It was just another week in today’s NFL.
High scoring games, offensive juggernauts clicking on all cylinders, 400 yard passing statistics – if you like defensive contests, so far this isn’t your season.
Today’s NFL does everything imaginable to help the offense. You can’t hit a guy high, you can’t breathe on a wide receiver past five yards, and so on.
It makes for a weaker product in my opinion, but it sure is exciting to watch and the masses tend to enjoy it more.
For those masses out there, you had to love Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season. It was fantastic theatre.
Game Of The Round:
Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and San Diego’s Philip Rivers combined to pass for 847 yards in their Week 2 matchup. The two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards, they scored a total of 63 points and the game came down to the wire – what’s not to like if you enjoy offense?
San Diego topped Philadelphia 33-30 on the road to improve its record to 1-1. Nick Novak kicked a 46-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the 4th quarter to seal the deal for the Chargers.
This game had all the offense you could ask for, and then some. If you like defense, like myself, this was one of those games where you just shake your head. But if you’re like most fans nowadays, in the fantasy football era, this was the most entertaining game of the week.
Performance Of The Round:
Any time you can set a club record on a team that had a hall of fame player at that same position; you deserve performance of the week.
Mario Williams of the Buffalo Bills went absolutely berserk on Sunday, sacking Carolina’s quarterback Cam Newton, 4.5 times which set the Bills’ all-time record for sacks in a game.
NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith previously held the record.
Some defensive ends can’t sack the quarterback 4.5 times in an entire season, but Williams did it in one game. Maybe he’s finally living up to his six-year, $96 million contract.
Williams’ effort helped Buffalo win its first game of the season.
Biggest Upset Of The Round:
There aren’t too many major upsets in the NFL these days because of parity, but Miami beating Indianapolis takes the cake for Week 2.
When you come into the season and no one expects you to do anything it’s easy to start to believe it yourself. The Miami Dolphins had every right to give in to low expectations and just get by, but to their credit, they jumped to a 2-0 start following a surprising 24-20 victory in Indianapolis against the Colts.
Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw 13 interceptions to only 12 touchdowns one year ago. He needed to take better care of the ball when he put it in the air, and so far he has. Tannehill has two touchdowns and only one interception this season.
In a tight game against Indianapolis, he never forced the issue in the air when his team was down in the second half, something he probably would have done in his rookie season.
Instead, he led a six play, 69-yard drive that ended in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to regain the lead for his club.
Maybe this is the guy we should expect from now on. If it is, maybe the Dolphins can compete in a weak AFC.
Injuries From The Round:
It’s not a week in the NFL without injuries. Houston’s Andre Johnson received a concussion from a hit by Tennessee’s Bernard Pollard on Sunday.
The hit has put Johnson’s status for Week 3 in the air, and sent Pollard a $42 thousand fine.
Johnson finished the game with eight receptions and 76 yards. He has been targeted 29 times in this young season proving that he is the most valued player in the Texans’ offense. This is a different team when he’s not on the perimeter and we might find that out this week when Houston play Baltimore.
What To Look Forward To Next Round:
There’s nothing like going up against your former team.
Andy Reid and his now Kansas City Chiefs get the wonderful opportunity to play the Eagles in Philadelphia. Reid spent 14 seasons in Philadelphia leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl and four NFC Championship games. Even though Philadelphia has some of the most ruthless fans on the planet, I would think he would receive a great ovation when he takes the field.
Then again, it is Philadelphia.
Nevertheless, the game should be solid. Philadelphia likes to get up and down offensively and Kansas City would rather grind out a victory at a much slower pace.
Another game to watch in Week 3 is Miami against Atlanta. This is one of those measuring stick games where you play a fantastic opponent and judge how well you do against them.
Atlanta has been one of the best teams in the NFC recently. We’ll see what Miami can do against a team we expect to be really good this year.
If you start 0-2 in today’s NFL you are in major trouble. There are three teams I want to focus on more heavily than the others – New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh’s offense has looked atrocious this season, but they have the experience to bounce out of their funk. With a solid defense and Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, this is a team that shouldn’t be written off just yet. In a must-win game against Chicago at home in Week 3, everything could change. If they win that game they will go to London to play the Vikings who are currently 0-2. After the Vikings they get the pitiful Jets on the road followed by a struggling Ravens team at home. Things could change quickly if things play out right.
Washington also has a favorable schedule with Detroit in Week 3, Oakland in Week 4 and a Dallas team who they have fared well against recently. Don’t count them out yet.
The Giants are in a slightly different situation. New York has to travel to play a talented Carolina Panthers team who is also desperate for a victory at 0-2. Then, they follow that up with a trip to Kansas City to play the undefeated Chiefs.
If you had to guess which team out of these three would continue to fade, the safe bet would be the Giants who have the more difficult schedule.