Yesterday would have been the perfect time to be surrounded by a dozen TV screens, each with a different game. There were so many good, close games! Here’s what you need to know about those barn burners and every other game from Week 2 in the NFL.
NY Jets at New England Patriots (Patriots won, 13-10)
These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Or at least, these aren’t the domination-style Patriots we’re used to seeing.
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (Falcons won, 31-24)
The Rams might be this year’s comeback kids – despite the loss this week. They came back from a 21-point deficit to make the game competitive and did the same to win in their Week 1 victory against the Cardinals.
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills (Bills won, 24-23)
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Bears won, 31-30)
If you had this game on in your area, you were one of the lucky ones. What a great fight to the finish.
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (Packers won, 38-20)
Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards and 4 touchdowns yesterday. Which was, in his words, not his best game. (But I think the rest of the world would agree that he’s doing just fine.)
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (Dolphins won, 24-20)
Kudos to the Dolphins who held off the Colts in the 4th quarter – the time when they almost always charge from behind for the win.
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (Chiefs won, 17-16)
It’s always nice to match your previous season’s win total in the first two weeks of the current season.
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (Ravens won, 14-6)
This probably shouldn’t have been so much of a struggle for the Ravens, especially given that it was their Super Bowl welcome home opener. (Also, welcome to the world Baby Flacco. Perhaps you should work on your timing since Sundays aren’t so good for your dad.)
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (Texans won, 30-24 OT)
This is another one that probably shouldn’t have been as much of a struggle as it was for the Texans – and ditto to last week’s victory against the Chargers.
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (Chargers won, 33-30)
Reality check on all sides: the Chargers aren’t terrible and the Eagles aren’t infallible. This was a great road win for the Chargers after a tough loss last week to the Texans.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (Cardinals won, 25-21)
Penalties got the Lions into trouble once again on Sunday, when a passing interference call set the Cards up for a successful touchdown run for the win.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Saints w0n, 16-14)
The Bucs definitely looked better than last week but couldn’t ward off a last minute touchdown drive by Drew Brees. (Don’t worry, Bucs; not many can.)
Denver Broncos at NY Giants (Broncos won, 41-23)
The Manning Bowl record stands in Peyton’s favor: 3-0. But this one was especially ugly.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (Raiders won, 19-9)
Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland’s kicker, earned his paycheck yesterday. He scored 12 of the Raiders’ 19 points.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Seattle won, 29-3)
It was a long night for the 49ers (literally, thanks to an hour-long rain delay). It’s pretty much impossible to beat the Seahawks at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (Monday at 8:30pm EST on ESPN)
This has the potential to be a painful night for the Steelers: facing a divisional rival on the road and also a former Steelers stalwart, James Harrison, for the first time, in an effort to prove they aren’t the Steelers we saw last week. Yikes.