The NFL season kicked off this past week, at long last, with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the defending AFC South champion Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday. It was a truly exciting moment for football fans everywhere, as we’ve all been looking forward to football being back and restoring some sense of normalcy in our lives.
One thing that fans watching at home probably noticed was that the raucous home crowd for Chiefs games wasn’t quite as large as it usually is, and that’s due to Covid-19 restrictions that have limited the amount of fans that some NFL teams will be allowed to have in the stands during games in 2020. Kansas City had about 17,000 fans at Arrowhead this past week, which is far fewer than the stadium’s regular capacity of ~73,000.
Which NFL teams will be allowed to have fans in the stands in 2020? It remains to be determined for many teams due to local policies that determine the number of people, if any, will be allowed to attend the games. We’ve made a list of all 32 teams and what their up-to-date attendance policies are this season, which we recommend checking out if you’re interested in attending a game this season. Keep in mind that you’ll never pay any service fees on NFL tickets when you buy through TickPick, where you’ll save 10% for the same seats you’d find on our major competitor’s site.
Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Get-In Price: $170
Final Score: Texans – 20 | Chiefs – 34
The defending Super Bowl champions came out the gate hot during this opener, dominating the contest and leading by as many as 24 points in the early stages of the fourth quarter before Deshaun Watson was able to salvage some garbage-time stats that made this game look much closer than it actually was.
Reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes posted efficient passing numbers, with a stat line that included 211 yards passing on 32 attempts, with 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 123.3. The aforementioned Watson threw for 253 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another, but he did throw a costly interception in the third quarter. The real story of the game on offense was Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who rushed 25 times for a whopping 138 yards and a touchdown in his spectacular debut.
While this game didn’t necessarily live up to its billing as a tight shootout between the two highest-paid players in NFL history, it was still highly entertaining, just more so for Chiefs fans, who can also thank a much-improved defense for the lack of suspense during the game’s second half.
The Chiefs will now head to LA to face their division rival Chargers next week, while the Texans have the dominant, Lamar Jackson-led Ravens coming to town for a home tilt in Houston.
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Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
Final Score: Dolphins – 11 | Patriots – 21
Game 1 of the post-Tom Brady era in New England went fairly smoothly, as the Patriots managed to pull out a victory at home against their division rival Dolphins. The Patriots were led on the day by their stingy defense, despite losing key stalwarts in free agency like linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and others through Covid-19 opt-outs, like Dont’a Hightower and Patrick Chung. The Dolphins were held to just 269 total yards and 11 points total, with just 3 coming throughout the first three quarters.
New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton had an efficient game passing, completing 15 of 19 passes for a modest 155 yards, but he made his hay on the ground, rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries en route to being the only quarterback to win his first game with his new team during Week 1.
The Dolphins’ vastly-improved secondary was certainly the reason for this ground-dominant game plan by Bill Belichick, and not many can argue with the Patriots’ results. Miami’s turnover-prone quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had one of his worst games with the team, throwing three interceptions that cost them dearly throughout the day.
The Patriots will head to Seattle for a Sunday Night Football matchup with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, which will almost certainly pose a tougher challenge in an unfriendly environment — even though there won’t be fans in attendance. The Dolphins will face-off against another divisional rival, as the Buffalo Bills come to South Beach. The Dolphins will have fans in attendance, which should help give the home team a needed boost as they look to even their record at 1-1.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Get-In Price: $30
Final Score: Colts – 20 | Jaguars – 27
In what may have been the most shocking upset of any game during the Sunday slate, the Jaguars pulled off a 27-20 victory over their AFC South foe Colts at TIAA Bank Stadium in front of a raucous, albeit limited-capacity crowd. Many fans predicted that the Jaguars would find it hard to win more than a game or two all season, much less one against an Indy team that was pegged to be a lock for a Week 1 victory.
Jags quarterback Gardner Minshew played an incredible game, completing a whopping 95% of his passes (19-20) with three touchdowns and zero turnovers. New Colts quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t fare as well as his counterpart, as even though he threw for 343 yards and a touchdown, they were accompanied by two costly interceptions.
Adding injury to insult, Indy running back Marlon Mack tore his achilles during this game, which means that it’s now time for highly-touted rookie Jonathan Taylor to shine behind an excellent Colts offensive line. This loss may just be a blip on the radar for Indy, and many expect them to rebound in quick fashion.
The Colts host the Vikings next week at Lucas Oil Stadium in front of just 2,000 fans, but plan to allow up to 25% capacity for their home games that follow, amounting to roughly 17,000 fans in the stands. The Jaguars will travel to Tennessee for a divisional matchup against the stout Titans defense, as both teams look to move to 2-0.
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams
Final Score: Cowboys – 17 | Rams – 20
The brand-new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles played host to this primetime matchup between two playoff hopefuls on Sunday Night Football. The Rams managed to eke out a win over Dallas thanks in large part to a controversial offensive pass interference call late in the game, when the Cowboys looked ready to bring out the field goal unit to send the game into overtime.
While neither starting quarterback enjoyed a particularly good game — neither Dak Prescott nor Jared Goff eclipsed 300 yards passing, and Prescott threw for just one touchdown and Goff threw for no touchdowns and an interception — the ground games for each team were effective. Ezekiel Elliot ran for 96 yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for 31 yards and another score, while Rams backfield leader Malcolm Brown ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
While this matchup lacked a bit of the glitz and glamor by way of presumed offensive explosions, both teams played a decent game and could see each other again down the road come playoff season.
Coming up next week for the Cowboys is a home matchup with the Falcons, as both teams will look to even their record at 1-1. The Rams head out to Philly for a tough matchup with the Eagles.
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Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
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Final Score: Browns – 6 | Ravens – 38
The Ravens routed their AFC North rival Browns on Sunday. Those who doubted that reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson could continue his dominance from last season are sweating right now, after he went out and did what he’s done time and time again since the beginning of the 2019 season — put up dominant numbers and win football games, all while doing so with extreme efficiency.
Jackson completed 20 of his 25 pass attempts in this game for 275 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 45 yards rushing on 7 carries. Ravens rookie running back J.K. Dobbins only mustered 3.1 yards a carry on 7 rushing attempts, but two of those went for touchdowns, displaying the young star’s nose for the end zone early on.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield saw his struggles from 2019 carry over into this season’s debut, as he struggled to consistently hit his receivers and completed just 21 of 39 passes, with one touchdown and one interception. The Browns running game was as good as advertised, albeit with limited carries while playing from far behind for most of the contest, as backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt rushed for 6.0 and 5.5 yards per carry, respectively.
The Ravens will visit Houston next week to take on the Texans in what should be another fantastic quarterback battle between Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, while the Browns will look to get on track on Thursday night against the Bengals, in front of a national audience.
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