Sunday’s games started off with a parachuter in Minnesota almost taking out half the Detroit Lions’ players on the sidelines, the Arizona rookie David Johnson began the action with a 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Here’s some of the rest from the 10 early games of week two in the NFL:

– Johnny Football has officially come to the NFL folks. After a shaky rookie season that had many questioning if he would ever live up to the hype, he threw a 60 yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin in his first series, as the Cleveland Browns ultimately pummelled rookie Marcus Mariotta and the Tennessee Titans 28-14. Benjamin finished the day with three total touchdowns, as he returned a punt 78 yards and caught a 50 yard pass in the fourth quarter, looking like the unquestioned number one receiver for Cleveland. Mariotta did throw two touchdown passes of his own, but fumbled twice and was sacked seven times. That’s what happens when you face an actual defense for the first time, and not what Tampa Bay brought last week.

– Jay Cutler threw a pick-six that put the Bears down 28-14, and left the game with a hamstring injury, as the Cardinals ultimately won in Chicago, 48-23. The aforementioned rookie Johnson started the game off the right way for the Cards, and added a 13 yard rushing score in the third, but the bigger story was Carson Palmer’s four score day, three of which went to Larry Fitzgerald, who once again proved he isn’t done after all.

– The Bengals held off a late surge by the San Diego Chargers to win 24- 19, on a day where Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes. AJ Green and Marvin Jones each had their first scores of the season, but the story for fantasy owners is the clear time-share between Jeremy Hill, who wasn’t on the field for much of the second half, and Giovani Bernard, who ended the day with 139 total yards on 23 touches. This is a situation to monitor, but anyone who though Hill was headed for a top-ten season had a rude awakening Sunday.

– After the weird parachuter incident to begin the game, when the dust cleared the Lions ended the day 0-2 on the season, as the Vikings won 26-16. While he did have a touchdown called back earlier in the game, Adrian Peterson returned to his old ways, ending the game with 190 total yards and the leading receiver for Teddy Bridgewater, who ran for a score and threw one to tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Lions are in danger of an 0-3 start as they head home to face the Broncos next week.

– Remember when the Saints were unbeatable in the Superdome? I don’t know what happened to those days, but Jameis Winston got his first win as a starting quarterback, and the Buccaneers beat the Saints in New Orleans 26-19. Winston didn’t have a great game (only 207 passing yards, only one passing touchdown, sacked three times, one lost fumble), but he didn’t throw the ball away either, which at least is an improvement over last week. Drew Brees and the Saints are clearly in trouble if they can’t beat a team that looked terrible against Tennessee last week, and now have to hope for improvement next week as they head to Carolina.

– The Giants are also at 0-2, after letting the Falcons score 14 fourth quarter points to come from behind and win 24-20. Eli Manning hooked up with Larry Donnell and threw a 67 yard score to Odell Beckham Jr to put the Giants up 20-10, but the defense couldn’t hold the lead. Matt Ryan caught Julio Jones for a 37 yarder to put the Falcons on the one yard line, then Devonta Freeman rushed up the middle to put the Falcons in front with 1:14 remaining, and Eli just could not answer. Yet another bad loss for the Giants, who now only hope they can hold off Washington on Thursday night.

– I thought it was very sporting of Bill Belichek to let Rex Ryan’s Bills score three touchdowns after the Patriots went up 37-13, but did anyone honestly think the Bills would actually win the game? I know I didn’t. Tom Brady ended the game with 466 passing yards and three scores, and is now at 399 career touchdown passes. We do hope cornerback Aaron Williams is ok, after he suffered a neck injury diving into Julian Edelman on a scoring play, and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

– Ben Roethlisburger threw three touchdown passes, converted two two-point tries and Colin Kaepernick was sacked five times, as the Steelers spanked the 49ers 43-18. I think the 10 days of rest suited the Steelers just fine, as their defense barely let the 49ers do anything over the course of the game. Carlos Hyde left the game at one point with a possible concussion, but returned during the third quarter, and should be fine moving forward.

– Fantasy owners of Alfred Morris saw their worst fears come to life on Sunday, as rookie Matt Jones rushed 19 times for 123 yards and two scores, including a 39 yard explosion in the first quarter, as the Redskins brought the Rams back to Earth with a 24-10 drubbing. Morris got 18 rushes of his own for only 59 yards, and it’s clear Jones is going to be a playmaker on this offense after it looked like Morris was safe after week one. As for the Rams, they couldn’t follow up their impressive week one win against Seattle, with Nick Foles only managing 150 passing yards with 17 completions on 32 passes. Go grab Jones off the waiver wire, if it’s not too late.

– The Panthers defeated the Texans in easily the most forgettable game of the day, with the lone highlight coming on Cam Newton pulling a Superman-esque hurdle off on a two yard score up the middle in the third quarter which gave Carolina the lead for good.

We’ll be back to recap the late games, the biggest highlight so far being David Carr and Amari Cooper hooking up for a 68 yard bomb to give the Raiders a surprising 7-0 lead over the Ravens.

Related Posts:



You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment