Wednesday, September 19, 2012

NFL Week 2 Recap

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Reggie Bush single-handedly beat the Raiders last week. Bush rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
This Week's Record: 9-7
Overall Record: 20-12

Bears vs. Packers: 23-10 Packers
Bears Player of the Week: Matt Forte- 31 rush yards, 49 receiving yards
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 219 pass yards, touchdown, 85.3 passer rating

The Packers flat out demolished the Bears last Thursday night. They forced Jay Cutler to throw not one, not two, not three, but FOUR interceptions. It also says something when the Bears' most productive player left the game half way through with an injury. The Packers' offense can still turn it up another notch, but it was definitely an improvement from their first game vs. the Niners.

Chiefs vs. Bills: 35-17 Bills
Chiefs Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe- 8 receptions, 102 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Bills Player of the Week: CJ Spiller- 123 rush yards, 47 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Before the Chiefs tacked on two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, this was a 35-3 beating by the Bills. CJ Spiller had a career day and will likely make Fred Jackson's injury unnoticeable. As for the Chiefs, they've got to worry a bit since they're 0-2 and had their star running back re-injury his knee.

Browns vs. Bengals: 34-27 Bengals
Browns Player of the Week: Trent Richardson- 109 rush yards, 36 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Bengals Player of the Week: Andy Dalton- 318 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 128.2 passer rating

Not only did Trent Richardson kill my fantasy matchup last week, but he also had the first 100 yard game of his career. Props to Richardson on the accomplishment, but in all seriousness, who knew this game would total for more than 60 points (With an O/U pre-game set at 40)? I expected something like 24-10 Bengals but woah, these two teams had no problem scoring last week. Good signs for the Bengals though after a tough Week 1 loss to the Ravens

Bucs vs. Giants: 41-34 Giants
Bucs Player of the Week: Vincent Jackson- 5 receptions. 128 receiving yards, touchdown
Giants Player of the Week: Eli Manning- 510 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 89.5 passer rating

Well, that's New York Giants football for ya. After throwing three first half interceptions and making it seem like it would be a long, dreaded season for the defending champs, Eli turned it around in the second half and picked apart the Bucs' secondary. Play after play, Eli was throwing bombs to Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz. Good thing the Giants won though, because an 0-2 start going into a Thursday night game at Carolina isn't something most teams wish for.

Vikings vs. Colts: 23-20 Colts
Vikings Player of the Week: Christian Ponder- 245 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 114.6 passer rating
Colts Player of the Week: Andrew Luck- 224 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 107.5 passer rating

Andrew Luck quieted the critics for now after playing great last week. Luck played interception-free football, and did a great job controlling Indianapolis' offense. Hey, when you're playing in the same division as the Titans and Jaguars, second place doesn't seem too unrealistic.

Raiders vs. Dolphins: 35-13 Dolphins
Raiders Player of the Week: Carson Palmer- 373 pass yards, touchdown, 74.4 passer rating
Dolphins Player of the Week: Reggie Bush- 172 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

Boy was I wrong about this game. The Raiders flat out stink. Even worse, their next three games are against the Steelers, Broncos, and Falcons. Another season down the drain for Oakland. On the other hand, the Dolphins impressed in their win. Reggie Bush seems to have found his niche running the ball for the Dolphins. The more successful the Dolphins' run game is, the less work and pressure is on Tannehill.

Cardinals vs. Patriots: 20-18 Cardinals
Cardinals Player of the Week: Kevin Kolb- 140 pass yards, touchdown, 82.3 passer rating
Patriots Player of the Week: Rob Gronkowski- 6 receptions, 75 receiving yards, touchdown

Wow, I don't think one person in the US (outside of Arizona) thought that the Cardinals would beat Tom Brady on his home turf. The Patriots had a great chance to win the game too, thanks to a fumble by Ryan Williams, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski shanked the kick with no time left in the fourth quarter.

Ravens vs. Eagles: 24-23 Eagles
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 99 rush yards, 53 receiving yards
Eagles Player of the Week: Brent Celek- 8 receptions, 153 receiving yards

Another one point win for the Eageles. Like two weeks ago, the Eagles came back and won it with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Vick wasn't pretty, but again, he got the job done in the end. The Eagles are literally the only team NFL history to start off the season 2-0 with two one-point victories.

Saints vs. Panthers: 27-35 Panthers
Saints Player of the Week: Darren Sproles- 13 receptions, 128 receiving yards
Panthers Player of the Week: : Cam Newton- 253 pass yards, 71 rush yards, 2 total touchdowns (1 run, 1 pass) 129.2 passer rating

Two lessons learned from this game:
1. Regardless of getting their suspended players back, the Saints are NOT the team they were last season. Really goes to show how great of a coach Sean Payton is.
2. Cam is back baby! Newton led the team in passing and rushing last week and dominated the Saints' weak defense all game. After RG3 drew comparisons to Newton in Week 1, Cam backed up his game  last week.

Texans vs. Jaguars: 27-7 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: Ben Tate And Arian Foster- Combined 184 rush yards, 60 receiving yards 3 touchdowns
Jaguars Player of the Week: Maurice Jones Drew- 60 rush yards, 7 receiving yards, touchdown

It's safe to say that the Texans are by far the best team in the AFC South. They just demolished the Jaguars who almost beat the Colts, and let's be real, the Titans have some serious issues too. It doesn't get any easier than when your team runs the ball close to 50 times for over 215 yards and three touchdowns.

Redskins vs. Rams: 31-28 Rams
Redskins Player of the Week: Robert Griffin III- 206 pass yards, 82 rush yards, 3 touchdowns (2 pass, 1 run) 86.3 passer rating 
Rams Player of the Week: Danny Amendola- 15 receptions, 160 receiving yards, touchdown

Just a week after beating the Saints and gaining all of the NFL world's attention, the Redskins lost to the Rams. No, that's not a typo, they lost to the Rams. Sam Bradford and Danny Amendola must have had some ESP going on, because the two connected for 15 passes, 160 yards, and a touchdown.

Cowboys vs. Seahawks: 27-7 Seahawks
Cowboys Player of the Week: Miles Austin- 5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, touchdown
Seahawks Player of the Week: Russell Wilson- 151 pass yards, touchdown, 112.7 passer rating

The Seahawks are nearly impossible to beat on their home turf. The Cowboys learned that the hard way Sunday, after losing by 20 points. The Cowboys were coming off an extremely impressive win against the Giants, but lost all their respect after losing to the Seahawks. The Seahawks shut down the entire Cowboys' offense, and did well enough on offense to produce 27 points.

Jets vs. Steelers: 27-10 Steelers
Jets Player of the Week: Santonio Holmes- 3 receptions, 28 receiving yards, touchdown
Steelers Player of the Week: Ben Roethlisberger- 275 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 125.1 passer rating

Here's what we learned this week: The Jets are back to being the Jets, and the Steelers are back to being the Steelers. After eating the Bills alive last week, the Jets were swallowed by the Steelers. Big Ben did a great job orchestrating the Steelers' offense, while Ryan Clark was stellar in his season debut for the Steelers.

Titans vs. Chargers: 38-10 Chargers
Titans Player of the Week: N/A
Chargers Player of the Week: Philip Rivers- 284 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 119.8 passer rating

Is it safe to say that the Titans are now the most dysfunctional team in the NFL? Chris Johnson has just a few more rushing yards than me this season. This should be a serious problem to think about considering the fact that I haven't suited up for a football game once in my life. Credit is due to the Chargers though. They're 2-0 and have shown that their offense is one of the best in the league, even without running back Ryan Mathews.

Lions vs. Niners: 27-19 Niners
Lions Player of the Week: Calvin Johnson- 8 receptions, 94 receiving yards
Niners Player of the Week: Alex Smith- 226 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 107.7 passer rating

It seems like Alex Smith is turning into the quarterback that San Francisco expected him to be eight years ago. Smith had another great game after playing well in the Niners' season opener against Green Bay. The Niners have the best defense in the NFL and therefore are overall the best team in the league at the moment.

Broncos vs. Falcons: 27-21 Falcons
Broncos Player of the Week: Willis McGahee- 113 rush yards, 2 touchdowns 
Falcons Player of the Week: Matt Ryan- 219 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 101.5 passer rating

If the Niners were just declared the best team in the NFL, the Falcons are pretty damn close. The Falcons beat the Chiefs in a one-sided game Week 1, and are coming off a pretty easy win (first three quarters) against the Broncos. For Denver, they took a step back after losing to the Falcons, but shouldn't be ruled out as a team that can compete for a playoff spot in a few months.

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