Winners and Losers from NFL Opening Weekend

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There were plenty of Winners and Losers from the NFL in Week One, and we here at NFL Gridiron Gab will take a quick look at some of them as we go around the league from a wild and wacky NFL Sunday:

Winner:
Randy Moss WR New Engalnd – The Pats wide out was the story of Sunday afternoon, as he had a big day for the Pats, catching nine passes for 183 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown strike in Sunday’s win over the Jets. No more doubts about Moss and if he will be an impact player for the Pats. He already is.

Loser:
Larry Johnson RB Kansas City
– Johnson sat out most of the summer, wanting more money. He eventually got it, but at the same time by missing most of camp earned just 10 carries on Sunday, and looks like his holdout may linger as the Chiefs offense is in stuck mode, just where it’s been since wild card weekend in Indy last season.

Winner:
Adrain Peterson RB Minnesota
– The rookie back was stellar in his pro debut, as he rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries, and made an even bigger play, catching a short pass and going 60 yards for a score. Peterson looks like just what the doctor ordered in Minnesota, and it looks like he will be fun to watch for a long time to come.

Loser:
Romeo Crennel Coach Cleveland
– The heafty coach made everyone wait all preseason to announce that Charlie Frye would be the teams starting QB on opening day. Then, after Frye went 4-for-10 with a pick and was sacked five times, he pulled him in the the second quarter for Derek Anderson trailing 17-0. It didn’t help, as the Browns lost 34-7 to the Steelers. Needless to say, QB shuffle may just run Romeo out of town.

Winner:
Lions offense
– Give the Motown kitties some credit, they rolled up an impressive day vs the Raiders in winning 36-21. QB Jon Kitna threw for 289 yards, and the offense put up 392 yards in the win. This team looked like it could be good on offense throughout the preseason, and now we know they were right.

Loser:
Eagles special teams
– They allowed two costly turnovers, one of which was the only Packers TD of the day on a fumbled put return, and another which allowed Green Bay to end up kicking the game-winning field goal. If the Eagles lose the NFC East by a game, or miss the playoffs by one game, they will look back to the opener as the reason why.


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