Quick Recaps of All the Week-One Games
Chiefs 42, @Patriots 27
Alex Smith looked like he was running a 7-on-7 passing drill, throwing for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kareem Hunt introduces himself to the country with 244 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Tom Brady laid an egg while Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan disappoint fantasy owners everywhere. Mike Gillislee racked up three rushing touchdowns in a game that saw none of New England’s 37 running backs rush for 50 yards. The Chiefs are going to be really good on offense if Tyreke Hill can stay on the field. Eric Berry was lost for the season with a torn Achilles.
@Bills 21, Jets 17
LeSean McCoy racked up 27 touches for 149 yards. Tyrod Taylor tossed a pair of touchdowns and rushed for 38 yards in an efficient performance. Mike Tolbert vultured a score on a one-yard plunge. The Jets offense stunk as bat as you thought it was going to, managing 214 net yards and just 11 first downs. Josh McCown was intercepted twice and none of the Jets tailbacks got more than seven carries or gained more than 22 yards on the ground.
Falcons 23, @Bears 17
How was this game so close? Chicago’s defense impressed, imploding on just one busted play that resulted in an 88-yard Austin Hooper touchdown catch. Matt Ryan’s first game without Kyle Shanahan went smoothly. He threw for 321 yards and didn’t turn the ball over. Devonta Freeman (37 rushing yards) and Julio Jones (66 receiving yards) were both held in check. Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen eight catches and went for over 100 total yards.
Ravens 20, @Bengals 0
Andy Dalton will want to forget that this game ever happened. He was intercepted four times while completing just 16 of 31 passes in a shutout loss. The Bengals didn’t run the ball much better, with rookie Joe Mixon tallying just nine yards on the first eight carries of his career. Baltimore’s defense was dominant, turning the Bengals over five times while keeping them off the board. Joe Flacco looked rusty after missing the entire preseason (9/17, 121 yards, TD) and Terrance West and Javorious Allen combined for 40 rushes and 151 yards.
Steelers 21, @Browns 18
Antonio Brown was the best player on the field, catching 11 passes for 182 yards. Le’Veon Bell looked rusty in a 10-carry, 32-yard performance. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns against one interception, both of his scores found the waiting arms of tight end Jesse James. DeShone Kizer’s impressed at times, even in a losing effort, completing 20-of-30 passes for 222 yards. He threw a touchdown to Corey Coleman and was also picked off by fellow rookie TJ Watt, who also had multiple sacks in his first game.
@Lions 35, Cardinals 23
Matt Stafford bounced back from an early pick-six to throw four touchdowns in a 292-yard gem of a performance that saw him complete passes to seven different receivers. Golden Tate (10 catches for 107 yards) did the heavy lifting through the air while Kenny Golladay caught a pair of touchdowns in his first game since being drafted in the third round. The Lions couldn’t run the ball (Ameer Abdullah 15 rushes for 30 yards) but didn’t end up needing to. Carson Palmer struggled, throwing three interceptions, and David Johnson left with a wrist injury.
Jaguars 29, @Texans 7
Tom Savage was harassed by Jacksonville’s tenacious defensive front for two quarters before being pulled at halftime. Rookie Deshaun Watson faired better in his two quarters on the field, hooking up with DeAndre Hopkins for his first career touchdown. Newly-signed defensive end Calais Campbell posted four sacks as Jacksonville’s defense allowed just 203 yards and only 110 net passing yards. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette ran the ball 26 times for 100 yards, scoring once while adding three catches out of the backfield. Blake Bortles didn’t turn the ball over in a pedestrian effort. The Jaguars lost Allen Robinson to what looked like a serious knee injury.
Raiders 26, @Titans 16
Marsahwn Lynch rumbled for 76 yards in his return from retirement, leading a powerful Raiders offense to 359 yards in a competitive win on the road. Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back from a broken ankle last December. Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts were on the receiving end of Carr’s scoring tosses, but it was Michael Crabtree (6 catches for 83 yards) who led the Raiders in receiving. Marcus Mariota was 25-of-41 in a losing effort that saw the Titans fail to get the combination of Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry over 100 yards rushing.
Eagles 30, @Redskins 17
Carson Wentz tossed for 307 yards and a pair of scores in a 13-point division win on the road. The Redskins dropped their season-opener for the fourth time in as many seasons under head coach Jay Gruden. Washington came back to take the lead after falling behind 13-0, thanks largely to an interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. The Eagles re-took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Zach Ertz proved valuable in an eight-catch, 93-yard performance for Philly.
@Rams 46, Colts 9
Sean McVay may have had the best debut of anybody collecting an NFL check on Sunday as the 30-year-old saw his team blow Indianapolis out by 37 points. Jared Goff, the biggest beneficiary of McVay’s arrival, threw for 306 yards on an economical 21-of-29 passing. The Rams returned two interceptions for touchdowns, forcing Scott Tolzien to the bench in favor of Jacoby Brissett. The Colts look like they could be in for a long season while the Rams offense looked like it made the jump from the minor leagues to the major leagues this offseason.
@Packers 17, Seahawks 9
Aaron Rodgers overcame a slow start to pass for 311 yards and a touchdown in a game that saw all of three points scored before halftime. Green Bay didn’t score until the third quarter but Ty Montgomery’s touchdown run and Jordy Nelson’s 32-yard scoring grab were enough to send Seattle home with a loss. Russell Wilson was listless in a 158-yard passing effort and Seattle never got anything going on the ground, rushing for 50 yards outside of Wilson’s contributions. Randall Cobb led the Packers with nine catches.
Panthers 23, @49ers 3
Carolina’s defense allowed just 217 yards and kept San Francisco from converting on nine of its 11 third down attempts in a suffocating road performance. Christian McCaffrey ran the ball 13 times and caught five passes in his first NFL game, compiling 85 yards from scrimmage. Cam Newton threw two touchdowns, one to Russell Shepard and the other to running back Jonathan Stewart, who also rushed 18 times for 65 yards. Brian Hoyer was kept out of the endzone and Pierre Garcon caught six passes for 81 yards in his first game since getting big money to head West.
@Cowboys 19, Giants 3
Dallas dominated the rivalry game, with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott picking up where they left off as rookies. Prescott threw for 268 yards and a touchdown and Elliott eclipsed the 100-yard mark in a 24-carry grinder of a performance against a sturdy defense. Jason Witten caught seven passes including a 12-yard touchdown to lead the way for Dallas’ receiving group. Dan Bailey made all four of his field goal attempts to give the Cowboys critical points on a night when they weren’t scoring touchdowns. Eli Manning barely surpassed 200 yards passing and was picked off on a night when he looked helpless without Odell Beckaham Jr., who was inactive.