Penn State in the NFL (Week 1): Godwin Scores, Juwan Johnson Shines, and Carl Nassib Makes A Big Play

By Matthew Filipovits on September 14, 2021 at 9:30 am
New Orleans Saints tight end Juwan Johnson (83) celebrates in the end zone after pulling in a touchdown pass during early fourth quarter action. The New Orleans Saints hosted the the Green Bay Packers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, September 12, 2021 after the Saint's home game had to be move from New Orleans after Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast. The Saints went into the half with a 17 to 3 lead over the Packers and walked away with a 38 to 3 win in their season opening home game away
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Godwin Scores FIrst Tuddie of the 2021 Season

Chris Godwin ended last season with a Super Bowl ring and he started this one by being the first player to find the end zone. The fifth-year pro is expected to be one of the best pass-catchers in the League once again.

Juwan Johnson made the transition from wide receiver to tight end this offseason and the move is already paying off. He caught the first two touchdown passes of his career against the Packers en route to a blowout win for the Saints.

The biggest knock on Odafe Oweh ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft was his lack of production last season. The Ravens saw past the numbers and Oweh delivered on Monday Night Football.

Not to be outdone, Carl Nassib made the play of the night when he sacked Lamar Jackson on a speed rush and forced a fumble that would ultimately lead to a walk-off touchdown for the Raiders. 


Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29

  • Chris Godwin (Buccaneers): 9 catches, 105 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 tackle
  • Micah Parsons (Cowboys): 7 tackles (3 solo), 1 pass defended

Eagles 32, Falcons 6

  • Miles Sanders (Eagles): 15 carries, 74 yards, 4 catches, 39 yards

Steelers 23, Bills 16

  • Pat Freiermuth (Steelers): 1 catch, 24 yards

49ers 41, Lions 33

  • Kevin Givens (49ers): 1 tackle
  • Robbie Gould (49ers): 2/3 field goals (52-yard long), 5/5 XP
  • Jason Cabinda (Lions): 2 tackles (1 solo)
  • Amani Oruwariye (Lions): 1 tackle (1 solo), 1 pass defended

Panthers 19, Jets 14

  • Yetur Gross-Matos (Panthers): 2 tackles (2 solo), 1 tackle for loss
  • DaQuan Jones (Panthers): 2 tackles

Dolphins 17, Patriots 16

  • Mike Gesicki (Dolphins): 1 tackle (1 solo)

Saints 38, Packers 3

  • Juwan Johnson (Saints): 3 catches, 21 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Blake Gillikin (Saints): 2 punts, 51.5 yard average
  • Adrian Amos (Packers): 9 tackles (7 solo)

Broncos 27, Giants 13

  • KJ Hamler (Broncos): 3 catches, 41 yards
  • Saquon Barkley (Giants): 10 carries, 26 yards, 1 catch, 1 yard
  • Austin Johnson (Giants): 5 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack

Rams 34, Bears 14

  • Nick Scott (Rams): 1 tackle, 1 solo
  • Allen Robinson (Bears): 6 catches, 35 yards

Raiders 33, Ravens 27

  • Carl Nassib (Raiders): 3 tackles (3 solo), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
  • Odafe Oweh (Ravens): 2 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack
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