A typically wild opening week of the NFL. Fanbase overreactions abounded as the Bucs won, the Chiefs came from behind to win, and the Bills lost heavily — but not nearly as bad as Green Bay.
In the news to no one, the LA Rams have the best of the Jared Goff/Matt Stafford trade, while Kyler Murray and James WinstonYes, that Jameis Winston, got the applause. Great wins for Seattle and the Chargers too.
On the other hand, the new Jaguars looked a lot like the old Jaguars, while things don’t look too rosy for the Titans, Vikings and Jets.
Elsewhere, there were handbags between rival players and coaches, sewage — or rainwater — spilled on fans in Washington. And just when you think it’s getting quiet…
A DESERT CLASSIC
The Ravens had won 98 games in a row when they had a 14-plus points lead. No longer after the Raiders came from behind in a defensive end, Carl Nassib simply called “bananas.” Peyton and Eli Manning were equally exuberant.
In the first NFL game to feature an openly gay player, Nassib — who came out in June — fired Lamar Jackson to take a 33-27 win in overtime.
The result caps off a perfect weekend for teams in the AFC West and NFC West.
Lamar Jackson (below) has nowhere to go as Carl Nassib (second bottom) puts in a strong defensive performance for the Baltimore Raiders against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.
Nassib came out in June and is the first NFL player to play in a game while openly gay
Tom Brady has history with Atlanta. The Bucs host the Falcons on Sundays and Brady posted his weekly ‘W’ video. Look at the clock on the computer screen in the background…
At Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady (now of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) inspired the New England Patriots to a stunning 34-28 comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons after trailing 28-3
Terry Bradshaw hands Brady the Vince Lombardi Trophy after THAT comeback in Houston
TWEET OF THE WEEK
In his first NFL game since October, Titans had Taylor Lewan’s job to keep Chandler Jones quiet. After a one sided affair – Jones collected five bags, six quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles as Arizona rocketed to a 38-13 victory in Tennessee – Lewan took to Twitter.
The next step for Lewan and the Titans is a trip to Seattle — whose defense line delivered 10 quarterback hits against the Indianapolis Colts.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers suffered the worst defeat of his career. After throwing five interceptions last season, he threw two against the Saints. He was duly benched for Jordan Love and then mocked for his appearance in the press conference after the game.
“It’s only one game. We played bad, I played bad. One game, we still have 16 to go,” he said after the 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Aaron Rodgers (right) hugs Jordan Love, the man called in to replace him, on a rough day for the reigning MVP
JUST LIKE BEFORE
Philadelphia reunited Oklahoma’s Jalen hurts with DeVonta Smith, Miami did the same with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailova and Jaylen Waddle and the Bengals landed Ja’Marr Chase Teams Up With LSU Teammate Joe Burrow.
TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY
Brown’s Safety Ronnie Harrison was ejected after five defensive plays after pushing Chiefs coach Greg Lewis.
This is Kansas City head coach Andy Reid: “So the guy who was involved came over and he was on our player’s chest and that’s what happened. So (Lewis) tried (Harrison) to get off, and he wouldn’t get off, so he lifted him up a bit and then he got hit. But he was there to get that guy who was leaning on our man. That’s why there was a penalty, right? So the officials fixed it, which I thought was important.”
And Brown’s counterpart Kevin Stefanski: “I think any contact that came from Ronnie was incidental. Looking at the tape, it’s pretty obvious that he’s going to have a collision while trying to get rid of their boundary, but that’s no excuse for him to get revenge. You can’t. That’s something we all know that race officials will see the second man, not the first.’
THERE ARE NO WORDS
Christian McCaffrey (right) rushed for 98 yards on his return to the Carolina Panthers
THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY ARE
The Super Bowl champion Buccaneers pretty much picked up where they left off. Tom Brady extended his perfect record over the Dallas Cowboys. He is now P6 W6.
THEY ARE NOT WHO WE THOUGHT THEY ARE?
EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT
Patrick Mahomes. This is why.
EVERYONE SHOULD TALK ABOUT
Kyler Murray. the same.
Mac Jones looked solid on his NFL debut, but he and fellow debutants Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson all tasted defeat. Indeed, it was Lawrence’s first-ever regular season loss.
Trey Lance threw a touchdown with his first pass in the NFL, as calls for Justin Fields grow by the hour in Chicago.
Bill Belichick Is Already On The Jets After Watching The Patriots Lose To Foxboro Against Miami
READ OF THE WEEK
Yes, Efe Obada’s debut for the Bills didn’t go to plan. In a 23-16 loss to the Steelers, he played 15 of 58 defensive snaps (26 percent). But this piece by Tyler Dunne of Go Long is well worth your time.
THEY ARE IN TUESDAY
The Titans were terrible, with only 248 yards of total offense. Head coach Mike Vrabel cut kicker Michael ‘The Money Badger’ Badgley and was not for free about the blockbuster acquisition Julio Jones.
Their attack seemed lost with Arthur Smith, who was in charge in Atlanta. The Falcons suffered a 26-point loss.
“I’ve done a really bad job getting us ready to leave,” Smith said after the biggest game of his life. “I feel terrible for our fans and everyone who showed up today. We will do better in the future. That game will not define us.’
And the Vikings got 12 penalties for 116 yards. As many as 10 came in the first half. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was typically revealing after the 27-24 overtime defeat in Cincinnati.
Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith was upset with his side’s display after losing to Philadelphia
Von Miller looked back at his best when the Broncos ripped through the Giants. The Super Bowl MVP paid tribute to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after a solid first outing for Denver…
A THOUGHT FOR…
Jeff Okudah, last year’s number three. After missing seven games last season due to injury, the Lions cornerback tore his Achilles tendon in the 41-33 loss to the 49ers and will miss the rest of the season.
The Cleveland Browns haven’t won their season opener since 2005, losing 16 and drawing one. And when you play the Kansas City Chiefs, everything has to go right.
With eight minutes to go, things looked good. The Browns were 29-27 ahead of 4th and 13 within their 20. But then? this happened.
Kevin Stefanski said Scottish gambler Jamie Gillan had time to kick it.
“He could have done that and he knows it. We talked to him about that at the time, talked to him about that today. Of course he knows he has work to do and we expect him to do his job at a high standard. When something like that happens, we expect him to pick up the ball and kick it, and he knows it.’
Gillan is grabbed by Jody Fortson as the Browns take a beating at Arrowhead
IN A SHORT WEEK
Two scoreless teams will compete against the second Thursday Night Football of the season. Last week’s game was wonderful. This one should not continue the tradition.
Washington – the soccer team – lost quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a hip injury and the game against the Chargers 20-16. Taylor Heinicke starts against the Giants, who were defeated by Denver 27-13.
The teams have met 177 times; the Giants lead the all-time series 105-69-4.
It was initially reported that raw sewage was spilling onto fans in Fed Ex Field, the NFL’s most creaky stadium. The team claims it was rainwater leaking from a faulty storage tank, but it last rained in Maryland on Thursday. Who to believe…