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5 talking points from the NFL’s opening Sunday schedule

| 08.09.2014

Whether it was watching elite quarterbacks spend more time on the floor than on their feet, or (two) dramatic overtime wins, the first NFL Sunday was certainly not short on drama.

In case you missed the storylines, take a look through the five biggest in our roundup:

5) The Eagles’ storming comeback

After two fumbles from QB Nick Foles turned into Jacksonville Jaguars touchdowns, Philadelphia were down 17-0 at half time.

34 unanswered Eagles points followed and what started as a 17-point deficit ended up as a 17-point win.

4) Punt kicker gets kicked

How Antonio Brown opted to dodge Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win was, well, interesting:

3) J.J Watt proves he’s worth the pennies This off-season, Houston Texans’ defensive behemoth J.J Watt got a contract extension worth $100m. In the Texans’ opening-day 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins, Watt proved his worth with the below stat-line:

2) Falcons topple NFC rivals in OT

Many assumed the New Orleans Saints would just have to turn up to claim the NFC South division, until the Atlanta Falcons toppled them in an impressive overtime showing.

Falcons passer Matt Ryan set a franchise record for passing yards in a single game, with 448, as the side twice came back from double-digit deficits to win with a field goal.

You can now get 5/2 on the Falcons taking the NFC South crown.

1) Tom Brady gets sacked, a lot

The New England Patriots gave up more sacks in the second half than they gained first downs and were on the end of a surprise 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

It’s been nearly 10 years since Brady won his last Super Bowl and if the Pats continue to protect him so inefficiently, the 37-year-old QB may retire without adding to his tally.

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Matt Wiggins

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