Rivera ready to ‘roll with’ Wentz despite mistakes in Week 1 Commanders win
The Minnesota Vikings earned a big home division win in Week 1, beating the Green Bay Packers 23-7 after a massive game from star receiver Justin Jefferson on Sunday.
Jefferson was named second-team All-Pro last year in his second season in the league, and he showed against the Packers why many believe he could be the best wide receiver in the entire league.
He had three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown on the first drive alone, before finishing with showy numbers of nine catches for 184 yards and two scores.
While Jefferson was the offensive star, the Vikings’ defense was the reason they won the game, holding the Packers scoreless in the first half to head into the long break leading 17-0.
With Aaron Rodgers’ former prime target Davante Adams traded to the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason, he struggled to move the ball down. While Adams had 10 catches and 141 yards on 17 targets in his Raiders debut, no Green Bay receiver has finished with more than Romeo Doubs’ four catches for 37 yards on five targets, although the running back AJ Dillon reached 46 receiving yards after some garbage. -action time.
After earning back-to-back league MVP awards, Rodgers finished a disappointing 22 of 34 for 195 yards, throwing one interception and no touchdowns. He was also sacked four times by the Vikings’ impressive pass, including one by former Packers forward Za’Darius Smith.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had a strong start to the season, passing 23 of 32 for 277 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, while leading running back Dalvin Cook was strong with 20 carries for 90 yards .
Barkley signals return to form in Giants win
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley hadn’t scored a touchdown since Week 4 of last season, but he got back to form in style as he lifted his team to a 21-20 win on the road against the Tennessee Titans.
Barkley, the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, had been asked about returning to his best, but he looked like the old Barkley against the Titans as he racked up 164 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries , while adding six catches for 30 yards in the air.
As well as dominating through the middle stages of the contest, he was also instrumental in deciding the game, converting a two-point conversion after Daniel Jones threw what ended up being the game-winning touchdown with one minute left. .
The Titans clawed the ball back and worked their way into field goal range, but with a chance for a game-winner, Randy Bullock fired the kick from 47 yards left to hand the win to the Titans. Giants.