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25 Most Explosive Week One Performances In NFL History

Darren - September 10, 2021
NFL

25 Most Explosive Week One Performances In NFL History

Darren - September 10, 2021
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4. Fred Warner (2018)

Warner put up some outstanding defensive statistics on his NFL debut against the Minnesota Vikings. The Niners picked the BYU prospect after he fell to the third round of the draft. However, he belied his status to put on one of the most eye-catching performances of Week One in 2018. The linebacker was like a brick wall because the Vikings couldn’t get past him.

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He achieved 11 tackles throughout the game with one quarterback hit. Warner also forced fumbles, assisted tackles, and defended passes (via Sacramento Bee). Attacking players receive all of the plaudits but sometimes a linebacker can bring a crowd to their feet. Warner’s consistency impressed Kyle Shanahan and he played in every game. Then, in 2020, he made his first Pro Bowl appearance.

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3. Kareem Hunt (2017)

Some NFL fans are adamant that this was the greatest NFL rookie debut ever. It’s definitely up there thanks to Hunt’s explosive start to life on Week One against the Patriots. Hunt destroyed the record for yards from scrimmage with a blistering 246 (via The Ringer). He also scored three touchdowns against New England with five catches for 98 yards.

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Hunt led the league in rushing yards and earned a Pro Bowl appearance for his efforts as a rookie. It was incredibly disappointing when his Kansas City career ended the way it did. However, there’s no escaping from his talent and his first start was indicative of that. Many fans say it was one of the greatest individual performances they’ve seen because the game was all about him.

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2. Anquan Boldin (2003)

Boldin was a one-man wrecking machine against the Detroit Lions because they couldn’t stop him. The wide receiver showed the world what he was about with a record-breaking performance. He won the 2003 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award but it wasn’t a surprise. In fact, it seemed a foregone conclusion after his explosive debut.

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The fact that he only exceeded 146 yards once again in his career after this game says a lot. His nine receptions and one touchdown lit the arena up (via Sports Illustrated). Boldin won a Super Bowl ring and also made three Pro Bowl appearances. But it’s fair to say that he never sustained the brilliance that he showed on his first start. However, there’s no shame in that.

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1. Peyton Manning (2013)

Everything went right for Manning in this Week One win over the Ravens. It was one of the greatest displays of his iconic career. He threw seven touchdown passes against a hapless Baltimore team who couldn’t shut him down. Manning tied an NFL record in the process during an explosive game. In the end, he completed 27 of 42 passes for 462 yards (via USA Today Sports).

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This was all about revenge after the Ravens ended the Broncos Super Bowl hopes in 2012. They had a great chance to win before Joe Flacco’s moment of magic to Jacoby Jones. In the end, Manning and his Broncos team got their own back. Baltimore didn’t play badly overall and put 27 points on the board. But Denver’s offense was unstoppable and they scored 49.

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