Bay area sports fans have watched the San Francisco 49ers and Giants play there for 40 years. Tonight marks the last NFL game in Candlestick park. The park affectionately named, the Stick, was home to Willie Mays and Willie Mccovey also football stars today such as Colin Kaepernick. The Giants have been playing in their new stadium for several years, and the 49ers will move to Levis Stadium in Santa Clara. Positive side to this is were also saying goodbye to the extreme cold temperatures and wind tunnel stadium. Farewell Candlestick, may your memories live on forever!
In Atlanta the Patriots were able to hold off the Falcons for a 30-23 win. Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns bringing the team to 4-0, keeping them undefeated so far. The game was not an easy win as the Falcons were close to tying the game with only 36 seconds remaining, but luckily for New England they had cornerback Aqib Talb watching out and holding off a pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White.
Buffalo Bills were able to skate by with a win against the Superbowl winners, the Baltimore Ravens, with a score of 23-20. Coming off of a loss proved well for the Bills as their angst was high to beat the Ravens. They were able to intercept Joe Flacco five times. Flacco finished with 25 of 50 for 347 yards and two touchdowns.
In Cleveland the Browns walked away with an easy 17-6 game against the Bengals. Both teams are now 2-2. Brian Hoyer proves he has what it takes to play starting quarterback with no interceptions and throwing for 25 of 38 for 269 yards.
The Lions beat Da Bears in Detroit with a 40-32 game, handing them their first loss and bringing both teams to 3-1, tying for first in the NFC North. The Lions looked strong scoring three touchdowns in a span of three minutes and twenty six seconds. Jay Cutler did his best to catch up near the end throwing a few touchdown passes and 2-point conversions but could not make it all the way.
Kansas City handed the New York Giants their fourth loss this season bringing them to 0-4. Eli Manning was 18 for 37 for 217 yards and had one touchdown. Smith was 24 for 41 for 288 yards.
In London the Vikings were able to take home their first win thanks to Greg Jennings and Adrian Peterson. The brought the Vikings to 1-3 and the Steelers to 0-4. Jennings and Peterson each scored two touchdowns. Despite winning the game Coach Frazier says he doesn’t expect Cassel to last forever in place of Christian Ponder.
In Tampa Bay the Cardinals had a major comeback to win the game with a 13-10 score. The Cardinals played poorly the first three quarters, partial thanks to the many injuries the team sustained after the loss in New Orleans.
The Colts annihilated the Jaguars in Jacksonville with a 37-3 score. Sure the Colts didn’t score in the first quarter but they made up for it in the next three. Luck completed 22 of 36 passes for 260 yards. The Jaguars are 0-4 and the Colts are 3-1 as we move into week 5.
Seahawks remaining undefeated this season with their most recent win against the Houston Texans. This is their first 4-0 start in franchise history. The game did end in over time with a 45 yard field goal from Hauschka. The Texans are now 2-2.
In Tennesse the Titans were able to have a huge win against the Jets but also a huge loss, their quarterback. Jake Locker threw three touchdowns before injuring his hip and having to go to the hospital. Titans won with a score of 38-13 bringing them to 3-1 and the Jets to 2-2.
Peyton Manning proves he is possibly the best quarterback there ever was with a score of 52-20 against Philadelphia, bringing the Bronco’s to 4-0 and the Eagles to 1-3. He has a total of 16 touchdowns in September beating out the previous record of 14 by Don Meredith.
In Oakland, RGIII and the Redskins were able to hold off the Raiders for a 24-14 win. This is the Redskins second away win since 1991, maybe there is hope after all.
In San Diego the Chargers held off the Cowboys for a 30-21 win, bringing both teams to 2-2. Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns and completed 35 of 42 passes.
San Francisco 49ers pummeled the St. Louis Rams in a 35-11 game. This brought the 49ers to 2-2 and the Rams to 1-3. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes and Frank Gore had his first 100 yard game of the season.
Upcoming this Sunday is a game worth waiting for, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks. As if this wasn’t already a highly anticipated game, it is even more anticipated by the bet between the two quarterbacks. Unsure whether the bet is completely real or not, the two young quarterback rivals have bet an eyebrow over the results of the next game. Last week Wilson completed 25-of-33 passes for 320 yards and scored 1 touchdown. Kaepernick completed 27-of-39 passes for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns. Who will win? Tune in Sunday to watch as one quarterback prepares to lose not only a game, but an eyebrow as well.
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.