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Seven plays that explain Week 1

*Each week, the Around The NFL crew will choose the plays that defined Sunday. *

Cameron Wake was the single biggest reason why Miami destroyed New England in the second half. His lightning fast strip sack of Tom Brady below turned the game around, and then Wake added another strip sack later in the half for good measure. The Patriots offensive line was pushed around. -- Gregg Rosenthal

Just minutes after Steve Smith burned Pacman Jones for an 80-yard touchdown to give the Ravens their first lead of the game, A.J. Green beat Chykie Brown for a juggling 77-yard touchdown to seal the victory for the Bengals. Green was the best player on the field, going against a shaky secondary that appears to be the soft spot in Baltimore's otherwise strong defense. -- Chris Wesseling

Following three straight second-half punts, the Steelers needed to stop the bleeding against Cleveland's surging offense. Instead of handing the ball back to the Browns with another kick, Pittsburgh dialed up a fake punt at their own 20 that saw Robert Golden toss a 25-yard dart to special-teamer Antwon Blake. Ballsy play, which -- had it failed -- would have given Brian Hoyer and the Browns a prime chance to crack a 27-27 tie. Instead, Cleveland never scored again. -- Marc Sessler

Jake Locker and Ken Whisenhunt are off to a fast start. Locker was composed and got rid of the ball quickly against Kansas City. It didn't hurt that Justin Hunter kept up his impressive preseason mojo. The Titans could be frisky if Locker makes the leap. -- Gregg Rosenthal

The Redskins were atrocious on special teams a season ago. Dropping Mike Shanahan and company obviously didn't solve the problem on Alfred Blue's blocked punt and return for a score. Impact special teams plays and a promising J.J. Watt-led defense could make the Texans an intriguing playoff sleeper. -- Dan Hanzus

We're feeling pretty good about tabbing Cordarrelle Patterson as this season's top "Making the Leap" candidate. With 176 all-purpose yards, the wideout did his greatest damage on the ground, taking a pair of jet sweeps for 35 yards before frying the Rams on this third-quarter pitch to the house. The tackle-breaking Patterson is exactly the type of freaky athlete Norv Turner can work wonders with. -- Marc Sessler

Devin Hester set Matt Bryant up for the game-tying field goal deep in the fourth quarter, hauling in a 21-yard reception. A tease on offense in Chicago, Hester is poised for his biggest impact yet in the passing game. The Falcons are going to run a lot of four-wide receiver sets this season, with Hester joining Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. -- Chris Wesseling

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