The NFL season got underway this past Thursday and Week 1 was not without its surprises. From upsets to disappointments, there was a little bit of everything to start the new season. Here are just a few things that caught our eye:
5. The Football Team Tops The NFC East
After one week of play, the newly named Washington Football Team is in first place in their division. They battered Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, dropping him eight times in the game. With all that is surrounding the franchise, it was a huge surprise to see them rally together and get a big win to start the season.
4. Dallas Offense Sputters
On paper, the Dallas Cowboys looked to be one of the most explosive offenses in the league. However, they were anything but against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Outside of stud running back Ezekiel Elliott, they struggled to move the ball consistently all night. Quarterback Dak Prescott, who was supposed to flourish under new coach Mike McCarthy, failed to get anything going when it mattered most. Only time will tell if anything has changed in Dallas.
3. The Cardinals Have Arrived
The Arizona Cardinals knocked off the reigning NFC Champions on Sunday. The dynamic duo of Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins was on full display. Most people knew the Cardinals would be vastly improved with the addition of Hopkins, but nobody could have known they would be this explosive. They undoubtedly are must-see television moving forward.
2. Aaron Rodgers Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated
Aaron Rodgers looks to have turned back the hands of time, as he cut up the Minnesota Vikings defense like a surgeon. Many believed Rodgers could be on the downside of his career, but his window to compete for a title is all not closed. He looks primed for another deep run and most of us never saw it coming.
1. Tom Horrific
Tom Brady’s first game in Tampa Bay was anything but encouraging. The 20-year veteran was late with his throws and surrendered two costly interceptions; one of which was returned for a touchdown. Many were positive Brady and the Buccaneers would be contenders in the NFC. Unfortunately that was not the case in Week 1, and now it’s anyone’s guess how the season will turn out.