The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers started the season on a winning note by beating the visiting Dallas Cowboys, 31-29 on the Thursday night NFL season opening game. Bucs kicker Ryan Succop made the game winning 36-yard field goal with just two seconds remaining in the game. Just under two minutes earlier, Dallas kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 48-yard field goal to give the Cowboys the one-point lead.
Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (pictured at left) threw for 379 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions while Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had three TD passes and one interception along with 403 passing yards in the loss.
The New Orleans Saints destroyed the Green Bay Packers, 38-3 as QB Jameis Winston had five touchdown passes and the Saints defense intercepted Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers twice and held the Packers to only 229 total yards in offense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers surprised the Buffalo Bills, 23-16 for the road win as their defense limited the Bills to just two field goals in the second half to erase the 10-0 halftime deficit. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger had a TD pass and Ulysees Gilbert scored on a blocked punt as Pittsburgh scored 17 points in the final quarter to make the difference.
The Kansas City Chiefs stormed back to win at home, 33-29 against the Cleveland Browns after trailing 22-10 at the half. Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes had three TD passes and 337 yards passing along with a TD run to lead the way in the second half. Mahomes hooked up with tight end Travis Kelce twice on scoring passes and had a 75-yard TD pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill (11 receptions for 197 yards). Browns running back Nick Chubb scored two rushing touchdowns in the loss.
The Seattle Seahawks blasted the host Indianapolis Colts, 28-16 behind four TD passes from QB Russell Wilson. Colts new starting quarterback Carson Wentz had two TD passes in defeat.
Arizona crushed the host Tennessee Titans, 38-13 with QB Kyler Murray running for a touchdown and passing for four more scores as the Cardinals compiled 418 total yards of offense. The Cardinals defense limited Tennessee to 248 total yards in offense and linebacker/rush end Chandler Jones had five quarterback sacks in the blowout win.
Elsewhere Around the NFL . . . . . . .
The Los Angeles Chargers pulled off a road win at Washington, 20-16 with Austin Ekeler scoring a rushing TD and QB Justin Herbert throwing for one while the defense held Washington to just 259 yards in total offense . . . The Houston Texans blasted the Jacksonville Jaguars, 37-21 as QB Tyrod Taylor had a pair of TD passes to offset rookie QB Trevor Lawrence's three touchdown passes, along with the rookie throwing three interceptions in the loss . . . The Cincinnati Bengals outlasted the visiting Minnesota Vikings, 27-24 in overtime as kicker Evan McPherson drilled the game winning 34-yard field goal with five seconds left in OT . . . The Los Angeles Rams routed the visiting Chicago
WEEK ONE RESULTS
Tampa Bay 31, Dallas 29
L.A. Chargers 20, Washington 16
Pittsburgh 23, Buffalo 16
Philadelphia 32, Atlanta 6
San Francisco 41, Detroit 33
Carolina 19, N.Y. Jets 14
Cincinnati 27, Minnesota 24 (OT)
Seattle 28, Indianapolis 16
Houston 37, Jacksonville 21
Arizona 38, Tennessee 13
Denver 27, N.Y. Giants 13
New Orleans 38, Green Bay 3
Miami 17, New England 16
Kansas City 33, Cleveland 29
L.A. Rams 34, Chicago 14
Las Vegas 33, Baltimore 27 (OT)