It was a great opening weekend in the NFL that saw a couple of games go down to the wire and a couple of players have great games after suffering serious injuries in 2014. One of the those players was Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
After tearing his ACL against the Rams last November, Palmer returned to action on Sunday, completing 19 of 32 passing attempts for 307 yards and three touchdowns to no interceptions. Palmer did a great job of getting everyone involved as eight different Cardinals players had at least one reception in Arizona' 31-19 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Even though his team lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was all over the field on Sunday. Cushing led the team with 10 tackles on Sunday and will look to have over 100 tackles in a season for the first time since 2011.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had six solo tackles against the Chicago Bears including a huge interception late in the fourth quarter that helped the Packers secure the victory between the two rivals. Here is the interception:
Here are some other notable stats from former Trojans:
RB Javorius "Buck" Allen, Ravens: Nine carries for 30 yards in his NFL debut.
TE Jordan Cameron, Dolphins: Four catches for 73 yards
DT Jurrell Casey, Titans: Three tackles and a sack
LB Rey Maualuga, Bengals: Seven tackles
CB Nickell Robey, Bills: After signing a two-year extension in August, Robey had a nice season debut with six tackles, a pass deflection, and a sack.
LB Malcolm Smith, Raiders: Seven tackles
DE Leonard Williams, Jets: Five tackles in his NFL debut