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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Sooners in the NFL – Week 1

With the NFL season underway, here’s a look at how some of your Sooners have fared in Week 1.

Minnesota Vikings v Tennessee Titans Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

DeMarco Murray looks like his spectacular self again, rushing 13 times for 42 yards and adding five catches for 35 yards and two touchdowns in his regular-season debut with the Titans in Nashville. With the burst OU fans were accustomed to seeing in Norman and his years in Dallas, Murray has established himself as the lead ball carrier in a promising offense seemingly tailor-made for his skill set.

On the opposite side of Murray on Sunday was the pair of recently united Sooners in Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson (Vikings). While Bradford did not play as he continues to learn the playbook, AD wasn’t able to break free to do much damage either, rushing 19 times for only 31 yards. But the Vikings were able to steal the win in Nashville on the shoulders of their defense.

Tony Jefferson, Jermaine Gresham (Cardinals) – Gresh, the Cardinals’ starting tight end, finished with four catches for 41 yards in Sunday night’s loss to the Pats, while Jefferson (DB) was all over the field on the other side of the ball, racking up a game-high 10 tackles for an elite Arizona defense.

Gerald McCoy (DT) registered three tackles and a sack while dialing up the pressure on Matt Ryan all afternoon in the Bucs’ season-opening win in Atlanta.

With his suspension still in the air, offensive tackle Lane Johnson made the start and helped protect rookie quarterback Carson Wentz all afternoon as the Eagles beat the Browns in Philadelphia.

New England Patriots v Arizona Cardinals
Jermaine Gresham
Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Kenny Stills, Damien Williams, Jordan Phillips (Dolphins) – Williams (RB) continues to have a small role in the Dolphins’ backfield, gaining nine yards on two carries and catching a pass for 29 yards. Stills (WR), after going off during the preseason, was held to one catch for 16 yards and stifled all afternoon by the Legion of Boom. Phillips (DT) fared the best of this Miami trio, racking up four tackles and this forced fumble.

Trent Williams (OT) and Tress Way (P) are in action at home tonight for Washington in the first game of Monday Night Football against the Steelers. Blake Bell (TE) hopes to also see the field tonight as the 49ers take on the Rams in the second game of the doubleheader.

Quarterback Landry Jones is active and will also be in attendance for the Steelers on the sidelines. I hope he enjoys a relaxing evening staying put just right there.

These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:

Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns), Chris Chester (RG -Falcons), Stacy McGee (DE - Raiders), Corey Nelson (LB - Broncos), Aaron Ripkowski (FB - Packers), Donald Stephenson (RT - Broncos), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers), James Winchester (WR/ST – Chiefs)

The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 1:

Devante Bond (LB - Bucs), Sam Bradford (QB - Vikings), James Hanna (TE - Cowboys), Charles Tapper (DE- Cowboys), Aaron Colvin, (CB - Jaguars, suspension)

Last but certainly not least, starting wide receiver Sterling Shepard made his regular-season debut for the Giants in Dallas with three catches for 43 yards, and this rather sterling touchdown grab in the end zone. BOOMER!