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Tom Brady begins his Tampa Bay part with a landing run.

And Tom Brady’s post-Patriots period begins with a profitable 9 play, 85-yard drive that he personally ended with a 2-yard landing run.

On the drive, Brady tried out his new weapons, a significant improve over the expertise he threw to in New England. His first go of the collection got here on second-and-6 from the Buccaneers’ 19 yard line, a brief route over the center supposed for tight finish O.J. Howard that fell incomplete however netted a primary down after go interference was known as on Saints security Malcolm Jenkins.

The 43-year-old Brady hit Chris Godwin deep on the following play, choosing up 29 yards, the most important achieve of the drive. After one other go interference name in opposition to the Saints secondary, this time on a brief out path to Mike Evans, whose hamstring harm threatened to restrict him for the sport, the Bucs have been in hanging distance from the New Orleans 16. Tampa Bay operating again Ronald Jones had scurried for simply 13 yards on 4 carries on the possession, so with the Bucs pushing from the two on second-and-goal, a down which might usually have the Superdome trembling with “de-fense” cheers, Brady plowed up the center for a landing.

His ball spike and celebratory shouts echoed as each particular groups models took the sphere for the additional level try.

The Jets tried to mount a comeback, nevertheless it wasn’t practically sufficient in opposition to Buffalo.

The Jets picked it up a bit bit within the second half of their opening recreation in opposition to the Buffalo Bills, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to beat Buffalo’s steep lead, and the Jets fell, 27-17.

New York’s vitality picked up when broad receiver Jamison Crowder caught a 69-yard landing. And with one minute left within the recreation, Josh Adams rushed for a 2-yard rating.

But Bills quarterback Josh Allen outshined his Jets counterpart, Sam Darnold. The two are sometimes in comparison with each other given their comparable age, birthplace and draft choice. But as Allen closed the sport with a profession excessive 312 passing yards, Darnold missed passes to open receivers and completed 21 of 35 for 215 yards.

Lions followers can’t be pleased.

The Detroit Lions have been fortunate no followers have been permitted to attend their season opener Sunday in opposition to Chicago. The venom that may have cascaded from the stands would have been heard all the best way in Ann Arbor.

The Lions led by 17 factors early within the fourth quarter. And misplaced. Though they may have gained on the final second. Had their rookie operating again not bungled the possible game-winning landing go ultimately zone with 6 seconds left.

In different phrases, it seemed and felt like so many different leonine fiascoes through the years. The last rating was Bears 27, Lions 23, with victory secured when Matthew Stafford’s last two passes from the Chicago 16-yard line have been, first, dropped by an open D’Andre Swift and, then, damaged up.

It was an terrible method for Detroit to start its season however a fabulous one for Chicago, which overcame that 17-point deficit with three — sure, three — fourth-quarter landing passes from a quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, striving to revive his profession.

And possibly he’ll, if he may play the Lions each week. In his final 4 video games in opposition to them, Trubisky has accomplished 69.three of his passes with 12 touchdowns and one interception.

Alas, the Bears host the Giants subsequent week. As for the Lions? It can’t worsen than Sunday. Unless it might probably.

New England appears to be like simply wonderful with out Tom Brady.

It’s tempting, so very tempting, to make sweeping proclamations after a crew’s first recreation of the season.

So, no breathless conclusions right here.

But.

In their 21-11 victory in opposition to Miami, the New England Patriots demonstrated how they intend to proceed with quarterback Cam Newton — and with out Tom Brady — and it appears to be like fabulous. In his New England debut, Newton accomplished 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards and ran 15 occasions for 75 yards — essentially the most by a Patriots quarterback in franchise historical past.

That is a enjoyable however, let’s be sincere right here, largely irrelevant stat. More vital is that Newton has run for as many yards solely 9 earlier occasions in his profession, and never since Week 10 of the 2017 season.

Unencumbered by the foot harm that ended final season and affected groups’ curiosity throughout free company, Newton is flaunting the shape that has made him so tough to defend when wholesome. The coordinator Josh McDaniels has married Newton’s operating experience together with his passing prowess to create an environment friendly ball-control offense that ran for 217 yards.

Newton has lengthy been unstoppable, or near it, in brief yardage or close to the objective line. In the primary three quarters, every time Newton ran the ball needing 5 or fewer yards for the primary down or landing, he transformed. Whether Newton can proceed to soak up among the hits he endured Sunday and final a full season is an affordable concern.

But for now, the Patriots are 1-Zero, with no worries at quarterback.

Many gamers demonstrated in opposition to systemic racism.

In an announcement, the Jaguars stated, “We understand that not everyone will agree with our position and demonstration, however we hope that all will seek to understand the reason for it.”

In Minneapolis, the Vikings honored George Floyd and other Black victims of violence. The team will not sound its Gjallarhorn, which it blows after Vikings scores, during the game.

After initially ignoring, then halfheartedly embracing the efforts by players to fight systemic racism and police brutality, the N.F.L. reaffirmed the players’ right to peacefully protest, echoing the N.B.A., Major League Baseball and other leagues that returned to action earlier during the pandemic.

In Atlanta, the Falcons linked arms during the playing of the anthem. Several Seattle Seahawks knelt and Jamal Adams raised his right fist. Star quarterback Russell Wilson stood with his arms around two coaches to form a triangle, their heads bowed. While warming up, Wilson wore a black T-shirt that said “We Want Justice” in all capital letters, along with headphones and a neck gaiter pulled over his nose and mouth as a coronavirus mask.

During the kickoff, players on both teams stood in place and the Falcons let the ball go out of bonds for a touchback. Then every player took a knee for a few moments before beginning the game. The display of unity was coordinated by Wilson and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

In Landover, Md., the Philadelphia Eagles remained in the locker room during the national anthem, while the Washington Football Team stood on its sideline.

In Foxborough, Mass., all of the Patriots stood for the anthem while the Dolphins remained in the locker room.

The field at Orchard Park, N.Y., was empty for the national anthem and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with both the Bills and Jets remaining in the locker room, agreed upon with both teams as a stance of togetherness and solidarity.

“Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us” adorned the shirts of the Jets’ warm up jerseys; members of both teams’ helmets bore names of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd among social justice causes, like “Black Lives Matter.”

Here’s a scary thought: Give the Ravens another runner.

Last year, the Baltimore Ravens set an N.F.L. record with 3,296 rushing yards. In what should be terrifying news for the rest of the N.F.L., they appear to have added a significant weapon to their arsenal in J.K. Dobbins, a rookie running back out of Ohio State.

Dobbins, who had a ton of hype coming into the season, was expected to eventually challenge the team’s starter, Mark Ingram, for carries. In a romp against the Cleveland Browns, “eventually” appears to be “Week 1.”

Dobbins had six carries for 23 yards and two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. Ingram, who started the game, had nine carries for 24 yards and Lamar Jackson, the team’s two-way threat at quarterback, had seven carries for 45 yards.

The story of the day is mostly Jackson — as usual — with last year’s M.V.P. having more than 300 total yards between passing and rushing to go with three touchdown passes.

But the early emergence of Dobbins as a goal-line back adds a new wrinkle to a team that already seemed to do absolutely anything it wanted in terms of running the ball.

Colts running back Marlon Mack injures an Achilles’ tendon.

Marlon Mack was expected to have some competition for his starting job this season, but the Indianapolis Colts running back may already be done for the year after appearing to sustain a severe Achilles’ tendon injury, which forced him to leave his team’s Week 1 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL Network is reporting that the team fears Mack tore the tendon, which would end his season.

Mack, a 24-year-old in his fourth season, rushed for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but had competition in training camp from the rookie Jonathan Taylor out of Wisconsin as well as Nyheim Hines, the team’s 23-year-old third-down back.

The injury to Mack came on a reception in the second quarter in which he landed awkwardly on his left foot. At the time he had four carries for 26 yards and three receptions for 30 yards.

Taylor was considered a likely bet to supplant Mack at running back even before the injury, but in Week 1 Hines has stolen the show, with two touchdowns so far.

Indianapolis lost as a heavy favorite.

The Indianapolis Colts made it a short season for anyone who took them in Week 1 for survivor pools.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew threw three touchdowns in one of the surprise upsets early on Sunday, beating the Colts 27-20.

Survivor pools challenge entrants to select one winner each week — without using any team more than once all season. That made the Colts, a 7-point favorite against Jacksonville, an attractive selection given the opportunity to save the league’s top teams, like the Baltimore Ravens, for future weeks.

More than one-fifth of players in survivor leagues on Yahoo took the Colts, making Indianapolis the second most popular selection behind the Buffalo Bills (who beat the Jets handily).

A costly fumble lets the Dolphins get back in it.

Broadly speaking, one of the more unpopular rules in the N.F.L. dictates that a team that fumbles out of the opposing end zone is punished by losing possession. It is even more unpopular right now around New England, where the receiver N’Keal Harry turned a potential game-sealing touchdown — the Patriots would have led by 17 points, pending the extra point — into a potential game-turning turnover.

The Dolphins capitalized on Harry’s gaffe by going 80 yards in 11 plays, scoring on Jordan Howard’s 1-yard touchdown. With Ryan Fitzpatrick converting the ensuing 2-point attempt, Miami — despite two first-half interceptions, despite possessing the ball for 7 fewer minutes — now trails by 14-11 with about 10 minutes remaining.

The Dolphins ended last season by stunning the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, upending the A.F.C. playoff picture and costing New England a first-round bye, normally its birthright. Can they begin this season the same way?

Cam Newton is still at it.

After putting New England ahead by 14-3 with his second touchdown of the game, Cam Newton handed the ball to his center, David Andrews, who missed all of last season with a pulmonary embolism. Here, Newton seemed to say, you spike it.

It was a magnanimous gesture by someone who played only somewhat more recently than Andrews. Newton’s 2019 season ended on Sept. 12, 2019, when, hampered by a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, he didn’t run the ball on either of Carolina’s fourth-and-1 plays in the fourth quarter — obvious evidence of his limitations.

When healthy, Newton might just be the most devastating red-zone and short-yardage threat in N.F.L. history. With two touchdown scampers Sunday, from 4 and 11 yards out, Newton is demonstrating as much for his new team.

Josh Allen has three touchdowns — and two lost fumbles.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen started the season as a more fired-up version of himself, dancing around Jets counterpart Sam Darnold as Buffalo secured three touchdowns before halftime and the Jets sat stunned in their tracks.

The Bills lead the Jets 21-3 after two quarters.

Allen rushed for a touchdown and passed for two more, one each to Zach Moss and John Brown.

But Allen also fumbled twice, something he has struggled with since his N.F.L. debut. The quarterback fumbled 22 times in 28 regular season games in the past two seasons. Last year, he fumbled twice in the team’s playoff loss to the Texans.

Still, it hasn’t hindered the Bills so far against the Jets (at all, really).

The interaction, which came at the end of a 1-yard run by Bears running back David Montgomery, caused some initial confusion, as it looked almost as if he was leaning in to hear what the official — who was wearing a cloth face mask — was saying. But replays indicated he was likely mimicking contact.

Collins, who played for Coach Matt Patricia when Patricia was the defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, was one of the Lions’ top acquisitions this off-season.

Cam Newton is looking good early for New England.

Starting his first game in more than a year, Cam Newton is already doing Cam Newton things in New England. The quarterback capped a marvelous 80-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run that opened the scoring before Miami added a field goal later in the second quarter. New England leads the Dolphins, 7-3.

It was Newton’s 59th career rushing touchdown, the most among quarterbacks in N.F.L. history, and afterward he crossed his arms over his chest in an apparent “Black Panther” tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman.

Adding a running dimension to an offense that — how to put this kindly? — lacked one during Tom Brady’s two decades in New England, Newton accounted for 48 yards on the series, completing all three passes, including a 25-yarder to Ryan Izzo.

Newton’s running ability allows the offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to stress defenses in new and unfamiliar ways — ways that, for all of his brilliance, Tom Brady could not.

“I don’t think it’s pressure,” Newton told reporters this week, when asked about replacing Brady. “Just do your job. And I plan on doing mine. I know opening day, he’ s not going to be really worried about little old me and I know opening day I just have other things to be focusing on rather than who was here before me.”

The Buffalo Bills are all over the Jets.

The Jets seem to be missing safety Jamal Adams, who was traded away this off-season, as the Buffalo Bills are running away with the game in the first quarter.

Josh Allen, Buffalo’s somewhat polarizing quarterback, got off to a rocky start with a fumble on Buffalo’s first possession, but made up for it in a big way with a 2-yard touchdown run on his team’s next possession followed by a 4-yard touchdown pass to running back Zack Moss. Buffalo’s offense has 123 yards in the quarter.

The Bills’ defense, which is the team’s bread and butter, has done its part by completely eliminating the Jets offense so far. Quarterback Sam Darnold and co. were limited to 4 total yards on the team’s first three possessions.

Baltimore is off to a fast start.

It didn’t take the Baltimore Ravens long to pick right back up where they left off in terms of regular season play. On Cleveland’s first offensive possession,

Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey was able to snag an interception, setting the Ravens up to capitalize with a six-play, 49-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to tight end Mark Andrews.

Not much appears to have changed for Baltimore, with five of the seven plays on the drive being a run, but Cleveland’s defense simply had no answer for the onslaught.

The early slate Sunday featured Black quarterbacks at every stage of their careers, from the second-year pro Dwayne Haskins of Washington to the electrifying M.V.P. Lamar Jackson of Baltimore, the resurgent starter Teddy Bridgewater in Carolina to the underappreciated star Russell Wilson of Seattle.

Not to mention Cam Newton, who represents sort of a bridge between this generation of Black star quarterbacks and the last. Newton told reporters last week that he grew up in Atlanta idolizing Michael Vick, but also Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper.

Newton on Sunday became the first Black quarterback to start for New England in Week 1 and only the second to start for the franchise since its inception in 1960, behind Jacoby Brissett in 2016.

“It’s a big deal, it’s really a big deal,” Newton told reporters. “I understand who I am. I understand being an African-American in this time, we have to be stronger and sticking with each other more than ever now. This is a great feat to achieve, but at the end of the day we have to make sure we’re using our platform for positive reasons, and that’s what I want to do.”

Newton rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter for New England’s first score of the season.

How will Tom Brady look in a Bucs uniform?

Buccaneers at Saints, 4:25 p.m., Fox

That doesn’t seem like a likely approach from New Orleans, despite the Saints’ signing of Alvin Kamara on Saturday to a five-year extension reportedly worth $77.1 million, with a $15 million bonus. Ahead of the matchup, Brees sounded another acknowledgment that this season might be his last. “I’m on borrowed time,” Brees said. “I’ve got nothing to lose. So I’m turning it loose and letting the chips fall where they may.”



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