NFL Today, Week 1 Print
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Sunday, 07 September 2008 16:01
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 SCOREBOARD Monday night, Sept. 8
Minnesota at Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers begins the post-Brett Favre era for the Packers.
Denver at Oakland. The teams boast two of the NFL's top cornerback duos.
STARS
Passing
-Donovan McNabb, Eagles, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia's 38-3 win over St. Louis.
-Drew Brees, Saints, had 343 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans' 24-20 win over Tampa Bay.
-Tony Romo, Cowboys, was 24-of-32 for 320 yards and a TD in Dallas' 28-10 win over Cleveland.
-Brett Favre, Jets, was 15-for-22 for 194 yards with two TDS in New York's 20-14 win over Miami.
-Jake Delhomme, Panthers, was 23-of-41 for 247 yards and threw the winning TD as time expired in Carolina's 26-24 win over San Diego.
-Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, was 13-for-14 with two TDs in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Houston.
-Matt Ryan, Falcons, threw for a touchdown on his very first NFL pass in Atlanta's 34-21 win over Detroit.
-Matt Cassel, Patriots, was 13-of-18 for 152 yards and a TD in relief of Tom Brady in New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City.
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Rushing
-Michael Turner, Falcons, set a team record with 220 yards in Atlanta's 34-21 win over Detroit.
-Willie Parker, Steelers, ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Houston.
-Rookie Chris Johnson, Titans, ran 15 times for 93 yards and had three receptions for 34 yards and a TD in Tennessee's 17-10 win over Jacksonville.
-Brian Westbrook, Eagles, ran for 91 yards and scored two TDs in Philadelphia's 38-3 win over St. Louis.
-Thomas Jones, Jets, had 101 yards and a touchdown in New York's 20-14 win over Miami.
-Edgerrin James, Cardinals, rushed for 100 yards in Arizona's 23-13 win over San Francisco.
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Receiving
-Reggie Bush, Saints, had 112 yards receiving and 51 yards rushing in New Orleans' 24-20 win over Tampa Bay.
-DeSean Jackson, Eagles, had six catches for 106 yards and returned a punt 60 yards in Philadelphia's 38-3 win over St. Louis.
-Hines Ward, Steelers, caught two TDs in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Houston.
-Dante Rosario, Panthers, made seven receptions for 96 yards and caught the winning TD on the final play of Carolina's 26-24 win over San Diego.
-Randy Moss, Patriots, has six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in New England's 17-10 win over Kansas City.
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Special Teams
-Roscoe Parrish, Bills, returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's 34-10 win over Seattle.
-Brian Moorman, Bills, became the first punter to throw for a touchdown since 2003 with a 19-yarder on a fake field goal in Buffalo's 34-10 win over Seattle.
-John Kasay, Panthers, made field goals of 44, 33, 30 and 49 yards in Carolina's 26-24 win over San Diego.
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Defense
-Cortland Finnegan, Titans, had two interceptions in Tennessee's 17-10 win over Jacksonville.
-Phillip Buchanon, Buccaneers, returned an interception 26 yards for a TD in Tampa Bays' 24-20 loss to the Saints.
-LaMarr Woodley, Steelers, had an interception, fumble recovery and sack in Pittsburgh's 38-17 win over Houston.
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RECORDS AND MILESTONES
e also a club record. ... Atlanta's Matt Ryan, the third pick in the draft, hit Michael Jenkins with a 62-yard touchdown pass to become the first quarterback to throw for a score on his first career attempt since New England's Michael Bishop in 2000. ... Randy Moss' 10-yard touchdown catch in New England's 17-10 win over the Chiefs gave him 126 career TDs, tying Jim Brown for eighth most overall, and it was his 125th on a reception, tying him for fourth in NFL history. ... The Eagles had three 100-yard receivers in their 38-3 win over St. Louis: DeSean Jackson, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett. It was the first time for Philadelphia since Timmy Brown, Tommy McDonald and Pete Retzlaff accomplished the feat against Washington in 1960. ... Dallas' Terrell Owens made his 130th career TD catch in the Cowboys' 28-10 win over Cleveland, tying him with Cris Carter for second on the career list behind Jerry Rice (197).
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STREAKS
straight regular-season games with 100 yards rushing ended in Jacksonville's 17-10 loss to Tennessee. He finished with 18 yards on nine carries. ... Cleveland is just 1-9 in Week 1 since returning to the league in 1999 after losing to Dallas 28-10.
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STATS
The Jaguars, the NFL's second-best rushing team in 2007, were held to just 33 yards in a 17-10 loss to Tennessee. Jacksonville had been an NFL-best 9-4 in season openers. ... Pittsburgh's Willie Parker had a career-high three touchdown runs in the Steelers' 38-17 win over Houston. He ran for just two touchdowns all last season despite having 1,316 yards rushing. ... The Falcons averaged 7.6 yards per run on their 42 carries in their 34-21 win over Detroit. ... The Cardinals held the ball for nearly 23 minutes in the second half of their 23-13 victory over the 49ers.
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SWINGS
The Bills, who failed to score 20 points a dozen times last season and managed just 30 in their last three games combined, beat Seattle 34-10. They opened a season with a win for only the fourth time in 12 years.
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SACKS
The Titans sacked the Jaguars' David Garrard seven times in Tennessee's 17-10 win. ... Texans DE Mario Williams, coming off a 14-sack season, had both of Houston's sacks and a forced fumble, all before halftime, in a 38-17 loss to Pittsburgh.
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SIDELINED
Reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady didn't return after hurting his left knee midway through the first quarter of the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Chiefs. Coach Bill Belichick said the extent of the injury hadn't been determined. ... Titans QB Vince Young was on crutches after spraining his left knee late in a 17-10 win over Jacksonville. ... Seahawks WR Nate Burleson hurt his left knee in Seattle's 34-10 loss to Buffalo. Burleson was confident he would play next week, but coach Mike Holmgren was more reserved. ... Cowboys RB Marion Barber was taken to the locker room with bruised ribs in the second half of Dallas' 28-10 win over the Browns.
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MORE DEBUTS
Saints TE Jeremy Shockey had six catches for 54 yards in New Orleans' 24-20 win over Tampa Bay. ... Dolphins QB Chad Pennington threw all but six of his 26 completions to running backs or tight ends in Miami's 20-14 loss to the Jets. OT Jake Long, the top pick in this year's draft, drew penalties for tripping and holding. ... Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco ran for a 38-yard touchdown and went 15-for-29 for 129 yards and no interceptions in Baltimore's 17-10 win over Cincinnati. ... Cowboys cornerback/punt returner Adam ``Pacman'' Jones was called for interference in the end zone to set up Cleveland's only TD in Dallas' 28-10 win.
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HONORED
In remembrance of Hall of Fame lineman and longtime NFL union head Gene Upshaw, who died Aug. 20, his initials and uniform number (63) were stenciled on fields and a tribute video was played... Former Bills TE Kevin Everett attended Buffalo's 34-10 win over Seattle. Everett, who is now walking on his own, sustained a severe spinal cord injury while covering a kickoff in Buffalo's opener last year.
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SPEAKING
``I know I made the right decision. I'm a New York Jet. I don't know about a native New Yorkian, or however you say it. Hey, I'm happy to be a Jet.'' - Jets QB Brett Favre after his first game since being traded from Green Bay, a 20-14 win over Miami.
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``He's a miracle worker. He threw that thing in the air and God said, 'Brett Favre will have a touchdown pass.' And he did. That's Brett Favre being Brett Favre.'' - Dolphins FB Boomer Grigsby.
 

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