HOUSTON, Sporting Alert – NFL Scores and results from Week 1 in the new season on Sunday, September 13.
There were wins on the day for the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans.
In Houston, Texas, Alex Smith and the Chiefs beat the Houston Texans 27-20 to win another game this season, after going 4-0 during the preseason fixtures.
Smith, who went 22 of 33 on pass completions, threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as Kansas City established a big lead and then held off the hosts to secure the win.
“We got the couple of turnovers in the red zone and were able to capitalize and I think in the end that was the difference,” Smith said.
Travis Kelce caught all six of his targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while Jamaal Charles took five catches for 46 yards and touchdown. He also rushed for 57 yards on the day for the Chiefs.
Kansas City did well to capitalize on Houston’s turnovers.
“It’s tough to turn the ball over a couple of times and win the game,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, according to the Associated Press.
“With that we were able to score points … and get up fairly quickly and decisively.”
For the Texans, Brian Hoyer went 18 of 34 for 236 yards and one touchdown and an interception, with backup Ryan Mallett finishing with 98 yards and threw for a score in the defeat.
Defensive player of the Year J.J. Watt left his mark again in the game with another multi-sack outing that included six tackles for a loss along with two sacks.
DeAndre Hopkins had nine catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns and Nate Washington caught six targets for 105 yards for Houston, which now turns the attention to next week’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Chiefs will play hosts to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in Kansas City.
At Soldier Field in Chicago, the Bears suffered a 31-23 defeat to the Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns, while James Jones caught all four of his targeted passes for two touchdowns for the Packers.
For Chicago, Jay Cutler completed 18 of his 36 pass attempts for 225 yards and a touchdown in the defeat, while Matt Forte carried the ball for 141 yards and a score.
Also on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes and Chris Ivory ran for two scores and 91 yards to lead the New York Jets to a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Rookie quarterback, Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 NFL Draft pick, outshone the No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston when leading Tennessee to a dominating 42-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mariota threw four touchdown passes in the first half and finished with 13 of 16 for 209 yards for the Titans.
He became the first player in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in the 1st half of his 1st career game, according to The Elias Sports Bureau.
Top pick Winston threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, but the former Florida State QB also threw two interceptions, the first of which was picked off for a score for Tennessee.
In more NFL scores, Peyton Manning helped the Denver Broncos beat the Baltimore Ravens 19-13, while the Dallas Cowboys secured a late 27-26 win against the New York Giants, with quarterback Tony Romo, who finished with 356 yards passing, threw two TDs to Jason Witten for the home side.
NFL SCORES AND RESULTS
WEEK 1 SCORES
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 26
Minnesota 3, San Francisco 20
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Kansas City 27, Houston 20
Carolina 20, Jacksonville 9
Green Bay 31, Chicago 23
Cleveland 10, New York 31
Indianapolis 14, Buffalo 27
Miami 17, Washington 10
Detroit 28, San Diego 33
Seattle 31, St. Louis 34 (OT)
New Orleans 19, Arizona 31
Tennessee 42, Tampa Bay 14
Baltimore 13, Denver 19
Cincinnati 33, Oakland 13
New York 26, Dallas 27