With all the hype an excitement that goes into Opening Day, I decided to do a little research to see what the best Week 1 performances in the history of the NFL. So here they are:
Norm Van Brocklin, Los Angeles Rams - had one of the greatest games in the history of quarterbacks as he threw five touchdowns, ran for another to go along with his NFL record of 554 passing yards. This was done in a 54-14 victory against the New York Yankees on September 28, 1951. Despite this amazing performance, Norm only started one other game that entire year. He ended the year by coming off the bench and throwing a 73 yard TD pass to Tom Fears in the 4th quarter of the 1951 NFL Championship Game which broke a 17-17 tie and won the game.
O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills - tied the NFL records of 250 rushing yards in a single game against the New England Patriots on September 16, 1973. He also scored two touchdowns as the Bills beat the Patriots 31-13. The record for most rushing yards in a single game has since been passed, however, OJ's 250 yards effort is still the most on opening day.
Frank Clarke, Dallas Cowboys - hauled in 10 catches and three touchdowns to go along with his for an NFL record of 241 receiving yards against the Washington Redskins on September 16, 1962. The game ended in a 35-35 tie.