It feels safe to say that Week 1 of the NFL was way more interesting than the entirety of the 2017 season.
Somehow the Buccaneers scored 48 points on the Saints with their backup quarterback, Oh My God Aaron Rodgers happened on another level, and the Browns tied the Steelers and got off to their best season start since 2004 (yes, I’m serious. Cleveland has gone 14 consecutive years without winning its first game.)
Quite a few of the 26 Hawkeyes in the league saw playing time over the weekend. Here’s how they fared.
Josh Jackson saw significant playing time with the Packers, even cracking the starting lineup. The cornerback ended the game with three tackles with a 1-yard stuff.
James Daniels saw some snaps on special teams, but didn’t get into the game on offense. Josey Jewell also saw action on seven snaps. Ben Niemann did not get into the game for Kansas City.
Anthony Hitchens had himself a game against the Chargers last Sunday. In his first regular season game with the Chiefs, the linebacker racked up 15 tackles, seven of which were solo.
Anthony Hitchens' debut for the #Chiefs had him finish with a game-high 15 total tackles, including two for loss.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) September 10, 2018
Only three times since 1970 has a #Chiefs' player finished w/ more than 15 tackles in a game.
Donnie Edwards had 16 in 1998, 2000, & Napoleon Harris had 18 in 2007. pic.twitter.com/Ix4586UCpc
That included two tackles for a total loss of 4 yards. Hitchens leads the NFL in tackles, ahead of Luke Kuechly who has 13. Don't worry about carrying the ball with you after the play around him, either. He'll take care of that too.
I saw Anthony Hitchens do this a lot in camp. Swats the ball out of the back's hands after the play is over just because. pic.twitter.com/tRScb4YeQX— Craig Stout (@barleyhop) September 10, 2018
Mike Daniels tallied three tackles including a sack in Green Bay’s win. Micah Hyde also had three tackles while Christian Kirksey and Desmond King collected five each. King had a tackle for a 3-yard loss and defended a pass as well.
Though he couldn’t lead the 49ers to a win, George Kittle boosted fantasy scores (OK, yes, he’s on my team) with five receptions on nine targets for 90 yards. He picked up four first downs for Jimmy Garappolo and Company, playing in all but 15 snaps on offense.
TE George Over the Middle Kittle had a big first game. This is our red zone threat so we got to him him the ball when the time comes. Stats: 5 Rec, 90 Yards, 18.0, Avg, 36 Long. @gkittle46 #GeorgeKittle #49ers #IowaHawkeyes pic.twitter.com/3lvfyIlZkE— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) September 11, 2018
Bryan Bulaga and Brandon Scherff both participated in every play from scrimmage with the Packer and the Redskins, respectively, while Marshal Yanda took the field for just over half of the Ravens' snaps last weekend. Austin Blythe played 100% of the snaps for the Rams in their win over the Raiders on Monday night.
Andrew Donnal did not play for the Lions Monday night with a knee injury after not participating in practice part of last week.
Tevaun Smith was waived off of the Jaguars’ injured reserve on Friday, making him free to sign elsewhere after receiving an injury settlement. He seemed more worried about the Hawkeye game, anyway.
Riley McCarron muffed a punt for the Patriots on Sunday. The news got worse for him on Monday:
Source: the Patriots have waived WR Riley McCarron and WR Chad Hansen, plus placed RB Jeremy Hill on IR. Three roster spots opened up.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 10, 2018
LONG STORY SHORT
The Winners: Marshal Yanda (Ravens, 1-0), Adam Gettis (Buccaneers, 1-0), Adrian Clayborn (Patriots, 1-0), Jaleel Johnson, Riley Reiff (Vikings, 1-0), Smith (Jaguars, 1-0), Ike Boettger, Hitchens, Niemann (Chiefs, 1-0), Brandon Scherff (Redskins, 1-0), Jewell, Casey Kreiter (Broncos, 1-0), Bryan Bulaga, Daniels, Jackson (Packers, 1-0), Austin Blythe (1-0)
The Losers: Hyde (Bills, 0-1) C.J. Beathard, Greg Mabin, Matt Tobin, Kittle (49ers, 0-1), King (Chargers, 0-1), Daniels (Bears, 0-1), Donnal (Lions, 0-1)
The Why Can't We Just Have Two Overtimes: Carl Davis, Kirksey (Browns, 0-0-1)