2022 NFL season, Week 1: What We Learned from Sunday’s games

Around The NFL breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:

  • Chicago Bears 19, San Francisco 49ers 10
  • Miami Dolphins 20, New England Patriots 7
  • Baltimore Ravens 24, New York Jets 9
  • Philadelphia Eagles 38, Detroit Lions 35
  • Cleveland Browns 26, Carolina Panthers 24
  • New Orleans Saints 27, Atlanta Falcons 26
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Cincinnati Bengals 20 (OT)

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Kevin Patra’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: The Bears generated 13 QB pressures with four or fewer pass rushers (most by CHI since 2020).

NFL Research: Sunday was the second straight time the 49ers have had a shutout at halftime and have lost the game (Other: Week 16, 2021 at Tennessee).

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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Mac Jones was 4-of-10 passing for 89 yards with an interception on passes of more than 10 air yards.

NFL Research: Tua Tagovailoa is now 4-0 against the Patriots in his career. He’s the only QB to remain undefeated in at least four starts against New England during the Bill Belichick era.

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Eric Edholm’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: This was Lamar Jackson’s first career game with three deep touchdown passes. He had only four such passes for the entire 2021 season.

NFL Research: With Sunday’s win, the Ravens snapped their second-longest losing streak in franchise history (six games).

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Next Gen stat of the game: Jalen Hurts utilized play-action on 48.5% of dropbacks (10-16, 112 yards).

NFL Research: A.J. Brown’s 128 yards in the first half were the most the first half in a team debut by any non-rookie since at least 1991.

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Nick Shook’s takeaways:

Next Gen stat of the game: Nick Chubb gained 112 of his 141 rushing yards after contact Sunday, the fifth-most rushing yards after contact gained in a game in his career.

NFL Research: Cade York’s 58-yard field goal lifted the Browns to victory and reset the record for the longest field goal made by a rookie kicker in his team’s first game in NFL history. York’s game-winning kick topped the previous mark set by both Blair Walsh (2012 with Minnesota) and John Hall (1997 with the New York Jets).

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Michael Baca’s takeaways:

Next Gen Stat of the day: Michael Thomas had three receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns on three targets outside the numbers.

NFL Research: Atlanta has blown three 15-plus-point leads in the NFL since 2020. The rest of the league has blown two 15-plus-point leads combined.

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Nick Shook’s takeaways:

NFL Research: With Sunday’s win, Mitch Trubisky improved his record to 4-0 versus AFC North opponents in his career. He stands as one of three quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees are the others) with two-plus wins and zero losses versus AFC North squads since 2017.

Next Gen Stat of the game: The Steelers got after Joe Burrow, and didn’t even need extra rushers to do it. Pittsburgh pressured Burrow 20 times without blitzing for a pressure rate of 37.7%, well above Burrow’s average pressure faced last season, regardless of blitz (28.5 percent).

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