With that Monday night extravaganza – what a game, huh? – complete, Week 2 is officially in the books.
Not all of the stats are completely finalized at the time of this writing, but it’s definitely close enough for us to analyze.
I promise not to be too exhaustive here, just some capsule analysis for each game.
All I’ve got is box scores, highlights and the two games I managed to get time to watch this week. If you’ve got more insight – like DirectTV and an open schedule on Sundays – please feel free to add whatever you know. The Chinstrap Ninjas would be very grateful.
On to the games:
Carolina 20, Atlanta 28
Jake Delhomme bounced back from his horrendous first week, throwing for 308 yards, tossing quite a few balls to Steve Smith. Was Week 1 the belch or Week 2? We’ll see in Week 3, but I’m guessing the Panthers passing offense will fall somewhere in between.
Matt Ryan threw three TD passes and was 21 for 27. He is as good as advertised. Michael Turner on the other hand, I’m not so sure. He only had 108 yards, which is good, but not nearly as dominant as people drafting him in the top 3 expected.
Minnesota 27, Detroit 13
Talk about belch, Detroit led at freaking halftime in a game that should have been an Adrian Peterson-fest. Peterson finished with under 100 yards and only one TD. Against Detroit. After their performance in Week 1 against New Orleans, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the Lions are a much better team than they were in 2008.
It might only lead to two or three wins, but that’s a 300 percent improvement in Detroit.
Brett Favre was 23 for 27 with a 115.5 passer rating. Looking at those numbers, I’m surprised they didn’t try to open things up a little more.
Kevin Smith continues to be a focal point for the Lions, 24 carries for 83 yards and two catches for 10 yards.
Cincinnatti 31, Green Bay 24
First of all, the Bengals won this game?
Second, Cedric Benson’s actually good. He rushed for 149 yards at 4.9 per touch.
While the Packers D scored a TD, the Bengals D sacked Aaron Rodgers six times and held Ryan Grant to just 46 yards. Win.
Texans 34, Titans 31
Chris Johnson is fast and a good football player: 197 rushing and nine catches for 87 yards receiving with 3 TDs. However, it would have been more impressive it the Texans would have put a body on him at any point during the game. He was barely touched on his long plays.
Normally, when one player is going off like that, it doesn’t leave much room for anybody else to do anything, however, he left a little too much time on the clock for the Texans.
Matt Schaub threw for 357 and 4 TDs, and 10-149-2 went to Andre Johnson. Meanwhile, Owen Daniels (6-72-1) and Jacoby Jones (2-73-1) also had impressive days.
Oakland 13, Kansas City 10
I already talked a little about how pathetic these teams are in yesterday’s Day of Reckoning, but there are still a few notable points:
The Raiders pathetic, to call it an offense would insult offenses around the world, is run through JaMarcus Russell who was 7-for-24 for 109 yards. I could go 7-for-24 throwing lefthanded against the Chiefs.
Larry Johnson had 24 carries for 78 yards. If it was against anyone other than the Raiders, Lions or his own team, I’d be impressed.
Chiefs WR Bobby Wade had six catches for 72 yards, but you still don’t want him on your team. If Matt Cassel couldn’t even beat JaMarcus Russell, it’s going to be a long season in KC.
Patriots 9, NY Jets 16
Guh?! The Patriots juggernaut didn’t even score a touchdown.
The Jets defense made sure Julian Edelman was the only player that was beating them, and he wasn’t beating them too hard either.
Mark Sanchez had a 101.1 QB rating throwing for 163 yards and a score. If Sanchez and the defense can continue to pair up that kind of performance, the rookie may follow the same path Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco did last season, right into the playoffs.
New Orleands 48, Philadelphia 22
Kevin Kolb is not very good. My jaw hit the floor when he hit DeSean Jackson on that 71-yard bomb early in the game. Yes, he threw for 391 yards. But he also threw three picks and they seemed to come at the worst possible time.
However, all bets are off for next week, he faces easy money Kansas City.
Eagles TE Brent Celek benefited from the game’s passtacularity. He had 8 catches for 104 yards. Jason Avant also had 7 catches for 79 yards.
Avant will have another game or two like that this season, but he won’t do it consistently enough for you to need to pick him up.
Of course, if Celek is still available for some reason in your league, pick him up.
injuries to Mike Bell, DeSean Jackson and Brian Westbrook are worth monitoring.
Rams 7, Redskins 9
Most notable from this game, Steven Jackson was not completely terrible. He rushed for more than 100 yards and caught 4 passes.
Laurent Robinson caught six passes and scored a touchdown, keeping himself fantasy relevant for another week.
Clinton Portis was OK, but most everyone was expecting more out of him.
Chris Cooley didn’t disappoint in his good matchup, catching seven passes for 83 yards.
Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17
Tim Hightower outperformed Maurice Jones-Drew and Mike Sims-Walker outperformed Larry Fitzgerald. I’ll pause for a minute while you digest all those names and all that hyphenation.
Kurt Warner was a steamy 24-for-26 with 243 yards and two scoring plays before he hurt his shoulder. Matt Leinart had a 59.9 QB rating in his limited action.
I shouldn’t need to tell you to monitor Warner’s status.
Seattle 10, San Francisco 23
Everybody knows by this point that this was Frank Gore’s game and that Matt Hasselbeck got McNabbed in the rib.
Much like all of last season, without Hasselbeck the Seahawks were declawed (detaloned?). Even if Hasselbeck can go next week, temper expectations.
Buccaneers 20, Bills 33
The Bills D hit Byron Leftwich 12 times, sacked him twice and Donte Whitner snagged a 76-yard pick 6.
The seven catches for 96 yards and a TD out of Kellen Winslow was kind of expected with Antonio Bryant out. But Cadillac Williams’ seven catches for 56 yards and a TD was not expected.
Cadillac is looking like a must-start focal point of the offense-type player this season.
Steelers 14, Bears 17
I went into the Johnny Knox thing in the Monday update, but keep an eye on Kellen Davis. The tight end only had 38 yards to go with his score, but caught 5 passes. Could he and Knox cut into Greg Olsen and Earl Bennett’s targets for the rest of the season?
The Steelers wide receivers had the second best matchup in the NFL last week. No TDs and only 11 catches between Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward was pretty unimpressive. At least Holmes averaged 16.6 per catch.
Ravens 31, chargers 26
I said it yesterday, I’ll say it again. The Ravens are a Super Bowl caliber team.
As much as it seems like Darren Sproles is the only Chargers RB worth starting right now, the Ravens didn’t shut down Michael Bennett. Bennett averaged 4,8 yards on his four carries. If LaDainian Tomlinson misses another game, Bennett might be a sneaky start.
Browns 6, Broncos 27
Kyle Orton threw for 263 and a TD!
But, Brandon Marshall is still invisible – three catches for 34 yards. Orton’s big guns were Jabar Gaffney (3-82) and Brandon Stokley (5-70). Unless you’re seriously hurting, you don’t want either of them on your fantasy roster.
Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno split the good RB matchup, but Buckhalter seemed like the better runner.
They finished with nearly identical yardage, but Buckhalter averaged 8.4 per carry to Moreno’s 4.4. And Buckhalter had 30 yard catch, too.
Giants 33, Cowboys 31
Another game I went into good detail with on Monday, but Felix Jones is worth mentioning.
I’ve touted him all preseason. Jones had the first fumble of his career, but was electric with seven carries for 95 yards and a touchdown. And Barber still got his, just as I’ve expected all along.
I talked a lot about Mario Manningham, but Steve Smith had just as many catches (10) and almost as many yards (134) as the out of nowhere product from Michigan. Nobody expected either receiver to be explosive coming out of college, but they looked pretty explosive Sunday night.
Colts 27, Dolphins 23
Watching this game made me realize how difficult it is to analyze games without actually watching.
If you just look at the box score, you never get how dynamic the Dolphins’ new Wildcat is. There’s all sorts of misdirection and multiple runners carrying the ball. The Dolphins are already revolutionizing the ’cat and it is better.
Ronnie Brown ran for 136 yards and two scores with the biggest chunks coming on Wildcat plays.
But despite the Wildcat, Brown and an 11-catch, 108-yard game by Ted Ginn, the Dolphins lost.
Peyton Manning was particularly masterful, throwing for more than 300 yards and two TDs and getting TE Dallas Clark heavily involved. Clark had seven catches for 183 yards and an 80-yard TD.
Like I said at the top, if you have anything to add, please do. If there’s something you disagree with, let us know. Comments are below.
Also, what do you guys think about the format? Would it be better/easier if each game got it’s own post? That’s a big ol’ wall of text up there.