We go with the data you should know for the rest of Week 1 of the NFL
The NFL season began with the victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. However, local teams went 127-128-1 (.498) in 2020, the worst record in a year since the merger in 1970.
Starting this campaign, each team will play 17 games. The NFL had a 16-game schedule per team from 1978 to 2020. It will be 14 teams that will qualify for the postseason, just like last year. Seven for each Conference and only the best in each one will rest the first week.
They have met 13 times in the regular season (Eagles lead the series 9-4).
Both teams have rookie coaches: Nick Sirianni (Eagles) and Arthur Smith (Falcons).
Eagles: 8-2 at Kickoff Weekend since 2011. Tied with Patriots for best mark in that span.
Jalen Hurts (PHI): Joined Russell Wilson (2014), Michael Vick (2011) & Steve Young (1991) as the only QB’s since 1950 with 2 games of 300+ passing yards and 60+ rushing yards in one season.
Falcons: His passing defense was the worst in the entire NFL in 2020 allowing 293.6 yards per game.
Matt Ryan (ATL): NFL’s leader in complete passes in the last 2 seasons (408 in 2019 and 407 in 2020).
They have met 24 times in the regular season (Steelers lead 14-10).
Steelers: 2 losses in a row against Bills. Before that, they had won 6 in a row against that team.
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): 1 win in his last 7 road games against AFC East teams (Win was at Buffalo in 2016).
Bills: 7-1 at home last season. They haven’t had 7 home wins in a season since 1996.
Josh Allen (BUF): 1 of 4 QB’s (Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson) who led the league with 7 home wins in 2020.
They have met 7 times in the regular season (Panthers lead the series 4-3).
Jets: 14 losses in a row when their QB has been someone other than Sam Darnold.
Zach Wilson (NYJ): It will be the 1st. BYU’s QB to start in Week 1 since Steve Young and Ty Detmer in 1999.
Panthers: 7 consecutive victories against rivals from the AFC East. His last loss was to Bills in Sem. 2 of 2013.
Christian McCaffrey (CAR): He only played 3 games last season, but in each one he scored multiple TDs.
Sam Darnold (CAR): 13-25 in 38 starts with Jets in 2018-20. Only Matt Ryan & Derek Carr lost more games (29) in that span.
They have met 13 times in the regular season (Vikings lead the series 7-6).
Vikings: 5-2 at Opening Weekend under Mike Zimmer.
Kirk Cousins (MIN): Only QB since 2015 with 3,500+ passing yards and 25 TDs each season.
Dalvin Cook (MIN): 1,918 total yards in 2020. He was 2nd. best in the NFL behind Derrick Henry (2,141).
Bengals: Five losing seasons in a row. Never in its history has it added 6 temp. consecutive losers.
Joe Burrow (CIN): Missed the last six games of 2020 with a knee injury. He became the QB with the most completions (264) in his first 10 NFL career games.
They have met 12 times in the regular season (Colts lead the series 7-5).
Seahawks: The 459 points they scored in 2020 were a record in franchise history.
Russell Wilson (SEA): Only quarterback in NFL history with a winning record in each of his first 9 seasons.
Russell Wilson (SEA): 12-1 in Eastern time games since 2018, with a QBR of 83 in those games.
Colts: 7 losses in a row at Opening Weekend. His worst streak was 8 in a row between 1984-91.
Carson Wentz (IND): 35-32-1 in five seasons with the Eagles. He is in his first season with the Colts.
They have met 65 times (49ers lead the series 37-27-1).
49ers: 15-2 vs. Lions since 1988. It is his best record against an opponent he has faced at least 10 times since that year.
Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): 24-8 in regular season. His winning percentage (.750) is sixth best for a QB with at least 10 starts in history.
Lions: 0-8 since 2011 in games where their QB was not Matthew Stafford.
Lions: Jon Kitna was the last quarterback not named Matthew Stafford to start a season for the team.
They have met 38 times in the regular season (Texans lead the series 25-13).
Jaguars: 15 consecutive losses since Week 2 of last season. It’s the worst streak in team history.
Trevor Lawrence (JAX): Will start in Week 1. None of the last 13 QBs chosen with the No. 1 pick overall have won their first game in the NFL, (the last to do so was David Carr with the Texans in 2002) .
Texans: Six consecutive victories vs. Jaguars. That equals the best streak of either team in their all-time series.
Tyrod Taylor (HOU): Will be Houston’s starting QB. He is 2-0 in his career against Jaguars.
They have met 11 times in the regular season (Cardinals lead the series 7-4).
Cardinals: 7-1 against AFC South teams since 2012. The loss came to the Texans in 2017.
JJ Watt (ARI): 18.0 sacks in 15 career games vs. Titans.
Derrick Henry (TEN): 4,626 rushing yards and 45 TDs that way since 2018. It’s the most in the NFL since then.
Julio Jones (TEN): Needs 104 air yards to become 20th. player in NFL history with 13,000 receiving yards.
Los Angeles Chargers vs Washington Football Team (Sunday 12 pm)
They have met 11 times in the regular season (Washington lead the series 7-4).
Justin Herbert (LAC): Needs 70 passing yards to rank second in history for a QB in his first 16 career starts, behind only Patrick Mahomes.
Brandon Staley (LAC): Third youngest head coach in the NFL behind Sean McVay (LAR) & Zac Taylor (CIN).
Ron Rivera (WSH): 2-0 in his career against Chargers (Both wins were in front of Panthers).
Ryan Fitzpatrick (WSH): Washington would be the ninth team for him to start a game in his career.
They have met 26 times in the regular season (Chiefs lead the series 13-11-2).
Browns: 11-5 in 2020. It was their best record since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999.
Browns: Haven’t won at Opening Weekend since 2004. It’s the worst streak for a team in NFL history.
Baker Mayfield (CLE): 4-1 in his last five road starts. He threw 13 TDs and a single INT in those encounters.
Chiefs: Six consecutive wins at Kickoff Weekend. Tied with the Packers for longest active streak in the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes (KC): He is 10-0 in the month of September in his career. He threw 32 TDs and no INTs in those games.
They have met 26 times in the regular season (Packers lead the series 17-9).
This game will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, due to damage from Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.
Packers: Six consecutive wins at Kickoff Weekend. It is the best streak in its entire history.
Packers: 30+ pts. scored in five straight road games since last season. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL and the longest in team history.
Aaron Rodgers (GB): Needs 231 passing yards to pass John Elway (51,475) in 10th. place in NFL history.
Jameis Winston (NO): Will start his first game since Week 17 of 2019 with Buccaneers. It is the 1st. QB other than Drew Brees in starting a season for the Saints, since Aaron Brooks did it in 2005.
They have met 108 times in the regular season (Dolphins lead the series 56-52).
Dolphins: Lost 11 of their last 12 games at New England (Won in Week 17 of 2019).
Tua Tagovailoa (MIA): May become the youngest quarterback to win back-to-back games against the Patriots under Bill Belichick.
Patriots: 7-9 in 2020. They haven’t had consecutive losing seasons since 1989-93.
Mac Jones (NE): Will become 1st. Rookie QB to start in Week 1 for Bill Belichick.
Bill Belichick (NE): 18 wins at Kickoff Weekend (Highest for any active HC).
They have met 12 times (Series tied 6-6).
Broncos: 39-21-1 (.639) at Opening Weekend.
Teddy Bridgewater (DEN): Will become 10th. Different QB to start a game for the Broncos since Peyton Manning retired at the end of 2015.
Melvin Gordon (DEN): 1 of 2 RB (Todd Gurley) with 5,000+ rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards since 2015.
Daniel Jones (NYG): 39 turnovers since his debut in 2019 (Most in the NFL).
They have met 93 times (Bears lead the series 53-37-3).
Bears: They start campaign in Los Angeles for the first time since 1950 (they won 24-20 on that occasion).
Andy Dalton (CHI): 2-10 on the road as a starting QB since the start of 2019. His winning percentage (.167) is the but for any QB with at least 8 starts during that span.
Rams: 4-0 at Opening Weekend under Sean McVay (Since 2017).
Rams: Their defense was No. 1 in the NFL in PPJ (18.5) and YPJ (281.9) last season.
Matthew Stafford (L to R): He will make his Rams debut. He is 11-9 against the Bears (He is the opponent he has defeated the most times in his career)