NFL: Victory for Bucs and Brady - Mahomes towers for Chiefs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers around superstar Tom Brady won their opening game in the NFL against the Dallas Cowboys and underpinned their claims this season. The most successful professional in NFL history threw a touchdown pass at 19:3 and for a total of 212 yards.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers to superstar Tom Brady won their debut game of the NFL against the Dallas Cowboys and solidified their claims this season. The most successful professional in NFL history threw a touchdown pass at 19:3 and for a total of 212 yards.
A further 48-yard pass to new signing Julio Jones was remarkable - the 45-year-old had not thrown that far since moving to the Buccaneers two years ago. The seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady initially ended his career after last season, but announced his comeback after just 40 days.
"Every time you step onto the field, there's something to prove. It's a brutal game, you have to be prepared for that," Brady told the TV station NBC. There aren't many places where he can just be one of many. "In the dressing room, I'm definitely just one of the guys," he said.
Prescott is out
Mike Evans caught the only touchdown pass spectacularly with one hand, but kicker Ryan Succop had the most points in the game, converting four field goals for a total of twelve points and scoring an extra point. The Cowboys have had to do without their quarterback Dak Prescott for weeks. The playmaker injured the thumb of his right hand and needs surgery. That's what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, according to several US media. Prescott had disappeared into the catacombs for investigation before the end of the game.
Before that, the Kansas City Chiefs, led by a strong Patrick Mahomes, dominated the Arizona Cardinals and won 44:21. Despite the departure of key teammates from last season, like pass receiver Tyreek Hill, to the Miami Dolphins, Mahomes had five touchdowns and threw 30 passes for 360 yards. Hill won with the Dolphins 20-7 against the New England Patriots and caught eight passes, but had no points of his own.
Roethlisberger successor solid
In the first game after longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retired, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated Super Bowl entrants Cincinnati Bengals. After extra time, the Steelers made it 23:20, Roethlisberger successor Mitchell Trubisky played unobtrusively and very solidly with passes for 194 yards and a touchdown without a miss. At the other end, four passes from Bengals playmaker Joe Burrow landed on the opposition.
Like last season, the Green Bay Packers got off to a rough start, conceding a 7:23 loss to division rivals Minnesota Vikings. Without the pass receiver Davante Adams, who migrated to the Las Vegas Raiders, quarterback star Aaron Rodgers lacked safe passing stations in attack and more than one touchdown pass did not jump out.