AROUND THE NFL: Week One Game-By-Game Rundown
Here’s a quick rundown of all the other games around the league on Sunday:
Seahawks at Falcons:
Summary: Russell Wilson threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns on an afternoon where he missed just four passes after going 31-of-35, which saw him perfect targeting Tyler Lockett (8 catches, 92-yards) and Chris Carson (6 catches, 45 yards, 2TDs). Meanwhile, Matt Ryan threw for over 450-yards, with 2 touchdowns and an interception, but Wilson was just too sharp on Sunday during Seattle’s win in Atlanta.
Browns at Ravens:
Summary: Lamar Jackson was close to perfect on Sunday, completing 20-of-25 for 275-yards and 3 touchdowns in the Ravens blowout win over Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield completed just 21-of-39 but the stat that sticks out is the fact he targeted Odell Beckham Jr. 10 times and completed just three passes.
NY Jets at Buffalo Bills:
NY Jets: 17
Summary: Josh Allen threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns as the Bills handed the Jets a loss that was far more lopsided than the final score indicated. Buffalo punted just once on Sunday as they marched up and down the field, holding the ball for over 40-minutes. Stefon Diggs led all receivers for the Bills, hauling in 8 passes for 86-yards on the afternoon as they joined the Patriots in starting out 1-0 in the AFC East for 2020.
Raiders at Panthers:
Las Vegas: 34
Summary: This one went back and forth but the Raiders took control of the game in the third quarter and did enough to hold off Carolina as Jon Gruden’s team starts off 2020 with a win. New Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater kept his team in the game, but just couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch as Las Vegas did just enough to eek out the win.
Matt Patricia tries to console receiver D’Andre Swift after Sunday’s gut-wrenching loss in Detroit.
Bears at Lions:
Summary: The pressure is officially on for Matt Patricia, who saw his team blow a lead at home against a Bears team that scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Matthew Stafford threw a critical interception with just under 3-minutes to go in this one, which gave the Bears the football at the Lions 30-yard line. Two plays later, the Bears scored, retaking the lead and likely stunning Lions fans who were hopeful to start off 2020 with a victory. But to add insult to injury, Stafford took them down to the Bears’ 16-yard line on the ensuing drive and managed to find D’Andre Swift in the end zone for what should have been a touchdown and the game-winner, but Swift dropped it. Just a gut-wrenching loss.
Colts at Jaguars:
Summary: Phillip Rivers’ debut with his new team didn’t go well as the former Chargers quarterback threw for 363 yards and a touchdown but threw two interceptions in a road loss to the Jaguars. Gardner Minshew had a strong showing for Jacksonville, misfiring on just one pass on the day after completing 19-of-20 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Packers at Vikings:
Green Bay: 43
Summary: Aaron Rodgers had a big afternoon after passing for 364-yards and 4 touchdowns in a road win over the Vikings. Receiver Davante Adams carried the load for Green Bay, finishing the afternoon with 14 receptions for 156-yards and two touchdowns.
Eagles at Washington:
Summary: The Eagles took a 17-0 lead and then allowed Washington to score 27 unanswered points, spoiling what appeared to be a promising start. Instead, it was Washington who remained poised and saw 23-year old quarterback Dwayne Haskins complete 17-of-31 for 178-yards and a touchdown in the comeback win.
Chargers at Bengals:
LA Chargers: 16
Summary: Rookie Joe Burrow played fairly well in his first start for the Bengals, but it was Tyrod Taylor who went out and threw for 208-yards as the Chargers started off 2020 with a win. Burrow finished the afternoon 23-of-36 for 193-yards with zero touchdowns and an interception, but did take one in on his own on a 23-yard scoring scamper early in the first quarter to give Cincinnati a 7-0 lead. That would be their only touchdown of the day as they managed just two field goals the rest of the way.
Not exactly the start Brady was hoping for on Sunday.
Buccaneers at Saints:
Tampa Bay: 23
New Orleans: 34
Summary: It wasn’t quite the start Tom Brady was looking for, as his debut with his new football team didn’t exactly go well. Brady started off well, leading the Bucs down the field on the opening drive, which ended with Brady taking it in from 2-yards out, but that would be his biggest highlight of the day. From there, he had two critical interceptions that head coach Bruce Arians said after the game were both bad reads, including a pick-six to start the third quarter, which put the Saints ahead 24-7 and dug a hole too deep for them to overcome. Overall, he finished 23-of-36 for 239 yards with 2 touchdowns, but the two interceptions were the difference. Meanwhile, Drew Brees was flawless as he threw for 160-yards and two touchdowns.
Cardinals at 49ers:
San Francisco: 20
Summary: Jimmy Garoppolo was sharp in the first half after finishing 11-of-16 for 170-yards, but he completed just three passes the rest of the way as the Cardinals scored 14 fourth quarter points to steal this one. To make matters worse, tight end George Kittle suffered an injury that looked fairly serious after Garoppolo put him in harms way by throwing the ball high and Kittle was hit low. That has everyone in the Bay area holding their breath as they wait to find out the extent of the damage on Monday.
Cowboys at Rams:
LA Rams: 20
Summary: Rams QB Jared Goff didn’t have his best game after finishing 20-of-31 for 275 yards and an interception, but he managed to do just enough to help his team hold off the Cowboys in a Sunday night win out in Los Angeles. Dak Prescott completed 25-of-39 for 266-yards and a touchdown for Dallas and had a chance to win the game late. The Cowboys actually had the football with just over 2-minutes to go in the game, but caught a bad break. After what appeared to be a 47-yard completion from Prescott to Michael Gallup that would have given Dallas the ball at the Rams’ 19-yard line, Gallup was instead called for offensive pass interference. That nullified the play and was ultimately the dagger as the Rams held on for the win.
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