The first Sunday of the NFL season was a doozy.
There were plenty of close games that came down to the final possession.
Week 1 is usually a sloppy week for most teams because their starters did not get many reps in the preseason.
That could not have been more prevalent on Sunday.
Turnovers and missed kicks were one of the stories of the day.
But, there is always something to take away from each NFL game.
Here are three key takeaways from the first Sunday of the NFL season.
1. The Chiefs Looked Dominant
Not to be outdone by the Buffalo Bills’ performance on Thursday Night, the Kansas City Chiefs looked like the best team on Sunday.
They dominated what many think is going to be a good Arizona Cardinals team, 44-21.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the story of the game throwing five touchdown passes.
Mahomes and this offense did not miss Tyreek Hill‘s presence.
The former MVP completed 30 of 39 passes for 360 yards and the aforementioned five touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes has FIVE touchdowns passes in three quarters against the Cardinals 😳
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 11, 2022
Nine different players in the Kansas City offense caught passes in the game with Travis Kelce remaining as the go-to guy.
This was a great start to the season for the Chiefs and they look to keep rolling next week against the Los Angeles Chargers.
2. The Packers Need To Find Some Wide Receivers
The Green Bay Packers opened the season in a tough divisional battle against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Packers offense looked lost in this game.
It looks like Rodgers has almost no confidence in the young receivers on his teams.
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 11, 2022
The most targeted player on the Packers was running back AJ Dillon.
Three of the top four targets were running backs or tight ends.
The confidence in the young receivers is simply not there yet.
Green Bay only scored seven points on offense and they looked inept.
With Allen Lazard expected back next week it will be interesting to see if Rodgers trusts him.
If not, then the Packers could be in some trouble if they do not get their franchise QB an elite pass catcher.
3. The Trey Lance Era Is Off To A Bad Start
When the San Francisco 49ers decided to turn the franchise over to Trey Lance, they were hoping for a better start to the season.
Playing in Chicago, the weather was terrible and Lance struggled to throw the ball.
He ended up completing only 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and one interception.
With the constant rain throughout the game, Lance struggled to grip and throw the ball with accuracy.
But, he did add 54 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The Niners had a 10-0 lead in the game before allowing 19 unanswered points to a bad Bears offense.
The conditions were so bad that Lance will get a pass for this game.
But, the noise is only going to get louder for Jimmy Garoppolo who remains the backup in San Francisco.
Lance hopes for a much better performance at home against the Seattle Seahawks next week.