NFL Week 1 Recap
The NFL season got underway with a bang this past week and our NFL expert, Nick Mac is here to give a quick recap of all the excitement and action.
Broncos 27, Giants 13 – Teddy Bridgewater threw for 264 yards and 2 scores and Melvin Gordon eclipsed 100 yards rushing including a 70 yard TD run late as the Broncos came into MetLife Stadium and handed the Giants a debilitating opening day loss. The Giants defense failed to get off the field repeatedly on 3rd and 4th down as they missed tackles, blew coverage and were unable to protect the ball on offense. Daniel Jones had a costly fumble late as well, a sight becoming all too familiar for the Big Blue faithful.
Saints 38, Packers 3 – Jameis Winston threw for 5 scores in his first game as a starter since 2019 as the Saints shocked the Packers in Jacksonville (Game relocated due to Hurricane Ida). Aaron Rodgers was unable to get anything going throwing 2 INT’s and ultimately was benched for backup Jordan Love when the game was out of reach.
Rams 34, Bears 14 – Matthew Stafford began his LA career how most expects, completing 20/26 passes and torching the Chicago Bears defense for 321 yards. Stafford completed 2 beautiful deep ball TD’s to Van Jefferson and Cooper Kupp along the way. The Bears have some decisions to make of their own as QB Andy Dalton struggled mightily to get anything going. Do not be surprised if, by next week, rookie Justin Fields is the starter for Chicago.
Chiefs 33, Browns 29 – Easily the best game of the week, the Browns got off to a hot start, taking a 15 point lead early over the reigning AFC champs. Patrick Mahomes was not to be denied however throwing for over 330 yards and 3 touchdowns. After a botched punt, the Chiefs took the lead for good on a Mahomes to Travis Kelce touchdown, 1 of 2 on the day. Tyreek Hiil has a monster day as well, hauling in 11 catches for 197 yards and a score.
Dolphins 17, Patriots 16 – Rookie QB Mac Jones made his first career start on Sunday and he performed well throwing for over 280 yards and a TD, but a costly fumble by RB Damien Harris killed the momentum late for New England. Jaylen Waddle caught a TD in his first NFL action and QB Tua Tagovailoa rushed for another to secure the W for Miami.
Chargers 20, WFT 16 – LAC QB Justin Herbert followed up his Rookie of the Year campaign with a big performance on opening weekend, throwing for over 300 yards and 3 TD’s. Keenan Allen caught 9 passes for 100 yards and Mike Williams added 8 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Washington was thrown off early, losing starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a hip injury that will likely cost him 6-8 weeks. Taylor Heinicke will start in his place.
Seahawks 28, Colts 16 – Russell Wilson found Tyler Lockett twice in the endzone on beautiful deep routes and DK Metcalf found the endzone once as well as Seattle opened the season with a win on the road. Wilson finished with 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. Carson Wentz made his debut with Indianapolis however, the Colts offense was unable to get anything going with Seattle’s relentless defensive pressure all game long. Wentz finished with 251 yards and 2 scores through the air.
Steelers 23, Bills 16 – TJ Watt led the Steelers defense into Floral Park and stole a win from the Bills. Watt got to Bills QB Josh Allen twice for sacks as the Steelers came all the way back and scored 23 unanswered points for the comeback victory. Allen threw the ball 51 times, completing 30, for just 250 yards and a score as the Bills offense has zero answers for Pittsburgh’s pressure.
Eagles 32, Falcons 6 – Eagles QB Jalen Hurts and rookie WR Devonta Smith carried over their connection from Alabama to the pros as the two hooked up 6 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. WR Jalen Reagor and TE Dallas Goedert also caught touchdowns as Philadelphia destroyed Atlanta opening week.
Cardinals 38, Titans 13 – Arizona QB Kyler Murray accounted for 5 touchdowns, throwing for 4 and rushing for another, and 309 total yards in the victory. OLB Chandler Jones made Titans QB Ryan Tannehill’s day a nightmare, sacking the QB 5 times en route to a blowout. Titans RB Derrick Henry did not get off to a good start defending his rushing title, gaining only 57 yards on the ground.
Panthers 19, Jets 14 – Panthers new QB Sam Darnold set out for revenge and got it completing 24/35 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown, including a 57 yard bomb to WR Robby Anderson. Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson had a rough start to his career, getting sacked 6 times and picked off once.
49ers 41, Lions 33 – Despite losing RB Raheem Mostert for the foreseeable future, the 49ers handled the Lions with ease (despite a valiant 4th quarter comeback effort) on Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and a score and rookie Trey Lance made an appearance as well, tossing a 5 yard touchdown on his only pass attempt of the game. WR Deebo Samuel has a monster day, hauling in 9 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown.
Texans 37, Jaguars 21 – #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence made his pro debut on Sunday and it was less than anticipated. Lawrence threw for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns, but also threw 3 INT’s. Houston QB Tyrod Taylor threw for 291 yards and a score without turning the ball over as they completely dismantled the 0-17 prediction so many had for the Texans this season.
Bengals 27, Vikings 24 F/OT – In his first game back from a torn ACL last season, Joe Burrow delivered a huge home win for the Bengals. Burrow threw for 261 yards and 2 TD’s including a 50 yard score to his college teammate and rookie WR Ja’marr Chase. Burrow showed poise, despite being sacked 5 times, and delivered a game tying and game winning drive late in regulation and overtime.
Raiders 33, Ravens 27 F/OT – The Raiders scored 17 points in the 4th quarter of Monday Night Football to force overtime with the favored Ravens on Monday Night Football. Derek Carr was electric with 435 yards and 2 scores including a 31 yard strike off his back foot to WR Zay Jones on the winning play in OT. TE Darren Waller has a big night for Las Vegas as well with 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.