The Windup’s Around The NFL: Week Two Blues

Ab Stanley

Week two was a great illustration on why  you can’t get to happy or too sad after one game. Teams that seemed unbeatable now seem very beatable. Other teams looked even better (or worse) than the first week. Would be great matchups turned out to be duds. Players we thought were on thier way up fell all the way back down. The cream of the crop flexed their muscle, while other teams proved they have a long way to go.


Miami Dolphins 19 – Los Angeles Chargers 17: Jay Ajayi finished with 122 yards on the ground

Arizona Cardinals 16 – Indianapolis Colts 13: J.J. Nelson had five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown

Tennessee Titans 37 – Jacksonville Jaguars 16: Derrick Henry had 14 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown

Oakland Raiders 45 – New York Jets 20: Michael Crabtree finished with six catches for 80 yards (as usual) and three touchdowns.

Washington Redskins 27 – Los Angeles Rams 20: Chris Thompson had three carries (three?) for 77 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers 26 – Minnesota Vikings 9: Martavis Bryant had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Kansas City Chiefs  27 – Philadelphia Eagles 20: Travis Kelce finished with eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.


Searching for the end zone: So we all know by now the Cincinnati Bengals have yet to reach the end zone. Imagine a game with two teams with that distinction.The Seattle Seahawks took on the San Francisco 49ers and it wasn’t pretty. The 49ers rushed for 60 more yards (159) than quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for (99). Russell Wilson threw for 198 yards and the Seahawks finally broke through and scored a touchdown pass from Wilson in the fourth quarter. Seattle went on to the victory 12 -9. Way to go Seattle!


The Ravenous Ravens: Joe Flacco went 24-35 and two touchdowns as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 24-10. Baltimore forced five turnovers, three of which came on DeShone Kizer interceptions. The Ravens defense has only given up ten points in two games while forcing ten turnovers. Baltimore has turned the ball over only three times in that span.


Pumped up for nothing: When we looked at the schedule and saw the matchup we couldn’t wait. The Dallas Cowboys would invade Mild High Stadium to take on the the Denver Broncos. The earth would rumble and sparks of lightning would fly as these titans locked helmets in combat. Then actual lightning struck and the game had to be delayed over an hour. When the game resumed, it was Denver that would keep striking. Trevor Seimian threw four touchdown passes, two to Emmanuel Sanders. C.J. Anderson rushed for 118 yards and finished with two touchdowns (one receiving). The Broncos bludgeoned the Cowboys 42-17. Ezekiel Elliot finished with more carries (nine) than rushing yards (eight). Dak Prescott threw 50 times and finished with two touchdowns and two picks. The Broncos pretty much blew the Cowboys away in a matchup we thought could be a Super Bowl preview.


It was supposed to be the NFC championship rematch. The Green Bay Packers would travel south to take on the Atlanta Falcons in their brand new stadium. The fans in attendance was hoping for a great game, I’m sure the result was even more rewarding. Devonta Freeman ran for 84 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones had five catches for 108 yards. The Falcons defeated Green Bay 34-23. Atlanta’s defense forced two turnovers which both led to touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers finished with 343 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Packers as a team rushed for only 59 yards. The Falcons have won the last three games versus the Packers.


NFC South Round-up:
The Carolina Panthers defeated  the Buffalo Bills 9-3. Kelvin Benjamin finished with six receptions for 77 yards.

The New Orleans Saints fell to the New England Patriots 36-20. Drew Brees threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns. New Orleans was never really in the game. Tom Brady (NE) crushed the Saints with 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Saints defense has given up 65 points in two weeks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the Chicago Bears 29-7. Mike Evans grabbed seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs defense forced four turnovers en route to their first win of the season.


Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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