Johnny Football overcomes Marcus Mariota 28-14
The city of Cleveland was ecstatic when news spread that their #1 pick of last year was given the starting nod in Week 2. It didn’t take long for Manziel to show why they chose him that high as he exploited the Titans secondary connecting 54 yards with Travis Benjamin for his first NFL Career TD pass. Considering it was only the second play from scrimmage, it would’ve been easy for Tennessee to fold. But, Mariota had other plans leading the charge with 257 yards and 2 touchdowns but would eventually come up short as Manziel caught a win against fellow Heisman winner: 28-14.
Derek Carr Heroic as Raiders Stun the Ravens 37-33
This past Sunday gave us glimpses at just how dangerous the Raiders offense can be when everyone is on the same page. Equipped with the best WR in college football last year in Amari Cooper plus the always impressive Michael Crabtree lined up on the opposite side, the two can/will give DBs nightmares once things start clicking. But, what good is all that skill at WR if you can’t get them the football right? Derek Carr would give you an emphatic “You’re Right!” behind his career high 351 yards and 3 TD performance against the Ravens (Crabtree and Cooper each going over 100 yards with a TD each.) What could’ve been a game changing INT in Baltimore’s favor, ended up being a character building moment for Carr and the Raiders. He confidently told his team after the turnover late in the 4Q to “Believe it, we’ve done this a thousand times in practice. We can do it.” True to his word, the QB drove his team down the field in 9 plays for 80 yards capping it with a TD strike leaving the stunned Ravens with only 12 seconds remaining.
Oakland has one of the best pass rushing groups in the NFL and the senior leadership in Charles Woodson for the Secondary, now if this offense begins to click: Dear AFC West, You’re in Trouble.
Unfortunately in professional sports, for every triumph and moment of celebration there is a team on the opposite sidelines dealing with heartbreak.
That perfectly sums up the situation for several teams after Week 2. The Kansas City Chiefs had the game won (or so it seemed) late in the 4Q before they completely folded. Peyton Manning put together one of those “Manning Drives” leading his team down the field to tie the game at 24-24 with only 36 seconds remaining. Headed to overtime right? Wrong. On the very next play from scrimmage, the Broncos stripped RB Jamal Charles in his own territory and returned it 21 yards for the TD. The entire stadium was awkwardly silent stuck in between disbelief and frustration as the game clock ticked away, leaving their home team on the losing end of a 31-24 final score.
Winning the battle, losing the war – We’ve heard the saying over and over but the Dallas Cowboys had to live it Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. After losing Dez Bryant in Week 1 to a broken foot, they would then lose their QB Tony Romo with a broken collarbone late in the game. Despite shutting down their former teammate Demarco Murray, who only rushed for 2 yards on 13 attempts, and winning to rivalry game 20-10 – a bigger problem exists. Their offense is almost totally depleted after just the second week of the season – what’s next?
The New Orleans Saints are faced with a similar dilemma as their leader on and off the field Drew Brees was injured as well, expected to miss several weeks with a shoulder injury. Sadly, the Week 2 QB curse doesn’t stop there as the Chicago Bears will be without QB Jay Cutler due to a hamstring injury. It sucks to have so many key players go down this early in the year but on the flipside it gives an opportunity for players to make a name for themselves.
The playoff race is shaping up to be a free for all.