Russell Wilson as a miracle worker? A Jaguars rookie bragging about his individual performance in a loss? Darrelle Revis admitting the obvious? Yes, yes and yes. Here are some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 1 action.
Marcus Peters explains his national anthem protest
He said: "I’m just stating that I’m black and I love being black. I’m supporting Colin [Kaepernick] and what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system. I didn’t mean anything by it. I locked arms with my teammates. I talked with coach and coach said it was OK if I wanted to express my thoughts and so I just expressed it."
We say: Kaepernick may have started the conversation, but many more players have chosen to keep it going. The Dolphins, Seahawks and Patriots all had guys take a similar stand on Sunday, but the Chiefs cornerback was the first.
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Darrelle Revis states the obvious after being torched by the Bengals
He said: "It probably wasn’t one of my better games. I can take a punch on the chin."
We say: A.J. Green was targeted 10 times when matched up against Revis, and he caught a pass every single time. Green finished with 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 23-22 win over the Jets.
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Drew Brees wasn't surprised by Oakland's decision to go for two
He said: "You'll see that from time to time. You feel like you have the momentum, and let's dial it up and let's win the game. I could see us doing that."
We say: It may not have been surprising, but the Raiders' call to to win the game with a two-point conversion instead of simply tying it with an extra point definitely took some guts.
Ravens DT Brandon Williams reveals the plan for stopping Tyrod Taylor
He said: "The game plan was to make him a quarterback. Sometimes he got out of there, but not too many times."
We say: Taylor is at his best when his feet do as much damage as his arm, and Baltimore did an excellent job of containing both. Taylor finished with just 111 yards passing and 11 yards rushing in the 13-7 loss.
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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has praise for Shaun Hill
He said: “I thought Shaun did well. One of the things I told him going into the ballgame was you don’t have to be anybody else. You just have to yourself and that is good enough to win. You take care of the football, make the right plays, and I thought he did good. Sam has done a nice job getting ready as well. We will take it one week at a time and see where it takes us."
We say: Minnesota didn't trade a first-round pick for Sam Bradford so he could sit on the bench. Hill was 18-of-33 for 236 yards with no touchdowns, and while that was enough to get the win this week, it won't be enough to keep Bradford sidelined for too much longer.
Doug Baldwin believes in miracles
He said: "[Russell Wilson] has shown the propensity to do miraculous things."
We say: Seattle appeared to be trying very hard to give away its Week 1 game against the Dolphins, but Miami simply couldn't take advantage. Wilson engineered a last-gasp 14-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin that gave the Seahawks a 12-10 victory.
Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson curses Indy's defense
He said: "We played like s***."
We say: He's not wrong. Detroit's Matthew Stafford completed 31 of 39 passes for 340 yards and three ouchdowns and was able to march the Lions 50 yards down the field in 33 seconds to set up the game-winning field goal.
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Jaguars rookie Jalen Ramsey is all about Jalen Ramsey
He wrote: "Lol people quick to want a story so here you go: ZERO completions on me. I back up my talk. I play for the Lord and my teammates! We fought!"
We say: Ramsey also said of Aaron Rodgers, "He didn't throw my way. Write that." The Jaguars played the Packers close but ultimately came away with the 27-23 loss. Ramsey is a rookie, so we'll forgive him for not being a bit more gracious in defeat after his first official NFL contest -- especially given that he had a fistful of Rodgers' jersey on the quarterback'sbest play of the day.
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Terrance Williams should've gone out of bounds
He said: "In my mind, I was trying to make the first guy miss and then dive out of bounds – but it just didn’t go as planned. I should’ve just followed the rules and went out of bounds."
We say: Williams is right that he should have gone out of bounds to stop the clock after making a catch on the Cowboys' last-gasp drive against the Giants. But would it have really mattered? A field-goal attempt of at least 60 yards doesn't exactly scream "guaranteed victory."
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Carson Wentz was feeling it against the Browns
He said: "I felt very confident. It's a great first start."
We say: A 29-10 win in your NFL debut will do that. Wentz finished 22-of-37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. It was indeed a great first start.
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Texans owner Bob McNair pats himself on the back
He said: "I think [Brock Osweiler is] everything that we thought he would be."
We say: Osweiler wasn't spectacular in his Texans debut, but he certainly was solid. He finished with 231 passing yards and two touchdowns against one interception, and since the Texans gave Osweiler a $72 million contract in the offseason, McNair has the right to gloat a little after a Week 1 win.
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Lions coach Jim Caldwell praises his kicker's resiliency
He said: "To see him bounce back is huge. When you miss like that, the second one can be difficult. But he has an unusual focusing ability."
We say: Lions kicker Matt Prater left the door open for the Colts when he missed an extra point with four minutes left. Indianapolis ended up taking the lead on a touchdown with 37 seconds left, but once Matthew Stafford had the Lions within scoring position, Prater redeemed himself by hitting the game-winning field goal from 43 yards out.