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Around the NFL Week 1: Hot Shot Quarterbacks and Rookie Pass Catchers Steal the Show

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Around the NFL Week 1: Hot Shot Quarterbacks and Rookie Pass Catchers Steal the Show

2019-09-09 14:23:431 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. (Image Source: Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo)

Let’s go around the NFL, Week 1:

Ravens Soar

The Baltimore Ravens put up 59 points in their throttling of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, including 42 points in the first half, a Week 1 record. They scored 47 points on Kickoff Weekend last year and are the fifth team in NFL history to score 40-plus points to start a season in consecutive years, which hasn’t been done since 1968-69.

Perfect Games

Leading the way for the Ravens was quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was 17 of 20 for 324 yards with five touchdown passes to no interceptions for a passer rating of 158.3. He is the seventh quarterback in the history of the NFL to post the highest-passer rating possible with at least five scoring strikes and 300-plus yards in a game.

He wasn’t the only signal caller to reach a 158.3 rating on Sunday, as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott also posted the highest-possible rating as he was 25 of 32 for 405 yards with four touchdowns to no interceptions. He’s the fourth quarterback in the history of the NFL to post a 158.3 rating while attempting at least 30 passes.

Ready for Take Off

There are 12 quarterbacks who had passer ratings of 115 or higher so far, which has already matched the league record for most such quarterbacks in a week, which happened in Week 3 of the 2017 season. That record that could go down tonight.

Big Play Kickoff Weekend

When New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady it was the 14th offensive touchdown of 40-plus yards of the young season, which tied the record for most offensive scores of at least 40 yards on the opening week of the season, matching the mark set in 1991. There are still two games to go tonight.

Rookie Watch

There were four rookies who went for 100 receiving yards on Sunday with Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (131 yards) joining wide receivers Hollywood Brown (147 yards) of the Baltimore Ravens, the Tennessee Titans A.J. Brown (100 yards), and Terry McLaurin of the Washington Redskins (125 yards). Never before had as many as three rookie pass catchers cracked the century mark in the opening weekend.

The 131 yards by Hockenson broke Monty Stickles’s (123 yards) record for the most yards by a tight end in his debut, a mark that had stood for 59 years.

Brown’s first two career receptions went for touchdowns of 47 and 83 yards to become the first player in NFL history with two TD grabs of at least 40 yards in his debut, with his 83-yarder the second-longest scoring strike in a player’s first game in the Super Bowl era.

Stepping in for the injured Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was 22 of 25 passing for an 88.0 completion percentage, an NFL record for a debut (minimum 15 attempts). He also had the longest streak to start a career in the past 40 years with 13-straight completions off the bat.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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