Here’s what happened around the NFL in Week 2:
– The much hyped “Manning Bowl” ended up pretty darn one-sided. The Giants fell to 0-2 after giving up 41 points to the high-scoring Broncos. Peyton had another great game, completing 30 of 43 passes for 307 yards, 2 TDs and no picks, but he wasn’t the only Bronco to have a great performance offensively. Knowshon Moreno had 93 yards on 13 carries, 2 TDs on the ground, as well as 3 catches for 14 yards. Eli – though he threw for 362 yards – threw four picks, and now has seven in the first two games.
– Last week, the Redskins looked rusty against the Eagles and their high powered offense, but we thought the Redskins might be able to shake it off. That certainly didn’t happen this week, as they were handily demolished by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau, losing 38-20 (after going down 31-0). Aaron Rodgers had a historically great day, completing 34/42 for 480 yards, 4 TDs and 0 interceptions. The Brothers’ James – Starks and Jones – were also stellar, combining for 310 yards and a touchdown. Mr. Griffin, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon all played quite well, but if the Washington football team continues to play defense this poorly, it could be a long season in the nation’s capital.
– The Patriots beat the Jets Thursday night – in a game that feels like it was a week ago, as all of these Thursday night games seem to do – in what was truly a low quality football game. The low-lights? Tom Brady had no quality receivers, and that was quite apparent. Not often you’re going to see Brady complete less that 50% of his passes and accumulate less than 200 yards. The Jets quarterback – this week named Geno Smith – made a considerable number of mistakes, which is to be expected as it was only his second game in the NFL. Still, 3 interceptions, no touchdowns, and 15/35 passes completed is pretty darn woeful.
– It took a little while – especially after an hour or so delay due to lightning – but the Seattle Seahawks handily demolished the San Francisco 49ers in front of a historically loud crowd of 68,338 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, 29-3. It’s important to note that the Seahawks offense did not play exceptionally well, but the defense was superb, the 49ers made a handful of mistakes, and Colin Kaepernick was not himself. This was but one chapter in an important series for years to come, but this one at least lived up to the hype in terms of entertainment.
– There was a little bit more separation in the NFC North – or at least as much separation as you can have in Week 2 – as the Bears eked out a 31-30 win over the Vikings; the Bears now sit at 2-0 and the Vikings at 2-0. Seven turnovers between the two teams, but also fairly disciplined by NFL standards (60 total penalty yards in the game). One could argue the player of the game was Blair Walsh, the Vikings kicker, who had 3 field goals and 3 extra points.
Keep an eye out for our selections to watch in Week 3 in the Weekend Watch List, later this week!