(Tony Romo celebrates after he leads the Dallas Cowboys to a come back victory)
Football has officially returned! The well anticipated week one of the NFL did not disappoint. Let’s take a look at the scores, top performers and some takeaways entering week two.
Patriots (1-0) 28 Steelers (0-1) 21
Playing on the road and in the rain, Ben Roethlisberger (QB) threw for 351 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Brown (WR) caught the only touchdown thrown by Big Ben. DeAngelo Williams (RB) stepped up in the absence of Le’Veon Bell (RB) and rushed 21 times totalling 127 yards. Steelers mentioned that they will not file complaint regarding the headset malfunctions they experienced during the game.
Packers (1-0) 31 Bears (0-1) 23
In his return to Green Bay, James Jones (WR) tallied two touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers (QB) totaled three touchdowns and improves his career record vs the Bears to 13-3. Running back Eddie Lacy ran for a score late in the game as well.
Rams (1-0) 34 Seahawks (0-1) 31
Rams defense had six sacks and forced an interception in the win over their division rivals. Nick Foles (QB) threw for 297 and connected with Lance Kendricks (TE) for his first passing touchdown of the season. Foles and Tavon Austin (WR) both ran for scores. Austin also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown.
Russell Wilson (QB) connected with the newly acquired Jimmy Graham (TE) for one score while Marshawn Lynch (RB) squeezed in a touchdown down by the goaline. Preseason star Tyler Lockett (WR) did what hes been doing best and returned a punt to the house. The game was a close one throughout and eventually went into overtime. Seattle opened OT with an onside kick, which the Rams recovered. Greg Zuerlein (K) booted one through the uprights to give the Rams the lead and St. Louis went on to stop Lynch on a fourth and one run to end the game.
Panthers (1-0) 20 Jaguars (0-1) 9
Cam Newton (QB) connected with Jerricho Cotchery (WR) with his only touchdown of the game. Newton threw for 175 yards and threw an interception. Struggles among the wideouts seemed apparent but the Panthers defense dominated with Josh Norman (CB) returning an interception to the house and Thomas Davis (LB) sealing the game with an interception.
Chiefs (1-0) 27 Texans (0-1) 20
Chiefs offense dominated early by scoring all 27 points in the first half. Alex Smith (QB) finished the game with three touchdowns (two to Travis Kelce (TE), one to Jamaal Charles (RB)). Smith totaled 243 passing yards. Marcus Peters (CB) got an interception in his first game as a pro.
Brian Hoyer‘s (QB) first throw as a Texan resulted in an interception. He also lost a fumble and seemed to struggle all game. Although Hoyer threw for a score, Houston eventually put Ryan Mallet (QB) under center and Mallet threw for a score as well. DeAndre Hopkins caught both touchdowns scored by the Texans. J.J. Watt dominated like always and totaled nine tackles and two sacks.
Jets (1-0) 31 Browns (0-1) 10
Todd Bowles wins his first game as a the head coach of the Jets. In his first game as a Jet, Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB) threw two touchdowns and went 15-24 racking up 179 yards. Chris Ivory (RB) ran for two touchdowns. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker each caught a touchdown on the day.
Johnny Manziel (QB) entered the game after Josh McCown (QB) suffered a concussion. Manziel finished the game with a touchdown and an interception. Travis Benjamin (WR) caught the only touchdown scored by the Browns on the day.
Bills (1-0) 27 Colts (0-1) 14
On Tyrod Taylor‘s (QB) first drive as a starting quarterback, he connected with Percy Harvin (WR) on a 51 yard score. Taylor also rushed for 41 yards. Running backs Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon both ran in for their own touchdowns. The Bills defense was the main focus in this game for forcing two interceptions and holding the Colts scoreless going into the half. Rookie Ronald Darby (CB) is responsible for one of the interceptions in this game.
Dolphins (1-0) 17 Redskins (0-1) 10
In a close one, Ryan Tannehill threw for 226 yards and connected with Jarvis Landry (WR) eight times. Landry also returned a punt to the house to break the tie in the fourth quarter. On the defensive side Brent Grimes (CB) snatched the first interception while Brice McCain (CB) grabbed the second pick of the game in the fourth quarter.
DeSean Jackson (WR) pulled up on one of his routes and seemed to injure his hamstring in the first quarter. With Robert Griffin III (QB) on the sideline, Kirk Cousins (QB) threw the only score of the game to tight end Jordan Reed.
Titans (1-0) 42 Buccaneers (0-1) 14
Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota looked extremely sharp in his first regular season game completing 13 passes on 16 attempts and throwing for 209 yards. All four passing touchdowns were thrown in the first half to the likes of Delanie Walker (TE), Harry Douglas (WR), Kendall Wright (WR) and Bishop Sankey (RB). Sankey also posted a rushing touchdown.
The other rookie quarterback in this matchup did not have the same success unfortunately. Number one pick Jameis Winston (QB) struggled early and started the game throwing a pick-six. Winston slowly started to shine and tossed two touchdown passes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) but the number two overall pick had his number. Winston finished the game with two interceptions.
Bengals (1-0) 33 Raiders (0-1) 13
Andy Dalton (QB) shined in Oakland and threw two touchdowns to tight end Tyler Eifert. Second year running back Jeremy Hill punched in for two scores while totaling 19 carries. The Bengals defense shut down the Raiders offense and forced a fumble an caused an interception.
Starting quarterback Derek Carr left half-way through the second quarter with a hand injury. Matt McGloin (QB) came in as his replacement but struggled to put points on the board until the fourth quarter. McGloin completed both scores to Marcel Reece (FB).
Broncos (1-0) 19 Ravens (0-1) 13
This was a game of great defensive play by both teams. Neither quarterback posted a touchdown in this one. Peyton Manning threw for 175 yards but the Broncos touchdown came when Aqib Talib (CB) returned an interception to the house.
Joe Flacco posted 117 passing yards and went 18/32. Flacco threw a pick-six as well and threw an interception on his final drive. Jimmy Smith (CB) returned an interception of his own. Tough break for the Ravens on Sunday. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, the franchise leader in sacks, is out for the season with a torn Achillies tendon.
Chargers (1-0) 33 Lions (0-1) 28
San Diego came alive after being down 21-3. In the second half, they posted 23 of their 33 points. Phillip Rivers (QB) just broke 400 yards (404) and threw two touchdowns, one of which was in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Rivers overcame his two interceptions and threw one touchdown to Ladarius Green (TE) and the other to Stevie Johnson (WR). Wide receiver Keenan Allen finished the game with with 15 receptions, tying the all time Chargers record for receptions in a game. All eyes were on rookie running back Melvin Gordon (14 carries/52 yards) but it was Danny Woodhead (RB) that got into the end zone twice.
The other rookie running back in this one scored on his very first carry. Ameer Abdullah finished with 7 carries for 50 yards. Quarterback Matthew Stafford connected with Theo Riddick (RB) and Eric Ebron (TE) for touchdowns. Kyle Emanuel (LB) was a surprise performer in this one. Emanuel is a fifth round pick that finished with a sack and an interception.
Cardinals (1-0) 33 Saints (0-1) 19
The show was stolen today by Carson Palmer (QB). Palmer connected with eight different receivers throughout this one for 355 yards. He finished with three touchdowns. Running back Andre Ellington got into the end zone as well but was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury.
Cowboys (1-0) 27 Giants (0-1) 26
The most exciting game thus far just happened to be in primetime. The Cowboys offense struggled early and wide receiver Dez Bryant was in and out of the game with various injuries but Tony Romo (QB) came through in the clutch. On the final drive of the game, with 1:27 left, Romo and the ‘boys were down by six and after 72 yards, Tony connected with Jason Witten (TE) for their second score of the game and left seven seconds to spare. Romo finished with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Joseph Randle (RB) led this running back committee with 65 yards on 16 carries. It turns out Dez Bryant will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken foot.
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