Let me tell you – it’s a good thing that we don’t pay into our fantasy football leagues because we’d be going into debt after a wacky week 2 in the NFL. Themes of the week are upsets and injuries, both of which are not music to the ears of fantasy football enthusiasts.
Once again, we’ve bolded the big takeaways.
Here’s what we thought about week 2 in the NFL…
Denver (31), Kansas City (24) – What a crazy end to this game. The Broncos scored two touchdowns within a period of nine seconds in the final minute of the game, the second being a defensive touchdown off a Kansas City fumble. Even though it’s only week two, the Broncos defense seems to be for real. QB Peyton Manning looked so happy to win this game after hearing about the end of his career coming following a lackluster week one performance. Coach Gary Kubiak was smart to let Peyton go back to more no huddle that he excels in rather than his typical plays from shotgun. (Duh, Gary.) The Chiefs were doomed by their turnovers, but have to be happy with the performance of rookie CB Marcus Peters. This was a tough division game the Chiefs hoped to win at home.
New England (40), Buffalo (32) – Let me tell you, I don’t envy any team that has to play against a pissed-off Tom Brady this season. The Bills (including head coach Rex Ryan) did a lot of smack talking leading up to the game. Brady threw for 3 TDs and 466 yards, earning his spot in the “750 passing yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions through the first two games of a season” club. Peyton Manning started this club in 2013. The Pats defense was in “bend, but not break” mode – they gave up a lot of yards and let Bills QB Tyrod get sneaky on them a few times. There were a lot of penalties in this game and a scary moment when Bills safety Aaron Williams was put into an ambulance after a funky hit. (He’s been released from the hospital.) Also, Pats WR Danny Amendola made this wicked awesome catch.
Also despite the loss, Tyrod’s shirt game was on point once again this week.
Carolina (24), Houston (17) – Panthers QB Cam Newton is carrying this team – they lack a #1 wide receiver, and he also led the team in rushing. He is lucky he has a solid defense to support him. The Texans started QB Ryan Mallett after benching Brian Hoyer last week. It took Mallett a while to get his feet under him, but coach Bill O’Brien is great at adjusting a game plan and almost got them to a point where they could have forced overtime. The Texans are also going to be heavily relying on their defense this season. Speaking of their defense, on this week’s edition of What J.J. Watt did, the freak of nature got his 60th career sack. This was his 7th consecutive game with a sack.
Arizona (48), Chicago (23) – Cardinals QB Carson Palmer looks even better than he did last year before he tore his ACL. He let old friend WR Larry Fitzgerald get in on the fun by tossing three touchdowns his way. Bears QB Jay Cutler missed over half the game and will be out at least two weeks with a hamstring injury, possibly more. He was replaced by backup QB Jimmy Clausen, who was quickly overwhelmed by Arizona’s defense and gets to start against a victory-deprived Seahawks team next week. Good luck, buddy.
Cincinnati (24), San Diego (19) – Bengals QB Andy Dalton has had a great start to the year and the team sits at 2-0, despite the fumbling issues of RB Jeremy Hill. Chargers QB Philip Rivers also had a great game and almost brought the team to a come from behind victory. The Chargers had a strong run game with Danny Woodhead and rookie Melvin Gordan.
Cleveland (28), Tennessee (14) – It was a fall back to reality for Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota after his record-setting performance last week. He faced a better defense with tougher schemes to beat in the Browns. His offensive line also took a vacation day as he was sacked 7 times. Ouch. Browns QB Johnny Manziel had an ok games in terms of stats, but made enough big plays to lead the Browns to victory. Manziel will go back to the bench when starting QB Josh McCown is cleared from his concussion.
Minnesota (26), Detroit (16) – I wrote last week to not be surprised to hear that Lions QB Matt Stafford was already banged up more than the team wanted to admit. Well, now they’re admitting it – coach Jim Caldwell will not commit to Stafford playing next week. The Lions sit at 0-2 and have a hard stretch ahead of them (Denver, at Seattle, and Arizona), especially with a defense that is not as strong as last year. On the other hand, the Vikings turned back to Adrian Peterson, who looked like his usual self after a slow start to the season last week (although he did fumble twice). QB Teddy Bridgewater showed more poise than last week, and the Vikings defense made it hard for the Lions to get a run game going.
Tampa Bay (26), New Orleans (19) – Buccaneers rookie QB Jameis Winston bounced back from his rough start last week and the defense decided to show up! Saints QB Drew Brees will miss a to-be-determined number of games with what is believed to be a shoulder injury (rotator cuff). Backup Luke McCown (of the Verizon commercials) will start next week. The Saints were counting on Brees to carry them since their defense is already banged up. They also seemed to have lost their once well-known home field advantage, they have lost six games in a row in New Orleans.
Atlanta (24), New York Giants (20) – The Giants become the first team in NFL history to blow two straight double-digit leads in the fourth quarter to start a season, and are also receiving criticism for some questionable play calls and clock management at the end of the game. While people are already starting to wonder who will replace Tom Coughlin as coach in NY next year, first year coach of the Falcons Dan Quinn is receiving praise for making Atlanta’s defense a tougher unit. It also helps that he has QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones to lead his offense. Julio was on fire on Sunday and makes some crazy catches.
Pittsburgh (43), San Francisco (18) – This was the beat down the score indicates it was. Pittsburgh has a lot of offensive weapons, and the 49ers defense could not stop them. The Steelers managed to put up 43 points without their starting running back, Le’Veon Bell, who returns from suspension next week. While Pittsburgh’s defense still has room for improvement, but they almost looked like a different unit compared to what showed up against the Patriots last week. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had a hard time moving the ball.
Washington (24), St. Louis (10) – There is no quarterback controversy any more in Washington; Kirk Cousins is a better fit for his coach’s offense than former first round pick RG3, who is keeping the bench warm. Washington’s offensive and defensive lines are improved since last year, and kept the Rams in check after their dominant performance against the Seahawks last week. Rams QB Nick Foles struggled.
Jacksonville (23), Miami (20) – Miami fans are disappointed in the performance of their defense thus far after paying fee agent Ndamukong Suh lots of money this off-season. They let JAX QB Blake Bortles lead his team on a game winning field goal drive. The Dolphins offense struggled, especially their offensive line after tackle Brandon Albert left with an injury. QB Ryan Tannehill also got a huge contract extension and is not moving the ball as he needs to. Everyone thought this was a great chance for Miami to win a game on the road, but the Jaguars showed improvement on both sides of the ball.
Oakland (37), Baltimore (33) – Last week we mentioned how bad we felt for the Raiders because more often than not, they don’t resemble a great football team. That would be why we did not pick them to win this game. However, while Baltimore’s offense looked much improved over week one, their defense struggled without the presence of Terrell Suggs, who is out for the year with an Achilles injury. Raiders QB Derek Carr took advantage and tore up Baltimore’s secondary, throwing the game winning touchdown with 26 seconds left. This was a break-out game for Carr and also showcased rookie WR Amari Cooper.
Dallas (20), Philadelphia (10) – The storyline for the Cowboys coming out of this game was injuries – QB Tony Romo fractured his left clavicle. He will not need surgery, but has been placed on the IR designated to return list, so he is not eligible to play until week 11. They will also be without the services of WR Dez Bryan longer than they expected after he had foot surgery last week. Back-up QB Brandon Weeden will lead the team going forward, although the team did trade for Bills QB Matt Cassel to build depth at the position. The storyline for the Eagles was what one could call an offensive meltdown. The offensive line couldn’t stop the Cowboys, QB Sam Bradford is still adjusting to playing football after missing most of the last two years due to injury, and the run game was non-existent. Coach Chip Kelly said he was embarrassed by the performance and is going to re-evaluate all areas of the team.
Green Bay (27), Seattle (17) – This was a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game, where the Packers blew their lead and the Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was not going to let that happen again. He got the job done despite a rash of injuries that kept taking his receivers and running backs off the field at various points in the game. The Seahawks say they aren’t panicking at 0-2, but their offense isn’t clicking or targeting TE Jimmy Graham enough and their defense is missing Kam Chancellor (who is sitting out in a contract dispute).
New York Jets (20), Indianapolis (7) – Last year the Jets defense forced 13 turnovers, but under new coach Todd Bowles they have 10 in their first two games. It helps that they have CB Darrelle Revis back. The Colts offense is struggling – their o-line isn’t pulling their weight, veteran free agents WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore disappointed again, and QB Andrew Luck hasn’t looked confident in his decision-making. The rough end to last season in the AFC Championship game and 0-2 start to this year has started rumors of dissension between Coach Chuck Pagano and the front office/ownership, which could easily become a distraction. Pagano already had to backtrack from comments he made in his post-game press conference that some said criticized Andrew Luck and personnel decisions made by the general manager.
In other news, our Weekly Pick ‘Em league is off to an exciting start. Here are the top Snappers in the group as of week 2:
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