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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning show they still have it on NFL's opening weekend

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning proved they still it, at least on opening weekend in the NFL, where we highlight numerous performances.

The old quarterbacks of the NFL, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, are still establishing themselves as the best on opening weekend. Plus, NFL stats leaders after Week 1.

In a league where the old guard of accomplished NFL quarterbacks gets plenty of attention, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning continued to show why they deserve it.

Brady extended his dominance on opening weekend, posting a 12-2 record in season-opening games, with his .857 winning percentage the highest among starting quarterbacks in NFL history. Manning isn’t far behind with a 13-4 record and a .765 winning percentage that puts him in second place, just ahead of another former Denver Broncos quarterback, John Elway, who is tied for third with former Chargers QB Dan Fouts with 12-4 records (.750) on opening weekend.

HOME OPENERS

The Broncos have a history of being great in home openers. They are 42-13-1 at home on Kickoff Weekend, with their .764 winning percentage the best in NFL history.

TEAM RECORD IN HOME OPENERS WIN PCT.
Denver Broncos 42-13-1 0.764
Miami Dolphins 34-14-1 0.708
Chicago Bears 65-27-4 0.707
Dallas Cowboys 38-17-1 0.691
Baltimore Ravens 13-6-0 0.684
Note: Ties prior to 1972 did not count in winning percentage.

EARLY LEADERS ESTABLISHED

After one week of action, here are your NFL leaders for offense and defense:

The San Diego Chargers have to the top offense in the league and the top passing offense after putting up 483 yards of total offense and 388 yards passing in Week 1.

The San Francisco 49ers have the top rushing offense after posting 230 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on the final game of opening weekend.

The Broncos sport the top defense (173 yards total) and the top pass defense (100 yards), while the Arizona Cardinals have the top defense against the run (54 yards).

    National Football League
         Offense         Defense
      Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass
Ariz.   4    11    6   28    *1   30
Atl.   10T   12T   8   26     2T  29
Balt.  32    25   32    2     5T   2
Buff.  16     5   18   11     4   21
Car.   27    12T  30    7    15    5
Chi.    6     2   17   14    26   13
Cin.    8T    8   11    3     2T  10
Cleve. 20    14   16   16    29    7
Dallas  3    21T   2    9    18   14
Denver 31    27T  31   *1     8   *1
Det.   23    27T  13T  32    14   32
G.B.   19     7   20   27    31   16
Hou.    8T   16    7   15    16   19T
Ind.   22    29   12   17    28   15
Jax    26    18   28    6    20T   3
K.C.   18    17   13T  24T   17   26
Miami  28    24   24   19    30   12
Minn.  29    26   27   22T   32    4
N.E.   12    21T   9   31    27   28
N.O.    5    32    3   29    22   27
Giants 24    15   19   30    11T  31
Jets   17     4   26   13    19   17
Oak.   30    30T  23   24T   25   22
Phil.   7    30T   4   22T   20T  25
Pitt.   2     6    5   21    11T  24
St. L. 13    23   10   18    23T  18
S.D.   *1    19   *1   10     5T  19T
S.F.   10T   *1   29    4     7    6
Sea.   15     9T  15   20    10   23
T.B.   25    20   25   12    23T  11
Tenn.  21     9T  22    8    13    8
Wash.  14     3   21    5     9    9
     T = Tied for position
     * = League Leader

OTHER STATS LEADERS

The New York Jets took to social media to promote Todd Bowles’ debut after the Jets recovered four fumbles and had an interception to lead the league with a plus-four takeaway advantage. But it could hardly be a dig at former Jets coach Rex Ryan because his Buffalo Bills are tied for second in the league at plus-three in takeaways after intercepting two passes and recovering one fumble.

The Cleveland Browns are last at minus-4.

Three quarterbacks had 300 yards passing or more: Rivers, Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer.

Nine receivers had 100 yards or more: Keenan Allen, Julio Jones, Anontio Brown, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Travis Kelce, Nate Washington, Tyler Eifert, Jordan Matthews and Kendall Wright.

Only four running backs eclipsed 100 yards: Carlos Hyde, Matt Forte, DeAngelo Williams and Alfred Morris.

WEEK 1 SINGLE-GAME HIGHS

Most Points – 18, Gronkowski, N.E. vs. Pitt., 9/10, (3 td, 0 fg, 0 xp, 0 2pt)

Passing Yards – 404, Rivers, S.D. vs. Det., 9/13, (35-42, 404, 2 td, 2 int)

Longest Pass – 63, Brees, N.O. at Ariz., 9/13, (to Snead, Willie)

Passing Touchdowns – 4, Brady, N.E. vs. Pitt., 9/10, (25-32, 288, 4 td, 0 int)

Passing Touchdowns – 4, Mariota, Tenn. at T.B., 9/13, (13-16, 209, 4 td, 0 int)

Rushing Yards – 168, Hyde, S.F. vs. Minn., 9/14, (26-168, 2 td)

Rushing Attempts – 26, Hyde, S.F. vs. Minn., 9/14, (26-168, 2 td)

Longest Rush – 31, Taylor, Buff. vs. Ind., 9/13

Receptions – 15, K. Allen, S.D. vs. Det., 9/13, (15-166, 0 td)

Receiving Yards – 166, K. Allen, S.D. vs. Det., 9/13, (15-166, 0 td)

Kickoff Return Yards – 106, Montgomery, G.B. at Chi., 9/13, (3-106, 0 td)

Kickoff Returns – 3, Pead, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT), (3-63, 0 td)

Kickoff Returns – 3, (5 times in Non-Overtime Games)

Longest Kickoff Return – 48, Abdullah, Det. at S.D., 9/13

Punt Return Yards – 85, Austin, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT), (2-85, 1 fc, 1 td)

Punt Return Yards – 81, Thomas, K.C. at Hou., 9/13, (5-81, 0 fc, 0 td)

Punt Returns – 5, Thomas, K.C. at Hou., 9/13, (5-81, 0 fc, 0 td)

Longest Punt Return – 75, Austin, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT), td

Longest Punt Return – 69, Landry, Miami at Wash., 9/13, td

Interceptions – 1, Johnson, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT), (1-15, 0 td)

Interceptions – 1, (30 times in Non-Overtime Games)

Longest Interception Return – 51, Talib, Denv. vs. Balt., 9/13, td

Sacks – 2.0, Donald, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT)

Sacks – 2.0, Quinn, St.L. vs. Sea., 9/13 (OT)

Sacks – 2.0, (6 times in Non-Overtime Games)

Scrimmage Yards – 182, Hyde, S.F. vs. Minn., 9/14, (Rush 26-168, Rec 2-14)

Longest Punt – 73, Ryan, Sea. at St.L., 9/13 (OT)

Longest Punt – 67, Allen, N.E. vs. Pitt., 9/10

Punts – 7, Colquitt, K.C. at Hou., 9/13, (7-307, 43.9)

Punts – 7, Lechler, Hou. vs. K.C., 9/13, (7-329, 47.0)

Field Goals Made – 4, (4 times in Non-Overtime Games)

Longest Field Goal – 57, McManus, Denv. vs. Balt., 9/13


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