Monday, September 21, 2015

NFL - Week Two Review

Surprises abound in the NFL in Week Two as several "underdog" teams won in
what was a wild Sunday around pro football.
The Jacksonville Jaguars stunned the Miami Dolphins, 23-20 as quarterback Blake Bortles connected twice with wide receiver Allen Robinson (six catches for 155 yards) for touchdowns and rookie kicker Jason Myers made the game winning 28-yard field goal in the final minute.
The Atlanta Falcons sent the host New York Giants down to defeat in the fourth quarter as they scored twice to rally for a 24-20 win. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (363 yards passing) threw a scoring pass and running back Davonta Freeman scored on a two-yard run with just over minute to go to seal the win.
It was the second straight week the Giants blew a double-digit fourth quarter lead.
How about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who looked so pathetic in the season opener, going on the road and beating the New Orleans Saints, 26-19?
Buccaneers rookie QB Jameis Winston ran for a score and passed for another to lead the offense, which out gained the Saints. And just breaking was a report that Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a shoulder injury in the loss and may have to miss some games.
The Washington Redskins were another surprise winner, beating the St. Louis Rams 24-10 behind pin point (23 for 27) passing by QB Kirk Cousins and rookie RB Matt Jones, who scored two TD and ran for 123 yards. The Redskins defense limited the Rams to just 213 yards in total offense.
The New England Patriots throttled the host Buffalo Bills in a big early season AFC East showdown, 40-32 as they raced out to a 24-point lead after three quarters and then held off a furious Buffalo rally.
Pats QB Tom Brady
Heftyinfo NFL co-Player of the Week Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns and lit up the Bills defense for 466 yards passing. Overall, the Patriots gained 507 yards while their defense intercepted Bills QB Tyrod Taylor three times.
The Oakland Raiders rallied back and toppled the visiting Baltimore Ravens, 37-33 as QB Derek Carr (351 passing yards) threw his third TD pass of the game with just 26 seconds remaining to pull off the upset. Ravens QB Joe Flacco passed for 384 yards in the loss.
The Dallas Cowboys knocked off the listless Philadelphia Eagles, 20-10 as they limited Philly to just SEVEN YARDS rushing for the game. It was a costly victory for the Cowboys, however as QB Tony Romo went out with a broken collar bone and is expected to be out for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
Larry Fitzgerald torched the Bears
The Arizona Cardinals crushed the host Chicago Bears, 48-23 behind four touchdown passes by QB Carson Palmer, including three TD strikes to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Heftyinfo NFL co-Player of the Week, who along with three touchdowns, had eight receptions for 112 yards.
Bears QB Jay Cutler suffered a hamstring injury/strain and didn't return to action while trying to make a tackle when he threw a "pick six" interception.
The Sunday Night Football Game was a good one as the host Green Bay Packers knocked off the Seattle Seahawks, 27-17 with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing for two touchdowns while kicker Mason Crosby drilled four field goals while becoming the all-time scoring leader in Packers' history.

                             Elsewhere around the NFL  . . . . .

Johnny Manziel threw two TD passes to help the Cleveland Browns beat the visiting Tennessee Titans, 28-14 . . . . .  Cincinnati topped the San Diego Chargers, 24-19 behind three TD strikes by QB Andy Dalton . . . . .  The Minnesota Vikings won their home opener, 26-16 against Detroit with QB Teddy Bridgewater running and passing for a score while RB Adrian Peterson rumbled for 134 yards . . . . .  The Carolina Panthers rode QB Cam Newton's big day (two TD passes and a scoring run) to beat the visiting Houston Texans, 24-17 . . . . .  Pittsburgh crushed the San Francisco 49ers, 43-18 as Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 369 yards and four touchdowns, including one to WR Antonio Brown, who had nine catches for 195 yards . . . . .  The Thursday night game saw the Denver Broncos rally for 14 points in a nine second span in the fourth quarter to shock the host Kansas City Chiefs, 31-24 as QB Peyton Manning had three TD passes and the defense scored the winning TD on a fumble recovery return . . . . .  The Monday Night Football Game followed the week's theme as the New York Jets surprised the host Indianapolis Colts, 20-7 behind two TD passes by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets defense forced five turnovers for the second consecutive game as Colts QB Andrew Luck was intercepted three times and also lost a fumble.

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