By Stephen Ur
Buffalo Bills 31, Los Angeles Rams 10
Buffalo, a heavy favorite to both play in and win Super Bowl LVII, scored 21 second-half points on their way to a blowout victory over the defending champions. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions and former Rams defensive end Von Miller recorded two of the seven sacks on Stafford in the victory.
New Orleans Saints 27, Atlanta Falcons 26
Despite being down 26-10 with 11:35 left, the Saints came marching all the way back and in the end, kicker Will Lutz kicked the game-winning field goal to give new head coach Dennis Allen a win in his head coaching debut.
Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 24
Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield was facing his former team and looking for revenge on the team that traded him away for Deshaun Watson. Browns rookie kicker Cade York kicked a game-winning 58-yard field goal, however, giving Cleveland the win on the road.
Chicago Bears 19, San Francisco 49ers 10
In a monsoon in the windy city, Justin Fields outlasted Trey Lance and the defense stepped up in the end to clinch the victory for Chicago.
Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20 (OT)
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow committed five turnovers, including four interceptions, kicker Evan McPherson had the game-winning extra point blocked as time expired and missed another field goal in overtime, and the Steelers won on a field goal from Chris Boswell as time expired in overtime.
Houston Texans 20, Indianapolis Colts 20 (OT)
Indianapolis overcame a 20-3 deficit to even force overtime, but when it came to either team scoring in overtime, neither team could do so, giving us our first tie of the 2022 season.
Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35
Philadelphia led 31-14 at one point and despite Detroit’s furious comeback, it wasn’t enough as the Eagles held on for a Week 1 win.
Miami Dolphins 20, New England Patriots 7
New England couldn’t get anything going in this game. Miami’s defense had quarterback Mac Jones’ number the entire time as Xavien Howard picked him off in the end zone and the defense also forced a fumble, which was recovered for a touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens 24, New York Jets 9
All off-season, the talk was about how Lamar Jackson didn’t have a top wide receiver and how his passing numbers would decline this season. He didn’t seem to hear any of that talk, however, as he threw three touchdown passes as Baltimore easily won their opening game.
Washington Commanders 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 22
Carson Wentz threw the game-winning touchdown to rookie wide receiver Jahon Dotson and Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw the game-ending interception as the Commanders came out on top of a closely contested game.
New York Giants 21, Tennessee Titans 20
Tennessee took an early 13-0 lead, and it looked like more of the same for the New York Giants. They came storming back, however, and after scoring a touchdown to make it a 20-19 game with just over a minute left, new Giants head coach Brian Daboll decided to go for two and the win, and Saquan Barkley’s two-point conversion gave the Giants a one-point lead. The Titans would miss a field goal as time expired, giving New York the upset victory.
Kansas City Chiefs 44, Arizona Cardinals 21
Like Lamar Jackson, much of the off-season talk was that the Chiefs would have a lesser offense with wide receiver Tyreek Hill being traded to the Miami Dolphins. However, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shut that down with five touchdown passes in their blowout win in Arizona, home of Super Bowl LVII.
Los Angeles Chargers 24, Las Vegas Raiders 19
New Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Devante Adams had over 100 yards receiving, but quarterback Derek Carr’s three interceptions proved to be the difference as the Chargers avenged their regular season-ending loss last season to these Raiders.
Minnesota Vikings 23, Green Bay Packers 7
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was missing Adams in the game against the Vikings as he struggled in a 16-point loss. Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a career game with almost 200 yards receiving on the afternoon.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Dallas Cowboys 3
Tom Brady improved to 7-0 against Dallas as he threw a touchdown to Mike Evans and outscored the Cowboys 19-0 over the last three quarters in their Sunday Night Football win at AT&T Stadium. Worse news for Dallas is that quarterback Dak Prescott will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing hand surgery.
Denver Broncos , Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson had his return to Seattle spoiled by the Seahawks as they won, 17-16. Denver committed two fumbles inside the Seattle five yard-line and Brandon McMannis missed what would’ve been the game-winning 64 yard field goal on the Broncos’ final drive.