As we close on week two of pre-season let’s take a look at the hot players this week and those who escaped with injuries.
ATL @ BAL
Atlanta dominated the first half going into the third quarter with a 20-7 lead. Tyrod Taylor in the 4th quarter threw two touchdown passes bringing the score to a tight 23-20 Atlanta lead. Jackson scored a touchdown off the punt return taking the Ravens to their 2nd win this pre-season at 27-23.
SD @ CHI
Chargers once again unable to control the bull were defeated by the Bears in a 33-28 game. Although they lost Ran Matthews made the team look a little better by carrying nine times for 45 yards after coming out of back to back years with broken collarbones.
MIN @ BUF
Adrian Peterson resting through the pre-season is proving to be fatal for the Vikings as they lost their second pre-season game. EJ Manuel led the Bills to a win of 20-16 trying to secure the starting quarterback seat.
49ers @ KC
Alex Smith for the Chief’s and his offense played sloppily against his former team the San Francisco 49ers. Resulting in a loss of 15-13. Frank Gore still playing strong in his 9th year.
IND @ NYG
Andrew Luck lead the Colts to a victory over the Giants with two touchdowns. Game was not over without injuries though. Bass and Tuck for the Giants both sustained injuries and Coby Fleener for the Colts sprained his right knee.
DET @ CLE
Another game with many injuries was the Lions vs. the Browns. Barkevious Mingo suffered a brudised lung, Diom Lewis broke his left leg. Jason Pinkston sprained his ankle, Gary Barnidge sprained his shoulder and the rookie kicker for the Browns had a groin injury. Cleveland still managed to pull out a win in a 24-6 game.
CAR @ PHI
In Philadelphia the fight for starting quarterback continues as Michael Vick and Nick Foles continue to play at their best. Foles went 6 for 8 and Vick was 9 for 10. Eagles pulled out the win over Carolina Panthers with a 14-9 game.
JAC @ NYJ
Both teams battling for the starting quarterback positions. Although Mark Sanchex led the jets in five scoring drives he made several mistakes which made the coach not yet ready to name a starting quarterback. Blaine Gabbert had secured the starting quarterback position for the Jaguars but suffered a thumb injury which may cost him. The Jets won 37-13 looking promising for the 2013-14 season.
TB @ NE
Tom Brady, looking great after his knee injury in the last game, led the Patriots to a 25-21 victory over the Buccaneers. Completing 11 of 12 passes and having an almost perfect game showed he is ready to over come any injury and win for his team.
DAL @ ARI
Jerraud Powers holding strong for the Cardinals helped the team to a 12-7 win over the Cowboys. Tony Romo had some great throws but tried to blame his mistakes on Terrance Williams and the offense allowed six turnovers, five in the first half.
OAK @ NO
The Saints dominated over the Raiders in a 28-20 game with Drew Brees leading the way, passing for 202 yards and completing 78% of his passes. Porter, Wetzel, and Ausberry of Oakland all suffering injuries.
TEN @ CIN
Cincinnati took down the Tennessee Titans in a 27-19 game. Rookie Giovani Bernard looked great for Cincinnati carrying for 37 yards and a touch down. Rob Bironas played poorly after missing game 1 and missed 2 of 3 field goal attempts.
GB @ STL
Battle for the starting kicker position continues in Green Bay. Mason Crosby looked promising going 3 for 3 kicks. Giorgio Taecchio scored two, closely following on the heels of Crosby. The Rams were able to score one touch down which did not help them in the 19-7 loss to Green Bay.
MIA @ HOU
Texans and Dolphins both played well in Saturday night’s game but unfortunately both teams walked out with great injuries. Miami tight end Dustin Keller sustained a possibly serious right knee injury and Houston’s receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the game with a concussion. Texans pulled out the win scoring 24-17.
DEN @ SEA
Seattle pummeled the Broncos in a near shut out game of 40-10. Jermaine Kearse looked strong holding position for wide receiver with Percy Harvin still out after hip surgery. Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a neck injury after being cut by Seattle’s Luke Willson while fumbling to get up Michael Robinson collided with him causing the compression of his neck and spine. MRI was negative for broken bones but teammates are worried.
And that’s my recap of pre-season week 2, not including tonight’s game. Many injuries this week leaving questions and doubts going in to week 3. Let me know what you think in the comment section below. And if there is a game you would like me to cover more in depth let me know. Thank you for reading!