In New Orleans the Saints handed the Dolphins their first loss of the season bringing the Saints to 4-0 and the Dolphins to 3-1. Drew Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 game. Ryan Tannehill for the Dolphins played sloppily with four turnovers, a fumble, and three interceptions. He did manage to squeeze out a touchdown pass to Charles Clay. Needless to say the Dolphins are kicking themselves for questioning Drew Brees in 2006. Brees threw for 400 yards for the 10th time, quickly catching up to Dan Marino’s record of 13.
Another great day of American football down.
In San Francisco, Kaepernick, defeated the Packers once again. In what seemed to be a game of quarterback vs. quarterback Kaepernick threw for a total of 412 yards and three touchdowns compared to Aaron Rodgers 333 yards and three touchdowns. Kaep is proving to be a tough competitor for the once titled greatest quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, beating the Pack out of the playoffs last season and now winning against them in the first game of the season, a much anticipated game. 49ers won 34-28 over Green Bay.
In St. Louis the Rams handed a loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a score of 27-24. Arizona working hard to prove they can move on from yet another switch of quarterbacks, were unable to hold off the Rams offense in the fourth quarter allowing them to comeback and score two touchdowns to win the game. Larry Fitzgerald still proving to be an amazing wide receiver was able to catch two touchdowns from the Cards new quarterback Carson Palmer.
In this weeks largest marginal loss game, Kansas City defeated Jacksonville with a score of 28-2. Jaguars were unable to hold the ball almost the entire game. Constant loss of the ball totaled 11 punts to the Chiefs setting a franchise record! Chiefs were able to score twice in the first quarter. Jaguars are hoping to come back stronger next week in Oakland.
In North Carolina, the Panthers lost to Seattle Seahawks with a score of 12-7. In the fourth quarter Wilson was able to throw a 43 yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse bringing them to the win with this turnover.
Tennessee handed Pittsburgh their first loss of the season with a score of 16-9. Pittsburgh offense allowed the Titans defense to sack Roethlisberger five times before the game was finished. This marked the first game opener loss for the Steelers in ten years!
In New Jersey the Jets skated by with a close win against Tampa Bay with a score of 18-17. The Jets were able to capitalize on a Buccaneer penalty and hold out for the win.
New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills with a 23-21 game. Tom Brady proved he doesn’t need Wes Welker in order to win, his replacement Danny Amendola was more productive in his first game than Wes Welker was with the Patriots. Brady managed to throw for two touchdowns to Julian Edelman. According to ESPN this game marked the 36th time Brady has won a game while being tied or trailing in the fourth quarter.
In Chicago the Bears won against the Cincinnati Bengals with a score of 24-21. The Bengals led most of the game, even through the beginning of the fourth quarter, until the Bears were able to take control and score a touchdown with nearly 8 minutes left. The Bengals were unable to recover and eventually this lead to their loss against the Bears.
In Cleveland, the Browns were handed a loss by the Miami Dolphins with a score of 23-10. This marks the ninth straight loss in an opener game for the Browns. Browns managed to hold a lead before halftime despite several penalties and interceptions, but could not hold on during the second half, allowing Daniel Thomas to score a field goal and Caleb Sturgis to score a 36 yard touchdown for the Dolphins. Dolphins hoping this means a more promising season than the previous four years.
In Detroit the Lions managed to Defeat the Minnesota Vikings with a score of 34-24. Reggie Bush looked strong in his first game with the lions, going for a 77 yard touchdown in the third quarter. The Lions are hoping that they will do better than their 4-12 year last season. Adrian Peterson, arguably the best running back in the NFL right now completed his fourth longest run and proved he is still a tough competitor with the Vikings.
In Indianapolis the Colts won against the Oakland Raiders with a score of 21-17. Luck is still going strong just as he did when he was a rookie. He threw 178 yards, two touchdowns, and even ran for a 19 yard field goal. They also started two new offensive lineman to help protect him and they worked together to do just that.
In New Orleans, the Saints won against the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 23-17. Drew Brees threw for 357 yards and two scores in Sunday afternoon’s game. Marques Colston set a franchise record by receiving his 533rd catch.
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!
As pre-season is now underway let’s take a look at how some of the first games went, and who is looking hot for your fantasy draft.
The Baltimore Ravens dominated against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 44-16 game this week. Tyrod Taylor starting his third season in the NFL shined for the ravens with 154 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Cincinatti Bengals triumphed over the Atlanta Falcons in a 34-10 game. Fans are really showing a liking to Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson.
Brandon Weeden looking hot in Cleveland led the Browns in a 27-19 win over the St. Louis Rams. He has not secured a starting position but this game definitely showed he has what it takes to succeed as a starter.
Robert Griffin III sat on the sidelines of Thursday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Kirk Cousins continued to dominate in the place of RG3 and led the Redskins to a 22-21 win over the Titans.
In San Francisco there was only one touchdown this week and that was by Shaun Phillips of the Denver Broncos. In what seemed like a sloppy game with many fumbles the Broncos came out on top with a 10-6 win over the 49ers.
In San Diego there was tough competition from Seattle as Tarvaris Jackson and Brady Quinn battle to be Russell Wilson’s backup. Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Quinn threw one leading the Seahawks to a 31-10 win over the San Diego Chargers.
The New York Jets flew to Detroit only to get pummeled by the Lions in a 26-17 game. Geno Smith of the Jets walked out with an apparent knee injury.
Jonas Gray, a Notre Dame alumni, of the Miami Dolphins is looking great in his first season. Scoring two touchdowns of the four total against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dolphins win over the Jaguars with a 27-3 scoring game.
Michael Vick looking sharp on Friday with the Philadelphia Eagles, completing 4 of 5 passes for 94 yards, could not compare to Tom Brady’s 80 yard touchdown pass.
Chicago Bears offense looked weak in Friday’s game against the Carolina Panthers allowing for seven sacks and three turnovers. Panthers squashed the bears in a 24-17 game.
Friday night the Cardinals “grated cheese” in Green Bay and shut out the Packers with a 17-0 win. Players looking good this game were Stepfan taylor for the Cardinals who rushed for 63 yards on 21 carries and James Jones of the Packers.
The Houston Texans dominated the Minnesota Vikings Friday with a 27-13 win. Cordarelle Patterson looking great in his rookie season caught four passes for 54 yards and returned the opening kickoff 50 yards. DeAndre Hopkins showcased his skills, had four receptions for 52 yards and scored a touchdown.
Preston Parker of the New Orleans Saints scored two touchdowns showing why he is a good choice for the open receiver position. The Saint’s defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in a 17-13 game. Alex Smith made coach Reid happy about his decision of choosing him to be the Chiefs new quarterback.
In a back and forth game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders, the raiders beat the cowboys in a 19-17 game.
Victor Cruz and Eli Manning make a great team for the New York Giants. The ley the Giants in an 18-13 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Victor Cruz is looking like a great choice for Fantasy this year.