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NFL Week 1 Summary
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos set the NFL world on notice in Week 1 that the Broncos might have an offensive season for the ages with a 49-27 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the NFL's Kickoff Game in Denver.
The Broncos easily covered the 7.5 points they were giving and went over the 48.5 total thanks to Manning alone. Manning started the season as the 5/1 NFL MVP favorite and had a record-setting night with seven touchdown passes, the first QB to throw seven since 1969. It was Manning's third career game with at least six TD passes, an NFL record. He also threw for 462 yards in delivering the biggest beating ever of a defending Super Bowl champion. It was a sign of things to come as through Week 7 the Broncos had gone over the total in every game and were on pace to set a single-season scoring record.
Week 1 was not kind to the eight new head coaches in the league with five of them losing: Bruce Arians' Cardinals lost 27-24 at St. Louis but covered by a half-point; Gus Bradley's Jaguars lost 28-2 at home against Kansas City as 3.5-point dogs; Rob Chudzinski's Browns were beaten 23-10 at home by Miami as 2.5-point favorites; Doug Marrone's Bills lost 23-21 in the final seconds to visiting New England as a 10-point dog; and Mike McCoy's Chargers coughed up a 28-7 home lead to Houston and fell 31-28 on a kick at the gun but covered as 5-point underdogs.
The three new coaches on the winning side were: the Bears' Marc Trestman as Chicago rallied for a 27-24 home win over Cincinnati, which was a 3-point favorite (lone push of opening week); Chip Kelly's Eagles won 33-27 at Washington as 4-point underdogs; and Andy Reid's Chiefs beat Bradley's Jaguars and easily covered the 3.5 points. Kansas City's 22.5-point cover was the biggest of Week 1.
Overall, favorites were 7-8-1 against the spread in Week 1. The biggest favorite to lose was the Redskins at -4 against Philadelphia.
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