The NFL season is officially back. The New England Patriots choked in their opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams stunned football fans with a blowout win — and Jared Goff’s first win. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks played a snooze-fest of a Sunday afternoon game. Oh, and Marshawn Lynch made his return to football this weekend as a part of the Oakland Raiders. Plus, a Monday night double-header rounded off the first week of football coverage. (The Minnesota Vikings won at home, and the Broncos pulled off a win at Mile High.)
The first week left fans with plenty to talk about. Here’s a few of the most notable happenings as ranked by emojis.
LeSean McCoy led the Buffalo Bills with 156 yards in rushing/receptions.
The Los Angeles Rams dominated in their debut with a more than convincing 46-9 win.
Ezekiel Elliott proved his significance on the Dallas Cowboys, as he racked up 140 total yards on Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper secured an 88-yard touchdown catch, which also happened to be a quarter of the Falcons’ yards Sunday.
The Chicago Bears have at least one thing to look forward to: Tarik Cohen. (He earned 100 yards Sunday.)
The Denver Broncos narrowly escaped — with a last second blocked field goal attempt — an opening loss (in the Vance Joseph era) to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Andy Dalton…suddenly bad? Dalton went 16/31 with 170 yards, which included four interceptions and a fumble.
(tie) Green Bay Packers offensive line looked awful against the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers was sacked four times.
Matthew Stafford first pass as the highest-paid player? A pick six. (He, then, threw two of his four touchdown passes in the final quarter to earn a victory.)
Sam Bradford and Alex Smith (and many others) had a better week than Drew Brees and Tom Brady… wut.
Is this the end of Carson Palmer? Seems like a ticking time bomb…
Rex Ryan in the booth for Los Angeles Chargers at the Denver Broncos. Awful.