On Thursday's NFL opening night, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt first blew minds, and then blew out the New England Patriots. Making his pro debut, Hunt rushed for 148 yards and caught five passes for 98 yards, plus scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter that gave the Chiefs an 8-point lead after they had trailed by six.
Let's take a look at each game remaining in Week 1 and see which other players have an inaugural appearance ahead, whether it's a rookie playing in his first professional game or a veteran who switched teams over the offseason. They could all be game-changers.
Eagles at Redskins
The obvious new team debuts to watch in this game are the top two wide receiver signings of free agency. Alshon Jeffery hit the market expecting a lucrative long-term deal, but settled for a one-year contract in Philadelphia that paid him a $7.75 million signing bonus and $4.5 million in performance incentives. A day later, Terrelle Pryor also bit the bullet on a one-year contract and also went to the NFC East, signing for a max value of $8 million. The Eagles weren't done improving their offensive weapons with Jeffery, also signing Torrey Smith, LeGarrette Blount and drafting receiver Mack Hollins, who has been impressive so far.
Jets at Bills
We won't see the debut of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman unless something bad happens relating to Tyrod Taylor, but the Jets will be debuting a new QB in veteran Josh McCown. His top target could surprisingly end up as receiver Jermaine Kearse, acquired from the Seahawks just a week ago. Defensively, New York is debuting new rookie starters at both safety positions in first rounder Jamal Adams and second rounder Marcus Maye. That may or may not be an advantage for Taylor and receivers Jordan Matthews (trade), Zay Jones (second round), but Buffalo has a couple of new starting cornerbacks of their own: E.J. Gaines, acquired from the Rams in the Sammy Watkins deal, and rookie Tre'Davious White.
Ravens at Bengals
This may be the most change for the Ravens organization since they moved to Baltimore. They looked to revamp the offense by signing right tackle Austin Howard, running back Danny Woodhead and receiver Jeremy Maclin, while continuing their attempt to have a better secondary with the signings of corner Brandon Carr, safety Tony Jefferson and drafting corner Marlon Humphrey in the first. A bonus addition is defensive end Bronson Kaufusi, a second round pick in 2016 who missed all of his rookie season with a broken ankle. Meanwhile, the most notable debut for the Bengals is clearly controversial rookie Joe Mixon, but they also have dynamic rookie receiver John Ross (questionable to play), and Cincy has a returning 2016 draft pick of their own: Cornerback William Jackson III (torn pectoral) is the only first round pick from last season to not have played in a game yet. He could soon be the Bengals top secondary player.
Cardinals at Lions
Despite some big losses like Campbell and Jefferson, the Cards actually won't look that much different. Their biggest additions were rookies Haason Reddick at linebacker and Budda Baker at safety, but they did bring back veteran Karlos Dansby, whose next solo tackle will be the 1,000th of his career. Conversely, the Lions are dealing with sweeping changes on the offensive line, signing right guard T.J. Lang and right tackle Ricky Wagner to huge free agent deals, then trading for left tackle Greg Robinson. With all these teams basically rotating offensive tackles, does it feel like any of them got significantly better at that position?
Jaguars at Texans
Cam Robinson's first test as an NFL left tackle: J.J. Watt. Good luck with that, because not only is he unblockable, he's also the most beloved man in America at the moment, with the $30 million-plus he's raised for Hurricane Harvey relief. We also get to see Leonard Fournette take the regular season field for the first time, but perhaps Jacksonville's most significant new contributions will come from the veterans on defense, including Calais Campbell, Barry Church and A.J. Bouye. With those new Jags, it could be a long day for center Nick Martin, who missed 2016 with an ankle injury. He'll be snapping it to Tom Savage, who is not new to the Texans, but is making his "debut" as getting an opportunity to be a long-term NFL starter.
Raiders at Titans
I could talk about Cordarrelle Patterson and Jared Cook, or rookie corner Gareon Conley, who is questionable for Sunday, but the only new Raider worth more than a passing conversation is of course Marshawn Lynch, who returns after a year off to play for his hometown team before it leaves for Vegas. Yet maybe no team made more changes to their offensive weapons over the offseason than the Titans; Tennessee signed Eric Decker, then used their myriad draft picks on receivers Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, plus tight end Jonnu Smith. All in the first three rounds. Defensively they have a pair of new corners: Logan Ryan (Patriots free agent) and Adoree' Jackson, a first round pick like Davis.
Falcons at Bears
Atlanta lost their 25-point lead, but they didn't lose many players. The Falcons look mostly the same, but they did sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe, not long ago a superstar for the Chiefs, and drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley in the first. Chicago made a lot of changes, none bigger than quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Mitch Trubisky. Don't let GM Ryan Pace fool you into saying this is the same as Matt Flynn-Russell Wilson situation though, because Glennon and Trubisky came at a much heftier price. Also donning a Bears jersey for the first time are Kendall Wright, and a trio of defensive backs: Quintin Demps, Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper.
Steelers at Browns
The Steelers have some key new players (Joe Haden, T.J. Watt, Vance McDonald) but let's focus on the Browns because that's where change is rampant. Five big offensive additions come at quarterback (DeShone Kizer), receiver (Kenny Britt), center (J.C. Tretter), right guard (Kevin Zeitler) and tight end (David Njoku), but that's not it. The secondary added veteran Jason McCourty and rookie Jabrill Peppers, who will also contribute on special teams, just like rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez. Will all those changes add up to 8-8?
Colts at Rams
It is not Scott Tolzien's Indy debut, but is it possible we'll see Jacoby Brissett's? Snapping to the quarterback with Ryan Kelly out will be rookie Deyshawn Bond, while the Colts have a trio of new linebackers in John Simon, Jon Bostic and Jabaal Sheard. With star corner Vontae Davis ruled out, Indy must turn to a rookie like Nate Hairston or Quincy Wilson, but it's uncertain how much we'll see first round safety Malik Hooker. But the Rams are working in a ton of new players too under new head coach Sean McVay. That includes four receivers (Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Josh Reynolds), a premier left tackle in Andrew Whitworth, and tight end Gerald Everett. Defensively, Tanzel Smart or Quinton Jefferson could make their L.A. debut, while linebacker Connor Barwin and cornerback Kayvon Webster will also suit up for the Rams for the first time.
Panthers at 49ers
Three very different debuts in Carolina: There's Matt Kalil, the expensive free agent with a lot left to prove at left tackle. Julius Peppers, the vet entering his 16th season, and his first with the Panthers since 2009. But all eyes are on rookie Christian McCaffrey, the seventh overall pick who will be playing all over the offense. Meanwhile, the Niners are in a very similar position to the Rams, minus the superstar holding out. All six receivers are new, including Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, fifth rounder Trent Taylor, plus two undrafted free agents. Other new offensive players include tight end George Kittle, fullback Kyle Juszczyk and, of course, Brian Hoyer. Defensively, Elvis Dumervil makes his San Francisco debut, while it may not take long for Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster to show what kind of an impact they'll have at the NFL level. Between McCaffrey and Thomas, that's two top-seven picks from Stanford in the same game.
Seahawks at Packers
The Seahawks do a great job of retaining their core stars, but many of the other positions must rotate out regularly. This year, that includes free agents like Luke Joeckel at guard, running back Eddie Lacy (making his first non-Packers start against the Packers), safety/corner Bradley McDougald and kicker Blair Walsh. Rookies who could make significant contributions in Green Bay are running back Chris Carson and cornerback Shaquill Griffin. But none of that comes close to the impact that Sheldon Richardson could have in the Seattle run defense. For the Packers, the debuts come on a much smaller scale. Jahri Evans starts at right guard, Davon House returns to Green Bay to play corner and rookie running back Jamaal Williams could get some carries behind Ty Montgomery. But the biggest addition should be tight end Martellus Bennett, making his Packers debut in a game where his brother will also be on the field.
Giants at Cowboys
It's our first taste of Brandon Marshall with the regular Giants offense; how much will his presence help Odell Beckham, Jr, assuming he can play? If he can't, it could mean more opportunities for rookie tight end Evan Engram. There aren't many changes on New York's elite defense -- they did most of those last offseason -- but they did add defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson in round two. On the other side, almost all of the Cowboys' changes are coming through the draft. That includes 2017 picks Taco Charlton on the defensive line, Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie in the secondary, and Ryan Switzer on kick and punt returning duties, but none of that is on the level of the Jaylon Smith debut. A year and a half removed from his devastating knee injury at Notre Dame, Smith is expected to start at inside linebacker against the Giants. It's anyone's guess how that goes, but Smith has already done a ton to overcome the odds against him.
Saints at Vikings (MNF)
Adrian Peterson may not be the Saints lead back, but he should get some opportunities to show the Vikings that he's not done yet. (Unless, sadly, he turns out to be.) New Orleans is also debuting free agent signees Ted Ginn at receiver and returner, Alex Okafor at defensive end and a host of important rookies, including Ryan Ramczyk at tackle, Alvin Kamara at running back, Alex Anzalone at linebacker and Marshon Lattimore at cornerback. The Vikings basically just worked to improve upon the 32nd-ranked run game that they had before and after Peterson got hurt: Three new starting offensive linemen (Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers at tackle, Pat Elflein at center) and two new backs, rookie Dalvin Cook and veteran Latavius Murray. Which team will rush for more yards on Sunday? I'm guessing the Vikings, but this was the worst rushing team in the league last year.
Chargers at Broncos (MNF)
It's hard to not get at least a little excited about "trick shot kicker" Younghoe Koo, the fourth player in league history to be born in South Korea. Koo beat out Josh Lambo despite hitting just one field goal in the preseason (from 27 yards. The Chargers signed Joe Barksdale at right tackle, but making Russell Okung the highest-paid lineman in the NFL made little sense. Still, L.A. didn't make as many offensive line changes as Denver did. The Broncos are starting rookie Garett Bolles at left tackle, plus Menelik Watson at right tackle and big name free agent signee Ronald Leary at right guard. Denver ranked 27th in rushing yards ago, and they're hoping those three can open up lanes for Jamaal Charles, another running back making his debut somewhere other than where he became legendary. Same division, new opportunity.