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article imageOp-Ed: Recap of Week 2 in the NFL

By Shawn McLeish     Sep 19, 2011 in Sports
Here are a few thoughts about the NFL games from Week 2. As usual, the highlights and lowlights depend on which jersey you wear.
* On a day filled with second half comebacks and numerous lead changes, no game was more exciting than the Buffalo Bills comeback win over the visiting Oakland Raiders. Down 21-3 at the half, the Bills scored on all five of their second half possessions. The Raiders didn't fold up the tent, though, as the game saw five lead changes in the fourth quarter alone. Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led them to a big win with 3 more touchdown passes and he converted two 4th downs in the closing minutes. Those conversions led to his 6-yard TD pass to a wide-open David Nelson with 0:14 left in the game. Fitzpatrick wears number that enough to anoint the 2-0 Bills as this year's Team of Destiny? maybe not, but a win next week against the New England Patriots would do the trick.
* Speaking of the Patriots, they handled fellow Super Bowl contender San Diego Chargers easily in their home opener. This was a game where the 35-21 final score was not really indicative of the action. The game never seemed that close. San Diego had chances to score but couldn't convert. They turned the ball over four times and their drives always had the appearance of tragedies waiting to happen. The Chargers desperately want to be an elite team in the AFC, but for now they're on the outside looking in. To top it off, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady absolutely torched the Chargers defense and finished the day 31-for-40 for 423 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Patriots also had a 99-yard drive in the second quarter for the second time this year. The one this week took a rather pedestrian (for them) ten plays over five minutes. Brady now has 940 yards passing in 2 games, putting him miles ahead of anyone not named Cam Newton.
* Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback, actually threw for ten more yards in his second start than he did in his first, when he set the NFL record for a debut with 422 yards. Newton did throw for 3 interceptions on Sunday and lost the game, but critics can hardly say that he's not capable of being an NFL quarterback anymore. With Newton at the helm all year, the Panthers could be the most exciting 0-16 team ever!!! They do play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12, though, so a win could be in the cards for them.
* We're now two weeks into The Year Of Kickers Setting Records. This week Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson set the NFL record for most games played by one player for one team by lacing 'em up for the 297th time. He passed longtime Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titan center Bruce Matthews. Bruce's nephew, Clay Matthews Jr of the Green Bay Packers only has 264 games to go to reclaim the record for his family.
* The Titans this week upset the visiting Baltimore Ravens 26-13. This one should be chalked up to the Ravens having a bit of a hangover from beating their rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.
* Which was crazier: Kurt Warner predicting on NFL GameDay Morning that Detroit would beat the Kansas City Chiefs by 40 points or the Lions actually backing it up and doing 5 points better?? Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are a formidable throw-and-catch duo when they're both healthy.
* In related news, the Chiefs now hold an early lead over the Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and the San Francisco 49ers in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes. The Minnesota Vikings are inching towards the lead pack though.
* After blowing leads in both of their games this year, Minnesota is finding out that Donovan McNabb is not the answer at quarterback. McNabb was a great player until quite recently actually, but a team starting him now doesn't have a good chance at winning many games. The solution probably isn't to throw rookie Christian Ponder to the Lions, however. (In a wonderful literary accident, the Vikings actually do host the Lions next week) A few more losses without a shakeup from the coaching staff though and All-Pro Adrian Peterson will be rethinking his new contract.
* Congratulations to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley. His three seasons of practice squad duty pay off in front of a national audience. All the other late afternoon starts were over, so Holley had the TV audience all to himself for a few moments on Sunday with his game-changing 77-yard reception in overtime. His sideline celebrations may have been a bit much for some, but he earned every second of that spotlight.
* This week in Wildly Optimistic Predictions
- Ryan Fitzpatrick will still win the NFL MVP award.
- Detroit will make the playoffs in a tough NFC North. This actually isn't as wild or optimistic as it seemed a year ago.
- In Maine and Massachusetts, the number of newborns given the first name Gronkowski (or some form thereof) will increase 3847% during the month of September.
- With a win yesterday, Denver quarterback Kyle Orton won't have to hear from Broncos fans all week about third stringer Tim Tebow. Sorry Kyle, that's too wild and too optimistic.
* Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson's hit on the Philadelphia Eagle's Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter last night should be fined heavily. Robinson launched himself helmet first at Maclin on a play where it appeared he had time and space to adjust his body position. That isn't always the case in these kind of incidents. Add in the fact that Robinson is a repeat offender and the league office should come down brutally on him. Normally, 15 yards seems like a stiff penalty for some seemingly unavoidable collisions, but last night in Atlanta it wasn't nearly enough.
* This was a great weekend for back-and-forth close games. Eight games yesterday were decided by 8 points or less and we still have the Monday Nighter between the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants on tap. Some feel the NFL has a wide talent gap between the haves and the have-nots, but the product on the field this year has never been better or more exciting.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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