NFL Week #1: Review

The first week of the NFL’s 2010 season is in the books right now and it came down with very few surprises in the 16 results.

One of the biggest surprises was the Chiefs upset victory over San Diego, in a game where they were anywhere from four to five-point underdogs.

There was also the Houston Texans and RB Arian Foster (left), who ran for 231 yards and three touchdowns in beating their No. 1 nemisis, the Indianapolis Colts.

It was not an opening weekend of point explosions, as nine teams were able to get victories in games where they scored less than 21 points. There were five teams that scored 30 points or more. But there were also five teams that scored less than 10 points.


Home teams were 12-4 for the season opening week. The only winning road teams were Arizona in St. Louis, Green Bay in Philadelphia, Miami at Buffalo and Baltimore at the New York Jets.


Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall ran 50 yards for a touchdown in overtime to give the Steelers a 15-9 victory over Atlanta.

In that game, the Falcons won the toss and were unable to score on their first possession. The Steelers got the ball and scored immediately.


OFFENSE: Houston RB Arian Foster ran for 231 yards and three TDs against Indianapolis. That was a club record rushing performance for the Texans and the second best opening weekend rushing game in NFL history. Only 250 yards by O.J Simpson in 1973 had

DEFENSE: Arizona S Adrian Wilson had two interceptions, a sack and he blocked a field goal against St. Louis. He’s the first player to hit that trifecta since then Carolina DE Julius Peppers in 2004



97 – New England WR Brandon Tate (right) kickoff return for TD vs. Cincinnati.

94 – Kansas City WR Dexter McCluster punt return for TD vs. San Diego.

89 – Chicago RB Matt Forte TD catch vs. Detroit.

76 – Tennessee RB Chris Johnson TD run vs. Oakland

73 – Indianapolis WR Austin Collie TD catch vs. Houston.

68 – Oakland P Shane Lechler punt vs. Tennessee.

66 – New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie INT return vs. Baltimore.

65 – Arizona S Kerry Rhodes interception return vs. St. Louis.

64 – Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber interception return vs. Cleveland.

63 – St. Louis P Donnie Jones punt vs. Arizona.


Houston RB Arian Foster had 33 carries for 231 yards, a 7-yard average and 3 TD runs vs. Indianapolis.

Tennessee RB Chris Johnson had 27 carries for 142 yards and 2 TD runs vs. Oakland.

Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall had 22 carries for 120 yards and a 50-yard TD run vs. Atlanta.

Philadelphia QB Michael Vick had 11 carries for 103 yards vs. Green Bay.

Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew had 23 carries for 98 yards vs. Denver.


Tennessee QB Vince Young was 13 of 17 for 154 yards, 2 TDs and a 142.8 passer rating.

Jacksonville QB David Garrard was 16 of 21 for 170 yards, 3 TDs and a 138.9 passer rating.

New England QB Tom Brady (left) was 25 of 35 for 258 yards, 3 TDs and a 120.9 passer rating.

Indianapolis QB Peyton Manning was 40 of 57 for 433 yards, 3 TDs and a 109.8 passer rating.

Chicago QB Jay Cutler was 23 of 35 for 372 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and a 108.3 passer rating.

Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck was 18 of 23 for 170 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and a 108.3 passer rating.


Chicago RB Matt Forte caught 7 passes for 151 yards and 2 TDs vs. Detroit.

Dallas WR Miles Austin caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a TD vs. Washington.

Arizona WR Steve Breaston caught seven passes for 132 yards vs. St. Louis

Indianapolis WR Austin Collie caught 10 passes for 131 yards and a TD vs. Houston.

St. Louis WR Mark Clayton caught 10 passes for 119 yards vs. Arizona.


New England ILB Gary Guyton returned an interception 59 yards for a TD vs. Cincinnati.

Washington CB DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble 32 yards for a TD vs. Dallas.

Seattle CB Marcus Trufant returned an interception 32 yards for a TD vs. San Francisco.

Washington FS LaRon Landry had 17 total tackles vs. Dallas.

New England FS Patrick Chung had 16 total tackles vs. Cincinnati.

Green Bay LB Clay Matthews had two sacks vs. Philadelphia.

Philadelphia DE Juqua Parker had two sacks vs. Green Bay.

Jacksonville DE Aaron Kampman had 1.5 sacks and six quarterback hurries vs. Denver.

N.Y. Jets OLB Bryan Thomas had 1.5 sacks vs. Baltimore.

Chicago’s defense held Detroit to 20 rushing yards on 21 running plays, six of those were stopped for minus yardage … Arizona S Kerry Rhodes 65-yard interception return … Tampa Bay CB Ronde Barber 64-yard interception return.


New England WR Brandon Tate scored on a 97-yard kickoff return vs. Cincinnati.

Kansas City WR Dexter McCluster a 94-yard punt return vs. San Diego.


Miami’s punt return team earned a safety when Buffalo intentionally sent a punt snap out the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Carolina’s DE Greg Hardy blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety vs. the N.Y. Giants.

Green Bay K Mason Crosby’s 56-yard FG was a club record … Arizona S Adrian Wilson blocked a FG attempt by St. Louis kicker Josh Brown from 34 yards … Oakland P Shane Lechler averaged 54.8 yards on four punts, for a net average of 49.5 yards … St. Louis P Donnie Jones averaged 54.2 yards on six punts, for a net average of 45.7 yards … Pittsburgh P Dan Sepulveda averaged 50.8 yards on five punts, for a net average of 46.8 yards … Bills K Rian Lindell was short on a 63-yard attempt to end the first half. That’s the NFL record distance for a field goal … Baltimore WR David Reed had four tackles on special teams … Houston TE Joel Dreessen had three special teams tackles vs. Indianapolis … Carolina S M Hudson had three special teams tackles vs. N.Y. Giants … Detroit L I. Ekejiuba had three special teams tackles vs. Chicago


N.Y. Jets NT Kris Jenkins injured his left knee Monday night and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday … Philadelphia lost FB Leonard Weaver (knee) and C Jamaal Jackson (torn biceps) for the rest of the season …N.Y. Giants TE Kevin Boss (concussion) and LB Chase Blackburn (knee) both left the game and did not return … Buffalo LB Paul Posluszny left the game after suffering a right knee injury on the first play of the second half … Miami DE Jared Odrick left the field in the third quarter with a foot injury and did not return … Houston DE Connor Barwin left in the first quarter with a dislocated right ankle … Indianapolis WR Anthony Gonzalez did not return after half-time due to an ankle injury … Detroit QB Matthew Stafford suffered a sprained right shoulder … San Francisco WR Ted Ginn (knee) left in the second half and did not return … Indianapolis S Bob Sanders suffered a reported elbow injury and did not return.


TE Tony Gonzalez started for Atlanta and caught two passes for 35 yards, giving him 1,001 career receptions, the first tight end in NFL history to top that number … DE Jared Allen started for Minnesota and had four tackles and one quarterback hurry … LB Keyaron Fox was elected Pittsburgh’s special teams captain and he had one tackle in the kicking game against Atlanta … ILB Scott Fujita started for Cleveland, finishing with 6 tackles and .5 sacks … DE Ryan Sims started for Tampa Bay and was not credited with any statistics … K Connor Barth made a 49-yard FG for Tampa Bay … CB Benny Sapp started as a nickel back for Miami and had three tackles and one pass defensed … FS Jarrad Page played for New England against Cincinnati but was not credited with any defensive or special teams statistics … Wade Smith started at LG for Houston … SS Bernard Pollard started for Houston against Indianapolis and had nine total tackles and was credited with forcing a fumble … DE Jason Babin started for Tennessee and had two tackles, one sack and forced a fumble … RB Michael Bennett came off the bench for Oakland and ran once for six yards and caught two passes for nine yards … K Lawrence Tynes had a 32-yard FG for the N.Y. Giants … DE Turk McBride had one tackle, one sack, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries for Detroit … DT Junior Siavii played for Seattle and had two tackles, one for minus yardage and a quarterback hurry … DL Vonnie Holliday played for Washington and


The Jets got just six first downs against the Ravens. That’s the fewest Jets first downs in a single game since a club record six in 1976 … The Broncos-Jaguars game in Jacksonville was delayed at the start of the fourth quarter for 33 minutes due to bad weather and lightning. It was also the hottest game in Jaguars history, with temperatures reaching 93 games and a heat index of 105 degrees … since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns are 1-11 in season openers, the only victory coming in 2004 … the Browns-Bucs game in Tampa was blacked out, as the crowd was announced as 47,211. It was the first regular season game blacked out since 1997 … Bills ran for just 50 yards on 17 carries and had just nine total first downs … Miami had a time of possession advantage of 13:46 over Buffalo … it was the Dolphins first victory in Buffalo in six games and the first time the Fins opened the season with a victory since 2005 … Cincinnati WR Terrell Owens became the third receiver in NFL history to have 15,000 receiving yards. Owens had 53 in the game and now has 15,004 yards on 1,013 receptions … Houston defense allowed Indianapolis only 44 yards rushing … Peyton Manning’s 57 attempts was a career high for the Indy QB … the Steelers and Falcons combined for six of nine FG attempts before the game was won in overtime on a TD run … Pittsburgh is 21-4 in the last seven seasons against NFC opponents … It was RB Chris Johnson’s 12th consecutive 100-yard game. That’s the second longest such streak in NFL history, behind only Barry Sanders with 14 straight … Detroit has now lost 21 straight road games … Chicago LS Patrick Mannelly appeared in his 190th game, the second highest total in club history; he’s one behind DL Steve McMichael … Arizona fumbled seven times in the game, losing four of them … Arizona had a seven-play drive in the fourth quarter that gained 101 yards. They lost 15 of those yards to penalty … St. Louis has now lost 15 straight to NFC West opponents … Minnesota had a 16-play possession against New Orleans that went 66 yards, but produced just a field goal.

3 Responses to “NFL Week #1: Review”

  • September 14, 2010  - Pat says:

    Wow. Looking through the Former Chiefs section, there sure was a lot of talent that we let go over the past few years (and some duds, too, obviously). Some of those names I had forgotten about and a few I barely remembered at all. Hopefully we get better at keeping our talent here instead of letting it go elsewhere to be productive.

  • September 14, 2010  - Michael says:

    Denny resigns?

  • September 15, 2010  - Tracy says:

    Yeah, Denny Thum seems to have been the last guy standing when the seats were taken. The musical chairs routine that takes place in corporate reshuffling is mostly inevitable, sometimes regardless of one’s contributions, accomplishments or talents.
    The timing adds some angst but in a league where “What have you done lately?” is the theme song, we shouldn’t be surprised.

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