Watch highlights from the Week 1 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in the 2020 NFL season. This game is streaming live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, or on NFL.com
It's forbidden — and expensive — for coaches to use cell phones during games. Raiders coach Jon Gruden, however, won't be making an involuntary contribution to the charity of the NFL's choice for using a cell phone while leaving the field after the first half of Sunday's game at Carolina. According to the NFL, Gruden was conducting a two-question interview with the sideline reporter.
What prompted Newton getting into heated postgame scuffle with Dolphins? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Cam Newton had every reason to smile Sunday after leading the Patriots to a win over the Miami Dolphins in his New England debut. Instead, the Patriots quarterback was heated after the final whistle, getting into it with Dolphins linebackers (and former Patriots) Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts in a tense sequence.
For the second time in two weeks we had a chaotic and incident-packed Grand Prix in Italy, albeit with a familiar podium. To see one safety car period, two red flags and three standing starts is highly unusual, and, in many ways, it proved that the old style circuits, like Mugello, with proper run-off areas and gravel traps that punish the drivers can, occasionally, tame this current breed of monster F1 cars. Why did Bottas back the pack up until the last moment?
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tends to make headlines with whatever he does after standing as the draft's top pick and performing well enough over the summer to earn the starting job right out of the gates. Case in point, Burrow rocking a smooth fit as he entered Paul Brown Stadium for his first NFL start. Fittingly, the look featured smooth implementation of purple and yellow for LSU just a few hours after the LSU Tigers themselves released an amazing hype video about Burrow's first NFL start.
Tampa didn't just lose its highly anticipated season opener 34-23, but the Bucs did it by repeatedly making silly mistakes. On paper, the Brady-led Tampa Bay offense looked potent. In practice, well, it needs practice.
The first weekend of the NFL was marked by widespread social justice activism as a lack of fan interest led to a near-record ratings collapse. More than four years after Colin Kaepernick became better known for bending his knee than his elbow, players across the league knelt, linked arms, or remained in their locker rooms during the national anthem. In other instances, whole teams remained in the locker room until after Star-Spangled Banner and Lift Every Voice and Sing, sometimes referred to as the black anthem.
Kyrie Irving's Celtics low point wasn't his disgraceful capitulation vs. Milwaukee in last year's conference semifinals, because by then we already knew they were cooked and he was gone. Down two with a couple of seconds left, Gordon Hayward found Jayson Tatum curling off a pick and the second-year man missed a contested baseline fallaway at the buzzer. A pouting Irving immediately rushed Hayward, arms outstretched in the universal symbol of, "You A-hole!" Irving wanted the ball inbounded to Al Horford before coming his way.
The Houston Rockets are keeping Daryl Morey as GM and remain all-in on small-ball (in part because James Harden wants it). Mike D'Antoni is gone in Houston, and he is leaving behind some serious challenges in Houston. The next coach is going to have to deal with Harden as he nears free agency (2022), getting Russell Westbrook to play within his skill set, and a roster that needs more perimeter defenders if they are going without much rim protection.
It was the worst game of Carson Wentz's career, and the most confounding thing about it was that the things he struggled with are the same things he's been promising to clean up for a while. The Eagles blew a 17-point lead on opening day against a division rival that won three games last year and Wentz was in the middle of the historic collapse.
Kurt Warner said something interesting about Matthew Stafford last week that resonated Sunday: That he's one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL, but hasn't been able to get over the hump because the Lions organization has asked far too much of him far too long. Stafford had a better game than the numbers indicate, completing 24 of 42 passes for 297 yards. Stafford made one mistake late, trying to squeeze a ball into double coverage to Marvin Jones.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (18 percent rostered) Remember how Philip Rivers loved to throw to Austin Ekeler and the other running backs when he was the Chargers starting quarterback? Guess what happened in his first start as Indianapolis' new QB. Marlon Mack looked like he was on his way to a big day before sadly left with an injury, and to the dismay of all of Jonathan Taylor's fantasy managers, Nyheim Hines showed out: 7 rushes, 28 yards, 1 TD; 8 targets, 8 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD, which resulted in an unexpected 23.30 fantasy points.
The Big Ten presidents were presented a comprehensive plan Sunday to conduct a fall football season, but a final decision is still to come. A person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the full Council of Presidents and Chancellors heard from all the subcommittees of the conference's Return to Competition Task Force over 2 1/2 hours. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making its return to competition plans public.
Week 1 did not go well for just about anyone in a Cleveland Browns uniform. The Baltimore Ravens blasted the overmatched, underprepared visitors from Cleveland Many Browns had bad games, too many to mention. But none are more important to the team's fate than Baker Mayfield, and the young quarterback had an awful Week 1.
If you are a Cleveland Browns fan it was like every Week 1 of years past, with our beloved Browns getting blown out. The Lamar Jackson-led Ravens dismantled Cleveland to a tune of 38-6 in Kevin Stefanski's coaching debut. Nick Chubb: Kareem Hunt was actually the leading rusher with 13 carries for 72 yards, but Chubb ran with more authority and was clearly robbed of opportunities with only 10 carries for 60 yards.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came under fire after the Super Bowl and went 19-of-33 for 259 yards during Sunday's loss, including a pair of incompletions that ended their final offensive possession. They only converted two of their 11 third down opportunities and head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that the quarterback is at the top of the list of players who have to do better in the weeks to come. He had some good plays in there, but just like the entire offense, just missed a number of opportunities that it was going to take to win that game,” Shanahan said.
The secret can be told now: When the NBA was shut down for a few months because of the coronavirus pandemic, when most players in the league didn't have a place to play because team facilities were closed as a precaution, Miami guard Tyler Herro was in a gym all the time. “I don't think the Heat even know I did this,” Herro told The Associated Press. Given the way he's played since the season resumed, the Heat probably could have suspected he used his downtime wisely.
Darnold doesn't have much talent around him, and it's not like Gase is getting the most out of the talent he does have. Still, Darnold threw an awful interception, drifting to his left and throwing back across to the middle of the field, that no NFL quarterback should ever make. His throw late in the first half to a wide-open Le'Veon Bell, when Bell stumbled to the ground and an easy touchdown turned into an incompletion, won't go on a highlight reel either.
Adrian Peterson was arguably the Detroit Lions' best player Sunday, rushing for 93 yards on 14 carries in his team debut. But the future Hall of Famer was critical of his play after the game, saying he missed opportunities on two runs that ended up costing the Lions in their 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. "The third-and-1, I didn't capitalize on," Peterson said.
The Washington Football Team held on for a wild, hard fought 27-17 win against Philadelphia on Sunday, and new head coach Ron Rivera cemented his stature as the leader of a new era of Burgundy and Gold football. Plenty of reasons why Washington won, but more than anything, Rivera's message to never quit seemed the overwhelming reason his team stayed in the game despite an early deficit and rolled off 27 unanswered points to get the win. Dominant D-line - Washington's defensive line is the strength of the team, and they certainly showed up on Sunday.
Leighton Vander Esch's return to the field was short-lived. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker left Sunday's season opener against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half with a broken collarbone. The injury may not be season-ending, with a decision on surgery coming this week.