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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:02 pm

After a seventh-month hiatus from the television of American households, the NFL returned last Thursday, Sept. 5. Week 1 featured lots of drama and storylines, leaving some fans optimistic, and others shaking their heads. From Antonio Brown’s release and signing to the dismantling of the Dolphins, let’s dig into the biggest stories.

Antonio Brown Released by Raiders, Signs with Patriots

The Oakland Raiders acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March earlier this year. Due to off the field issues including a helmet dispute with the NFL dubbed “Helmetgate” and a session with the cryptotherapy machine gone wrong, Antonio Brown never played a game and barely even practiced with the Raiders during the preseason. Friday, Sept. 6, Brown had a confrontation with Raiders GM Mike Mayock in which he had to be held back by teammate and former rival Vontaze Burfict. Brown was suspended by the team following the incident. After issuing a “heartfelt apology,” Brown’s suspension was waived; instead he was fined over $200K and had his guarantees voided. In a Saturday morning Instagram post, Brown asked to be released by the Raiders. Hours after his release he joined the New England Patriots. Brown provides even more depth at wide receiver to their already stacked offense.

Lamar Jackson: “Not Bad For a Running Back”

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has had doubters ever since his rise to fame. After winning the Heisman trophy his sophomore year and declaring for the NFL draft at the end of his junior season, teams wanted Jackson to switch to wide receiver. Despite leading the Ravens to a 6-1 record and a playoff berth down the stretch in his first seven career starts, doubters called him a single-threat quarterback, claiming he could only run the ball. Social media often jokingly refers to him as a running back and it’s apparent Lamar has heard the jokes. During the offseason, Jackson worked on his passing game and in a 59-10 dismantling of the Miami Dolphins this past weekend, his work ethic showed. Jackson went 17/20 for 324 yards and 5 TDs, posting a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He found Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, a rookie wide receiver out of Oklahoma, for two touchdowns, including a perfectly thrown deep ball for an 83-yard TD. Despite this incredible performance, Jackson still has critics questioning his consistency. Jackson’s message to them after the game? “Not bad for a running back.”

Cowboys Shine, Prescott Destined For Extension

After holding out for all of the preseason, Ezekiel “Zeke” Elliott returned from training in Cabo and reported back to the Dallas Cowboys camp. Elliott recently received the 6 year, $90 million extension he was holding out for, but he was not the main story for the Cowboys in week 1. The spotlight shifted towards quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense as a whole, which generated nearly 500 total yards of offense in a 35-17 rout of the division rival New York Giants. The Cowboys offensive line gave up zero sacks, while also helping Elliott gain 63 total yards on 14 touches. Elliott will see his touches increase as the Cowboys continue to ease him into the new system of offensive coordinator and former Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore. Prescott posted a perfect 158.3 passer rating throwing 25-32 with 405 yards and 4 TDs. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke to the media after the win, saying that an extension for Prescott is “imminent.” Prescott is in the final year of his rookie contract; expect for him to be a Cowboy for a few more years.

Defending Super Bowl Champs Dominate

The Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots, a.k.a. America’s most hated team, opened their season Sunday night at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The previous year’s champs usually open the season in Thursday primetime, but due to the NFL 100 event, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s two oldest teams, opened the season. On Sunday Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looked like he always has in his 20-year career, throwing 24/36 for 341 yards and 3 TDs in the season opener. Recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon caught Brady’s first touchdown pass of the night, and receiver Phillip Dorsett caught the other two. The Patriots travel to Miami in week 2, and they add yet another boost to a top five offense in Antonio Brown. They may not need it against a Dolphins team that is evidently tanking, but New England has lost their last five out of six games in Miami.

Browns... Still Buying in on All the Hype?

After a massive offseason that saw the Cleveland Browns acquire star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants, lots of hype surrounded the organization that last made the playoffs in 2002. Along with Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield was the most bet-on player for NFL MVP. Coincidentally, both quarterbacks struggled in their 2019 debuts. Mayfield and the Browns were one of the most optimistic teams heading into the start of the season, with an above average defense and a hand of offensive weapons for Mayfield to employ in Beckham, slot receiver Jarvis Landry, and running back Nick Chubb. Experts were high on the Browns beating a Titans team that has been nothing more than a little good under quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Titans defense responded by picking off Mayfield three times while sacking him five times. Beckham broke NFL policy when he sported a $250,000 watch during the game, but his flex didn’t convert into success, as he was held to just 71 receiving yards. As for the Titans offense, Mariota looked sharp, throwing for 248 yards and 3 TDs in the 43-13 blowout victory.

Week 1 brought lots of content to the NFL world and there are many other stories that shouldn’t go unmentioned, such as Dolphins players requesting trades after the loss, the game of the week between the Houston Texans and the New Orleans Saints, and the Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts almost pulling out an overtime victory. Many questions still remained unanswered, but if there’s one thing to be said, it’s that NFL fans will be very content having football back for 16 more Sundays.

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