September has rolled around, there’s a chill in the air, and most importantly for sports fans – the NFL is really, truly back! Sure everyone’s been enjoying the preseason, but it’s just not the same – the pre season doesn’t have the same stakes, and for the majority of the preseason, a team’s best players aren’t even on the field, as they’re being saved for the regular season. The regular season is where the excitement is and it’s finally upon us.
Football fans likely spent the entirety of Sunday, and a large portion of Monday evening, with their eyes glued to the screen as play after play unfolded. There were surprises in rookies that performed better than anyone would have anticipated, and old pros perhaps not measuring up to fans’ hopes. There were poorly executed plays and plays that went far, far better than anyone thought they were going to go. If you’re a die-hard fan of a particular team, you may have spent the jam-packed Sunday slots tuned to only one game, in which case you potentially missed a lot of memorable moments happening in other games. Even if you’re just a general football fanatic, in the act of flipping between six or seven games at a time you’re bound to miss moments.
Week one was everything that NFL fans had hoped for, and the memorable moments from it are as diverse as the fans watching them. Some moments are merely a spot in the week's flurry of activity to shine for certain players, from seasoned veterans like Matt Ryan to fresh rookies like Allen Hurns. Some were truly unpredictable plays, split seconds of a game where something either went wrong or went right to produce a moment worthy of repeating on any highlight reel.
Here are ten of the best moments from week one.
10 10. Matt Ryan Flying High
9 9. Maurice Jones-Drew Bicycle Kicks to Derek Carr
8 8. Dez Bryant 49ers Hit
7 7. Turn Down For Watt
6 6. Green Machine
5 5. Newton on the Field
4 4. Hurns So Goodand
3 3. 49ers Defense Squash Rumors… and Players
2 2. Antonio Brown Face Kick
1 1. Graham Gano’s With The Band
The Carolina Panthers’ Graham Gano is in it to win it, and he won’t let anyone get in his way – not even pesky band members. The kicker wanted to ensure he was warmed up and well prepared for the second hand of the game, but the field was still occupied by the Bethune-Cookman marching band. The marching band was finishing up its halftime show, and Gano’s patience wore thin as he moved a trombone player to the side in order to complete a practice kick. Both parties apologized after the game – Gano for moving the band member, the band for going over their agreed upon time – and there’s no bad blood. If you need cheering up, just watch footage of Gano after the kick, surrounded by a sea of marching band members with a humorous ‘what do I do’ expression on his face.
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