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NFL Week 1 Recaps: AFC/NFC East


Week 1 of the NFL season marked the return of NFL regular season football. The start of a new season with new opportunities with expectations set by both the organizations and the fans. There were plenty of intriguing match-ups that took place all across the NFL such as the Green Bay Packers vs San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints. In the AFC East, this was a weekend where two games went down to the wire in the fourth quarter. In the NFC East, this was rivalry weekend in which the entire division played against one another.

New England Patriots: 23 Buffalo Bills: 21

E.J. Manuel made his NFL regular season debut for the Buffalo Bills against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Manuel looked very impressive completing 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Brady completed 29 of 52 passes for 288 yards and two touchdown passes. It was Stephen Gostkowski game winning field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation that sealed the win for the Patriots who won their season opener for the 10th consecutive season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 17  New York Jets: 18

Geno Smith made his NFL regular season debut for the New York Jets against Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Smith completed 24 of 38 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown pass. Smith fumbled the ball that lead to a touchdown score by the Buccaneers. Darrell Revis made his Buccaneers debut against his for former team but was not a factor in the game. A costly penalty by Lavonte David assisted Geno Smith’s game winning drive as Nick Folk kicked a 48-yard game winning field goal with two seconds remaining to give the Jets the victory.

Miami Dolphins: 23  Cleveland Browns: 10
In a season where there are high hopes for the Dolphins, Miami got off to a good start with a 23-10 win over the Browns in Cleveland. Ryan Tannehill completed 24 of 38 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown pass while Daniel Thomas rushed for 14 yards on eight carries and a touchdown run. Cameron Wake had 2 ½ sacks for the Dolphins as part of a six sack day for the defensive line. Brandon Weeden struggled as he threw three interceptions as the Browns offense was unable to gain any momentum in the second half of the game.

New York Giants: 31   Dallas Cowboys: 36

Entering Sunday night, there had been so much discussion about the Giants having been 4-0 in Cowboys Stadium (renamed AT&T stadium) since it opened in 2009. Eli Manning struggled against the Cowboys throwing three interceptions with completing 27 of 42 passes with four touchdown passes. The Giants offense turned to ball over six times in an ugly loss in Dallas to open the season. Tony Romo completed 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards and two touchdown passes with one interception as the Cowboys reverse the “curse” vs the Giants at Jerry’s world.

Philadelphia Eagles: 33  Washington Redskins: 27      

Entering Monday night’s game, there has been so much hype for both the Eagles and the Redskins. For the Eagles, there was high anticipation in seeing what the new high tempo offense would bring to the table and how will it be effective for new head coach Chip Kelly. For the Redskins, all eyes were on Robert Griffin III. He was preparing to play in his first NFL game since injuring his ACL in the NFC Wild Card game this past January against the Seattle Seahawks. Michael Vick dominated in the game throwing for 203 yards while completing 15 of 25 passes with touchdown passes while running for another touchdown. LeSean McCoy had 31 carries for 184 yards  and one rushing touchdown. Griffin III threw a career high two interceptions while throwing for 329 passing yards and completing 30 of 49 passes. The Redskins scored three touchdowns in the second half to make the score more respectable after initially trailing by 3.

And so ends NFL Week 1

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