NFL Week 2 surprises

Top three NFL Week 2 surprises

9/16/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

1. Eagles drop heartbreaker to Chargers at home 

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers place kicker Nick Novak (9) celebrates kicking the game winning field goal late in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsWe have learned a couple of things about the Eagles in the first two weeks of the season.  One of them is that their defense couldn't stop a nose bleed.  Their defense was brutal Sunday after looking awful in the second half last week.  We also have learned that their Chip Kelly hurry up offense is effective, but needs to be used less.  For some odd reason, down by three points and driving, the Eagles kept going with the hurry up offense late in the fourth quarter.  With 3:11 remaining, the Eagles offense only used 80 seconds off the clock, which would give the Chargers offense 1:51 left to set up a game winning field goal by Nick Novak.  There's certain times for the Chip Kelly offense and that wasn't one of them.  Michael Vick is going to get hurt at some point and he did Sunday for one play.  Vick's injury concerns will always be an issue for this team. The Eagles offense will put up a lot of points all season, but if their defense can't stop anybody and the offense doesn't take a couple of breathers, it's going to be another long season in Philadelphia. 

2. Texans barely survive home opener vs Titans 

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) celebrates throwing the winning touchdown during overtime against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY SportsMany may not consider this a surprise, but the fact it took the Texans until overtime to beat the Titans was shocking.  The Titans held a 24-16 lead thank to a pick six, but Matt Schaub would lead the Texans offense down the field for a score followed by a two point conversion to tie the game.  The Titans would hand the Texans the game on a silver platter in regulation, but rookie kicker Randy Bullock would not take it.  He had three tries at the end of regulation.  The first try was a 51 yard kick that was blocked, but an offside penalty on Tennessee would give him another chance.  The second attempt from 46 yards was also no good, but the Titans used a timeout before the kick to try and ice the rookie.  The third time wasn't the charm as he missed it once again to send it to overtime, where rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins would score a touchdown and avoid any more nightmares from their kicker.  The Titans are 2-0, but have barely sneaked by in their first two games against non-playoff teams.  Their star-studded defense is going to need to play a lot better if this team wants to get to the playoffs, let alone make a deep playoff run.  

3. Colts run out of Luck at home

Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) after the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsIt was the battle of the two sophomore quarterbacks Sunday in Indianapolis.  The one that isn't talked about much outplayed the one who led his team to the playoffs in his rookie season.  Ryan Tannehill got revenge for the Dolphins loss to the Colts last season, where Andrew Luck threw for 433 and two touchdowns.  This time around, Tannehill made the plays down the stretch and the Dolphins got off to a surprising 2-0 start to the season.  Luck would have a shot to win it with 1:45 to go at the Dolphins, but Miami's defense forced three straight incompletions.  Luck could not get his ninth fourth quarter comeback and the Colts fell to 1-1.  The Colts also had some key injuries in the game, including losing left guard Donald Thomas for the season and Darius Heyward-Bey, who injured his ribs.  For a team that didn't make the playoffs and that lost tight end Dustin Keller for the season, the Dolphins have surprised some people with their 2-0 start and beating Luck in Indianapolis was definitely a week two surprise. 



 
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