NFL Week one recap

NFL Week one kicks off with a lot of scoring and a few upsets.

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NFL Week one recap

Lamar Jackson ended Week one with 325 yards and five TDs.

Lamar Jackson ended Week one with 325 yards and five TDs.

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Lamar Jackson ended Week one with 325 yards and five TDs.

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Lamar Jackson ended Week one with 325 yards and five TDs.

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Week one of the NFL season was one for the books. It truly proved that the NFL is a passing league, having 17 receivers eclipse 100+ yards. The young receivers performed strong; seven of the 17 are currently in their first or second season.

The week started off slow, with the Packers defeating the Bears 10-3 in a Thursday night defensive showdown. The Bears defense looked strong once again and Aaron Rodgers confirming he still has it, even in his 15th season.

On Saturday, the Antonio Brown saga seemed to finally come to an end, with him signing a one-year, $15 million contract with the New England Patriots. This is a huge signing for the Patriots, giving them the clear number one receiver that they have been searching for since Randy Moss.

The games on Sunday started off with the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, throwing a 68-yard touchdown to Sammy Watkins, who led the week in receiving with 198 yards and three TDs.

The biggest performance and surprise of the week goes to Lamar Jackson. He led the Ravens to a 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, passing for 324 yards and five touchdowns, proving to the critics that he can succeed as a pocket passer in the NFL. This 59-10 loss sparked even more chaos inside the Miami Dolphins organization, causing multiple players to request a trade after the game.

Many analysts and fans had huge hopes for the Cleveland Browns entering the season, due to the offseason acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, and Greedy Williams, and the potential of 2nd-year Quarterback Baker Mayfield. They got blown out by the subpar Tennessee Titans 43-13, leaving Browns fans questioning what went wrong and if they need to worry.

Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray performed well in Week one, throwing the ball 54 times for 308 yards with one TD and one INT, although he and the Cardinals tied the Lions in overtime, 27-27.

Christian McCaffrey picked up right where he left off last season, rushing for 128 yards and two TDs, while also tacking on 81 receiving yards, but lost to the Los Angeles Rams 30-27.

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Christian McCaffrey rushed for 128 yards on 19 carries, with two TDs. He also tacked on 81 receiving yards.

Much like the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets also were building up a lot of hype this offseason, with the signings of Le’Veon Bell and CJ Mosley, as well as Quarterback Sam Darnold entering his second season; but ended up losing to the Buffalo Bills, 17-16.

Following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Colts were written off after being considered Super Bowl contenders. With Quarterback Jacoby Brissett manning the helm, they put up a fight against the Los Angeles Chargers, losing to them 24-30 in overtime. Chargers Running Back Austin Ekeler filled in nicely in the absence of Melvin Gordon, racking up 154 total yards and three TDs.

Jameis Winston once again let down all Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans, throwing two pick-six’s, losing to the San Fransisco 49ers, 31-17.

On Sunday night, Tom Brady once again proved that he will never decline, passing for 341 yards and three TDs, whilst demolishing the Antonio Brown less-Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3.

To wrap up the week, Drew Brees led the Saints to victory over Deshaun Watson and the Texans in a Quarterback showdown. Kicker Will Lutz drilled a 58-yard field goal as time expired to win 30-28.

In the final game of Week one, Jon Gruden and his drama-plagued Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 24-16, led by rookie Running Back, Josh Jacobs, who finished his debut with 113 total yards and two TDs.

Week one was full of surprises, excitement, and disappointment. It was a great start to the season and has fans ready for the next 16 weeks.

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