Russell Wilson put off watching film for an extra hour to join Peyton and Eli Manning and provide commentary on the alternate “Monday Night Football” broadcast as the Ravens-Raiders thriller went to overtime. After carving up the Colts’ secondary in the opener, Wilson could afford a brief break. No doubt, he’ll be ready to lead the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) against the Tennessee Titans (0-1) on Sunday afternoon as the “12s” return to the stands for the first time since Dec. 29, 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chargers QB Justin Herbert found out less than a minute before last season’s Week 2 game against the Kansas City Chiefs that he would take his first NFL snap. Nearly a year later, Herbert has emerged as one of the top young quarterbacks in the league, going into another big Week 2 game as Los Angeles hosts Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.
Tyrann Mathieu kept hoping, even as the days slowly went by and he returned one positive test after another, that he would be cleared of COVID-19 in time to join the Kansas City Chiefs for their season opener against Cleveland. Mathieu was cleared the day before the Chiefs beat the Browns 33-29 at Arrowhead Stadium, and coach Andy Reid made the prudent decision to hold him out after missing nearly two weeks of practice. “I think it would be tough on anybody to not practice for 10 days and try to go out there and play a game you have to win at home,” Mathieu said.