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#StanfordNFL Week 1: McCaffrey Magic

Sep 15, 2021

Highlights

McCaffrey Magic

McCaffrey Magic: After battling injuries for much of the 2020 season, Christian McCaffrey shined in his 2021 debut. McCaffrey totaled 187 yards on 30 touches -- 21 rushes for 98 yards and nine receptions for 89 yards. It was his seventh career game with at least 75 rushing and 75 receiving yards, surpassing Jim Brown for the third-most in the Super Bowl era.

Welcome to the League

Paulson Adebo (Saints), Drew Dalman (Falcons) and Simi Fehoko (Cowboys) each made their first NFL appearances over the weekend.

No Fly Zone

In his first career start, Paulson Adebo picked off Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers in the red zone in the Saints' 38-3 win, while Justin Reid of the Texans intercepted Jacksonville's No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence in Lawrence's first career start.

Starting 11

Ten Cardinal started on the opening weekend of the 2021 NFL season: Paulson Adebo, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Austin Hooper, Blake Martinez, Christian McCaffrey, Bobby Okereke, Andrus Peat, Justin Reid, Dalton Schultz and Kaden Smith.

Quick Hitters

  • Paulson Adebo started in his first career game, playing all 57 defensive snaps in the Saints' 38-3 win over Green Bay. Adebo tallied four tackles, an interception that he returned 33 yards and had a magnificent 2.1 passer rating against.
  • Henry Anderson played 10 snaps in his Patriots debut, a 17-16 setback to Miami.
  • J.J. Arcega-Whiteside started in Philadelphia's 32-6 win over Atlanta, totaling 32 snaps with one special teams tackle.
  • Jake Bailey punted twice in a 17-16 loss to Miami, averaging 49.5 yards per punt with a long of 62 yards.
  • Drew Dalman made his debut for the Falcons in a 32-6 loss to the Eagles, playing 11 total snaps at left guard. This week, Dalman is listed as the backup at LG, C and RG on the depth chart.
  • Zach Ertz had two catches for 32 yards, playing in 41 offensive snaps in the Eagles 32-6 win over Atlanta.
  • Simi Fehoko played nine snaps in the Cowboys 31-29 loss on Thursday night at Tampa Bay.
  • Nate Herbig played five snaps in a 32-6 win over Atlanta.
  • Austin Hooper started for the Browns, tallying three catches for 27 yards in a 33-29 loss at Kansas City.
  • Blake Martinez totaled nine tackles (one for loss) while playing all 66 defensive snaps in the Giants' 27-13 loss to Denver.
  • Christian McCaffrey rushed 21 times for 98 yards and caught nine passes (on nine targets) for 89 more yards in the Panthers' 19-14 victory over the Jets.
  • Davis Mills was active on Sunday as the Texans defeated the Jaguars, but did not see action.
  • Ty Montgomery had one reception for five yards and tallied a tackle on special teams in New Orleans' 38-3 win over Green Bay, a game that was played in Jacksonville due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.
  • Bobby Okereke started in a 28-16 loss to Seattle, totaling seven tackles (five solo).
  • Andrus Peat started and played all 62 offensive snaps in the Saints' dominating win over Green Bay.
  • Harrison Phillips totaled one QB hit in 25 snaps in a loss to Pittsburgh.
  • Justin Reid had four tackles and a 21-yard interception return in a 37-21 season-opening win vs. Jacksonville.
  • Brennan Scarlett, in his Miami debut, had five tackles, one QB hit and one pass defended in a 17-16 win at New England.
  • Dalton Schultz caught six passes (on six targets) for 45 yards (32 yards after catch) in a 31-29 loss to Tampa Bay. This comes after Schultz had a breakout 2020 season where he recorded a streak of 61 consecutive catches without a drop.
  • Kaden Smith started and had one special teams tackle in a 27-13 loss to Denver.
  • Solomon Thomas played 15 snaps in his Raiders' debut, a thrilling 33-27 overtime victory over Baltimore on Monday Night Football.
  • Casey Toohill had one tackle for loss on 27 total snaps as his Washington Football Team lost to the Chargers, 20-16.
  • James Vaughters was elevated to the active roster and played nine snaps in the Falcons' 32-6 loss to Philadelphia.
  • Walker Little (Jaguars) and Cameron Fleming (Broncos) were both inactive during week one.