Sunday’s Week 1 slate of games coincided with the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Naturally, the pregame commemoration was especially poignant in the New York market, where the MetLife Stadium crowd carried much of the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.
” Ironically, it was Baltimore coach John Harbaugh who sported a Ravens-branded FDNY hat on the sideline, while Jets coach Robert Saleh eschewed a lid (as he typically does). Harbaugh switched to a Ravens-branded NYPD hat during his postgame press conference following Baltimore’s 24-9 victory.
For the football historians, it’s also been 21 years since Tom Brady first became a starter in the NFL as former New England Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe was injured in 2001 during the NFL’s return following the tragedies on Sept. 11.
TB12 improved to 7-0 all-time against the Dallas Cowboys after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cruised 19-3 on Sunday night.
The Falcons, Vikings, Patriots and Bucs have also never notched a victory against the GOAT.
Now 45, Brady officially became the oldest quarterback to start an NFL game. And the record-breaking résumé grows.
For the first time since 2007, there were no rookie quarterbacks in any starting lineup on opening weekend.
Week 1 didn’t lack for drama, but whether it was the weather (Chicago), some highly regarded teams (Rams, Packers, Bengals, 49ers) falling flat, special teams nonsense, or a nice helping of penalties – both ridiculous (see: Chicago) and legitimate – opening weekend was sloppy enough that you might conclude that a good portion of the league should take preseason a little more seriously.