Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season has been exciting. With a healthy Brock Purdy, the San Francisco 49ers continued where they left off in the early window. The Cleveland Browns stopped Joe Burrow, and a few rookies really stepped up in their first games.

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Jordan Love had no trouble being the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins prevailed after an offensive struggle with Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Denver Broncos once again failed to score enough. The Dallas Cowboys trounced the New York Giants to complete Sunday with a 40-0 thumping.

Our NFL Nation writers are responding to all the action, responding to unanswered queries following each game, and identifying who or what is improving and deteriorating for each club. Let’s start now.

How good are the Cowboys really in NFL?

The Cowboys didn’t start a year with a 35-0 thrashing of the Giants since 1995. That group eventually won the Super Bowl XXX. Since then, the Cowboys have been trying to win another championship. Don’t book trips to Las Vegas just yet because the road ahead will be considerably harder — maybe as soon as next week against Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets at AT&T Stadium. However, this was the Cowboys’ most dominating performance under Mike McCarthy. In addition to stopping the Giants, the defense scored a touchdown. A touchdown was contributed by the special teams.


After winning, stock up, says Dan Quinn. Although it wasn’t surprising that the coordinator had his defense prepared, the unit was utterly unbeatable (six sacks in less than three quarters of play). DaRon Bland’s pick-six on Sunday was one of the Cowboys’ 10 defensive touchdowns since Quinn took over in 2021, which ties them with the New England Patriots for the most during that span. Additionally, they have had 22 games with multiple takeaways out of a possible 35, which is three more than any other NFL club.

Stock down following the victory: Since we had to select someone, Brandon Aubrey didn’t do much to win over the doubters when he missed his first extra point of the year, which brought to mind Brett Maher. However, he converted both of his field goal attempts and his next two field goal attempts, so there’s no need to worry.

Will the Giants’ offensive line be their biggest weakness during the entire season? This was possibly the team’s biggest worry going into the first game. Would the Giants’ offensive line be able to withstand a powerful Cowboys pass rush?

 After New York allowed seven sacks, the answer was obviously “No”. The squad was unable to run any offense as a result, and quarterback Daniel Jones lost his composure and reverted to his earlier ways. The Giants must soon find a solution to this or they risk being humiliated once more by the 49ers in prime time in Week 3. Guard Joshua Ezeudu, a second-year player, provides an alternative, but despite several chances this summer, he was unable to secure a starting position.


After a defeat, stock up on: Sorry, nothing comes to mind. For the Giants, nobody was helpful. After giving up 26 first-half points, they were defeated 40-0. It’s hard to see advantages in such type of takedown. A field goal attempt was blocked by the Giants, who then scored a touchdown. Jones recorded two interceptions, one of which was a pick six. Even Graham Gano, who is consistently dependable, missed a chip-shot field goal.

Stock down following defeat: The offensive line’s right side in particular raised serious concerns. Five sacks were the responsibility of right tackle Evan Neal and right guard Mark Glowinski. Additionally, they gave in to continuous pressure the whole game. Dallas applied 12 pressures in only the first half, mostly against that right side.

Why is the Eagles offense so strange NFL?

 For a significant portion of the game, the typically explosive attack stalled and was limited to four field goals by Jake Elliott. In the first half, the Eagles were three-and-out on four consecutive possessions. Last season, they only had one game with four three-and-outs: their defeat to the Saints in Week 17 while Gardner Minshew was the quarterback. Additionally, Jalen Hurts’ late turnover could have lost them the match. Since the starters didn’t play during the preseason, there may be some rust to shake off, and the Patriots’ defense is solid, it is probably just a short funk. If clubs have found strategies to limit this onslaught via their offseason research, that would be a cause for concern.

After the victory, DT Jalen Carter stocked up. In his NFL debut, the youngster stood out by producing a team-high six pressures and recording his first sack. Carter made it seem simple, consistently piercing the backfield with his special combination of speed and strength.


Eagles offensive line’s stock dropped following the victory. The offensive front, which is often a key strength for this squad, failed to protect Hurts, who was harassed 19 times and sacked three times. Bill Belichick is the best there is at confusing people right away, so it was a difficult first task, but this team needs to improve.

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Can the Patriots get off to a speedier start in Week 2 NFL?

 The Patriots were in a 16-0 hole because to self-inflicted errors, which made things harder than they needed to be. Instead of a third-and-long after a bad snap, the penalty benefited the Eagles’ first drive, which concluded with a field goal, when captain Deatrich Wise Jr. lined up in the neutral zone on the first second down of the game. Following that, Mac Jones threw a pick-six and Ezekiel Elliott fumbled, which was recovered and returned for a score. On a day when Gillette Stadium was rocking with Tom Brady back in town to be honored, the Patriots didn’t appear ready to play right away, which was a significant letdown.


After a defeat, bolster your defense. The team kept the Eagles to nine points after the first quarter despite a poor start to the game. The Eagles only gained 251 total yards thanks to the Patriots’ stout defense.

Stock dropped following the defeat: Running game. The absence of starting guards Cole Strange (knee) and Mike Onwenu (ankle) did not help, but it was difficult for backs Rhamondre Stevenson, Elliott, and Ty Montgomery II to find openings. 22 attempts resulted in 76 yards of rushing for the team.


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