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Tom Brady Led the N.F.L.’s Week 1 Flops, however There Were Others

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Forget celebrating the return of N.F.L. soccer by lauding Julio Jones’s palms, Christian McCaffrey’s legs and Lamar Jackson’s arm. Let’s rejoice it in a extra ghoulish, and perhaps pettier, manner by trying on the gamers and groups who didn’t fare so properly.Two Relocated Veteran QuarterbacksSome of the groups that acquired new passers weren’t feeling so nice on Monday morning.Tom Brady arrived in Tampa, Fla., on a wave of enthusiasm, however carrying his age, 43, together with these six Super Bowl rings.A recreation in New Orleans isn’t the best baptism, however his efficiency was lackluster: 23 for 36 for 239 yards with two interceptions, one in all them a pick-6. Brady was soundly outplayed by the teenager Drew Brees, 41, and the Buccaneers misplaced, 34-23.Brady and Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians on Sunday acknowledged that Brady was at fault on the picks. “I made some just bad, terrible turnovers,” Brady mentioned. “I obviously have got to do a lot better job.” (Arians on Monday pointed a finger at receiver Mike Evans for the primary interception.)Philip Rivers, 38, has at all times been a yards machine (nearly 60,000 in his profession), and he acquired 363 extra on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts, his new crew after 16 years with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers. But the Colts couldn’t draw back from an unfearsome Jacksonville Jaguars crew that they have been anticipated to beat by 8.Rivers had possibilities to win the sport late, however threw an interception with 4 minutes left. Given a remaining alternative, he led his crew to the Jaguars’ 26 with a minute left, then threw three straight incompletions, and the Colts misplaced, 27-20.Two Quarterbacks Looking Over Their ShouldersRivers’s substitute in Los Angeles, Tyrod Taylor, acquired a win, a minimum of. But it was in opposition to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals, who have been enjoying behind the rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, and it got here by simply three factors. In a recreation that was poorly performed by either side, Taylor was an uninspiring 16 for 30 for 208 yards. There have already been calls to interchange him with the first-round choose Justin Herbert.As the Brady-less New England Patriots have been startling their followers with a quarterback, Cam Newton, who ran for 75 yards and threw for less than 155, Ryan Fitzpatrick was throwing three interceptions for the Miami Dolphins, who misplaced, 21-11. Fitzpatrick’s adjusted yards per cross determine was an anemic 1.9, comfortably the worst within the league.With the Dolphins unlikely to be sensational this yr, followers could also be clamoring for the rookie Tua Tagovailoa sooner slightly than later.The Guy Who Traded DeAndre HopkinsWhen the Houston Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round choose to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second- and fourth-rounder, loads of folks mentioned it was a nasty commerce. After Week 1, “bad” doesn’t appear unhealthy sufficient to explain the inequity of the swap.Kyler Murray related with Hopkins 14 occasions for 151 yards, and the Cardinals, 6½-point underdogs, received at San Francisco. It was a profession excessive in receptions for Hopkins. (It’s factor, too, as a result of Murray didn’t actually play that properly in any other case.)At least Johnson was OK for the Texans on Thursday in a loss to the Chiefs, speeding 11 occasions for 77 yards.The Cleveland BrownsMaybe simply lock this one in for the remainder of the season.Most of Sunday’s video games have been pretty shut. And then there was the Browns recreation.Cleveland misplaced to the Ravens, 38-6. Quarterback Baker Mayfield managed solely 189 yards within the air, and the Browns by no means appeared aggressive.Yes, they have been dealing with the most effective gamers within the recreation, the reigning most useful participant, Lamar Jackson, who accomplished 20 of 25 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. But a minimum of a few of that success got here due to Browns defensive lapses.The Browns have typically been the butt of jokes, however when this season started, there was a minimum of some optimism, because of working again Nick Chubb and hopes for enchancment from Mayfield. The Browns have been a minimum of rated above the league’s potential laughingstocks just like the Jaguars, the Bengals, and um, “Football Team.” Some went as far as to foretell a .500 season, or higher.After a education by a really robust crew, the Browns could also be resetting expectations.The 100-Yard RusherKansas City’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the one working again taken within the first spherical of the draft, with the final choose of the spherical. He justified the choice with a 138-yard recreation on Thursday night time. Could it have been the beginning of a renaissance for the working recreation?No. Although a number of runners acquired into the 90s on Sunday, not one hit the 100-yard mark.In final yr’s opening week, 5 rushers ran for 100. Season lengthy, there have been 108 100-yard video games, a mean of greater than six every week.

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