Even with sub-150 performances from Chad Henne (36), Cam Newton (125), Jake Locker (125) and E.J. Manuel (150), Week 1 produced the highest number of passing yards (8,143) and passing touchdowns (63) of any week in NFL history, according to the league. Eleven quarterbacks had passer ratings of 100 or more. Three quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning (462), Eli Manning (450) and Colin Kaepernick (412) -- threw for more than 400 yards and three others threw for more than 350. Peyton Manning tied an NFL single-game record with seven touchdown passes to open up 2013 and it was open season on secondaries all over the NFL after that. This is how the NFL likes it, of course, because all of its data shows that its what fans want. But ask fans in Baltimore and Green Bay, whose consternation over their teams' secondaries runs hot, and you might get a different answer. Will this be the year teams shatter the mark for most passing yards in a season? It certainly seems possible, but the bottom end of the starting quarterback class will have a lot to say about that. The Lockers, Manuels, Geno Smiths and Blaine Gabberts of the league can't be taken lightly. They're going to stink it up a lot this year and weigh down the grand total.
Peyton holds a 2-0 edge over Eli in head-to-head meetings and has a chance to go undefeated in his career with a victory Sunday. Unless one or both of them changes teams, they aren't scheduled to play again until 2017 and it's likely Peyton will have hung it up by then. The brothers threw for 912 yards and 11 touchdowns in Week 1 but wound up on opposite sides of the win-loss column. While meetings between the two are always over-hyped, their teams have been good enough that the games are always interesting. In this case, the Giants are in desperation mode with a injury-riddled defense and a fumble-prone running back their primary concerns. Whatever the case, this is the only quarterback matchup of the week that guarantees to be a storyline. RGIII vs. Aaron Rodgers, and Colin Kaepernick vs. Russell Wilson have potential, but both matchups feature one participant who didn't play very well last week.
For the second week in a row, the Minnesota Vikings will be racking it up against an NFC North foe on the road. The Vikings have plenty of reason to be ticked off at the schedule-makers for creating this daily double, especially since the final month of the season is supposed to feature lots of division games. Nevertheless, the Vikings have to deal it. After losing to Detroit last week, the pressure is really on Leslie Frazier's group to get it going against Chicago. Quarterback Christian Ponder did nothing to prove he's capable of leading a team to the playoffs, completing 18 of 28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. Passer ratings of 63.1 aren't going to get it done. The Bears and Lions both got off on the right foot in Week 1. They both won games they would have lost in previous seasons. The Bears were outplayed in most areas but made enough big plays to beat highly rated Cincinnati. The Lions, who play at Arizona Sunday, overcame Adrian Peterson's 78-yard touchdown run on Minnesota's first play, to get their first victory. Both could easily be 2-0 on Monday. Green Bay finds itself chasing both teams after a loss at San Francisco.
GAME OF THE WEEK
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Key injuries: 49ers -- RB LaMichael James (knee) is questionable. Seahawks -- DT Jordan Hill (biceps) is out. CB Brandon Browner (hamstring) and S Jeron Johnson (hamstring) are doubtful. DE Chris Clemons (knee) is questionable.
Player to watch: Keep an eye on Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. He'll probably be matched up on 49ers WR Anquan Boldin much of the day. After Boldin torched the Packers for 208 yards, the aggressive and vociferous Sherman is going to make Boldin work for every yard he gets.
Recent history: The 49ers have won four of the past five, but their last game at CenturyLink Field was a disaster. The Seahawks beat them up badly, 42-13.
Key statistic: The Seahawks were 8-0 at home last season. Wilson became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to go undefeated at home.
Bottom line: These two teams don't like each other and the hitting should be ferocious. In some ways, they are mirror images. Both teams have mobile quarterbacks who can hurt you with their arm and their legs, veteran running backs who can take over a game and defenses that are committed to making every hit count. The 49ers are notorious for pulling out all kinds of unscouted looks the first couple of weeks of the season and because of coach Jim Harbaugh's creativity, they can keep defenses off-balance. But the Seahawks know the 49ers better than anyone else, and Pete Carroll will have some tricks up his sleeve with his defense. The 49ers had a lot more to contend with Week 1 in Green Bay than Seattle did with Carolina and probably had to reveal more of its plans. The Seahawks will be greatly undermanned if Browner and Clemons don't play. Clemons is critical to the pass rush and Browner can help Sherman beat up Boldin. Kaepernick's big passing day against the Packers should make teams think twice about devoting so much attention to the read-option.
15 -- Players used on offense in the season opener against San Francisco, tied for the fewest of any team in the NFL.
24 -- Times the offense threw the ball when RB Eddie Lacy was in the game, eight more than they ran it.
42.3 -- Percent the offense ran the ball on first and 10 against the 49ers.
3.0 -- Average yards per carry on those first and 10s.
14 -- Touchdown passes receiver Jordy Nelson has caught at home since 2011, second only to New England TE Rob Gronkowski (16).
3 -- Detroit Lions touchdowns against Minnesota that were nullified after an instant replay review.
11 -- Penalties the Lions committed in their first game, putting them on pace to finish with 176.
6 -- Plays the Chicago Bears held Cincinnati to in the final 15 minutes of their 24-21 victory last Sunday.
11 -- Consecutive field goals from 50 or more yards that Bears kicker Robbie Gould has made, tied for the NFL record. He kicked a 58-yarder against the Bengals to keep the streak alive.
15 -- Yards Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for on 17 carries after his 78-yard touchdown run to start the game.
3 -- Safeties registered in Week 1.
8 -- Teams that came back from fourth-quarter deficits to win last Sunday.
24 -- Players on NFL rosters on opening day who played at Wisconsin.
47 -- Kickoffs returned in Week 1, an average of three per game.
2-6 -- Record of NFC teams on the road during Week 1.
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