In Week 1, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 8-7. Here's a look at how each team performed:
Despite not having Cam Newton, Carolina opened the season with a win. Derek Anderson went 24-for-34 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and the Panthers held off a late rally from Tampa Bay to win the game.
This was actually a 10-10 game at one point in the second quarter. Then the Seahawks showed why they are the defending champions and basically turned this into a blowout. Green Bay struggled quite a bit in the second half, and the offensive line in particular looked pretty questionable.
The Jets only actually won by 5 points, but this game wasn't all that close in reality. New York outgained Oakland by a margin of 402-158, and the Jets had a 19-7 lead before the Raiders made the score look a bit more respectable with a late touchdown.
This was a back-and-forth game that saw the Bears tie things up with a field goal with 30 seconds left in regulation. The Bears actually got the ball first in overtime, but a stop by the Bills and an awesome 38-yard run by Fred Jackson set up the game-winning field goal.
How 'bout them Vikings? Minnesota had perhaps the most impressive win of any team in Week 1. The Vikings dismantled the Rams, and they were led by a standout performance from Cordarrelle Patterson, who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on three carries and also caught three passes for 26 yards.
New Orleans just couldn't hang on to the lead in this game. The Saints led 20-7 late in the first half, 27-24 midway through the fourth quarter and 34-31 with 1:20 left in regulation. Each time, the Falcons rallied, and the Saints eventually lost in overtime.
On the other side of this thrilling game, the Falcons just didn't quit. Matt Bryant tied the game up on the final play of regulation with a 51-yard field goal, and he made a 52-yarder in overtime to give Atlanta the win. He was one of the heroes for the Falcons, as was Matt Ryan, who went 31-for-43 for 448 yards and three touchdowns.
Miami was absolutely dominant in the second half of this game. The Dolphins trailed 20-10 at halftime, but they scored 23 unanswered points in the second half. They were led by Knowshon Moreno, who ran the ball 24 times for 134 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals were down 17-6 going into the fourth quarter, but they rallied with two touchdowns to win the game. Carson Palmer led the way for Arizona with 304 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Tom Brady threw the ball 56 times in this one. He completed 29 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown, but he was unable to find the end zone in the second half. His teammates also failed to score in the second half, leading to a surprising loss for the Patriots.
Chicago turned the ball over three times (including two interceptions by Jay Cutler) in this one. The Bears rallied from a couple deficits to eventually send the game to overtime, but they weren't able to do enough to avoid the Week 1 upset.
Despite trailing 17-0 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Bucs made things interesting. They got a couple of quick touchdowns to get within a field goal, but that was as close as they got. A late Carolina field goal made it 20-14 and essentially put the game out of reach.