Mike Saladino

Staff Writer

After an entertaining and exciting week two in the National Football League, it’s time for us to recap. The excitement started on Thursday when the New York Jets headed to Buffalo for a matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Jets 37 Bills 31

Matt Forte, the newly acquired running back from the Chicago Bears, led by running for 100 yards on 30 attempts with three rushing touchdowns. With this, the Jets offense caught fire with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Jets quarterback, went 24 of 34 with one touchdown to Eric Decker and 374 yards throwing the ball. For the Bills, their offense was much better than week 1, putting up 31 points, but the Jets were just too good for the Bills, putting up 37 points and winning over their division rivals by six.

Steelers 24 Bengals 16

Heading into Sunday an anticipated game was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The last time these teams meet was in the playoffs with the Steelers winning by two. The story of that game was the heated rivalry as Vontaze Burfict took a cheap shot at Antonio Brown late in the game. So there was plenty of bad blood heading into to Sunday’s game. The Steelers look good early going up 10-6 at the half. Starting the second half, the Steelers continued the good play throughout the second half, not letting the Bengals score a touchdown till late in the fourth quarter. The Steelers put the game away with a four yard touchdown caught by DeAngelo Willams with only 6:48 left in the fourth quarter and went on to win the game 24-16

Cowboys 27 Redskins 23

Another big game was between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. With Tony Romo being out for 10 weeks, the pressure was on backup quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott played great, going 22 for 30 and 292 passing yards, but it was the Cowboys running game led by Ezekiel Elliot with 21 carries and 83 yards and with one rushing touchdown. Also, Alfred Morris the other running back from the Cowboys burned his old team with a go ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys the win 27-23.

Panthers 46 49ers 27

As for all the other games, the Carolina Panthers hosted the San Francisco 49ers. Cam Newton lead the Panthers to a dominating 46-27 win. Newton went 24 for 40 with 353 yards passing the ball with four touchdowns.

Ravens 25 Browns 20

It looked like for a while the Cleveland Browns were going to pull off a massive upset over their division rival, the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns scored 20 points in the first quarter and took a 20 to 2 lead after one. Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco led his team back to score 25 unanswered points and hold off the Browns by five.

Titans 16 Lions 15

As the fourth quarter started in Detroit on Sunday, it looked like the Lions were on their way to a 2-0 start, but the Titans had other plans. They rallied behind their quarterback Marcus Mariota who cut the 12 point lead down to just 5 after a quick touchdown to Delanie Walker as the fourth quarter just started. Then the Titans went 93 yards in just over six minutes to a game winning catch by Andre Johnson.

Texans 19 Chiefs 12

It was a game of field goals in Houston. With a total of eight field goals by both teams, the Texans were able to pull it out in the end thanks to J.J. Watt and their impressive pass rush defense. On offense, their two young star receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller led the Texans with 217 yards combined total receiving yards.

Patriots 31 Dolphins 24

It looked like the Patriots were going to cruise to victory after going up 21-0 early, but after a shoulder injury to Jimmy Garoppolo in the second quarter, it changed the game. Miami was down by 28 at one point in the third quarter, but were able to score 21 points to cut the lead down to just seven. The Dolphins had a chance late to the tie game with a Hail Mary, but it was intercepted to clinch the victory for the Patriots. It was revealed later that Garoppolo had a AC sprain in his right shoulder which caused him to miss their next game on Thursday against the Texans.

Giants 16 Saints 13

The last time the Saints and Giants met, it was a shootout with both teams combining for 101 points with the Saints just winning by three. On Sunday it was defensive battle. The Giants first score of the day came with a field goal block returned for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins. The Saints came back to tie the game late in the fourth with a 17 yard touchdown to Willie Snead. The Giants game winning drive was 11 plays in 70 yards capped off by Josh Brown’s game winning field to give the Giants the win. Victor Cruz was a big part of the Giants win he had 91 yards on 4 catches.

Cardinals 40 Buccaneers 7

After the Cardinals tough loss last Sunday to New England, they rebounded in a huge way on Sunday against the Buccaneers. The Cardinals defense picked off Jameis Winston four times and held Mike Evans to only 70 yards on 6 catches. Their offense played better with Carson Palmer going 18 for 31 and throwing for 308 yards with one touchdown pass.

Rams 9 Seahawks 3

On Sunday, the Rams returned to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994. There was electric energy as they hosted their rivalries. It was a game of all defense, with no offensive touchdowns scored the entire game. The Rams defense shut down the Seahawks offensive not letting them score one touchdown and holding them to only three points. The Rams offensive put up nine points all on field goals, but it was enough to get the win, in the first home game back in LA.

Broncos 34 Colts 20

Denver’s Defense just keeps on rolling as the Broncos forced two turnovers both returned for touchdowns which was the difference in the game. For the Broncos offense in this game Trevor Siemian continues to play well and with C.J. Anderson running for 74 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, the Broncos are picking up where they left off last year. The only issue is that after the game they lost DeMarcus Ware will miss 4 to 5 weeks with surgery on a broken arm.

Falcons 35 Raiders 28

After the Falcons suffered a tough home lose to the Buccaneers in their home opener, they rebounded with a big road win against Oakland. Matt Ryan played lights out going 26 for 34 with 396 yards passing with three throwing touchdowns. Also, Julio Jones had a big game for the Falcons having five catches on 106 yards with one touchdown.

Chargers 38 Jaguars 14

With the Chargers losing Keenan Allen for the season after a knee injury, nobody thought that the Chargers had no chance against the fresh, new Jaguars offense. Phillip Rivers proved the haters wrong going 17 for 24 with 220 yards and four touchdown passes. The Chargers dominated every part of the game and at one point the Chargers lead 35-0 middle in the third quarter.

Vikings 17 Packers 14

The Game of the Week on Sunday Night was between the Packers and Vikings as the Vikings opened their brand new stadium called U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defense played tough, shutting down Eddie Lacy to only 50 yards rushing the whole night and only holding the Packers offense to 14 points the whole night. The Vikings offense was a huge part of the win as Sam Bradford played perfect in his first start with the team going 22 for 31 with 286 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns passes was to Stefon Diggs, the Vikings wide receiver, who had the game of his life 9 catches for 182 yards and the go ahead touchdown pass. The only drawback for the Vikings was that they lost Adrian Peterson with a torn meniscus.

Eagles 29 Bears 14

As the Eagles began week 2 after a great season opening win over the Browns last week, they continued that great play into Chicago. Carson Wentz played another impressive game going 21 for 34 with 190 yards and one touchdown pass in his second NFL start. The Eagles defense shut down Jay Cutler and the Bears offense holding their passing yards to 235 yards the whole game. They held Jeremy Langford to only 28 yards on 11 carries and forced a fumble off of him too. The Bears played good in the first half and were only down by two at halftime, but in the second half the Eagles exploded for 20 points and dominated the second half on both sides of the football.