NFL Week Two Recap
Sean MacCourtney | Sports writer | @seanmaccourtney
Broncos 31 Chiefs 24
Peyton Manning joined Brett Favre as the only other quarterback to ever pass for over 70,000 yards and the Broncos pulled off a miraculous comeback. Manning was 25/46 for 256 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Emmanuel Sanders had eight catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos Defense forced two fumbles out of Jamaal Charles.
Panthers 24 Texans 17
Cam Newton threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and the Panthers held off the Texans. Ryan Mallett threw for 244 yards and one touchdown for the Texans.
Steelers 43 49ers 18
The Steelers dominated from the beginning and never looked back. Ben Roethlisberger was 21 of 27 for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. Colin Kapernick was 33 of 46 for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
Buccaners 24 Saints 19
Jameis Winston was 14 of 21 for 207 yards and a touchdown. Doug Martin rushed 21 times for 78 yards. For the Saints, Drew Brees was 24/38 for 255 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Brees was also hurt in the contest with a rib injury and his status is unknown for next week’s contest against division rival, Carolina.
Vikings 26 Lions 16
In a battle of division rivals, the Vikings prevailed. Teddy Bridgewater was 14 of 18 for 153 yards and one touchdown. Adrian Peterson looked like his old self as he rushed 29 times for 134 yards. Calvin Johnson had 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Lions.
Cardinals 48 Bears 23
Larry Fitzgerald turned back the clock as he caught eight passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Carson Palmer was 17 of 24 for 185 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. David Johnson returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. Jay Cutler left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return.
Patriots 40 Bills 32
Tom Brady was 38 of 59 for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown and Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns. For the Bills, Tyrod Taylor was 23 of 30 for 242 yards and three touchdowns and three interceptions. Taylor also ran the ball five times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Bengals 24 Chargers 19
In what could be a playoff preview, the Bengals pulled out the victory over the Chargers. Andy Dalton was 16 of 26 for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Giovani Bernard ran the ball 20 times for 123 yards. Philip Rivers was 21 of 27 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Chargers. The Bengals defense held Charger wide receiver Keenan Allen in check after he had 16 receptions in week one.
Browns 28 Titans 14
Johnny Manziel showed up for this one as he outdueled Marcus Mariota. Manziel was eight of 15 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Benjamin had three catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns and he also returned a punt for a touchdown. Mariota was 21 of 37 for 257 yards and two touchdowns.
Falcons 24 Giants 20
There is not much to say about this one. Matt Ryan was 30 of 46 for 363 yards and one touchdown. Julio Jones shined again as he had 13 catches for 135 yards. Eli Manning was 27 of 40 for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr had seven catches for 146 yards and one touchdown.
Redskins 24 Rams 10
The Redskins pulled off the upset in this one. Kirk Cousins was almost flawless. Cousins was 23 of 27 for 203 yards and one touchdown. Matt Jones ran the ball 19 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Foles was 17 of 32 for 150 yards and one touchdown for the Rams.
Jaguars 23 Dolphins 20
The Jaguars pulled off a big upset as Blake Bortles was 18 of 33 for 273 yards and two touchdowns and Allen Robinson added six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns. For the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill was 30 of 44 for 359 yards and two touchdowns.
Raiders 37 Ravens 33
The Raiders came up big with a win over the Ravens. Derek Carr was 30 of 46 for 351 yards and three touchdowns with one interceptions. Michael Crabtree caught nine passes for 111 yards and one touchdown while rookie Amari Cooper had seven catches for 109 yards and one touchdown. Joe Flacco was 32 of 45 for 384 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Steve Smith Sr. had 10 catches for 150 yards.
Cowboys 20 Eagles 10
This game was the ugliest of the week and to make matters worse, the Cowboys lost Tony Romo for 8-10 weeks with a broken clavicle. Brandon Weeden came in and was 7 of 7 for 73 yards and one touchdown. Terrance Williams caught four passes for 84 yards. DeMarco Murray rushed 13 times for two yards against his former team.
Packers 27 Seahawks 17
Having lost their last three games against Seattle, Green Bay really needed this one. Aaron Rodgers was 25 of 33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Randall Cobb had eight catches for 116 yards. Russell Wilson was 19 of 30 for 206 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Jets 20 Colts 7
What is going on with Andrew Luck and the Colts? The Jets controlled the whole game. Darrell Revis had three takeaways for the stingy Jets Defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 22 of 34 for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Eric Decker had eight catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. Andrew Luck finished 21 of 37 for 250 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
Sean is a Sophomore at UVU, studying communications. He is originally from Cherokee, N.C. Follow him on twitter @seanmaccourtney