The Jameis Winston-Marcus Mariota comparisons will continue to be a theme throughout the two highly-skilled quarterbacks careers. Sunday was Mariota's day as Winston struggled right from the start.
On his first regular season play, Winston was picked off by Titans CB Coty Sensabaugh for a 26-yard pick-six and had trouble dealing with a depleted O-Line. After trailing mightily, Winston hooked up with Austin Sefarian-Jenkins twice for Tampa's only two scores.
Winston, who went just 16-for-33 for 210 yards, showed poise as the game progressed but both Buccaneers and Seminoles fans have to be distraught after his performance Sunday against one of the league's worst statistical defenses.
Cheer up, Jameis Winston. The last player to throw a Pick-6 on his first NFL pass was Brett Favre. (via @EliasSports)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 13, 2015
As for Bills rookie Ronald Darby, getting an interception off Andrew Luck in your NFL debut is a memorable event. Darby and Aaron Williams held the Colts' wideouts and Andrew Luck to just 243 yards passing while completing only 26 passes in 49 attempts.
Ronald Darby on his interception, which came after TY Hilton beat him off the line: "The play ain't over until it's over." #Bills— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) September 13, 2015
Fellow Nole and current teammate Karlos Williams led the Bills in rushing with 55 yards on only six carries and had a score on the ground. It remains to be seen how much of a factor Williams will be in the run game with LeSean McCoy also sharing the load, but it's a promising start for the late-round pick. Linebacker Nigel Bradham led the Bills with eight tackles. It was an overall successful day for the Seminole contingency now playing for Buffalo.
Jaguars wideoeut Rashad Greene hauled in his first NFL touchdown reception against the Panthers and finished with a team-high seven catches. Anquan Boldin also had a team-high of four receptions for the 49ers who dominated the Vikings Monday night on both sides of the ball en route to their first victory of the season.
In the special teams department, former Nole Graham Gano struggled against the Jags missing two field goals but the Panthers ended up routing Jacksonville on the road. Sebastian Janikowski made his lone extra point attempt as one of the more consistent kickers in NFL history.
Christian Jones had seven tackles against the Packers in a 31-23 Chicago loss and defensive tackle Eddie Goldman contributed with two against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's explosive offense.
Next week, Winston faces a tough task against New Orleans on the road as the Bills FSU trifecta hosts Tre' Jackson and Bryan Stork of the New England Patriots.