The first week of the NFL season is nearly in the books, and I forgot to set my fantasy lineup and am in the process of catching my first action in the Cowboys-Redskins Sunday nighter. Yeah, not a great start, but that’s what a Sunday of live, exciting September baseball will do to you. Anyway, some of the action, in case you missed it like I did:
– Kyle Orton and my Broncos can rest assured they won’t win six straight to start the year and then miss the playoffs — they lost this afternoon’s opener to the Mighty Jaguars of Jacksonville, falling 24-17 on the road.
– Houston’s Arian Foster mashed the Colts for 231 yards and three scores in a 34-24 win, overshadowing a nice little 433 yard (on 40-for-57 passing), three touchdown performance from some Indy quarterback named Peyton Manning.
– Buffalo’s high-powered offense came up short against Miami, as it felt 15-10 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Trent Edwards managed to get his throwing arm all stretched out though, tossing for a team-record 139 yards on 19 completions.
– For the second straight year, Tom Brady escaped Week 1 without his knee shredded. He also came out with a win, 38-24, over the one-year wonder Bengals. Brady threw two touchdowns to Wes Welker in the first half and Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff of the second all the way to put New England up 31-3 before a few garbage time scores made it somewhat respectable. Terrell Owens caught seven passes in his Bengals debut, which I believe more than doubles the number he caught all of last season in Buffalo.
– Sam Bradford had a line similar to some of the ones Matt Stafford put up in his rookie season, throwing a touchdown and three interceptions in his debut, a 17-13 Rams loss to the Cardinals. The top overall pick completed 32-of-55 attempts for 255 yards and actually took a 13-10 lead to the fourth quarter, before a Larry Fitzgerald touchdown with 6:13 to go put it away.
Elsewhere around the league: New Orleans 14, Minnesota 9 (Thursday); Chicago 19, Detroit 14; Tennessee 38, Oakland 14; NY Giants 31, Carolina 18; Pittsburgh 15, Atlanta 9 (OT); Tampa Bay 17, Cleveland 14; Seattle 31, San Francisco 6; Green Bay 27, Philadelphia 20.
Tomorrow, Baltimore is in New York to face the Jets in the early Monday nighter and San Diego and Kansas City play in the late one.