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National Football League week one: the good, unimpressive and embarrassing

13 September 2017, 04:09 | Henrietta Morgan

National Football League week one: the good, unimpressive and embarrassing

Matthew Stafford quarterback de los Lions de Detroit lanza un pase durante el encuentro ante los Cardinals de Arizona el domingo 10 de septiambre de 2017

Of the 571 teams which lost openers...

The "notes" section of the power rankings gave a special shout out to Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels, who tallied 1.5 sacks and the game-changing forced fumble on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during Green Bay's win. The two teams have combined for nine playoff berths since 2011 (Cincinnati, five and Houston, four).

Heading into this season, expectations weren't particularly high for the Los Angeles Rams. While Hunt may not have another game of this volume, expect him to put up big numbers throughout the year.

The first NFC team on the list.

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The Chiefs may have been the best looking team on the weekend, rocking the Patriots 42-27 and showing a surprising amount of creativity. Maybe the biggest surprise outside of the downfield attack that the Chiefs had, was rookie running back Kareem Hunt's production. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion. Texans coach Bill O'Brien benched his starting quarterback after the first two quarters of the season.

In last week's victory over the Jets, running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 110 yards and quarterback TYROD TAYLOR threw two touchdown passes.

We can also see that scoring in Week 1 is on a three-year decline and there's a gulf of 8.5 points between the high year of the sample in 2012 when the average points scored per game was 49.4 and this season. In his National Football League debut, rookie running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving).

The Cowboys did not roll out tons of points, but what they did do was look phenomenal on defense, beating the division rival New York Giants, 19-3. Bogan is the flawless compliment to powerful teammate Jarvion Franklin and both are on the Doak Walker watch list in the running for the best tailback in college football. You'd think that Vinatieri would do a lot more than one field goal make.

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The total for the Cards-Colts game opened at 44.5.

Against the Seahawks, wide receivers RANDALL COBB (nine catches for 85 yards) and JORDY NELSON (seven catches for 79 yards with one TD) combined for 16 catches and 164 yards with one touchdown.

NY hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Week 12 of last season and that game was against the Cleveland Browns.

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