NFL Week 1 Recap

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Week one of the 2022-2023 NFL season is officially in the books. Let’s get a recap of what we’ve learned. Week one was all about opening up to another great season ahead in the National Football League. In fair fashion we all were presented with some crazy in-game moments and monumental surprises.

Let’s start with the kickoff game of the season. The first Thursday night game of the year featured the Super Bowl favorite, Buffalo Bills, and, the defending Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams. The battle of star-studded teams with Josh Allen, Stephon Diggs, and, Von Miller leading the Bills and Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, and, Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp leading the Rams.

For those who had thought this game was going to be an indication of what could be a Super Bowl preview which includes myself, we all were awfully wrong or at least this game did not show. Matthew Stafford, despite throwing for 240 yards, was responsible for one touchdown as well as three interceptions that led the Rams to a blowout 31-10 victory.

On the opposite side of the sidelines Josh Allen had a somewhat typical showing as he went on to throw for just under 300 yards with 297, three touchdown passes, and two interceptions. On defense the Bills were showing total dominance as they recorded seven sacks on the night compared to the two that the Rams were able to produce. Josh Allen and these Bills are on a mission this season and clearly it’s Super Bowl or Bust.

Looking around the league there were some surprise wins that came out of the schedule but as the saying goes: “Any Given Sunday”. One of the shockers that immediately catches the eye is the defending AFC Champion, Cincinnati Bengals, who had a world of troubles against a questionable Pittsburgh Steelers team. The Bengals go on to lose in overtime 23-20 and a benefactor had to be the Steeler defense with the way they caused Quarterback Joe Burrow to throw four interceptions despite having two touchdowns to pair with it.

This game also saw significant injuries to star Linebacker TJ Watt, with more to come after opinions come out, as well as Running Back Najee Harris who suffered an ankle injury.

The New York Giants came out winning against a very surprising opponent the Tennessee Titans in a nailbiter 21-20. The Giants were able to keep Titans Running Back Derrick Henry under 100 yards and without a touchdown as the star of the game was on the other side with Running Back Saquon Barkley returning from injury had a game high 164 rushing yards to go with a touchdown.

The 49ers found themselves in a rainy game and rainy results to their parade as they came out of Chicago with a loss 19-10. Trey Lance and Justin Fields did not reach the 200 yard passing mark in this game however, Fields threw for two touchdowns and an interception while Lance only had an interception to record in his stat sheet.

Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers saved the city of Los Angeles from a winless week one with a 24-19 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. In their first game together in the NFL, former Fresno State Quarterback Derek Carr and former Fresno State Wide Receiver Davante Adams were able to connect for 141 yards and a touchdown while Derek Carr finished the game with 295 passing yards and two touchdowns to go with three interceptions. Justin Herbert connected with Keenan Allen for 66 yards and zero touchdowns while Herbert finished with 279 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

Lamar Jackson showed up and showed out for the Baltimore Ravens as they came out of New York with a victory with the score being 24-9. Jackson threw for 213 yards to go with three touchdowns and one interception. Zack Wilson who is riddled with an injury had to be sidelined for veteran Quarterback and former Raven, Joe Flacco who threw for 307 to go with a touchdown and an interception.

The last surprise of all being what seemed to be a good game for this week between the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs turned out to be a blowout game with the Chiefs winning the game by a score of 44-21.

Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback for the Chiefs, was able to prove he did not need now Dolphins Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill, as he was able to throw for 360 yards and an incredible five touchdown passes. On the other side it seemed newly extended Quarterback Kyler Murray struggled to keep up as Murray threw for 193 yards and two touchdowns.

For more stats and scores go check out NFL.com to see how your favorite teams faired out.