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What's trending in the NFL: Mariota, Cowboys lead Sunday storylines

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On the first Sunday of the regular season, rookie quarterbacks, a late-night comeback, a "mishit" kickoff and an injury to a former Defensive Player of the Year ruled the day. Here's a look at the top stories and stats from Sunday:

Top stories

  1. Titans QB Marcus Mariota had a dream debut. Mariota, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, threw four touchdown passes -- all in the first half -- leading Tennessee to a 42-14 win at Tampa Bay. Needless to say, Twitter had fun with Mariota's day.

  2. Bucs QB Jameis Winston, however, didn't fare so well. The top pick in the draft had a rough start, throwing a pick-six on his first attempt of his NFL career.

  3. The Cowboys lost the turnover battle 3-0 to the Giants on Sunday night, but thanks to a catastrophic error by Eli Manning when he could have run more time off the clock, Tony Romo led the Cowboys on a game-winning drive to stun New York.

  4. The Seahawks started overtime with what appeared to be an onside kick versus the Rams, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters that kicker Steven Hauschka mishit the kick. "That's not what was supposed to happen. We just didn't execute properly on the kick," he said.

  5. Browns QB Josh McCown suffered a concussion in the first quarter at the Jets, which meant the return of Johnny Manziel, who started well -- he threw the first touchdown pass of his career to give Cleveland the lead -- but then had three second-half turnovers.

  6. Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles on Sunday at Denver and will miss the rest of the season. Suggs also tore his Achilles in the 2012 offseason.

  7. QB Peyton Manning and the Broncos' offense struggled versus the Ravens, but Denver's defense carried the day.

By the numbers

Here are a few interesting stats from Sunday, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information research:

  1. Mariota finished with more TDs (four) than incompletions (three).

  2. Bears QB Jay Cutler has an interception against the Packers in 11 straight regular season starts, tied with Bobby Layne (1950-55) for the longest such streak against Green Bay.

  3. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson lost in overtime for the first time in his career. He's now 5-1 in overtime games, including the playoffs.

  4. This was the third time a Peyton Manning-led team won a game without an offensive touchdown. It was the first time since Week 13 of 2008 at Cleveland, and the other time was 2003 at Cleveland.

  5. Bengals QB Andy Dalton was 9-of-11 for 104 yards and two touchdowns targeting Tyler Eifert on Sunday, including 8-of-9 in the first half.

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