NFL | Seven From Sunday – Kickoff Weekend

By NFL Communications

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 8, the first week of the 2019 season.

With three games remaining in Week 1, there have been a total of 13 offensive touchdowns of 40-or-more yards, the second-most on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history. Only Kickoff Weekend of the 1991 season (14) had more such offensive scores of at least 40 yards.

11 quarterbacks have had a passer rating of 115 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) through 13 games in Week 1, tied with Week 13 of the 2004 season (11) and Week 12 of the 1995 season (11) for the second-most in any week since 1970. Only Week 3 of the 2017 season (12) had more quarterbacks record a passer rating of 115 or higher (minimum 10 attempts).

Four rookies – Tennessee wide receiver A.J. BROWN (100 receiving yards), Baltimore wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN (147), Detroit tight end T.J. HOCKENSON (131) and Washington wide receiver TERRY McLAURIN (125) – each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend.

It marks the first week in which three-or-more rookies have each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their debuts in NFL history.

With 131 receiving yards, Hockenson surpassed MONTY STICKLES (123 receiving yards on September 25, 1960) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his NFL debut in league history.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS defeated Miami 59-10 on Kickoff Weekend. Baltimore scored 42 points in the first half, the most by any team in the first half of a season-opening game in NFL history. The Ravens, who scored 47 points on Kickoff Weekend in 2018, are the fifth team in league annals and first since the 1967-68 OAKLAND RAIDERS to score at least 40 points in consecutive season-opening games.

Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 20 attempts for 324 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the victory. Jackson is the seventh quarterback in NFL history and first since BEN ROETHLISBERGER (November 11, 2018) with at least 300 passing yards, five touchdowns and a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, in a single game in NFL history.

Baltimore rookie wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN recorded touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards on his first two catches in his NFL debut. Brown became the first player in NFL history with two touchdown receptions of at least 40 yards in his NFL debut and his 83-yard touchdown reception is the second-longest by a player in his NFL debut in the Super Bowl era, trailing only RICK UPCHURCH (90-yard touchdown reception on September 21, 1975).

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 378 yards and three touchdowns for a 143.2 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 40-26 win at Jacksonville.

Mahomes, who has 5,759 passing yards in 18 career games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (5,613 passing yards) for the most passing yards by a player in his first 20 career games in NFL history. Mahomes’ 53 touchdown passes are also the most by any player in his first 20 career games.

Chiefs wide receiver SAMMY WATKINS had nine receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Watkins is the fourth player in NFL history to record at least 195 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions in a season-opening game, joining FRANK CLARKE (September 16, 1962), IRVING FRYAR (September 4, 1994) and HUGH TAYLOR (September 28, 1947).

Jaguars rookie quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW completed 88 percent of his pass attempts (22 of 25), the highest completion percentage (minimum 15 attempts) by a quarterback in his NFL debut in league annals. Minshew completed his first 13 pass attempts, the longest streak to start a career among players who made their NFL debut over the past 40 seasons.

Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 25 of 32 attempts for 405 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 rating in the Cowboys’ 35-17 victory against the New York Giants.

Prescott is the fourth quarterback to register a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark, on 30-or-more pass attempts in NFL history, joining JARED GOFF (33 attempts on September 27, 2018), KEN O’BRIEN (32 attempts on November 2, 1986) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (30 attempts on October 1, 2000).

The LOS ANGELES CHARGERS defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-24 in overtime while the ARIZONA CARDINALS and DETROIT LIONS played to a 27-27 tie at State Farm Stadium on Kickoff Weekend. At least one game on Kickoff Weekend has gone to overtime in five of the past six seasons.

Sunday’s contest between the Cardinals and Lions marked the second consecutive season in which a game ended in a tie in Week 1 and the third tie overall on Kickoff Weekend. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns tied on September 9, 2018, while the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos played to a 10-10 tie on September 19, 1971.

Chargers running back AUSTIN EKELER totaled 154 scrimmage yards (96 receiving, 58 rushing) and three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in the victory. Ekeler is the first undrafted player to record at least 150 scrimmage yards, two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game since DAN REEVES (156 scrimmage yards, two receiving touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns) on November 5, 1967.

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD recorded eight catches for 113 yards and one touchdown, the 117th touchdown catch of his NFL career. He surpassed ANTONIO GATES (116 touchdown receptions) for the sixth-most in NFL history.

Philadelphia wide receiver DeSEAN JACKSON had 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including 51-yard and 53-yard touchdown catches, in the Eagles’ 32-27 win against Washington. He has six career games of at least 100 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (six) for the most 100-yard receiving games on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history.

Jackson has 31 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (29) for the second-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (36) has more in league annals.​

 

Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games.
    • New York Jets running back LE’VEON BELL totaled 92 scrimmage yards (60 rushing, 32 receiving) and a touchdown reception in the Jets’ Week 1 loss.Bell, who has 8,088 scrimmage yards in 63 career games, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (64 games) to become the fastest player to reach 8,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.

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