[It was an amazing week of NFL games. Ezra Troy gives us his take on the week that was, including five great games. You will note that my beloved Chiefs made the list with a thrilling OT victory over division foe Chargers. Troy will be back this weekend with his take on the best games of Week Two and his across-the-board picks for Sunday. As I am fond of saying this time of years,”It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.”]
Week One was incredible. Let’s start with a deep dive look at the five best games this last Sunday:
5. Seahawks 12, Dolphins 10
Ryan Tannehill threw a go-ahead touchdown to give the Dolphins a 10-6 lead in the fourth quarter with 4:08 remaining. Then Russell Wilson went to work. Playing on an injured ankle, Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Seattle the comeback win. This was Wilson’s 19th career fourth quarter or overtime game winning drive.
4. Giants 20, Cowboys 19
Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz with 6 minutes left for Cruz’s first touchdown in almost two years to give the Giants the lead. Then Dak Prescott found Terrance Williams with six seconds left, but Williams failed out get out of bounds to give Dan Bailey a shot at a game-winning 57-yard field goal. The Giants were able to get a win against the Cowboys in a season opener for the first time in nine tries.
3. Chiefs 33, Chargers 27
Down 17 in the fourth quarter, Alex Smith engineered the largest comeback in Chiefs history, tying the game at 27 with a Spencer Ware touchdown. In overtime, Alex Smith scored on a QB keeper with nine minutes remaining to cap off a 363 yard, two touchdown performance and a big divisional win.
2. Broncos 21, Panthers 20
Many expected the defending champions, with their rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian, to get blown-out by the Panthers in this season-opener. Instead, Siemian passed for 178 yards and a TD in a Bronco victory. Cam Newton, the NFL’s reigning MVP, had a poor performance, going 18-33 with one touchdown and one interception. Bronco running back C.J. Anderson had 2 touchdowns on 92 yards rushing and 47 yards receiving. Graham Gano missed a late go-ahead field goal, letting the Broncos were able to win this Super Bowl 50 rematch.
1. Raiders 35, Saints 34
Drew Brees had over 400 yards passing for the 14th time in his career, tying Peyton Manning for the most such performances in a career. The Raiders overcame this and a 14 point deficit at halftime to tie the game at 27 in the fourth quarter. Brees marched right back down the field and found Willy Snead for his fourth passing touchdown of the game, giving the Saints a 34-27 lead. Then, with 47 seconds left, Derek Carr hit Seth Roberts to make it 34-33. Jack Del Rio eschewed an extra point and instead opted to go for two, which Carr converted to Michael Crabtree to win the game 35-34.
It was an exceptional week. I will be back with a preview of Sunday and my thoughts on the winners and losers in Week Two.