NFL Week 2 Early Games Recap

NFL Early Games: Absolute Madness

9/15/13 in NFL   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NFL Week 2 Early Games RecapForgive me for mostly focusing on the end of game action with this recap, but well, today was a day for the Red Zone channel. So many crazy endings of the 1:00 games today, so let's get to it.

Houston 30, Tennessee 24 (F/OT) The Texans again win on the last play of the game. They tied the game with 1:53 left on a Foster TD run, then a Foster 2 point conversion run. The Texans then had chance to win at the end of regulation on a field goal, which led to this sequence:
  • Kick is good, but Titans call timeout to ice the kicker.
  • Kick is blocked, but Titans were offside. 5 yard penalty, and the play is now an untimed down because the clock is at 00:00 and the game can't end on a defensive penalty.
  • Kick is no good, but Titans again call timeout.
  • Kick hits the upright, no good. Overtime.
Luckily for Houston, they won the toss, and first round pick DeAndre Hopkins happens to be a beast. First, he made this catch to put Houston on the 1, then this catch to win the game. It hasn't been pretty, but the Texans are 2-0.

Chicago 31, Minnesota 30 For most of the game, it looked like a *bleep* show with major quarterback errors and technical difficulties by FOX. However, with 10 seconds left, Jay Cutler hit Martellus Bennett for the touchdown. The ensuring extra point won the game for the Bears.

Buffalo 24, Carolina 23 10 seconds left? EJ Manuel and the Bills scoff. Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for the winning touchdown (once the extra point was kicked) with a mere 2 seconds left. In the end, no one should be shocked Ron Rivera found a way to blow it. My Panthers bandwagon has crashed into a wall, and they're now 0-2.

San Diego 33, Philadelphia 30 Splitting the difference between 2 and 10 seconds, the Chargers won this one with 7 seconds to go on a field goal by Nick Novak. Given the Chip Kelly offense and the terrible Eagles defense, it's not really a surprise that the two quarterbacks combined for 847 passing yards. One thing to watch though is Michael Vick. He left the game late in the fourth with an injury. It ended up being big, as Philly was in the red zone. Nick Foles couldn't lead them to the end zone, and they kicked a field goal to tie with 1:51 to go. San Diego then moved down the field and kicked that winning field goal.

Miami 24, Indianapolis 20 Exhibit 457 why you shouldn't play fantasy: Charles Clay is the second highest point scorer among running backs so far this week (we'll get to #1). His 4 yard TD run in the third puts the Dolphins up for good, and added to Clay's 5 reception, 109 yard day. The Colts tried to drive for the winning score yet again, getting to the Miami 23. However, the defense held to 4 straight incompletions to seal the win.

Kansas City 17, Dallas 16 From 2-14 last season, the Chiefs are now 2-0. It was a ball control and defense kind of game for Kansas City, which I'm guessing works just fine for them.

Green Bay 38, Washington 20 Your one blowout of the afternoon, as some garbage time scores in the fourth made it look closer than it was. It was 24-0 Packers at the half and 38-7 after the third. Aaron Rodgers was brilliant against what is clearly a bad Washington secondary, throwing for 480 yards and 4 touchdowns. James Starks became the first Packer to run for over 100 yards in 45 games. He currently has the most fantasy points of any running back this week. Starks got a chance after Eddie Lacy was concussed on a dirty helmet-to-helmet hit by Brandon Meriweather. Meriweather than concussed himself hitting Starks helmet-to-helmet. I don't like seeing players get hurt, and obviously I'm being a homer here, but serves the bastard right.

Atlanta 31, St. Louis 24 The Falcons led 21-0 early in the second after an Osi Umenyiora pick six (which somehow isn't available on NFL.com, because I loved his "holy crap, I scored a touchdown" celebration). The Rams were playing catch-up from there, and could never quite get over the hump. Matt Ryan threw for 376 yards, which is somehow only the 4th highest total of the day.

Baltimore 14, Cleveland 6 Not surprisingly, the Ravens defense was much better against the crappy Cleveland attack. The concern now is the offense, which were shutout for a half because getting the two touchdowns that won the game. Shockingly, Baltimore averaged just 2.8 yards per rush.

What are your thoughts on the early Week 2 games?
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9/16/13   |   marcus_nyce   |   27348 respect

Whoever came up with the idea for the RedZone channel needs their bust in Canton or at the very least have some kind of pink lemonade / Snapple beverage named after them.

9/15/13   |   JenX63   |   32809 respect

indecision
(i did however pick winners all day long)