NFL Week 1 Recap

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Jack Lotz, Co-Sports Editor

The NFL season started off with a bang as there were a ton of entertaining  games, performances, and upsets across the league. The Bears and 49ers played in a downfall of rain, the Giants upset the Titans, Dak Prescott’s injury proved costly as the Cowboys fell to the Buccaneers and Justin Jefferson and the Vikings offense went off the charts against the Packers, and much, much more throughout the week. 

 

The Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams battled on Thursday night, with Josh Allen and the Bills coming out on top for the first win of the season, 31-10. Allen started off where he left off last season, throwing for three touchdowns, each to a different receiver. Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs got off to a hot start as he reeled in eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Bills free agent acquisition Von Miller, tallied two sacks as part of a dominating defense that shut down Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense for most of the game. Stafford found his favorite target, Cooper Kupp, in the second quarter for his only touchdown of the game as he also found multiple Rams defensive backs, throwing three interceptions.

 

The first Sunday of football brought even more excitement.  It was Veteran Quarterback Carson Wentz’s first game with the Commanders. On the first drive of the game, Wentz found Curtis Samuel for a touchdown to take the early lead. Jahan Dotson continues to look like one of the best rookie receivers in this year’s class. He grabbed three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner for Washington. Second year quarterback and former first overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, was one of the few bright spots for the Jaguars as he threw for 275 yards and a touchdown to keep things close for most of the game.  The Commanders beat the Jacksonville Jaguars, 28-22. 

 

Another high profile game this past weekend was the early afternoon game between Bengals and Steelers. Bengals Quarterback Joe Burrow threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. However he threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Star receiver Jamarr Chase racked in 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in his season debut. Steelers safety, Minkah Fitzparick, had 10 tackles and a huge pick-six as he dominated in overtime just in time for a 53-yard Chris Boswell game winning field goal as time expired.

 

The Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders headlined a star studded AFC west showdown. Davantae Adams proved that he does not need Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball to him as he caught 10 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. Justin Herbert made a strong case for MVP as he led the Chargers to victory with three touchdowns. The Chargers went all-in on defense this off-season which proved to be the difference as newly acquired Khalil Mack tallied three sacks in his debut with the Chargers. 

 

On Monday night, Broncos Quarterback Russell Wilson traveled back to Seattle to face his old team. Geno Smith led the way for the Seahawks as he found Will Dissly and Colby Parkinson in the end zone. The Denver Broncos offense was lethal, until they found themselves in the red zone, as both Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon fumbled on the goal line. The Broncos attempted and missed a 64-yard field goal as time expired to lose 17-16 to finish up week one of the new season.