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We’re keeping track of some of the top highlights Sunday. Welcome back, football!
Welcome to the NFL, Dante Pettis
Jimmy Garoppolo could be on his way to his first loss as a starting quarterback — Kirk Cousins and the Vikings have been sharp. But Jimmy G did find rookie Dante Pettis for a beauty of a TD:
Bills, not like this
It took until the third quarter for the Bills to get their first first down against the Ravens. They still ended up having to punt … and this is what happened:
— Nick Wojton (@Nick_Wojton) September 9, 2018
We knew the Bills were going to be bad this year. We might not have known they’d be THIS bad.
After Nathan Peterman’s second pick of the game — and with the Bills down 40-0, they put rookie quarterback Josh Allen in. Hopefully he makes it out alive.
Browns vs. Steelers has been sloppy, chippy, and entertaining
Maybe the rainy and windy weather isn’t helping things, but there wasn’t much pretty about the Browns and Steelers game — until Antonio Brown delivered an extremely AB touchdown:
Antonio Brown contested catch for the TD. Makes it look routine. pic.twitter.com/CftYyQ1A9j
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) September 9, 2018
Ben Roethlisberger threw three picks in the first half, two of them to first-round pick Denzel Ward:
First three interception 1st half of Ben Roethlisberger’s career since 2006. Also against the Cleveland Browns. Steelers won 24-20. #Steelers
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) September 9, 2018
Then Jarvis Landry and Artie Burns got into it (though neither was ejected).
Landry getting under Burns’ skin pic.twitter.com/qB9gFlIQNR
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) September 9, 2018
At least it’s been entertaining!
Saints vs. Bucs has been WEIRD AS HELL
It seemed like opening at home against a Jameis Winston-less Bucs team would be an easy win for the Saints in Week 1. That hasn’t been the case AT ALL.
Alvin Kamara got things started — not a surprise — with a 5-yard rushing touchdown. But the Bucs answered right back with a long TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick to DeSean Jackson.
Fitzmagic wasn’t done there:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 9, 2018
And then new Saints running back Mike Gillislee fumbled, which turned into a scoop and score:
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 9, 2018
The Saints aren’t going away, though, so you know what that means: We’ve got ourselves a shootout!
James Conner scores his first NFL touchdown — soon after Myles Garrett finally sacked Big Ben
After more than a year, Garrett finally accomplished his No. 1 goal: He sacked Ben Roethlisberger. Unfortunately on the same drive, Garrett was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for everyone’s least favorite “body weight” rule:
Right after that, James Conner ran in his first NFL touchdown:
First touchdown alert pic.twitter.com/Buqpky0uBi
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 9, 2018
He added a second in the second half.
A Bengals player was the first player ejected under the new helmet rule
In his first regular season game since January 2017, Andrew Luck ran for a first down … and took a nasty shot to the head:
— Al Riveron (@alriveron) September 9, 2018
Later in the game, Luck threw his first touchdown in a very, very long time:
Andrew Luck’s 26-yard Pass TD to Eric Ebron is his first touchdown pass since Jan. 1, 2017 (616 days).
On that day, Luck threw a game-winning 1-yard TD to Jack Doyle to beat the Jaguars.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 9, 2018
Deshaun Watson fumbles on his first play … and the Patriots promptly score a touchdown.
Well, this is not the way we wanted to welcome Deshaun Watson back. On the Texans’ first offensive possession against the Patriots, Watson fumbled:
Brady later returned the favor when he threw a pick to new Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.
We’ll be updating the scores for Week 1 as they go final, so stay tuned.
Week 1 schedule and scores
All times ET
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Washington at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
The preseason is over, the defending Super Bowl champs already won their first game, and now it’s time for the first full Sunday of the 2018 NFL season. Follow along with us, won’t you?
Among the things to watch on Sunday are quarterbacks in new spots, like Kirk Cousins in Minnesota (Vikings vs. 49ers, 1 p.m. ET), Alex Smith in Washington (at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.), and Patrick Mahomes taking over in Kansas City (Chiefs at Chargers, 4:05 p.m.). Deshaun Watson is back from a torn ACL to lead the Texans, who open on the road against the Patriots (1 p.m.).
Top picks Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen are backups for now, with Tyrod Taylor and Sam Bradford starting for the Browns and Cardinals, respectively. Sam Darnold gets the start for the Jets, but that’s not until Monday night.
Highlighting the early games is Houston traveling to Foxborough in a matchup of potential division winners. Not only do the Texans get Watson back behind center, but also see the return of J.J. Watt to anchor the defense.