The first Sunday of the NFL is in the books and what a day, we saw so many excellent games with 10 of the 13 games decided by a single score.
We usually see quite a few mistakes in the first week while players get settled into competitive football.
The day was littered with amazing performances; 49ers Colin Kaepernick threw for over 400 yards, Adrian Peterson got off to a flying start and Reggie Bush led in the air and on the ground for the Lions.
After Peyton Manning’s performance in the opener on Thursday we thought we wouldn’t see anything close to it but the big numbers and big plays kept on coming.
There was nearly a shock in Buffalo with the Patriots scraping out a victory through a last minute field goal. Once again it was Tom Brady who engineered the game winning drive to set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
Elsewhere the New York Jets put their off season troubles behind them to pull out a close victory against the Tampa bay Buccaneers.
Rookie Geno Smith started the game nervously but grew into it and put on an impressive display on his NFL debut.
The Jets were helped when a late penalty pushed New York into field goal territory with seven seconds left on the clock. Smith was forced to scramble out of the pocket and was heading out of bounds when Lavonte David gave the QB an extra push, leaving the referee to call a personal foul and 15 extra yards.
It was a stupid decision even to touch the Smith as he was clearly running nowhere, a tough loss for the Bucs in a game that they would have expected to win.
Overall it was a great day of football but it doesn’t stop there because we have a double bill of Monday Night Football to look forward to.
Philadelphia travel to Washington on a NFC East match up before the Houston Texans take on the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. All four teams have the potential to put up big offensive numbers so we may be in for some more fireworks tonight.
If this first week is anything to go by this will be an NFL season to remember though not necessarily for any of the defenses.
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