A re­cap of open­ing day across the NFL

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Tampa Bay’s Ryan Fitz­patrick joined Washington’s Mark Ryp­ien (1991 vs. At­lanta) as the only QBs in NFL his­tory to pass for at least 400 yards, four touch­downs and no INTs and rush for a touch­down in a sin­gle game. Fitz­patrick threw for 417 yards and four TDs in the Buc­ca­neers’ 48-40 win at New Or­leans. ... Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 123 yards and a touch­down in New Eng­land’s 27-20 win over Hous­ton for the 27th reg­u­lar-sea­son 100-yard game of his ca­reer, sec­ond-most for a tight end in NFL his­tory. Tony Gon­za­lez had 31, but Gronkowski also had four in the post­sea­son — and Gon­za­lez had none. ... Pa­tri­ots coach Bill Belichick earned his 251st reg­u­lar-sea­son win, pass­ing Tom Landry for third on the NFL’s all-time list. ... New Or­leans’ Drew Brees passed for three touch­downs against Tampa Bay, giving him 37 in sea­son-open­ing games to sur­pass the pre­vi­ous record of 34 held by Pey­ton Man­ning. ... Michael Thomas’ ca­reer-high 16 catches for the Saints were the most by a player on open­ing week­end in NFL his­tory, sur­pass­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 15 by the Charg­ers’ Keenan Allen in 2015 vs. Detroit. ... Washington’s Adrian Peterson has 12,372 yards rushing and 100 TD runs, be­com­ing the sev­enth player in NFL his­tory to record at least 12,000 yards rushing and 100 rushing scores. He joins Mar­cus Allen, Jim Brown, Mar­shall Faulk, Wal­ter Pay­ton, Em­mitt Smith and LaDainian Tom­lin­son.

STREAKS & STATS The com­bined 88 points in Tampa Bay’s 48-40 win at New Or­leans set an NFL record for a reg­u­lar-sea­son opener, nar­rowly eclips­ing Philadel­phia’s 45-42 vic­tory over Washington in Septem­ber 1947. ... Cleveland ended its 17-game los­ing streak Sun­day with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steel­ers, who pre­vented the Browns from get­ting their first vic­tory since 2016 when line­backer T.J. Watt blocked Zane Gon­za­lez’s 43-yard field-goal at­tempt with 9 sec­onds left in OT. The Browns re­main win­less since Dec. 24, 2016, but at least they have a pos­i­tive af­ter go­ing 0-16 last sea­son, just the sec­ond team in league his­tory to lose all 16 games. ... Tyrann Mathieu be­came the first Tex­ans player with an in­ter­cep­tion and a fum­ble re­cov­ery in the same game since Tim Dob­bins did it in 2012. ... De­An­dre Hop­kins has a re­cep­tion in all 80 games of his ca­reer. ... San Fran­cisco quar­ter­back Jimmy Garop­polo suf­fered his first loss in eight games as an NFL starter, fall­ing 24-16 at Min­nesota. ... Kansas City ex­tended its win­ning streak over the Charg­ers to nine with a 38-28 vic­tory. ... Ari­zona’s Larry Fitzger­ald had seven catches for 76 yards in the Car­di­nals’ 24-6 loss to Washington, giving him at least one re­cep­tion in 212 con­sec­u­tive games to sur­pass Tony Gon­za­lez (211) for the sec­ond-long­est such streak in NFL his­tory. Jerry Rice holds the mark with at least one catch in 274 con­sec­u­tive games from 1985-2004. ... Buf­falo line­backer Tre­maine Ed­munds be­came the first Bills rookie with a sack in the sea­son opener since 2002 and first with a forced fum­ble since 2013.

ALL TIED UP Pittsburgh and Cleveland played to a 21-21 tie Sun­day, the first in a Week 1 game since 1971 when Den­ver and Mi­ami tied 10-10. This was the eighth tie in the NFL since 2000. Pittsburgh’s last tie came in Week 10 of the 2002 sea­son against At­lanta (34-34). Cleveland had its last tie in Week 11 of the 1989 sea­son against Kansas City (10-10).

MR. DO-IT-ALL Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill had seven catches for 169 yards and two touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 58-yard touch­down catch, and a 91-yard punt-re­turn touch­down in the Chiefs’ 38-28 vic­tory against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers. Hill joined the Cow­boys’ Bob Hayes (1968 vs. Pittsburgh) and the Rams’ Tavon Austin (2013 at In­di­anapo­lis) as the only play­ers in NFL his­tory to record a TD catch of 50 or more yards and have a punt re­turn of 90 or more yards for a TD in a sin­gle game. Hill has 13 touch­downs of at least 50 yards (six re­ceiv­ing, four punt re­turns, two rushing, one kick re­turn) in 32 games and is tied with Gale Say­ers and Devin Hester for the most TDs of 50 or more in a player’s first 35 games in NFL his­tory.

LUCK RE­TURNS An­drew Luck was 39 of 53 for 319 yards with two TD passes and an in­ter­cep­tion on his first of­fi­cial throw of the sea­son — an un­der­thrown pass to Jack Doyle inside the Ben­gals 5 — in In­di­anapo­lis’ 34-23 loss to Cincin­nati. It was Luck’s first reg­u­lar-sea­son start in more than 20 months af­ter hav­ing shoul­der surgery.

BACK IN AC­TION Ryan Tan­nehill, play­ing for the first time since a knee in­jury in late 2016, went 20 for 28 for 230 yards with two scores and two in­ter­cep­tions in Mi­ami’s 27-20 vic­tory over Ten­nessee.

UGLY Mak­ing his third NFL start, Buf­falo’s Nathan Peter­man went 5 for 18 for 24 yards and two in­ter­cep­tions for a quar­ter­back rat­ing of 0.0 in a 47-3 loss at Bal­ti­more. Af­ter the Ravens fol­lowed two Buf­falo mis­cues with a pair of touch­downs for a 40-0 lead, coach Sean McDer­mott turned to rookie Josh Allen, who went 6 for 15 for 74 yards in Buf­falo’s most lop­sided de­feat since a 56-10 loss to New Eng­land in Novem­ber 2007. “Ob­vi­ously, it wasn’t a good show­ing,” Peter­man said. “We’ve got to do a lot bet­ter, start­ing with me.”

SHUT DOWN Mak­ing its de­but un­der de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Don Martin­dale, Bal­ti­more held Buf­falo to 33 yards and no first downs in go­ing up 26-0 at half­time of a 47-3 vic­tory. Bal­ti­more had six sacks and yielded 153 yards over­all.

IN­STANT IM­PACT In his first game with the Bears, Khalil Mack had a 27-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down and a sack and forced fum­ble as Chicago fell to Green Bay 24-23. Mack was traded by Oak­land on Sept. 1 with a 2020 sec­ond-round pick to Chicago for 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, along with fu­ture draft picks. Mack then signed a six-year deal worth $141 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $90 mil­lion guar­an­teed, to be­come the high­est­paid de­fen­sive player in NFL his­tory.

SPEAK­ING “There is noth­ing to be ex­cited about, noth­ing at all. We don’t come to work to get ties. It’s the equivalent of a loss to me.” — Cleveland wide re­ceiver Josh Gor­don af­ter the Browns ended their 17-game los­ing streak Sun­day with a 21-21 tie against Pittsburgh but failed to get their first vic­tory since 2016.

“I’m happy to an­nounce: FitzMagic is alive and well. Quite a start, huh?” — Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koet­ter af­ter 35-yearold Ryan Fitz­patrick high­lighted a 417-yard, four-touch­down per­for­mance with two scor­ing strikes of more than 50 yards in a 48-40 win at New Or­leans.

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