– In the battle of the rookie quarterbacks, Marcus Mariotta became the first quarterback since Fran Tarkenton to throw four touchdowns in a game (and he did it in the first half), while Jameis Winston became the first quarterback to see his first pass attempt be intercepted and returned for a touchdown since Brett Farve, as the Tennessee Titans demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 42-14. The Titans defense kept the pressure on Winston, sacking him four times and intercepting him twice. The Bucs’ rookie actually showed tremendous poised and determination in rallying his team down 21-0, and ended the day with two touchdown strikes to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Titans running back Bishop Sankey had the best game of his young career, with 74 rushing yards on 12 carries and a touchdown, while catching one of Mariotta’s four touchdown strikes. Tennessee continues their road trip as they head into Cleveland next week, while Tampa Bay heads to New Orleans to take on the Saints.

– The Saints are reeling after a shellacking from the Cardinals in Arizona, as Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes in his return from a torn ACL. The Saints offense missed Jimmy Graham, but Brandon Coleman looks to be a solid option for Drew Brees for years to come, as he caught the loan TD pass Brees threw. Both qbs went over 300 yards, but Brees was sacked twice and picked once by the solid Arizona defense, which looks fine minus last year’s coordinator Todd Bowles. The Cardinals hope to make it 2-0 as they travel to Chicago to take on the bewildered Bears.

– The Lions jumped out to a 21-3 lead over the Chargers, but that’s when Phillip Rivers and company woke up and scored 30 straight points, ultimately winning the game 33-28. For the Lions, the story was rookie Ameer Abdullah, who started the game with a 24 yard touchdown run, putting to rest talk of a time share, and establishing himself as the clear number one back ahead of Joique Bell, and ended the game with 94 all-purpose yards, and got away with a fumble in the third quarter, which the Chargers didn’t challenge. Rivers threw for 249 yards and both of his scores in the second half, finishing the day 35-for-42 with 404 passing yards. The rookie Melvin Gordon was the lead back, but Danny Woodhead wound up being the more impressive runner, with two touchdowns when all was said and done, and Keenan Allen had his best game as a pro, with 15 receptions for 166 yards. The Chargers head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals, while the Lions travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings.

– Derek Carr left the Raiders shorthanded early with a hand injury, and there was little Matt McGloin could do to stop the Bengals from ripping up the Raiders 33-13. Jeremy Hill showed he is clearly one of the best in the game with two early scores, but the bigger story in this game was Tyler Eifert, who missed all but the opener last year with an elbow injury and returned in a big way, with nine catches for 104 yards and both of Andy Dalton’s touchdown strikes. Expect Pacman Jones to be fined this week, after ripping off Amani Cooper’s helmet and shoving his head into it hard before he was stiff-armed by Carr, which led to his hand injury. The Raiders look to avoid another 0-2 start next week, when they take on the Ravens.

– As for the Ravens, the lost to the Broncos on a day where both offenses took a back seat and let the defenses run the show. Peyton Manning was out of sync with his receivers the majority of the game, and went 24-for-40 with 175 yards and one interception which was returned by Jimmy Smith for a score, while Joe Flacco threw for 117 yards and was picked twice, including a pick-six by Agib Talib which gave the Broncos the lead for good in the third quarter. Manning was sacked four times, while Flacco was sacked twice. The big news coming out of this game is that the Ravens have lost Terrell Suggs for the year after he tore his Achillies’ tendon during the game, a huge loss for Baltimore’s defense. The Broncos hope to get their offense going next week when they head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

Get ready for the Sunday night game as the Giants head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys!!!

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