Tremendous Bowl 56 groups each 0-1

The 32 issues we discovered from Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season:

1. Sunday’s Week 1 slate of video games coincided with the twenty first anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist assaults. Naturally, the pregame commemoration was particularly poignant within the New York market, the place the MetLife Stadium crowd carried a lot of the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Satirically, it was Baltimore coach John Harbaugh who sported a Ravens-branded FDNY hat on the sideline, whereas Jets coach Robert Saleh eschewed a lid (as he sometimes does). Harbaugh switched to a Ravens-branded NYPD hat throughout his postgame press convention following Baltimore’s 24-9 victory.

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2. For the soccer historians, it is also been 21 years since Tom Brady first turned a starter within the NFL as former New England Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe was injured in 2001 in the course of the NFL’s return following the tragedies on Sept. 11.

2a. TB12 improved to 7-0 all-time towards the Dallas Cowboys after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised 19-3 on Sunday evening.

2b. The Falcons, Vikings, Patriots and Bucs have additionally by no means notched a victory towards the GOAT.

2c. Now 45, Brady formally turned the oldest quarterback to begin an NFL recreation. And the record-breaking résumé grows.

3. For the primary time since 2007, there have been no rookie quarterbacks in any beginning lineup on opening weekend.

4. Week 1 did not lack for drama, however whether or not it was the climate (Chicago), some extremely regarded groups (Rams, Packers, Bengals, 49ers) falling flat, particular groups nonsense, or a pleasant serving to of penalties – each ridiculous (see: Chicago) and legit – opening weekend was sloppy sufficient that you simply may conclude {that a} good portion of the league ought to take preseason a bit extra critically.

4a. The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, who met seven months in the past in Tremendous Bowl 56, each misplaced. It is the primary time this century that the earlier season’s Tremendous Sunday contributors each opened 0-1.

Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton intercepts a move meant for Bengals extensive receiver Tyler Boyd.

5. The thumb damage suffered by Cowboys QB Dak Prescott presumably means Dallas’ interim plan to defend its NFC East title will depend on a mixture of QBs Cooper Rush and Will Grier – which might’t be a comforting thought to followers of “America’s Group,” Jerry Jones … or Mike McCarthy. Dallas’ subsequent 5 video games are towards the Bengals, Giants, Commanders, Rams and Eagles – an important stretch given the Cowboys might begin 0-3 within the division.

6. There are 10 new head coaches coming into the 2022 marketing campaign, and so they went a collective 6-2-1 Sunday with the Denver Broncos’ Nathaniel Hackett set to debut Monday in Seattle. Among the many winners was Giants boss Brian Daboll, whose fiery sideline demeanor and resolution to go for 2 factors and the win with 76 seconds to go will likely be a plus in New York … for now.

7. Two years in a row, QB Aaron Rodgers (195 yards, INT) and the Inexperienced Bay Packers have been trash in Week 1. It is only one recreation, however is it truthful to say Rodgers, a four-time MVP, and WR Davante Adams ought to’ve fought to save lots of their soccer marriage?

8. May this lastly be the 12 months the league will get a 2,000-yard receiver? Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson must common 113.5 per recreation the remainder of the way in which after his 184-yard, two-TD outburst helped take down Rodgers’ Pack.

9. Tyreek who? The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes went off for 360 yards and 5 TD passes in Arizona on Sunday, making certain that Buffalo Payments counterpart Josh Allen will not be working away and hiding with the MVP award.

9a. Mahomes has 18 TD passes and 0 picks in Week 1 video games throughout his profession.

10. May new LA Chargers move rusher Khalil Mack, who had three sacks towards the Las Vegas Raiders and former teammate Derek Carr on Sunday, be on the quick checklist of 2022 Defensive Participant of the 12 months candidates? Fairly good whenever you’re wholesome, lining up reverse Joey Bosa (1½ sacks) and getting staked to leads by QB Justin Herbert.

11. How is Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s season going to unfold after he failed to achieve a contract extension with Baltimore previous to this weekend’s self-imposed deadline? Time will inform, however noteworthy that Jackson, who threw three TD passes towards the Jets, solely ran six instances for 17 yards. He entered the season averaging 10.6 dashing makes an attempt per recreation over the course of his profession.

12. Jackson’s former teammate, present Jets QB Joe Flacco – he famously guess to play out his personal contract in 2012 and led Baltimore to a Tremendous Bowl victory – threw 59 passes in his first recreation towards his former crew. Flacco is now 0-10 in video games when he throws the ball at the very least 52 instances.

13. Based mostly on how the 2021 first-round quarterbacks performed, perhaps the San Francisco 49ers ought to’ve drafted Justin Fields third general as an alternative of Trey Lance. The rain and horrible sod at Soldier Subject might have been an equalizer, however no query Fields did much more with a lesser supporting forged in Chicago’s 19-10 upset.

13a. Since taking up in 2017, San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan is now 8-29 in regular-season video games not began by QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

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14. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals twice on Sunday, as soon as on the sector in additional time and as soon as on Twitter. (For the file, Pittsburgh compelled 5 turnovers.)

15. Regardless of a down season in 2021, Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick signed a record-setting contract (4-year, $73.6 million extension) for a security this offseason – it was later eclipsed by the Chargers’ Derwin James – and undoubtedly began incomes his cash Sunday. The 2-time All-Professional had a 31-yard choose six, tied a career-best with 14 tackles and blocked the additional level that despatched the sport into additional time, the place the Steelers prevailed. Fitzpatrick possible cannot afford to let up shifting ahead if teammate T.J. Watt’s pectoral damage is critical sufficient to knock final season’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months out for a protracted interval.

16. After present process an appendectomy at the beginning of coaching camp and whereas making an attempt to mesh with a entrance 5 that underwent an O-linedectomy within the offseason with 4 new starters, maybe Bengals QB Joe Burrow ought to have anticipated a tough 2022 debut. However his career-worst 5 turnovers, together with 4 INTs, had been two greater than he’d ever surrendered in an NFL recreation.

17. Welcome again, Saints WR Michael Thomas. The previous All-Professional, tormented by accidents in current seasons, had his first two-TD recreation in practically three years – each of Sunday’s scores coming within the fourth quarter – as New Orleans survived the Falcons in Atlanta 27-26.

18. Von Miller posted two sacks Thursday evening in his Payments debut, matching what he did in his remaining recreation with the Rams – a successful effort in Tremendous Bowl 56. Miller’s new crew took down his former teammate, Matthew Stafford, seven instances. Buffalo had the league’s top-ranked protection in 2021, although it solely averaged 2.47 sacks per recreation within the common season. Early indications are that Miller may very well be the ultimate piece to a long-awaited Tremendous Bowl formulation in western New York.

19. For the primary time since Sean McVay turned Rams coach in 2017, his crew is under .500 at any level in a season.

19a. Los Angeles’ 21-point loss was the second worst ever in Week 1 for a crew coming off a Tremendous Bowl victory.

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20. If Miller’s was the foremost transfer of the offseason – and Tyreek Hill and Adams will likely be amongst these on this debate – might WR A.J. Brown’s be the next-most consequential? Per Elias, Brown’s 155 receiving yards (10 catches) had been probably the most ever by an Eagles participant making his crew debut.

21. QB Matt Ryan’s first recreation with the Indianapolis Colts led to a 20-20 tie towards the Houston Texans. None of Ryan’s 222 video games with the Atlanta Falcons wound up deadlocked.

22. Some applause for TE O.J. Howard, who scored each Texans TDs on Sunday. Howard has gone from the penthouse (Bucs, Payments) to the outhouse throughout 2022 alone, however good to see him getting a chance to showcase the expertise that made him a first-round choose in 2017.

23. Since turning into the Patriots’ coach in 2000, Invoice Belichick had by no means misplaced his first 4 matchups to an opposing quarterback … till Sunday. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa is now 4-0 towards Belichick and helped the Dolphins enhance their file at Arduous Rock Stadium to 8-2 towards the Pats within the groups’ final 10 conferences in South Florida.

23a. All that offseason consternation in regards to the Patriots offense and departure of OC Josh McDaniels – what is the massive deal? New England put up seven factors, 271 yards and landed QB Mac Jones within the trainers’ room Sunday with an injured again.

24. New Panthers QB Baker Mayfield did not handle to (bleep) up his former Browns teammates nor cool the seat below his new coach, Matt Rhule.

25. Nevertheless, Mayfield would’ve pulled out the win if not for a Cleveland participant with whom he by no means performed. Browns Ok Cade York’s game-winning 58-yard FG within the remaining seconds was the longest ever by a rookie in his crew’s season opener. A fourth-rounder, York is the highest-drafted kicker since 2016.

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25a. The Steelers’ Chris Boswell and Saints’ Wil Lutz additionally drilled game-winning three-pointers Sunday.

25b. Nevertheless, some kickers – the Colts’ Rodrigo Blankenship and Titans’ Randy Bullock – will not sleep effectively. And the Bengals’ Evan McPherson will likely be dreaming about lengthy snapping assist.

26. A minimum of the Chiefs can relaxation straightforward figuring out they have fairly the kicking handcuff — S Justin Reid it seems — for Harrison Butker, who missed a part of Sunday’s recreation with an ankle damage.

27. NBC’s new “Sunday Evening Soccer” asserting duo of Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth is off to a quick begin. They interjected some humor into Thursday’s Rams-Payments kickoff recreation, then Tirico had enjoyable with Collinsworth’s failing vocal cords Sunday evening in Dallas. “Ought to I make a ‘Voice’ joke?” Tirico cracked, whereas working in a promotion for NBC’s well-liked actuality present.

28. Washington followers obtained the total Wentz on Sunday, their new quarterback serving up two interceptions earlier than connecting for 2 of his 4 TD passes within the remaining 10 minutes, bringing the Commanders again for a 28-22 overcome Jacksonville.

29. Jaguars rookie OLB Travon Walker, this 12 months’s No. 1 choose, turned the primary drafted participant since Watt in 2017 to gather a sack and interception in his NFL debut.

30. However I’ve to inform Neil, one in every of my largest followers – he simply loves listening to me on D.C. sports activities radio reveals along with studying this column – that Sunday’s recreation exterior the nation’s capital was unwatchable. Not as a result of the Commanders and Jags did not present some respectable soccer theater, however as a result of these new Washington uniforms look far worse in recreation motion than they did conceptually. And #HTTC? Dumb. Let it go.

31. From the “what do I do know?” information, the 4 backside groups in my newest energy rankings – Texans, Falcons, Bears and Giants – practically went 4-0. The quartet nonetheless wound up 2-1-1, Chicago prevailing in a Windy Metropolis downpour and Massive Blue upsetting the Titans in Nashville. Proof optimistic that you simply simply by no means know within the NFL.

32. Applicable to bookend Sunday’s 9/11 milestone by additionally taking a second to recollect former Cardinals security and U.S. Military Ranger Pat Tillman, who mentioned within the aftermath of the assaults: “My nice grandfather was at Pearl Harbor, and a variety of my household has gone and fought in wars, and I actually haven’t achieved a rattling factor so far as laying myself on the road like that.” In fact, Tillman, who left the NFL and enlisted following the 2001 season, wound up making the final word sacrifice when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. His reminiscence lives on with the The Pat Tillman Basis, which awards scholarships to present navy members, navy spouses and veterans. Thanks, Pat.


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