Considered one of the best teams in the NFL on paper, the Los Angeles Chargers showed they were serious when they beat the Las Vegas Raiders 24-19 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
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This victory could prove very important for the rest of the campaign of the Californian club, since it was obtained against an opponent of the American West section. This one, which also includes the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos, is one of the strongest in the Goodell circuit.
For this first game of the season, quarterback Justin Herbert completed 76% of his relays for 279 yards, in addition to throwing touchdown passes to DeAndre Carter, Gerald Everett and Zander Horvath.
The only negative element of this duel, on the Chargers side, is that wide receiver Keenan Allen was unable to conclude the confrontation. Before falling in action, he had put his hands on four balls for 66 yards.
As for the Raiders, Davante Adams has looked great in his new uniform. Obtained from the Green Bay Packers during the offseason, the star receiver caught 10 relays for 141 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Daniel Carr, for his part, saw three of his passes land in the hands of a rival.
Justin Jefferson has fun
At US Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson had fun at the expense of the Green Bay Packers and his team won 23-7.
The third-year player started his season strong, having recently claimed he was the best player playing at his position in the NFL. He caught nine passes for 184 yards and scored two touchdowns on his first rush in 2022.
At the Packers, Aaron Rodgers had a rather ordinary outing. Unable to find the paying zone, the holder of the last two league MVP titles also suffered an interception and dropped the ball once.
Spectacular Patrick Mahomes
At University of Phoenix Stadium, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes in a convincing 44-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
The 26-year-old center found Clyde Edwards-Helaire (twice), Travis Kelce, Jody Forston and Mecole Hardman for majors. Mahomes also completed 30 of 39 passes he attempted for 360 yards.
Funnily enough, the Chiefs were forced to use safety Justin Reid as kicker for a short time during the game, while Harrison Butker was in the locker room assessing an injury. The defensive player had one of two conversion attempts after touchdowns.
Eventually at Nissan Stadium, the New York Giants scored a major and managed the two-point convert with just over a minute left in the game to defeat the Tennessee Titans 21-20.
Daniel Jones found Chris Myarick behind the goal line and running back Saquon Barkley then allowed his team to win by catching a short throw from his pivot. The number 26 of the Giants had a strong game with a harvest of 164 yards and a touchdown with his legs.