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Week 2 NFL Recap
By Brett Lane

The ending of week 2 in the NFL is more then just 16 games passing by, it’s the ending of one of the worst weeks in NFL history. After commissioner Roger Goodel gave Ray Rice a lenient 2 game suspension after domestically abusing his fiance. The controversy was stirred up more after the video of Rice knocking his fiance out was released. Not only was the video disturbing, it brought out more questions about women’s rights, domestic abuse policies, and how smoking marijuana earns you a year suspension compared to two game for knocking a woman out.

Ultimately Ravens front office didn’t have much of a choice and cut Ray Rice, who not until after, was suspended indefinitely.

As if that wasn’t enough Adrian Peterson, star running back for the Minnesota Vikings, was indicted for hitting his 4 year-old son with a switch. His case will not be heard until 2015, he didn’t play in week 2, but week 3 he is expected to play, which could bring up a lot of criticism of the organization.

In terms of actual play on the football field, week 2 was nothing short of electrifying. This week of football saw NFC West powerhouses such as the Seattle Seahawks, and San Francisco 49ers fall. Week two left favorable teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Kansas City Chiefs still looking for the first win. On the other side, the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and Houston Texans remain undefeated. A Jay Cutler inspired 4th quarter comeback from the Chicago Bears, a tremendous game ending drive by third string-QB Austin Davis to get the win.

You could also call it the week of injuries multiple star players such as Jamaal Charles, AJ Green, Knowshown Moreno, Eric Berry, Eric Decker, Robert Griffin III and the list goes on, all left their respectable games with injuries.

 Upset of the Week

Cleveland Browns 26, New Orleans Saints 24

After an unexpected loss to the Atlanta Falcons in week one, the New Orleans Saints looked for an easy bounce-back game against the Cleveland Browns. This game was anything but easy, it was another see-saw battle for them.

The Browns jumped out to an early 10-0 lead inspired by some tough throws by quarterback Brian Hoyer and a 3 yd TD catch by former Cowboy Miles Austin. Shortly after a Shayne Graham field goal put NOLA on the board, a strong pass rush from the Browns forced Drew Brees into throwing a pick-six to give the Browns a 17-3 lead.

Jimmy Graham dominated the Browns defense even when matched up against elite cornerback Joe Haden, catching 10 balls for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite Jimmy Graham’s incredible effort, along with Mark Ingram’s solid outing of 83 yards and a TD on only 11 carries before going down with a hand injury, the Saints ultimately fell short to the Brian Hoyer lead Browns.

Brian Hoyer, one of the most controversial starting quarterbacks in the league lead a depleted Browns offense down the field 85 yards on 14 plays to set up a game winning field goal from kicker Billy Cundiff.

We all know the statistics don’t look good for a team that starts the season 0-2, but for a team with so much talent like the Saints, maybe a wake-up call is exactly what this team needs, but they better wake up before it’s too late.

Blowout of the Week

Washington Redskins 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

Boy, have things taken a turn south for the Jaguars or what? After a mirage of fantastic play on both sides of the ball last week heading into the locker room up 17-0 on the Eagles, the Jaguars have been outscored 58 to 10 since.

After Robert Griffin III went down early with a non-contact ankle injury and Desean Jackson went down shortly after with a shoulder injury, it seemed like the Jaguars may have an actual chance at getting their first win going against second string quarterback Kirk Cousins. Well quite the opposite, Cousins entered the game and completed his first 12 passes, in fact his first pass was a 20 yard touchdown to fullback Darrel Young.

It wasn’t long until the Skins’ began dominating, taking a commanding 21-7 lead into halftime. Niles Paul picked up the slack for injured Jordan Reed, and more, ending the game with 8 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins were relentless, early on it seems like this defense was severely underrated coming into the season. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan finished the game with 4 sack and several more quarterback hurries, and the defense limited the Jaguars to only 8 first downs for the whole game.

The Toby Gerhart experiment is looking like a huge mistake on the Jaguars part, he finished the game with only 8 yards on the ground, in 7 attempts, putting him at 2.0 ypc through his first two games. As for Chad Henne and the receiving core, they looked lost out there besides some good grabs by Rookie Allen Robinson and veteran tight end Mercedes Lewis. Allen Hurns is looking like a huge fluke after his huge first half against the Eagles, he had two receptions for 13 yards and a huge drop early in the game that could’ve ended in a touchdown.

Overall, it appears the Redskins may be better off with Kirk Cousins at the helm of the offense, I wouldn’t be surprised if RGIII never starts a game for the Redskins again. As for the Jaguars, it looks they are in for another miserable season with few bright spots.

Comeback of the Week

Chicago Bears 28, San Francisco 49ers 20

For the second week in a row the Philadelphia Eagles put in a really good bid for this category but ultimately, the Jay Cutler lead comeback against the defensively tough 49ers was more impressive.

After a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills the Chicago Bears were looking at a tough game against the 49ers. Meanwhile, the 49ers wanted to celebrate the home opening of their new home, Levi’s Stadium, with a win. After getting out to a 17-0 lead against a depleted Chicago Bear offense, it began to look bleak for Cutler and company.Jay CutlerFollowing a field goal to start the second half, a motivated and hungry defense came out and shut down the niners’ intercepting Colin Kaepernick twice each leading to touchdowns. Prior to the game both Bear pro bowl wideouts, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffrey were questionable to play the game, when it was decided they’d give it a go, they were figured to be beat up and not 100%. Brandon Marshall caught 5 balls for 48 yards, but most importantly 3 of them were touchdowns as he was instrumental to the Bears comeback.

As of right now it seems that the pre-season might have really been foreshadowing a shallow 49ers offense which has looked great at times, but evidently has really struggled to get into rhythm at times. After signing a lucrative contract to remain the starter, Cutler had high expectations coming into this season, along with the rest of the offense, but right now it appears he is the glue holding them together, and he will have to cover up for the defense even more as defensive back Charles Tillman is now out for the season.

Game of the Week

Philadelphia Eagles 30, Indianapolis Colts 27

Not only was this game a great comeback bid for the Eagles, it was all around the most electrifying game of the week, and what more appropriate time then Monday Night Football.

In his professional career, Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck, has never lost two consecutive games, the Eagles were looking to change that.

Once again the Eagles fell behind early going into the locker room down 20-6 after multiple missed opportunities in the red zone. While the Colts were lead by the rushing duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson who were completely tearing the Eagles apart and finished the game with 149 yards on the ground combined. Let’s not forget, the Eagles have their own rushing duo, and they came to play in the second half.

After a key holding penalty on cornerback Vontae Davis, the Eagles were able to punch in their first touchdown, and there was no looking back from there. The very next play, Fletcher Cox, rather easily, punched out a fumble from tailback Trent Richardson setting up another touchdown for the Eagles to tie the game at 20.

Andrew Luck once again took his team down the field to score a touchdown, and after a 3 and out by the eagles down by seven with 5 minutes left, a comeback started to look more and more difficult.

A controversial interception from Malcolm Jenkins created by TY Hilton falling/being pulled down got the Eagles back on their feet, and Darren Sproles would carry them from there, finishing with an unheard of 7 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown.

A final drive by Nick Foles and company would set up a game winning field goal for rookie kicker Cody Parkey, and as usual, an ice attempt by Chuck Pagano was unsuccessful.

The Colts, in a similar predicament as the Saints will continue to search for answers, and fingers should really be pointed at Luck who was un-clutch when it mattered most. The Philadelphia Eagles could be considered the luckiest team or most resilient, however you look at it they are 2-0 and have dominated the second half of each game, imagine if they could start like they finish.

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