Baltimore Ravens (1-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
Final Score: Bengals 34, Ravens 23
The Bengals capitalized on a slow start by the Ravens offense to take an early lead on Thursday night, and they never looked back. Baltimore had no answer for Geno Atkins from the first snap of the game. Atkins made two tackles on the Ravens’ first drive, including a sack on third down. After immediately punting the ball right back to the Ravens, Jessie Bates was able to intercept Flacco’s pass on first down which set up the first of three A.J. Green touchdown catches in the first quarter. From that point on, the Bengals jumped out to a 21-0 lead, and the game was pretty much over.
The Bengals did almost exactly what I predicted they would. They were able to take shots down the field, taking advantage of single coverage across the Ravens’ defensive backfield. It was shocking to see that the Ravens allowed A.J. Green to completely dominate them in the first quarter. Baltimore has seen Green several times in his career, so I really thought they would force another receiver to make big plays. Eventually the Ravens figured it out, but Tyler Boyd stepped up for the Bengals in a big way, hauling in 6 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Flacco was once again abysmal against the Bengals in the first half. He has not played well in his past several games against Cincinnati, and the trend continued on Thursday. The Bengals looked good for the second week in a row, and they will now take their 2-0 record to Carolina for their week 3 matchup next Sunday.
Joe Flacco, QB: 32/55, 251 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT
Alex Collins, RB: 9 att, 35 yds, 3 rec, 55 yds
John Brown, WR: 4 rec, 95 yds, 1 TD
Andy Dalton, QB: 24/42, 265 yds, 4 TDs
A.J. Green, WR: 5 rec, 69 yds, 3 TDs
Geno Atkins, DT: 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL, 4 QB hits
Written by: Jake Leicht
Atlanta Falcons (1-1) Vs. Carolina Panthers (1-1)
Final Score: Falcons 31, Panthers 24
In yet another classic matchup between NFC South opponents, the home team gained the win as the Falcons held off the Panthers in front of 72,528 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta avenged their week 1 red zone inefficiency, and they did so by scoring 4 touchdowns in 4 attempts, all of which were accounted for by Matt Ryan. Two rookie receivers also scored their first career touchdowns, with Calvin Ridley’s coming in the second quarter and DJ Moore’s in the fourth. Ryan had two passing touchdowns and channeled some Mike Vick with two rushing touchdowns. Falcons safety Damontae Kazee was ejected on a helmet-to-helmet play on Cam Newton, and a potential fine/suspension might be looming.
After a modest first quarter with both teams scoring a field goal, Carolina struck paydirt first on a Newton pass to Jarius Wright following the Kazee ejection. Not wanting to be outdone, Ryan and running back Tevin Coleman marched down the field, and rookie receiver Calvin Ridley scored his first career touchdown on an 11-yard slant route. Right before the first half ended, Ryan looped a pass to tight end Austin Hooper, who beat linebacker Shaq Thompson in the corner of the end zone. In the third quarter, Ryan added his two rushing touchdowns, and Carolina’s rookie Moore scored his first touchdown on a missed Duke Riley tackle. Carolina had one final chance to send the game to overtime, but Cam’s pass to Moore in the end zone fell incomplete. Atlanta heads into another home division game against New Orleans, while Carolina returns home to face the 2-0 Cincinnati Bengals.
Cam Newton, QB: 32/45, 335 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT; 5 rush, 42 yds
Christian McCaffrey, RB: 8 rush, 37 yds, 4.6 ypc; 14 rec, 102 yds
Devin Funchess, WR: 7 rec, 77 yds
Jarius Wright, WR: 5 rec, 62 yds, TD
Matt Ryan, QB: 23/28, 272 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; 4 rush, 18 yds, 2 TD
Tevin Coleman, RB: 16 rush, 107 yds, 6.7 ypc; 4 rec, 18 yds
Calvin Ridley, WR: 4 rec, 64 yds, TD
Julio Jones, WR: 5 rec, 64 yds
Written by: Joe Carlino
Indianapolis Colts (1-1) vs. Washington Redskins (1-1)
Final Score: Colts 21, Redskins 9
While it wasn’t the prettiest victory, Andrew Luck and company got the job done by doing the right things throughout the game. Luck and T.Y. Hilton’s chemistry continues to show through, as they connected 7 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. However, the best player on the field was the Colts rookie linebacker, Darius Leonard. He finished with 18 (15 solo) total tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. He has been a bright spot for their young defense and is a “way too early” rookie defensive player of the year candidate. The Redskins were dreadful on offense, as they only managed 3 field goal drives. To make matters worse, their leading rusher, Jamison Crowder, only managed 29 rushing yards.
This game didn’t feature any flashy plays, as Luck instead methodically picked apart the Redskins defense on the Colts three touchdown drives. As I alluded to, Hilton found holes in Washington’s secondary, which allowed Indianapolis to extend their drives. The biggest play was when the Redskins were driving into the redzone to attempt a 4th quarter comeback. Alex Smith connected with Jordan Reed, and as Reed pushed toward the 20-yard line, Leonard punched the ball out of his hands, allowing the Colts to jump on the ball for the recovery. Great bounce-back game for the Colts, but the Redskins took a step back after looking great in week 1.
Andrew Luck, QB: 21/31, 179 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Jordan Wilkins, RB: 10 rush, 61 yds, 6.1 ypc
T.Y. Hilton, WR: 7 rec, 83 yds, 1 TD
Darius Leonard, LB: 18 total tackles, 15 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF
Alex Smith, QB: 33/46, 292 yds
Chris Thompson, RB: 4 rush, 1 yd; 13 rec, 92 yds
Paul Richardson, WR: 4 rec, 63 yds
Written by: Cody Manning
Houston Texans (0-2) vs. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Final Score: Titans 20, Texans 17
RecapIf you took a look at the stat line for both teams, then you would be wondering how this game was ever close and how did the Titans ended up winning this one. The Texans offense had 437 total yards while the Titans only put up 283 total yards. Without Marcus Mariota, Blaine Gabbert got the job done by not making any costly mistakes throughout the game. The defense had a solid day by frustrating Deshaun Watson all afternoon and not letting him get comfortable in the pocket. Adoree Jackson made the interception off of Watson to get the lone turnover in this contest.
The biggest play in this game happened in the 1st quarter when Tennessee decided to run a fake punt at their own 34-yard line. After the direct snap to safety Kevin Byard, he made a perfect throw in stride to fellow safety Dane Cruikshank to connect on a 66-yard touchdown pass. The trick play gave the Titans the early momentum with a 7-0 lead. Even though they gave that lead up, they did enough to climb back in the game and walk away with the W. The Texans are underwhelming at this point and the Titans took advantage of that to get a early divisional win.
Deshaun Watson, QB: 22/32, 310 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Lamar Miller, RB: 14 rush, 68 yds, 4.9 ypc
Will Fuller, WR: 8 rec, 113 yds, 1 TD
DeAndre Hopkins, WR: 6 rec, 110 yds, 1 TD
Blaine Gabbert, QB: 13/20, 117 yds, 1 TD
Derrick Henry, RB: 18 rush, 56 yds, 3.1 ypc
Corey Davis, WR: 5 rec, 55 yds
Written by: Cody Manning
Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)
Final Score: Buccaneers 27, Eagles 21
Ryan FitzMagic strikes again. After the Eagles defense dominated the Falcons offense in week 1, Tampa Bay’s 35 year old backup QB threw for over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns for the second week in a row. Four different receivers caught a touchdown for the Bucs as they take the lead in the NFC South. While the Eagles defense did have three sacks and forced two turnovers, they were susceptible to big plays throughout and couldn’t hold off the Tampa offense. Philly now falls into a tie with the Redskins and Cowboys for 1st place in the NFC East.
Desean Jackson got the scoring going immediately with a 75 yard touchdown catch on the first play of the game, and never looked back. O.J. Howard, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans all chipped in with touchdown catches as well. The Buccaneers defense was arguably the most impressive unit on the field yesterday — they began the game without their top two cornerbacks and lost safety Chris Conte during the game, yet held the Philly offense to just 21 points. The Eagles had their fair share of injuries as well. In addition to playing without receiver Alshon Jeffery or running back Darren Sproles, they lost receiver Mike Wallace and left tackle Jason Peters for the whole game and running back Jay Ajayi for part of it.
Nick Foles, QB: 35/48, 334 yds, 1 TD, 1 FUM
Corey Clement, RB: 6 rush, 30 yds, 1 TD, 5.0 ypc; 5 rec, 55 yds
Zach Ertz, TE: 11 rec, 94 yds
Nelson Agholor, WR: 8 rec, 88 yds, 1 TD
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: 27/33, 402 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
DeSean Jackson, WR: 4 rec, 129 yds, 1 TD
Mike Evans, WR: 10 rec, 83 yds, 1 TD, 1 FUM
O.J. Howard, TE: 3 rec, 96 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Alexander Amir
Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1)
Final Score: Chiefs 42, Steelers 37
If you weren’t a believer in Patrick Mahomes ll before this game, you certainly have to be now. The Chiefs offense struck early and often in this one, taking a quick 21-0 lead before the second quarter even arrived, but Big Ben was able to rally and tie the score at 21 at halftime. Throughout the second half, KC’s aggressiveness increased on both sides of the ball. Mahomes’ simple strategy, one that has proven to be unstoppable thus far and led him to 6 touchdown passes, is just to get the ball to his numerous talented playmakers and let them make things happen. On Pittsburgh’s side, their defense has looked bad, despite the resources they used this offseason on improving it. Their offense has always been known to put up points, but it’s simply been too easy to move the ball on them.
This is a massive win for the Chiefs due to the fact that this Steelers team has been a regular thorn in the side for Andy Reid and his team throughout his tenure in KC. Getting this monkey off their back is a big relief for the Chiefs. Their defense needs to improve if they want to make a deep playoff run, but their offense looks like it can hang with anyone. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has now failed to win two close games, and could find themselves playing catch-up in the AFC North.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB: 39/60, 452 yds, 4 Total TD
Juju Smith-Schuster, WR: 13 rec, 121 yds, 1 TD
Jesse James, TE: 5 rec, 138 yds, 1 TD
Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes ll, QB: 23/28, 326 yds, 6 TD
Travis Kelce, TE: 7 rec, 109 yds, 2 TD
Anthony Hitchens, LB: 12 tackles, 1 TFL
Written by: Ashton Moore
Miami Dolphins (2-0) vs. New York Jets (1-1)
Final Score: Miami Dolphins 20, New York Jets 12
With this win over the Jets, the Dolphins are 2-0 for the first time since 2013 and are in 1st place in the AFC East. The Dolphins defense took advantage of several mistakes made by rookie Sam Darnold, and made him feel uncomfortable in the pocket with 3 sacks and two forced interceptions. The unit was led by Kiko Alonso, who notched 13 tackles, more than triple any of his teammates, helping to allow only 42 yards rushing on the ground. The Dolphins offense did just enough, rushing for 44 yards on the ground and throwing for 168 yards and two TDs through the air. And while it may not show on the scoreboard, the Jets defense performed at an above average level and pressured Tannehill, but were often given a short field.
Kenyan Drake scored the game’s first touchdown three plays after a Sam Darnold interception. Miami took advantage of another turnover when Robby Anderson had the ball poked out for a fumble by Kiko Alonso. Albert Wilson then caught a 29-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to bring the score to 14-0. The Jets didn’t find the endzone until the beginning of the third quarter, when Bilal Powell took a 29 yard angle route to the house. The Jets started creeping back after two field goals in the fourth quarter made it 20-12, but the game was sealed shut with a huge grab by old man Frank Gore on a 3rd and 19 for a first down. This play ultimately ended the game and propelled the Dolphins to the top of the AFC East.
Ryan Tannehill, QB: 17/23, 168 yds, 2 TD
Kenyan Drake, RB: 53 yds, 1 TD, 4.8 ypc
Kiko Alonso, LB: 13 tackles, FF
New York Jets
Sam Darnold, QB: 25/41, 334 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Quincy Enunwa, WR: 7 rec, 92 yds,13.1 avg
Bilal Powell, RB: 5 rec, 74 yds, 14.8 avg, 1 TD
Written by: George Haraktsis
Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-2)
Final Score: Chargers 31, Bills 20
Week two provided another rough game for the Bills. They suffered a second straight loss, this time at the hands of the Chargers. Buffalo never really made the game competitive, losing by a score of 31-20. Rookie quarterback, Josh Allen, took a loss in his first NFL start, throwing for 245 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Philip Rivers led the Chargers to victory, throwing for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
The game started off rough for the Bills as Rivers connected with wide receiver Mike Williams in their second drive of the game for Williams’ first career touchdown. That touchdown was followed by three touchdowns scored by Melvin Gordon (1 rushing, 2 receiving), which would open up the lead to 28-6 at half following two made field goals by the Bills. The biggest story of this game was at halftime, as Vontae Davis of the Bills reportedly told his coaches that he was done and immediately retired at the half. The Bills were able to get the score within two touchdowns but any chances of a comeback were ended by two interceptions thrown by Allen to Adrian Phillips and Kyzir White.
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers, QB: 23/27, 256 yds, 3 TD
Melvin Gordon. RB: 9 rush, 28 yds, 1 TD, 3.1 ypc; 6 rec, 38 yds, 2 TD
Austin Ekeler, RB: 11 rush, 77 yds, 7 ypc
Keenan Allen, WR: 6 rec, 67 yds
Josh Allen, QB: 18/33, 245 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
LeSean McCoy, RB: 9 rush, 39 yds, 0 TD, 4.3 ypc
Zay Jones, WR: 2 rec, 63 yds, 0 TD
Written by: Ryan Lippert
Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1) vs. Green Bay Packers (1-0-1)
Final Score: Vikings 29, Packers 29
For a game that featured 58 combined points and 831 total yards between the Vikings and Packers, believe it or not, this matchup came down to defense and special teams. The Packers moved the ball quite well against a Vikings defense that allowed a league low 275 yards per game last season, but Minnesota forced the Green Bay to settle for field goals on six occasions. A noticeably hobbled Rodgers was held in check (at least to his standard), as he was sacked four times and hit or pressured on numerous occasions. Rodgers’ knee held up, but, sadly, the 13 point fourth quarter lead did not.
The Packers special teams came up big in the first quarter, blocking a punt and recovering the ball in the endzone for a TD. Cousin fired back with a touchdown drive, but Rodgers and Davante Adams quickly responded with an 11-play 75 yard TD drive. From that point on the Vikings offense was stagnant, and while Green Bay drove the ball at will, the Minnesota defense continued to bend but not break. The Vikings offense finally caught fire at the start of the 4th quarter, as Cousins lead the team on three 70+ yard scoring drives, the last of which was assisted by a highly questionable roughing the passer penalty that allowed Minnesota to tie the game in the final minute. Rodgers set Mason Crosby up for the game winning field goal, but after going 5-for-5 on the day, he missed, sending the game into overtime, where the Vikings’ kicker missed his 2nd and 3rd straight field goals on the day. The game ended in a 29-29 tie, and Daniel Carlson’s career as a Minnesota Viking ended the very next morning.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers, QB: 30/42, 281 yds, 1 TD
Jamal Williams, RB: 16 rush, 59 yds, 3.6 ypc
Davante Adams, WR: 8 rec, 64 yds, 1 TD
Jimmy Graham, TE: 6 rec, 95 yds
Kirk Cousins, QB: 35/48, 425 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Stefon Diggs, WR: 9 rec, 128 yds, 2 TD’s
Adam Thielen, WR: 12 rec, 131 yds 1 TD
Daniel Carlson, K: 0/3 FG Attempts
Written by: Jack Bourgeois
Cleveland Browns (0-1-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-1)
Final Score: Saints 21, Browns 18
The Cleveland Browns had plenty of opportunities to beat the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome on Sunday, but they came up just short. The Browns’ defense was able to force two big first half turnovers, but they were only able to take a 6-3 lead into halftime. The Saints were quiet in the 3rd quarter, but they exploded for 18 points in the fourth with two big Michael Thomas touchdown catches. Overall, the game came down to a few huge plays.
Zane Gonzalez absolutely obliterated the Browns’ chances of winning the game after he missed two field goals and two extra points. Gonzalez was already recognized as one of the worst kickers in the league, and he may be looking for a new job sooner rather than later. It is hard to fathom that a kicker could make such a big difference in the outcome of a game, but the fact of the matter is the Browns had more yards on offense and less turnovers than New Orleans. However, the Saints did find a way to pull out the victory, breaking the streak of 0-2 starts that had plagued the team every year since 2014.
Tyrod Taylor, QB: 22/30, 246 yds, 1 TD, 1 int
Carlos Hyde, RB: 16 rush, 43 yds, 1 TD
Zane Gonzalez, K: 2/4 field goals, 0/2 extra points
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees, QB: 28/35, 243 yds, 2 TD
Alvin Kamara, RB:: 13 rush, 43 yds, 6 rec, 53 yds
Michael Thomas, WR: 12 rec, 89 yds, 2 TD
Written by: Jake Leicht
Detroit Lions (0-2) vs. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
Final Score: 49ers 30, Lions 27
Both teams were coming off disappointing week one losses, both quarterbacks were coming off of the worst game of their career, and both coaches were desperate to not start 0-2. The 49ers were able to establish the run early and often on Sunday, allowing them to feast off the play-action pass. Both defensive lines dominated throughout the game, as the Lions sacked Jimmy Garoppolo six times, while Stafford was under pressure nearly the entire game, but only sacked twice. With Detroit trailing for a majority of the game, the team became pass happy and abandoned the run, even though they were averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the ground. Down multiple scores in the 4th quarter, Detroit once again put the game on Matt Stafford’s shoulders. He delivered his team two touchdowns in just over five minutes, but the 49ers defense held tight in the final seconds to sneak away with the victory.
This game was won because of what the 49ers were able to do in the run game. Matt Breida finished the day with 138 yards on only 11 carries, including a 63 yard run to cap off a three play, 93-yard drive that put the team up 27-13 going into the 4th quarter. The Lions got to Garoppolo a whopping six times, a majority of which were on the SF quarterback as he continuously held on to the ball for too long in an attempt to extend the play. Stafford put on a hell of a performance, despite being under duress a majority of the game, but couldn’t close it out in the final minutes down three. The Niners defense came through in the end, and now head to Arrowhead in week three to face the juggernaut of an offense lead by QB sensation Patrick Mahomes.
Matthew Stafford, QB: 34/53, 347 yds, 3 TD
Kerryon Johnson, RB: 8 rush, 43 yds, 5.4 YPC
Golden Tate, WR: 7 rec, 109 yds
San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB: 18/26, 206 yds, 2 TD
Matt Breida, RB: 11 rush, 138 yds, 1 TD, 12.5 ypc
Pierre Garcon, WR: 4 rec, 57 yds
Written by: Jack Bourgeois
Arizona Cardinals (0-2) vs. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)
Final Score: Rams 34, Cardinals 0
This NFC West showdown was a lopsided mess. Headlined by both the Cardinals distinct lack of offensive production and the sheer dominance of the highly touted Los Angeles Rams, Arizona managed to cross midfield once during the entire game (on the second to last play of regulation in this shutout loss). Advancing to 2-0 on the season against an inferior opponent, this All-Pro LAR squad is looking to make their mark on the league and it seems like they have their eyes set on the Lombardi trophy.
Although the Rams forced a shutout and dominated the game from the first snap, their defense only forced 1 turnover and recorded 1 sack on the day. They will look to improve in their week 3 matchup against Philip Rivers and the Chargers high octane offense.
Jared Goff completed an outstanding 75% of his passes en route to 354 yards while connecting with offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks on 7 of 9 targets for 159 yards. Todd Gurley finished the day with an uninspiring 2.2 yards per carry in a performance that ended with 3 rushing touchdowns. It’s hard to believe, but the Cardinals, who improved their roster during the offseason, may have actually gotten worse. David Johnson has been targeted in the passing game twice through the first two weeks of the season, and Sam Bradford has been awful. It may be time to hand the reins over to first round pick Josh Rosen.
Sam Bradford, QB: 17/27, 90 yds,1 INT
David Johnson, RB: 13 rush, 48 yds, 3.7 ypc
Larry Fitzgerald, WR: 3 rec, 28 yds
Los Angeles Rams
Jared Goff, QB: 24/32, 354 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Todd Gurley, RB: 19 rush, 42 yds, 3 TD, 2.2 ypc
Brandin Cooks, WR: 7 rec, 159 yds
Written by: Jason Feiner
New England Patriots (1-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0)
Final Score: Jaguars 31, Patriots 20
The Jags finally got their first win against the Tom Brady-led Patriots after going 0-8 in their previous matchups. The usually perfect Patriots failed to find a groove with Brady consistently under pressure, but still managed to put up 20 points on the back of two Chris Hogan touchdowns. The Fournette-less Jags looked to be doomed on offense, but it was Blake Bortles to the rescue! The Patriots defense could form nothing resembling a pass rush, and with help from second year WR Keelan Cole’s big day, Bortles threw for over 370 yards and 4 touchdowns. Going into this game no one gave the Jaguars a chance on offense, but with this improved performance from Bortles who knows what’s in store?
One of the most impactful plays of the game did not appear in any box scores- Trey Flowers was knocked out of the match with a concussion early in the first quarter and the Patriots pass rush suffered because of it. An untouched Bortles threw for a touchdown on two straight drives after this, giving the Jaguars an early 14-0 lead against the Pats. The Patriots did not find the endzone until late into the third quarter to make the score 24-10. On the very first play after a Patriots punt, Blake Bortles hit Dede Westbrook for a 61-yard catch to give the Jags an 18-point lead and ultimately seal the game.The Patriots managed to put up a score on another Chris Hogan touchdown to cut the score to 31-13, but Bortles and company proved to be too much for New England to handle at that point. After a performance like that, the Jaguars could be the new team to watch in the AFC.
New England Patriots
Tom Brady, QB: 24/35, 234 yds, 2 TD
James White, RB: 7 rec, 73 yds
Rob Gronkowski, TE: 2 rec, 15 yds, TD
Blake Bortles, QB: 29/45, 377 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
T.J. Yeldon, RB: 10 rush, 58 yds, 5.8 att
Keelan Cole, WR: 7 rec, 116 yds, 16.6 avg, 1 TD
Written by: George Haraktsis
Oakland Raiders (0-2) vs. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Final Score: Broncos 20, Raiders 19
Just as I predicted in my preview, this was a very close battle between two division rivals. The Broncos pulled away in the last seconds of the game to beat the Raiders 20-19. The Broncos were surprisingly led by the run game in this one, with Phillip Lindsay accumulating 107 yards. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr improved on last week’s performance, throwing for 288 yards and one touchdown, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. With this win, the Broncos remain undefeated, while the Raiders drop to 0-2.
In the first half, it looked like it was going to be Oakland’s game as they led 12-0 entering half time following two field goals and touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. But the Broncos came out rolling in the second half with a touchdown run by Royce Freeman on the first drive. The rest of the second half was a back and forth battle. Going into the fourth quarter, the Broncos trailed 19-10 but came rallying back with a touchdown run by Case Keenum to make it 19-17. After a defensive stop, Denver called upon kicker Brandon McManus with ten seconds left and he delivered, giving the Broncos the 20-19 victory.
Derek Carr, QB: 29/32, 288 yds, 1 TD
Marshawn Lynch, RB: 18 rush, 65 yds, 1 TD, 3.6 ypc
Amari Cooper, WR: 10 rec, 116 yds
Case Keenum, QB: 19/35, 222 yds, 1 INT
Phillip Lindsay, RB: 14 rush, 107 yds, 7.6 ypc
Emmanuel Sanders, WR: 4 rec, 96 yds
Written by: Ryan Lippert
New York Giants (0-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Final Score: Cowboys 20, Giants 13
An early-season Sunday Night Football matchup of the Giants vs. Cowboys feels like an annual event at this point, as this year’s edition saw the Dallas Cowboys protect their home turf and grab a big division win, 20-13. After a pitiful offensive performance in their season-opener at Carolina, Dallas’ OC Scott Linehan wasted no time in dialing up more aggressive play-calling, as Dak Prescott connected with Tavon Austin down the left sideline on just the third snap of the game for a 64-yard TD. The quick strike was Austin’s first official reception with the Cowboys and the longest completion of Prescott’s young career. After a quick NYG three-and-out, Linehan once again utilized Austin’s speed on a reverse around the left side for 15 yards and then gained another 15 yards on a Prescott keeper on a read-option, leading to a 37-yard FG by Brett Maher. The early 10-0 lead was then controlled by a dominant Dallas defense that forced Eli Manning and the Giants offense to punt in each of their five first-half series.
New York struggled all night to find space for their dynamic playmakers to navigate, as Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. were each largely held in check throughout the game, although Barkley did end with 108 total yards on 25 touches. To make matters worse for Manning’s offense, starting center Jon Halapio suffered fractures to his lower leg and ankle in the third quarter. It’s not good news for an offensive line that was overmatched and out of sync all night against a Dallas defensive front that finished with six sacks. Both of these teams (especially offenses) have a lot of work to do, but Dallas has to feel encouraged about their progress from a woeful week 1. The Giants are still at the drawing board under new coach Pat Shurmur.
New York Giants
Eli Manning, QB: 33/44, 279 yds, 1 TD
Saquon Barkley, RB: 11 rush, 28 yds, 2.5 ypc; 14 rec, 80 yards
Evan Engram, TE: 7 rec, 67 yds, 1 TD
Odell Beckham Jr.: 4 rec, 51 yds
Dak Prescott, QB: 16/25, 160 yds, 1 TD
Ezekiel Elliott, RB: 17 rush, 78 yds, 1 TD, 4.6 ypc; 5 rec, 9 yds
Tavon Austin, WR: 2 rec, 79 yds, 1 TD
Written by: Greg Lehr
Seattle Seahawks (0-2) vs. Chicago Bears (1-1)
Final Score: Bears 24, Seahawks 17
Chicago’s defense dismantled Seattle's offensive line in impressive fashion, recording a total of 6 sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks looked out of place, failing to move the ball effectively throughout the game. Russell Wilson led Seattle to a garbage time touchdown on what seemed to be their best drive of the night. Although Chicago’s offense wasn’t great underneath the lights of Monday night their defense painted a different picture, allowing 17 points and forcing two turnovers in the loss. It was Russell Wilson’s pick six in the final minutes of the final quarter that sealed the victory.
Prince Amukamara read the stop route perfectly, jumping in front of the pass to go up by two scores.
Both defenses played good football, but the Bears were truly dominant in this NFC showdown. Khalil Mack came away with a strip sack and 5 total tackles in the win, strengthening his case for the Defensive Player of the Year in the early goings of the season. If it weren't for the Bears defense this may have turned out differently in the end, as the embattled and injury-plagued Seahawks held Jordan Howard to 2.5 yards per carry and Mitch Trubisky to 200 yards through the air. Both teams will look to improve their offensive production heading into week 3.
Russell Wilson, QB: 22/36, 226 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rashaad Penny, RB: 10 rush, 30 yds, 3.0 ypc
Chris Carson, RB: 6 rush, 24 yds, 4.0 ypc
Tyler Lockett, WR: 5 rec, 60 yds, 1 TD
Mitchell Trubisky, QB:25/34, 200 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Jordan Howard, RB: 14 rush, 35 yds, 2.5 ypc; 3 rec, 33 yds
Allen Robinson, WR: 10 rec, 83 yds
Prince Amukamara, CB: 4 tackles, 1 Int, 1 TD
Written by: Jason Feiner