By: TaRon Richardson
The NFL season is underway as of last week. The sport resumed on September 10th, when the New England Patriots played the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. A big story line in the first game was a controversy on Deflategate and whether Patriots QB Tom Brady indicated to Patriots staff to deflate the air pressure in the game balls.
Brady was originally suspended 4 games for his suspected involvement, but this suspension was overturned in federal court by a judge. He started the first game at home where the Patriots won. Brady threw for 288 yards and four touchdowns in the 28-21 win. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards and one touchdown and an interception. During the first half of play Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin complained that through his headset, he heard Patriots radio broadcasting. The Patriots also complained of this. After the game, the NFL reviewed to see if the Patriots staff had anything to do with the headset malfunction. It was later determined that rain affected the headsets. The game was televised on NFL Network and NBC. The opening night game accounted for 27.4 million viewers, the second highest in Thursday Night Football history.
All 32 teams have played in the first week as of September 14, when the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons played and the Minnesota Vikings played against the San Francisco 49ers. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson played his first game since coming off the commissioner’s exempt list and rushed 10 times for 31 yards in a 20-3 lost to the 49ers.This win was also the very first win for 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula.
More controversies are that the Cleveland Browns are considering signing former Ravens running back, Ray Rice.
Coach Mike Pettine said, “It’s a locker room decision, and a move I will have to discuss with the owner.”
Ray Rice has been getting in shape for the upcoming season, hoping that someone would give him a place on their roster.
Another notable game was played on Sunday when the first two overall picks in this year’s draft, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, went head to head as the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers hosted the Tennessee Titans. Jameis Winston threw for 210 yards two touchdowns, and two interceptions. One was returned for a TD. Marcus Mariota, who lead his team to a 42-14 win, threw four touchdowns and passed for 209 yards.