The NFL stats department is hard at work in Week 1. Here are some of the notes from Sunday’s early games.
– Despite missing starters Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis to injuries, the Eagles still had three receivers top 100 yards in a 38-3 drubbing of the Rams. Rookie DeSean Jackson led the Eagles with six receptions for 106 yards, Greg Lewis had five receptions for 105 yards, and Hank Baskett finished with two receptions for 102 yards, including a 90-yard TD reception from Donovan McNabb. The last team to have three teammates with at least 100 yards receiving was the Chiefs on Nov. 5, 2000, against the Raiders (Derrick Alexander, Tony Gonzalez, Sylvester Morris).
– Home teams are 9-1 so far in Week 1.
– QBs Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco both won their 1st NFL starts on Sunday, the first time two rookie QBs won in Week 1 since 1971 (Jim Plunkett – NE; Archie Manning – NO). With the wins by the Falcons and Ravens, their rookie head coaches — Mike Smith and John Harbaugh — also picked up wins in their respective debuts. Since 1980, a first-year head coach and rookie QB have started the season’s first game together just five times, and the only other duo to win was Mike Shanahan and Steve Beuerlein for the 1988 Raiders.
Check out the Week 1 stat leaders.