September 14, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Seven from Sunday – Kickoff Weekend
The Tennessee Titans defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14. The game marks the first time in NFL history in which the top two picks in the NFL Draft – Tampa Bay’s JAMEIS WINSTON (No. 1) and Tennessee’s MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2) – started at quarterback against one another in Week 1 of that season.
The combined ages of Winston and Mariota (43 years, 203 days) is the youngest for the starting quarterbacks in a game since the 1970 merger.
Tennessee’s MARCUS MARIOTA completed 13 of 16 passes (81.3 percent) for 209 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Titans’ win. He is the first rookie in NFL history to post a 158.3 passer rating on Kickoff Weekend (minimum 14 attempts), which is the highest attainable rating.
Mariota joined Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (1961) as the only rookies in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend. All four of Mariota’s touchdown passes came in the first half and he is the only rookie in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half.
The St. Louis Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime. The game is the first season opener in NFL history in which both teams scored on a punt-return touchdown.
St. Louis’ TAVON AUSTIN had a 75-yard punt-return touchdown and also added a 16-yard touchdown run. Austin is the fifth player in the past 20 years to score a touchdown on a punt return and a rush in the same game.
Seattle rookie TYLER LOCKETT had a 57-yard punt-return touchdown and is the first rookie to score a touchdown on his first career return on Kickoff Weekend since 2005(San Francisco’s OTIS AMEY).
Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS completed 78.3 percent of his passes (18 of 23) for 189 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 140.5 passer rating in the Packers’ 31-23 win at Chicago. It marked Rodgers’ third consecutive game against Chicago with at least three touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 140+ passer rating. He is theonly quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdowns with no interceptions and post a 140+ passer rating in three consecutive games against a single opponent. In fact, Rodgers has now accomplished the feat twice, having done so against Minnesota in 2010-11.Buffalo wide receiver PERCY HARVIN had five catches for 79 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, in the Bills’ 27-14 win against Indianapolis. Harvin and Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON are the only players in NFL history with at least four career 50-yard touchdown catches and three 100-yard kickoff-return touchdowns.San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 35 of 42 passes (83.3 percent) for 404 yards and two touchdowns for a 102.8 passer rating in the Chargers’ 33-28 win against Detroit. Rivers now has 254 career touchdown passes, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN FOUTS for the most in franchise history.
Chargers wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN had 15 catches (166 yards), which tied Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW (15 receptions on October 7, 1984 at Green Bay) for the franchise’s single-game record for catches.
Allen’s 15 catches are the most by a player on Kickoff Weekend since the 1970 merger.
Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win at Houston. Kelce joined TONY GONZALEZ as the only tight ends in franchise history with at least 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in a game. He is the only Kansas City tight end to accomplish the feat in a season opener. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet