NFL Week 2 Recap
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Now into the second week of the regular season, the NFL is in full swing. After week two, there have already been close games to keep the most devoted fan on the edge of its seat.
The week opened with the Tennessee Titans taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. The first half was very slow, with both teams combining for only nine points, but the second half saw a huge explosion of scoring with the teams putting up a combined 44 points. The Titans rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-16 victory. The Titans improve to 1-1, and the Jaguars tally their first loss of the season, now sitting at 1-1.
Behind Joe Flacco’s two touchdown passes, The Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 24-10, improving its record to 2-0, while the Browns sunk to 0-2 (but what else is new).
The Buffalo Bills tangled with the Carolina Panthers in a low scoring game that saw the Panthers walk away with the 9-3 victory. The Panthers improved their overall record to 2-0, and the Bills now sit at 1-1.
In one of the higher scoring games of the week, the New England Patriots took down the New Orleans Saints, rallying behind Tom Brady’s huge performance of over 400 passing yards. Rob Gronkowski left the game with a reported groin injury, much to the dismay of fantasy teams. With a score of 36-20 in the favor of the Patriots, New England is now 1-1, and the Saints fall to 0-2.
The Arizona Cardinals took an overtime victory against the Indianapolis Colts, winning 16-13. And unfortunate interception on Indianapolis’s opening overtime drive led to the field goal that would ultimately end in an Arizona victory. The Cardinals now hold a 1-1 record, while the Colts have lost their first two games.
In a fourth quarter nail biter, the Philadelphia Eagles dropped to 1-1 this season, as the Kansas City Chiefs rallied and scored two touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the game. The Chiefs improved their overall record to 2-0 by winning the game 27-20.
With starting quarterback Sam Bradford ruled out with an ankle injury, the Minnesota Vikings fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-9. Ben Roethlisberger threw for two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh defense held the Vikings to only 237 yards. Minnesota is now 1-1, while the Steelers are 2-0.
The Chicago Bears travelled to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay only had one more yard of offense, gaining 311 yards to the Bears 310. However, Tampa Bay (1-0) won the day with a 27-9 victory over the Bears (0-2).
It was heartbreak in Los Angeles as the Chargers fell to the Miami Dolphins 19-17. With only seconds left in the game, the Chargers’ kicker missed his second field goal of the game to give the victory to Miami. The Dolphins now hold a 1-0 record, and the Chargers sit at 0-2.
Los Angeles recorded another loss this week, with the Rams falling to the Washington Redskins. Although leading 20-10 at the half, the Rams surrender 17 points in the second half to lose 27-20. The Rams now sit at 1-1, as do the Redskins.
The San Francisco 49ers made their way up to Seattle to dual the Seahawks, and the game was tied 6-6 at the half. The 49er’s took the lead briefly in the fourth quarter at 9-6, but couldn’t hold off a touchdown drive led by Russell Wilson, bringing the final score to 12-9. The 49ers now are 0-2, while the Seahawks sit at 1-1.
The New York Jets travelled to Oakland to tangle with the Raiders, only to receive a beat down, losing 45-20. A blocked punt just before halftime allowed the Raiders to make the score 21-10 going into the second half, and they never looked back. The Jets are now 0-2, and the Raiders, 2-0.
(Article written before conclusion of the New York Giants v. Detroit Lions game).