The Washington Football Team sits alone atop the NFC East after coming from behind to beat the Eagles, and the Cowboys and Giants lost on national television. Just the way it was drawn up for the relatively fan-less Week 1 in the NFL.
Meanwhile, six teams came back to win after trailing in the fourth quarter — Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington — the most Week 1 fourth-quarter comeback victories since 2016, when nine teams did it.
I’m not sure what stood out to any of you, but the quarterback play of several teams did it for me.
With an assist to the NFL PR team, some observations …
The geezer-showdown between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady (43 years old) and New Orleans’ Drew Brees (41) marked the first game in NFL history in which both starters were age 40 or older. It also marked the first matchup since at least 1950 to feature the top-two all-time leaders in passing touchdowns. Eh, big deal. Tell them to meet this 51-year-old writer in the gym for “Leg Day” and we’ll see who lasts longer in the squat rack.
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Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan had their own duel going in Atlanta, where Wilson completed 31 of 35 attempts (88.6%) for 322 yards and four touchdowns for a 143.1 rating in the Seahawks’ 38-25 win. Ryan passed for 450 yards with two touchdowns. The Falcons head to Dallas, where the Cowboys are going to be angry after their season-opening loss. Is Atlanta going to be 0-2? Tell ya shortly.
Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson passed for 275 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 152.1 rating in the Ravens’ 38-6 win over the Browns. This dude has three career games with at least three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 150 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) — the most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. He obviously never misses “Leg Day.”
Cam Newton made a flashy New England debut by showing up to the stadium in a sunny-side-up suit before rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-11 win against Miami. His 60 career rushing touchdowns are the most by an NFL QB, ever.
And how about Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew? This cat completed 19 of 20 pass attempts (95 percent) for 173 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 142.3 rating in the Jaguars’ 27-20 win over Indianapolis. He became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game. Has to be the hair flow, no?
“My Buffalo Bills” (did you read my column last week?) looked good, albeit against the Jets (have they decided to start tanking yet?), as Josh Allen passed for 312 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Bills’ 27-17 victory. People said this kid wouldn’t make it.
I had faith when he told me in 2017 at the Mountain West football media day he slept with his football. “I would literally cry if my football was not in my bed, and my dad would go and find it for me.” He don’t need no stinkin’ teddy bear!
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers strapped on his celebration championship belt several times after passing for 364 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 127.5 rating in the Packers’ 43-34 win at Minnesota. Will the ex, Wisconsin-born Danica Patrick, even catch a Packers game this season?
Danica should catch my column, as I went 5-1 for you to start the season. Six more for Week 2:
Falcons at Cowboys -5: Dallas is angry. It knows it is much better than it displayed in L.A. on Sunday night. The Falcons’ defense is in trouble, again. Pokes on a 3-0 SU and ATS run in home openers. COWBOYS
49ers at Jets +7: Overrated ‘Frisco I told you about a few weeks ago travels to the opposite coast for two straight, as they play at the Giants next week. I believe the flyboys get up for this one. JETS
Lions at Packers -6: The favorite has covered 12 of the last 16 meetings in this NFC North battle. And the fact it’s the home opener for Rodgers, after what he did in Minneapolis last week … yikes! PACKERS
Ravens at Texans Over 51: Lamar Jackson vs. Deshaun Watson? I’m all in for this week’s most intriguing quarterback duel. Forget the point spread in this game, we’re getting a shootout. OVER
Patriots at Seahawks -4: I was more impressed with Seattle’s road win than I was New England’s home victory. Besides, Newton is 1-5 lifetime against the Seahawks, with a 77.8 passer rating. Pete Carroll outcoaches Bill Belichick. SEAHAWKS
Saints at Raiders Over 51: It’s a shame even a smattering percentage of Allegiant Stadium’s capacity won’t be able to see this game. Brees might throw for 500; Derek Carr, maybe, 400. OVER
Last Week: 5-1