Take a look at some early NFL headlines.
The 32 issues we realized from Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season:
1. Black Lives Subject. Finish Racism. It Takes All Of Us. Nonetheless looking to know the way any of that stirs controversy …
1a. Talking of which, how about Indianapolis Colts trainer Frank Reich taking a knee throughout the nationwide anthem? Speak about being an suggest for equality.
1b. And, it will have to be famous, I might be expecting Reich – and somebody else who knelt this weekend, together with Ravens QB Lamar Jackson – to be gainfully hired within the NFL in 2021 and way past.
1c. However, as anticipated, groups and gamers approached pre-game ceremonies – they incorporated “Raise Each and every Voice and Sing,” aka the Black nationwide anthem, and the standard “The Big name-Spangled Banner” in Week 1 – in more than a few techniques. Some golf equipment locked palms, whilst no gamers in any respect had been provide for the anthems in other places. None of it in reality got here as a marvel, the Miami Dolphins – they selected to not be at the box for the songs – signalling throughout the week that they would like motion, now not extra phrases.
2. To the sector. How necessary is a 1-Zero get started? Because the NFL expanded to a 16-game agenda in 1978 (minus the strike-shortened 1982 season), groups dropping their opener have reached the playoffs simplest 24% of the time. (After all, this 12 months’s postseason box has been expanded to 14 groups, in order that determine will most likely upward thrust.)
three. Russ surely were given to cook dinner Sunday, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson – he is by no means been the NFL’s MVP – making a powerful opening observation by means of finishing 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and 4 TDs. He additionally led Seattle with 29 speeding yards.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (three) runs with the4 ball towards the Atlanta Falcons throughout the 1st part at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photograph: Dale Zanine, Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports activities)
3a. Seattle beat the Falcons 38-25, which means the ‘Hawks are 7-Zero within the Japanese time zone since remaining season and 22-Nine within the Wilson generation. Want I might remembered that sooner than choosing Atlanta to win …
Four. If you happen to had Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky outplaying Lions counterpart Matthew Stafford, and throwing 3 fourth-quarter TD passes within the procedure, you are welcome to do my making an investment.
4a. Chicago has crushed Detroit 5 instantly. Want I might remembered that sooner than choosing the Lions to win … even though I additionally idea D’Andre Swift may just catch.
five. The Washington Soccer Staff is 1-Zero all-time. Congrats to Ron Rivera and Co., who have persevered reasonably a summer time of headlines now not of their very own making.
5a. And the WFT go rush is as excellent as marketed, racking up 8 sacks (for minus-62 yards) on Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ depleted O-line. Want I might correctly weighted that mismatch sooner than choosing the Eagles to win …
6. The Las Vegas Raiders also are 1-Zero all-time. Now, “what occurs in Vegas” subsequent week when the Saints “keep in Vegas” for the outlet of Allegiant Stadium, aka the “Demise Big name.”
7. Talking of latest yards, Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium seems to be the whole thing it is cracked as much as be, together with ownership of its personal Twitter account. Bummer it would possibly not be web hosting lovers – Jerry Jones does not rely – anytime quickly.
Eight. 8 groups are breaking out new uniforms this season … as a result of for those who glance excellent, you play excellent, proper? The ones groups went Four-Four in Week 1. The Patriots, Rams, Chargers and Washington received. The Browns, Colts, Falcons and Bucs did not.
Nine. The AFC North options 3 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks (Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow) – the 1st department in league historical past to begin 3 concurrently. Even Baltimore backup Robert Griffin III received the award. Devour it, Large Ben.
9a. Burrow’s debut intended no less than one rookie quarterback has began in Week 1 for 13 consecutive seasons. Then again, since 2003, No. 1 selections beginning below heart are Zero-12-1 of their maiden begins.
9b. Additionally, now not certain Burrow will have to get started that nascent mustache in consecutive weeks …
9c. Burrow would possibly have emerged victorious had Cincinnati Okay Randy Bullock now not ignored a 31-yard box purpose with 2 seconds closing within the Bengals’ three-point defeat towards the Chargers. Including damage to insult, Bullock – he’d hooked up on 24 consecutive FGs within 40 yards previous to Sunday’s misfire – looked as if it would harm himself at the play.
10. Belichick > Brady
11. Cam Newton received his Patriots debut, changing into the 1st former MVP quarterback to switch a former MVP quarterback (Tom Brady) for a group firstly of a season.
11a. Newton additionally become simply the second one Black participant to begin at quarterback in New England historical past – he joined Jacoby Brissett – and the 1st to take action on opening day.
11b. Previous to Newton, the remaining quarterback now not drafted by means of the Pats to win a recreation for them? How about Hugh Millen in 1991.
11c. Newton’s pair of speeding TDs gave him 60 in his profession, making him the 1st quarterback in league historical past to achieve that threshold.
11d. Props to Cam for the Chadwick Boseman tribute in spite of everything zone.
11e. Finally, Mr. Newton, excellent to peer your swimsuit recreation did not endure amid the transfer.
12. In different places in New England, Invoice Belichick’s protection, ranked No. 1 in 2019 however ravaged by means of unfastened company and COVID-19 opt-outs this 12 months, restricted the Dolphins to 11 issues and 269 yards.
13. In the meantime, Brady misplaced in his debut with the Buccaneers – taking a look extra Jameis Winston than TB12 with a couple of interceptions.
13a. Then again Brady did rating on a 2-yard TD run firstly of the sport. At 43 years and 41 days, he is the oldest participant in NFL historical past to search out the top zone.
14. Sunday additionally marked the first-ever matchup of 2 quarterbacks no less than 40 years of age. Drew Brees, 41, and the Saints were given the most efficient of Brady.
14a. Brees is now Four-2 all-time towards Brady. The following rematch is Nov. Eight.
14b. Nice nugget from ESPN Stats & Information: Brady and Brees have blended for extra profession TD passes than seven NFL franchises.
15. Play for pay: Alvin Kamara (Saints) and Dalvin Prepare dinner (Vikings) each scored a couple of touchdowns Sunday, proper at the heels of each and every incomes an NFL rarity – a profitable contract for a working again. Kamara already seems to be spending a few of that cheddar on his game-day glance.
16. In spite of their decisive loss to Seattle, I nonetheless just like the Falcons as a playoff darkish horse. Their Matt Ryan-led assault rolled up 506 yards at the Seahawks, 3 receivers exceeding the century mark and RB Todd Gurley scoring (and taking a look productive) in his Atlanta debut.
17. Expenses QB Josh Allen completed with excellent stats (312 yards, 2 TDs passing plus 57 yards and a TD at the floor) in Sunday’s defeat of the Jets, however the selection of wide-open throws he continues to omit is virtually surprising. That can price Buffalo towards higher warring parties.
18. Excellent factor the Packers are laying the groundwork to switch QB Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 364 yards and 4 rankings as Inexperienced Bay (522 general yards) outgunned the Vikings.
18a. The Pack’s protection did not glance specifically inspiring whilst surrendering 34 issues to Minnesota. However do not blame underrated CB Jaire Alexander, the 1st Inexperienced Bay participant to document a security in 19 years. Alexander additionally become the 9th participant in NFL historical past to sign up a security, sack and interception in the similar recreation.
19. The Raiders and Panthers exchanged the lead seven instances. Lovely thrilling recreation, particularly relative to the loss of buzz it won.
20. Do not assume the Ravens, who received an NFL-high 14 regular-season video games in 2019 and feature received 13 in a row (playoffs however), cannot be higher in 2020? Baltimore’s 38-6 thumping of the Browns used to be lots spectacular, however the entire extra so whilst you believe the contributions of learners Patrick Queen (team-high 8 tackles, sack) and J.Okay. Dobbins (2 rush TDs).
21. Cleveland hasn’t received on opening day since 2004, a 16-season stretch of Week 1 futility that’s the longest in league historical past.
22. 5 individuals of the Tampa Bay secondary (Sean Murphy-Bunting, Carlton Davis III, Jordan Whitehead, Mike Edwards and Andrew Adams) modified their jersey numbers after remaining season. Welp … they see it is the little issues that result in successful …
23. Philadelphia’s Wentz has a TD go in 20 consecutive regular-season video games, the longest energetic streak within the league.
24. It is a bummer that the unconventional coronavirus pandemic has most often precluded lovers from attending video games in 2020. However the extra discernible audio coming emanating from the sector Sunday – from taking note of gamers have fun to the clang of a ball hitting off an upright – used to be lovely refreshing.
24a. Talking of items going viral, the abnormal graphics that after appear restricted to “Monday Evening Soccer” now appear to pervade just about each broadcast. Most effective CBS turns out to nonetheless be in large part inoculated.
25. Of the league’s 5 new head coaches, simplest Rivera has received thus far. The Giants’ Joe Pass judgement on may just sign up for him Monday.
26. Very cool – additionally now not sudden – to peer the Ravens honor superfan Mo Gaba, who died on the age of 14 in July, with cutouts of him all the way through M&T Financial institution Stadium whilst highlighting the “MO” inside of “Baltimore” in gold in spite of everything zone.
27. DeAndre Hopkins > Houston Texans
27a. Hopkins had a career-high 14 receptions (for 151 yards) in his Cardinals debut, a stunning dissatisfied of the 49ers at the street.
27b. Houston’s large receivers had 13 catches (for 163 yards) of their loss at Kansas Town.
28. Your early offensive rookie of the 12 months entrance runner, as predicted by means of one Nate Davis: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who debuted Thursday by means of working for 138 yards and a TD. The Chiefs’ 166 speeding yards of their 34-20 defeat of the Texans had been greater than they received in any recreation remaining season.
29. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes hasn’t ever misplaced a Week 1 get started. If truth be told, within the month of September, he has an Eight-Zero document, 26 TD passes, 0 interceptions and a 128.7 passer ranking.
30. Conversely, Houston’s Deshaun Watson hasn’t ever tasted victory in Week 1 … and the Texans remaining did so in 2016.
31. The Colts may also be forgiven a loss in Jacksonville given the Jaguars can have loved essentially the most, uh, adversarial atmosphere within the league – 14,100 paid attendance – Sunday.
31a. Nonetheless, first impact of Philip Rivers’ (2 INTs) debut with the Colts? Indianapolis can have gotten the 2019 model of Philly River as an alternative of the 2018 version. Ship squirrel oil pronto.
32. Leave out you, @CaptAndrewLuck. Some leaders (and tweeters) are merely indispensable.
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