Five lessons from Week I in the NFL (plus one)

By on September 17, 2020

By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

 With one week of the 2020 season in the books, what have we learned already.

Aaron Rodgers (

  1. The 2011 Aaron Rodgers may be back. After some people started whispering that the Packers’ sure Hall of Fame QB is a little past his prime — including myself— Rodgers responded by throwing for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns in a big 43-34 opening week win over the Vikings.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (photo credit: Andrew Mather/

  1. The Chiefs are better than last year. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked great in Week 1 when the Chiefs dominated a pretty highly regarded Texans team 34-20. But he may have been outshined by rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from LSU. That means the Chiefs can now throw and run it at an elite level. And their defense looked pretty good too.

Dallas Cowboys (photo credit James D. Smith/DallasCowboys)

  1. The Cowboys again look like all bark and no bite. Every year, there is talk about the Cowboys going to the Super Bowl and while I’m not counting them out yet, Week 1 was not a good look for them. They lost to a Rams team they were favored against and scored only 3 points in the second half when the game was there for the taking.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (credit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

  1. The trendy Bucs are overrated. I have Tampa Bay with 8 wins this year, and while they lost to a good Saints team, so far I like my prediction. Newly acquired Tom Brady threw two picks and is not the same guy he was three to four years ago. This team has to work on chemistry because they just threw the talent together.

Bill Belichick (Subway commercial)

  1. Bill Belichick is having the most fun he’s ever had (related to lesson #4). In Cam Newton, the Pats’ coach now has a genuinely mobile quarterback for a change. And since Cam ran for two TD’s in a 21-11 opening week win and Brady was on the losing end of his game, Bill is actually smiling. (He even looks happy on the Subway commercial).

Lamar Jackson (credit

And on a subject close to my heart, Lamar Jackson had a great Week 1. In a 38-6 romp over the Browns, Jackson completed a pinpoint 20 out of 25 passes for 275 yards and 3 TDs and looked as if his passing will take another step forward this year.

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