NFL Week 2 Recap: Only 8 undefeated teams left
Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers
“Clay Matthews sacks the life out of the Bills”
Aaron Rodgers and company were too much for the helpless Bills. Rodgers threw for 255 yards, and had 3 touchdowns, one being a rushing touchdown. Jermichael Finley was Rodgers main target hauling in 6 receptions for 103 yards. The defense led by Clay Matthews was too much for Trent Edwards. Matthews added another 3 sacks and now has 6 total in 2 games. Morgan Burnett, and Brandon Chillar both had an interception. As for the Bills this was the last game Trent Edwards see’s for awhile. Ryan Fitzpatrick who was 5-4 last year with the Bills is now the starting quarterback. Some hope, maybe. Packers took this one easy by a score of 34-7.
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
“Dolphins defense comes up big and surprises Favre“
The Dolphins defense tormented Favre all game long. The defense tallied 3 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 1 defensive touchdown. If Ricky Williams had not fumbled on his own 2 yard line the defense would have only let up 3 points. Henne with limited passes completed 9 of 15 for 114 yards, and 1 touchdown. As for the Vikings the offense was all Adrian Peterson. Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries, and scored 1 touchdown. The defense was pretty good at times and forced fumbles at the end to give the Vikings numerous chances. The Dolphins defense takes the Vikings by surprise by a score of 14-10.
Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns
“Defense and Special Teams carry the Chiefs to 2-0”
The Chiefs gritted out a hard fought defensive battle to improve their record to a surprising 2-0. Brandon Flowers supplied the offense for the Chiefs with a 33 yard interception return touchdown. Other then the lone defensive touchdown, special teams did the rest. Kicker Ryan Succop went 3 for 3 including what turned out to be the game winner. Succop hit from 23, 26, and 35 yards out. Inconsistency from Seneca Wallace hurt the Browns as well as the poor running game. One spark was when Wallace hit Joshua Cribbs for a 65 yard touchdown. The defense held there own picking off Matt Cassel 2 times and only allowing 9 points. Despite Ahtyba Rubin, and Sheldon Brown’s interceptions for the Browns, the Chiefs were able to find a way to win by a score of 16-14.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
“The Steel Curtain manhandles Chris Johnson the Titans”
The Steelers defense once again stonewalled a tough offense. You know how good they did when Chris Johnson ran for only 34 yards. The Steel Curtain tallied 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, and forced 5 fumbles. The Steelers also knocked Vince Young out of the game. The offense is still struggling without Big Ben but kicker Jeff Reed picked them up. Reed went 4 for 4, hitting from 25, 27, 34, and 36 yards out. Also right out of the gate special teams gave the Steelers a quick 7-0 lead with an 88 yard kick return touchdown by Antonio Brown. As for the Titans really had nothing going but some good defense that kept the game closer than it should have been. Kerry Collins who took over for Vince Young late actually solved the defense for one touchdown. Collins hit Nate Washington for a 2 yard touchdown. The Steel Curtain was too much for the Titans and took this by a score of 19-11.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys
“Cutler puts on a show in Dallas”
Jay Cutler looked unfazed by the Cowboys tough defense as he went nearly perfect. Cutler passed for 277 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, and Devin Hester all were the recipients. The defense was alright but came up big at the end stripping Roy Williams which turned out to be a very important turnover. The Cowboys had costly blemishes at the end of the game that really hurt them from possibly tying the game. In the 4th quarter David Buehler missed a 44 yard field goal that would of tied the game at 20-20. Then with good field position the Bears roared down the field for a touchdown. Then on the Cowboys next drive, they drove down to the Bears 37 but that quickly ended with Roy Williams fumbling. Another late mistake that dropped the Cowboys to 0-2. The Bears took the game by a score of 27-20.
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
“The Vick era in Philly has officially begun”
Vick showed no signs of rust despite making his first start since 2006. Vick passed for 284 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Desean Jackson was Vick’s main target hauling in 4 receptions for 135 yards, and 1 touchdown. Also on offense running back LeSean McCoy packed a punch. McCoy rushed for 120 yards, and scored 3 touchdowns. The defense despite picking off Shaun Hill 2 times was less than impressive verse a Stafford-less offense. The Lions despite the loss had a strong breakout game from Jahvid Best. Best rushed for 78 yards, and 2 touchdown. Best also hauled in 9 receptions for 154 yards, and 1 touchdown. Shaun Hill wasn’t bad either throwing for 335 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The only positive on defense for the Lions was they sacked Vick 5 times. Despite the Lions late surge, the Eagles held on by a score of 35-32.
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
“Matt Ryan leads the Falcons to a blowout victory”
Matt Ryan had a field day on the Cardinals defense. Matt Ryan passed for 225 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Roddy White, Jason Snelling, and Brian Finneran were the recipients. When Michael Turner went down with a groin injury, Jason Snelling took over. Snelling rushed for 129 yards, and scored 2 touchdowns. Snelling also hauled in 5 receptions for 57 yards, and 1 touchdown. The defense was solid as well tallying 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, and forced 1 fumble. Nothing to good to say about the Cardinals because only 1 guy performed. That would be Tim Hightower who rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, and 1 touchdown. The defense was non existent and Derek Anderson looked terrible. The Falcons took this one easy by a score of 41-7.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
“Josh Freeman carries the Buccaneers to 2-0 “
Who would of guessed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the 8 undefeated teams. They have played to low regarded teams but a win is a win. Freeman passed for 178 yards, and 2 touchdowns. The Tampa Bay defense might be back. They stopped one of the best running back tandems to only 97 yards. The defense also tallied 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and forced 1 fumble. Panthers quarterback Matt Moore will be riding the bench for awhile with another terrible performance. Rookie Jimmy Clausen is the new starter which could bring some hope to the future of the Panthers. Buccaneers take down the Panthers by a score of 20-7.
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
“The Bengals defense catches the Ravens off guard”
After being blown out by the Patriots, the Bengals defense tightened up. The Bengals might not have gotten the offense going yet but that didn’t matter. The defense picked up the offense. The Bengals defense tallied up 1 sack, and picked off Joe Flacco for 4 interceptions. Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Chinedum Ndukwe, and Brandon Johnson each had an interception. The Ravens offense wasn’t on sync the whole game and really had ample opportunities to win the game but failed. The Ravens defense once again showed up and really put it to the Bengals defense. The defense forced 8 punts but the Ravens offense failed to do almost anything. The Bengals edged out the Ravens by a score of 15-10.
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
“Kyle Orton finds a new Marshall in Demaryius Thomas”
Kyle Orton showed no signs of missing Brandon Marshall after finding rookie Demaryius Thomas several times. Orton passed for 307 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Thomas was Orton’s main target hauling in 8 receptions for 97 yards, and 1 touchdown. The defense ate alive Matt Hasselbeck as he couldn’t get anything going. The defense intercepted Hasselbeck 3 times. After destroying the 49ers, the Seahawks got a taste of what that feels like on the blowout side. There was nothing too good to say about the Seahawks. Matt Hasselbeck accounted for all the offense throwing 1 touchdown, and scrambling for another. Besides that the offense and defense didn’t impress. The Broncos took this one easy by a score of 31-14.
St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders
“Bruce Gradkowski saves the Raiders”
With the dubbed super bowl quarterback Jason Campbell playing dismal, Bruce Gardkowski stepped in. Gradkowski stepped after halftime and sparked a 13-7 half which helped the Raiders win. Gradkowski passed for 162 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Darren McFadden boosted the offense with once again another impressive outing. McFadden rushed for 145 yards on 30 carries. The Rams weren’t bad but again lost a close game. Sam Bradford passed for 167 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Both the Raiders and Rams defense played very well but the Raiders played a bit better. Raiders took this game by a score of 16-14.
Houston Texans at Washington Redskins
“Matt Schaub leads the Texans to a 20 point unanswered comeback”
When you the Texans were all but lost down 17, you were wrong. The Texans comeback might have been one of the best I’ve seen. Not only did they block a field goal to keep it within 7 points, they scored on a 36 yard touchdown on 4th down with 1:13 left to force overtime. Schaub had a game for the record books passing for 497 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter hauled in a combined 23 receptions for 302 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Both defenses had there moments but both weren’t too impressive. Donovan McNabb had his best game as a Redskin passing for 426 yards, and 1 touchdown. The comeback kid Texans took this one by surprise by a score of 30-27.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
“Mark Sanchez awakens the offense against the Patriots”
Finally Mark Sanchez came out throwing and threw the ball effectively. Sanchez passed for 220 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Dustin Keller was Sanchez’s main target as he hauled in 7 receptions for 115 yards, and 1 touchdown. The offense also didn’t throw any interceptions nor fumbled once. The defense who lost Darrelle Revis to a hamstring injury following a Randy Moss touchdown did just fine without him as Antonio Cromartie locked down Randy Moss. The Patriots were led by Tom Brady who passed for 248 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Patriots young secondary was exploited once again but this time resulted in a loss. The Patriots are really missing Leigh Bodden right about now. Kevin Faulk is out for the year which is worst news for the Patriots. The Jets took this one by a score of 28-14.
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers
“The Chargers offense and defense puts the hurtin on the Jags”
Too much offense, too much defense, and just too much for the Jaguars. The Chargers were led by Phillip Rivers who passed for 334 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Converted fullback to running back Mike Tolbert shined by rushing for 82 yard, and scored 2 touchdowns. The defense was way to much for the Jaguars tallying 2 sacks, 4 interceptions, and forced 2 fumbles. The Jaguars only had one star on offense and defense. On offense Mike Sim-Walker who hauled in 10 receptions for 105 yards, and 1 touchdown. On defense Courtney Greene who had 8 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. You can’t expect to win with 1 player on both sides of the ball. The Chargers easily took this game by a score of 38-13.
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
“Peyton Manning leads the charge against the Giants”
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