By: Mitch Hughes
Sports fans across the country rejoiced this week as the NFL began its 46th season. The much-anticipated weekend provided fans with nonstop action with sixteen games spanning four days. Though things were just getting started, every game had its fair share of some serious play-making.
On Thursday, September 10, the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the New England Patriots for the first official game of the season. The game was preceded by a good deal of hype surrounding Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady who narrowly escaped a four-game suspension for his alleged role in the team’s “Deflate-gate” scandal in last year’s playoffs. The Super Bowl 45 champion Patriots went on to defeat the Steelers 28-21.
Sunday, September 13 brought with it the majority of the week’s excitement as 13 of the 16 games were played. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 17-10. The Indianapolis Colts fell to the Buffalo Bills 14-27. The New York Jets had a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Houston Texans 27-20. The Carolina Panthers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-9. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in a very thrilling game. The Green Bay Packers outplayed their conference rivals, the Chicago Cubs 31-23. The Detroit Lions fell to the San Diego Chargers 33-28. The Arizona Cardinals beat the New Orleans Saints 31-19. The Denver Broncos defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a close game. The Oakland Raiders suffered a bruising 13-33 defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Tennessee Titans trumped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14 and the Dallas Cowboys mounted a big comeback to defeat the New York Giants 27-26.
Monday’s games were just as unpredictable as the previous days. The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Atlanta Falcons 24-26 and the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. This weekend provided NFL fans with the first real glimpse of how their favorite team will likely perform this season, but the NFL is often as unpredictable as it is exciting so one shouldn’t be too joyful or too concerned because a team’s luck can change in a moment’s notice.