NFL Nutshell: Week 2

19 09 2011

Dallas 27, San Francisco 24 (OT)

A week after taking the blame for the loss to the Jets, Tony Romo led his team to an overtime victory on the road while playing with a fractured rib. With Dez Bryant being inactive, Miles Austin stepped up to the plate and had a spectacular game with 143 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Cowboys/49ers matchup used to be the premier rivalry in the NFL, and even though both teams have lost that 90s luster, it’s nice to know they can still churn out classics like this one.

Green Bay 30, Carolina 23

Once again, to the liking of all his fantasy owners, Cam Newton put up incredible numbers, but once again, the Panthers couldn’t find their way into the win column. The rookie quarterback threw for 432 yards, but the Packers defense intercepted him 3 times causing Carolina to come up just short. Even though the Panthers have now lost their first two games, if Newton keeps up this level of play, I feel confident that this year’s Panthers are going to be able to outperform last year’s version which won a total of 2 games all season.

Arizona 21, Washington 22

Rex Grossman threw 2 bad interceptions, but his Redskins were able to rally and eke out a win over the visiting Cardinals. I’m sure Grossman is feeling confident since he achieved his first fourth-quarter comeback win since 2007. Washington is an impressive 2-0, but must now prepare for an important divisional game in Dallas next week.

San Diego 21, New England 35

In a matchup of AFC heavyweights, Tom Brady threw for 423 yards and the Patriots soundly defeated their West Coast foes. Of course, the Chargers did everything they could to help out the Patriots as they had multiple costly turnovers, but this is still an impressive win for New England. Rivers had another one of his almost routine games, racking up a lot of passing yards, but forgetting to rack up the touchdowns along with the W.

Philadelphia 31, Atlanta 35

Michael Vick finally returned to play his old team at their stadium but ended up not lasting long, suffering a concussion on a collision in the 3rd quarter. Mike Kafka would finish off the drive that Vick started, but after that, Atlanta went on a 14-0 run in the 4th quarter to halt the dream team’s chances of going undefeated. This was a solid bounce-back game for the Falcons and Matt Ryan, who threw a career-high 4 touchdowns.

Monday Night Football:

St. Louis vs. NY Giants – 7:30 P.M. CT

In a match-up of two banged-up teams, the play of each team’s running game will play a major factor. Cadillac Williams and Ahmad Bradshaw will need to play well if they want their team to win. However, coming off a game in which they were right in the thick of things before all of their injuries, the Rams and a healthy Sam Bradford will come out strong and catch the Giants off guard. I’m sure the Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo – the New York’s defensive coordinator in their 2007 Super Bowl – will know just how to attack the Giants defense. Pick: St. Louis.

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