The second week of the NFL season gave us what Week 1 could not – fewer injuries and more close finishes.

The fourth quarter was crucial on Sunday as several high-profile games gave us nail-biting endings. Gardner Minshew could not quite get the Jacksonville Jaguars past the Houston Texans as he made his first career start in place of injured quarterback Nick Foles, while the Indianapolis Colts' defense helped Jacoby Brissett claim his first win of the season since Andrew Luck retired.

But setbacks were not inescapable after the Pittsburgh Steelers were plagued by injuries in their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers fought down to the final fourth-and-one wire of a game that had four sacks and four first downs over the first five possessions alone, but the Seahawks picked up their eight win in the team's last nine games.

Other games were not as competitive, like the New England Patriots' 43-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers' 41-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Then there are the Buffalo Bills, who moved to an unlikely 2-0 after they spoiled the New York Giants' home opener 28-14, while head coach Matt LaFleur recorded his first win at Green Bay as the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 21-16 for the first time since 2016.

Injury report

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm at various points in the first half against the Seahawks and even exited to the locker room before returning to the sideline to play through the injury. He was later ruled questionable to return to start the second half but never made it back after being replaced by backup Mason Rudolph.

Meanwhile, Steelers team-mate and running back James Conner was also questionable to return with a knee injury suffered in the second half. The Steelers also lost linebacker Vince Williams and safety Sean Davis to injuries.

49ers tackle Joe Staley was carted off the field against the Bengals with a leg injury and did not return. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan revealed after the game that Staley suffered a broken fibula.

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis, starting in place of Jordan Reed as he recovers from a concussion, sustained an eye injury against the Dallas Cowboys.

Another less injury-prone quarterback went down as New Orlenas Saints veteran Drew Brees injured his throwing hand making contact with Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald in their NFC title rematch. He was sidelined with his thumb taped as Teddy Bridgewater took over under centre.

By the numbers

After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson scored his 107th career rushing touchdown to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown on the all-time list. He is three rushing touchdowns behind Walter Payton for fourth in NFL history.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is back in a big way, as the veteran scored in back-to-back weeks for the first time since Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2017 season.

Antonio Brown's touchdown catch during his Patriots debut against the Dolphins made him the 72nd player to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Tom Brady, which extends a league record for the 42-year-old New England quarterback.

Rookie sensation and Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray joined Carolina Panthers veteran Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in their first two starts.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hit 2,500 career receiving yards against the Seahawks, becoming the youngest player in league history to accomplish the feat.

It was a good day for fantasy owners with New England's defense after the Patriots shut out the Dolphins.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes exploded in the first half against the Oakland Raiders, with his four touchdown passes and 313 yards helping him become the first signal-caller to throw for more than 278 yards in any quarter since Brees did so in 2008.

Quotables

Giants coach Pat Shurmur on replacing Eli Manning with Daniel Jones: "I think we have to look at how our team played and we have to go back and take steps to get better in all areas. I don't think that's a conversation for right now. Everybody has to play better."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on having Brady throw deep despite being up 37 points: "We're playing 60 minutes. You've got to play 60 minutes."

Week 1 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Buccaneers 20, Panthers 14

Sunday's games

Ravens 23, Cardinals 17
Lions 13, Chargers 10
Colts 19, Titans 17
49ers 41, Bengals 17
Texans 13, Jaguars 12
Packers 21, Vikings 16
Cowboys 31, Redskins 21
Seahawks 28, Steelers 26
Bills 28, Giants 14
Patriots 43, Dolphins 0
Chiefs 28, Raiders 10
Rams 27, Saints 9
Bears 16, Broncos 14

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was in a revealing mood when talking about Antonio Brown on Wednesday.

OK, obviously he was not. He never is when he talks. That can easily be seen by his answers to questions about the wide receiver who has been accused of rape and sexual assault by his former trainer.

Q: Were you aware of the lawsuit when you signed Antonio Brown?

BB: I'm not going to be expanding on the statements that have already been given.

Q: Don't you think the fans deserve to hear a little bit more from you…

BB: When we know more, we'll say more.

Q: … on such a major development that could impact the team?

BB: Yeah, I just said that.

Q: Don't you think fans deserve to hear a little bit more?

BB: When we know more, we'll say more.

Q: Are you preparing to have Antonio Brown at practice today?

BB: Yes.

Q: And are you preparing for him to play on Sunday?

BB: We're taking it one day at a time. Just like we always do.

Q: Are you preparing for the possibility that he could be on the commissioner's exempt list?

BB: We're preparing for one day at a time.

Q: How much would the allegations against him weigh into if you play him on Sunday?

BB: Yeah, I appreciate all of the questions, and what's been said has been said.

We do not know if Brown is going to play this week, but it is a storyline to follow. Even if he plays though, the Miami Dolphins are likely in a lot of trouble.

Despite the drama that follows Brown, there is a lot of good on-the-field football stories this week, including a rematch of a very controversial game in the playoffs last year.

Here is your NFL countdown to Week 2:

 

Three must-see NFL Week 2 games

Vikings (1-0-0) at Packers (1-0-0) — This will be a decent indicator of how good the Green Bay Packers' new defense is. Green Bay looked very good against the Chicago Bears last week, but a lot of that was because Mitchell Trubisky was awful and the Bears refused to run the ball. The Minnesota Vikings have just about everything going for them offensively. They will be a stiff challenge for Green Bay.

Cardinals (0-0-1) at Ravens (1-0-0) — Lamar Jackson looked absolutely incredible last week. But, it was against the Dolphins who — in sum — played like Team Trubisky. Do not get us wrong, Jackson is good, but the Arizona Cardinals certainly present a tougher test defensively than Miami. Also, Kyler Murray looked amazing in the fourth quarter and overtime in his NFL debut. He was awful for the first three quarters, though. Can he develop more consistency — hopefully on the positive side — against a very tough Baltimore Ravens defense? We are not holding our breath. The Ravens might have the best defense in football.

Saints (1-0-0) at Rams (1-0-0) — It is a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. Do not remember what happened there? Here's a refresher:

The Los Angeles Rams went on to win and went to the Super Bowl. A controversial no-call play prompted the NFL to make pass interference reviewable. A Saints fan then filed a civil suit against the NFL for robbing his team of a shot at a championship. Yeah, you need to watch this game.

J.J. Watt, Texans DE — For the first time in Watt's career Monday, the three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year was held without a tackle, quarterback hit or sack. The Houston Texans star likely will not let that happen again, and he is facing a rookie quarterback — come on down, Gardner Minshew! — against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. A three- or four-sack game might not be out of the question.

Joe Mixon, Bengals RB — Mixon suffered a sprained ankle in the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Zac Taylor's offense is very much based on the play-action game and not having Mixon will likely affect it. However, Andy Dalton threw for 418 yards in Week 1, so clearly it can work either way. It will likely work better with Mixon, listed as questionable for the San Francisco 49ers, so the Bengals will certainly want him back.

One bold NFL Week 2 prediction

Jags fans will wonder: Did they find a franchise QB by accident? Gardner Minshew started only one season at Washington State, but won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award given to the nation's best senior quarterback. He threw for 275 yards, two touchdowns and posted a 76.8 QBR in Week 1 in relief of Nick Foles, who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. Minshew has legitimate talent, and team-mates love to play for him. Look for him to again throw for 250 or more yards and two or three touchdowns against a good Texans defense. If he does that, the Jaguars may have found their quarterback of the future in the sixth round.

Ahead of the official kick-off of Week 2 in Carolina on Thursday, another quarterback was sidelined, but not with an injury.

Still, the NFL is searching for options in an attempt to make the game safer and decided to turn it into a contest with the hope of garnering more interest from people who could help.

 

Three things that matter

Darnold could miss 'multiple weeks' with mono

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase made the shocking announcement after quarterback Sam Darnold missed practice Wednesday with an undisclosed illness believed to be strep throat. It was later reported that Trevor Siemian is expected to start Monday against the Cleveland Browns, while Luke Falk will serve as the backup.

It is clearly a cause for concern since the symptoms can last for months, though an October 6 return to face the Philadelphia Eagles is possible considering the Jets have a bye in Week 4.

Le'Veon Bell also caused worry when Gase confirmed the running back would miss practice on Thursday. Bell, however, underwent an MRI, which revealed no tears or damage to his shoulder.

Foles targeting Week 11 return

It is a stretch and will depend on his recovery, but the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback is staying positive. Nick Foles was placed on the injured reserve/return list after undergoing surgery on his broken left collarbone on Monday and is eligible to return in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts following Jacksonville's bye. 

In the meantime, the team acquired Joshua Dobbs from the Pittsburgh Steelers to compete for playing time with Gardner Minshew, who filled in for Foles in the opener.

Guice out 6-8 weeks after surgery

The Washington Redskins running back tore the meniscus in his right knee in the team's Week 1 loss to the Eagles. Derrius Guice will need time to recover from the procedure he underwent on Thursday, in which he reportedly had his meniscus trimmed.

Guice rushed for 18 yards on 10 carries in his NFL debut. The 22-year-old's absence has pushed veteran rusher Adrian Peterson back into the starting line-up after he was deemed a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last week, so his role is expected to expand.

Two things that don't matter

Beckham blasts Williams for coaching "dirty"

The Browns receiver appears fired up for "Monday Night Football" against the Jets after accusing New York defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams of encouraging "dirty plays and cheap shots."

Odell Beckham Jr claimed current Browns players told him about Williams' tactics when he served as defensive coordinator in Cleveland from 2017-18, saying he instructed them to take him out during a preseason matchup in 2017.

Beckham ended up hurting his ankle in that game on a hit by Briean Boddy-Calhoun and later broke the same one in Week 5 of the regular season in an injury he said "changed my life forever."

NFL launches $3m helmet challenge

The league is looking to upgrade its equipment in an effort to increase safety and reduce concussions, so it announced the "Helmet Challenge" to stimulate the development of new headgear for players that will outperform models being used today.

The 18-month contest, set to begin this fall and culminate in May 2021, will feature a prize of $2million in grant funding to support the development of a helmet prototype and a $1m award.

One video you have to see

In the wake of the sexual assault and rape allegations against him, New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown continued to practice — albeit in a different number than Wednesday — and catch passes from quarterback Tom Brady.

Thursday's tweet of the day

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the class of 2020.

Just like that, the first week of the 2019 season is over.

But there was no shortage of interesting remarks as injuries, botched kicks and overtime dominated the headlines.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 1 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— He does not play anymore, but Hall of Famer Brett Favre gave a colourful analysis of the Antonio Brown drama that unfolded this weekend: "Now, I'll be honest with you: If you watched the game the other night, they don't need him. In fact, I think it almost creates a problem by trying to figure out how to keep him happy and play him and [keep him] quiet. So, if you say, 'Well, let's just put him in on third downs' and that doesn't work, you're trying to, as Mike Holmgren used to say, 'It's like trying to pound sand up a flea's a**'. Pardon my French."

— Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles had no doubt his injury was serious when he was tackled: "I knew right when I hit the ground that something was wrong," he told reporters after the game. "I felt it. ... All I saw was two red jerseys in my face, I hit the ground and heard a crack. Going into the sidelines and getting checked ... I just saw the play for the first time before I came in here. It's unfortunate, but at the same time I'm trusting the good Lord."

— Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had a sense of humour about a Sunday incident in which a Cleveland Browns fan dumped beer on cornerback Logan Ryan: "I would tell them not to waste beer. That's a bad thing to do."

— The Browns proved to be an overhyped bust, but quarterback Baker Mayfield is not panicked: "Everybody is going to throw this in the trash. I think that is good," he told reporters. "We just need to rally together. Don't flinch. It is Game 1 of a long season. To get to where we want to go, you are going to have bumps in the road. How to react to it, we are going to come together. We are going to push forward. We are not going to let it define us and let's see what type of men we have in this locker room. I am pretty sure I have a good idea about it."

— Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's thoughts on Brown joining the Patriots: "Whatever."

— New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the "Patriot Way" and how he sets the tone for the culture: "Yeah, I don't know that I've ever used that term. I'm not really sure what that is either. I appreciate you asking about it though, but I don't know. It's a good question."

— It was reported that multiple Miami Dolphins players requested trades after the team's Week 1 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but coach Brian Flores had not heard anything of it: "I can't really speak to the accuracy of that one," Flores told reporters. "We haven't received any information like that."

— Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was disappointed that he did not reach Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr once: "I didn't get to him once. Not even a quarterback hit so I'm disappointed in myself on an individual level. They were throwing the ball quick but we have to find a way to get there."

— Despite a short week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is looking forward to facing former team-mate Gerald McCoy when his team visits the Panthers: "He is definitely a great influence to me and a wonderful, wonderful human being."

— Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is desperate to just stay healthy the rest of this season: "I'm getting tired of being hurt. I hate being hurt."

The NFL is back, and there was plenty of action Sunday as fans took in the first full slate of the season.

Injuries, however, were also aplenty and much of the focus this week will be centred on how those players' absences will affect their respective teams.

Here we look back at the biggest headlines from Week 1 and the impact they will have heading into Week 2.

 

Jaguars need temporary replacement for Foles

The veteran quarterback broke his left collarbone early in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and underwent surgery on Monday morning. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for eight weeks when he broke his right clavicle in October 2017, so a similar timetable could be expected for Nick Foles.

In the meantime, the team wasted no time in addressing their quarterback situation and acquired Joshua Dobbs from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jaguars also have rookie quarterback and 2019 sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew, who filled in for Foles on Sunday.

Browns a bust in sloppy start

The overhauled Cleveland Browns proved to be overhyped as they dropped their 15th straight regular-season opener in a 43-13 thrashing by the Tennessee Titans. But is there reason to panic? It could be too early to tell since there is time for Cleveland to correct the mistakes they made.

Cleveland committed 18 penalties for 182 yards, which is their most infractions in a game since 1951 and the most for any team in a season opener since the NFL-AFL merger. The Browns gave up 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, and it did not help that tackle Greg Robinson was ejected for kicking Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro and quarterback Baker Mayfield left the stadium with his hand wrapped.

Jackson early candidate for MVP?

The Baltimore Ravens ravaged the Miami Dolphins en route to a 59-10 victory, and the second-year quarterback was at the centre of it all. Baltimore had been adamant that Lamar Jackson would throw more this season, and he did just that as he limited himself to three carries for six yards and completed 17 of 20 passes for 324 yards and five touchdowns — all in just three quarters.

It is too early to tell if he will take home the award, but it is not out of the question if he can stay healthy. Jackson certainly will be an interesting player to follow not just all week, but all season.

Bet on Prescott being Dallas' next extension

The Dallas Cowboys cruised to a 35-17 win over the New York Giants after Ezekiel Elliott ended his holdout, but the quarterback carried the bulk of the workload as he completed 25 of 32 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He also posted the first perfect passer rating (158.3) in franchise history.

Dak Prescott has shied away from discussing his own contract situation, but may not have to wait much longer after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hinted a deal was "imminent" while speaking to reporters following the game. The question is: how much do they have left after extending Elliott, La'el Collins and Jaylon Smith? Because Prescott's price is only rising.

Brown moves to New England

The New England Patriots confirmed the arrival of Antonio Brown following his release from the Oakland Raiders. But how will the outspoken receiver adapt to the "Patriot Way" under coach Bill Belichick's regime?

After the wild year Brown's had, we have our popcorn ready.

There is a lot to take in after the first full slate of games to start the 2019 NFL season, and we still have two matchups left on Monday.

Will injuries continue to dominate the headlines, or will Antonio Brown bubble back up to further spoil the Oakland Raiders' season opener?

 

Three things that matter

Jaguars acquire Dobbs from Steelers

It is a temporary solution since coach Doug Marrone told reporters he expects Nick Foles to return later this season. The veteran Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback suffered a broken left collarbone in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs and underwent surgery on Monday, so he is not expected back until November.

In the meantime, Josh Dobbs will compete for playing time with Gardner Minshew, who was sharp as he filled in for Foles in the opener. The 2019 sixth-round pick completed 22 of 25 attempts for 275 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Guice dealing with knee injury

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed the running back suffered a right knee injury on Sunday and is in jeopardy of missing time. However, the team will await the results of his Monday MRI exam before determining his availability for week two against the Dallas Cowboys.

Should Derrius Guice be sidelined, Adrian Peterson could see an increase in his workload. The 13-year veteran, who was a healthy scratch Sunday, led the Redskins in rushing last season after Guice missed his rookie year with the torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Funchess headed for injured reserve

As if Andrew Luck's retirement was not difficult enough to overcome, the Indianapolis Colts now have to deal with the receiver's absence for the next few weeks after he suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Devin Funchess, who signed a one-year deal with Indianapolis as a free agent this offseason, had three catches for 32 yards before exiting.

Colts coach Frank Reich confirmed Funchess underwent surgery and will go on injured reserve but left the door open for his return down the road this season.

"It's definitely not season-ending," Reich told reporters.

Two things that don't matter

Jack unlikely to be suspended for stirring the pot

The Jaguars linebacker scuffled with Chiefs receivers Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson midway through the second quarter of Sunday's chippy game and was ejected. Myles Jack complicated things further by needing to be escorted off the field by coaches after learning he had been tossed.

While Jack blamed Watkins for instigating the incident, he took responsibility for his actions after the game.

"It's a crazy and physical sport that we play and I just felt like that play was not a football play," Jack told reporters. "Looking back it was an idiotic move for me to do that because you do not get points for that. I’m a captain now and the team just extended me so I have to do better for me and my team."

Beckham won't be fined for wearing $350K watch

While there is no NFL rule against jewellery, the Cleveland Browns receiver did violate a rule prohibiting hard objects on the field. Fortunately for Odell Beckham Jr, the league will reportedly address the infraction with him and the team, though it is unlikely to escalate beyond that.

The decision for Beckham to play a contact sport with nearly half a million dollars on his wrist is a bold flex, but a questionable one.

One video you have to see

Tom Brady is feeling good about 2019, and why shouldn't he? The New England Patriots started the season with a win over AFC rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers just hours after reportedly acquiring former Pittsburgh standout Antonio Brown following his release from Oakland.

Monday's tweet of the day

Two kick-offs remain in week one, but it is already week two in Carolina.

The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time in addressing their quarterback situation, acquiring Joshua Dobbs from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

Pittsburgh will receive a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from Jacksonville, as confirmed in statements from both teams.

The move follows a major blow for the Jaguars on Sunday, when new starting quarterback Nick Foles suffered a broken left collarbone early in the 40-26 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jacksonville confirmed Foles was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday and is expected to be placed on the injured reserve/return list, per multiple reports.

That would mean the former Super Bowl MVP would miss the first half of the 2019 season.

Dobbs will compete for playing time with rookie Gardner Minshew, who looked sharp in relief of Foles against the Chiefs. 

A sixth-round pick out of Washington State this year, Minshew completed 22 of 25 attempts for 275 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

Dobbs – a fourth-round selection in 2017 - played in five games last season, completing half of his 12 passes and tossing an interception. He has been the Steelers' third-string quarterback, behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph.

Foles, who signed a four-year, $88million deal with the Jags, was hit by Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones during a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark in the first quarter. 

The Jaguars medical staff attended to Foles and took him to the locker room, but he was ruled out for the game just minutes later, finishing the day having completed five of eight passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

"I knew right when I hit the ground that something was wrong," said Foles. "I felt it. All I saw was two red jerseys in my face, I hit the ground and heard a crack. 

"It's unfortunate, but at the same time I'm trusting the good Lord. I was really proud of [Minshew] for stepping up and I'm going to be here to help him anyway possible."

The Jaguars face AFC South rivals the Houston Texans in a Week 2 road game.

NFL Sundays are back and there was no shortage of headlines during the first full slate of games for week one as the league continued the kick-off of its 100th season.

Le'Veon Bell bounced back in his debut with the New York Jets despite a loss to the Buffalo Bills, while Odell Beckham Jr. was less than thrilling as he and Baker Mayfield were routed by the Tennessee Titans in the Cleveland Browns' opener.

But Kyler Murray was perhaps the most interesting as his dull start turned into an exciting overtime thriller in which the rookie quarterback kept the Arizona Cardinals alive for a tie with the Detroit Lions. It was not an ideal start for first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury, but it was an even worse outcome for second-year coach Matt Patricia.

Elsewhere around the league, Julio Jones disappointed after getting his long-awaited contract extension, while Ezekiel Elliott was outstanding despite the holdout that kept him away from the Dallas Cowboys until Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Chargers fared just fine without Melvin Gordon as he extended his absence while he continues to wait for a new deal.

Injury report

Tempers were as high as the temperature in Jacksonville, where the Chiefs-Jaguars game turned chippy. Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles was ruled out with a broken left collarbone, while Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was carted off the field with a shoulder injury and later ruled out. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes also sprained his ankle and limped off the field but was able to play through the pain.

Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle was carted off the field and evaluated for a concussion after Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey made contact with his head while leaping over him. Weddle was motionless on the field for a few minutes and visibly bloodied with a head laceration.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley was ruled out against the Bills after suffering a groin injury late in the game while rookie defensive tackle and 2019 third draft pick Quinnen Williams left with an ankle injury.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson was carted off due to an apparent foot injury against the Washington Redskins.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield left FirstEnergy Stadium with his right wrist wrapped, though it was reported to be just a bruise and not considered serious.

By the numbers

The Browns committed 18 penalties for 182 yards — their most penalties in a game since 1951 — as they dropped their 15th straight regular-season opener. That winless streak is now the league's longest.

Bell, playing his first game in 602 days on Sunday, did not skip a beat as he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 8,000 career scrimmage yards. He finished his Jets debut with 17 carries for 60 yards while adding six catches for 32 yards and a score.

The Ravens set a franchise record with 42 first-half points to begin their season, and Lamar Jackson had himself a day as he helped them secure their eventual win over the Dolphins.

Baltimore racked up 640 yards of total offense against Miami, which is the most by any team in their first game of the season since the Rams in 1951. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first player in league history to start for eight different NFL teams.

Quotables

Vernon Davis, who was raised by his grandparents and coped with the death of his grandfather one day earlier, on his emotions when the tight end scored against the Eagles: "I was just grateful when I scored that touchdown. I was grateful to contribute to the team. A lot of people asked me if I was going to be able to play today. Of course, I'll be able to play. They probably didn't think I'd come out and be effective for the team as well, but it worked out.

"Just that feeling of being able to be successful, meaning contribute to the team. Not individual success, but success as a team. That whole play was everybody ... but that play is going to have to be irrelevant to me because of what went on today."

Mayfield on why it is too early for Browns fans to worry:  "Everybody is going to throw this in the trash. I think that is good. I know what type of men we have in this locker room. I know how we are going to react. I know what we are going to do. We are going to bounce back. We have a Monday Night game [against the Jets] coming up so we do not really care. We are ready to go."

Week 1 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Packers 10, Bears 3

Sunday's games

Chiefs 40, Jaguars 26
Vikings 28, Falcons 12
Titans 43, Browns 13
Bills 17, Jets 16
Ravens 59, Dolphins 10
Eagles 32, Redskins 27
Rams 30, Panthers 27
Chargers 30, Colts 24, OT
Seahawks 21, Bengals 20
Cowboys 35, Giants 17
49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
Lions 27, Cardinals 27, OT

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles revealed he will undergo surgery on Monday after suffering a left shoulder injury.

Foles' debut with the Jaguars did not go according to plan following Sunday's 40-26 NFL loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

After throwing a touchdown in the first quarter, the 30-year-old was taken back to the locker room and quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game.

It was later reported that Foles has a broken left collarbone, though the Jaguars have yet to address the severity of the injury.

"It's not the way you want to start your time here. It's unfortunate," Foles - who arrived from the Philadelphia Eagles - told reporters. "But at the same time I'm going to stay positive and trust the good Lord in this time.

"Sometimes things don't happen like we expect them to, but we just have to have faith that it's for a reason. I'm still grateful I get to be a part of this team. 

"I'll have surgery tomorrow to get this thing rolling and trust the good Lord for healing and be ready to roll when I am."

Foles was hit by Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones during a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark. 

The Jaguars medical staff tended to him and took him to the locker room. Minutes later, he was ruled out for the game.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew took over for Foles. Before the injury, Foles had completed five of eight passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

This past offseason, Foles signed a four-year, $88million deal with Jacksonville.

Patrick Mahomes played through an ankle sprain in the Kansas City Chiefs' 40-26 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Mahomes appeared to suffer the injury with a little less than nine minutes to play in the second quarter after he ended up on the bottom of a pile in Sunday's NFL opener.

The reigning MVP and Chiefs quarterback was attended to by trainers and limped off the field, but re-entered the game moments later at TIAA Bank Field.

Mahomes completed 25 of his 33 passes for 378 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the victory.

"He said he's had [sprained] ankles before [from] basketball and so on,'' Reid told reporters afterwards. 

"He felt comfortable going. I tried to keep a close eye on him as best I could. ... It didn't look like it was hindering him.''

Mahomes added: "Just got it taped up and was able to finish the game… definitely the adrenaline helped out of course, going out there and playing football. 

"Obviously I wasn't as mobile as I usually am. The team helped me out," he continued.

"I told the trainers to just tape it out but they wanted to look at it. They gave me the okay and I was able to get back out there."

The Chiefs will take on the Oakland Raiders in week two action. 

 

Kansas City star Tyreek Hill will not play any further part against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday due to a shoulder injury, the team announced.

The Chiefs wide receiver was injured on his second catch when he was tackled by Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Hill, who was in obvious pain, had two catches for 16 yards before leaving.

Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles also exited the game with a shoulder injury and was later ruled out for the remainder of the matchup.

The Chiefs led 23-13 at half-time.

Nick Foles was injured on his starting debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars after he threw a touchdown in the first quarter of the game.

Foles was taken back to the locker room and quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game with a left shoulder injury, the team announced.

Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew took over for Foles.

Before the injury, the 30-year-old had completed 5-of-8 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Foles was hit by Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones during a 36-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. The Jaguars medical staff tended to him and took him to the locker room. Minutes later he was ruled out for the game.

This past offseason he signed a four-year, $88 million deal with Jacksonville.

Finally, the wait is over. No more concerns about combine performances, training camp activities or injuries in meaningless pre-season fixtures.

On Thursday, the 2019 NFL season kicked off with the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers. The long-time rivalry failed to deliver a thriller on opening night – the Packers prevailed 10-3 – but it did signal the start of Week 1.

Sundays will never be the same again (well, until the Super Bowl next February at least).

As the rest of the league wait to get started, we look at some of the key Opta facts for seven games in Week 1 - including the New England Patriots, the reigning champions no less, hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

Los Angeles Rams @ Carolina Panthers

The Rams finished the last campaign as bridesmaids, beaten 13-3 by the Pats in Super Bowl LIII. So, can Sean McVay’s team go one better this season? Well, the schedule has thrown up a tricky start away to Carolina – the Rams have not triumphed in Charlotte since 2001.

However, while the head-to-head history favours the Panthers, the Rams have won 13 road games since the start of 2017 season, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

 

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have dominated this divisional rivalry of late, winning the last four straight. Their most recent meeting was in Week 17 last year, with the Redskins shut out in a 24-0 loss.

Philadelphia went 5-3 at home last season and will be wary of a Washington team who have won their last three road openers. However, the Redskins still have a long way to go to match the franchise record in such games, having triumphed in seven on the spin between 1937 and 1943.

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are on a three-game winning streak against the Falcons, while they have also not lost a home opener since 2014.

So no hope for Atlanta this week? Actually, the Falcons finished the last campaign with back-to-back road wins, plus their only other away success in 2018 came in Minnesota. They have done a good job keeping Adam Thielen quiet in previous meetings, too. The wide receiver has recorded just four catches in three games against them.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City have beaten Jacksonville in four straight games, including a 30-14 result last season. Still, the Jaguars managed 502 yards of offense (and had five turnovers) in a losing cause.

The Jags will be hoping to do better at home in 2019. They went 3-5 in front of their own fans last season, one of just eight teams to post a losing record at their own stadium. They conceded the fewest and scored the second-fewest points at home in 2018, so reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs may find it tough going this weekend.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers

The Colts begin life without the now-retired Andrew Luck in LA. They closed out the previous season with successive road wins but have not won three in a row away from Indianapolis since a four-game run between October and December in 2016.

As for the Chargers, quarterback Philip Rivers has just three touchdowns in five regular-season games against the Colts. He has thrown for fewer against just one NFL team (Atlanta - one in three games).

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots

The Steelers' 17-10 win last season was their first success in five over the Patriots. They have become accustomed to starting on the road, having done so for the past four seasons.

Tom Brady has certainly enjoyed coming up against Pittsburgh in the past, though. In his 11 regular season games against them, the quarterback has thrown for 26 touchdowns (his second most against a team outside of the AFC East) compared to just five interceptions.

 

Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints

These two teams have not faced each other since 2015, the Texans winning 24-6 the last time they met. The Saints have not scored six or fewer points in a game since, by the way.

New Orleans have home advantage but will be looking to end a miserable Week 1 record. They have lost their last five season openers, allowing an average of 36.0 points per game.

The AFC South looked to be shaping up completely differently just a fortnight ago, when the Indianapolis Colts were arguably favourites and Andrew Luck was a likely MVP candidate.

Back then, the Houston Texans appeared disorganised and hopeless to trade Jadeveon Clowney or protect Deshaun Watson. 

But plenty has changed since then, with Luck forced into retirement while the Texans traded Clowney and acquired a potential franchise left tackle in Laremy Tunsil. 

As much as Houston natives love Luck, who attended Stratford High School, fans of the Texans know his decision to call it quits has potentially cleared a path for their team to claim a fourth division title in the last five years.

With all that and much more to consider, here is your 2019 AFC South division preview.

Player to watch

Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars running back

When the Jaguars drafted Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017, they knew what they wanted to do with him. They wanted to use the six-foot, 228-pound bruiser to pound defenses into submission, control the play clock and let a supremely talented defense dictate the game. That worked in 2017 as Jacksonville made it all the way to the AFC title game where they lost to the New England Patriots.

But in 2018, Fournette was called out at the end of the season by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin for indifference on the sideline.

"I am disappointed in the behaviour from TJ Yeldon and Leonard Fournette," Coughlin said at the time.

"They were disrespectful, selfish and their behaviour was unbecoming that of a professional football player."

Fournette cannot be that guy this season. The Jaguars still plan to run the offense through him, and with the addition of Nick Foles at quarterback and pass rusher Josh Allen in the draft, Jacksonville very well could fight for the division title. But if Fournette is not himself that dream will fade fast.

Impact rookie

Josh Allen, Jaguars OLB/DE

No team got luckier in the 2019 draft than Jacksonville. Mainly because Allen was evaluated by many as the single best player among draft-eligible players and he slipped all the way to No. 7 for the Jaguars to take.

He even made it past the New York Giants, who desperately needed help with their pass rush but instead went for quarterback Daniel Jones – and preseason football notwithstanding – that is a pick that could be second-guessed for years to come.

Allen joins an already talented defense and may immediately be the most talented player on it. He has size, he is fast and he has got moves. Adding a great pass rusher to an already dangerous defense is a scary proposition for the rest of the AFC South.

Coach under pressure

Bill O'Brien, Texans

This is a tough one because Doug Marrone very well could be out as well in Jacksonville, but here is the thing: The Texans took a massive chance this offseason by firing general manager Brian Gaine and putting the team in O'Brien's control.

He, and a team of about six, promptly traded Clowney for scraps and made a controversial move in giving up two first-round picks and a second for Tunsil and Kenny Stills. Those moves were widely panned by evaluators, but the fact is now this team's success is predicated on what O'Brien does with the players at his disposal.

His in-game moves have often been criticised and Houston have looked ill-prepared on offense in the team's playoff runs under O'Brien. Now, the team's success is down to him on the field and off it as he is effectively the man in charge of everything.

If Tunsil does not prove his worth and the Texans underachieve, it may be time for Houston to move on and consider bringing back former GM Rick Smith, to start, because while he was afraid to draft a quarterback, he consistently built some of the best rosters in the NFL.

Key matchup

Texans vs. Colts, Nov. 21

If everything goes right for the Texans, they will be in contention for a playoff position toward the middle of the season. Also, by that time, the Colts will have had more than half a season with Jacoby Brissett running this year's offense and will likely be a much tougher out than earlier in the year.

This is a game the Texans need to win because – while the Colts lost Luck – Brissett could very well take Indianapolis to a playoff spot. He's a talented guy and one coach Frank Reich believes in.

"He is the man," Reich said his week. "He is the answer."

Well, Brissett does have to be the answer for the Colts because odds are Chad Kelly is not going to be the guy to do it.

At this point in the season, the Texans could very well be around 5-5 or 4-6. The opening to their schedule is brutal, including games against the Los Angeles Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens and a much healthier Atlanta Falcons team this year than last. The Colts could very well be tracking around the same, so whoever wins this game will have a boost going into the second half of the season.

And with this game being on a Thursday night, it will be easy for one team or the other to get caught unprepared.

Predicted finish

This is a division that is going to come down to the Jaguars and Texans, but there are a couple of caveats: One – the Jaguars go as Fournette goes. If he is the Fournette of 2017, they are the division favorites. If he is the Fournette of 2018, they are out of the playoffs. And two – Brissett will take about six weeks to really get going, but if he goes faster, the Colts could very well win this division. There is talent here, but there are also flaws. It is really anyone's for the taking.

1. Houston Texans

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Tennessee Titans

Thursday marks the beginning of the end for some players as they prepare for their final preseason games, while others see it as the last hurdle before the NFL regular season can start.

With players going out with injuries or even on their own terms into retirement, teams have until Saturday to finalise their 53-man rosters.

 

Three things that matter

Change coming to Jaguars' defense?

The Jacksonville Jaguars have three explosive weapons in defensive ends Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell, but defensive co-ordinator Todd Wash explained he is comfortable changing up his scheme to ensure the team can maximise Allen and Ngakoue together.

"It's obvious we have to get our best players on the field," Wash said. "So obviously we've got two very good defensive ends in Josh and Yannick. We've got to come up with ways to get them both on the grass at the same time."

Bushrod to retire a Saint

Veteran guard Jermon Bushrod will reportedly announce his retirement during Thursday's preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins after signing a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints so he could finish his career as a member of the team he has been most closely associated with since entering the league in 2007.

Bushrod started in New Orleans' Super Bowl XLIV win over the Indianapolis Colts and earned two Pro Bowl selections during his time with the team before also having stints with the Chicago Bears and Dolphins.

Reed's career likely over after neck injury

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Kalan Reed had been considered for a starting role but suffered a neck injury in the team's second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings earlier this month and has been seeing a specialist for further evaluation.

However, Reed's agent Harold Lewis confirmed injuries to the 25-year-old's third and fourth vertebrae caused numbing and "put him at serious risk if he plays again." It is a huge blow for Reed, given the significant strides he made this offseason.

Two things that don't matter

Falcons giving Bryant a tryout

Falcons before being released earlier this offseason, but the team appear to be struggling with fellow kickers Giorgio Tavecchio and Blair Walsh, so why not bring in a familiar face? Matt Bryant will reportedly visit the Falcons on Friday, one day after Atlanta wrap up preseason play at Jacksonville.

Atlanta's all-time leading scorer with 1,122 points, Bryant is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, ranking eighth in career field-goal percentage (86.222 percent).

Tony Romo wants to be first $10 million per year analyst

Retired quarterback Tony Romo is done throwing passes, but he is ready to corner his next market in television. Romo's three-year analyst deal with CBS is set to expire after this season, and while his reps have been negotiating a new contract with the network, the former Dallas Cowboys star has reportedly been generating offers from ESPN, Fox and Amazon.

Front Office Sports reported Romo is seeking a deal that would pay him $10million per year, a hefty raise from the $4m per year he is earning now. But is he worth that much?

One video you have to see

Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf showed off his impressive two-sport talents.

Thursday's tweet of the day

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter does not seem to mind the heat he is taking for the manner in which he broke the news about Andrew Luck's surprise retirement.

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