By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and, as always, there were unexpected outcomes, per USA TODAY.
Some playoff teams suffered massive letdowns, none worse than the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants, both of whom played in rain-soaked conditions and combined for three points scored.
In the AFC, a pair of playoff teams in the Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers had a track meet that featured historic production out of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and receiver Tyreek Hill.
Meanwhile, a team that faced the worst injury luck last season, the San Francisco 49ers, is now healthy, just got star edge rusher Nick Bosa signed to the richest contract for a defender in NFL history and looks like one of the toughest outs in the entire league.
And you just know that the knocking on the door for the Vikings is the expected regression they are likely facing this season as there was no one better in close games than the Minnesota Vikings. Minny gave the ball away three times Sunday in a three-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.