Monday, September 19, 2011

NFL Week 2 in Review

15 games yesterday. Here's what we saw:

Bills 38 Raiders 35 - Perhaps the most exciting game on Sunday, the Raiders blew a 21-3 halftime lead, and the teams exchanged 5 touchdowns in the 4th quarter before Jason Campbell's Hail Mary pass was picked off in the end zone on the last play of the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick lit it up for the second week in a row throwing for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns including the game winner to David Nelson as the surprising Bills are 2-0. Fred Jackson added 117 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns for Buffalo.
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Packers 30 Panthers 23 - Cam Newton threw for over 400 yards for the second straight week and nearly upset the defending Super Bowl champs in just his second start. Newton finished with 432 yards and a touchdown through the air, and was also Carolina's leading rusher with 53 yards and a late touchdown on the ground. He was, however, picked off 3 times and was stopped on a 4th down run play inside the Green Bay 5. Steve Smith led the way with 156 receiving yards in a losing effort, while the Packers got 308 yards and a pair of TDs from Aaron Rodgers, and a pair of picks from Charles Woodson to improve to 2-0.

Lions 48 Chiefs 3 - The Chiefs season has just been an absolute disaster so far. Through two games they've been outscored 89-10 and they just lost Jamaal Charles indefinitely to a knee injury suffered midway through the first quarter. Matt Stafford finished with 294 yards passing and 4 touchdowns and the Lions defense forced 6 turnovers as Detroit improves to 2-0.
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Browns 27 Colts 19 - Speaking of disasters, Indy's 2011 season continues to fall apart. The Colts lost to the Browns for the first time since Peyton Manning's freshman year at Tennessee as Kerry Collins continues to show himself not to be a suitable replacement for Manning. Meanwhile, the Browns' own Peyton - Peyton Hillis - amassed 117 total yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns to get Colt McCoy and Company their first win of the 2011 season.

Bucs 24 Vikings 20 - The Vikings blew a 17-0 halftime lead and LaGarrette Blount's 4 yard touchdown run in the final minute won it for the Bucs giving them their first win of 2011. Adrian Peterson had 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Minnesota, but Blount and Josh Freeman were unstoppable down the stretch as they dropped the Purple People Eaters to 0-2. At least Donovan McNabb finished with over 40 yards passing this week (228).

Saints 30 Bears 13 - Jay Cutler was sacked 6 times by the Saints defense and Drew Brees led the offense with 3 passing touchdowns as the Saints bounced back from last week's loss to Green Bay with a win in their home opener. Cutler completed 19 passes for 244 yards, but 10 of those passes went to running back Matt Forte for 117 yards as Cutler was unable to consistently involve his wideouts. 41 year old John Kasay drilled 3 field goals including a 53 yarder for the Who Dats.
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Jets 32 Jaguars 3 - Luke McCown was able to guide the Jags to a Week 1 win over Tennessee. No such luck in Week 2 where he threw for just 59 yards and barely managed to complete more passes to his team (6) than he did to the Jets defense (4). He was also brought down in the end zone for a safety and ultimately his performance led to rookie Blaine Gabbert getting to see the field in the 4th quarter. Tight end Dustin Keller had 101 receiving yards and a touchdown for the Jets.

Steelers 24 Seahawks 0 - Pittsburgh bounced back from their brutal performance against Baltimore last week to limit the Seahawks to just 164 yards of total offense in pitching a 24-0 shutout of last year's NFC West champs. Tarvaris Jackson was sacked 5 times and the Seahawks converted just 2 of 12 third downs in the game. Pittsburgh meanwhile got a big game from Big Ben and 126 yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions for speedster Mike Wallace.

Titans 26 Ravens 13 - The term 'let down game' comes to mind here. The Ravens were outplayed by Matt Hasselbeck and the Titans just a week after demolishing Pittsburgh. Hasselbeck finished with 358 yards through the air and the Titans won despite another subpar performance from 50 million dollar man Chris Johnson (24 carries, 53 yards). Kenny Britt and Nate Washington picked up the slack through the air though combining for 16 receptions and 234 yards for Tennessee.
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Redskins 22 Cardinals 21 - Graham Gano's 34 yard field goal inside the final two minutes was the difference as Rex Grossman has Washington 2-0. Rex finished with 291 yards and though he threw a pair of picks, he also had 2 touchdowns. Beanie Wells (14 carries for 93 yards and a score) and Larry Fitzgerald (7 catches for 133 yards and a score) kept Arizona in the game, but Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball away on their last possession thus dropping them to 1-1.

Cowboys 27 49ers 24 (OT) - Tony Romo cracked a rib and punctured a lung, but came back to help lead the Cowboys to a come-from-behind win. Miles Austin caught 3 touchdown passes, but it was unheralded Jesse Holley, who hadn't caught a pass in a regular season game before yesterday, hauling in a 77 yard reception on Dallas's first play during the overtime period who was the hero. Romo finished with 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns despite giving up playing time to Jon Kitna after his injury. Alex Smith threw a pair of touchdowns for San Francisco who blew leads of 14-0 and 24-14.

Broncos 24 Bengals 22 - Eric Decker, who caught just 6 passes as a rookie in 2010, hauled in 5 for 113 yards and a pair of scores to lead Denver to a 24-22 win over Cincinnati. The win spoiled an otherwise impressive performance by rookies Andy Dalton (332 yards and 2 touchdowns) and A.J. Green (10 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown).
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Texans 23 Dolphins 13 - The Dolphins defense played better this week as they held Matt Schaub to just 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air, but Ben Tate had 103 yards on the ground to help lead Houston to a 2-0 start. Miami rookie Daniel Thomas had 107 yards on the ground for the Fins, but Miami struggled in the red zone, and Dan Carpenter missed field goals of 34 and 22 yards as now they're 0-2.

Patriots 35 Chargers 21 - Tom Brady is just 60 yards short of 1000 on the season and we've only played 2 games. Number 12 was masterful for the second straight game going 31 for 40 for 423 yards and 3 touchdowns to his tight ends. Philip Rivers threw for 378 yards for San Diego, but turned the ball over 3 times and failed to complete a pass to his All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates. Vincent Jackson had 10 catches for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort.

Falcons 35 Eagles 31 - Not a great day for the 'Dream Team' as Michael Vick's return to Atlanta was a nightmare. Vick left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and his replacement, 2nd year quarterback Mike Kafka, was unable to hold onto a 10 point 4th quarter lead as Atlanta got their first win of the season. Matt Ryan threw for just 195 yards, but 4 touchdowns to lead the way for the Falcons. LeSean McCoy had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Eagles and Jeremy Maclin had 13 catches for 171 yards and two scores in a losing effort.
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