Football is finally here!!! Week 1 of the regular season was far from disappointing, as the Cowboys started things off by getting a Giant monkey off their back with a 24-17 win over the defending Super Bowl champs on Wednesday. The New York football Giants wouldn’t be the only team in that city to surprise people, as the Jets offense went crazy in a win over the Bills. At the end of the day, however, it was Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III, doing something no other rookie quarterback had done to open the season, who stole the show.
Here’s a look at the top lines from all of the action on opening weekend:
Chicago 41, Indianapolis 21- Bears finished 2011 10th in Defensive Real Quarterback Rating, holding opponents to an average quarterback rating of 75.39. Chicago’s pass defense would answer the call on Sunday afternoon, too, forcing Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck into throwing three interceptions while only allowing one passing TD. On offense, Matt Forte tallied 120 total yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia 17, Cleveland 16- The Eagles were the first team since the 2010 Chicago Bears to win a road game despite throwing four interceptions, and only the third team to do so since 2000. Quarterback Michael Vick’s second TD pass to Clay Harbor won it for Philadelphia.
Detroit 27, St. Louis 23- Lions win a nail biter against the visiting Rams despite the inconsistent play of Matt Stafford, who threw three interceptions on the day. Stafford did pass for 355 yards, however, almost double the total of his St. Louis counterpart, Sam Bradford (198 yards).
New England 34, Tennessee 13- Patriots outrushed the Titans 162 yards to 20 yards, with Stevan Ridley running for 125 of those yards. In 2011, the Patriots were 4-0 in games in which they rushed for at least 130 yards or more.
Atlanta 40, Kansas City 24- Visiting Falcons pummel the Chiefs on a day in which Matt Ryan achieves a near perfect 136.4 passer rating. Kansas City was more than willing to do its part to help, committing three turnovers on the day.
Minnesota 26, Jacksonville 23- More intriguing than the return of Adrian Peterson in this game is the play of Minnesota’s rookie placekicker Blair Walsh, who made all four of his attempts, including a 55 yarder. Walsh became only the fourth NFL placekicker since 1960 to make all four of his field goal attempts in his first game, and the first such player since 1994, when Chris Boniol did so for Dallas.
Washington 40, New Orleans 32- The Redskins relied on the arm of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to spoil New Orleans home opener without head coach Sean Payton. Griffin set a new rookie record for Yards Per Attempt by a quarterback (12.3), eclipsing last year’s mark set by another Heisman trophy winner, Carolina’s Cam Newton (11.4 ypa).
New York Jets 48, Buffalo 28- Jets defeat bills behind an offensive explosion that is rarely seen in New York. Mark Sanchez’s 3 TD passes on the day tripled the amount of TDs the entire offense scored in the preseason.
Houston 30, Miami 10- Arian Foster runs for 79 yards and 2 TDs as Texans have no problem dispatching the Dolphins. Foster has his first multi-touchdown game this season; in 2011, he had nine such games despite missing three games to injury.
San Francisco 30, Green Bay 22- San Francisco keeps Aaron Rodgers and the high-flying Green Bay offense in check, holding him to just 6.3 yards per attempt passing. Last season the Niners were fifth in Defense Passer Rating, allowing only 6.87 yards per attempt.
Arizona 20, Seattle 16- In a game that featured 507 yards of total offense combined (Seattle gained 254 total yards while Arizona gained 253 total yards), the Cardinals won by averaging almost a yard more per play than the Seahawks (4.4 to 3.6).
Tampa Bay 16, Carolina 10- Buccaneers defeat the Panthers by forcing Cam Newton into throwing 2 interceptions. Tampa Bay starts the season plus-two in the turnover department after finishing the 2011 season -11.
Denver 31, Pittsburgh 19- The Steelers lose to the Broncos at Mile High Stadium for the second time in as many tries. Peyton Manning shows that he can still play despite a year away from the game, passing for 2 TDs and 253 yards on 26 attempts for 9.73 YPA.
Dallas 24, New York Giants 17- In two meetings between these teams last season, the Giants’ offense outgained the Cowboys’ offense a combined total of 847 yards to 744 yards. On Wednesday night, the Cowboys returned the favor, outgaining the Giants 433 yards to 269 yards.