If it seemed like there were more close games than usual during opening weekend, that’s because there were.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football operations Troy Vincent tweeted out that six games in Week 1 were decided by 2 points or fewer, the most in NFL history.
— Troy Vincent (@TroyVincent23) September 13, 2016
In the first game of the season, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 21-20. On Sunday the Oakland Raiders knocked off the New Orleans Saints 35-34, the Cincinnati Bengals took down the New York Jets 23-22, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Miami Dolphins 12-10, the New York Giants edged the Dallas Cowboys 20-19, and the New England Patriots defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night 23-21.
Many of those games made some moments that will be remembered for years to come. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio puffed his chest out after converting a 2-point attempt instead of kicking the extra point to tie the game. Victor Cruz not only played in his first game in over a year, but he scored the game-winning touchdown for the Giants. The Cardinals missed a field goal in the waning seconds against a Patriots team that was missing its two best players.
Drama sells in the NFL and Week 1 was loaded with it. Perhaps it is a sign of things to come.