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Todd Gurley had 56 rushing yards and a touchdown in his first game with the Falcons.

Todd Gurley, Georgia rookies impress in opening week of 2020 NFL season

Georgia’s likes to tout itself as ‘RBU’, given the number of great running backs that have played for the program and then gone on to shine at the next level.

In the opening week of the 2020 NFL season, it was easy to see why Georgia has earned that moniker, with Todd Gurley, Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift all scoring touchdowns for their team.

Of those three, Gurley had the most productive day, as he ran for 56 yards and a score in his debut for the Atlanta Falcons. Gurley looked strong after being cut by the Rams, but Atlanta couldn’t stop Seattle’s offense as the Falcons lost 38-25.

Michel had a one-yard touchdown run in New England’s 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots had a strong day on the ground running behind former Bulldogs David Andrews and Isaiah Wynn.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had the most rushing yards of any Georgia running back as he picked up 60 yards on 10 carries for the Browns. AJ Green had the most receiving yards by any former Bulldog, as he caught 5 passes for 51 yards. It appeared that he had scored the game-winning touchdown for the Bengals, only to be flagged for offensive pass interference.

Swift’s first career touchdown was a nice moment for the second-round draft pick. But he’s gained much more notoriety for being unable to bring in a catch with :06 seconds left that would’ve given the Detroit Lions a last-second lead against the Chicago Bears. Former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 297 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

On the other side of that same game, a number of former Bulldogs made big plays for the Bears in their 27-23 victory. Javon Wims had a fourth-quarter touchdown catch,  while Roquan Smith led the Bears with seven tackles.

In addition to Swift, a number of Georgia rookies made their NFL debuts this weekend. Andrew Thomas and Solomon Kindley earned starting spots for the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, respectively. Thomas held well against a strong Pittsburgh pass rush in his first career game. Former Georgia outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter had seven tackles for the Giants but they were unable to slow the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship made his NFL debut, as he converted on two field goals and both his extra points. He did have one of his field-goal attempts hit off the upright though in what was a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

As for our Top Dawg, the weekly honor that goes to the Bulldog who had the best week in the NFL, it goes to former outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. In his debut for the Los Angeles Rams, Floyd had a key fourth-quarter sack of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to help the Rams earn a 20-17 victory.

This is Floyd’s first season in Los Angeles after spending his first four seasons in the NFL with the Bears.

Top Dawg in the NFL

Week 1: Leonard Floyd, OLB Los Angeles Rams

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