NFL Week 1 live updates, scores, highlights: Raiders spoil Sean Payton’s Broncos debut; Rams squash Seahawks


The opening week of the 2023 NFL season has been a whirlwind of excitement and standout performances, and the anticipation continues with two exciting matchups on the horizon. In a thrilling showdown between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers in L.A., Tua Tagovailoa stole the spotlight by throwing for an impressive 466 yards, ultimately securing a nail-biting 36-34 victory.

Miami’s star wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, emerged as Tagovailoa’s primary target, amassing 11 receptions for a remarkable 215 yards and contributing two crucial touchdowns to ignite the Dolphins’ aerial assault.

For a comprehensive recap of all the Sunday action in the NFL, look no further. We’re your one-stop destination for scores, highlights, expert analysis, injury updates, intriguing statistics, and everything else you need to know. From the first kickoff to the final whistle of the late games, we’ve got you covered.

Week 1 Schedule Recap:

Thursday

  • The lions edged out the Chiefs with a close score of 21-20.

Sunday

  • The 49ers dominated the Steelers with a commanding 30-7 victory.
  • Browns secured a 24-3 win over the Bengals.
  • The Packers had a strong performance, defeating the Bears 38-14.
  • Eagles clinched a 25-20 victory against the Patriots.
  • Dolphins narrowly triumphed over the Chargers with a final score of 36-34.
  • Commanders emerged victorious against the Cardinals, winning 20-16.
  • Falcons beat the Panthers with a score of 24-10.
  • Ravens outscored the Texans, winning 25-9.
  • The Buccaneers secured a 20-17 victory over the Vikings.
  • Jaguars prevailed over the Colts with a 31-21 win.
  • Saints narrowly defeated the Titans with a score of 16-15.
  • Rams had a convincing 30-13 win against the Seahawks.
  • Raiders secured a narrow 17-16 victory over the Broncos.

Upcoming:

  • Cowboys face off against the Giants at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Monday

  • Bills will take on the Jets at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Updates

In a closely contested match, the Las Vegas Raiders, led by Jimmy Garoppolo, managed to hold on against the Denver Broncos, securing a 17-16 victory in Sean Payton’s coaching debut. Garoppolo had an impressive performance, completing 20 of 26 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. On the other hand, Russell Wilson maintained a solid completion rate (79.4%) but struggled to gain significant yardage, averaging just 6.5 yards per completion.

Trailing by six points late in the third quarter, Garoppolo showcased his trademark ability to engineer comebacks. In a six-play drive spanning 75 yards, he connected with various receivers, ultimately finding Jakobi Meyers for the game-winning touchdown with 6 minutes and 34 seconds remaining. Following this pivotal score, the Las Vegas defense forced a quick three-and-out, and the offense effectively utilized the running game to run out the clock, sealing a triumphant start to their season.

Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill are an explosive combination, igniting the Dolphins’ thrilling 36-34 victory in Week 1 against the Chargers:

Tua Tagovailoa: Completed 28 of 45 passes for a remarkable 466 yards, delivering 3 touchdowns with just 1 interception.

Tyreek Hill: Captured 11 receptions for an astonishing 215 yards, adding 2 touchdowns to his impressive performance.

This dynamic Dolphins duo has consistently impressed since joining forces at the beginning of the previous season, and their performance in the 2023 season opener was nothing short of extraordinary. With two pivotal touchdown connections in the second half, including the game-winning score with less than two minutes remaining, they epitomize an electrifying quarterback-wide receiver partnership. Miami’s presence in the AFC is poised to be a formidable force.

Are the Rams back?

While it’s premature to declare the Rams fully back, they’ve certainly kicked off the season on a high note following a disappointing 2022 campaign. In a commanding 30-13 victory over the Seahawks, the Rams were among the select few teams that amassed over 400 yards of total offense. Notably, they achieved this feat with significant contributions, including 100 receiving yards from TuTu Atwell and rookie Puka Nacua.

Matthew Stafford, despite missing the injured All-Pro wide receiver Cooper Kupp for at least the first four games, threw for an impressive 334 yards. Additionally, running backs Kyren Williams and Cam Akers combined forces to score three touchdowns.

While many predict the 49ers to dominate the NFC West and the Seahawks to contend for a wild-card spot, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sean McVay and his team make a strong push for a postseason berth as the season unfolds. At least, that’s how it appeared in Week 1.


Bad, good, and more bad from J.C. Jackson

Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson made a costly mistake, giving the Dolphins three points when he delivered an entirely unnecessary shove just moments before halftime, leading to a field goal.


Jackson found redemption with a crucial red-zone interception in the late third quarter, ensuring the Chargers maintained their lead.

However, he found himself in a one-on-one matchup with Tyreek Hill, and you can likely guess the outcome that followed.


Jackson has personally conceded nine points, and although the interception was pivotal, it doesn’t fully compensate for his mistakes. These errors are a significant factor in why the Dolphins hold a three-point lead as they enter the fourth quarter.

Rodgers-less Packers still own Bears


Even in the absence of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers still seem to have the upper hand against their long-time division rivals, the Bears. Despite closing as 1.5-point underdogs, a trend that has persisted for decades, the Packers have maintained a commanding 24-6 lead through three quarters. Jordan Love may not have been the most efficient in his debut as a starter, completing 10 of 21 passes, but he has managed to accumulate 169 passing yards and toss two touchdowns. The standout performer in this matchup, however, has been Aaron Jones, who has tallied an impressive 127 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 touches.


‘OH MY GOD!’

Geno Smith’s immediate reaction upon spotting the all-world defender Aaron Donald charging at full speed, unblocked, ready to drive him into the turf. Wisely, Smith released the ball swiftly, preventing Donald from delivering more than a shove afterward. The pass ended up incomplete, but the paramount outcome was that Smith continued to play, both figuratively and literally.


Chargers’ Williams returns after head injury evaluation

Chargers’ standout wide receiver, Mike Williams, had to undergo a head injury evaluation after a tough hit from a Dolphins linebacker just beyond the line of scrimmage during the first half. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the good news is that he has returned to the game for the second half.

Tua off to a historic start

Tua Tagovailoa’s performance in the first half has been nothing short of historic, as he threw for an impressive 242 yards. He’s on track to potentially surpass the Dolphins’ single-season passing record, an unsurprising feat considering it was set by the legendary Dan Marino with a remarkable 521-yard passing performance against the Jets in 1998. While the dynamic duo of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle has already connected for 169 yards on nine receptions, it’s worth noting that River Cracraft and Raheem Mostert are the ones who have managed to find the end zone for Miami.


Russ is cookin’ under Sean Payton

Under the guidance of head coach Sean Payton, Russell Wilson seems to be back in familiar form. While it’s early in the season, with just one half of a 17-game campaign played, Wilson’s performance in the opening 30 minutes against the Raiders strongly resembled his typical self from his Seahawks days. He completed 17 of 19 pass attempts for 125 yards, connecting for touchdown passes with both Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Courtland Sutton. It’s been a promising start to the Russell Wilson era under Sean Payton.


Patriots are on the board!


The Patriots have finally made it onto the scoreboard! It wasn’t without some defensive heroics, a fumble recovery, and a series of punts, but they managed to break through. Mac Jones orchestrated a 10-play, 71-yard drive, capping it off with a touchdown pass to tight end Hunter Henry. This touchdown brought smiles to the faces of both Tom Brady and team owner Robert Kraft. Although the Patriots still trail by 9 points, their offense has come to life.

Ekeler eating

Austin Ekeler’s performance in the Chargers’ season opener solidifies his claim to being one of the NFL’s top-paid running backs. His standout plays include scoring a one-yard touchdown, marking his 39th touchdown since the beginning of the 2021 season, and a remarkable 55-yard burst up the middle, setting the stage for Los Angeles’ second score. Impressively, in just a quarter-and-a-half of play, Ekeler has already accumulated 88 yards from scrimmage.

DK dust defender


In a matchup against second-year defensive back Derion Kendrick, DK Metcalf left no room for doubt. The seasoned Seahawks wide receiver executed a remarkable route that left Kendrick completely out of contention, showcasing his agility and skill. Metcalf’s route paid off, resulting in a 10-yard touchdown that propelled Seattle back into the lead.


Nightmare start for the Patriots in front of Brady

It’s been a nightmarish start for the Patriots, especially with high expectations fueled by the return of offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien. Unfortunately, things have taken a bleak turn.

Under rainy conditions in Foxborough, Mac Jones threw a wobbly pass that deflected off Kendrick Bourne’s hands and into the awaiting grasp of Darius Slay. Slay capitalized on the opportunity, dashing down the left side, eluding Jones in the process, and strolled untouched into the end zone, completing a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown.

But the woes didn’t end there. Just two plays into the Patriots’ second drive, Ezekiel Elliott made an incredible one-handed catch on a screen pass but immediately coughed up the football. The Eagles took possession at the edge of the red zone and promptly scored again, this time with a five-yard pass-and-catch from Jalen Carter to Devonta Smith.

Adding to the disappointment, the presence of Tom Brady in attendance, set to be honored at halftime, makes this start even tougher for Patriots fans to endure. Ouch.


Jimmy G TD

Jimmy Garoppolo couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. The Broncos attempted an onside opening kickoff, a daring move reminiscent of Sean Payton’s style. However, a penalty negated their recovery and handed the Raiders an excellent field position. Capitalizing on this opportunity, Garoppolo orchestrated a 10-play, 44-yard drive in which he completed all three of his pass attempts. The culmination of the drive was a six-yard touchdown pass to newcomer Jakobi Meyers.


Early-window injuries


Here’s a list of notable players who have sustained injuries during the early games of Week 1:

Ravens:

  • Running back J.K. Dobbins
  • Left tackle Ronnie Stanley
  • Center Tyler Linderbaum
  • Safety Marcus Williams

Steelers:

  • Wide receiver Diontae Johnson
  • Tight end Pat Freiermuth
  • Defensive tackle Cam Heyward

Browns:

  • Right tackle Jack Conklin

Texans:

  • Safety Jalen Pitre
  • Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway

Panthers:

  • Cornerback Jaycee Horn

Buccaneers:

  • Defensive lineman Calijah Kancey

Vikings:

  • Center Garrett Bradbury

Jaguars:

  • Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff

First win for new ownership

It may not have been the prettiest win, but the Commanders secured their inaugural victory under the ownership of Josh Harris. Washington prevailed over the Cardinals, securing a 20-16 victory on Sunday. The game’s decisive moment came when first-round rookie Emmanuel Forbes Jr. made a crucial pass breakup on fourth down, allowing Washington to regain possession and seal the victory.

Lamar to OBJ

While it’s been a relatively quiet Ravens debut for Odell Beckham Jr., his catch in the fourth quarter showcased the kind of connection Baltimore fans can look forward to as he and Lamar Jackson develop more chemistry. OBJ managed to outmaneuver his defender, and Lamar delivered a perfectly lofted pass over the defender’s head. Beckham Jr. then made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch, resulting in a gain of 29 yards.


First career sack!

Although the Texans appear unlikely to secure a victory against the Ravens, one of their top draft picks is making a promising impact. Will Anderson Jr., selected third overall, notched his first career sack by taking down Lamar Jackson early in the fourth quarter.

Garrett gobbles up Burrow


The Bengals, known for their explosive offense in the NFL last year, have struggled to put up points against the division rival Browns, with just a lone field goal on the board. In a bid to stage a comeback, Cincinnati decided to go for it on fourth-and-4 from their own 31-yard line. However, Myles Garrett had other plans, sacking Burrow and giving Cleveland possession. Three plays later, Deshaun Watson sealed what would become a victorious performance with a short touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant.

Carr’s first Saints TD a big one

The Saints broke the field-goal pattern late in the third quarter, with Derek Carr finding Rashid Shaheed on a well-executed stop-and-go route for a straightforward 19-yard touchdown. This touchdown pass marked Carr’s first in New Orleans.

Insane scoop and score


In a jaw-dropping turn of events, Jaguars rookie RB Tank Bigsby believed the play had ended after the ball was dislodged from Trevor Lawrence’s hand during what appeared to be a pass attempt. However, the play was never ruled dead! This remarkable sequence showcased the alertness of both Zaire Franklin, who nudged Bigsby to jar the ball loose, and DeForest Buckner, who swiftly picked up the loose ball and thundered 26 yards into the end zone, providing the go-ahead score. It’s undoubtedly one of the most astonishing scoop-and-score plays you’ll ever witness.

Diontae Johnson injures hamstring, ruled out for Steelers


The Steelers’ season opener has taken a difficult turn. Not only are they facing a substantial deficit against the 49ers, but they have also suffered an injury blow to one of their wide receivers. In the early stages of the third quarter, Diontae Johnson remained on the ground, clutching his hamstring following a 26-yard catch-and-run. Unfortunately, he was swiftly declared out for the remainder of the game.

J.K. Dobbins ruled out, feared to have torn Achilles

The Ravens have encountered a string of unfortunate injuries, with safety Marcus Williams sidelined due to a shoulder injury. Now, they face another setback as J.K. Dobbins suffered an injury during the third quarter against the Texans. Shortly after, NFL Media reported that Baltimore has concerns about Dobbins potentially tearing his Achilles. To confirm the extent of the injury, an MRI will be conducted, as reported by Ian Rapoport. This news is particularly devastating for Dobbins, who had already missed the entire 2021 season due to an ACL tear.


Bryce Young hates Jessie Bates III

The top overall pick, Bryce Young, had a challenging Sunday, making two significant errors, and both times, it was Jessie Bates III who capitalized on them. Bates adeptly intercepted the passes intended for Panthers receivers. Regrettably, for Young, he’ll have to face Bates and the Falcons once more later in the season.

Steelers have life!

Pittsburgh’s offense initially struggled, with their first five drives accumulating a mere one yard in total. The 49ers appeared poised for a runaway victory. However, just before halftime, Kenny Pickett orchestrated an impressive turnaround. He led a 12-play, 95-yard drive, injecting newfound life into the Steelers’ offense. Instead of settling for a potentially disappointing field goal, the Steelers secured seven points as Pickett connected with tight end Pat Freiermuth for a short touchdown.

Oh no Sam Howell

The first half didn’t unfold as Sam Howell and the Commanders had envisioned. It began with a flourish, as the second-year QB led Washington on an impressive 91-yard drive, culminating in a seven-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robinson Jr. to take the lead. However, the momentum took a hit afterward. There were interceptions, a fumble by Antonio Gibson, followed by a punt, and a costly fumble by Howell that Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck recovered and returned for a touchdown.

By the end of the first half, Howell’s stats showed 15 completions on 24 attempts for 169 yards, one touchdown, and two turnovers. Most notably, the Commanders found themselves trailing against perhaps one of the less talented teams in the NFL as they entered halftime.

No contract, no problem

The Buccaneers weren’t able to secure a long-term contract with Mike Evans before his self-imposed deadline, potentially making him a free agent next offseason. Despite the uncertainty, Evans continues to deliver in Tampa Bay. After a lackluster performance for most of the first half, the Buccaneers’ offense came alive in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Baker Mayfield connected with Evans over the middle, resulting in a 28-yard touchdown, showcasing that contract negotiations haven’t impacted his on-field production.

Marshon Lattimore says ‘Gimme dat’

DeAndre Hopkins is known for his exceptional ability to outjump defenders and secure catches, but in this instance, Marshon Lattimore defied the odds. Lattimore managed to make an interception over Hopkins, positioning the Saints’ offense favorably just before halftime. Lattimore’s reputation as a perennial Pro Bowler was clearly evident, demonstrating his elite skills on this play.

Catch of the week

I’m well aware we’re just an hour into what promises to be an eventful NFL Sunday, but Zay Jones’ touchdown catch was truly something special. I’ll let you witness it for yourself. (And let’s not forget to applaud Trevor Lawrence for his remarkable throw.) Kudos to everyone involved in that play!

More rookie TDs!

We’ve witnessed a flurry of rookie touchdowns in the first halves of NFL football today. First-round picks like Anthony Richardson, Bijan Robinson, and now Jordan Addison have all found the end zone either by rushing or receiving. In the case of Addison, the Vikings’ No. 23 overall pick, he displayed his impressive speed by streaking past the bewildered Buccaneer’s defense for a simple pitch-and-catch from Kirk Cousins. While Justin Jefferson is already recognized as an all-world wide receiver, Addison could potentially step up as the WR2, adding another layer of potency to the Minnesota offense.

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