NFL Week Two Review

By Aaron Walton and Shehzan Dahya
Staff Writers

Week one jitters are gone and week two has just come to an end, and already a lot has changed. Predictions have taken a sudden turn, some for the better and some for the worse.

Key Headlines:

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots redeemed themselves in week two after a hard loss in week one. In this week’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Tom Brady threw for 447 yards and was on target 

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Denver Quarterback Trevor Siemian has ensured that the Broncos will be a tough team to beat this season. Credit: Denver Post

30 of his 39 passes, three of those passes ending in touchdowns. The New Orleans Saints however couldn’t get the running game going with two elite running backs in the back field, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, getting their team 16 carries and 78 rushing yards. Drew Brees and the passing game was the Saints last hope, and it resulted with Brees throwing for 356 yards.  Brees was on dot 27 of his 47 passed, and threw 2 touchdowns in the process, but it wasn’t enough to take down the reigning champs, losing 20-36.

Ezekiel Elliott was completely walled against the best defense in the NFL. Trevor Siemian and C.J Anderson took care of the ball on the offensive side, scoring 5 touchdowns and dismantling the Dallas defense. On the other hand, Dak Prescott had one of it’s worst games, throwing 2 interceptions and one to the leader of the ‘No Fly Zone,’ Aqib Talib, for a 103 yard interception for a touchdown. Von Miller and defensive line also made huge impact, keeping Dallases running game without any spark, and keeping Elliott to less than 10 yards rushing the entire game. Going forward in season Denver Broncos will be a top team to beat.  

Falcons dominated the whole game, but the Green Bay Packers came close coming 4th quarter, but the Falcons lead was too big for Aaron Rodgers and company. With the first game in the Atlanta Falcons new stadium now in book, we can see the drought of week 1 against Chicago is over for Atlanta. Wide Receiver for the Packer’s, Jordy Nelson, had an injury that was a major factor to their loss, and will impact on how they fair out in NFC North.   

The Baltimore Ravens dominance continues into week 2, beating the Cleveland Browns 24-10. Joe Flacco threw 2 touchdowns in the win along with 217 passing yards and was 25 for 35 with only 1 interception. Also, the Ravens new wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, had a touchdown to contribute to the win. On the Browns side of the field, Deshone Kizer left the game for 2 or 3 drives due to a migraine, but eventually came back in the game and ended the day with 182 yards and 3 interceptions, while his backup Kevin Hogan finished with 115, a touchdown pass, and an interception.

The Washington Redskins were looking to come back after a hard loss to division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. The ‘Skins played the new and improved Los Angeles Rams, winning 27-20 with an impressive sophomore quarterback, Jared Goff, who threw an incredible 15 of 25 complete passes for 224 yards, and a touchdown with help of his new targets tight end, Gerald Everett, and wide receiver, Sammy Watkins. Up-and-coming star running back, Todd Gurley, had 88 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown along with a receiving touchdown. The Rams’ defencive secondary also had a great game with linebackers, Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron, combining for 21 tackles. On the winning side of the game, Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, was 18/27 passing, 179 passing yards and threw a touchdown. Cousins also targeted his big tight end, Jordan Reed, 6 times. The Redskins running back corps had themselves a game with Robert “Fat Rob” Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine combined for 39 carries and 229 yards and 2 touchdowns from Thompson in the win.

Standout players:

Tom Brady – New England Patriots
30-39, 447 YDS, 3 TD

 

Kareem Hunt – Kansas City Chiefs
13 CAR, 81 YDS, 2 TD

Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
8 REC, 103 YDS, 1 TD

Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins
18/27, 179 YDS, 1 TD

Jared Goff- Los Angeles Rams
15-25, 224 YDS, 1 TD

Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos
6 REC, 62 YDS

Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos
8 KD, 1 INT-TD

Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos
22/32, 231 YDS, 4 TD

Michael Crabtree – Oakland(Las Vegas) Raiders
6 REC, 80 YDS, 3 TD

Marshawn Lynch – Oakland(Las Vegas) Raiders
12 CAR, 45 YDS,1 TD

Brandon Carr – Baltimore Ravens
3 Tackles, 1 INT

J.J Watt – Houston Texans
6 Tackles, 1 Assist

Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans
5 CAR, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
15/21, 122 YARDS, 2 TD

Marcus Mariota- Tennessee Titans
15/27, 215 YDS, 1 TD, 24 RUSH YDS

Blake Bortles– Jacksonville Jaguars
20-34, 223 YDS, 1 TD

Joe Flacco– Baltimore Ravens
25-34, 217 YDS, 2 TD

Derrick Henry– Tennessee Titans
14 CAR, 92 YDS, 1 TD

Derek Carr– Oakland(Las Vagas) Raiders
23-28, 230 YDS, 3 TD

Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
21/28, 251 YDS, 1 TD

Carson Wentz– Philadelphia Eagles
25-46, 333 YDS, 2 TD

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