NFL Week 1 Recaps 2020 NFL Power Rankings: 1. Kansas City Chiefs: 1-0-0, 2. New Orleans Saints: 1-0-0, 3. Baltimore Ravens: 1-0-0, 4. Green Bay Packers: 1-0-0, 5. Seattle Seahawks: 1-0-0, 6. Tennessee Titans: 1-0-0, 7. Buffalo Bills: 1-0-0, 8. Washington Football Team: 1-0-0, 9. Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-0-0, 10. Arizona Cardinals: 1-0-0, 11. New England Patriots: 1-0-0, 12. Las Vegas Raiders: 1-0-0, 13. Los Angeles Rams: 1-0-0, 14. Los Angeles Chargers: 1-0-0, 15. Chicago Bears: 1-0-0, 16. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-0-0, 17. Denver Broncos: 0-1-0, 18. San Francisco 49ers: 0-1-0, 19. Miami Dolphins: 0-1-0, 20. New York Jets: 0-1-0, 21. Houston Texans: 0-1-0, 22. Carolina Panthers: 0-1-0, 23. Detroit Lions: 0-1-0, 24. Indianapolis Colts: 0-1-0, 25. Philadelphia Eagles: 0-1-0, 26. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-1-0, 27. New York Giants: 0-1-0, 28. Minnesota Vikings: 0-1-0, 29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 0-1-0, 30. Atlanta Falcons: 0-1-0, 31. Cleveland Browns: 0-1-0, 32. Dallas Cowboys: 0-1-0












2020 NFL Week 1 Game Recaps



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Chris Ransom Last Updated: September 13, 2020.




Houston Texans 0-1-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 1-0-0


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes were both members of the 2017 NFL Draft and both signal-callers got long-term contract extensions prior to the NFL Season Opener with both quarterbacks being the two highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Watson won the 2019 regular season matchup against Mahomes in Kansas City. Kansas City won the 2020 Divisional Round matchup as Mahomes got even with Watson after Houston led 24-0 before Patrick Mahomes went on to win Super Bowl 54 MVP.


Kansas City won the toss and deferred to the second half. Houston got the ball first and would get the ball to start the game with a touchback.


Watson threw a pass to Will Fuller on second and five. Fuller dropped perfectly thrown football by Watson. That set up a third and five.


Clete Blakeman took off his mask as Tytus Howard committed a false start penalty. Houston went from third and five to third and ten. David Johnson dropped a pass. The 17,000 fans sounded like 50,000 fans as Houston began this game 0/1 on third down conversions.


Kansas City gave the ball to rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire on their opening drive. Williams caught a third down conversion from Mahomes. MeCole Hardman ran for a gain of six.


Mahomes threw a first down to Travis Kelce. Houston played man coverage on Kelce last year. This time they decided to play zone coverage. Mahomes throws a short pass. Mahomes threw a pass to Demarcus Robinson for a touchdown. It looks like Robinson dropped the pass at the end.


The touchdown was overturned and ruled incomplete. Justin Reid did a great job in zone coverage despite Mahomes making that big boy throw. Jacob Martin got by right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Kansas City dropped a pass on third down. Kansas City punted it as Houston's new defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver rallied the Houston Texans defense after the touchdown got overturned and ruled an incomplete pass.


David Johnson ran the football for a gain of seven. Houston brought out a five wide receiver set on second and three. Darren Fells made a reception at tight end. David Johnson with another big run for Houston. David Johnson caught a reception for a first down.


Deshaun Watson threw a pass to Will Fuller. Tyrann Mathieu made a tackle. Deshaun Watson keeps pump faking and he threw a pass to Brandin Cooks. Watson threw a pass to Cooks.


Khalen Saunders a substitute defensive tackle for Chris Jones and Derrick Nnadi came in. The second year defensive tackle out of Western Illinois was slow to get up.


David Johnson runs into the end zone. Houston put a 9-play 80-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 12 seconds. David Johnson had 3 carries, 33 rushing yards, 1 reception, 5 receiving yards, 38 total yards, and 1 rushing touchdown following the touchdown which led to a 7-0 lead for the Houston Texans.


Houston made another defensive stop on third down. That set up a fourth and inches. Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman got the fourth down conversion. Travis Kelce picked up another first down.


Sammy Watkins caught a pass. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a big run. Mahomes threw a pass to Sammy Watkins. Houston led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Kansas City began the second quarter with a first and goal. Mahomes threw a completion to Travis Kelce. Mahomes goes back to Demarcus Robinson who almost caught the touchdown. Mahomes made an amazing throw, but Robinson couldn't make the catch. Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce. That 11-play 75-yard drive took up 5 minutes and 41 seconds as Kansas City tied this game 7-7.


Deshaun Watson threw a completion to Will Fuller. Chris Jones with a sack as Deshaun Watson gets 50 Shades Of Chris Jones. Giving Watson 50 Shades of Jones is why the man known as Chris Jones got paid.


Deshaun Watson ran for the first down on third down. He was ruled short as Houston punted the ball back to Kansas City.


Patrick Mahomes threw a pass to Sammy Watkins. Watkins was ruled shy of the end zone. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was ruled short. That set up a third and goal for Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins on a 16-play 91-yard drive that lasted 9 minutes and 4 seconds. Kansas City took a 14-7 lead.


Kansas City's defense prevented a first down heading into the 2 minute warning. Kansas City led 14-7. Houston got into field goal range thanks to a reception by tight end Jordan Akins. The 51-yard field goal was wide left.


Patrick Mahomes threw a bad pass intended for Sammy Watkins. Luckily there was no turnover on that incompletion. Mahomes threw a pass to Sammy Watkins as Kansas City took a timeout with 14 seconds left.


Patrick Mahomes threw a completion to Travis Kelce. A horse caller by Zach Cunningham a 3-4 middle linebacker allowed the Chiefs to gain 15-yards from the penalty and allowed Kansas City to get the ball from the 16-yard line. An illegal contact penalty by Cunningham Harrison Butker kicked a field goal to make it a 17-7 game at halftime.


Clyde Edwards-Helaire got a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Kansas City led 24-7 after three quarters of play.


L'Jarius Sneed intercepted Watson in the fourth quarter. Bernardrick McKinney almost intercepted Patrick Mahomes on a fourth and goal, but a pass interference penalty by Bradley Roby gave the Chiefs a new set of downs. Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill on third and goal. Hill got by Roby and ran a precise route after Mahomes had a perfect throw. Kansas City with 31 unanswered points after Houston took a 7-0 lead. Kansas City led 31-7.


Deshaun Watson threw a 19-yard touchdown pas to Jordan Akins. Houston missed the two point conversion. Kansas City led 31-13. Deshaun Watson ran it in on third and goal. Kansas City led this game 31-20 which was the score of Super Bowl 54.


Harrison Butker nailed a 19-yard field goal. Al Michael's negged Butker by calling the kick an extra point. Kansas City made the field goal and won 34-20.


Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the rookie running back out of LSU, Kansas City's 2020 first round pick was my player of the game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 25 carries, 138 total yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.


Quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 24/32 with 211 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Kansas City's offensive line with Eric Fisher at left tackle, Kelechi Osmele at left guard, Austin Reiter at center, Austin Wylie at right guard, and Mitchell Schwartz dominated with their run blocking by paving lanes for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Outside of the sack that Schwartz gave up, the offensive line was phenomenal in pass protection. Even when Houston got pressure on Mahomes, he showed the ability to throw touchdowns while being on the run.


Houston faces the Baltimore Ravens in their home opener in week 2. Kansas City faces the Los Angeles Chargers in Sofi Stadium next Sunday and should be 2-0 if they win against the Chargers in the stadium they are sharing with the Rams.




Philadelphia Eagles 0-1-0
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Washington Football Team 1-0-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-Today is the official debut of the Washington Football Team. That is until they get a licensed patent for a new NFL nickname. Philadelphia Eagles starting running back Miles Sanders could not make the trip to the nations capital and is out with an injury.


Carson Wentz began this game 2/2 even without left tackle Andre Dillard who is out for the season and right tackle Lane Johnson who was ruled inactive for this game. Alshon Jeffrey is also out for Baltimore.


Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz. Philadelphia led 7-0. Ertz caught it near Washington's free safety picking him apart. Washington cut their best free safety Sean Davis and Wentz manages to exploit that weakness even without his top two offensive tackles which tells you how good Wentz is when he's fully healthy.


Philadelphia got a field goal. Philadelphia led 10-0 after one quarter of play.


Carson Wentz threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert. Philadelphia led 17-0.


Dwayne Haskins threw a touchdown pass. Philadelphia led 17-7 at halftime.


Peyton Barber ran it in for a touchdown. Philadelphia led 17-14.


Washington sacked Carson Wentz on third down. This defense has made things difficult for Carson Wentz and has adjusted well in the second half.


Washington approached field goal range near the end of the third quarter. Philadelphia led 17-14 after three quarters.


Washington got a field goal. That tied this game at 17-17.


Peyton Barber ran it in again. Washington led 24-17.


Washington got a field goal. Washington won 27-17.


Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was my player of the game. Dwayne Haskins went 17/31 with 178 passing yards, 17 rushing yards, 195 total yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions.




Miami Dolphins 0-1-0
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New England Patriots 1-0-0


Game Recap: NEW ENGLAND-Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry were both injured this week at wide receiver for the New England Patriots. Both receivers are active and will play with new quarterback Cam Newton. Ryan Fitzpatrick beat Tom Brady in Gillette Stadium last year. Now Fitzpatrick has a chance to get Miami off to a 1-0 start.


This game remained scoreless through one quarter. Neither team scored in the first quarter.


Cam Newton scrambled into the end zone. New England led 7-0.


Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the following drive. Miami's defense stepped up to force a three and out. Cam Newton could not get anything done on the following drive.


Miami got a field goal on their next drive. New England led 7-3. Fitzpatrick threw another interception and New England led 7-3 at halftime.


Cam Newton got another rushing touchdown. New England led 14-3 after three quarters of play.


Miami got a touchdown before Ryan Fitzpatrick ran it in for a two point conversion. New England led 14-11.


Sony Michel ran it in for a touchdown. New England led 21-11.


J.C. Jackson intercepts Ryan Fitzpatrick. New England won 21-11.


Strong safety Adrian Phillips is my player of the game. Phillips led New England with 8 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 9 total tackles, and 1 interception. Phillips was huge for New England making at least 10 plays while leading this defense to victory.




Green Bay Packers 1-0-0
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Minnesota Vikings 0-1-0


Game Recap: MINNESOTA-Green Bay Packers starting right tackle Billy Turner is inactive as he beat out Free Agent Rick Wagner for the right tackle job. Minnesota Vikings 4-3 left end Danielle Hunter is also inactive so it will be interesting to see who wins the matchup between the backup right tackle on Green Bay and the backup 4-3 let end on Minnesota.


Green Bay put together a very long drive. Green Bay had the ball for 7 minutes and 33 seconds on their first drive. They only came away with a field goal which is a huge defensive win for the Minnesota Vikings.


Dalvin Cook ran it into the end zone for Minnesota on their first drive. Minnesota led 7-3 after one quarter of play.


Kirk Cousins was sacked in the end zone. Minnesota led 7-5 following the safety. Green Bay got two points and the ball.


Green Bay got a field goal. Green Bay led 8-7.


Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to DaVante Adams. Rodgers threw another touchdown pass. Green Bay led 22-7 at halftime.


Minnesota got a field goal in the third quarter. Green Bay led 22-10.


Aaron Rodgers underthrew a pass on third down. That led to a punt.


Aaron Rodgers threw another touchdown pass to DaVante Adams. Green Bay led 29-10 after three quarters of play.


Minnesota got a touchdown. Dalvin Cook ran a two point conversion. Green Bay led 29-18.


Aaron Rodgers threw a deep pass. Then he threw a 4-yard passing touchdown to Allen Lazard. Green Bay led 36-18.


Dalvin Cook got a rushing touchdown. Then Minnesota went for a two point conversion again and got it. Green Bay led 36-26.


Aaron Jones got a rushing touchdwon on a 8-play 85-yard drive that took up 4 minute and 36 seconds. Green Bay led 43-26.


Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown to Adam Thielen. Minnnesota got the two point conversion.


Green Bay won 43-34. Both teams had 904 total yards combined with 522 total yards for the Green Bay Packers and 382 total yards for the Minnesota Vikings.


Wide receiver DaVante Adams was my player of the game. DaVante Adams had 14 receptions, 156 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. It didn't matter who Minnesota had at cornerback. Adams stepped up today. Aaron Rodgers was brilliant at quarterback as well going 32/44 with 364 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.





Indianapolis Colts 0-1-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 1-0-0


Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-Jacksonville is the only team on Sunday that is allowed to have fans in their stadium. Philip Rivers makes his debut with the Indianapolis Colts.


Anthony Costanzo at left tackle and Quinton Nelson at left guard opened up a huge hole for Hines at running back. Indianapolis led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Gardner Minshew II threw a touchdown pass to D.J. Chark. That tied the game at 7-7.


Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Hines. Rivers had excellent pass protection on this play. Left tackle Anthony Costanzo, left guard Quinton Nelson, center Ryan Kelly, right guard Mark Glowinski, and right tackle Braden Smith are doing their job on this offensive line. Indianapolis led 14-7.


Gardner Minshew II threw a touchdown to Laviska Shenault Jr. Gardner Minshew II began this game 12/13 with 93 passing yards, 2 passing touchdwons, and no interceptions. Indianapolis got a field goal. Indianpaolis led 17-14 at halftime.


Jacksonville got a field goal in the third quarter. This game was tied 17-17 after three quarters of play.


Indianapolis got a field goal. Indianapolis led 20-17.


Gardner Minshew II threw another touchdown pass. That gave Jacksonville their first lead of the game.


Philip Rivers thre a pick. Jacksonville intercepted Rivers and kept their 24-20 lead.


Jacksonville got a field goal. Jacksonville won 27-20.


Gardner Minshew II was my player of the game. Gardner Minshew II went 19/20 with 173 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.




Chicago Bears 1-0-0
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Detroit Lions 0-1-0


Game Recap: DETROIT-Kenny Golloday is out at wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford will have to step up without his best receiver this week.


Detroit got the ball and was able to get a field goal. I was surprised that Stafford opted to go to his receivers rather than get tight end T.J. Hockenson involved with Golloday out.


Chicago got a field goal. The Bears tied this game at 3-3. The score was 3-3 after one quarter of play.


Both teams traded field goals in the second quarter to make it 6-6. De'Andre Swift got a rushing touchdown. Detroit led 13-6 at halftime.


Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to tight end T.J. Hockenson. That touchdown gave Detroit a 20-6 lead.


Matt Prater got a field goal. Detroit led 23-6 after three quarters of play.


Mitchell Trubisky threw a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Detroit led 23-13. Khalil Mack also left this game injured and he's Chicago's star pass rusher that they traded two first round picks for, but Chicago will have a 2021 first round pick again after not having a 2019 and 2020 first round pick.


Mitchell Trubisky threw another touchdown. This one was to Wims. Detroit led 23-20.


Kyle Fuller intercepted Marvin Jones. Fuller is a number one corner and Marvin Jones is a number two receiver. Fuller had the advantage there all day limiting Jones to 4 receptions for 55 yards. Stafford targeted Jones 8 times with Kenny Golladay out with an injury.


Mitchell Trubisky threw a touchdown to Anthony Miller. Chicago led 27-23.


Detroit drove downfield. They entered the Chicago red zone down by 4. De'Andre Swift dropped a game-winning touchdown catch late in the game. Jaylen Johnson broke up a pass at the end of the game.


Chicago's cornerback duo of of Kyle Fuller and rookie Jaylon Johnson out of Utah really stepped up today. Especially when you take into account that Khalil Mack left this game injured. The cornerback tandem on Chicago deserves a lot of credit.


I'm giving Mitchell Trubisky my player of the game award. Going 20/36 with 242 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions may not wow you on the stat sheet. Chicago trailed 23-6 and Trubisky rallied this team back to win.




Las Vegas Raiders 1-0-0
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Carolina Panthers 0-1-0


Game Recap: CAROLINA-The Las Vegas Raiders head to Carolina to take on the Carolina Panthers. I'm expecting big games from both Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater since both teams have suspect defensive backs.


Carolina's defense held the Raiders to a three and out on their first series. Carolina got a field goal. Thanks to a 6-play, 34-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 2 seconds. Carolina led 3-0.


Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs stepped up on the next drive with an 8-play 75-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 15 seconds with Jacobs getting the rushing touchdown after Carr threw it deep to Henry Ruggs III.


Carolina had a 10-play 63-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 50 seconds. Christian McCaffrey got a rushing touchdown. Carolina led 9-7 after one quarter of play.


Joey Slye made two field goals in the second quarter. The Raiders got a field goal. Carr's touchdown pass late in the second quarter gave the Raiders a 17-15 lead. Las Vegas led 17-15 at halftime.


Las Vegas got a field goal. Las Vegas led 20-15.


Josh Jacobs got another rushing touchdown. Las Vegas led 27-15.


Christian McCaffrey got another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Teddy Bridgewater also scored a touchdown as Carolina went on a 15-0 run to reclaim the lead. Carolina led 30-27.


Josh Jacobs had a third rushing touchdown. The Las Vegas Raiders win their opener 34-30. Right tackle Trent Brown left this game injured. So the fact that Jacobs stepped up and showed leadership traits without the Raiders best offensive tackle says a lot.


Josh Jacobs was my player of the game. Josh Jacobs had 25 carries, 93 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards, 139 total yards, and 3 rushing touchdowns.




New York Jets 0-1-0
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Buffalo Bills 1-0-0


Game Recap: BUFFALO-This is one of two week 1 games that features first round quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL Draft with Sam Darnold on the New York Jets and Josh Allen on the Buffalo Bills. New York will not have Denzel Mims their rookie receiver for this game. Buffalo will not have their number two cornerback Josh Norman, but should still be stout enough defensively to stop Sam Darnold.


Josh Allen got a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in the first quarter. Josh Allen was 9/11 with 78 passing yards, 46 rushing yards, 124 total yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 total touchdowns, and no interceptions in the first quarter. Buffalo led 14-0 after one quarter of play.


Josh Allen threw another passing touchdown. New York got a field goal. Buffalo led 21-3 at halftime.


Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass to Jameson Crowder late in the third quarter. Buffalo led 21-10 after three quarters of play.


Tyler Bass finally made a field goal in the fourth quarter after missing his first two attempts. After Buffalo's defense held Carolina to a three and out, Bass got another opportunity to make a field goal. Buffalo led 27-17.


The Jets got a late rushing touchdown even after Le'Veon Bell left this game injured. Buffalo won 27-17.


Quarterback Josh Allen was my player of the game. Josh Allen went 33/46 with 312 passing yards, led the team with 57 rushing yards, had 369 total yards, a 72% completion percentage, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 total touchdowns, and no interceptions. He lost two fumbles, but you have to look past that since Allen had such a career day.


Defensive backs Brian Poole and Marcus Maye were the only players to sack Allen. Buffalo's offensive line made sure this front 7 wouldn't touch Allen. To be fair left tackle Dion Dawkins and right tackle Cody Ford did not face anyone good at 3-4 outside linebacker for the New York Jets. Those two offensive tackles kept Allen clean and deserve some credit for that.





Cleveland Browns 0-1-0
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Baltimore Ravens 1-0-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-This is one of two week 1 games that features first round quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL Draft with Baker Mayfield on the Cleveland Browns and Lamar Jackson on the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland will not have Greedy Williams or Grant Delpit on their secondary which will make things easier for Baltimore.


Cleveland got the ball to start this game. Baker Mayfield threw an interception to Baltimore.


Lamar Jackson started this game strong on his first drive going 2/2 with 17-passing yards and 1 passing touchdown to tight end Mark Andrews.


Baltimore got a field goal to make it 10-0 thanks to kikcer Justin Tucker. Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass to David Njoku. Myles Garrett recovered a fumble, but Cleveland could not capitalize. Baltimore led 10-6 after one quarter of play.


J.K. Dobbins got a rushing touchdown. Lamar Jackson threw a second touchdown pass. Baltimore led 24-6 at halftime.


This was Baker's third pass thrown into coverage in the third quarter. Baker would have 3 interceptions on his stat sheet if the Ravens didn't drop a couple of interceptions.


Lamar Jackson capitalized. He threw another touchdown pass to Willie Snead. Baltimore led Cleveland 31-6.


Left tackle Ronnie Stanley did leave this game injured for the Baltimore Ravens and Jedrick Wills Jr. did get benched, but the game was such a blowout that keeping him and risking an injury isn't smart.


Baltimore got a touchdown in the fourth quarter to add insult to injury. Baltimore won 38-6.


Quarterback Lamar Jackson was my player of the game. Lamar Jackson went 20/25 with 275 passing yards, 45 rushing yards, 320 total yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. He domianted even when Ronnie Stanley left this game injured showing the leadership you want in an MVP quarterback.




Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0
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Atlanta Falcons 0-1-0


Game Recap: ATLANTA-Philip Dorsett is inactive against Atlanta. Seattle won't have that slot receiver to give them an advantage. Also Josh Gordon hasn't been cleared by the league to return so Seattle's two best receivers go up against a fully healthy Atlanta Falcons secondary that suffered from injuries in 2019 to begin their 2020 NFL Season.


Atlanta got a field goal to start this game. Atlanta led 3-0.


Russell Wilson began this game 4/4 with 39 passing yards. Russell Wilson was 14/15 with 106 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Russell threw both of his touchdowns in the first quarter. Seattle led 14-3 after one quarter of play.


Atlanta got three field goals in the second quarter. Seattle led 14-12 at halftime.


Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf. Seattle led 21-12.


Russell Wilson threw another touchdown pass which was his fourth of the day. Seattle led 28-12 after three quarters of play.


Seattle got ten more points to take a 38-12 lead. Atlanta got 13 meager garbage time points, but that wasn't enough. Seattle won 38-25.


Quarterback Russell Wilson was my player of the game. Wilson went 31/35 with 322 passing yards, 29 rushing yards which led Seattle in rushing yards, 351 total yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Left tackle Duane Brown did a phenomenal job protecting Wilson's blindside.




Los Angeles Chargers 1-0-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 0-1-0


Game Recap: CINCINNATI-Joe Burrow the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will make his NFL debut today. The other first round quarterback that the Chargers drafted named Justin Herbert won't as Tyrod Taylor gets the start for the Chargers. Jonah Williams, the Bengals 2019 first round pick will also make his NFL debut at left tackle. Both Chargers center Mike Pouncey and Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins were inactive for this game.


Joe Burrow scrambled for a rushing touchdown. Cincinnati led 7-0 after one quarter.


Michael Badgley kicked two field goals in the second quarter. Cincinnati led 7-6 at halftime.


Randy Bullock made two field goals in the third quarter. Cincinnati led 13-6.


Joshua Kelley, the rookie running back from UCLA that stood out in Mobile got the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles tied the game at 13.


Michael Badgley kicked another field goal in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles led 16-13.


Joe Burrow drove Cincinnati downfield. Randy Bullock had a chance to tie the game and send it to overtime. Bullock had the most WTF moment of this game as he missed a chip shot 31-yard field goal and got injured on the play.


The Los Angeles Chargers prevailed 16-13. The cornerback play by both teams was stellar.


Casey Heyward of the Los Angeles Chargers and William Jackson IIi of the Cincinnati Bengals both had spectacular games. Heyward led the Chargers with 12 solo tackles while blanketing A.J. Green to 5 receptions for 51 receiving yards while keeping Green out of the end zone which is why he's my player of the game.




Arizona Cardinals 1-0-0
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San Francisco 49ers 0-1-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Deebo Samuel will be out for this game at wide receiver. Brandon Aiyuk, the rookie wide receiver from Arizona State will make his starting debut against the Arizona Cardinals. Javon Kinlaw is the other rookie that San Francisco drafted ahead of Aiyuk in the 2020 NFL Draft when they moved DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts.


San Francisco had a big run early in the game. That run led to a San Francisco field goal. Raheem Mostert got a rushing touchdown. San Francisco led 10-0.


Arizona blocked a punt. Kyler Murray handed the ball off to Chase Edmonds who would pound it in. San Francisco led 10-7.


Jimmy Garoppolo got the ball back. Angelo Blackson got by San Francisco left guard Laken Tomlinson and center Ben Garner filling in for an injured Weston Richburg to get the sack. San Francisco led 10-7 after one quarter of play.


Arizona sacked San Francisco on second and goal. San Francisco went for it on fourth and goal. Arizona made a huge stop.


Arizona responded with a big 13-play 65-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 2 seconnds. Arizna missed a field goal.


San Francisco punted the ball to Arizona. Kyler Murray threw an interception on the play to San Francisco free safety Jaquiski Tartt. San Francisco got a field goal on the following series to make it a 13-7 game.


Arizona had a nice run to the outside. This put the Arizona Cardinals in field goal range. San Francisco led 13-10 at halftime.


Kyler Murray got sacked on second down in the third quarter. His scrambling got Arizona out of a third and seventeen jam. Murray was in another third and ten situation and the pass got tipped. Neither team scored in the third quarter. San Francisco led 13-10 after three quarters of play.


Kyler Murray scrambled into the end zone. Arizona led 17-13.


Jimmy Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass on third and goal. San Francisco led 20-17.


Kyler Murray had his third big scramble for a first down at quarterback for the Arziona Cardinals. Murray threw a passing touchdown, but it got overturned before Arizona pounded it in. Arizona led 24-20


San Francisco drove the ball downfield. They were stopped by Arizona on both third and five and fourth and five. Byron Murphy the former Washington Huskies cornerback broke up the pass on fourth and five. Arizona won 24-20.


My player of the game for Arizona was wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. DeAndre Hopkins had 14 receptions for 151 receiving yards and was the biggest reason Arizona barely prevailed in this game.





Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-1-0
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New Orleans Saints 1-0-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-Tom Brady makes his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Drew Brees will face Tom Brady in New Orleans.


Tom Brady put together a 9-play 57-yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 53 seconds. He got a scrambling touchdown on his very first series with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay led 7-0.


Drew Brees threw a ball on third down. It looked like it may have been intercepted. It slipped through the defenders hands and Jared Cook Jr. caught the reception for a first down. Tampa Bay led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Taysom Hill ran for a first down in the third quarter. Drew Brees threw a short pass to Alvin Kamara which Kamara ran for a receiving touchdown. That tied the game at 7-7.


Tom Brady is now dealing with a second and eight situation. Marcus Williams, the strong safety for the New Orleans Saints lined up at free safety on a play where Marcus Williams intercepts Tom Brady.


Jordan Whitehead got busted for defensive pass interference on third and fourteen. Alvin Kamara ran it in on the next play. New Orleans led 14-7.


Tampa Bay had a blocked field goal. New Orleans kicked a field goal. New Orleans led 17-7 at halftime.


Tom Brady threw an interception to Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins returned that for a touchdown. New Orleans led 24-7.


Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to O.J. Howard on the next drive. New Orleans led 24-14.


Tampa Bay got a field goal. New Orleans led 24-17 after three quarters of play.


Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. New Orleans led 31-17.


Drew Brees threw an incomplete pass on third and goal. This led to a field goal. New Orleans led 34-17.


New Orleans won 34-23. The cornerback tandem of Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins on the New Orleans Saints stood out. Marcus Williams had an interception as well.


My player of the game was Marshon Lattimore. He limited Mike Evans to 1 reception and blanketed Evans with his supreme coverage. It got to the tipping point where Evans sucker punched Lattimore. People were tweeting about how Lattimore made Evans his son.




Dallas Cowboys 0-1-0
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Los Angeles Rams 1-0-0


Game Recap: LOS ANGELES-Dak Prescott faces Jared Goff. Two of my top three quarterbacks from the 2016 NFL Draft will face off at the Los Angeles Rams brand new stadium in Inglewood.


Los Angeles opened up this game with a 7-play 70-yard drive that lasted 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Robert Woods had 3 receptions for 60 receiving yards on this opening drive before Malcolm Brown had a rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 7-0.


Los Angeles had another chance to build on their lead. Los Angeles had a 17-play 67-yard drive that lasted 8 minutes and 57 seconds. Unfortunately for the Rams, a missed field goal kept the score 7-0.


Los Angeles led 7-0 after one quarter of play. The Rams had the ball for 12 minutes and 20 seconds in the first quarter.


Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to running back Ezekiel Elliott. This tied the game at 7-7.


Los Angeles got a field goal and led 10-7. Los Angeles got a second field goal in the second quarter and led 13-7.


Dak Prescott got a rushing touchdown, but the call was overturned. Ezekiel Elliott pounded it in. Dallas led 14-13 at halftime.


Dallas had the football in a managable third and four situation. Michael Brockers came up with a huge sack on third down.


Los Angeles had an 11-play 90-yard drive that lasted 5 minutes and 51 seconds. Malcolm Brown ran it in for his second rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 20-14.


Dak Prescott underthrew an incomplete pass on third down in the third quarter. That's still not as bad as the interception that Jared Goff threw to his former PAC 12 rival Chidobe Awuzie on third down.


Dallas followed that interception up with a field goal. Los Angeles led 20-17 after three quarters of play.


Los Angeles put together a 9-play 47-yard drive that took up 5 minutes and 18 seconds in the fourth quarter beginning their drive on their own 9-yard line. Dallas managed to get the Rams to punt it.


Dallas went three and out. The Los Angeles Rams punted it back.


It looked like Michael Gallup got separation on Jalen Ramsey near the end of the game. An offensive pass interference call that never should have been offensive pass interference ruined this game for Dallas. The Rams managed to make a defensive stop and won 20-17.


Wide receiver Robert Woods was my player of the game with 6 receptions for 105 receiving yards. Running back Malcolm Brown had 18 carries, 79 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards, 110 total yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. Some had Brown over Woods as player of the game due to his touchdowns.


Honorable mentions also go to left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right tackle Bobby Evans. These two offensive tackles did a great job keeping Everson Griffen and Demarcus Lawrence from sacking Jared Goff and deserve some credit for that along with their superb run blocking where the Rams team as a whole had 40 carries, 153 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.




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New York Giants 0-1-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Pittsburgh heads to New York. This will be Ben Roethlsiberger's first start since the week 1 loss to the New England Patriots back in 2019. Ben left that game injured.


New York's longest play on their opening drive was a 14-yard pass from Daniel Jones to Sterling Shepard. Pittsburgh fumbled a punt return and New York recovered. The New York Giants had the ball at the Pittsburgh Steelers 3-yard line.


Pittsburgh held New York to a three and out on their second posession following the fumble recovery. New York opted for a field goal on fourth and goal. New York led 3-0.


Later in the first quarter, Pittsburgh got a field goal. This game was tied at 3-3 after one quarter of play.


Daniel Jones threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton. New York led 10-7.


Jabrill Peppers hit Vance McDonald hard to prevent a Pittsburgh Steelers third down conversion. Pittsburgh punted the ball back to New York.


Daniel Jones threw an interception to T.J. Watt. Pittsburgh would capitalize on their next series. Ben Roethlisberger threw a first down to tight end Eric Ebron. Then he threw a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Chris Boswell missed the extra point. New York led 10-9.


Daniel Jones completed a 38-yard pass to running back Saquon Barkley who Pitsburgh held to 6-rushing yards for the entire game. Evan Engram's offensive pass interference penalty on the next play practically killed momentum. Vince Williams the 3-4 middle linebacker lines up as an edge rusher here and gets by right tackle Cameron Flemming to sack Daniel Jones. That sack forced New York to punt.


James Washington was huge on Pittsburgh's last drive in the first half. For starters, he caught a 21-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger. Second, he scored the go-ahead touchdown. Pittsburgh led 16-10 at halftime.


Running back Benny Snell Jr. had a big run to begin the third quarter for a first down. An incomplete pass kept Pittsburgh from doing anything on their first series in the second half.


New York put the longest drive together this season. It was a 19-play 87-yard drive that took up 8 minutes and 50 seconds. Unfortunately, as New York approached the goal line, Cameron Heyward, the 3-4 right end that the Pittsburgh Steelers just paid intercepted Jones making this a huge wasted opportunity by the New York Giants.


Benny Snell Jr. fumbled, but JuJu Smith-Schuster recovered the fumble. New York Giants 3-4 right end Leonard Williams got by Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh's blindside at left tackle and sacked Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh led 16-10 after three quarters of play.


Pittsburgh had to settle for a field goal. Chris Boswell made this field goal. Pittsburgh led 19-10.


Mike Hilton got by Cameron Flemming on third down to sack Daniel Jones. New York punted it.


Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Pittsburgh led 26-10. Pittsburgh won this game 26-16.


There are many players deserving of player of the game from Ben Roethlisberger Alejandro Villanueva, JuJu Smith Schuster, Benny Snell Jr., to the players on Pittsburgh's defense who had 11 tackles for a loss in one game. I will go with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as my player of the game. Ben Roethlisberger went 21/32 with 229 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions in his first start back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.




Tennessee Titans 1-0-0
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Denver Broncos 0-1-0


Game Recap: DENVER-Jurrell Casey was drafted by the Tennessee Titans. Denver made a move and got Casey and will need him to step up with Von Miller out for the season. Bradley Chubb hasn't been cleared from last years season ending injury either.


Tennessee kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal. Denver capitalized on their following drive in the first quarter. Drew Lock threw a touchdown pass to tight end Noah Fant. Denver led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Ryan Tannehill threw a touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt. This game was tied at 7-7 at halftime.


Neither team scored in the third quarter. This game was 7-7 heading into the fourth quarter.


Ryan Tannehill continued the Titans long drive with a touchdown pass to tight end Jonnu Smith. Kicker Stephen Gostokwski missed the extra point after missing three field goals in this game. Tennessee led 13-7.


Melvin Gordon got a rushing touchdown. Denver led 14-13.


Stephen Gostkowski would have one more opportunity to redeem himself. He got it. Tennessee won 16-14.


Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was my player of the game. Ryan Tannehill went 29/43 with 249 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.







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