The 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season:
1. Keepin’ it 100: The Packers and Bears resumed the league’s longest rivalry to kick off Week 1 and the NFL’s 100th season … and set offensive football back 100 years. Who knew the game would resemble the clubs’ first meeting in 1921, when the Chicago Staleys beat the Pack 20-0 in a game that featured more points than Green Bay’s 10-3 win Thursday night? Thanks for the throwback treatment, fellas — Halas and Lambeau loved it.
2. If you thought Nate Davis was inactive, think again — he’s juggling NFL coverage with coverage of a 6-week-old. Oh, the rookie lineman for the Titans didn’t play, but expecting big things from him eventually, too.
3. Though Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (378 yards, 3 TD passes) looks like a man determined to hang onto his league MVP award, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson (17-for-20, 324 yards, 5 TDs, perfect 158.3 passer rating) emerged as the 2019 front runner after Week 1.
3a. The Jags were the only team to hold Mahomes without a TD pass in 2018.
4. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has paid quite a few guys in recent months. He may rue not prioritizing QB Dak Prescott, who posted the first perfect passer rating (158.3) of his career while racking up 405 yards (a Dallas record for Week 1) and four TDs through the air in a 35-17 defeat of the Giants. The meter is running, Jerry … even faster now.
4a. Dallas got two TDs from tight ends (Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin) Sunday after getting four all of last season. Nice to see Witten pull a rabbit out of his head after his one-year hiatus with ESPN.
5a. We told you the Chargers would be just fine with RB Austin Ekeler (3 TDs) as Melvin Gordon’s holdout is looking increasingly ill advised.
5b. But it must be noted Indianapolis might have found the win column if not for more strokes of bad “Luck” — K Adam Vinatieri, 46, missing two FGs and a PAT in the overtime defeat, probably the worst loss of his career.
This is the first time in Adam Vinatieri’s 24-year career that he has missed 2+ field goals and an extra point in the same game.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 8, 2019
6. Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins, who was drafted eight slots ahead of Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, showed why he can be a game breaker by establishing career bests with 198 receiving yards and three TDs in Sunday’s win. This could be a key development for Kansas City depending on how long injured Tyreek Hill is out.
7. New Chiefs DE Frank Clark picked off a pass Sunday. He made sure that Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey, who didn’t, knew about it.
8. Marquise Brown > Antonio Brown … knock on wood if you’re with me.
8a. The Ravens first rounder (and cousin of AB) opened his career with 47- and 83-yard TD passes from Jackson, the first time a rookie has had two 40-plus-yard scoring snatches in his debut.
8c. In hindsight, the Steelers should be commended for maintaining relative peace as long as they did with Antonio Brown.
19. Congrats to 35-year-old Titans TE Delanie Walker, who missed most of last season with a gruesome ankle injury but returned Sunday to catch two TDs for just the third time in his 14-year career.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Nate Davis