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Week 1 games provided a much-needed dose of normalcy for fans; tough start for many players with local ties.

MICHAEL WORKMAN PHOTO - Pete Carroll and the Seahawks will host New England Sunday after opening with a win at Atlanta.The sky is falling in San Francisco (and not only wildfire ash).

The Cleveland Browns again look more like a Mid-America Conference team than an NFL operation.

Bet on the Lions at your own peril. Even a win-probability pushing 90% in the fourth quarter isn't safe in Detroit's hands.

Tom Brady is washed up and should retire.

The Washington Football Team is the best squad in the NFC East.

Aaron Rodgers is going to throw for 10,000 yards in 2020.

Philip Rivers will throw for 400 yards a game, yet the Colts will struggle to score enough to finish above .500 (just ask Chargers fans).

The Seahawks will finish 16-0.

Some of the above pronouncements carry a tinge of truth, but mostly they are examples of how reaction to Week 1 of the National Football League season is more overreaction than insightful.

Not that you'll read much insight here. One observation I am confident about: watching NFL football on a gloomy Sunday delivered a much-needed dose of normalcy.

It certainly was a good day to be a Seahawks fan. Russell Wilson did Russell Wilson things, none more impressive than the touchdown pass to DK Metcalf in the third quarter on a fourth-and-5 play from the Atlanta 38. It's the kind of dagger play Seattle fans have come to expect from Wilson.

This is where we flip the coin, though. The Falcons ran 19 more plays than the Seahawks and Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards.

Also, how far can the Hawks go if Wilson (three carries, 29 yards) is their leading rusher?

I suppose we'll find out soon enough.

New England visits Seattle this week for the Sunday night game. CenturyLink Field will be missing the 12s. New England will be without Tom Brady. Cam Newton is 1-0 as the Patriots' QB.

Between them, Wilson and Newton completed 46 of 54 passes in week one. Wilson's 31-of-35 performance was off-the-charts efficient. And, if the opener is any indication, he will be given the opportunity to throw a lot this season.

Newton was more impactful with his legs, turning 15 carries into 75 yards and two touchdowns against Miami, so this figures to be a different challenge than the one Matt Ryan posed trying to rally the Falcons.

Oregon ties

If my math is correct, there are 24 former Oregon Ducks, 18 former Oregon State Beavers and three former Portland State Vikings on NFL rosters or practice squads at the start of 2020. But entering Monday's games, the only Week 1 teams with local players active that won were the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams. A few highlights:

Jordan PoyerA former Oregon State defensive back from Astoria, Jordan Poyer was credited with four solo tackles in the Buffalo Bills' 27-17 win over the New York Jets.

The Rams opened their spiffy new stadium (without fans) with four players with Oregon ties and beat the Dallas Cowboys, 20-17.

Troy HillFormer Oregon defensive back Troy Hill started and made five solo tackles for the Rams.

Samson EbukamDavid Douglas High graduate Samson Ebukam started at outside linebacker and was credited with four tackles, two of them solo.

Former Oregon tight end Johnny Mundt saw action but did not catch a pass.

Johnny HekkerFormer Oregon State punter Johnny Hekker was his usual consistent self, averaging 47.3 yards on three punts and putting two of them inside the Cowboys' 20.


Former Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead was in on only one tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, who struggled to contain Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray in a 24-20 loss to the Cardinals.

Milwaukie native Kendrick Bourne, a starting receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, caught two of five targets for 34 yards in a season-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted on a potential game-winning touchdown but Jimmy Garoppolo under-threw him. In fact, SF receivers caught only four passes all day.

Former Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner was in on six tackles, four of them solo and one for lost yardage, in his debut for the Indianapolis Colts, who lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Former Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks had two catches for 20 yards and was targeted five times in his first game with the Houston Texans, a loss at Kansas City.

Former Oregon offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby was active for the Detroit Lions' first game, a loss to the Chicago Bears.

Former Oregon offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu was elevated from the practice squad and played for San Francisco in the 49ers' opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Former Oregon cornerback Terrance Mitchell started his seventh NFL season by making four tackles, three solo, for the Cleveland Browns in a 38-6 loss to Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

Former Oregon State running back Ryan Nall was active but did not have a carry in the Bears season-opening win at Detroit.

Central Catholic High grad Brennan Scarlett, a starting linebacker for the Houston Texans, was credited with two solo tackles in a season-opening loss at Kansas City.

Grant High graduate Ndamukong Suh was in on one tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a season-opening loss at New Orleans as the Saints prevailed in the matchup between quarterbacks Drew Brees and Tom Brady.

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