The NFL is underway. Check out a recap of all the action from Week 1.
Green Bay Packers 42 vs. New Orleans Saints 34
Both QB’s looked like machines. GB Aaron Rogers gets the best of Drew Brees in a shootout. Saints blitzed a ton and only recorded 2 sacks. Look out for #85 Greg Jennings.
Chicago Bears 30 vs. Atlanta Falcons 12
Surprising. Bears defense made big time plays aside from allowing 319 passing yards. Brian Urlacher had a interception and a fumble returned for a TD.
Buffalo Bills 41 @ Kansas City Chiefs 7
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 4 touchdowns. KC loses 2nd year safety Eric Berry with a torn ACL. Panic button in KC?
Houston Texans 34 vs. Indianapolis Colts 7
Game 1 without QB Peyton Manning (neck). Colts look awful.
Indy and the Texans had met 18 times before Sunday, with the Colts winning 16. In none of those games had the Texans exceeded 34 points, but they had that in 30 minutes in this season’s opener for both teams. (Peter King, SI.com)
Jacksonville Jaguars 16 vs. Tennessee Titans 14
Luke McCown was largely unimpressive as the starting QB for Jacksonville. RB Maurice Jones–Drew ran for 97 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson will need to be more productive (9 carries/24 yards).
Baltimore Ravens 35 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Baltimore forced the Steelers into 7 turnovers; a stat that most likely will not be repeated by the reigning AFC champions this season. Joe Flacco threw the football with a ton of poise. RB Ray Rice quieted critics in his first game as a 3 down back with 107 yards on 19 carries.
Cincinnati Bengals 27 @ Cleveland Browns 17
Cincinnati scored 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to spoil Pat Shurmur’s debut as the Browns head coach. Browns RB Peyton Hillis managed only 57 yards on 17 carries. Bengals RB Cedric Benson ran for 121 yards and a TD.
Detroit Lions 27 @ Tampa Bay Bucs 20
DET QB Matt Stafford said he “didn’t play his best” and still threw 3 TD passes and over 300 yards. Tampa Bay’s rebuilt defensive line looked young and unimpressive in week 1.
Arizona Cardinals 28 vs. Carolina Panthers 20
What a fun game to watch. #1 overall draft pick Cam Newton threw for 422 yards (rookie record). Unfortunately, #7 overall draft pick Patrick Peterson returned a game-winning 89 yard punt return to give Arizona the win.
San Diego Chargers 24 vs. Minnesota Vikings 17
Minnesota led 17-7 at half prior to being shutout 17-0 in the second half. Donovan McNabb was only 7-15 passing. Phillip Rivers found fullback Mike Tolbert who scored 3 touchdowns. RB Ryan Matthews had a productive day as well (118 yards total offense).
San Francisco 49ers 33 vs. Seattle Seahawks 17
Moments after a Tavaris Jackson TD pass cut the 49er lead to 2 points, Ted Ginn Jr. took over on special teams. Two touchdowns just 59 seconds apart late in the 4th quarter led to this blowout.
Washington Redskins 28 vs. New York Giants 14
I was shocked with the play of Redskins QB Rex Grossman. He threw some perfect footballs. Washington benefited from a pick-6 on defense. TE Fred Davis had over 100 yards receiving. Not sure if this game was a result of a decimated Giants secondary or an improved Redskins offense.
New York Jets 27 vs. Dallas Cowboys 24
Dallas shot themselves in the foot repeatedly. New York, Down by 7 with 5 minutes to go in the game rallied to score twice to pull off the comeback.
Jets’ Joe McKnight blocked a punt and teammate Isaiah Trufant returned it for a game-tying TD. Dallas QB Tony Romo lost a fumble at the goal line and threw a pick to Darrelle Revis with under a minute in the game which set up a Nick Folk field goal.
New England Patriots 38 @ Miami Dolphins 24
Tom Brady made 2nd year corner Nolan Carroll look like a lost dog. Both tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez caught TD passes in the Patriots dismantle of the Dolphins. Tom Brady looked unstoppable throwing for 517 yards.
Oakland Raiders 23 @ Denver Broncos 20
Sloppy football game all around. Darren McFadden averaged 6.8 yards per carry on 22 touches. OAK QB Jason Campbell was not very good. Broncos QB Kyle Orton was awful. He under threw several receivers and somehow lost the grip of the football in a pivotal 4th quarter turnover. K Sebastian Janikowski drilled a 63-yard field goal to close out the first half.