NFL: Week 1 highlights
The GIST: Pass the buffalo chicken dip because the NFL is back, baby. Slide headfirst into a few of the highs and lows from an eventful Week 1 slate.
Freezer burn: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback (QB) Joe Burrow must’ve forgotten he played in the Super Bowl last year. The style icon recorded a whopping five turnovers during his squad’s 23–20 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. But Pittsburgh’s big win might be overshadowed by star linebacker T.J. Watt’s torn pectoral.
Switching positions: Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid was the epitome of “get you a player who can do both,” filling in for injured kicker Harrison Butker and nailing this extra point in yesterday’s 44–21 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
Losing his cool: Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw temper tantrums instead of touchdowns (TDs) in their 23–7 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota wide receiver (WR) Justin Jefferson couldn’t be stopped, scoring two TDs and recording a career-high 184 receiving yards. Truth hurts.
Patiently waiting: It took three quarters, but Tampa Bays Buccaneers QB Tom Brady finally threw his first TD of the season, connecting with WR Mike Evans in their 19–3 win against the Dallas Cowboys. Just shaking the rust off, perhaps.
Looking ahead: There’s still one more Week 1 tilt on deck, and it’s a good one.
Ciara’s husband QB Russell Wilson will make his Denver Broncos debut tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET, taking on his old squad, the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s see if Russ is ready to level up.