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NFL Week 1 scores, highlights, updates, schedule: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase catches first-career TD vs. Vikings

It’s the first Sunday of the 2021 season and we’re keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 1 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.

Schedule

Thursday

Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29 (Recap)

Sunday 

Cardinals at Titans (GameTracker)
Jaguars at Texans (GameTracker)
Chargers at Washington (GameTracker)
Vikings at Bengals (GameTracker)
Jets at Panthers (GameTracker)
Eagles at Falcons (GameTracker)
Steelers at Bills (GameTracker)
Seahawks at Colts (GameTracker)
49ers at Lions (GameTracker)
Browns at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET (Preview)
Broncos at Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET (Preview)
Packers at Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET (Preview)
Dolphins at Patriots, 4:25 p.m. ET (Preview)
Bears at Rams, 8:20 p.m. ET (Preview)

Monday

Ravens at Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)

Steelers scoop-and-score

The Steelers are sniffing upset in Buffalo. This blocked punt turned scoop-and-score gave Pittsburgh a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. 

Zach Wilson’s first NFL TD toss

Wilson’s pro debut has not been one to remember, but he did finally throw his first NFL touchdown in the third quarter — hooking up with his new No. 1 receiver in Corey Davis. 

Kyler Murray’s insane third TD pass

This is a throw of the week candidate. Murray is balling out in Nashville this Sunday, and his third touchdown pass was pretty incredible. Off his back foot, fading away, 26 yards right in the bucket. That’s backyard football right there.

Tee Higgins breaking ankles

How about these Bengals? They currently have the lead against the Vikings and it’s thanks to their passing attack. Much of the praise will be given to rookie Ja’Marr Chase, but don’t forget about Tee Higgins. He’s a rising star in this league, and a great route runner as well. Look how much separation he got on this play.

Terry McLaurin catch of the year candidate

It’s Taylor Heinicke at quarterback after Ryan Fitzpatrick exited due to a right hip injury, and he has this Washington offense moving. Check out this incredible catch by Terry McLaurin. Make sure you watch the second angle of this play as well. If this doesn’t prove McLaurin is one of the best receivers in the NFL then I don’t know what does.

Chase struggled with drops in the preseason, but we all knew this LSU connection between he and Burrow was going to be dynamic. That showed itself in the second quarter, as Chase hauled in his first score — a 50-yard touchdown to give the Bengals the lead just before halftime.

He’s leading Cincy in receiving at the halftime break, with three catches for 80 yards and a score. 

Kyler Murray is one of the most electric playmakers in the NFL, even if he doesn’t have a winning record as a starter. That could change in 2021, as he and the Cards have been dominating the Titans. Check out this play, as he runs back and forth in the backfield before finding his receiver downfield.

Wilson-Lockett x2

Wilson and Lockett connected for their second long touchdown of the game right before halftime — this one going for 69 yards. The Colts can’t do anything to stop the long ball, and their defensive backs have been left shaking their heads. Lockett has caught three passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

49ers’ pick six

The 49ers have blown it open in Detroit. After JaMycal Hasty punched it in from three yards out to take an 11-point lead, Dre Greenlaw recorded a 39-yard pick six a few plays later! 

A defensive matchup is taking place in Buffalo, which is just fine if you’re the Steelers. Earlier this week, the Steelers made T.J. Watt the highest-paid defender with a huge, $112 million extension, and he rewarded them with a strip-sack in the second quarter.

Trevor Lawrence throws his first NFL TD pass

Things aren’t going incredibly well for the Jaguars in Week 1 against the Texans, but No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence did throw his first NFL touchdown in the second quarter. He’s just getting warmed up.

Trey Sermon was a surprise inactive for the 49ers, and then Raheem Mostert went down with a knee injury in the opening half. That apparently didn’t bother Kyle Shanahan too much, because he has another rookie in Elijah Mitchell who looks sharp. He rushed in a 38-yard score in the second quarter to reclaim the lead for San Francisco. 

Chandler Jones has three sacks in the first quarter

The boo birds were out early in Tennessee, as Arizona’s defensive front dominated early. Chandler Jones recorded a whopping three sacks in the first quarter by dominating left tackle Taylor Lewan, who is coming off of a torn ACL.

Tyler Lockett and Russell Wilson have a special kind of chemistry. All Wilson has to do is throw it up to him if he’s in single coverage. Check out the catch on this 23-yard touchdown, what an adjustment! Arguably the best part about this play was the celebration, however, as Lockett did a full referee routine. 

It’s early, but the Cardinals are rolling Nashville! After stripping Ryan Tannehill, the Cardinals were set up with excellent field position. It took three plays to punch it in from five yards out, but Hopkins came through on third down with a clutch catch.

We knew Jimmy Garoppolo would start this Sunday, but we also knew we would see No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance at some point. When the 49ers got into the red zone in the first quarter, Lance entered the game, and his first pass attempt resulted in a touchdown. 

Garoppolo is the starter as of now, but this just puts more pressure on him.  

It was fair to expect that Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith would make an immediate impact with the Eagles, but this immediate? Smith’s first NFL catch was an 18-yard touchdown from his former college teammate Jalen Hurts! He’s a special kind of player with a special kind of speed. 

First touchdown of NFL Sunday!

Justin Herbert and the Chargers are facing a tough test in Washington’s defense, but they dominated on their first drive of the game. The second-year signal-caller marched the Chargers offense 75 yards down the field in 10 plays, and Austin Ekeler finished off the drive with a three-yard touchdown. 

Ekeler practiced just once this week, and was labeled as questionable due to a hamstring injury. He rushed for 14 yards on the first drive, however. 

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Isaiah McKenzie takes the opening kickoff 75 yards

Steelers at Bills is going to be a Week 1 matchup everyone has eyes on, and Buffalo got off to a hot start at home. Isaiah McKenzie took the opening kickoff 75 yards into enemy territory. Just listen to the roar of the crowd! 

Three rookie QBs set for Week 1 start

Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft five months ago, and today three of them will be starting. First-overall pick Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars are favorites in Houston despite Jacksonville winning just one game a year a year ago (while the Urban Meyer era is beginning amid discord). Zach Wilson, who had the most impressive preseason of the group, will try to lift the Jets to an upset against Sam Darnold’s Panthers in Carolina. And Mac Jones is, of course, the surprise rookie QB1 for the Patriots after they stunningly cut Cam Newton.

But those won’t be the only three rookie QBs to see the field. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that Trey Lance will see some playing time for the 49ers in Detroit as San Francisco looks to transition to the rookie. And while Justin Fields may not play for the Bears, it should be interesting to see what happens if Andy Dalton struggles against the Rams in the night game.



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