Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NFL Week 2 Recap

(AP Photo/David Duprey)
Fred Jackson and Bills are the talk of town through two weeks in the NFL.
The Bills are 2-0 after defeating the Chiefs and Raiders.

This week's record: 11-5
Overall record: 21-11

Raiders vs Bills: 38-35 Bills
Raiders Player of the Week: Denarius Moore- 5 receptions, 146 receiving yards, touchdown
Bills Player of the Week: 117 rushing yards, 23 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

The Bills defeated the Raiders to start off the season 2-0, something that hasn't happened since 1999 in Buffalo. The Bills' offense was on fire again Sunday when Ryan Fitzpatrick and Fred Jackson lit up the Raiders' defense. The Raiders did find a new wide receiver in Denarius Moore who will be getting more targets after an impressive game Sunday.

Lions vs Chiefs: 48-3
Lions Player of the Week: Matthew Stafford- 294 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 106.1 passer rating
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe- 5 receptions, 101 receiving yards

The Lions crushed the Chiefs Sunday and improved to 2-0 for the first time in a decade. The Lions have looked fierce this year with an incredible defense, and an offense that is just as impressive. The maturity and health of quarterback Matthew Stafford has been key for the Lions.

Titans vs Ravens: 26-13 Titans
Titans Player of the Week: Kenny Britt- 9 receptions, 134 receiving yards, touchdown
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 43 rushing yards, 53 receiving yards, touchdown

The Titans defeated the Ravens just a week after the Ravens crushed the Steelers in Week 1. The Titans were also able to defeat the Ravens without a good performance by running back Chris Johnson. Kenny Britt has taken a lot of responsibility for the Titans' offense this year with Johnson's game not great this season.

Browns vs Colts: 27-19 Browns
Browns Player of the Week: Peyton Hillis- 94 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Colts Player of the Week: Joseph Addai- 64 rushing yards, 37 receiving yards

It is a fact that when the Browns give the ball to Peyton Hillis, they have a much better chance of winning than if they didn't give him the ball. The Browns struggled in Week 1 to give Hillis scoring opportunities, and made sure not to make the same mistake this week. The Colts fall to 0-2, something that hasn't happened in 13 years.

Bucs vs Vikings: 24-20 Bucs
Bucs Player of the Week: LeGarrette Blunt- 71 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
Vikings Player of the Week: Adrian Peterson- 125 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns

The Bucs rebounded from a bad loss in Week 1 and defeated the Vikings who fall to 0-2. Although Adrian Peterson looked fantastic on Sunday, Donovan McNabb has yet to prove himself in Minnesota. Will we be seeing Christian Ponder taking snaps at all this season? Donovan needs to step his game up if he wants to keep his job.

Bears vs Saints: 30-13 Saints
Bears Player of the Week: Matt Forte- 47 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 117 receiving yards
Saints Player of the Week: Drew Brees- 270 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 118.1 passer rating

Drew Brees hasn't thrown an interception yet this season which is a great sign for the Saints. Brees is an elite quarterback but had problems last year with a high interception count. The Saints defeated the Bears  just a week after the Bears beat down on the Falcons. If the Bears want to be an elite team in the NFL they need to protect their quarterback, Jay Cutler, who was sacked six times on Sunday.

Jaguars vs Jets: 32-3 Jets
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones- Drew- 88 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards
Jets Player of the Week: Dustin Keller- 6 receptions, 101 receiving yards, touchdown

The Jets intercepted Luke McCown four times before he was pulled this week. Backup rookie Blaine Gabbert still wasn't able to help out the Jaguars offense who failed to reach the endzone on Sunday. Mark Sanchez didn't look great on Sunday, but the overall offense was fine and Jets defense was impressive as usual.

Steelers vs Seahawks: 24-0 Steelers
Steelers Player of the Week: Mike Wallace- 8 receptions, 126 receiving yards, touchdown
Seahawks: Jon Ryan- 8 punts, 385 punting yards, 3 kicks inside the 20

The Steelers redeemed themselves after shutting out the Seahawks. The Seahawks are 0-2 this season and have the worst offense in the league, scoring one touchdown all season. If the Seahawks can't figure out how to get in the endzone soon, Andrew Luck will be playing quarterback for them next year.

Cardinals vs Redskins: 22-21 Redskins
Cardinals Player of the Week: Larry Fitzgerald- 7 receptions, 133 receiving yards, touchdown
Redskins Player of the Week: Fred Davis- 6 receptions, 88 receiving yards, touchdown

The Redskins are miraculously 2-0 to start off the season after defeating the Giants and now the Cardinals. Rex Grossman has been spectacular so far for the Redskins, and has proved to the team that he is the starting quarterback. You would never believe it a month ago, but after two weeks of football, the Redskins are in first place in the NFC East.

Packers vs Panthers: 30-23 Packers
Packers Player of the Week: Charles Woodson- 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, fumble recovery
Panthers Player of the Week: Steve Smith- 6 receptions, 156 yards

The Packers escaped Charlotte after a close game with the Panthers. The Panthers offense was productive once again, and Cam Newton passed for 432 yards, but his three interceptions really killed the Panthers' chances of winning. Aaron Rodgers had a solid game and the Packers improved to 2-0.

Cowboys vs Niners: 27-24 (OT) Cowboys
Cowboys Player of the Week: Miles Austin- 9 receptions, 143 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
Niners Player of the Week: Frank Gore- 47 rushing yards, touchdown

The Cowboys defeated the 49'ers in OT in a big effort by Miles Austin and Tony Romo, who came back to play after being knocked out earlier in the game with a injured rib and punctured lung. Miles had a monstrous game catching all three Cowboys' touchdowns.

Bengals vs Broncos: 24-22 Broncos
Bengals Player of the Week: AJ Green- 10 receptions, 124 receiving yards, touchdown
Broncos Player of the Week: Eric Decker- 5 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Even without Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos were able to beat the Bengals Sunday. Back-ups Willis McGahee and Eric Decker both had over 100 yards rushing and receiving respecitvly and helped lead an injured Broncos offense.

Texans vs Dolphins: 23-13 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: Andre Johnson- 7 receptions, 93 receiving yards, touchdown
Dolphins Player of the Week: Brandon Marshall- 6 receptions 73 receiving yards, touchdown

Arian Foster barely played after re-aggravated his hamstring and the Texans still beat the Dolphins. The game was much closer than expected, but the Texans ended up with the win despite a late second half push by the 'Fins. Ben Tate did a great job backing up Arian Foster and rushed for over 100 yards.

Chargers vs Patriots: 35-21 Patriots
Chargers Player of the Week: Vincent Jackson- 10 receptions, 172 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 426 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 135.7 passer rating

The Patriots proved Sunday that they are the best team in the AFC and possibly the best team in the whole NFL. Tom Brady has been flawless this season passing for over 500 and 400 yards in his first two games, and the Patriots defense has been stellar too. The Patriots play the Jets in three weeks but also platy the 2-0 Bills a week before.

Eagles vs Falcons: 35-31 Falcons
Eagles Player of the Week: Jeremy Maclin- 13 receptions, 171 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Falcons Player of the Week: 114 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards, touchdown

The Eagles led the Falcons late in the third quarter but once ex-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick go knocked out of the game with a concussion, the Falcons took advantage and ended up defeating the Vick-less Eagles 35-31. After getting embarrassed in Week 1, the Falcons have bounced back and are not looking back.

Giants vs Rams: 28-16 Giants
Giants Player of the Week: Michael Boley- 6 tackles, fumble recovery, touchdown
Rams Player of the Week: Danario Alexander- 3 receptions, 122 receiving yards, touchdown

The Giants bounced back from an ugly Week 1 loss and defeated the Rams on Monday Night. Although the Giants still didn't look great it was enough to bring their record up to 1-1. Sam Bradford and the Rams are 0-2 after facing the Eagles and Giants, and playing mostly without Steven Jackson who injured his quad early in the season opener.

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