Week 2 of the NFL season brought us a ton of injuries. Most of the injuries were from the big name players which is never good but obviously the show must go on. Aside from the injuries there are certainly some surprises to start the season (Saints winless/Bills undefeated). Overall it looks like teams are still trying to find their groove. Here is my quick glance around the league…..
STEELERS 26 RAVENS 6
We might not truly know who these two teams are until around week 6. Both teams had night/day perfromances coming from week 1 to week 2 as Baltimore took this win convincingly. The Steelers defense looks to be problematic all year and Steve Smith might secretly be 27.
BUFFALO 29 MIAMI 10
The Bills seem to be the real deal especially on defense. However we have seen this team get out to fast starts before only to quickly revert back to being the “Bills.” Winning games while EJ Manuel continues to progress is definitely a positive. Tannehill on the other hand is struggling with the deep ball which makes it difficult to fully utilize their most expensive offensive player. He has also seemingly loss both of his starting running backs for some time which makes everything worse. This year will tell Miami if Tannehill is the future or not.
PANTHERS 24 LIONS 7
The Panthers seem to be picking up right where they left off last year. The receiving core situation has been a bit overblown considering the guys they had last year weren’t that great. The defense is still top notch and held the Lions in check to 1 touchdown. Matt Stafford struggled to fluidity on offense with a non-existent run game. It won’t be a fun day for anybody going to Carolina this year.
BENGALS 24 FALCONS 10
The Bengals were clearly too physical on both sides of the ball for the Falcons. That has to be an awful feeling considering the Falcons have been preaching “toughness” all offseason (for those who seen HardKnocks). The Bengals held the Falcons high-flying aerial attack in check, which leaves much to be seen from Atlanta as the season unfolds. Andy Dalton looked very good as he usually does when it’s not a primetime game or the playoffs.
BROWNS 26 SAINTS 24
This was the upset of the week and it left Sean Payton upset this week. The Saints defense was supposed to feature one of the league’s best units but instead it was gashed all afternoon by a subpar Browns offense without 3 starters. Fact of the matter is the Saints do not play as well away from home (or outside) as they should. Drew Brees is a great quarterback but often gets bottled up on the road. The bigger issues might be the defense because of all the “supposed” talent there.
PATRIOTS 30 VIKINGS 7
Brady and the crew didn’t have to do much in this game as the defense did plenty of the heavy lifting. Matt Cassell threw 4 int’s to the Patriots that set up favorable field position to capitalize with points. Tack on the fact that the defense managed a block punt returned for a TD. The Vikings might want to get Tedd Bridgewater warmed up.
CARDINALS 25 GIANTS 14
The Cardinals are ravaged by injuries on defense, missing it’s starting qb, and their budding star running back is playing at 70%. None of these things stopped the Cardinals from dominating the Giants in New York. The Giants look like a team headed for the first pick in the draft, so it is hard to determine what the Cardinals are based on this game. There was nothing sexy about this game but the Cardinals took care of business and Drew Stanton filled in admirably for Carson Palmer (no turnovers).
COWBOYS 26 TITANS 10
What a surprise, the Cowboys ran the ball and won! This was an impressive road win for the Cowboys as they dominated the line of scrimmage offensively. The defense did a great job of bottling Jake Locker even though he has had his way with NFC opponents. The Cowboys defense has quietly been playing quality football.
REDSKINS 41 JAGUARS 10
We all know the Jags were bad but good grief it seems to begetting worse. There is no reason not to play Blake Bortles even though I understand them not wanting to play behind their suspect O-Line. Terrible injury for RG3 as is seemed he was finally turning the corner a tad in that offense. Kirk Cousins played well and might be the “new” franchise quarterback depending on his 6 week audition.
CHARGERS 30 SEAHAWKS 21
The Chargers clearly circled this game on their calendars as it was electric in the Chargers stadium right from the start. The Chargers used a dink and donk offensive approach to keep the Seahawks defense at bay. As a result, the Seahawks defense were on the field for 30+ minutes in 100 degree heat which wore them down. Antonio Gates abused the Seahawks linebackers and had a flashback of his old self. Chargers were just the better team and ready for this game. It’s not often you can say a team was more physical than Seattle.
RAMS 19 BUCS 17
The Bucs have started off the season 0-2….both home losses…losing to 2 backup qb’s…yuck. This game was a snoozer but it is apparent that Lovie Smith is in for a long year.
BRONCOS 24 CHIEFS 17
It’s a shock that the Broncos didn’t win this game by a larger margin considering the circumstances. The Chiefs lost star running back Jamaal Charles but his backup Knile Davis played very well. The Broncos defense doesn’t seem to be as dominant as it looks on paper. The Chiefs moved the ball fairly well with the limited options they have an offense. The Broncos seem a little out of sorts with Welker being out. They need to fix the inconsistencies in a hurry because they have Seattle next week (in Seattle).
PACKERS 31 JETS 24
The Jets were in complete control of this game as they jumped out to a 14pt lead. The Jets defensive line was having their way with the Packers offesnive line, but then Aaron Rodgers took over. This was the home opener for the Packers and it almost took 3 quarters to wake up. The Jets limitations on offense (plus a Decker inury) were not able to keep up with the Packers and Aaron Rodgers oncethey gained momentum.
TEXANS 30 RAIDERS 14
There is no surpsise the Texans won this game. The Raiders are flat out bad and trying to groom a rookie quarterback. The losses will continue to pile up for Oakland. The Texans have to be pleased to have the old Arian Foster back as he seems to be healthy as ever.
BEARS 28 49ERS 20
The Bears looked dead in the water for this game to start. Their starting wr’s barely made it to this game with their injuries and looked like it in the 1st quarter. The 49ers got comfortable and the Bears defense made a couple of big plays to help get them back in the game. Jay Cutler was outstanding form late in the 2nd quarter on as he threw dimes while orchestrating 3 scoring drives in a row. Colin Kapernick is still having trouble seeing the field, which has resulted in the offense being stagnant. If the Bears receivers can get healthy, Cutler will lead a top 3 offensive unit.
EAGLES 30 COLTS 27
The most frustrating thing about watching the Colts is having to witness Pep Hamilton put shackles on Andrew Luck’s game. There is no need to have all those weapons at wideout if you are going to try to feature a power run game (even though it was effective last night against a bad Eagles defensive front). Worse part about trying to establish a power run game is the Colts don’t have the proper pieces to do so. This was a game setup on a silver platter for Indy to win by 10 but Pep Hamilton continues to handicap that offense. As for the Eagles… Foles has looked underwhelming so far (offense clearly missing D-Jax) and how crazy would it be if people started clamoring for Mark Sanchez?!