The long awaited return of the NFL did not let down.
Week 1 was full of unexpected Quarterbacks playing out of their skin, unsuspecting upsets and defensive plays to last us the whole season.
But whose efforts were superior?
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Aaron Rodgers showed his experience and pure quality, bringing the Green Bay back from 20-point deficit in the 4th quarter to top Chicago in a legendary rivalry matchup.
Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sophomore Patrick Mahomes performed tremendously well against two tough teams this weekend. Fitzpatrick had to fill in for starter Jameis Winston and did so without missing a step, throwing 4 touchdowns and totaling 417 yards on the day for a Buccaneers win.
Mahomes showed every reason why KC decided to get rid of Alex Smith in order to put faith in the young QB. The former Texas Tech star proved his worth and then some, also earning himself 4 passing touchdowns and 256 yards off of 15 completions.
Another young star blossomed on during Monday Night Football as Sam Darnold lead the Jets to a whopping 48-17 win against the Lions.
Joe Flacco, Drew Brees and Jared Goff also find themselves on the list for solid first games back.
- Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
- Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers)
- Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens)
- Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
- Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
- Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)
- Sam Darnold (New York Jets)
- Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams)
- Case Keenum (Denver Broncos)
- Andy Dalton (Cinncinati Bengals)
- Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts)
- Alex Smith (Washington Redskins)
When it was announce that Le’Veon Bell would be inactive amid contract disputes, Steelers fans freaked out, a rightfully so. Bell is, perhaps, the best tailback in the league, becoming Pittsburgh second coming of Jerome Bettis.
But, it was back-up James Connor who shined in Bell’s absence, rushing for 135 yards in 31 carries. Rookie Saquon Barkley challenged Connor though, rushing for 106 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars impeccable defense.
Another rookie shined as the undrafted Phillip Lindsay became an overnight star with his showing against the Seahawks.
Joe Mixon helped the Bengals surpass the Colts while the familiar initials of AP lit up Arizona for Washington.
- James Conner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
- Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Adrian Peterson (Washington Redskins)
- Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos)
- Lamar Miller (Houston Texans)
- Dion Lewis (Tennessee Titans)
- Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears)
- Ezekiel Elliot (Dallas Cowboys)
- Jay Ajayi (Philadelphia Eagles)
To accompany his quarterback, Tyreek Hill joins the top of the receivers’ list with 169 yards received in 7 completions and basically looking like one the most dynamic wide outs in the league.
New Orleans’ Michael Thomas, Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans join Hill, all proving to be vital to their teams’ success (yes, I know Atlanta lost).
Randell Cobb helped Green Bay to their impossible come back, earning himself a spot on here, while superstars DeSean Jackson and Odell Beckham Jr. join the ranks.
- Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints)
- DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Randell Cobb (Green Bay Packers)
- Juju Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
- Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)
- Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins)
- Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)
- Kenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers)
- Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)
- Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns)
- A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Another year, the same Gronk. Rob Gronkowski showed continued excellence with 123 receiving yards from 7 completions.
It was then Seattle’s Will Dissly with some stellar numbers, receiving 105 yards from only 3 completions, while San Fran’s George Kittle showed prowess on both sides of the ball against the Vikings.
Although it was to no avail, Raiders’ Jared Cook had a galvanizing night, receiving 180 yards from 9 catches.
- Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
- Will Dissly (Seattle Seahawks)
- George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers)
- Jared Cook (Oakland Raiders)
- Eric Ebron (Indianpolis Colts)
- Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)
- Jack Doyle (Indianapolis Colts)
- Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Jesse James (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Benjamin Watson (New Orleans Saints)
“Defenses win games” may not always be true, but it was the difference for a couple of teams in Week 1.
The Jets and Ravens defenses were unbreakable and played a large part in both their commanding wins, while Pittsburgh’s D was fantastic stopping the Browns hype-train with T.J. Watt racking up 4 of the Steelers 7 sacks on the night.
Jacksonville picked up where the left off last season with Jalen Ramsey at the helm as Chicago’s newcomer Khalil Mack proved why he is one of the best linebackers in the game.
- Baltimore Ravens
- New York Jets
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Denver Broncos
- Cleveland Browns
- Chicago Bears
- Carolina Panthers
- Minnesota Vikings
- Los Angeles Rams
Week 2 begins on Thursday Night Football with the Ravens visiting the Bengals, a game that will surely live up to their AFC North rivalry.
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