‘Tis the Season: Week 1

Football is back! I don’t know if you’re as excited as me, but I spent all Sunday on the couch watching football and eating anything and everything that  I could.

The first official game started off on Thursday night. The matchup was the Denver Broncos vs the Carolina Panthers, a rematch of Super Bowl 50. The Denver defense held off the Carolina Panthers just enough to help their rookie quarterback, Trevor Siemian, win the game. Panthers kicker Graham Gano didn’t help when he missed a 50-yard field goal.

In addition to the Broncos-Panthers game, there were three other games in the first week that were decided by only one point! The Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Jets 23-22 due to a big game from Bengals receiver AJ Green, who received for 180 yards and a touchdown. The New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-19 and the Oakland Raiders tok down the New Orleans Saints in a high scoring nail-biter 35-34.

A total of 11 games in Week 1 were decided by only one possession! There was the shocker in Indianapolis, where the Detroit Lions upset the Colts after a big game from Detroit running backs Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. The Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 21-point deficit against the San Diego Chargers to win in overtime thanks to their second string running back Spencer Ware. Ware rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown and received for 129 yards.

There were four quarterbacks who made their first NFL start last week. Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in defeating the Arizona Cardinals. In the Broncos win over Carolina, Siemian threw  for 178 yards and a touchdown. Carson Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles over the Cleveland Browns in one of the few blowout games of the week while throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys’ Dak Prescott lost his first game in a very close game against the Giants, but threw for 227 yards.

Week 1 was certainly very exciting with many close games and outstanding individual performances. Lets hope Week 2 can be even better.

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