NFL scores: Early games dominated by close scores

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Nine games are within a single score at the half in today's early games.

Week 1 is underway with 20 teams playing in Sunday's early slate of games. Entering halftime only one game is a blowout, as the Kansas City Chiefs are having no problems with a 19-point lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

New England Patriots 17
Buffalo Bills 14

Tom Brady has completed just over 50 percent of his passes while the running game has let him down. The Bills are very much in the hunt entering the second half as E.J. Manuel leads the Bills' offense effectively.

Carolina Panthers 7
Seattle Seahawks 3

This game has been mostly a defensive affair, but both Cam Newton and Russell Wilson are playing well. If Seattle hopes to strike back, it'll need more from Marshawn Lynch, who gained just 24 yards in the first half.

Cincinnati Bengals 14
Chicago Bears 10

A.J. Green has dismantled the Bears' vaunted secondary, amassing 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall aren't having the same effect, as Marshall has caught five passes for 41 yards.

Cleveland Browns 7
Miami Dolphins 6

A last-second touchdown gave the Browns the lead, but new head coach Rob Chudzinski can't be happy with the bait and switch Brandon Weeden has pulled. The second-year quarterback was one of the league's best in preseason, but threw three first-half interceptions.

Minnesota Vikings 14
Detroit Lions 13

Christian Ponder has been ineffective, but the quarterback leads a charmed life as he leans on Adrian Peterson. The 2012 MVP has been sensational in the first half, rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts 14
Oakland Raiders 7

Colts fans couldn't ask for more from Andrew Luck, who looks to be taking the step from sensational rookie to league elite. Luck completed 11-of-12 passing for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas City Chiefs 21
Jacksonville Jaguars 2

The new-look Chiefs are dominating the Jaguars in a battle of last year's two worst teams. Alex Smith has two passing touchdowns, while Jamaal Charles added another on the ground.

New Orleans Saints 13
Atlanta Falcons 10

A quarterback-dominated game has led to almost 400 yards of passing in the first half. Both Matt Ryan and Drew Brees are having success through the air and helping to mitigate their floundering running games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
New York Jets 12

Both teams are on pace to have less than 300 yards total offense with lacking quarterback play being the story of the game so far. Jets' rookie Geno Smith is 12-for-20 for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Tennessee Titans 7
Pittsburgh Steelers 2

The Steelers are in disarray after an early injury to Maurkice Pouncey. The team's offensive line is struggling to protect Ben Roethlisberger, while the Titans are doing just enough to keep them at bay.

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