HAS RETURNED & HERE COMES WEEK 2
Chargers host Dolphins as franchise returns to
Falcons open Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday night against Packers
The NFL got back
to football last weekend and the season now heads into Week 2.
to get off to a good start as history has shown that teams that are
victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the
playoffs than losers of an opening game. But that doesn’t mean an 0-1 start
is impossible to overcome as nearly 25 percent of teams that lost the opener
went to the playoffs.
Since 1978 when
the NFL went to the 16-game schedule (and excluding the abbreviated season of
Of the 570 teams which won openers… 297
went to the playoffs (179 won division titles)
Of the 571 teams which lost openers… 137
went to the playoffs (79 won division titles)
(Note: There are a different number of
winning and losing teams in season opening games due to the fact that the NFL
had 31 teams in each season from 1999 to 2001, which creates an odd number for
the total number of results.)
Week 2 kicks
off with Thursday Night Football as
the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network, 8:25 PM ET). The
two teams have combined for nine playoff berths since 2011 (Cincinnati, five
and Houston, four).
afternoon, the Chargers make their return to Los Angeles for the franchise’s
first home game in LA since 1960 as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins in their
regular-season home opener at StubHub Center (4:05 PM ET, CBS). And, that night
in primetime (8:30 PM ET, NBC), the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home
– Mercedes-Benz Stadium – when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch
of last season’s NFC Championship Game on Sunday
look at a few interesting storylines entering Week 2:
EAGLES (1-0) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)
quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for
307 yards and two touchdowns – including a 58-yard TD to wide receiver NELSON AGHOLOR – in the Eagles’ 30-17
win at Washington. Wentz improved to 4-0 in his career as a starter in the
month of September with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 101.8
Eagles sealed the victory over the Redskins when defensive end BRANDON GRAHAM forced a fumble on a
sack which defensive tackle FLETCHER COX
returned 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game.
City head coach ANDY REID spent 14
seasons (1999-2012) with the Eagles, compiling a team-record 130 regular-season
wins and 10 postseason victories while capturing six division titles and making
five NFC Championship appearances.
- In the
Kickoff Weekend opener on Thursday night, the Chiefs defeated New England
42-27. Rookie running back KAREEM HUNT amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148
rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and
scored three touchdowns. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and
became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes
(80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions
against the defending Super Bowl champion.
BILLS (1-0) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)
head coach SEAN MC DERMOTT notched
his first career victory as a head coach last week in the Bills’ 21-12 win over
the New York Jets. McDermott spent the previous six seasons as Carolina’s
defensive coordinator, helping the Panthers win three division titles and
advance to Super Bowl 50.
last week’s victory over the Jets, running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 110 yards and quarterback TYROD TAYLOR threw two touchdown passes. Taylor and Carolina’s CAM NEWTON are the only players with at
least 5,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2015
Panthers limited San Francisco to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing,
166 passing) in Carolina’s 23-3 Week 1 victory at Levi’s Stadium.
quarterback CAM NEWTON threw
touchdown passes to wide receiver RUSSELL
SHEPARD (40 yards) and running back JONATHAN
STEWART (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY led the team with
five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving).
COWBOYS (1-0) at DENVER BRONCOS (1-0) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)
quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for
268 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants.
Tight end JASON WITTEN, who had 59
yards and a touchdown, has 11,947 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro
Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN
(11,904) for the most in franchise history.
the team’s Week 1 victory, the Dallas defense limited the Giants to three
points and 233 total yards (35 rushing, 198 passing) while recording three
sacks – including two by defensive end DEMARCUS
LAWRENCE – and an interception (cornerback ANTHONY BROWN).
quarterback TREVOR SIEMIAN threw two
touchdown passes – both to wide receiver BENNIE
FOWLER III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 24-21 win over the Los
Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY and BRIAN GRIESE as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple
touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener.
defensive end SHELBY HARRIS sealed
the victory for Denver by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard
field goal with one second remaining in the game.
BAY PACKERS (1-0) at ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)
will be the first regular-season NFL game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The
stadium, which will host Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019, is expected to
have its unique retractable roof open for this game (weather conditions
permitting) for the first time.
contest is a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game which the Falcons
won 44-21. Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN
passed for 392 yards and scored five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in
that game while wide receiver JULIO
JONES had nine catches for 180 yards and two TDs.
Packers opened the season with a 17-9 home victory over Seattle. Quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 311 yards with
one touchdown and running back TY
MONTGOMERY added 93 scrimmage yards with a rushing TD.
the Seahawks, wide receivers RANDALL
COBB (nine catches for 85 yards) and JORDY
NELSON (seven catches for 79 yards with one TD) combined for 16 catches and
164 yards with one touchdown.
Falcons used a late defensive stand deep in their own territory to hold on for
a 23-17 win at Chicago in Week 1. Defensive end BROOKS REED sealed the victory with a sack on fourth down from the
Atlanta five-yard line with three seconds remaining in the game.
AUSTIN HOOPER had two catches for
128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown, the longest TD reception by a tight
end in a season opener in NFL history.
LIONS (1-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)
Lions opened the season with a 35-23 win over Arizona as the team rallied from
a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit. Last season, Detroit won eight games when
trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL
quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed
for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27
game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a
QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver KENNY GOLLADAY had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter,
including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut.
Giants have won 50 home openers in franchise history and are one of only four
teams all-time with at least 50 victories in home openers.
week at Dallas, Giants quarterback ELI
MANNING started his 200th consecutive game, joining Pro Football Hall of
Famer BRETT FAVRE (297) and PEYTON MANNING (208) as the only
quarterbacks in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games.
NFL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY,
SEPTEMBER 14, 17-18
Thursday, September 14
Sunday, September 17 (cont’d)
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 PM (NFLN)
Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Miami at Los Angeles
Chargers, 1:05 PM
Sunday, September 17
New York Jets
at Oakland, 1:05 PM
Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Denver, 2:25 PM
Carolina, 1:00 PM
Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 PM
Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
at Seattle, 1:25 PM
Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Green Bay at Atlanta,
8:30 PM (NBC)
at Kansas City, 12:00 PM
at New Orleans, 12:00 PM
Monday, September 18
Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM
New York Giants, 8:30 PM (ESPN)