Top five NFL storylines from week one of 2020 NFL regular season

September 16, 2020

Top five NFL storylines from week one of 2020 NFL regular season

The first week of the 2020 National Football League regular season is now in the books. Here are five fascinating storylines from week one of the season.

5) Marlon Mack out for the season. The Indianapolis Colts running back tore his ACL on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 27-20 Indianapolis defeat. As a result, the Colts will now rely on rookie Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. In week one, Hynes was the better back of the two, as he had seven carries for 28 yards, along with eight catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

4) Arizona Cardinals deliver an upset. Not many expected the Cardinals to go into northern California and come away with a win. But that is exactly what Kyler Murray and company were able to do. Murray had 230 yards passing, and 90 yards rushing, in a 24-20 Arizona win over San Francisco. Murray found great chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins in his Cardinals debut. Hopkins had 14 catches for 151 yards.

3) Prolific road performances from Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers. In week one, the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers came away with road victories and their veteran quarterbacks were excellent. Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-25 Seattle win in Atlanta, while Aaron Rodgers completed 32 0f 44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-34 Green Bay win in Minnesota.

2) Cam Newton wins his Patriots debut. In his first start with the New England Patriots, Cam Newton had 155 yards passing, to go along with 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 21-11 New England win over Miami. It may not have been a spectacular win for the Pats, but there is no doubt that Newton was able to be effective as a game manager.

1) Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees. For only the second time ever, two 40-year-old quarterbacks played against each other in the same game. On Sunday, Brees got the better of Brady, as the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-23. The first time 40-year-old quarterbacks played against each other in the same contest was Doug Flutie’s New England Patriots and Vinny Testaverde’s New York Jets on December 26, 2005. The Patriots came away with a 31-21 win.

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