchdown passes and leading the team in rushing with 76 yards and a rushing touchdown. Newton put an exclamation point on this one, going airborne and completing a full flip before nearly sticking the landing.

 Antonio Brown Catch - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The 49ers were embarrassed by the Steelers 18-43 in a game that saw Ben Roethlisberger record a nearly perfect 155.8 passer rating. He piled up 369 yards on 21 of 27 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Antonio Brown caught 195 of those yards on nine catches, including this bomb that displays Brown's eye-popping speed as he outruns double coverage for separation to collect a 59-yard touchdown. 

Malcolm Butler Interception - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

Many remember Malcolm Butler for making the game saving interception in Super Bowl XLIX as an undrafted member of the Patriots secondary. Now in his second year, he's their shutdown corner and it's clear to see why. Here he is displaying his incredible ball skills, scooping up a Tyrod Taylor pass for an interception so improbable, the camera man was fooled. The Patriots smothered the Bills and held off a Buffalo comeback effort late in the game for the 40-32 win.

 

 AJ Green Touchdown Pass - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

You never know which Bengals team will show up from week to week, but Cincinnati was able to hold on against the Chargers in a back and forth game that could have been much worse if the Bengals continued to make plays like this impressive back-of-the-zone catch by A.J. Green which was good for a 23 yard score. While San Diego was able to slow Green down, the rest of the Bengals team took up the slack to win 19-24.

Jameis Winston First Touchdown Pass - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The Buccaneers looked bad last week, but the Saints looked worse this week. Tampa Bay bounced back from a beating by getting a NFC South divisional win against New Orleans. Jameis Winston looked more like the first overall pick in the draft, especially on this 22-yard strike to Vincent Jackson up top for the first touchdown pass of his young NFL career. It would be enough to get his first win in the pros, beating the Saints 26-19.

 Mariota Sacked - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

Marcus Mariota came back down to Earth after a blazing Week 1 performance against Tampa Bay. It was a different story against the Browns, who looked much improved in Week 2. Cleveland's defense suffocated Mariota, who can be seen here first losing his shoe, then his helmet and then the football in a crushing hit that would turn the ball over to the Browns. Cleveland would go on to win 14-28.

DeMarco Murray Hurdle - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

DeMarco Murray faced his former team when the Eagles hosted Dallas on Sunday. While his rushing numbers were awful, going just 2 yards on 13 carries, Murray did some damage through the air, literally. While impressive, it wasn't enough for the Eagles as they lost 20-10 to the Cowboys. The win didn't come cheap for the Cowboys with Tony Romo breaking his collarbone during the game, leaving Dallas without the Pro Bowler indefinitely.

James Jones Touchdown Pass - NFL GIF Blitz Week 2

The Packers finally exorcised their demons against the Seahawks by getting a convincing win 17-27 on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers looked good early on, throwing this 29-yard strike to James Jones on the opening drive of the game. It looked like the Packers might roll early, but the Seahawks fought back, taking the lead in the third before Green Bay put together two scoring drives to regain the lead and get the important NFC win.

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