NFL Week 1 Recaps 2016 NFL Week 1 Game Recaps: Carolina Panthers 0-1-0 20 VS Denver Broncos 1-0-0 21 Final, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0-0 31 VS Atlanta Falcons 0-1-0 24 Final, Minnesota Vikings 1-0-0 25 VS Tennessee Titans 0-1-0 16 Final, Cleveland Browns 0-1-0 10 VS Philadelphia Eagles 1-0-0 29 Final, Cincinnati Bengals 1-0-0 23 VS New York Jets 0-0-0 22 Final, Oakland Raiders 1-0-0 35 VS New Orleans Saints 0-1-0 34 Final, San Diego Chargers 0-1-0 27 VS Kansas City Chiefs 1-0-0 33 OT, Buffalo Bills 0-1-0 7 VS Baltimore Ravens 1-0-0 13 Final, Chicago Bears 0-1-0 14 VS Houston Texans 1-0-0 23 Final, Green Bay Packers 1-0-0 27 VS Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1-0 23 Final, Miami Dolphins 0-1-0 10 VS Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0 12 Final, New York Giants 1-0-0 20 VS Dallas Cowboys 0-1-0 19 Final, Detroit Lions 1-0-0 39 VS Indianapolis Colts 0-1-0 35 Final, New England Patriots 1-0-0 23 VS Arizona Cardinals 0-1-0 21 Final, Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0-0 38 VS Washington Redskins 0-1-0 16 Final, Los Angeles Rams 0-0-0 0 VS San Francisco 49ers 1-0-0 28 Final

2016 NFL Week 1 Game Recaps



Carolina and Denver faced off in a Super Bowl 50 rematch. Find out who won.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: September 11, 2016.




Carolina Panthers 0-1-0
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Denver Broncos 1-0-0


Game Recap: DENVER-The Super Bowl 50 rematch took place tonight. Carolina traveled to Denver to face a Denver Broncos team that defeated them in San Francisco back in February.


Trevor Siemian took the field to replace Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. Siemian did a great job getting the ball to DeMaryius Thomas for an 11-yard gain on the first play of the game.


Carolina gave Siemian some problems on first and second down after that. Virgil Green caught an 11-yard pass from Siemian on third down.


C.J. Anderson capitalized on some terrible gaps that the Panthers defensive line set up. Devontae Booker, the rookie running back from Utah fumbled on his first career carry as that turnover kept Denver from scoring on their opening drive.


Charles Johnson forced the fumble and Shaq Lawson had the fumble recovery at left outside linebacker for Carolina. Carolina's 2015 first round pick finally made a big play in 2016.


Carolina made some big plays. The drive began with Jonathan Stewart throwing the defense off guard. Kelvin Benjamin made a critical 17-yard reception on third down before Ted Ginn Jr. took a pitch on a trick play to get the ball to the Broncos 16-yard line.


Kelvin Benjamin got Carolina a touchdown. The Panthers took a 7-0 lead over Denver thanks to Benjamin's big plays on the Panthers first drive.


Trevor Siemian had a great drive going. It looked like Denver would score. Defensive tackle Star Lotuleilei swatted a pass that right outside linebacker Thomas Davis intercepted for Carolina.


Darian Stewart made a critical stop for Denver at free safety on third down. The first quarter ended with Carolina having to punt the ball back to Denver up 7-0 after Stewart made that stop on third down.


Fullback Andy Janovic set up a 28-yard block for C.J. Anderson. Then Janovic got a carry and took it to the end zone for a 28-yard rushing touchdown. Janovic already making me eat my own words after not being one of my top 5 fullbacks in the 2016 NFL Draft. That doesn't matter now though since Janovic tied the game at 7 after that run.


Brandon Marshall got injured on a running play where he stopped Jonathan Stewart. Cam Newton kept the drive alive despite that. Carolina did a phenomenal job with a 18-play drive that took up 9 minutes and 15 seconds with 9 runs and 9 passes. Newton ran it in for a rushing touchdown and really exposed Denver's run defense without Brandon Marshall or Danny Trevathian. Carolina led 14-7 because of Cam Newton's poise on that drive.


Denver went 3 and out and left 1:55 on the clock even though Cam Newton burned all of Carolina's timeouts pretty quickly in the first half. Both teams need to improve clock management in the second half since both teams are burning timeouts way too early.


Kelvin Benjamin made another critical reception. Benjamin had 4 receptions for 62 receiving yards after one half, but his play helped Carolina get into field goal range to give Carolina a 17-7 lead after one half. Benjamin finished with 6 receptions, 91 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Carolina got the ball to start the second half as well.


Carolina had 99 rushing yards in the first half. Carolina continued to run the ball effectively in the second half. Carolina didn't score on their first drive, but they took 4 minutes off the clock by running the football.


Bene Benwikere picked off Siemian in the third quarter. Turnovers continue to be the difference with Cam Newton being 6/6 on third down conversions and 5/6 on third down conversions. Newton was 5/7 on third down conversions after DeMarcus Ware got by Michael Oher to get a critical sack to end the drive.


Ware's sack caused Cam Newton to go down. Newton buckled back and was limping on the side lines. Von assisted with sack even though Mike Remmers has been contained by right tackle Mike Remmers.


Siemian made some great throws in the third quarter. Neither team scored though and Carolina led 17-7 after three quarters.


Trevor Siemian finally threw a touchdown to C.J. Anderson. That made it 17-14. Chris Harris intercepted Cam Newton and that put Denver back in field goal range to tie it.


Denver went for in on fourth down during a 10-play drive that took up 4:41 on the clock. That touchdown gave Denver a 21-17 lead.


Cam Newton did a great job taking some time off the clock. Carolina had to settle for a field goal with Denver still ahead by one with a 21-20 lead.


Luke Kuechly got his 10th solo tackle of the game on Denver's next drive. Carolina did a great job limiting what the Broncos offense could do on their next drive. The Panthers got the ball back with 3:17 left in the fourth quarter.


Penalties by Ryan Kalil really kept Carolina from moving the chains as Kalil had a face mask penalty which negated a first down and he also had a false start in the fourth quarter. Von Miller had a critical sack on third down which forced a fourth down.


Chris Harris had illegal use of the hands on fourth down. That gave Carolina some new life after Denver did a great job and appeared to have the game won.


Cam Newton burned his final timeout on another third down. Cam Newton threw a completion to Greg Olsen. Two offsetting penalties on second down caused the play to be replayed. Cam Newton got nervous and overthrew a pass to Greg Olsen.


Kelvin Benjamin caught another pass on third down for a conversion. Carolina was in position to make a 56-yard field goal after Benjamin's catch.


Graham Gano missed the 50-yard field goal. The kick went wide left as Denver barely won 21-20.


C.J. Anderson was the player of the game. Anderson had 92 rushing yards, 47 receiving yards, 139 total yards, 1 rushing touchdown, and 1 receiving touchdown with both of his touchdowns occurring in the fourth quarter after Carolina led by ten points heading into the fourth quarter.


Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson played well, but Denver's interior offensive line was sluggish and Anderson had to casarry Denver to a win that they barely pulled off thanks to the pass rushing of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Carolina is now 0-1 and Denver is 1-0 in a rematch of Super Bowl 50 that was much more exciting than Super Bowl 50 itself.




Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0-0
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Atlanta Falcons 0-1-0


Game Recap: ATLANTA-Tampa Bay swept Atlanta in 2015 after Atlanta swept them in 2014. Dirk Koetter made his NFL Head Coaching Debut after being 4-0 against both Tampa Bay and Atlanta in the last two years.


Atlanta got the ball first, but Tampa Bay made a defensive stop on their first drive.stop. Tampa Bay got a field goal on the next drive to make it a 3-0 game. Atlanta tied it with a field goal at 3 after Matt Ryan threw a 58-yard pass to Mohammed Sanu.


Ryan began this game 7/8 with 90 passing yards. Ryan really began this contest on a high note. Sanu had 3 receptions for 68 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. Ryan threw a touchdown to Sanu to put the Falcons up 10-3 after one quarter. Sanu ran by one of Tampa Bay's safeties to get the touchdown as Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves III had some success in coverage.


Jameis Winston wasn't as hot to start the game. He began the game 2/6 and threw an interception. Winston redeemed himself on the next drive. Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass to tight end Brandon Myers. That tied the game at 10.


Atlanta got a field goal to take a 13-10 lead. That field goal gave Atlanta the lead. Jameis Winston threw another touchdown pass to Charles Simms. That touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 17-13 lead heading into halftime.


Winston helped Tampa Bay drive down field to begin the second half. Jameis Winston threw a 20-yard touchdown to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That touchdown gave Tampa Bay a 24-13 lead. Winston was 20/27 with 223 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception after throwing that touchdown which put them up by 11.


Winston fired a fourth touchdown. This touchdown was a 45-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans. Evans had 5 receptions for 99 receiving yards. Desmond Trufant did well against Evans in coverage at times and intercepted a pass inteded for Evans at field cornerbac. That touchdown to Evans put Tampa Bay ahead 31-13.


Matt Ryan fired a touchdown to Julio Jones. Ryan decided that the Falcons should go for the two point conversion. After Atlanta successfully executed the two point conversion, Atlanta only trailed by 10 31-21.


Matt Bryant had his second field goal which made it a 31-24 game. Tampa Bay did a good job taking time off the clock forcing Atlanta to finish their final drive without any timeouts. The defense remained stingy and helped Tampa Bay win 31-24.


Jameis Winston finished 23/33 with 281 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception. Matt Ryan went 27/39 with 334 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Both quarterbacks did well despite poor play from the offensive line. Tampa Bay avoided giving up any sacks, but they gave up some hurries early in the game. Atlanta's offensive line was horrendous outside of center Alex Mack.


One guy on defense who stepped up was middle linebacker Kwon Alexander. ALexander had 15 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 17 total tackles, and a sack. Gerald McCoy had a sack, but he also had a foolish unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the sack. Robert Ayers also had a sack for Tampa Bay.


Tampa Bay got a critical road win to go to 1-0. Atlanta is 0-1 and they look like they are in for a long season.




Minnesota Vikings 1-0-0
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Tennessee Titans 0-1-0


Game Recap: TENNESSEE-Teddy Bridgewater is out for the year. Today Shaun Hill started for Minnesota even though the Vikings traded a first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford.


Marcus Mariota guided the Titans downfield. That gave the Titans a field goal to start this game. The Titans took their 3-0 lead into the second quarter after scoring in the first quarter.


Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown to DeMarco Murray in the second quarter. Mariota's touchdown gave the Titans a 10-0 lead heading into halftime.


Marcus Mariota went 13/21 with 146 passing yards, and 1 passing touchdown in the first half. Mariota really stepped up playing effective football against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.


Blair Walsh attempted a 56-yard field goal at halftime. The kick was no good and Adrian Peterson was limited to 20 rushing yards in the first half.


Blair Walsh finally redeemed himself with a field goal in the third quarter. Shaun Hill got injured, but the Vikings got another field goal to make it a 10-6 game.


Eric Kendricks returned a 77-yard interception for a touchdown. The Vikings 4-3 middle linebacker gave the Vikings the lead before Blair Walsh missed the extra point. The Vikings led 12-10 following that play.


Blair Walsh got another field goal to give the Vikings a 15-10 lead in the fourth quarter. It seemed like Marcus Mariota shut down after that interception.


Marcus Mariota fumbled and Danielle Hunter recovered that fumble for a touchdown to give the Vikings a 22-10 lead. Mike Zimmer deserves a lot of credit for adjusting on defense in the second half.


The Vikings took a 25-10 lead after the Blair Walsh project gave Minnesota three more points in the fourth quarter. Walsh finished 4/6 with field goals going 1/1 on extra points. Marcus Mariota threw another touchdown to DeMarco Murray, but critical mistakes by Mariota along with excellent defense with Eric Kendricks getting 5 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 6 total tackles, and 1 interception thtat resulted in a pick 6 that gave the Vikings a 12-10 lead.




Cleveland Browns 0-1-0
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Philadelphia Eagles 1-0-0


Game Recap: PHILADELPHIA-Robert Griffin III got a second chance as the Browns starting quarterback. Carson Wentz also made his starting debut.


Carson Wentz went 4/5 with 57 passing yards, and 1 passing touchdown on his first drive. Wentz didn't have the beest supporting cast at offensive tackle and went up against a quality reception. Jordan Matthews caught a 19-yard reception from Wentz to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Matthews lined up against boundary cornerback Tramon Williams and burned Williams in coverage.


The Browns went for in on fourth down. The Eagles made the stop.


Cleveland's secondary adjusted as Wentz only completed one of his next five pass attempts putting him at 5/10 with 85 passing yards in the second quarter. Philadelphia got a field goal to make it a 10-0 lead.


Isaiah Crowell ran it in for a touchdown. That made it a 10-7 game. Philadelphia led 13-7 at halftime with Carson Wentz going 10/19 with 128 passing yards in the first half.


The Browns got a field goal to make it a 3 point game. Cameron Erving fumbled a safety that gave the Eagles a 15-10 lead.


Carson Wentz threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor. Agholor did an incredible job getting by Joe Haden in coverage. Haden is too talented to be giving up touchdowns to #2 receivers like Agholor in coverage. That touchdown gave the Eagles a 22-10 lead. Wentz went 22/37 with 237 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions on the day. Jordan Matthews had 7 receptions and 114 receiving yards. Wentz was phenomenal today despite terrible play from his offensive line.


Ryan Matthews got a rushing touchdown to give the Eagles a 29-10 lead. Jason Peters managed to play despite being injured in the preseason and caught Matthews in the end zone. The Eagles won 29-10 because Wentz stepped up while Robert Griffin III struggled against a defense that many consider to be mediocre on the secondary. The Browns got rid of all of their good corners for depth, and their starters Joe Haden and Terrance Williams struggled today.





Cincinnati Bengals 1-0-0
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New York Jets 0-1-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-The Cincinnati Bengals have Andy Dalton back from an injury. The Jets also have Ryan Fitzpatrick back after a length contract dispute.


Ryan Fitzpatrick began this game 4/6 with 60 passing yards, and 1 passing touchdown. The Bengals were banged up at offensvie tackle, outside linebacker, and cornerback. That's why I picked the Jets to win. The Jets were validating my reasoning with a strong first drive.


Dalton got sacked early and threw an interception. The Jets had a chance to make this a two score game.


The Bengals got a field goal to make it 7-3. Andy Dalton fired a 54-yard touchdown to A.J. Green. Green torched Darrelle Revis in coverage.


That gave the Bengals a 10-7 lead before Ryan Fitzpatrick threw another touchdown to Eric Decker. That touchdown put the Jets up 13-10 after the Jets missed an extra point.


The Jets took a 16-10 lead. Mike Nugent did hit a field goal at the end of the first half to make it a 16-13 game at halftime.


Jeremy Hill's rushing touchdown gave the Bengals a 20-16 lead after 3 quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Jets drive downfield for another field goal.


The Jets got another field goal to take the lead. Mike Nugent did hit a game-winning field goal. That gave the Bengals the win. A.J. Green had 12 receptions, 180 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdowns. Green had 8 of those receptions for 152 receiving yards including the receiving touchdown on Revis.




Oakland Raiders 1-0-0
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New Orleans Saints 0-1-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-Oakland headed to New Orleans. Fantasy owners are expecting huge things from quarterbacks Derek Carr and Drew Brees in 2016.


Drew Brees began the game 0/2 and Derek Carr began 2/2. Neither quarterback got a first down and Janikowski kicked a field goal to put Oakland up 3-0.


New Orleans would tie it at 3 though. Carr had a chance to continue his strong start.


Carr continued his momentum beginning the game 6/6 with 82 passing yards. Latavis Murray gave the Raiders a 10-3 lead by running it into the end zone. Oakland led by 7 after one quarter.


Drew Brees threw two touchdowns in the second quarter to give New Orleans a 17-10 lead. Brees was 13/19 with 187 passing yards.


Drew Brees threw a 98-yard touchdown to Brandin Cooks in the third quarter. That touchdown put the Saints 24-10. Oakland got a field goal near the end of the third quarter.


Oakland got a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 24-19. The Raiders went for the two point conversion and could not get the conversion. The Saints kicked a field goal. That made it a 27-19 game. The Raiders got a 75-yard rushing touchdown before going for the two point conversion to tie it. Amari Cooper caught a two-point conversion from Derek Carr which tied the game at 27.


Drew Brees threw his final passing touchdown to put the Saints up 34-27. Drew Brees finished 28/42 with 423 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Drew Brees got Willie Snead involved who had 9 receptions for 172 receiving yards. Brandin Cook s had 6 receptions, 143 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Michael Thomas had 6 receptions for 58 receiving yards in his NFL debut. Mark Ingram had 2 receptions for 29 receiving yards out of the backfield. Thomas Cadet had 3 receptions for 14 receiving yards including the final touchdown that Brees threw.


Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams struggled with these Oakland receivers, but they deserved credit for keeping Derek Carr from throwing a passing touchdown for a vast majority of the game. Carr threw his only touchdown to Seth Roberts in the slot in the final minute of this game and at that point Delvin Breaux broke his leg. The Raiders then decided to go for the two point conversion and got it. That was such a gusty call by the Raiders. Oakland took a 35-34 lead with Derk Carr going 24/42 with 319 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions.


We knew that both of these quarterbacks would get 300 passing yards. Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams played better at cornerback and Brees played better at quarterback. The Raiders still found a way to win and their offensive line was phenomenal. Left tackle Donald Penn, left guard Kelechi Osmele, center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson, and right tackle Austin Howard all kept Derek Carr from getting sacked. These five offensive linemen opened up the running game and even showed some amazing zone blocking. Oakland's offensive line was the biggest reason the Raiders won.




San Diego Chargers 0-1-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 1-0-0


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Many believe Philip Rivers is a better quarterback than Alex Smith. Nobody gave Rivers and the Chargers a chance labeling Kansas City a lock to win this game.


The Chiefs got a field goal to start the game. Philip Rivers began the game 2/2 for 47 passing yards. Melvin Gordon ran it in for a rushing touchdown to give the Chargers a 7-3 lead.




Melvin Gordon got a rushing touchdown on the next drive. San Diego took a 14-3 lead before Philip Rivers fired a touchdown to Danny Woodhead to give the Chargers a 21-3 lead with Rivers going 11/13 with 113 passing yards and 1 passing touchdown. Rivers finished the game 25/36 with 243 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions.


Jeremiah Attaochu got by right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to sack Alex Smith. Travis Kelce had no receptions and words could not express how shocked I was by the lack of execution on the Chiefs offense.


The Chargers led this game 24-3 at one point and the Chiefs still came back and won. Losing Keenan Allen to an injury in what is likely a torn ACL is a huge loss for San Diego. That still does not excuse the Chargers from blowing such a huge lead. Kansas City rallied back to win in overtime 33-27 without running back Jamal Charles or pass rusher Justin Houston.


Alex Smith went 34/48 with 364 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 total touchdowns, and 1 interception. Smith had to carry the Kansas City Chiefs in this game since Maclin was covered well. Travis Kelce got double teamed, and his offensive line did bad failing to protect him. Smith showed he could deliver in a big game and deserves credit for leading the Chiefs to thier biggest comeback win in team history.




Buffalo Bills 0-1-0
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Baltimore Ravens 1-0-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-Tyrod Taylor and Rex Ryan returned to Buffalo. Taylor was once Joe Flacco's backup and Bills head coach Rex Ryan was once John Harbaugh's defensive coordinator.


Justin Tucker kicked a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter. That gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead heading into the second quarter.


Joe Flacco gave the Ravens a 10-0 lead when he threw a touchdown to Mike Wallace who picked apart strong safety Aaron Williams. LeSean McCoy ran it in for a touchdown to finally put Buffalo on the scoreboard in the second quarter.


Justin Tucker got another field goal in the fourth quarter. The Ravens won 13-7.


Joe Flacco finished the day 23/34 with 258 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Flacco did well despite left tackle Ronnie Stanley getting abused by right end Jerry Hughes. Right tackle Ricky Wagner was also bad. Center Jeremy Zuttah and right guard Marshall Yanda were the only effective blockers in this gmame as Zuttah and Yanda dominated against the Bills defense.


Some of the players on the Ravens defense that stepped up include cornerback Shareece Wright who led the Ravens with 11 total tackles. Jimmy Smith held Sammy Watkins to 4 receptions for 43 receiving yards. LaDarius Webb and Jarraud Powers also stepped up in coverage as Baltimore used a vareity of corners to blanket these Bills receivers. Timmy Jernigan dominated at 3-4 right end as did Terrell Suggs at 3-4 right outside linebacker. This was a great team win by this Ravens defense.





Chicago Bears 0-1-0
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Houston Texans 1-0-0


Game Recap: HOUSTON-Chicago came to Houston. This was another game where everyone thought the Texans would win outright.


Brock Osweiler threw a pick on the Texans first drive. Jeremy Langford ran it in for a touchdown to give the Bears a 7-0 lead after Jay Cutler went 4/5 on Chicago's first drive.


Nick Novak got a field goal in the second quarter. Brock Osweiler threw a touchdown to DeAndre Hopkins. That gave the Texans a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.


Eddie Royal gave the Bears a 14-10 lead at halftime. Nick Novak gave the Texans a field goal in the third quarter as the Bears led by 1 after 3 quarters.


Fourth quarter Will Fuller lines up in the slot and torches Adrian Amos on an 18-yard receptions. Fuller picked apart everyone on this Bears secondary and finished with 5 receptions, 104 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Hopkins had 5 receptions, 54 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


Houston's receivers bailed Brock Osweiler out helping the Texans to get their first win. Chicago struggled on both offense and defense making me believe that Jay Cutler cannot lead this team long-term.


Brian Cushing tore his MCL. If teams have a center that can get past Vince Wilfork then teams will have a lot of success running on Houston.




Green Bay Packers 0-0-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 0-0-0


Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-Jacksonville did not have Chris Ivory for this game. T.J. Yeldon who started during most of the Jaguars rookie season got to start again.


Blake Bortles struggled during his first drive. Yeldon really had to bail him out. Green Bay dominated at pass rusher wtih Clay Matthews continuing to play at a high level. Aaron Rodgers scrambled into the end zone to make it 7-0, but T.J. Yeldon tied it at 7 near the end of the first quarter with the game tied at 7 after one quarter.


Rodgers had 3 straight 3 and outs as Jacksonville's defense stepped up and made some plays. Jacksonville took a 10-7 lead before Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a touchdown.


Blake Bortles finally threw his first passing touchdown late in the second quarter. Jacksonville took a 17-14 lead on that touchdown. Aaron Rodgers made an excellent throw to DaVante Adams with Jalen Ramsey covering him well. That throw put Green Bay up 21-17 at halftime.


Both teams had a field goal in the second half. Green Bay led 24-17 in the third quarter before Jacksonville made it 24-20. Green Bay led the entire second half. BLake Bortles had some opportuniteis at the end but there were sloppy penalties by both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Green Bay Packers.


Jared Odrick got by the Packers left guard who replaced Josh Sitton, but that was the only sack Green Bay allowed. The rest of the Packers offesnive line was flawless. Jacksonville's offensive line had problems protecting Blake Bortles all day and its evident the Jaguars need to upgrade the offensive line in the 2017 NFL Draft.




Miami Dolphins 0-1-0
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Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0


Game Recap: SEATTLE-Miami and Seattle both came in here with players talking about protesting during the National Anthem. Russell Wilson was expected to deliver a blowout win.


This was a defensive game. Seattle led 6-3 at halftime. Miami got a touchdown to take a 1-6 lead in the fourth quarter. Doug Baldwin caught the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds. Baldwin finished with 9 receptions, 92 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Seattle's defense did an awesome job limiting what Ryan Tannehill did in the passing game.




New York Giants 1-0-0
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Dallas Cowboys 0-1-0


Game Recap: DALLAS-New York came into Dallas. Watching Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant warm up with each other was nice.


Dan Bailey got the only points for Dallas in the first quarter. Bailey got another field goal for Dallas in the second quarter.


Eli Manning fired a touchdown pass to Larry Donnell at tight end. That 15-yard receiving touchdown was the only reception Donnell had.


Dan Bailey had made a field goal that gave the Cowboys a 9-7 lead. Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to Sterling Shephard. That pass gave the Giants a 14-9 lead at halftime.


Ezekiel Elliott made it a 16-14 game heading into the fourth quarter with his first career rushing touchdown. Dan Bailey got a field goal which made it a 19-14 game in the fourth quarter.


Eli Manning threw the game-winning touchdown to Victor Cruz. Cruz did his salsa dance as the Giants danced their way to a victory.


Eli Manning went 19/28 with 208 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception. Odell Beckham Jr. had 4 receptions for 73 receiving yards, Sterling Shephard had 3 receptions for 43 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Victor Cruz had 4 receptions, 34 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Orlando Sandrick had a sack, but got injured at cornerback for Dallas, but Brandon Car came in and got his first intercpeption since 2013.


Dak Prescott had poor pass protection from his offensive line as the Giants defensive line got all kinds of pressure on him. Janoris Jenkins blanketed Dez Bryant who struggled with 1 reception for 8 receiving yards. The Giants are now 1-0 while the Cowboys are now 0-1.





Detroit Lions 1-0-0
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Indianapolis Colts 0-1-0


Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-Detroit and Indianapolis both dominated on offense. Detroit got 2 rushing touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead over the Indianapolis Colts after Detroit led 7-0 after one quarter.


Adam Vinatieri got a field goal. Detroit still led 14-3.


Matthew Stafford fired to 2014 first round pick Eric Ebron who gave the Lions a 21-3 lead. Andrew Luck fired a touchdown to the Colts 2014 draft pick Donte Moncrief. Detroit led 21-10 at halftime.


In the third quarter, Andrew Luck fired a touchdown to Dwayne Allen. He also fired a two-point conversion to Allen after firing the 19-yard passing touchdown to Dwayne Allen. Detroit led 21-18 after Luck connected with Allen in the third quarter.


Matthew Stafford fired a passing touchdown to Ameer Abdullah. That gave Detroit a 28-18 lead.


The Lions took their ten point lead in to the fourth quarter. The Colts got a field goal before Andrew Luck threw a passing touchdown which tied the game at 28.


Stafford fired another touchdown. That gave the Lions a 34-28 lead as the Lions missed the extra point. Andrew Luck fired another touchdown to make it 35-34 with under a minute to go. Matthew Stafford got the Lions in field goal range because the Lions had all three timeouts. Matt Prater made up for his missed extra point when he kicked the game-winning field goal.


The Colts attempted a Music City Miracle from their own end zone, but it turned out worse than that fake punt with one blocker that they called against the Patriots. Detroit got the win and Ed Hochuli's biceps awarded the Lions a safety giving the Lions a 39-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts.


Matthew Stafford went 31/39 with 340 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Andrew Luck wnet 31/47 with 385 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions for the Colts. Both offensive lines have issues, but played a lot better than I expected. Both teams will have to make huge adjustments on defense in week 2.




New England Patriots 1-0-0
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Arizona Cardinals 0-1-0


Game Recap: ARIZONA-New England had no Tom Brady at quarterback, no Rob Gronkowski at tight end, no Nate Solder at left tackle or Sebastian Vulmer at right tackle. New England was also without Dion Lewis at running back, Shaq Mason at left guard, or Tre Jackson at right guard. David Andrews who filled in for Bryan Stork last year in 2015 is New England's most experienced offensive lineman starting tonight. How will the Patriots win?


Jimmy Garoppolo started the game strong. The Patriots had scores on each of his first two drives with Garoppolo throwing a 37-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan and Stephen Gostkowski getting a field goal to make it 10-0. Those scores gave the Patriots a 10-0 lead after one quarter.


Carson Palmer finally threw a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald in the second quarter. That made it a 10-7 game at halftime.


LeGarrette Blount had a great moment in the third quarter when he got a rushing touchdown to give New England a 17-7 lead. The blunder was a LeGarrette Blount fumble that put the Cardinals in scoring position. Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled it twice recovering a fumble and giving up a fumble to Arizona earlier in the game before Blount's turnover that put Arizona in great field position. David Johnson ran it in after Larry Fitzgerald caught another reception that made it first and goal for Arizona.




Garoppolo took the lead into the fourth quarter. Careless penalties on third down by the Arizona Cardinals allowed the Patriots to continue their drive. Arizona gave up 15 yard s from a roughing the passer play and a pass interfence play. A holding penalty on third down negated a first and goal play that would have gave the Patriots at ouchdown. Another holding penalty negated a completion to Julian Edelman. Even with these holding penalties, Stephen Gostkowski still got a field goal to give the Patriots a 20-14 lead.


Carson Palmer fired a screen pass. That resulted in a big gamin. He threw another touchdown to Larry Fitzggerald which gave the Cardinals a 21-20 lead.


Jimmy Garoppolo had an excellent completion to Danny Amendola on third down. Garoppolo's mobility and ability to scramble is better than Tom Brady's. I still think Brady is a better quarterback, but that's one trait I love about Garoppolo's game. Garoppolo fired another 7 yard completion to Danny Amendola. James White caught an excellent pass in traffic on third down.


LeGarrette Blount ruan a counter to the outside on third down. He made Patrick Peterson miss a tackle on third down for a huge first down. A delay of game penalty by Arizona made it 1st and 15. Garroppolo threw another screen pass. Arizona burned a timeout to keep New England from taking more time off the clock on their 5-minute drive. The Cardinals had one timeout remaining.


Arians burned Arizona's final timeout. The Patriots got a field goal and took up 6 minutes and 2 seconds on a 14-play drive.


Carson Palmer threw an 8-yard completion to John Brown. Palmer threw three big first downs to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald should have gotten one more reception. Still Carson Palmer did his best with what he had. A terrible snap on fourth down negated an Arizona field goal as Bill Belichcik burned his final timeout to ice Chandler Catanzaro. The Patriots win 23-21 and start 1-0.


Jimmy Garoppolo went 24/33 with 264 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Carson Palmer went 24/37 with 237 passing yards, 2 apssing touchdowns, and no interceptions.


The Patriots were really lucky to come away with the win. This was an inexcusable loss for Arizona. This loss may keep Arizona from winning the division, but Russell Wilson did get injured at the end of the Seahawks narrow win over the Dolphins.




Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0-0
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Washington Redskins 0-1-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-Pittsburgh arrived in Washington. I expected a lot of offense from both teams.


Pittsburgh's secondary is still suspect. They deserve credit for forcing Washington to punt on their first drive.


Pittsburgh went 3 and out on their first drive. DeAngelo Williams deserves credit for fighting for the first down on third down.


Kirk Cousins made some excellent throws on his second drive one was a huge gain to DeSean Jackson. Matt Jones showed he could run the ball. Kirk Cousins had his third low throw with bad accuracy which is why Washington had to settle for a field goal.


Breshaud Breeland picked off Ben Roethlisberger at boundary cornerback. That put Washington in field goal rang.e Washington led 6-0 following that field goal.


Turnovers really killed the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter. Things have to change in the second quarter if Pittsburgh wants to get back in this game.


Washington did a good job attempting to get some turnovers, but officiating kept the drive alive. Antonio Brown is always going to win those matches against Breeland.


Pittsburgh got a 7-6 lead thanks to Antonio Brown receiving touchdown. Washington kept getting penalties on their next drive which kept them from getting a field goal.


Pittsburgh threw another touchdown in the first half. Balance really was the difference in this game during the first half.


Pittsburgh focused more on passing when they got the ball in the third quarter. It resulted in a field goal giving Pittsburgh a 17-6 lead. Ben fired another touchdown to Antonio Brown which gave Pittsburgh a 24-6 lead. Washington went for a field goal as Pittsburgh led 24-9 after 3.


Washington got a touchdown in the fourth quarter. They trailed 24-16 after that play.


DeAngelo Williams sealed Washington's fate with a rushing touchdown to put Pittsburgh up 31-16. Pittsburgh won 38 to 16.


Antonio Brown had 8 receptions, 126 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns. DeAngelo Williams had 26 carries, 143 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 171 total yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns.




Los Angeles Rams 0-1-0
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San Francisco 49ers 1-0-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-The Los Angeles Rams returned to the NFL for the first time in over twenty years. Their opponent was the San Francisco 49ers.


Carlos Hyde had 5 carries, 35 rushing yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Hyde averaged 7 yards per carry in the first quarter.


San Francisco only needed 11 minutes to get 100 rushing yards. San Francisco had 106 rushing yards in the second quarter when their other running back Shaun Draughn had a rushing touchdown. Getting rid of left guard Alex Boone and replacing him with Zane Beadles was smart. Having Anthony Davis back at right tackle and drafting Joshua Garnett made this offensive line stronger.


The Rams began this game 0/6 on third down conversions. The Rams also had 4 penalties for 38 yards in the first half.


The Rams were 1/9 on third down conversions four minutes into the third quarter. San Francisco kept running up the score in a late night win where they shut out the Rams 28-0.


Carlos Hyde had 23 carries, 88 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. San Franciso's entire running game combined for 150 rushing yards thanks to the stout blocking by the 49ers offensive line.






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