Last nights Monday Night Football doubleheader brought an eventful week 1 in the National Football League to a close, and boy is good to have back.
Green Bay Packers 16, Seattle Seahawks 36
The Seattle Seahawks had no problem proving they’re favourites to repeat this season, as Marshawn Lynch turned Beast Mode on for 110 yards and two touchdowns, as Aaron Rodgers and the Pack couldn’t keep up with Seattle offense, or defense.
New Orleans Saints 34, Atlanta Falcons 37 OT
Absolute shootout in Atlanta, Matt Ryan threw for a franchise record 448 years, and kicker Matt Bryant nailed two vital field goals to take it to OT and eventually win it, as the Falcons opened their 2014 season in exciting fashion, with a 37-34 Overtime win over the rival Saints.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Baltimore Ravens 16
Andy Dalton’s late 77 yard bomb to AJ Green meant the Bengals would take the opening day win over Baltimore in the AFC North, which is set up to be one of the tightest divisions in football this season.
Buffalo Bills 23, Chicago Bears 20 OT
One of the shocks of the week here, as veteran running back Fred Jackson showed the league he still has something left in the tank as his 38 yard run set up Dan Carpenter’s game winning field goal in Overtime.
Washington Redskins 6, Houston Texans 17
The Texans possibly gave a portrayal of how good their defense can be this season, as they shutdown RGIII and the Redskins in a 17-6 win on opening day. This did come at some cost, however. No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney picked up an MCL injury which meant he had to have surgery on his knee, keeping him out for six weeks.
New England Patriots 20, Miami Dolphins 33
Another shock, perhaps. Although Miami are solid at home against the Patriots, Knowshon Moreno made sure that things stayed that way, as he exploded for 134 yards and a touchdown in his Dolphins debut. The Patriots hadn’t lost an opening season game since 2003, when they won their 2nd Super Bowl.
Tennessee Titans 26, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Jake Locker continues to grow at the Quarterback position, as his two TD’s, Ryan Succop’s four fields goals against his former team and a disappointing effort from Kansas City, ensured the Titans came out winners on the road.
Oakland Raiders 14, New York Jets 19
Chris Ivory showed signs that the Jets’ running game could be something to look out for this year, as he broke free for a 71 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. Geno Smith helped the cause with a TD and the Jets run out 19-14 winners.
Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Philadelphia Eagles 34
One of Football’s worst outfits were close to knocking off one of Football’s most explosive teams. Neck and neck until the 4th quarter, then it was same old Jacksonville. Foles to Maclin for 68 yards opened the game up, and the Eagles never looked back.
Cleveland Browns 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 30
That AFC North, again proving how tough it’s going to be to win that division. Even the Browns are showing promise, but a 41 yard Shaun Suisham field goal as time expired meant Cleveland’s opening day hopes were crushed.
Minnesota Vikings 34, St Louis Rams 6
Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson rushed, yes rushed, for more yards than Adrian Peterson. Three times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Peterson chipped in also with 75 yards on 21 carries in a blow out win.
San Francisco 49ers 28, Dallas Cowboys 17
Tony Romo made the 49ers defense look out of this world, as he threw three straight interceptions and by then it was game over. Not much else needs to be said.
Carolina Panthers 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
No Cam Newton meant Derek Anderson had to step up and deliver. Throwing for 230 yards and two scores as the Panthers D held up a late surge from the Bucs in Tampa.
Indianapolis Colts 24, Denver Broncos 31
Payton Manning and Julius Thomas linked up for three scores in the 2nd quarter, and the Broncos new look defense stepped up and looked as if they won’t be relying on Manning co forevermore.
New York Giants 14, Detroit Lions 35
The Matthew Stafford/Calvin Johnson connection is as potent as ever, and was more than enough to rip through the Giants last night in Detroit. Perhaps the Lions best addition won’t be a player, but their head coach.
San Diego Chargers 17, Arizona Cardinals 18
After a slow start Carlson Palmer threw two 4th quarter touchdowns as the Cardinals closed out week 1 with a hard fought, come-from-behind win on Monday Night Football.
Great first week of Football all said and done. Week 2 awaits…
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