Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is now completely in the books. Here are a few things to mull over after a very-interesting opening chapter of pro football.

Have you digested enough information when it comes to the opening weekend of the 2017 NFL season? We have five more tidbits when it comes to analyzing this initial set of 15 games.

5. On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars sacked Texans’ quarterbacks Tom Savage (6) and Deshaun Watson (4) a combined 10 times in a 29-7 win. Just throwing it out there early: The NFL record for sacks in a season is 72 by the 1984 Chicago Bears. However, the record for sacks allowed in a season is a whopping 104. That was set by the 1986 Philadelphia Eagles. Poor Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski and company…

4. Talk about a reversal of fortunes and misfortunes? The Los Angeles Rams totaled a league-best 46 points in Week 1 in a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts. In 2016, this same team managed an NFL-worst 224 points in 16 games. On the other hand, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots allowed a league-low 250 points a year ago. In the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bill Belichick’s team gave up 42 points – the second most in the NFL this past week…

3. Back to the Patriots. The 42-27 loss to the Chiefs saw the team squander a 10-point lead on the way to a 15-point setback. Do the math and that’s a 25-point turnaround. Yes, totally different circumstances but you will obviously recall that the No. 25 was pertinent to the Pats in Super Bowl LI. That’s the deficit Tom Brady and company faced in the third quarter. Then the club made the biggest comeback in the 51-year history of this league championship game…

2. It wasn’t long ago that the Arizona Cardinals were a Super Bowl contender. They owned a 13-2 record 15 games into 2015. It’s really come part for Bruce Arians’ team since, starting with a 36-6 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17 of that season. Including playoffs, the Cards are now 8-11-1 in last 20 games dating back to ’15. Six of those 11 losses by 10-plus points. On Sunday at Ford Field, Arizona surrendered a 10-0 first-quarter edge on the way to a 35-23 setback to the Detroit Lions

1. A total of six teams – the Buffalo Bills (Sean McDermott), Denver Broncos (Vance Joseph), Jaguars (Doug Marrone), Los Angeles Chargers (Anthony Lynn), Rams (Sean McVay) and San Francisco 49ers (Kyle Shanahan) – opened the season with head coaches that were different from Week 1 in ’16. And with the exception of Lynn and Shanahan, all came up with victories. The Chargers lost to Joseph’s Broncos, while the Niners fell at home to the Carolina Panthers. Elsewhere, the Bills defeated the New York Jets, McVay’s Rams bested the Colts and Marrone’s Jaguars surprised the Texans…

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

About The Author

Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl, ThePostGame.com, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Patriots.com Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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