However like loss of life and taxes, some issues stay fixed — the New England Patriots unveiled an NFL championship banner — their sixth — earlier than occurring to win their 14th consecutive residence recreation.
The defending champion, head coach Invoice Belichick and their 42-year-old talisman Tom Brady now have a 5-1 report of their first video games after successful a Tremendous Bowl ring, following Sunday’s 33-Three mauling of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Success on the expense of others
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jackson threw 5 touchdowns passes — together with scores of 47 and 83 yards to 2019 first-round draft choose Marquise “Hollywood” Brown in a frenetic begin to the sport — to humiliate the Dolphins and rookie coach Brian Flores, 59-10.
The primary-round choose from a 12 months in the past helped the Ravens set a franchise report for factors within the first half, an NFL report for factors within the first half of an opener — the rating was 42-10 on the break — and franchise data for factors and whole yards with 643.
Not residing as much as the hype
The Cleveland Browns had a mixed report of 1–31 each in 2016 and 2017, so ending with a 7-Eight-1 report final season felt like a turning level.
Regardless of that optimism, their 2019 residence opener went down like a lead balloon, because the Browns misplaced 43-13 to the Tennessee Titans.
Marcus Mariota threw three landing passes, together with a surprising 75-yarder to operating again Derrick Henry to extinguish the Browns’ low season pleasure to make sure they’re nonetheless with no week-one win since 2004.
It’s changing into the norm within the NFL preseason for groups to relaxation their beginning gamers to keep away from accidents , leading to some week one rustiness.
However for lots of the perceived contenders for this season’s Tremendous Bowl, it was a very good begin.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys ran riot over the New York Giants, finally successful 35-17, whereas in one other all-NFC East recreation, the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Washington Redskins.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs battled damage worries and the scorching warmth to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-26, whereas final season’s runners-up Los Angeles Rams squeaked previous the Carolina Panthers 30-27.
Final season, the Arizona Cardinals completed with the worst report within the league and in consequence, had the primary choose on this season’s draft.
They picked Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who was paired with their new offensively-minded head coach, Kliff Kingsbury.
This new quarterback-head coach mixture managed to guide the Cardinals to a comeback 27-27 tie towards the Detroit Lions.
One other rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones — drafted quantity six general by the Giants — made his NFL debut as nicely, taking part in the final two minutes of their defeat to the Cowboys.
Early season accidents
Whereas followers ought to be trying ahead to watching 15 extra video games of their favourite gamers, accidents have already put a dampener on some stars’ season.
Within the hard-hitting Chiefs-Jaguars recreation, reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes obtained therapy on his proper ankle through the second quarter — he returned after having strapping utilized.
Whereas Mahomes escaped with none critical accidents, large receiver Tyreek Hill will miss a number of weeks after being hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder.
It was a good worse begin for Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles who, after not too long ago signing a four-year contract price $88 million, suffered a damaged left clavicle within the first quarter of the sport, with the remainder of the season now unsure for the 2017 Tremendous Bowl MVP.