NFL Week One Stats: Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady bring up a century of touchdowns


Cincinnati Bengals moved ahead of the Vikings with a Joe Burrow 50-yard TD to Ja’Marr Chase!

The Green Bay Packers scored only three points in their Week One defeat to the New Orleans Saints, which marked the lowest points total by any reigning MVP‘s first game of his subsequent season.

Fewest points scored in season opener by reigning MVP

Player Year Points
Aaron Rodgers 2021 3
YA Tittle 1964 7
Joe Montana 1990 13
Peyton Manning 2009 14
John Elway 1988 14

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston‘s 148 passing yards are the fewest in NFL history by any quarterback who threw at least five touchdown passes in a single game.

Fewest passing yards thrown in 5-TD performance

Player Team Opposition Year Yards
Jameis Winston Saints Packers 2021 148
Eddie LeBaron Cowboys Steelers 1962 158
Frank Tripucka Broncos Bills 1962 168
Lamar Jackson Ravens Rams 2019 169

The Miami Dolphins‘ win over the New England Patriots saw two Alabama quarterbacks (Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones) starting against each other for the first time since Week 12 of the 1983 season when Richard Todd’s Jets defeated Ken Stabler’s Saints 31-28.

Ryan Fitzpatrick became the fifth different quarterback to start the season for Washington in the past five seasons after Kirk Cousins (2017), Alex Smith (2018), Case Keenum (2019) and Dwayne Haskins (2020). Before his injury, Fitzpatrick became the only QB in NFL history to start a season opener for at least six teams, having also done so for the Buffalo Bills, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers and Dolphins.

The Las Vegas Raiders’ overtime win over the Ravens was just the second time a Monday Night Football game has gone to overtime in Week One of an NFL season. The only other time was in 1979 when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Patriots 16-13 and went on to win Super Bowl XIV later that season.

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