It’s time for the first typical team of the season, with already exceptional performances. QB Matthew Stafford has made a successful debut with his new team, Tyreek Hill has already made his speed talk, and Cameron Heyward and Chandler Jones have dominated in defense.
Matthew Stafford (Los Angeles Rams)
- Stats: 20/26, 321 yards, 3 TD
Here is a successful start. For his first game with the Rams, Matthew Stafford had a near perfect performance. The QB misses only 6 assists and throws for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. His chemistry has already looked very good with his receivers, especially with Cooper Kupp, and he has been passing through, both midfield and depth.
Many Quarterbacks were excellent in this 1time day, like Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston or Jalen Hurts, but Stafford’s convincing beginnings prevail.
Alternate: Patrick Mahomes (KC)
Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Stats: 29 runs, 127 yards, 1 TD
Stuck in a struggling attack and behind an offensive line on the street in 2020, Joe Mixon has found color. Freer and put in a better position, the RB has regained the legs that allowed him to finish leader of the AFC in yards on the ground in 2018. Mixon ends the day with the largest total on the ground (127 yards) and he marks his first touchdown. The Cincinnati play adds 23 yards in 4 receptions.
Alternate: Nick Chubb (CLE)
Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs)
- Stats: 11 receptions, 197 yards, 1 TD
Already a huge performance for Tyreek Hill, who continues to grill the defenses in the depth. Reference this week in yards in the air, it is close to 200 yards and marks 1 touchdown. The NFL defenses still can’t manage his speed.
Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys)
- Stats: 13 receptions, 139 yards, 2 TD
In a prolific season opener, Amari Cooper was the busiest player. He catches a total of 13 assists from Dak Prescott, 2 of which end in touchdown. The return of the QB could allow this attack to explode and Cooper is in the running for a huge season.
Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks)
- Stats: 4 receptions, 100 yards, 2 TD
Russell Wilson’s bombs were quickly found for Tyler Lockett, his favorite deep target. It only took 4 receptions for the receiver to reach 100 yards, and half end with touchdowns (23 and 69 yards).
Substitutes: Deebo Samuel (SF), Antonio Brown (VG), Cooper Kupp (LAR)
Rob Gronkowski (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Stats: 8 receptions, 90 yards, 2 TD
The Brady – Gronk connection has already struck, and twice against Dallas. Omnipresent, the tight-end made speak its physique and its safe hands in key areas. With these 2 touchdowns, the duo now have 100 touchdowns together, the second biggest total behind the 114 of the duo Peyton Manning – Marvin Harrison (Colts).
Alternate: Darren Waller (LV)
Trent Williams (LT – San Francisco 49ers)
That’s why Trent Williams got a massive contract from 49ers. Reference to the position of Left Tackle, it makes things easier for his QB and the entire attack. Against the Lions, he was a rock and did not concede the slightest pressure.
Joel Bitonio (LG – Cleveland Browns)
The Browns Guard is picking up on its 2020 streak, its third consecutive season as a Pro Bowler. Dominant on the passing phases, he does not allow a single pressure, and ultra solid on the ground phases, he has helped his running-backs.
JC Tretter (C – Cleveland Browns)
The NFLPA boss started his season with a flawless performance against Kansas City. Impressive to open breaches to his running-backs, he also held the shock in protection of his QB (0 pressure conceded).
Alex Cappa (RG – Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The Bucs’ offensive line had a very good game overall, and the best of the bunch was Guard Alex Cappa. As good in the aerial phases as in the races, he only concedes one small pressure in 65 snaps played.
Marcus Cannon (RT – Houston Texans)
Recruited During the offseason, the former Pats lineman will do good in Houston. And this was seen in the first game, during which he held the house on the right side. Cannon delivers a full performance, and does not put pressure on his Quarterback.
Substitutes: DJ Humphries (LT – ARI), Quinton Spain (LG – CIN), Frank Ragnow (C – DET), Daniel Brunskill (RG – SF), Rob Havenstein (RT – LAR)
Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Stats: 12 presses, 1 sack, 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble
TJ Watt’s « crime » partner, the Steelers defenseman has been a real bulldozer against the Bills’ offensive line. Absolutely unstoppable, it totals 12 pressures (including 1 sack), deflects 2 passes, and forces 1 fumble and recovers another forced by Watt.
Javon Hargrave (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Stats: 6 presses, 2 sacks, 6 tackles
Another dominant defensive lineman on Sunday, Javon Hargrave, put the Giants’ offensive line to life. He thus offers himself 6 pressures, and signs 2 sacks. Also present on ground actions, he adds 6 tackles.
Alternates: Aaron Donald (LAR), Leonard Williams (NYG)
Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals)
- Stats: 7 presses, 5 sacks, 6 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Absent in 2020 due to injury, Chandler Jones returned causing chaos. Monstrous, he brought hell to the LT of the Titans Taylor Lewan, who finished on the bench and who flogged himself on twitter the same evening … Jones thus offers himself 5 sacks (including 3 in the only 1er quarter of the match), and he forces 2 losses of the ball.
Maxx Crosby (Las Vegas Raiders)
- Stats: 13 presses, 2 sacks, 6 tackles
We are waiting for Yannick Ngakoue, who was good before getting injured, but it was Maxx Crosby who did the most damage on Monday against Baltimore. The Raiders pass-rusher has consistently won his duels and totals 13 presses. And he managed to complete the job twice.
Alternates: TJ Watt (PIT), Von Miller (DEN)
Shaq Thompson (Carolina Panthers)
- Stats; 1 sack, 10 tackles, 1 interception
Very big activity for Shaq Thompson, both on the ground and in the air. Regularly well placed, he totals 10 tackles and succeeds in a sack on a blitz. Often targeted in the aerial phases (9 times), the LB concedes only 5 receptions for 49 yards, deflects 2 passes and offers 1 interception.
Christian Kirksey (Houston Texans)
- Stats: 4 tackles, 1 interception
Another rookie of the Texans who starts well, the linebacker Christian Kirksey was particularly illustrated on the cover. Solicited 5 times in this area, it allows only 3 receptions for 25 yards. The other two passes end in deflection and interception. He also adds 4 tackles to his stats sheet.
Alternates: Lavonte David (VG), Kenny Young (LAR)
Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints)
- Stats: 3 tackles, 1 deflected pass
Huge performance of the Saints defense against Green Bay, especially behind. Not intimidated by Davante Adams, CB Marshon Lattimore assumed his role as leader on the New Orleans branch lines. Directly targeted 5 times, he conceded only 2 receptions for 37 yards and deflected 1 pass. Rookie Paulson Adebo has also been excellent, already having his first NFL interception.
Byron Murphy (Arizona Cardinals)
- Stats: 4 tackles, 3 deflected passes
We had doubts about the secondary lines of the Cards during the pre-season, and as much to say that we were very pleasantly surprised with the performance on Sunday. Several players have been very strong, starting with CB Byron Murphy and Robert Alford. The first was targeted 7 times by Ryan Tannehill, he only concedes 3 receptions for 55 yards and deflects 3 assists. The second allows only 2 receptions for 16 yards.
Joe Haden (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Stats: 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble
Another Pittsburgh defender to his advantage on Sunday, Joe Haden shone to slow down a dangerous Buffalo aerial attack. He limited the damage by conceding only 3 receptions and 42 yards, and was impacting his tackles.
Substitutes: Paulson Adebo (NO), Carlton Davis (NO)
Budda Baker (Arizona Cardinals)
- Stats: 8 tackles, 1 deflected pass
He is a sure bet in the Arizona defense, and he’s proven it again. Very active, in all phases of the game, it displays 8 tackles and 1 deflected pass. He conceded only 13 small yards throughout the game against Tennessee.
Adrian Phillips (New England Patriots)
- Stats: 1 tackle, 1 deflected pass
His stats sheet is not monstrous, but the Safety of the Pats did the job, especially on the cover. Solicited 4 times, he conceded only one reception on which he lost 2 yards to his opponent.
Alternates: Logan Ryan (NYG), Derwin James (LAC)
Evan McPhearson (Cincinnati Bengals)
100% success for the Bengals kicker, with 2 decisive kicks. The first is a 55-yard field-goal in the 4th quarter time, and the second is that of 33 yards which gives victory to his team in overtime.
Bradley Pinion (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Stats: 4 punts, 197 yards, 49.3 YPA
The Bucs’ punter’s foot was powerful and precise on Thursday. Of the 4 clearances that Pinion had to make, 3 came to lodge within 10 yards of Dallas. What to force long drives to the opponent.
Jaydon Mickens (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Stats: 3 KR, 92 yards, 30.7 YPA
Cut 3 times in 1 year by Tampa, Jaydon Mickens is a man of return. After finally winning the job, he was very good on Thursday. On his 3 kickoff returns, he averages over 30 yards, with a point at 41. And he adds 21 yards on 2 punts returns.