3 NFL Week 1 Takeaways: Kyler Murray's Poise and More

Tim Kelly
September 09, 2019 - 10:44 am
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There will be two Monday Night Football Games that cap off Week 1, one of which includes the Antonio Brown-less Oakland Raiders. Still, more than enough happened on the first Sunday of the 2019 NFL season to begin to draw some conclusions about how the rest of the year will play out.

DeSean Jackson (right) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery.
DeSean Jackson (right) celebrates a touchdown with his teammates Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery. Photo credit (Eric Hartline/USA Today Images)

1. The NFC Playoff Picture Could Run Through The NFC East

In the final preseason edition of the RADIO.COM NFL Power Rankings, the Philadelphia Eagles checked in at No. 2, just six spots ahead of the Dallas Cowboys. The thought was that the NFC East had two potential Super Bowl contenders. Nothing that happened Sunday changed that though process.

Doug Pederson's offense erased a 17-0 deficit to win their Week 1 matchup over the Washington Redskins 32-27. And frankly, the game wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated.

Carson Wentz, now in his fourth season, got scorching hot in the second half of the game, and finished 28/39 with three touchdowns and 313 passing yards.

While Wentz completed one of the nicest touchdown passes of his career to Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter, it was DeSean Jackson that stole the show in the team's Week 1 victory. In Jackson's return to Philadelphia, he hauled in eight passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. As you can imagine, both touchdowns were of the home run variety:

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