Week 2 of the NFL season saw an explosion of offense with one young quarterback throwing more touchdowns in his first two weeks than any other QB in history. There was an NFC North matchup that went down to the wire, while the Jaguars made a huge statement and the Browns…..well the Browns are the Browns.
Let’s get started!
Baltimore 34-23 Cincinnati
Both the Ravens and Bengals won their Week 1 games with Baltimore blowing out the Bills while the Bengals pulled out a victory over the Colts. Both starting quarterbacks had solid Week 1 starts with Andy Dalton completing 75% of his passes and Joe Flacco throwing three touchdowns, setting up what should have been a great divisional matchup.
Things started out slow for both sides until Cincinnati came out firing in the first quarter. Flacco would throw an interception to Jessie Bates over the middle of the field on Raven’s second drive of the game setting the Bengals up at the Baltimore 16-yard line.
Dalton would then throw a touchdown pass to AJ Green two plays later for the 7-0 lead. On Cincinnati’s next drive they put up another seven points. Dalton hit Green again, with an 18-yard TD pass. Green took off over the middle of the field for his second score of the game and the 14-0 lead.
The offensive onslaught continued into the second quarter as the Bengals drove down the field before a 7-yard TD pass from Dalton to……AJ Green for his third of the game and the 21-0 first-half lead. The high-scoring first half continued into the break.
The Bengals would add another TD with a 14-yard pass from Dalton to Tyler Boyd for the score. Baltimore put up two touchdowns of their own; a 1-yard Javorius Allen run and a 1-yard TD pass from Flacco to Mark Andrews for the 28-14 score at the half.
After the Bengals added a field goal in the third quarter, Baltimore started to find a little bit of momentum. With under 10 minutes left in the game, Flacco would hit John Brown, with Dre Kirkpatrick in tight coverage for the 21-yard TD pass. After a missed 2-point conversion the score would be cut down to 28-23.
Cincinnati added another field goal late pushing the lead up to 31-23. Flacco and the Ravens took the ball back with three minutes left and, on a scramble, Flacco would take a hit as he threw resulting in a fumble recovered by the Bengals at the Ravens 29-yard line with under three minutes left.
The Bengals would add yet another field goal off the turnover pushing the lead up to 11 at 34-23. The extra three points would be enough to seal the deal with the Ravens running out of time on their final drive.
The Bengals offense was explosive with four touchdowns in the first half. They may light it up this year if they can put together this type of defensive and offensive combination. Despite giving up over 400 yards of total offense they held the Ravens to under 70 yards on the ground. Baltimore never seemed to rebound from the fast start of the Bengals.
CIN: A.Dalton: 24/42 265YDs 4TDs J.Mixon: 21CAR 84YDs A.Green: 6CAT 91YDs 3TDs
BAL: J.Flacco: 32/55 376YDs 2TDs 2INTs J.Brown: 4CAT 92YDs 1TD
Carolina 24-31 Atlanta
This NFC South matchup went down between the Panthers who won a defensive heavy game over the Cowboys in Week 1 and the Falcons who lost on opening night to the Eagles. Matt Ryan did not look like he was on his game in Week 1 while Cam Newton was able to be the dual threat he’s capable of in his Week 1 victory.
Carolina would get on the board first after a big run by CJ Anderson and a beautiful catch by Devin Funchess. Graham Gano would kick a 54-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead. The Falcons would answer back with a drive of their own lead by a big run by Tevin Coleman. Matt Bryant then kicked a 44-yard field goal tying the game at three.
In the second quarter Cam Newton would take off for a first down run and while sliding took a shot to the face from Damontae Kazee while the quarterback was on the ground. Kazee would be penalized and ejected for the dirty hit on Newton who stayed in the game after being slow to get up.
Following the hit, Newton would hit Jarius Wright for a TD and the 10-3 lead. But before the end of the half Matt Ryan lead the Falcons down the field and into the end zone with a pass to Calvin Ridley for the 10-10 tie. But he wasn’t done there getting the ball back with a little over a minute left in the half. He would drive down the field again, this time finding Austin Hooper in the end zone for the 17-10 lead at the half. They continued to pile on points in the second half, with Ryan sneaking it in from a yard out for the 24-10 lead.
Carolina would fight back in the fourth quarter with Cam taking it down to the 3-yard line after consecutive passes to Jarius Wright and one to Ian Thomas from the 11-yard line. He then fit one into Torrey Smith in the end zone cutting the lead down to 24-17.
Atlanta always seemed to have an answer for Carolina. Matt Ryan continued to carve the Panther defense taking it down to the 8-yard line before running it in himself much like John Elway Super Bowl XXXII, extending the lead to 31-17. Newton and the Panthers would keep hope alive with a touchdown pass to rookie DJ Moore who took off for the 51-yard score cutting it down to 31-24.
However, it came with only 2:20 left in the game giving Carolina the ball back with just under two minutes left. In the end, they couldn’t beat the clock with Newton throwing an incompletion to Moore in double-coverage in the end zone resulting in the loss.
The Falcons overpowered the Panthers jumping out the two-score lead early and despite the big numbers the Panthers put up late it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. It was an evenly matched game statistically, but Atlanta remained in control through the majority of the game evening out the NFC South with both teams now sitting at 1-1.
ATL: M.Ryan: 23/28 272YDs 2TD 1INT T.Coleman: 16CAR 107YDs J.Jones: 5CAT 64YDs
CAR: C.Newton: 32/45 335YDs 3TDs 1INT-5CAR 42YDs C.McCaffrey: 14CAT 102YDs
Minnesota 29-29-OT Green Bay
In this NFC North showdown between two 1-0 teams we all expected offensive explosiveness with Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins going head-to-head. The Vikings were coming off a 24-16 win over San Francisco where the offense looked good but not quite at the height everyone expects.
The Packers put up the amazing comeback win over the Bears last Sunday night with Rodgers coming back from injury to lead the 24-23 victory. Both QB’s looked to light it up in their first divisional matchup.
The Pack would get on the board first but not with Aaron Rodgers on the field. Geronimo Allison would block a punt from just outside the Vikings’ end zone. The blocked kick would be recovered by Josh Jackson in the end zone for the 7-0 lead.
The lead didn’t last long as Minnesota drove down the field on their next drive ending in Cousins hitting Laquon Treadwell for a 14-yard TD tying it at seven. Green Bay took the lead right back with Rodgers taking the offense down the field and hitting Davante Adams for a 9-yard TD pass for the 14-7 lead.
After a Mason Crosby field goal at the end of the second quarter, the Packers took a 10-point lead into the half at 17-7. Crosby would kick another field goal in the third quarter pushing the lead up to 20-7.
Cousins would then lead the team on a 9-play 71-yard drive before finding Stefon Diggs for the 3-yard TD cutting the lead down to 20-14. After another Packers field goal, we finally saw the offensive explosiveness Minnesota is capable of. Cousins threw up a perfect deep ball to Diggs who hauled it in for the 75-yard TD and the 23-21 score.
With under three minutes left the Packers would another field goal, a 48-yarder by Crosby. Cousins took the ball with 2:06 left in the game and on a perfect pass to Treadwell, the ball would bounce off his hands and into the air and picked off by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix effectively sealing the win for Green Bay.
Or did it? Green Bay kicked yet another field goal and gave Cousins possession with under two minutes left. Cousins then took the team 60 yards down the field before throwing a beautiful pass to Adam Thielen for a 22-yard TD. They would go for two points and convert to tie the game at 29 with 31 seconds left in the game.
BUT! Even that wasn’t enough to completely finish off Rodgers and the Packers as the MVP QB completed a 4-play drive setting up Mason Crosby for a 52-yard attempt with four seconds on the clock. He would make it, but a timeout was called before the kick forcing him to kick again. On the second attempt, he would miss sending the game into OT.
Minnesota attempted a field goal on their first drive of OT, but Daniel Carlson would miss it giving the Packers their shot. When that resulted in no points Cousins took the team down the field again to set up another chance at a field goal for the win. Carlson, however, would miss again pushing it wide right ending the game in a 29-29 tie.
The Vikings held control over almost every statistical category and when it seemed like it wasn’t enough to beat Aaron Rodgers, Cousins pulled out his own Rodgers like performance to complete the comeback. It was an explosive fourth quarter with 31 total points being scored. This turned out to be the powerhouse shootout type showdown we expected with neither team coming out on top.
If this is the kind of game to expect from this rivalry I can’t wait for more!
GB: A.Rodgers: 30/42 281YDs 1TD D.Adams: 8CAT 64YDs 1TD J.Graham: 6CAT 95YDs
MIN: K.Cousins: 35/48 425YDs 4TD 1INT A.Thielen: 12CAT 131YDs 1TD S.Diggs: 9CAT 128YDs 2TDs.
Kansas City 42-37 Pittsburgh
The Steelers started the year in awkward fashion with a 21-21 tie with the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger and company had a rough game in Week 1 with Big Ben throwing 3 picks. The team would still be without Le’Veon Bell who continues his holdout. The Chiefs had an explosive Week 1 victory over the Chargers where Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns.
Kansas City would strike first on their opening drive of the game. After a huge punt return by De’Anthony Thomas set the Chiefs up in Steelers territory. Mahomes would hit Chris Conley for a 15-yard TD for the 7-0 lead.
The Chiefs added to the lead on their next drive with a pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce in the end zone for the 14-0 lead. Both teams would score a few more times each. Mahomes hit Kareem Hunt for a touchdown and Roethlisberger completing one to Jesse James for a 21-7 Kansas City score early into the second quarter.
Big Ben would add another pair of TD passes before the half, one to JuJu Smith-Shuster and one to James Washington taking a 21-21 tie into the half.
Going into the third each team traded touchdowns with Mahomes finding Kelce for his second of the game and James Conner running one in from a yard out for the 28-28 score.
The offensive explosion would not stop there. Mahomes lead another long drive, a 7-play 70-yard run resulting in a 3-yard Demarcus Robinson TD for the 35-28 lead….all BEFORE the fourth quarter.
It didn’t end in the fourth either. Mahomes would throw his sixth touchdown of the game with a 29-yard strike to Tyreek Hill for the 42-28 score.
After the Steelers tackled Kareem Hunt in the end zone for a safety they would drive down the field on a 9-play drive setting up Roethlisberger to take it in from 3 yards out.
With two minutes left the Chiefs lead 42-37. The attempted comeback for the Steelers fell short as they were never able to get the ball back with the Chiefs running the clock out.
Patrick Mahomes is legit, and he showed why over the first two weeks of the year. He now has 10 touchdown passes through two games. The Chiefs look like they could be a monster to go up against early while the Steelers despite staying around in this one, still struggled to pick up a victory in back-to-back weeks.
KC: P.Mahomes: 23/28 326YDs 6TDs T.Kelce: 7CAT 109YDs 2TDs S.Watkins: 6CAT 100YDs T.Hill: 5CAT 90YDs
PIT: B.Roethlisberger: 39/60 452YDs 3TDs J.James: 5CAT 138YDs 1TD J.Smith-Shuster: 13CAT 121YDs 1TD
New England 20-31 Jacksonville
An AFC Championship rematch from 2017 saw the powerful Jaguars defense go up against the GOAT Tom Brady who looked like he was in midseason form in a victory over the Texans in Week 1. The Pats defense looked unbreakable in Week 1, something not a lot of people expected.
Jacksonville scored first with a 9-play 50-yard drive ending in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief for the 7-0 lead. They would add to that lead on their next drive.
After Keelan Cole made an amazing OBJ-esque catch down the sideline, Bortles would hit him again for a 24-yard TD and the 14-0 lead. New England would add a field goal before the half, but it wasn’t enough to combat the touchdown the Jags would put up.
Bortles took the team down the field with 11 passing plays before hitting Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the 4-yard TD and 21-3 lead at the half. The Jags would add a field goal to start the second half pushing the lead to 24-3.
On Jacksonville’s next drive Bortles would hit DJ Chark with a pass over the middle but he would fumble the ball off a big hit which would be recovered by New England. Brady would then drive down the field on an 8-play drive capping it off with a 7-yard TD pass to Chris Hogan for the 24-10 score.
The turnovers didn’t end there for Jacksonville. After a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, Bortles took the ball back and threw one to Sefarian-Jenkins. The ball would be batted into the air and picked off by Kyle Van Noy. The pick resulted in yet another turnover going the other way. Dante Fowler came off the edge and stripped the ball from Brady and recovered it giving possession to the Jags.
The turnover would not result in points, but after a spot of ball challenge by Doug Marrone would force the Pats to punt the ball.
On Jacksonville’s following drive with under eight minutes left Bortles would connect with Dede Westbrook over the middle on the first play of the drive. Westbrook took off down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown and the 31-13 lead.
Brady would add another touchdown pass to Hogan, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Jaguars held on for the win. Jacksonville made a huge statement jumping out to the fast start and containing Brady and the Pats, putting pressure in his face all game. Bortles had an exceptional day and showed that when he’s on his game this team will be unstoppable.
JAX: B.Bortles: 29/45 377YDs 4TDs 1INT K.Cole: 7CAT 116YDs 1TD D.Westbrook: 4CAT 83YDs 1TD
NE: T.Brady: 24/35 234YDs 2TDs J.White: 7CAT 73YDs
**C.Robinson leaves with torn ACL
LA Chargers 31-20 Buffalo
P.Rivers:23/27 256YDs 3TDs/J.Allen: 18/33 245YDs 1TD 2INTs
**L.McCoy left with ribs injury. **V.Davis quit/retired at halftime
Cleveland 18-21 New Orleans
D.Brees: 28/35 243YDs 2TDs M.Thomas: 12CAT 89YDs 2TDs/T.Taylor: 22/30 246YDs 1TD 1INT
Miami 20-12 NY Jets
R.Tannehill: 17/23 168 YDs 2TDs/S.Darnold: 25/41 334YDs 1TD 2INTs Q.Enunwa: 7CAT 92YDs
**F.Gore moves into 4th on all-time rushing list
Philadelphia 21-27 Tampa Bay
R.Fitzpatrick: 27/33 402YDs 4TDs 1INT D.Jackson: 4CAT 129YDs 1TD O.Howard: 3CAT 96YDs 1TD/N.Foles: 35/48 334YDs 1TD Z.Ertz: 11CAT 94YDs
**M.Wallace leaves with broken fibula
Houston 17-20 Tennessee
B.Gabbert: 13/20 117YDs 1TD/D.Watson: 22/32 310YDs 2TDs 1INT W.Fuller: 8CAT 113YDs 1TD D.Hopkins: 6CAT 110YDs 1TD
Indianapolis 21-9 Washington
A.Luck: 21/31 179YDs 2TDs 2INTs/A.Smith: 33/46 292YDs
Arizona 0-34 LA Rams
J.Goff: 24/32 354YDs 1TD 1INT B.Cooks: 7CAT 159YDs/S.Braford: 17/27 90YDs 1INT
Detroit 27-30 San Francisco
J.Garoppolo: 18/26 206YDs 2TDs M.Breida: 11CAR 138YDs 1TD/M.Stafford: 34/53 347YDs 3TDs G.Tate: 7CAT 109YDs
**L.Blount ejected for fighting from the bench
Oakland 19-20 Denver
C.Keenum: 19/35 222YDs 1INT P.Lindsay: 14CAR 107YDs E.Sanders: 4CAT 96YDs/D.Carr: 29/32 291YDs 1TD A.Cooper: 10CAT 118YDs
NY Giants 13-20 Dallas
D.Prescott: 16/25 161YDs 1TDE.Elliot: 17CAR 78YDs 1TD/E.Manning: 33/44 277YDs 1TD
Seattle 17-24 Chicago
M.Trubisky: 25/34 200YDs 2TDs 2INTs A.Robinson: 10CAT 83YDs K.Mack:4TCKS 1SCK 1FF P.Amukamara: 1INT 1Pick-six/R.Wilson: 22/36 226YDs 2TD 1INT
1.Chiefs (2-0) 2.Broncos (2-0) 3.Chargers (1-1) 4.Raiders (0-2)
1.Dolphins (2-0) 2.Patriots (1-1) 3.Jets (1-1) 4.Bills (0-2)
1. Jaguars (2-0) 2.Titans (1-1) 3.Colts (1-1) 4.Texans (0-2)
1.Bengals (2-0) 2.Ravens (1-1) 3.Browns (0-1-1) 4.Steelers (0-1-1)
1.Rams (2-0) 2.49ers (1-1) 3.Seahawks (0-2) 4.Cardinals(0-2)
1.Cowboys(1-1) 2.Washington(1-1) 3.Eagles(1-1) 4.Giants(0-2)
1.Buccaneers (2-0) 2.Falcons(1-1) 3.Panthers (1-1) 4.Saints (1-1)
1.Packers (1-0-1) 2.Vikings (1-0-1) 3.Bears (0-1) 4.Lions (0-2)