|By Marc Lawrence — Nate Davis of the USA TODAY shares 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season. This week it starts with how important is a 1-0 start? Since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978 (minus the strike-shortened 1982 season), teams losing their opener have reached the playoffs only 24% of the time… Seattle beat the Falcons 38-25, meaning the ‘Hawks are 7-0 in the Eastern time zone since last season and 22-9 in the Russell Wilson era. Wish I’d remembered that before picking Atlanta to win … The AFC North features three Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow) the first division in league history to start three simultaneously. Even Baltimore backup Robert Griffin III won the award. Burrow’s debut meant at least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 for 13 consecutive seasons. However, since 2003, No. 1 picks starting under center are 0-12-1 in their maiden starts.
|Denver head coach Vic Fangio’s decision to forgo using a timeout or two during Tennessee’s last possession has drawn plenty of criticism. The Titans held the ball for 2 minutes, 48 seconds of the final 3:05 before Stephan Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard game-winning field goal. The Broncos had three timeouts remaining when the Titans opened the drive, and they didn’t use any of them until there were two seconds left in the game. Gostkowski had missed three field goals and one extra point earlier in the evening. “It was totally my fault there, I had too much thought there on what I was going to call on defense. I missed it,” said Fangio.
|Grinding Out The Profits
|From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Military troops that score 3 or fewer points in a game have bounced back to go 16-2 ATS away in their next contest since 1982. Look for Navy to clean the decks this Saturday