The Arizona Cardinals hosted the New Orleans Saints and came away with a victory 31-18. A great rushing attack helped lead the Cardinals to their home opening victory. Wide Receiver John Brown and rookie running back David Johnson both made an impact. Brown caught quarterback Carson Palmer’s first touchdown and Johnson caught his last touchdown. Johnson's catch proved to be the nail in the coffin. The Cardinals now travel to Chicago to face the Bears in week 2.
The St. Louis Rams also used a good rushing performance to get a victory. Theirs was a little more sweet because they beat defending NFC Champ and division foe Seattle 34-31 in overtime. New Ram QB Nick Foles lit up the Cam Chancelor-less Seattle defense for 297 yards and a touchdown. Seattle now faces starting 0-2 when they play Green Bay on Sunday Night Football. The Rams play the Redskins.
In what some are saying is an even more shocker than the Rams victory, the San Francisco 49ers beat up on the Minnesota Vikings. People tuned in to Monday Night Football for the much anticipated return of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. But it was the Carlos Hyde show that everybody stayed to watch. He rushed for 168 yards and two scores. The 49ers now play Steelers in Pittsburgh.