NFL Scores Week 1: 5 Most Impressive Victories
With two games still left on the ticket tonight, New England at Miami and Oakland at Denver, Week 1 in the NFL has already had some dominant performances. So what teams had the most sensational execution?
Whether these games were close or blowouts, one thing these teams have in common is that none floundered under pressure. So let's rank the top five victories of the week so far.
Green Bay Packers
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers won a hard-fought battle against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday in the NFL season opener.
The Saints had to hold on tight after what looked like a blowout when the Packers went up by 14 points early in the first quarter.
Both quarterbacks were amazing. Drew Brees had three touchdowns and threw for 419 yards while Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 312 yards.
After the Saint crept back into the game, the Packers' defense finished the Saints off with two red zone fourth-down stops, one of which was a goal line stand (with time expired) to end the game.
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The Washington Redskins started out the 2011-2012 season with a bang on Sunday against the New York Giants.
The Redskins quarterback, Rex Grossman, proved to doubters that Mike Shanahan made the right move starting him over John Beck. Grossman didn't run a conservative offense. He managed the game well, but he also took shots down the field and had a fantastic overall performance. Grossman finished the day with 305 yards and two touchdowns.
The Redskins' offense played above expectations, and the defense did the same.
The Redskins gave up a few big plays in the first half, but even so, the defense only gave up 14 points and had Eli Manning running for cover.
In the second half things just got better. The Redskins shut the Giants out.
The team gave up 268 passing yards (which makes sense considering the Giants aired it out because they were down almost the whole second half) and just 73 rushing yards to Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined.
The defense returned an interception for a touchdown and frustrated Manning with four sacks.
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Going against a slightly favored Atlanta Falcons team at home, the Chicago Bears easily dominated the whole game.
This was one of the more surprising games of the day. Although the Bears' defense remains impeccable, the Falcons' offense just couldn't get much going and were hurt by turnovers.
Matt Ryan threw for 319 yards against the Bears' defense, but the Atlanta quarterback was forced to throw much of the game because of the lop-sided score.
While the Bears' defense gave up 319 yards to Ryan and 100 on the ground to Michael Turner, the team caused three turnovers, two fumbles and an interception, and were much more imposing than the numbers show.
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The Baltimore Ravens cruised to victory in a route of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. In a game that was supposed to be close and was anything but, both the Ravens offense and defense put on a show.
Joe Flacco led the passing attack with three touchdowns, each to different receivers, and threw for 224 yards.
Ray Rice couldn't be stopped by an uninspired Pittsburgh defense. Rice put up 107 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He had 40 receiving yards and a touchdown reception. Rice continued to make big play after big play all day long.
The Baltimore defense came out mad and stayed that way. They only gave up seven points to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense.
The defense had four sacks and forced seven turnovers. The Ravens caused three interceptions and four fumbles, including two by ball hawk Ed Reed.
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The Buffalo Bills destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a nearly perfect day with 208 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in front of shocked Kansas City fans. Fred Jackson ran all over the Chiefs, too, with 112 yards.
The Chiefs' offense was dismal, Cassel threw for just 119 yards and Jamaal Charles had only 58 yards on the ground (on just 10 carries because they were playing from behind though).
The Buffalo defense forced two turnovers, an interception and a fumble, and the team only allowed the Chiefs seven points.
As bad as the Chiefs were on Sunday, those who watched would agree, the Bills looked impressive.