The top two scoring teams in the NFL after two weeks: Buffalo and Detroit.
Lions, Bills, & 4 Wins, Oh My-Granted, two of them are against the injury-ravaged Chiefs, but Detroit and Buffalo are looking to cement themselves as legitimate playoff contenders. It comes as no surprise that quarterback play has sparked the good starts as Matthew Stafford has shown us why the Lions hitched their wagon to him while Ryan Fitzpatrick has instilled life into a once lifeless Bills offense. Detroit has to feel good considering the rest of the NFC. The NFC West as previously concluded is a race to 8 wins, and the Cowboys and Giants have both caught the plague as players continue to drop like Obama’s approval rating. I don’t think they’re ready to take down the Packers, but the path to a Wild Card spot looks to be within reach. The Bills are in a much deeper AFC, including the Jets and Patriots as division opponents, but look like they will be playing meaningful football come December.
Vick’s Return to Old Nest Sour-The Eagles looked like they had taken control of the game late in the third quarter with a 31-21 lead. Vick had been effective, but had also taken a beating throughout the game as the Falcons defense constantly got to the former Atlanta quarterback. The hits piled up, and Vick was eventually forced to leave the game with a concussion. However, nobody thought it would be his own offensive linemen to do the trick.
That Tom Brady’s So Hot Right Now-Zoolander’s Hansel would be proud to see what Tom Brady has been up to these days. With what seemed to be all day to read the defense, Tom Terrific looked just about unstoppable as San Diego was his latest victim. An early frontrunner to repeat as MVP, Brady will have to keep it going against the, dare I say it, offensive juggernaut that is the Buffalo Bills next week.
Redemption for Romo-Roasted across media outlets after his forgettable fourth quarter against the Jets, things were not looking great against the 49ers. Two fractured ribs and a punctured lung are painful enough, much less dealing with that while reading coverage, avoiding massive linemen, and throwing the ball. But Romo would go on, leading the fourth quarter comeback and overtime win to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. Romo definitely won over many who doubted him, but things don’t look up with wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin both dealing with nagging injuries. Oh, and a few broken ribs.
Steel Curtain Clamps Down-All is well for Pittsburgh as the Steelers were left for dead by many after the Ravens blew them out. Nothing like a matchup with the Seattle Seahawks, Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, to lift their spirits.
Ravens Get Clipped-Remember how great Baltimore was last week? Me neither. After filling up the bandwagon with a blowout win against the Steelers, Joe Flacco and Co. struggled mightily against the Tennessee Titans. #discouraging.
Smile for the Cam-era-The game against the Cardinals was taken with a grain of salt, shaky secondary play and all. Green Bay’s defense is an elite one, and Cam Newton throws for another 400+ yards. The three interceptions keep everyone in check as a reminder that Newton will have his lumps during his rookie season. But this man looks like a star in the making, possessing the size, strength, and athleticism to be a force to be reckoned with.
Jets Bounce Back-Having realized that they won’t face Romo again, New York decided that wins may not be gift wrapped as nicely as last Sunday’s. The Jets stomped the Jaguars 32-3 behind four interceptions while holding Jacksonville to 203 total yards. The offense didn’t face its biggest test, but Sanchez showed signs of improvement, going 17-24 for 182 yards. The two interceptions are still a concern.
G-Men Win, But It Ain’t Pretty-A win is a win, but that was not an inspiring performance for the Giants as whole. Eli Manning finished 18-29 with 200 yards, but started the game going 2-11. The offense was helped by four first downs via Rams penalties along with St. Louis settling for three field goals in three red-zone trips. It also didn’t hurt when Cadillac Williams watches a lateral instead of going after it, allowing Michael Boley to return the fumble for a touchdown.
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