After a long time of waiting, the NFL has started back, and it was everything people hoped for. With a surprising amount of upset victories and some not so surprising victories, it was an entertaining first week. From great defenses to not so great quarterback performances, the opening week gives hope to a season that was once in jeopardy of being cancelled due to concerns over the potential spread of Covid-19. With 16 games being played and primetime games back, it gives a nice distraction to what’s happening in the world at the moment.
Starting with the primetime game that started the season off, the defending Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 34-20. Heading into Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 38-25, followed by the Buffalo Bills claiming victory over the New York Jets, 27-17. The Chicago Bears pulled off a 17 point fourth quarter comeback against the Detroit Lions to win 27-23. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings with the largest score of the week 43-34, and the New England Patriots claimed victory over their division rivals the Miami Dolphins, 21-11. While the Baltimore Ravens unsurprisingly blew out the Cleveland Browns 38-6.
In a shocking upset, the Washington Football Team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17, followed by the Las Vegas Raiders beating the Carolina Panthers, 34-30. While on the topic of upsets, the Washington Football Team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17, followed by the Las Vegas Raiders beating the Carolina Panthers, 34-30. The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-20. To finish off the upsets, the Arizona Cardinals claimed victory over last year’s division champion, the San Francisco 49ers 24-20. Finally, in the last three primetime games, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-17, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the New York Giants 26-16 and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Denver Broncos 16-14. In a highly anticipated rookie showing, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 16-13. On the other hand, in the most highly anticipated game of the week, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-23.
There were lots of standout players in week one, but some of the more notable debuts were Devante Adams of the Green Bay Packers with an incredible 14 receptions, two touchdowns, and a total of 156 yards, and Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons with nine receptions, 157 yards but no touchdowns. Another standout player was Clyde Edwards-Helaire who proved his worth as a rookie for the Kansas City Chiefs as a reliable running back with 138 rushing yards and one touchdown. Some more outstanding running backs in the first week were the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot and Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey who each had 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. The week’s three most outstanding quarterbacks were Seattle’s Russell Wilson with 322 yards and four touchdowns, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers with 364 yards and 4 touchdowns and finally, the Falcons’ Matt Ryan with two touchdowns, one interception, and the most yards in week one with an astonishing 450 yards.
Week one proved an entertaining start to the 2020 NFL season. Be on the lookout next week for a few games such as the Kansas City Chiefs playing the Los Angeles Chargers, the Baltimore Ravens playing the Houston Texans, and the Los Angeles Rams playing the Philadelphia Eagles, as these could be a glimpse into future playoff match ups. Lastly, good luck to everyone in their Fantasy Leagues.
Staff Writers Harrison Capps and Micah Munford