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2014 NFL Week 2 Game Recaps



Pittsburgh Steelers 1-1-0
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Baltimore Ravens 1-1-0


Game Recap: BALTIMORE-Leading up to this week all the controversy was about Ray Rice. The elevator video leaked by TMZ. NFL Roger Goodell is getting a lot of heat for mishandling the Rice incident. This game will come down to the decision making of quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco.


Ladarius Webb was out at cornerback. I expected Jimmy Smith, the Ravens’ 2011 first round pick struggle in coverage, but he did a good job keeping Antonio Brown in check. Courtney Upshaw made a bone-headed play when he rushed Roethlisberger getting an unnecessary roughness penalty. After that, C.J. Mosley made a tackle to stop this running game. Markus Wheaton helped the Steelers on third down. Bell converted a third first down before Smith stopped Brown in his tracks again.


David DeCastro looks horrible at right guard so far. FIrst he let Courtney Upshaw get by Ben Roethlisberger early in the game. Then he lined up as a receiver on a third down. Pittsburgh continued to move the chains by getting the ball to Antonio Brown. Brown would get injured after that play and was listed as questionable. He would not return to the game. Ben Roethlisberger’s brilliance compensated for DeCastro’s sluggish play.


Pittsburgh spent 8 minutes and 7 seconds putting together a scoring drive only to fumble the ball. After the fumble, the Ravens got the ball for the first time with 7:53 left in the first quarter.


That was a 10 point turn for the Ravens. Former Texan Owen Daniels put the Ravens up 7-0. Careless penalties by Cortez Allen with a face mask on the first play of the game and a pass interference on third down led to two penalties that put the Ravens in scoring position. The Ravens’ pass blocking looks a lot better tonight. Baltimore had trouble protecting Flacco and opening up the running game against the Bengals.


Pittsburgh had 3 penalties heading into the second quarter. A holding penalty on the Steelers negated a first down before the Steelers went 3 and out.


The Ravens’ offensive line looked much better in their week 2 contest vs the Steelers. Left tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard Kelechi Osmele, and center Jeremy Zuttah all looked phenomenal. Flacco began the game 8 for 8 thanks to such stout blocking up front before throwing two straight incompletions. Even right tackle Ricky Wagner was decent, and he is the Ravens worst offensive lineman. The Ravens got a field goal off the drive and took a 10 to 0 lead. Pittsburgh has been outscored 34 to 3 in the last six quarters since leading the Browns 27 to 3 at halftime.


Ryan Shazier registered 6 solo tackles against the Cleveland Browns last week. This week he posted 2 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles in the first half. Ravens led 10 to 3 at halftime.


Jarvis Jones had an amazing drive to open up the second half. He hurried Flacco by getting by left tackle Eugene Monroe to begin the second half. He stopped the rush a loss of a yard before tackling a receiver on third down.


Owen Daniels scored another touchdown in the third quarter before the Steelers got a field goal. Baltimore led 17 to 6 after 3 quarters. Fourth quarter was Justin Tucker hour. Tucker hit two field goals within the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. Tucker hit another field goal in the third quarter. Ravens won 26 to 6.




Miami Dolphins 1-1-0
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Buffalo Bills 2-0-0


Game Recap: BUFFALO-Two AFC East squads that finished third and fourth in the AFC East last season will be battling for first place rights in the AFC East along with a 2-0 start.


I don’t know what was more disappointing. The fact that the Bills were wearing white instead of blue or the fact that Sammy Watkins dropped a pass that would have been his first career NFL touchdown in the regular season. Buffalo had to settle for a field goal. Buffalo would convert two more field goals before leading 9 to 0 at halftime. Former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter had a field day on special teams scoring a hat trick of field goals to put the Bills up 9-0.


Miami was lucky to be down by only 9 points. Running back Knowshon Moreno got injured in this game. Ryan Tannehill went 7 for 11 with 38 passing yards in the first half. E.J. Manuel went 10 for 19 with 155 passing yards in the first half. The Dolphins had five punts on five drives before a sixth drive where the Dolphins would not score leading up to halftime.


Tannehill came out hot in the second half with two straight completions. Tannehill able to escape the pocket and throws a completion to Charles Clay on the run. Buffalo would hold the Dolphins to a field goal.


C.J. Spiller with a kickoff return for a touchdown. This will give the Bills a 16-3 lead over the Dolphins. Spiller has not done anything all season in 2014 until this kickoff return. Hopefully, that will give Spiller the confidence to run the clock in the fourth quarter when it matters.


Stephon Gilmore did a good job in press coverage. Mike Wallace did better by stretching his hand out to catch a touchdown when Ryan Tannehill was in the goal line. Tannehill was 19 for 28 with 135 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. You have to be impressed with Tannehill’s composure in the second half after taking three sacks in the first half.




E.J. Manuel continues to get outstanding pass protection from his offensive line. Manuels to Sammy Watkins. Excellent blocking by Robert Woods. Sammy Watkins with a 12 yard touchdown reception and that would be his first career receiving touchdown. Watkins would finish the day with 8 receptions, 117 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan was phenomenal against the Patriots, but he had no answer for Sammy Watkins because Manuel got the protection to pick apart this defense unlike Tom Brady.


After Watkins had his moment in the end zone you knew this game was over. Buffalo led 23 to 10 and ended up winning 29 to 10. Buffalo now sits at 2-0 with sole possiession of first place in the AFC East after the early games.




Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2-0
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Washington Redskins 1-1-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-Two winless teams faced each other at FedEx Field hoping to avoid an 0-2 start. Jacksonville dropped a 17-0 lead on Philadelphia before giving up 34 points. RGIII hopes to throw his first career touchdown.


The biggest story in this game was that RGIII left the game with a left leg injury. He injured his right leg when the Redskins faced the Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Playoffs. DeSean Jackson would join him. Both players were out for the game.


Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown on his first pass attempt. That would give the Redskins a 7 to 0 lead. Washington led 21 to 0 after Alfred Morris ran for a rushing touchdown.


The one stat trending on twitter was the fact that the Jaguars have been outscored 55 to 0 since taking the 17-0 lead on the Eagles last week. I really think it is time for Blake Bortles. You have nothing to lose by putting him in at this point. Chad Henne sucks, and he is a backup at best.


Tight end Marcedes Lewis got a receiving touchdown for the Jaguars to end the 55 to 0 scoring drought over the past two games late in the second quarter. Lewis caught a 63 yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne. Henne would end the first half with 100 passing yards.


The most defense from this contest occurred in the third quarter. Jacksonville held Washington to a field goal. The Redskins still led 24 to 7 after 3 quarters. Kirk Cousins threw his second passing touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Redskins up 31 to 7. Washington won 41 to 10.


Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins went 22 for 33 with 250 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Cousins began the game 4 for 4 and got the job done in relief of RGIII. Details about RGIII and DeSean Jacksons injuries will be announced later this week stay tuned.


Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne looked awful. Henne got sacked 10 times on the day. Ryan Kerrigan got by the Jaguars right tackle 4 times to get to Henne cause the Jaguars have nobody at right tackle. Luke Joeckel had problems with Brian Orakpo. Cousins got hit a couple of times as well. Both offensive lines looked sluggish, but Cousins got the points as a backup in week 1.


RGIII appears to be done for the year too according to Adam Schefter, ESPN’s doctor Mark Adickes, RGIII tore his achilles and is likely done for the season. Adickes will have more details on the 6 PM Sportscenter. If this is true, then Cousins will get to start for the rest of the season. Washington can trade Cousins for a high draft pick or keep him and part ways with RGIII much like the Skins did nearly two decades ago when they had Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte situation.




Dallas Cowboys 1-1-0
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Tennessee Titans 1-1-0


Game Recap: TENNESSEE-Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was determined to redeem himself in week 2 ater a horrible week 1 performance. This is one of those rare weeks where you see the Dallas Cowboys wear blue uniforms.


Dallas led 3-0 after one quarter. What happened to Jake Locker. Locker went 2 for 6 in the first quarter with 8 passing yards no touchdowns and 1 interception. That is unacceptable for a performance at quarterback. Hopefully Locker rebounds. This is a golden opportunity to start 2-0 at home. Franchise quarterbacks do not let opportunities like this slip away.


The Cowboys scored a touchdown to make it a 10 to 0 lead. Jake Locker finally converted his first down, but overthrew his tight end.


Calling the Titans’ offense awful might be an understatement. On five possessions, the Titans punted the ball four times along with an interception to Cowboys strong safety Barry Church.


After Dallas regained the ball, they got another score. The Titans’ defense held the Cowboys to a field goal. Dallas would convert one more field goal and lead 16 to 0 heading into halftime.


The Titans are fortunate that they are only down by 16. DeMarco Murray is on fire once again. 115 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the first half. Locker went 2 for 6 again in the second quarter putting him at 4 for 12 in the first half. Locker threw for 18 passing yards in the second quarter.


Locker began the second half with a bang completing his first three passes for first downs. Locker could not see anyone open on third down, and decided to take off and run. Instead of keeping his calm, he took off and ran. Dallas anticipated this and stopped the Titans on third down. Titans would try a 47 yard field goal. Ryan Succop got the Titans on the board.


Locker threw a touchdown to Delanie Walker on third down. That made it 16-10 Cowboys. Locker went from 4 for 12 at halftime to 10 for 19 completing six of his first seven to start the second half.


Dez Bryant emerged in the second half after a scary injury scare in the first quarter. Bryant scored a touchdown. Cowboys led 23 to 10. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain intercepts Jake Locker after sacking him earlier in the game. McClain has been outstanding after being a bust as the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Dallas got a steal with McClain by giving up only a seventh round pick to the Ravens.


After Bryant scored a touchdown, Dallas got one more field goal. This performance by Jake Locker was completely unacceptable. You have a window of opportunity to go 2-0 in year 4 as the quarterback. You lose at home after many believed you had no chance at the Chiefs. Locker had much better pass protection in week 2 against a weaker Cowboys pass rush. The Cowboys’ secondary played excellent man coverage for much of the first half. Locker picked apart Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne very frequently in the second half.


The Titans’ got to Tony Romo for some sacks quite a bit. Those sacks and stops on third down helped the Titans stay in the game early. The Cowboys’ run blocking was much better up front. Dallas specializes in run blocking, this years Cowboys team has lots of depth at both guard spots with 3 guards with 16 NFL games started from 2013 along with right guard Zack Martin. Martin looked brilliant in his second outing. The 2014 first round pick out of Notre Dame was the Cowboys best pass blocker today.




Arizona Cardinals 2-0-0
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New York Giants 0-2-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Both the Cardinals and Giants faced each other on Monday Night Football. Carson Palmer is out with an injury. Drew Stanton will start.


Stanton looked awful on the first possession. He took a a sack, let Jason Pierre Paul deflect a screen pass, and overthrew Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone.


Eli threw a pick and then lost a fumble. His careless turnovers against an excellent Arizona Cardinals defense make you question if he is still a franchise quarterback after winning two Super Bowls.


Eli threw his first touchdown to Rueben Randle late in the second quarter as the Giants entered the goal line. Randle makes this a game by cutting the Cardinals 10-0 lead to a field goal.


Third quarter, Eli threw another passing touchdown after struggling early. Giants took a 14 to 10 lead over the Cardinals heading into the fourth quarter.


Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a couple of catches that put the Cardinals into field goal range. Giants lead 14 to 10 before the Cardinals got a field goal.


Cardinals were lucky to be within one point. Drew Stanton took a lot of sacks. Taking too long to make reads and a better overall pass-rush versus the Cardinals’ offensive line gave Eli hope. Eli got good protection in this game, despite some early struggles.


Ted Ginn Jr. would return a 71 yard punt for a touchdown. Cardinals lead 19 to 14. Giants fumbled the ball, and the Cardinals recovered. Arizona just needs to run the clock and they will start 2-0 without Palmer.


After the Giants’ fumbled the ball, the Cardinals got a field goal off the score and gained a 22 to 14 lead putting the Cardinals up by 8 in the fourth quarter. Cardinals won by 11 25 to 14.


Arizona got a road win with Drew Stanton in as a backup. Eli and the New York Giants are 0-2 in last place. Just fire Tom Coughlin now and save face.




New England Patriots 1-1-0
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Minnesota Vikings 1-1-0


Game Recap: MINNESOTA-The New England Patriots are hoping to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2001. Minnesota hopes to start 2-0 without star running back Adrian Peterson. Last week Tom Brady was 2 for 16 when throwing deep passes.


Matt Cassel would fire to Peterson’s backup Matt Asiata. Asiata with a 25 yard receiving touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.


After such a promising start. Cassel threw 2 picks. Brady began the game 9 for 10 with 105 passing yards one passing touchdown and no interceptions. Julian Edelman looked impressive in the first half with 4 receptions, for 57 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown.


Cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Xavier Rhodes had no answer for Edelman. How do these corners expect to play well against the NFC North if they cannot even stop Edelman? I am not saying Edelman is bad. The NFC North has receivers that are much better than Edelman like Megatron, Marshall, Jeffery, and Nelson.


Minnesota does not have a defensive end that can give offensive tackles Nate Solder or Sebastian Vulmer problems. Marcus Cannon, a backup offensive lineman who finally excelled at right guard last season looks good in at left guard next to Solder. Cannon may finally blossom into that outstanding starter at left guard many 2011 NFL Draft experts made him out to be coming out of TCU.


Chandler Jones added salt to the wound by blocking a field goal and returning it for a touchdown. Patriots lead 24 to 7. That blocked field goal was a 10 point play stretching the Patriots 10 point lead to 17 points.


Second half, Matt Cassel threw his third interception. This one to Logan Ryan. Vikings look useless without Adrian Peterson. Patriots would get a field goal off the pick and go up by 20 leading 27 to 7.


Had some doubts about Chandler Jones coming out of Syracuse, but Bilichick has molded him into a monster pass rusher. Jones blocked a field goal for a touchdown and got by left tackle Matt Kalil to sack Cassel.


Brady went the entire game without getting sacked and looked like his old self. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots kicked a field goal to go ahead and win 30 to 7.




New Orleans Saints 0-2-0
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Cleveland Browns 1-1-0


Game Recap: CLEVELAND-Drew Brees hopes to guide the 0-1 New Orleans Saints to a victory. Cleveland trailed the Pittsburgh Steelers 27 to 3 only to tie it up and lose to the Steelers 30 to 27.


Cleveland took a 10-0 lead and kept the Saints scoreless in the first quarter. The Browns got a pick 6 off Brees in the second quarter after the Saints got a field goal. Cleveland failed to make the extra point. Browns led 16 to 3 before Drew Brees led the Saints downfield. Brees entered the goal line and threw his first touchdown on the game to Jimmy Graham.


Graham would get another receiving touchdown to put the Saints up 17 to 16. Terrance West had a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Cleveland did an outstanding job pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking. Mark Ingram posted a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Saints up 24 to 23.


Billy Cundiff kicked a game winning field goal after Brian Hoyer displayed excellent composure late in the game. Cleveland pulls an upset on the New Orleans Saints.




Atlanta Falcons 1-1-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 2-0-0


Game Recap: CINCINNATI-The best offense in week 1 led by Matt Ryan versus the best defense in week 1 led by the Cincinnati Bengals. Who would win?


Mike Nugent would kick a field goal to put the Bengals on the board first with five minutes left in the first quarter.


A.J. Green suffered a toe injury. Green left the game and did not return. Green did not record a single reception in this game. This was Green’s first career game without a reception.


Bengals cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Leon Hall kept the Julio Jones and Roddy White wide receiver tandem in check once again and held Matt Ryan to 60 passing yards in the first half. Bengals led 10 to 3 at halftime with Giovanni Bernard playing well with 16 carries, 52 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown in the first half.


CIncinnati buried the Falcons in the third quarter when Andy Dalton fired a deep pass to Mohammed Sanu. Bengals took a 17 to 3 lead before Dalton handed the ball off to Jeremy Hill. Bengals led 24 to 3 after three quarters. Bengals win 24 to 10.


The Bengals had outstanding play from the offensive line today. Dalton was clean the whole game, and the Bengals running backs were able to run the ball thanks to the opening the offensive lineman created. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth is making an early case to be a Pro Bowl left tackle.


Without Sam Baker or Jake Mathews it was nearly impossible for Matt Ryan to make plays against such a stout defense. The Bengals look like the 2-0 team in the AFC with the best chance of dethroning the Denver Broncos.




Detroit Lions 1-1-0
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Carolina Panthers 2-0-0


Game Recap: CAROLINA-The good news is that quarterback Cam Newton would start for the Panthers in week 2. The bad news is that right end Greg Hardy would be inactive for the Panthers’ defense.


Cam Newton took a big hit after calling Ndamukong Suh Donkey Kong Suh. My mom did that once or twice when Suh was at Nebraska back in the day. Carolina led 6-0 at halftime with two field goals in the second quarter after a scoreless first quarter.


Cornerback Antoine Cason was phenomenal. He has kept Calvin Johnson from getting a receiving touchdown all game. He limited Johnson to 6 receptions for 83 receiving yards. Cason posted 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, and 2 forced fumbles. Ten total tackles, outstanding coverage on Johnson, and 2 forced fumbles is an awesome day for a cornerback. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has 3 solo tackles and 8 assisted tackles giving him 11 solo tackles on the day. Kuechly continues to lead this defense even without a disruptive presence like Greg Hardy. Right outside linebacker Thomas Davis posted 7 solo tackles and 5 assisted tackles giving him 12 total tackles on the day.


After both defenses exposed the opposing offensive line in the first half, both quarterbacks came out strong in the second half. Matthew Stafford put the Lions up 7 to 6 with his first passing touchdown before Cam Newton threw a pass to Jason Avant. That would make it 13 to 7 after 3 quarters. Panthers would get a touchdown and go for two gaining a 21 to 7 lead over the Lions in the fourth quarter.




St. Louis Rams 1-1-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-2-0


Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-Weather delayed a game between Austin Davis and Josh McCown. The Rams third stringer versus the Buccaneers starter.


This game was pretty boring in the first half. There was no defensive stud that stood out plus Zac Stacy was the only player to score in the first half. Rams led 10 to 7 at halftime.


Josh McCown ran for his second rushing touchdown in the second half. Tampa Bay took a 14 to 10 lead before the Rams kicked a field goal.


In the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers led by one, before the Rams kicked a field goal to take a 16-14 lead. Tampa Bay got a field goal to regain the lead at 17-16. St. Louis would kick a game-winning field goal and win 19 to 17 to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After two bad games through the air by Josh McCown, one has to wonder if Mike Glennon will get a second chance as a starter.




Seattle Seahawks 1-1-0
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San Diego Chargers 1-1-0


Game Recap: SAN DIEGO-Seattle had 10 days to prepare for this contest. The San Diego Chargers had less than 5 days to prepare for this contest.


San Diego had control of this game early scoring the first field goal. Percy Harvin put Seattle on the board with a trick run play for a touchdown. Seahawks led 7 to 3 after one quarter.


San Diego scored 17 unanswered to gain a 20 to 7 lead after Harvin struck lightning in the Chargers’ end zone. Antonio Gates hauled in two receiving touchdowns. Gates would get another one after Russell Wilson threw his first passing touchdown of the day to Robert Turbin. That would make it 27 to 14 Chargers. Russell Wilson would throw a touchdown pass to Lynch. Wilson finished the day 17 for 25 with 202 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Chargers only lead by six now.


Running back Ryan Matthews would join other players like Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Robert Griffin III, and DeSean Jackson as players that would leave games with injuries. San Diego still has Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown in the backfield. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner 9 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle on the day with the Seattle Seahawks.


San Diego kicked a field goal late in the fourth quarter with 21 seconds left. Chargers won 30 to 21. Philip Rivers finished the day 28 for 37 with 284 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no picks. Tight end Antonio Gates led the Chargers with 7 receptions for 96 receiving yards. Gates had a field day against Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor.


Rivers received a lot of time in the pocket. Wilson had to deal with some pressure by the Chargers’ pass rushers. Freeney and Ingram constantly hurried Wilson in this contest.




Houston Texans 2-0-0
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Oakland Raiders 0-2-0


Game Recap: OAKLAND-Derek Carr would face his older brother David Carr’s former team the Houston Texans. I thought Derek Carr would win the opener. What would happen in Oakland?


Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown to pass rusher J.J. Watt. Watt scored an offensive touchdown while being lined up as a slot receiver. After Oakland failed to score, Arian Foster ran in a rushing touchdown to put the Texans up 14-0. Foster finished the day with 28 carries, 138 rushing yards, and 1 rushing touchdown.


You saw more defense in the second quarter. The only score in the second quarter was a Texans field goal.


DeAndre Hopkins scored his second receiving touchdown on the season as the Texans gained a 24 to 0 lead before Houston scored another field goal. Texans led 27 to 0 after three quarters. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 14 for 19 with 139 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.


Oakland scored on a Darren McFadden rushing touchdown aand a Derek Carr passing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Texans won 30 to 14. One position that did not get enough credit in the Texans victory was the offensive line. Houston looked outstanding pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking against the Oakland Raiders.




New York Jets 1-1-0
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Green Bay Packers 1-1-0


Game Recap: GREEN BAY-This was a must win game for the Green Bay Packers after losing to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. What would happen here.


Geno Smith began this game with a bang. He ran for a rushing touchdown to put the Jets up 7 to 0 before throwing a 29 yard passing touchdown to Eric Decker. New York looked like they would be 2-0. The Jets’ took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter after Chris Ivory ran it in for another rushing touchdown.


Green Bay would get two more field goals. That would make it 21 to 9 Jets. Rodgers would throw a touchdown to Randall Cobb. Jets led 21 to 16 at halftime. Cobb would catch a second receiving touchdown in the third quarter and would catch a pass for a two point conversion putting the Packers up 24 to 21. Jets got a field goal to make it 24 to 24. Jordy Nelson caught a 80 yard passing touchdown in the third quarter which put the Packers up 31 to 24. He also caught the final pass of the game for a first down to move Aaron Rodgers ahead of Bart Starr on the Packers for career passing yards.


Aaron Rodgers struggled to receive good pass protection. Jets’ pass rushers Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples both sacked Rodgers in the contest. Both pass rushers gave Rodgers problems in the first half. Rodgers was able to maintain composure. Rodgers went 25 for 42 with 346 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no picks. Rodgers played turnover free football and got all of his receivers involved in the offense. Jordy Nelson caught 9 passes for 209 receiving yards. Rookie DaVante Adams caught 5 passes for 50 receiving yards. Randall Cobb caught 2 receiving touchdowns against the New York Jets.




Kansas City Chiefs 0-2-0
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Denver Broncos 2-0-0


Game Recap: DENVER-How would the two AFC West rivals that made the 2014 NFL Playoffs fare in 2014, after the Chiefs started 9-0 in 2013? Manning seems determined to win a second straight contest in Denver.


Early in the game Manning was money. He threw his first touchdown pass to Julius Thomas. Thomas caught 3 passing touchdowns against the Colts last week. Manning began the season throwing all 3 of his passing touchdowns last week to Thomas. Manning and Thomas each with 4 touchdowns on the year.


After Manning connected with Thomas for a touchdown, the Chiefs made some magic of their own with a field goal and a touchdown scoring 10 straight. Peyton threw two more touchdowns to Jacob Tamme and Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. Those touchdowns gave the Broncos a 21 to10 lead at halftime.


The Chiefs would take a ten minute drive only to miss a field goal. The game would remain 21 to 10 after three quarters. The most noticeable play in the third quarter is when Julius Thomas stopped blocking for Demaryius Thomas on third down. Manning got pissed off by yelling at Thomas. Manning’s face was even more red then the time he gave up a safety in Super Bowl 48. Speaking of Super Bowl 48, the Broncos face the Seahawks in Seattle next week.


The Chiefs took time of possession in the second half having the ball for at least 21 of the 30 minutes in the second half, by maintaining the football 70 percent of the time in the second half. The inability to score points was the biggest detriment for the Chiefs.


Knile Davis with ran for another rushing touchdown. Davis made the game 21 to 17. Denver took some time off the clock and settled for a field goal. After that McManus set up an 18 yard field goal. It appeared that Denver got the ball back on a fumble before the officials reversed the call. That was a horrible decision to reverse the call. Reversing the call gave the Chiefs the confidence to deliver. It was 3rd and 4 before a penalty. Knile Davis failed to get a rushing touchdown on 3rd and 2 and Smith failed to complete a passing touchdown on 4th and 2.


Tamba Hali got by Ryan Clady on one play to sack Peyton Manning. Other than Clady’s one play where he let Tamba Hali beat him, the offensive line looked good. Denver brought the heat and overwhelmed the Chiefs’ offensive line.




Chicago Bears 1-1-0
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San Francisco 49ers 1-1-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-The 49ers hosted the Bears in their first career game at Levi Stadium. Chicago was looking for redemption.


After the Bears went 3 and out on their first series a blocked punt. The 49ers were in the goal line on the first play from scrimmage. A passing touchdown to Michael Crabtree with nobody covering him on a short screen pass led to a receiving touchdown. After the Bears went 3 and out again, Kaepernick guided the 49ers downfield as San Francisco kicked a field goal to gain a 10-0 lead.


Cutler converted back-to-back third downs after two sloppy drives. 49ers led 10-0 after one quarter.


Martellus Bennett continued to move the chains in the second quarter on third down. San Francisco kept Chicago scoreless.


It looked like Kaepernick would lead the 49ers downfield for another touchdown. Jared Allen forced a fumble and the Bears got the ball back. On the next play the Bears fumbled the ball and lost a ton of years. Cutler threw into double coverage on 3rd and 28.


Frank Gore looks phenomenal tonight. The run blocking with Joe Staley at left tackle and Mike Iupati at left guard is outstanding as usual. Gore was able to capitalize on openings that Staley and Iupati created. Those openings resulted in huge gains for the 49ers. San Francisco ahead 17 to 0.


Chicago has a backup left guard in the game. It looked like Patrick Willis made a tackle for a stop. A careless Justin Smith holding penalty allowed the Bears to keep a first down with the 2 minute warning. Jay Cutler scrambling for a 25-yard run. San Francisco had one of their pass rushers get by left tackle Jermon Bushrod.


A penalty by the 49ers on third down gave the Bears a first down. Matt Forte ran out of bounds and ran back in bounds before getting a first down. Brandon Marshall got the Bears back in this game with a leaping touchdown where he caught the ball in the air. San Francisco up 17-7 at halftime.


You hardly saw any scoring in the third quarter. The 49ers got a field goal.


Jay Cutler threw 2 touchdown passes in the span of 30 seconds. His first touchdown in the fourth quarter was a pass to Brandon Marshall. After Kyle Fuller picked off Colin Kaepernick, Cutler threw a third touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett. Bennett’s touchdown put the Bears ahead by a point.


Left tackle Joe Staley forced a false start on third down. Colin Kaepernick takes the snap. Throws a pass. Kyle Fuller comes out of nowhere with a second interception. Bears get the ball back.


The Chicago Bears slacked off in the first three quarters of this game, but they look like a completely different team in the fourth quarter.


Jay Cutler received outstanding pass protection on first down following the interception. Jay Cutler completed a pass to Alshon Jeffery on first down. Cutler to Marshall again. Marshall scores his third receiving touchdown. Chicago Bears lead 28 to 20.


Colin Kaepernick kept guiding the 49ers downfield. Michael Crabtree dropped a touchdown pass on 4th and 9 that would have gave the 49ers a shot of tying the game at 28 assuming they get the two point conversion.


The Bears won the game and are now 1-1 on the season. This was a huge road win for the Chicago Bears.




Philadelphia Eagles 2-0-0
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Indianapolis Colts 0-2-0


Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-The Eagles faced the Colts on Monday Night Football at Lucas Oil Stadium. The match up featured former PAC 12 quarterbacks Nick Foles and Andrew Luck.


Philadelphia held the Colts to a 3 and out on the first series. Free safety Malcolm Jenkins made a tackle on third down.


Nick Foles received excellent pass protection to begin the game. Foles would start out by throwing some screen passes on the right side to running back LeSean McCoy. Foles fired the ball to Maclin after throwing two completions to LeSean McCoy. Foles would complete a fourth straight pass to Zach Ertz. Ertz beat the strong safety and field cornerback in double coverage. Mike Adams was thinking zone. Vontae Davis played man, but made no effort to play zone after Foles threw the ball to Ertz.


Chip Kelly displaying a variety of play-calling in this offense. You saw packages with 2 running backs and 3 tight ends.


The Colts’ defense struggled early, but did better as the Eagles encountered a potential touchdown near the goal line. The Colts’ defense held the Eagles to a field goal before getting the ball back.


Trent Richardson sucks. He had a good blocking lane, and lacked the ball carrier vision to run the ball.


Ahmad Bradhshaw with a critical first down for a huge gain of yards. That would be the Colts first 1st down of the game. Indianapolis would get two more first downs on the drive before entering the goal line. Trent Richardson fumbled it on 1st and goal before Reggie Wayne recovered the ball.


Luck threw a touchdown to Ahmad Bradshaw. The Colts scored on a 9 play, 72 yard drive that lasted 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Andrew Luck deserves a lot of credit for taking an ample amount of time off the clock. Luck calling Spider 2 Wide Banana when scoring a touchdown.


Nick Foles completes a 55 yard pass to Darren Sproles. Sproles runs a simple screen pass. The linebackers were playing zone expecting the deep ball, and Foles recognized this by giving the ball to Sproles.


Nickel cornerback Darius Butler broke up a pass by playing man coverage on third down. After that the Eagles missed a field goal. The Colts led 7 to 3 after one quarter.


Former Michigan Wolverine Brandon Graham drew an offsides on third down. The Colts offensive line looks much better pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking so far.


Third and fourteen, Luck pressured on the blitz. The Eagles send a lot of rushers, and the Eagles force the Colts to settle for a field goal Colts lead 10-3. Then the Eagles got a fild goal made it 10-6. After that, the Colts threw another passing touchdown. Colts led 17 to 6 at halftime.


The Colts got the ball and a field goal to start the second half. After gaining a 20-6 lead, LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles each got a rushing touchdown to tie it at 20. The score would be 20-20 heading into the final quarter.


Andrew Luck fired his second passing touchdown to Ahmad Bradshaw in the fourth quarter. The Eagles failed to score when they had the ball. Losing 3-4 middle linebacker Mychal Kendricks was huge. Without Kendricks, the Colts’ running backs were able to run by Kendricks.


Andrew Luck looked at a defensive back and threw a pick on third down after the Colts were in field goal range ready to go up by 10. The officials missed an illegal contact play by Brandon Boykin. Two penalties along with a Darren Sproles reception put the Eagles in scoring position. Foles threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin to tie it at 27.


After the Colts got the ball back they threw three straight incompletions. As a result, the Colts went 3 and out.


Jason Kelce is an excellent run blocker. The Eagles were right for paying Kelce in the offseason. Sure the Eagles missed Lane Johnson at right tackle. The rest of the offensive line including left tackle Jason Peters along with guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans looked phenomenal again as pass blockers and run blockers. The Eagles have a chance to gain some major momentum in the NFC with Seattle losing to the Chargers in week 2. Philadelphia went for the game-winning field goal. The kick was good. Eagles won 30-27. Philadelphia rallies down from 14 down in the second half. Trail by 14 points in back-to-back games.


Philadelphia finished week 2 as the seventh team to be 2-0. Heading into week 3 only 7 unbeatens remain. The AFC North has the 2-0 Cincinnati Bengals, the AFC South has the 2-0 Houston Texans, the AFC East has the 2-0 Buffalo Bills, the AFC West has the 2-0 Denver Broncos. The NFC North does not have a 2-0 team. The NFC South has the 2-0 Carolina Panthers. The Eagles became the lone team from the NFC East to start 2-0. The Arizona Cardinals are now the only 2-0 team in the NFC West thanks to the Bears play in the 4th quarter against the San Francisco 49ers.







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