We recap the week that was in the NFL, starting with Bruce Irvin making his mark three plays into his Oakland Raiders career.
Raiders 35 vs. Saints 34
When the Raiders defense took the field, the camera crew showed Bruce Irvin throughout, especially after this play to open the game:
— WVUPros (@WVUPros) September 11, 2016
Irvin finished with two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The game also provided us with the much-awaited NFL debut of Karl Joseph. We found out mid-week that the team demoted him to second-team safety to start the season. That is understandable given that he is a rookie and did not participate in any offseason activities and was recently cleared from a torn ACL. He did appear on special teams in kick coverage. Seeing as how Drew Brees torched the Raiders secondary, head coach Jack Del Rio could shuffle the cards this week.
Bears 14 vs. Texans 23
After a year of waiting, Kevin White played in his first career Regular Season game for the Bears. While he did catch three balls for 34 yards, he broke off a route late in the game leading to a costly interception. This was his first career catch.
Giants 20 vs. Cowboys 19
Going into his second season with the G-Men, J.T. Thomas battled a hamstring injury all through training camp. He was finally cleared and was returning to full health for the season opener. He went down with an injury on the last play of the first half on kickoff coverage following a Giants touchdown. He was carted off the field. On Monday the test results came back. He tore ligaments in his left knee and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. He joins Will Johnson on IR.
Browns 10 vs. Eagles 29
Wendell Smallwood made played in his first NFL game for Philadelphia. He returned a kickoff for 23 yards, and carried once for one.
Buccaneers 31 vs. Falcons 24
Charles Sims picked up where he left off last year for Tampa Bay:
Charles Sims making Atlanta’s defense look silly. https://t.co/uYJ3Efh65y
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) September 11, 2016
He finished with 32 yards from the passing game and carried four times for nine yards. Keith Tandy contributed two tackles.
Vikings 25 vs. Titans 16
Quinton Spain stared for Tennessee in their loss to Minnesota. He flat out mauled a guy:
Keep your eye on that pulling guard… https://t.co/FDKqr2FV2F
— OL Watchdog (@OLineScout) September 11, 2016
Bengals 23 vs. Jets 22
Adam Jones picked up six tackles for Cincinnati, returned two kickoffs for a 17.5 yard average along with one punt for six yards.
Lions 39 vs. Colts 35
Pat McAfee punted four times for a 48.8 yard average with a long of 52.
— Ian Fitzsimmons (@Ianfitzespn) September 12, 2016
Steelers 38 vs. Redskins 16
Terence Garvin had one tackle in his debut for Washington.
Rams 0 vs. 49ers 28
Well, the Rams finished off Week 1 with a whimper. They targeted Tavon Austin 14 times, but only connected on four passes for 13 yards. He had one carry on an end-around for two yards. He returned one of his four punt returns for 28 yards, but for some reason fair caught a very returnable punt.