We can finally stop holding our breaths. Week one of the NFL season is in the books. After all the uncertainty and COVID precautions the 2020 season is underway! Reduced fans, shortened training camps, and high tech symptom tracking bracelets definitely gave us a new feel to the game. Pre snap call outs are heard clearly, hits are louder, and fans are now booing players whether they stand, kneel, sit, or blink during the national anthem. Through all the madness one thing is clear. Sports are back baby! 

But Who Stood Out?

Russell Wilson: Seahawks QB

Russ came into week one ready to get to work. Posting a ridiculous 31-35 passing for 322 yards and 4 TDs through the air. Yes, you read that right. Wilson had as many Touchdowns as he had incomplete passes. He also led the team in rushing with 29 yards on 3 carries. His chemistry with Tyler Lockett seems strong as ever after connecting on 8 of 8 targets for 92 yards. Second year wide-out D.K. Metcalf saw 8 targets as well but caught 4 for 95 yards and a TD. Keep an eye on Seattle this year. In a loaded NFC West every game will matter. Russell Wilson should be able to keep the Seahawks in every game they play. 

Josh Allen: Bills QB

Buffalo may finally have a new franchise QB! The second year signal caller out of Wyoming looks like he took a big step over the summer. Allen smoked the Jets defense by putting up a 33-46 for 312 yards and 2 TDs with his arm and added another 57 yards and a TD with his legs on 14 carries. Unfortunately his game may be overshadowed by a couple bad plays. But to me, his game against the Jets showed a ton of promise. Buffalo’s prized addition over the offseason, Stefon Diggs, saw 9 passes come his way and he came down with 8 of them for 86 yards. With a weapon of Digg’s caliber, and a solid supporting cast with John Brown and former Dallas Cowboy, Cole Beasly, Josh Allen’s numbers should be on the rise in 2020. 

DeAndre Hopkins: Cardinals WR

Speaking of new weapons, the Arizona Cardinals adding Hopkins this offseason might have the most impact. Any time a player of his caliber changes uniforms it’s interesting to see how well they adjust to a new system. Hopkins must have fallen in love with Coach Kingsbury’s system quickly since he turned in a stat line of 14 catches on 16 targets for 151 yards. Nothing should stop Kyler Murray from finding his new weapon week after week. If Hopkins continues to get 16 targets a game, records might get broken. This offense is going to be great. Another team in the loaded NFC West to keep an eye on.

Davante Adams: Packers WR
Davante Adams (pictured) really stood out in Week one of the NFL season

As mentioned above, Hopkins had himself a great game. But what if i told you someone played even better? Davante Adams did just that by catching 14 of 17 targets for 156 yards and 2 TDs. No matter how crazy 2020 may have been so far it seems that the Packers are one thing seems the same. The Packers are the NFC North favorites. The connection between him and Aaron Rodgers is one that very few in history can match and not even a pandemic can break their chemistry. If you have the last two players I mentioned on your fantasy team you’re gonna be in great shape. But hey, go ask the Belly Up Fantasy writers about that one.

Week one of the NFL season gave us all a lot to look forward to. Tom Brady plays in Tampa Bay now (note how he wasn’t on this list) and every Bengals fan believes Joe Burrow is the savior in Cincinnati. If I didn’t mention your favorite player check back next week. Can’t wait that long? Let me know your standouts on Twitter and we can talk about it. If I wrote about every guy that stood out across the league I’d miss my birthday next week.

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