Best NFL Games of Week 1, 2021

The 102nd NFL season kicked off with a bang folks. What a way to kick off a new season with a plate of exciting games.
The Top Ten
1 27 Ravens vs 33 Raiders (OT)

This game was just wild, a potential game of the year. I guess you can say it was boring until the last quarter, but this game is this high because of the last quarter. OT was the best part of this game.

Nearing the end, Las Vegas was in the red zone. Then Carr made a pass to Bryan Edwards, who dived for a big TD! The benches cleared, and the coaches went in to shake hands, but apparently, he was short. Edwards' knee was down before the ball reached the end zone, so they had to redo it.

No big deal though, Las Vegas was at the 1-yard line, so they could easily run it in or QB sneak it. Carr went in for the QB sneak, but he was smothered. Still had a few chances, but guess what happened? Las Vegas' first-round pick, Alex Leatherwood, went offside for a 5-yard penalty.

But they were still so close, so Carr took another shot, and he overthrew the ball for like the 20th time the whole game. 3rd and goal. Carr overthrows it AGAIN, and it's PICKED OFF. HE FAILED. THIS WAS A GUARANTEED WIN, AND YOU STILL WHIFFED IT! Ravens were plowing down the field, and this game looked over, but the Raiders decided to do something and made the Ravens punt.

Jon Gruden wasn't going to take any chances with Carr, so he decided to kick the field goal with a very reliable kicker, Daniel Carlson, but they got ANOTHER penalty. So Carr came back in, lofting an absolute DIME to some benchwarmer, Zay Jones! Truly already a contender for "Game Of The Year."

2 29 Cowboys vs 31 Buccaneers

The game to kick off the 2021-22 season. Of course, it has to be here. This game was a shootout. Cowboys put up a better performance than I thought. They were able to run over the Tampa defense. They were on the brink of winning when they kicked a field goal with more than a minute left in the game.

Tampa Bay had this game in the bag though. Tampa was in the red zone, but then Man Baby Brady threw it to Godwin, who was having a great game, and FUMBLED the ball at like the 1-yard line. Dallas picked it up and took it to the twelve. Dallas started plowing down the field and eventually were stopped to kick a 48-yard field goal.

Then Tampa got the ball, and Brady threw it to his old New England teammate Gronk to take it to midfield! And guess who makes the big play here? Brady throws it to Godwin, and he gets them into field goal range and was forgiven for the fumble. So Tampa Bay ended up kicking a field goal to seal the win 29-31.

Stats were great for both teams. Prescott threw for 403 yards and 3 TDs with 1 INT, Cooper with 139 yards and 2 TDs, and Lamb with 104 yards and 1 TD. On Tampa's side, Brady threw 379 yards, 4 TDs, and 2 INTs. Antonio Brown was the leading receiver with 121 yards and 1 TD, Godwin had 105 yards and 1 TD, and Gronk had 90 yards and 2 TDs. Definitely one of the better season openers in NFL history.

3 29 Browns vs 33 Chiefs

No defense, all offense. Those games are usually exciting, and this game was a great example of why. I'm not gonna lie, Mayfield was kind of disappointing. Sure, he threw for over 300 yards, but no TDs. And he threw a pick, and that pick sealed Cleveland's loss.

But Cleveland still had some bright spots. Chubb and Hunt had a great game, and Jarvis Landry had 71 receiving yards. But on Kansas City's side, Mahomes was great as usual with 337 yards and racked up 3 TDs. Tyreek "The Freak" Hill had 197 yards and 1 TD. Kelce had 76 yards and 2 TDs, and Helaire rushed for 43 yards and 29 receiving yards.

The Chiefs were actually down 22-10, but they were able to outscore Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. I wouldn't be surprised if these two teams met again in the playoffs.

4 24 Vikings vs 27 Bengals (OT)

Huge shocker played in Cincinnati. Minnesota stormed into Cincinnati ready to play with a great offense, featuring Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Kirk Cousins, as well as a very improved defense with Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen, and Eric Kendricks.

Cincinnati had a pretty good offense, though not much of a defense, with returning Joe Burrow, his old WR from LSU Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon. Minnesota was the heavy favorite here. Cincinnati's atrocious offensive line against Minnesota's improved D-line.

I didn't think Burrow was going to make it out alive, but despite all the advantages Minnesota had, they still whiffed it. How did you guys even do that? I understand that refball screwed you guys up, but why didn't you outscore them? IT'S THE BENGALS! I don't want to hear the excuse. Jefferson was terrible this game. You guys ruined it.

Big game for Burrow though, with 261 yards and 2 TDs. On the WR side, Chase was a monster with 101 yards and 1 TD, and Higgins with 58 yards and 1 TD. Mixon had a great game. He rushed for 127 yards and 1 TD. I don't even want to add the Vikings' stats. They don't deserve it.

5 41 49ers vs 33 Lions

The 49ers had a commanding lead at halftime, leading the Lions 31-10. However, the Lions started to chip away at San Francisco's three-possession lead. Detroit's offense surprised me and probably others, as they managed to score 33 points against San Francisco's supposed-to-be good defense.

Goff had an outstanding performance against the 49ers' defense, throwing for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns with only 1 interception. On the running back side, Swift and Williams performed well as a duo. Swift gained 39 rushing yards along with 65 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Williams also contributed with a rushing touchdown and 54 rushing yards.

The wide receivers didn't have a significant impact for Detroit, but tight end TJ Hockenson had an amazing game with 8 receptions, 97 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.

6 38 Cardinals vs 13 Titans

Similar to the Rams game, it was just fun watching Kyler Murray set Tennessee's defense on fire. He threw for 289 yards and 4 TDs, along with one INT. And he rushed for 1 TD. He totally carried me in Fantasy Football Week 1.

His number one receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, caught 83 yards and 2 TDs. Let's not forget Chandler Jones' return. He came back to get 5 sacks and 6 tackles. Titans put up a disappointing performance. Jones, Brown, and Henry were disappointing, and Tanny Titanic (Ryan Tannehill) had a disgusting performance. Not the best start for them.

7 21 Jaguars vs 37 Texans

The most hyped-up rookie in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence, just made his NFL debut in this game. Even though it was a loss for him, this was an exciting game, and he did well. Despite throwing 3 INTs, he did throw 3 TDs and 332 yards. He threw a TD to the newcomer Marvin Jones and DJ Chark. Oh yeah, also some Chris Manhertz guy.

But the Texans stunned me with that offense. David "Glassman" Johnson blew up along with Mark Ingram Jr. Taylor did pretty good, I admit. He threw for 291 yards and 2 TDs.

8 14 Bears vs 34 Rams

Even though the Bears got decimated, it was fun to watch Matthew Stafford play with a good team. Stafford was a beast against the Bears. He threw for 321 yards, 3 TDs, and completed 20 passes out of 26 attempts.

This was Cooper Kupp's game. He had 108 yards and caught 1 TD. The Bears disappointed me, though. They put in Andy Dalton over Justin Fields. Fields needs to develop in these kinds of games, so they better start him in the future.

9 28 Seahawks vs 16 Colts

A battle between two playoff contenders. Russell Wilson was actually able to "cook" in this game, bouncing back from that horrendous Wild Card match vs. the LA Rams. He threw for 254 yards and 4 TDs.

Tyler Lockett also blew up, with 100 yards and 2 TDs. I thought Metcalf would be the one to have the better game, but Metcalf still had a good game with 60 yards and 1 TD.

But on Indianapolis' side, Wentz didn't do so shabby either. He threw for 251 yards and 2 TDs. A lot of attention went to WR Zach Pascal, who had 43 yards and 2 TDs.

10 23 Steelers vs 16 Bills

Everyone loves upsets, right? Well, at least some people. Kind of feel bad for the people who picked Buffalo in their survivor challenge. This game wasn't much, but it was exciting in the last quarter when Pittsburgh felt some adrenaline and made a comeback. Pittsburgh's defense decided to step up and play better near the end.

The Buffalo run game wasn't able to go again against Pittsburgh's D-line, and you also have to admit that Diontae Johnson's TD catch was great.

The Contenders
11 17 Dolphins vs 16 Patriots
12 14 Jets vs 19 Panthers
13 20 Chargers vs Washington 16
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