For a half, nothing seemed to be going on for the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers did not get a foothold at all, but after the break the visitors managed to turn the game around. An achievement that the Lions and Jets just failed to achieve. The Seahawks and Cardinals, meanwhile, showed why the NFC West is seen as the strongest division, as they convincingly won their first game. Read our previews and predictions for Sunday’s matches in week 1.
Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts | 28-16
There was no sign of any tension between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. After a restless offseason, the Seattle quarterback started the new season well. Wilson already threw three touchdowns in the first half, the last being a 69 yards bomb to Tyler Lockett. This gave the Seahawks a 21-10 lead at halftime. They didn’t run into problems again in the second half.
The defeat was especially disappointing for the Colts, because expectations for the defense in particular were high. New quarterback Carson Wentz recovered in time from his foot injury, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. Still, he couldn’t prevent the Colts from losing their first game of the season for the eighth time in a row.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Washington Football Team | 20-16
Not only did the Washington Football Team lose its opening game to the Chargers, but worse, the team also lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. After a hit in the second quarter, he had to leave the field with a hip injury. Fitzpatrick was replaced by Taylor Heinicke, who turned the early deficit in the third quarter into a 16-13 lead.
Still, the Chargers eventually took the win. In the fourth quarter, last year’s Justin Herbert rose again. He immediately started with a touchdown, but then had an unlucky afternoon. With, among other things, a fumble through the end zone for a loss of ball and an interception, he had a hard time. Fortunately, he was helped by the defense, who immediately recaptured the ball, after which Herbert threw the winning touchdown.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills | 23-16
One of the favorites for the AFC Championship — and even the Super Bowl — gets off to a false start to the season. The Buffalo Bills were unable to break through the strong Steelers defense and lost. For quite some time, despite the low score, there seemed to be little going on for Buffalo. The Steelers got no further than field goals and scored their first touchdown trailing 10-6. Things went awry for Buffalo when punter Matt Haack saw a run blocked that was instantly converted into a TD: 20-10.
The offense led by Josh Allen didn’t get off to a good start against Pittsburgh’s stellar defense. It was therefore difficult to come back from the double digit deficit. It was reduced to seven points by a field goal, but the umpteenth field goal by Chris Boswell negated this. Buffalo came back to 23-16, but the onside kick was unsuccessful. The Steelers start with a surprise win and the Bills are immediately grounded after week 1.
Arizona Cardinals @ Tennessee Titans | 38-13
The Tennessee Titans fell unexpectedly short against the Arizona Cardinals. In its own Nissan Stadium, the quarterback across the street — Kyler Murray — managed to find his receivers without any problems. DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk each had two touchdowns. Murray’s mobility and passing ability were a major problem for the Titans defense.
However, Tennessee’s problems were not limited to the defense. Offensively, little was done and this was nothing like a team that had an extra star receiver in Julio Jones. It seemed that they had less offensive power than in the previous season. This is partly due to the Cardinals defense. JJ Watt was a tease for Derrick Henry and Chandler Jones was good for a whopping five sacks. If the Arizona D can hold on to this, Murray won’t be the only problem for opponents.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons | 32-6
The two worst teams in last season’s NFC faced each other in Atlanta. Under the leadership of new coaches, both teams are busy with a rebuild. It became clear on Sunday that the Eagles are in better shape. Led by Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia was far too strong for the Falcons in a messy game.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans | 21-37
Without quarterback Deshaun Watson and with a roster lacking in talent, the Texans managed to beat the Jaguars. A big wake up call for head coach Urban Meyer and his young team. Where Tyrod Taylor excelled on the Texans side, rookie Trevor Lawrence had a rough start. The biggest problem for the Jags was the coordination, but that is only a matter of time.
Minnesota Vikings @ Cincinnati Bengals | 24-27
The Bengals led for most of the game. However, in the closing seconds of the game, the Vikings forced overtime. An overtime fumble by Dalvin Cook brought the Bengals back into possession. After a good drive, Cincinnati came within field goal range and won the game.
San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions | 41-33
it was still sweating for the fans of the 49ers, despite San Francisco still leading 41-17 at the two-minute warning. The team thought the loot was in, but had not counted on the Lions. Two quick touchdowns and a successful onside kick made it even more exciting. The Lions got the ball back in the last minute. However, Goff failed to complete the stunt. Still, the Niners aren’t going to go back to the Bay Area with a good feeling. Running back Raheem Mostert and cornerback Jason Verrett were injured.
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers | 14-19
Welcome to the NFL, Zach Wilson. The new Jets quarterback took a half to get used to the speed of the NFL. This was partly due to the leaking O-line in front of him. The second half went a lot better, but the gap was already too big for the Jets to come back into the game. As a result, Sam Darnold started his career with the Panthers with revenge against his old team.
Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints | 3-38
Due to Hurricane Ida, this game could not be played in New Orleans, but the Saints had to move to Jacksonville. It didn’t stop them from selling Aaron Rodgers and co. With Jameis Winston as quarterback, the Saints scored no less than five touchdowns, while the Packers could not do anything in return. A false start for the number 1 seed in the NFC last year.
Denver Broncos @ New York Giants | 27-13
The Denver Broncos won without too much trouble visiting the Giants. Teddy Bridgewater (28/36, 264 yards, 2TD) had a solid debut, while his opposite Daniel Jones especially excelled in vicissitude. The injury of wide receiver Jerry Jeudy , on the other hand, put a damper on the festivities at Denver.
Chicago Bears @ LA Rams | 14-34
The LA Rams had no child at the Chicago Bears in a flooded SoFi Stadium. Matthew Stafford kicked off his career as an Aries with 20 out of 26, 321 passing yards and three touchdowns. Andy Dalton failed to impress in his debut as Bear. At Chicago, running back David Montgomery was a bright spot with his 108 yards and a touchdown, but with that we immediately had the positive points for Chicago.