By Kim Dunning
The NFL Week 2 was nothing less than exciting, entertaining and full of controversy as it should be.
Week 2 kicked off with the Bills and the Jets in what I deem the “Christmas” game because of the color rush uniforms. The Bills attempted a comeback but the Jets proved too much to contend with as Buffalo fell to 0-2 and the Jets to .500.
As Sunday games roll around, the usual suspects ended up winning. The games had some close matches with the Giants beating the Saints, the Titans holding off the Lions and the Patriots system helped a third string quarterback pull out the win against the Dolphins.
The Steelers and Bengals did not disappoint with an entertaining game that’s only fitting for these two teams game ended in controversy. If you missed the controversy, here is what happened: On 1st-and-10 from the Steelers 39, Dalton hit rookie receiver Tyler Boyd with a short 6-yard pass, this is where the chaos started. Boyd fumbled on the play, but his knee appeared to be down, which means the fumble wouldn’t count and it would be the Bengals’ ball. However, the Bengals didn’t get to keep the ball because the officials on the field ruled that it was a fumble. The questionable call came with just under 2 minutes left in the game and the Bengals were losing to the Steelers 24-16. After a review, the call stood. This should make for a very interesting rematch when these two teams meet later in the season.
The most talked about game was of course the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins spotlight. Dallas squeaked out a win against their foes with some luck and determination. Kirk Cousins is who everyone thought he was.
Other notable but surprising winners were the Falcons over the Raiders, the Rams win at home against the Seahawks and the Texans over the Chiefs. These games were the most missed of the pick ems this weekend. Most thought the reverse would be true. This is why the games are played.
The Browns made a stellar effort to get their first win of the season, however, the Ravens defense proved to be too much and Flacco lead a comeback to beat them 25-20.
The two blow out games should come as no surprise to any NFL fan as the Cardinals whooped the Bucs 40-7 and the Panthers handed San Francisco their first loss of the season by rolling over them with the help of Ted Ginn Jr. with a score of 46-27. Notable in the Niners game was the apparent snub that Colin Kaepernick gave Cam Newton, this could be a to be continued, if the Niners just were a good team.
Philip Rivers offense proved too much for the Jaguars defense to handle. San Diego improved to 1-1 with a 38-14 win over the win-less Jags.
Sunday night’s game proved to be one of the best match-ups of the week. With Rodgers being very unlike his usual self, he threw a pick at the end of the game to seal the Vikings win and propel the Vikes to the top of the NFC North at 2-0. The Vikings opened up their stadium with a close win over their rivals.
Monday nights snooze fest, included the who we thought they were Chicago Bears versus the very surprising Eagles. The Eagles started slowly but then their defense starting taking out players left and right on the Bears. This is the second week in a row the Eagles defense has taken out it’s opposing quarterback. It’s best to say, when your team plays the Eagles, make sure your team sacrifices someone they don’t like for the first half. The Eagles walked all over the Bears with a 29-14 win.
The second week much like the first week of the NFL did not disappoint. The usual suspects won, some surprises and as always lots of things to talk about around the water cooler at work or on Facebook in Sports Elite.