Week 2 Round Up

Where to begin…where to begin?

Week 2 of the NFL has been closed, with a VERY frustrating Monday Night game in Atlanta that eventually (thankfully!) turned into a bit of a game in the 4th quarter.  Peyton Manning, while “underperforming” (if we’re comparing him to his former pre-surgery self….which has earned him legend and future Hall of Famer statuses (stati?)) for 75% of the game, somehow charged down the field in the 4th quarter to score 14 unanswered points and making it a game.  Denver ultimately lost 27-21 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons QB, Matt Ryan aka “Matty Ice,” got his first Monday Night Football win.  Atlanta didn’t score at all in the 4th, but their Defense caused 3 Broncos INTs and 4 turnovers in the 1st quarter.  If they can stay healthy, this team looks improved from last year’s playoff team.  They just have had problems advancing in the playoffs.  (PLAYOFFS?!)

Matty Ice Celebrates His First MNF Win

UPSETS:  In a game that no one expected an upset, Arizona’s Cardinals travelled to Foxborough to face New England’s Patriots.  The Patriots hadn’t lost a home opener since 2001 (Brady’s 2nd NFL year and he wasn’t yet the starter, if you’re interested) so it was a well-founded thought to assume the Pats would come out on top.  They didn’t.  Arizona’s back-up QB, Kevin Kolb, led his Cardinals to a shocking 20-18 win, but the Patriots were trailing the majority of the game and that final score doesn’t paint a true representation of the game as it played.  It was only in the 4th quarter in the last 6 minutes that the Patriots started marching down the field and digging out of their 20-12 deficit.  And, in a move that I couldn’t understand, Belichick stopped the momentum on the field and opted for a field goal, which was missed.  Read full story here. It was very bizarre. Either way, hats off to the Cardinals and their 2-0 2012 start! *New England lost star Tight End Aaron Hernandez early on and sources say he may be out for weeks, since Belichick never says much about any injury.

Panthers – Saints in North Carolina.  Cam Newton and the Panthers evened out their record to 1-1 after upsetting the New Orleans Saints.  I’m not sure if Vegas considers this an upset, but NFL fans certainly must.  I think this means that the Saints are now in this weird bucket after starting their season at a surprising 0-2.  If you asked someone LAST YEAR if they would lose to the Redskins and the Panthers…yeah.  No one would have bet on that.  From what I saw from the scores, Carolina had command of the game…but here’s a full recap.

Jonathan Stewart Celebrates a TD over the Saints

After shocking the league in the NFL season opener, the Cowboys travelled to Seattle and lost a big one:  Seahawks 27 – Cowboys 7.  The Cowboys have had their struggles in Seattle and this year’s team was unable to overcome that. More on the Seahawks victory here.

RG3′s undefeated streak ended at 1 with the Redskins losing to the Rams in St. Louis.  Maybe not an official upset, but certainly took the wind out of the sails after the big W over New Orleans in Week 1. Final score:  28-31. More on the game here.

In an almost-upset situation, the New York Giants had some big problems with Tampa Bay early in the game.  Star QB, Eli Manning (yes, that did pain me to write, if you’re curious!), had 3 INTs in the 1st quarter but by the 4th quarter the GMen put up 25 points to win at home.  Can you imagine if the Super Bowl champs had started 0-2? New York would’ve RIOTED! Game recap here.

National Football League Scores

09/16
Chiefs
17
-
35
Bills
09/16
Ravens
23
-
24
Eagles
09/16
Browns
27
-
34
Bengals
09/16
Saints
27
-
35
Panthers
09/16
Texans
27
-
7
Jaguars
09/16
Vikings
20
-
23
Colts
09/16
Raiders
13
-
35
Dolphins
09/16
Cardinals
20
-
18
Patriots
09/16
Buccaneers
34
-
41
Giants
09/16
Cowboys
7
-
27
Seahawks
09/16
Redskins
28
-
31
Rams
09/16
Jets
10
-
27
Steelers
09/16
Titans
10
-
38
Chargers
09/16
Lions
19
-
27
49ers
09/17
Broncos
21
-
27
Falcons

 

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