Week one is done in the NFL and it was a very good few days of football. The Thursday night game (Titans @ Steelers), the Sunday night game (Bears @ Packers), and both Monday night games (Bills @ Patriots, Chargers @ Raiders) were all up in the air until the final couple minutes of the game. Tom Brady got a victory after being away from regular season action for nearly a year, Brett Favre got a win with a new team, and a number of rookies had pretty good games too.
Let’s look at some interesting facts about week one in the 2009 NFL season:
-Of the 16 teams that won their first game in 2008, only ten were able to repeat and win their first game again in 2009 (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, New York Jets, Green Bay, Denver, New Orleans, Dallas, and New England).
-13 NFL teams had records above .500 during the 2009 preseason, seven of those teams went on to win their first game during week one (Green Bay, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco, New England, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh).
-The highest scoring team in week one was the New Orleans Saints who scored 45 points in their victory over the Detroit Lions. Philadelphia and Seattle were tied though with the biggest margin of victory, each defeating their opponent by 28 points.
-Seattle’s defense came out of the blocks early in 2009, recording the first shutout of the season in their 28-0 victory over the Rams. In 2008, the first shutout of the year wasn’t put up until week 5 when the Carolina Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-0.
-For the second straight year, all four NFL teams with the word “new” in their location (New England, New Orleans, New York Giants, New York Jets) have started the season with a victory. Prior to 2008, the last time these four teams did this accomplished this feat together was 1991.
-The 45 points the New Orleans Saints scored in their 2009 season opener are the most points the team has ever scored in week one in their history. The previous team record was 34 points which they put up in an opening day loss to the Atlanta Falcons in 1979.
-The highest rated quarterback performance for a team that lost in week one was Brodie Croyle’s 116.1 quarterback rating for the Kansas City Chiefs.
-Drew Brees’ six touchdown passes in week one are twice as many as the three players that tied for second in that category with three each (Matt Hasselbeck, Tony Romo, and Joe Flacco).
-The quarterback to attempt the most passes (53), have the most completions (39), and throw for the most yards (378) in week one of the 2009 NFL season is Tom Brady.
-Three running backs came out of week one averaging more than six yards per carry: Julius Jones of Seattle (6.2), Adrian Peterson of Minnesota (7.2), and Cadillac Williams of Tampa Bay (7.5).
-The longest run of week one in 2009 was 64 yards by Adrian Peterson, followed closely by Julius Jones who had a 62 yard carry.
-Four players reached double figures in receptions in week one of the 2009 season: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Tim Hightower all had 12 catches, and Reggie Wayne had 10.
-There were two punts returned for touchdowns in week one (by Josh Cribbs of Cleveland and DeSean Jackson of Philadelphia), but no kickoffs returned for touchdowns. The longest kickoff return did go for 87 yards though and was returned by Aaron Brown for Detroit.
-After week one in the 2009 season, NFL place kickers have made six out of nine field goal attempts of 50 yards or more. The kickers making those long kicks in week one were Jason Elam (Atlanta), Joe Nedney (San Francisco), Nick Folk (Dallas), Mason Crosby (Green Bay), Matt Prater (Denver), and Ryan Succop (Kansas City). The three who missed were Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis), David Akers (Philadelphia), and Josh Scobee (Jacksonville).
-In week one, out of seven total punts, Kevin Huber of Cincinnati had five that ended up pinning their opponent (Denver) inside the 20 yard line.
-During week one of 2009, only one interception was returned for a touchdown. This was done by Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel on a pick off thrown by Tom Brady.