NFL week one: recapping the storylines


It has been nearly seven months since the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but the 2020-21 NFL season is here. There were concerns that the NFL season wouldn’t be played this year, but it did in fact start right on schedule. The Chiefs kicked off the NFL season a week ago by defeating the Houston Texans 34-20. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked as good as ever, and with rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire the Chiefs look poised to repeat. Some talking points during the NFL offseason have been Tom Brady’s new team, Packers rookie Jordan Love going along with Aaron Rodgers and are the Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl contenders with Mike McCarthy as head coach.

For many fans, seeing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski playing for Tampa Bay was a strange sight to see, especially with both players struggling in their first game. It is way too early to make judgments about Brady with the Buccaneers, but his new team was blown out on national television by the New Orleans Saints. Brady looked rusty and threw two interceptions in the game. Buccaneers coach Bruce Ariens said, “I would expect him to have a little more grit, a little more determination this week.” Brady’s former team, the New England Patriots, handled the Miami Dolphins just fine in week one. New England signed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to a team-friendly contract in the offseason, and he played well in his first game. Compared to Brady’s struggles, it’s clear that New England has a player-friendly system.

Another story mentioned all offseason was how Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys are finally ready to take the next step and make it to the Super Bowl.  The NFL showcased the new-look Cowboys on Sunday Night Football to debut their new coach’s offense. With players like quarterback Dak Prescot, running back Ezekiel Elliot and wide receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys offense looked potent and many Dallas fans were excited about an offensive-minded, former Super Bowl champion head coach taking the reigns of the team, However, at the end of the game, Dallas had a chance to come back and win yet fell short. The Cowboys put up a measly 17 points and lost 20-17 against the Los Angeles Rams. Dallas’s offense looked flat, indicating that there is a lot of room for improvement. Many fans were excited to have the NFL return, as the 2020 season got underway. With a lot of new players on new teams, old players looking for redemption and the overall excitement of a new season, it is good to have the NFL back.