OK, so this is getting pretty fun. Week 2 in the NFL is just about complete with only tonight’s game between the Eagles and Bears left. Sunday saw plenty of entertaining action and close games. The Stack is here with reaction to it all so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, September 19th:
Carolina 46 San Francisco 27
Give the 49ers a lot of credit in this one. Short week, flying cross country and an early start time yet they were within one score of the Panthers in the fourth quarter, but a couple of bad decisions by Blaine Gabbert (go figure) doomed them. Oh yeah and Cam Newton also played a part in this too. 353 yards and four touchdowns. Pretty good day for Superman.
Baltimore 25 Cleveland 20
Wow did the Browns start out fast in this one. Josh McCown was tremendous early on with a couple of touchdown, but he had to leave briefly with a shoulder injury. Don’t know if that was the major reason why the Browns stalled the rest of the game or if the Ravens defense just got that much better. The blocked extra point returned for two points also seemed to be a turning point in this game. That would have put the Browns up 21-0, instead it was 20-2 and the Browns wouldn’t score again. They won’t win many games this year. Have to take advantage of days like Sunday and the Browns simply couldn’t.
Tennessee 16 Detroit 15
The Titans struggled to put points on the board and move down the field the first three quarters, but turned things up in the fourth quarter. Marcus Mariota’s fourth down touchdown pass was a thing of a beauty. Then they capped it off by intercepting Matthew Stafford. The Titans may not be imposing their “smash mouth” style on offense, but they are certainly more competitive this year. That is a tough loss for the Lions who were penalized an awful lot. They must be more disciplined.
Houston 19 Kansas City 12
Well it wasn’t a revenge blowout win from last year’s embarrassing playoff loss, but the Texans were able to limit the Chiefs’ offense and do enough on offense themselves to get the W. It hasn’t been a complete thing of beauty from Brock Osweiler, but when he can find DeAndre Hopkins that’s a pretty good recipe for success.
New England 31 Miami 24
So this Jimmy Garoppolo guy is pretty good. Jimmy G was sensational to start the game with three early touchdowns, but the party wouldn’t last as he was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury. The Dolphins came rallying back and had a chance to tie the game, but Ryan Tannehill’s pass was intercepted in the endzone. Wasn’t a very impressive outing for the Dolphins.
New York Giants 16 New Orleans 13
So much for that high scoring shootout everyone was anticipating. The Giants kept shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers, but their defense really stepped up to limit the Saints. The Giants haven’t been crisp through the first two games but they are 2-0. The same cannot be said for the Saints who are now 0-2.
Pittsburgh 24 Cincinnati 16
Weather certainly played a factor in this one with it raining constantly. That limited the big play making ability of wide receivers A.J. Green and Antonio Brown. This was a slugfest though with both teams applying plenty of big hits. DeAngelo Williams once again had a good day finding the endzone once and Ben Roethlisberger was better than Andy Dalton. We’ll see if that happens again later this season when the two teams meet in Cincinnati.
Dallas 27 Washington 23
You like that Kirk Cousins? You like missing throws consistently that directly contribute to your 0-2 record? You like throwing interceptions in the endzone when your team is knocking on the door to put away your rivals? Yeah I didn’t think so. Dallas’ defense was good in this one and Washington once again was sloppy. I asked for the Cowboys to prove they could win without Tony Romo starting and they did. Panic time in DC with Washington losing each of the first two games at home.
Arizona 40 Tampa Bay 7
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter was worried about his team coming into this game. He had good reason to worry. The Cardinals came out ready on both sides of the ball and took advantage of several Jameis Winston interceptions. Carson Palmer played well. This is the Cardinals team we expected in week one.
Los Angeles 9 Seattle 3
Welcome back to L.A. professional football. The Rams played inspired even if their offense once again couldn’t find the endzone. Both defense dominated, but there are big concerns for the Seahawks. Their offense is not very good right now. They need to figure things out in a hurry or this season will end in big disappointment.
Denver 34 Indianapolis 20
Andrew Luck had a rough day. He was constantly under duress and once again the Broncos defense dominated and won the game thanks to two defensive touchdowns. The Broncos defense will be the reason why this team repeats as division champions if they play at this high level. The Colts have a lot of issues that will be difficult to correct and get them out of their 0-2 hole.
Atlanta 35 Oakland 28
Perhaps crowning the Raiders as the team to beat in the AFC West was a little premature. The Raiders defense struggled against Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Granted, the Falcons offense is pretty good, but the Raiders playing at home should have been better. The Falcons defense was a little better in this one than they were in week one. This was a good win and potentially big win for them early in the season since they have to play at New Orleans next Monday night.
San Diego 38 Jacksonville 14
Speaking of crowning teams too early, what do we say about the Jaguars? Philip Rivers torched them. The Jaguars defense was horrible and Blake Bortles had a couple of bad interceptions. After looking impressive against Green Bay this was a big letdown for the Jaguars. While the Chargers looked impressive, losing Danny Woodhead to a knee injury could be very costly. We’ll learn more about his condition today.
Minnesota 17 Green Bay 14
The Vikings christened their shiny new stadium with a win over their biggest rival, but it came at a high price with Adrian Peterson leaving the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury, but as we’ve since learned it is a knee injury and Peterson left on crutches with a black brace on his right leg. Not good for the Vikings, but they should be very happy with what Sam Bradford did outdueling Aaron Rodgers. What an incredible atmosphere. Surely the offense and the offensive line needs to be better for the Vikings, but they were the better team Sunday night. It was a big win for the Vikings and now they hold their breath waiting for news on Peterson.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears 8:30 PM ET ESPN MNF
The Wentz Wagon is gearing up with vice president Joe Biden fully onboard with what Carson did last week. The Bears promise to be a lot stiffer test tonight. The defense will be much better and my guess is that Wentz comes back down to Earth a little bit. The Bears win this one.
Prediction: Bears 24 Eagles 17
Coming up Tuesday: MNF reaction plus reaction to other top stories in the sports world