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Top Ten Biggest Surprises of NFL Opening Sunday

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Even though there are still two Week 1 match-ups left, it's time to break down the NFL's opening Sunday. It was a fun one, overall. There were overtimes, and bad calls (and a couple of great calls), and spectacular touchdowns (I'm looking at you, Andrew Luck), and everything else that makes football season so great. This morning, I'm sharing my top ten biggest surprises of yesterday's NFL games. 

1. Jadeveon Clowney going out before halftime in his very first NFL regular season game. Word is Clowney'll miss 4-6 weeks. That might be just enough time for my Colts to get the October 9 game in without contending with him. A girl can hope.

2. The Falcons (coming off a 4-12 season) beating the one of the NFC's most favored teams, the New Orleans Saints, in the day's second OT game.

3. Jacksonville opening their season with a 17-0 run on Philly during the first half. Definitely not the opening two quarters anyone was anticipating, but....

4. The normally poised Nick Foles throwing 3 picks in the first half helped the Jags' cause immensely. Foles and Co. were up to last year's tricks during the second half, though, shutting out the Jags and winning 34-17.

5. The New England Patriots losing their first opening day match-up in a decade, to the Miami Dolphins no less. I'm blaming Belichick's cut-off sleeves.

6. The Cleveland Browns' 24 point comeback run to tie the Steelers 27-27. Pittsburgh won with a last-second FG, but there may be hope yet, Browns Nation.

7. The San Francisco 49ers, taking on the Manziel-less Dallas Cowboys (sorry, Jerry), scoring 21 points during the first quarter for the first time since 1995. Doesn't bode well for the 'Boys defense minus Demarcus Ware.

8. The Redskins more-or-less imploding during their first game under new head coach Jay Gruden's system. 6 points? Maybe it's time to call up Kirk Cousins.

9. I know the Rams are in bad shape, but I was still a little surprised to see them getting absolutely manhandled by the Minnesota Vikings, helmed by Matt Cassel (more popularly known as Tom Brady's ex-backup). It might be a long season, St. Louis fans.

10. Tony Romo throwing 3 straight interceptions during the second quarter. I think it's fair to say the rust is showing more than a little. There was no Nick Foles-esque comeback here either.

Top Ten Biggest Surprises of NFL Opening Sunday

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