2019 NFL ROUNDUP W2

TNF:


Buccaneers beat Panthers 20-14

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-Auntie Cam had to look himself in the mirror following this one. The Panthers quarterback was forced to throw the football a hefty 51 times, and finished without a touchdown through the air or on the ground. Sadly, this appears to be commonplace for the former MVP this season, as he registered one interception with no touchdowns in his Week 1 matchup against the Rams.

-Jameis Winston finished with 208yds 1td and Peyton Barber chipped in 82yds on the ground to go with a TD. Vernon Hargreaves made what appeared to be the play of the game, breaking up a 4&1 play on the two yard line.

FOOTBALL SUNDAY:


Bills throttle Giants 28-14

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-The Bills became the first team since the merger to open their first two games in the same away stadium. Courtesy of the Giants and the Jets sharing the same building. Bills also pulled to 2-0 for the first time since 2014, off the back of a stellar performance from second year QB Josh Allen, who finished the game with 253yds and 1td. He also chipped in a rushing TD off a beautiful QB sweep. Allen has been showing some promising improvements in his accuracy connecting on on 19/30 passes. One theme to follow is how much time Allen has compared to last season, a credit to the Bills new formed offensive line, as well as the new weapons he has in the Bills receiving corps.

-The Giants continue on the “Eli should retire” tour. The QB stunk once again, finishing with 250yds 1td and 2ints. Saquon Barkley was once again a man virtually alone on offense, finishing with 107 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.-Here’s a fun tidbit for Bills Mafia, per ESPN, Josh Allen is the first Bills QB to finish with 200+ passing yards in seven straight games since Jim Kelly.

Niners smash Bengals 41-17

-Once again, Joe Mixon disappointed fantasy football owners everywhere. Last week, he hurt his ankle, and while they will say his ankle must still be bothering him, well then maybe he shouldn’t have played. The Bengals registered an abysmal 25 total rushing yards.

-For the Niners, Jimmy G threw for 257yds 3tds and 1int. Matt Breida was the antithesis of the Bengals running game, amassing 121yds on the ground. Rookie wideout Deebo Samuel added 87yds and 1td in the receiving game.

Lions beat Chargers 13-10

-Big Play Darius Slay intercepted the ball with a minute to go to seal the win for the Lions. Matthew Stafford finished with 245yds 2tds 2ints and wideout Kenny Golladay tore it up with 117yds and 1 td in the receiving game.

-For the Chargers, Rivers finished with plenty of yardage (293) but registered no touchdowns and one interception. Austin Ekeler had the only touchdown of the game for LA.

Packers beat Vikings 21-16

-Greenbay pulled to 2-0 on the season with two wins against their division foes. Aaron Rodgers finished with 209yds and 2tds. Aaron Jones came alive with 116yds and a touchdown on the ground.

-For the Vikes, Kirk Cousins slung the ball 32 times, completing less than half of his passes. He finished with 230yds 1td and 2ints. How much they paying him again? Dalvin Cook was an absolute monster though. He finished with 154yds on the ground and 37 in the receiving game.

Colts overcome Titans 19-17

-On a day the Titans were honoring Steve McNair and Eddie George, they ultimately came up short. Colts new franchise QB Jacoby Brissett overcame an early blunder to finish with 146yds 3tds and 1int. RB Jordan Wilkins finished with 84yds on the ground.

-The Titans let this one get away from them and couldn’t advance to 2-0 on the season. Mariota finished with 154yds 1td and RB Derrick Henry added 81yds 1td.

Patriots blast Dolphins 43-0

-If you’re keeping track of how many points the Dolphins have surrendered in their first two games, the answer is 102. After being embarrassed by the Ravens, which led to players demanding trades, the Phins entered Sunday a team on a mission…to embarrass themselves again. They haven’t exactly discovered that “Fitzmagic” and it makes this writer wonder if Rosen is really that bad, or if Ol’ Fitzy gives them the best chance to tank. Rosen entered the game and looked terrible and Fitzpatrick, of course, looked terrible. But hey, Minkah Fitzpatrick is on the block so we might have to hear the teams name in the news still.

-The Patriots introduced scandal embroiled wideout Antonio Brown today, and of course it worked perfectly. Brown caught four passes for a total of 56yds and a td. Sony Michel finished with 85yds on the ground and a td and Old Man Brady went 20/28 with 264yds and 2tds. The Patriots defense came up big, finishing with two defensive touchdowns of their own.

Seahawks survive Steelers 28-26

-This one looked all about wrapped up, especially when Big Ben went down. However, Mason Rudolph held his own and even mounted a mini comeback. The second year QB finished with 112yds 2tds and 1int.

-For the Seahawks, Russell Wilson was masterful to say the least. He went 29/35 with 300yds and 3tds. Tyler Lockett added 74yds in the receiving game and Rashaad Penny added 62yds and a touchdown on the ground.

Cowboys beat Redskins 31-21

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-Last week it was wideout Gallup coming up big as a receiver for the Cowboys, this week it was injury battled Devin Smith, who finished with 74yds and a touchdown. Dak Prescott was the real catalyst behind the win of course, finishing with 269yds 3tds and 1int, with only four incomplete passes. Ezekiel Elliott added 111yds and 1td on the ground.

-The Redskins looked..better than expected again. I honestly thought they’d be a bad team this year, but have looked the part of a fighter in the past two weeks. Case Keenum finished with 221yds 2tds, with rookie wideout Terry McLaurin having another good showing.

Ravens beat Cardinals 23-17

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-Lamar Jackson and the Ravens came away with the victory, but let’s tip our hat to rookie QB Kyler Murray for a solid game in his second outing. The rookie QB couldn’t get it into the endzone though, but proved he could be effective when teams force him to be a passer, finishing with 349yds through the air. The Cardinals had two wideouts in triple digits, with Christian Kirk finishing with 114yds and Old Man Fitzgerald adding 104yds.

-For the Ravens, Lamar Jackson followed up last weeks spectacular performance with yet another downright phenomenal performance. This kid is like the new Vick, and we are here for it. Jackson finished with 272yds and 2tds, but that’s not all. The Ravens QB also amassed a spectacular 120yds on the ground as a rusher. Just ridiculous. Rookie wideout Hollywood Brown followed up last weeks performance with 86yds and TE Mark Andrews.added 112yds.

Texans survive Minshew..I mean Jags 13-12

– Gardner Minshew couldn’t pull off the comeback, but boy did he try. Minshew proved his chops in a clutch situation, driving all the way down field but coming up short on what would have been the game-winning two point conversion. Credit to Justin Reid on the stop.

-The Texans, on a short week, didn’t show the same offensive explosion they had on Monday Night Football. Deshaun Watson finished with only 159yds and no passing touchdowns (although he did add a rushing touchdown). Carlos Hyde finished with 90yds on the ground.

Chiefs beat Raiders 28-10

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-Yikes, Chiefs scored 28pts unanswered. The Raiders got off to a promising start, but then the Chiefs remembered who they were. Mahomeboy finished with 443yds and 4tds. Just ridiculous. The running game was basically non-existent, but who needs a rushing game with that quarterback. No Hill?? No problem. Demarcus Robinson caught an insane six catches for 172 (!!!) yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Mecole Hardman added a touchdown and Travis Kelce finished with 107yds and one touchdown.

-The Kansas City defense showed their chops today, proving their team is much more than an electric, game-changing offense.

-For the Raiders, QB Derek Carr finished with 198yds 1td and 2ints. Rookie RB Josh Jacobs added 99yds on the ground.

Bears survive Broncos 16-14

-For the most part, the Bears offense still looks stale. But that defense is fierce, and they exorcised their playoff demons by hitting a kick for the win. Feel good kicker Eddy Pineiro continues his success story as he nailed the game winning kick. QB Trubisky continues to look like he belongs in the CFL, finishing with a paltry 120yds, averaging a putrid 4.4yds a pass. That’s basically the story of the offense for this game, embarrassing. RB David Montgomery had 62 rushing yards and one touchdown. Cornerback Kyle Fuller was probably the most explosive player for the Bears, snagging an interception on the game.

-For the Broncos, Joe Flacco finished with 292yds 1td and 1int. Emmanuel Sanders added 98yds and 1td.

Rams throttle Saints 27-9

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-Everyone was looking forward to this game. Unfortunately, QB Drew Brees went down early and the Saints never recovered. Teddy Bridgewater finished with 165yds and RB Alvin Kamara was held relatively quiet with only 60 all purpose yards.

-The Rams looked dominant, especially their wide receivers. Cooper Kupp proved his health, amassing 120 receiving yds. QB Jared Goff finished with 283yds 1td. Aaron Donald would leave the game early with a back injury, but was able to return. The week ahead bares monitoring to see if the injury has any long term implications.

Falcons overcome Eagles 24-20

-The Falcons defense got it going early, but the Eagles weathered a storm of injuries to make things interesting. After being up big, the Falcons found themselves down three with two minutes ago. All it took was a screen pass. Julio Jones caught the ball and exploded downfield for a 54yd touchdown to seal the victory. Julio was a blur up the field, and there wasn’t a chance of any Eagle catching him.

-Desmond Trufant got it going this game, snagging two interceptions on the night and setting the pace for the Falcons early. QB Matt Ryan finished with 320yds 3tds and 3ints. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley seemed to be going pace for pace, with Julio getting the slight edge, finishing with 106yds 2tds. Ridley finished with 105yds 1td.

-For all the adversity the Eagles faced, they showed a ton of heart in almost pulling out the victory. DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey both left the game, leaving the Eagles to rely on their backups. or a spell, QB Carson Wentz left the game as well, being replaced by journeyman Josh McCown (who looked good, for what it’s worth). Wentz would return though to make things interesting. He would finish with 231yds 1 td 2ints and one rushing touchdown. Nelson Agholor brought in 107yds through the air and one touchdown.

MNF

Browns throttle Jets 23-3

-The Jets were more than a long shot Monday night. Without their rookie DT, big-money linebacker, other starting linebacker, starting wideout and their starting QB they had virtually no chance. Then their backup QB Trevor Siemian got hurt (although third string QB Luke Falk provided a spark). The Jets are in a bad way and it seems with mounting injuries the season is quickly winding down to OVER.

-The Browns as a whole were alright. Baker hasn’t really exploded yet this season, and outright controlled a game for the duration. Kudos to the Jets defense for bothering him for most of the game, but it’s the beginning of the season and this is somewhat expected for a second year QB. Baker will be fine and even more dangerous as he continues to grow with his fancy new teammates.

-Mr. Nice Watch, OBJ, was downright phenomenal. He started the game by taking us back in time with a one-handed catch down the sideline. Later in the game he would notch his career high TD by catching a ball and turning it into an 89yd burner for six. Returning to Metlife for the first time since the Giants lost their minds and traded him, he proved the Giants and Gregg Williams wrong. He is a dynamic player, and he is a game changer. Odell finished with 161yds 1td.




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