Week 1 of the NFL regular season was a little more quiet from former Iowa Hawkeyes than the preseason. Well…Except for one disruptive performance in Lambeau Field. This week was an easy call for Game Ball: Green Bay Packers DT Mike Daniels.

Daniels was an absolute beast against the Seattle Seahawks with 7 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and 4 QB hits. The Seahawks offensive line will be happy to not line up against Daniels in week two. In one play, Daniels changed the entire momentum of the game when the Packers trailed 3-0 in the 3rd quarter. Daniels sacked QB Russell Wilson and forced a fumble that his defense recovered on the 6 yard line. Following the fumble recovery, the Packers scored on the first play of the drive to take a 7-3 lead and never trailed the rest of the way.

Other Highlights:

  • In Buffalo, S Micah Hyde played his first regular season game with the Bills and did not disappoint. He had 3 tackles and 1 interception as the Bills held the New York Jets to 12 points. Of note: Hyde is listed at safety after playing both safety and corner in Green Bay.
  • In Houston, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz had one of the better days for the Texans offense during a rough game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars recorded 10 sacks, 1 interception and 3 forced fumbles on the day. Fiedorowicz caught 4 passes for 46 yards before leaving the game due to a concussion.
  • In San Francisco, TE George Kittle caught 5 passes for 27 yards in his rookie debut.
  • Also in the Bay Area: backup QB C.J. Beathard did not play, but we will keep an eye on the QB situation in San Francisco. Starter Brian Hoyer completed nearly 70 percent of his passes, but only threw for 193 yards and zero touchdowns on Sunday. The 49ers scored 3 points in Kyle Shanahan’s coaching debut with San Francisco. He already loves Beathard, so Hoyer is going to need to do a lot more if he wants to keep his job secured.

Here are the stats from Week 1 (not including OL):

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