1- TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-0)
A first victory snatched without panicking against the Dallas Cowboys with a Tom Brady Vintage (note: do not allow 80 seconds for a simple Field Goal to Tom « always Terrific »). The 22 holders from last season are back and the reigning champions leave as favorites… With a huge target on their backs.
2- KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)
In his career, Patrick Mahomes has never known defeat in September (10 wins – 0 losses). And despite a 12-point handicap against the Browns, the series continues thanks to the big plays of Mister September. The Chiefs still have a few tweaks to make, but with a beefed up offensive line and service magician, Kansas City is still the team to beat in the AFC.
3- LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0)
An instant glimpse of the Stafford Factor (two touchdowns from over 50 yards in his first game in LA) and an intractable defense led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey (# 1 defense last season). It will however be necessary to hang on to dominate the NFC WEST, the division of all dangers.
4- SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
A new offensive manager, but the same chef in the kitchen: Russell Wilson serves a 4-star menu (18 completed passes out of 23; 254 yards; 4 TDs) and like last season, the Seahawks start off in attack.
5- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0)
Drew who? … Jameis Winston took advantage of the offseason to have his myopia laser corrected, and it is with laser passes (5 touchdowns) that he corrects the Packers 38 to 3 in this big duel of the NFC . Too early to jump for joy in the bayou, but the Saints sign the most resounding feat of week 1.
6- ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)
A total of 5 touchdowns for Atomic Leprechaun Kyler Murray (4 passing, 1 running) and a festival of sacks from Chandler Jones (5) in a stunning win over the Tennessee Titans. The Cardinals announce the color.
7- PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0)
The content can be improved, especially in attack, but the defense of the Steelers suffocated Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on their land. A significant victory over one of the main favorites of the season in the AFC.
8- SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)
The Niners were up to 28 points ahead in the third quarter, but a worrying release almost allowed the Lions to hope to equalize in the final seconds. On the injury side, two notable losses (Jason Verett, CB and Raheem Mostert, RB).
9- LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)
Losing close matches had become a chronic condition for the Chargers under Anthony Lynn. But the mandate of the new Head Coach Brandon Staley begins with a therapeutic victory in Washington (20-16) and a confirmation: Justin Herbert is « DA Man »!
10- BUFFALO BILLS (0-1)
Josh Allen was stamped a potential league MVP this season and the Bills considered serious title contenders, but the last AFC finalists quickly returned to earth after a very muddled performance against the Steelers and a loss in their opener. at Orchard Park.
11 – BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1)
Unable to fold the game in Las Vegas, the Ravens lose in overtime and will have to correct many details to hope to beat the Chiefs this Sunday and reaffirm their ambitions (Sunday Night Football – Chiefs at Ravens, live on beIN SPORTS).
12- GREEN BAY PACKERS (0-1)
It was thought that the Rodgers soap opera would be just an anecdote as soon as the season started, but the harm may be deeper. The MVP of the season signs a disastrous meeting against the Saints (15 completed assists out of 28; 133 yds; 2 INT) and the Packers receive a beating (38-3).
13- LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-0)
Many approximations, but a lot of character in front of 65,000 spectators at « Sin City ». The Raiders wanted him more than the Ravens. Unless the Ravens wanted it less than the Raiders. Anyway,… Just Win Baby!
14- MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-0)
Big defense to keep the Patriots in check, at home in Foxboro. Promising debut for rookie receiver Jaylen Waddle and a successful first test for QB Tua Tagovailoa, who will be watched closely in his second season.
15- CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
By jostling the Chiefs, the Browns proved they had the weapons to rub shoulders with the big names of the AFC, but to assert themselves as favorites, you have to hold the effort over 60 minutes and not make a fatal mistake at the 59th.
16- DALLAS COWBOYS (0-1)
Within 80 seconds, the Cowboys held their feat against the defending champions. They also found a great Dak Prescott (42 of 58, 403 yards and 3 TDs), as if his terrible injury last year had never occurred. The Cowboys are favorites in the NFC East.
17- DENVER BRONCOS (1-0)
Teddy Bridgewater is not the next Peyton Manning, but he justifies his tenure and the Broncos start with a very solid game at GIANTS, in attack and defense.
18- PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)
Winning debut for new Head Coch Nick Sirianni. Young Eagles Jalen Hurts, Jalen Reagor and Devonta Smith devour the Falcons, but it will be another kettle of fish against the 49ERS in Week 2.
19- CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-0)
The coolness of Joe Burrow guiding Cincy to an overtime victory. The Bengals are betting on a big 2nd season of their “Franchise Quarterback”, which has returned to form after the knee injury last year.
20- NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-1)
Cruel losses of balls spoil the end of the game against the Dolphins. Mention well enough for the rookie QB Mac Jones who seems to have the tools to perform in the system of Bill Belichick.
21- INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
Suspicious defense and multiple questions in attack, around Carson Wentz and an unconvincing offensive line.
22- TENNESSEE TITANS (0-1)
A 17th game may allow Derrick Henry to eclipse the 2000-yard run again this season, but the Titans mounted upside down must quickly review their copy after a bitter failure against the Cardinals.
23- WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (0-1)
Subluxation of the hip for Ryan Fitzpatrick and despite the efforts of the team around the QB replacing Taylor Heinicke, Washington succumbs to the Chargers.
24- MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1)
A failed start and a mad sprint to try to win in OT in Cincinnati, but the Vikings have too many gaps to enter the discussion of the underdogs.
25- CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)
An honorable game for the Rams, but an attack without genius. How many weeks before seeing Justin Fields replace Andy Dalton as quarterback?
26- CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0)
QB Sam Darnold signs an encouraging first match against his former club. But what went through the head of Head coach Matt Rhule to hit a punt from the JETS 33 yards at 0-0 in the 1st Quarter?
27- NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)
Neither more nor less than what we expected from the start of the season. Next game: in Washington, 1st Thursday Night Football of the season (live on beIN SPORTS)
28- ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1)
260 Total Offensive Yards and only two Field Goals for their first home game… What else?
29- HOUSTON TEXANS (1-0)
Tyrod Taylor QB holder and 37 points scored against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their 1st victory of the season, but how many more will there be?
30- DETROIT LIONS (0-1)
Led 38-10 against the Niners, the Lions fought… like Lions! About NFL Standards, that doesn’t mean much.
31- NEW YORK JETS (0-1)
Encouraging debut by rookie quarterback Zach Wilson (258 yards and 2 touchdowns) and frightening injury to Mekhi Becton (LT) absent for 4 to 6 weeks.
32- JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)
Between his years High School and College Football, Trevor Lawrence had never known defeat (68 wins – 0 losses). Let there be a reason quickly, because in Jacksonville, it will not be the last. THAT’S ALL FOLKS!
The Raiders beat Baltimore in a crazy game!