October 4, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
Jets 10 vs. Pats 13
Rookie QB Geno Smith is exposed in week 2 on the road against the Patriots which can be tough for any QB. This game should not have been as close as the score tells thanks to a few drops from the Pats young receivers. Rookie WR Aaron Dobson showed signs of his potential as a deep threat, but had drops that should have been TDs; he will continue to get better. The Pats D played a good game applying constant pressure and forcing turnovers. RB Chris Ivory ran well and may see more carries going forward.
Rams 24 vs. Falcons 31
This game started as a blowout in the 1st half with the Falcons going up big as QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones was too much for the defense (11catches, 182yds, TD). However, QB Sam Bradford heated up in the 2nd half displaying good footwork and accuracy, but fell short thanks to an aggressive Falcons D they played well in the 1st half. RB Stephen Jackson went out with a thigh injury after a receiving touchdown and the running game suffered in his absence, except for 2 good runs (1 for TD) by FB/HB Jason Snelling. This is not good if Jackson misses time going forward as this shows he has no real replacement. QB Sam Bradford showed good chemistry with his 3WRs Chris Givens (107yds), Austin Pettis (78yds, TD), and Tavon Austin (2TDs) which is good going forward, however the run game struggled for the 2nd week in a row and could really use an upgrade over RB Daryl Richardson. The Falcons racked up injuries on the defensive side of the ball in this game and this could be something to keep an eye on. WR Roddy White has been slowed by an ankle injury and has not been effective.
Chargers 33 vs. Eagles 30
The Eagles new offense continued to put up points quickly, but the Chargers were able to outscore them. Both QBs played well as Rivers continues to display exceptional accuracy on the way to 4TDs and QB Mike Vick had 428yds passing and a rushing TD on the day. RB Ryan Matthews finally displayed some efficient running which was a good sign. However, this day was about the passing game as WR Malcolm Floyd went over 100yds in the 1st half, TE Antonio Gates also went over 100yds receiving, and WR Eddie Royal finally made his mark with 90yds and 3TDs. On the other side, WR Desean Jackson almost had 200yds receiving (193) and Lesean McCoy ran well, but with this game in a passing shootout he had 114 receiving yards. The Eagles D continues to play aggressively with a solid pass rush, but the team is still getting gashed for yardage which needs to be addressed. The Chargers D needs a lot of improvement, but luckily QB Philip Rivers was there to lead the way.
Cowboys 16 vs. Chiefs 17
This was a tough battle between two good teams with the Chiefs producing slightly more offense which lead to a win. Both defenses played well as shown by the score, but the Chiefs D forced two fumbles giving them the edge in that department. QB Alex Smith showed that he can not only make good decisions passing the football, but he also knows when to run and how to do it well. QB Tony Romo was efficient during the game despite a fumble; he was able to connect with WR Dez Bryant for 9catches, 141yds, and TD. Most people considered, Chiefs DT Dontari Poe to be a bust, but he was able to make a mark in this game with two sacks.
Dolphins 24 vs. Colts 20
Both young QBs played well in this game, despite being under constant pressure by the pass rush. QB Ryan Tannehill had another good week displaying good accuracy and ball control. He did struggle with fumbling, but only loss 1 of 3. QB Andrew Luck was able to connect with WR T.Y. Hilton (6 catches, 124yds) and former college teammate TE Cody Fleener (69yds, TD) who they are depending on after the loss of TE Dwayne Allen. RBs Lamar Miller (Dolphins) and Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) were able to run efficiently with limited carries in this game which is a good sign for both teams. Tannehill was able to finally connect with big free agency pickup WR Mike Wallace (9catches, 115yds, TD) which is should be good for their chemistry going forward in a big road game. FB/TE Charles Clay continues to be a big part of the passing game with (5rec, 109yds) and a big play of 67yds on the day. This Dolphins team continues to impress and this young Colts team continues to grow, but comes up short today.
Titans 24 vs. Texans 30
This was a hard fought battle between two divisional rivals which ended with the more experienced Texans on top in OT. The Titans D was very aggressive forcing turnovers, but struggled to stop the run in this game as RBs Ben Tate and Arian Foster paved the way. The Texans pass rush was evident today through star defenders DE J.J. Watt and LB Brian Cushing. Rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins went over 100yds receiving making his mark as a good complement to WR Andre Johnson. He came through in the clutch and will be needed to make plays down the stretch. This game should give the Titans hope going forward that their young team can contend and the Texans should feel good about getting a hard fought divisional win.
Redskins 20 vs. Packers 38
The Redskins get off to another slow start on offense and that’s never good when you’re playing a team like the Packers who have an unlimited arsenal on the offensive end. So on that note, QB Aaron Rodgers was his typical self spreading the ball mostly to WRs James Jones (178yds) and Randall Cobb (128yds, TD). RB Eddie Lacy left in the 1st quarter due to a concussion at the hands of Safety Brandon Meriweather who ironically left the game later on the same injury on a different play. However, Lacy’s injury opened the door for RB James Stark to surpass the century mark which should solidify him as the team’s new lead back; as they hoped someone would seize the job. RGIII got off to a good 2nd half, but it was too little too late. He displayed a good connection with WR Pierre Garcon (143yds, TD), but RGIII did not show the quick feet and elusiveness he is known for. RB Alfred Morris had a good game this week going over the century mark, but couldn’t be used much with the Skins down big early in the game. The Redskins D did a good job rushing the passer again, but secondary continues to get gashed for big yardage. The Packers D played well this week containing RGIII after allowing the 49ers to carve them last week.
Browns 6 vs. Ravens 14
This game actually turned out to be a defensive divisional battle between the Browns and Ravens (surprisingly). The run game was non-existent for both teams and it didn’t help that RB Ray Rice went down with a hip injury. The Ravens D played a lot more aggressively at home in route to solidifying the win. QB Joe Flacco played smart football with no turnovers and may have found a new target in rookie WR Marlon Brown. QB Brandon Weeden also took care of the ball, but did not have any TDs as the Browns offense struggle for the 2nd week in a row. RB Trent Richardson also never made his mark in this game either. TE Jordan Cameron continues to excel despite poor QB play. Kicker Justin Tucker has a rare two misses that could have widen the winning margin. The Browns D continues to impress despite not receiving much help from the O.
Panthers 23 vs. Bills 24
Rookie QB E.J. Manuel stood strong in the pocket versus a strong Panthers D that applied pressure. However, the Panthers D wasn’t the only ones applying pressure as star DE Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks in the game. Also, rookie MLB Kiko Alonso made his mark on the field as well making plays all over the field. QB Cam Newton and the Panthers O had a solid game despite the pressure, but couldn’t outplay Manuel and RB C.J. Spiller who went over 100yds. WR Stevie Johnson had a big day with over 100yds receiving. Free agent pickup WR Ted Ginn proved to be a good deep threat for a Panthers team in need of wide receiver help, maybe they can build off this going forward. This was a big home win for the Bills.
Vikings 30 vs. Bears 31
This divisional game turned out to be a high scoring game surprisingly and went down to the wire with the Bears winning at home on a late game TD to TE Martellus Bennett. Bennett had 2TDs on the day and seems to have a good connection with QB Jay Cutler. However, this connection is a good 2nd option to the connection between Cutler and Marshall (WR Brandon Marshall) continues to impress with 7 catches, 113yds, and a TD. QB Jay Cutler was under pressure all game and had three turnovers (1 fumble, 2INTs), but was clutch when it mattered and made the big plays necessary to seal the win. On the other side, QB Christian Ponder was average despite a few plays, but it is evident they need better QB play as RB Adrian Peterson pounded out another 100yd game against a tough D. However, Peterson had a fumble in the game which is not common for him. Both defenses were very aggressive making big plays to lead to points. This game started off with a spark with a 105yd return for TD by Vikings rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson. On the very next kickoff, KR Devin Hester had a 76yd return which led to a Bears TD.
Saints 16 vs. Bucs 14
This divisional game turned out to be a defensive battle despite featuring the Saints, but all in the end the Saints pull out the win. QB Josh Freeman continues to struggle basically losing this game in a close matchup (9/22 125 TD, INT). He seems to have a good connection with WR Vincent Jackson, but no one else and that’s not good enough. RB Doug Martin had a good game with 29 carries and 144yds. The Bucs D impressed this game applying constant pressure to QB Drew Brees leading to turnovers which is hard for any team to do. However, Brees was able to pull off the game winning drive which led to a short field goal by K Garrett Hartley. The Saints D played well, but must stop the run going forward.
Lions 21 vs. Cards 25
This game was a close NFC matchup with the Cards coming on late at home to pull off a win with a good defensive stop after a late TD by RB Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall played a pretty good game giving the Cards balance and QB Carson Palmer had a good game despite a pick 6 (INT for TD). CB Patrick Peterson was able to complete a pass and catch a pass giving a spark to the Cards offense despite a poor day on defense. WR Calvin Johnson toasted Peterson for 6 catches and 118yds on the day. QB Matt Stafford had a pretty good game despite a fumble and spread the ball well. The Lions run game didn’t produce much, but RB Reggie Bush was a factor in the passing game (3 catches, 44yds) until going down with a knee injury. Bush tried to return in the 2nd half, but couldn’t stay in. Credit Tyrann Mathieu (Honey Badger) for the last stop of the game on the Lions.
Jags 9 vs. Raiders 19
The Raiders and Jags was a game of two poor teams which kept the scoring at a minimum. With QB Blaine Gabbert out with a thumb injury, QB Chad Henne played well in his place despite no running game, but could not generate points against an aggressive Raiders D. The Raiders were able to control the clock pounding the rock with RB Darren McFadden (19carrries, 129yds) and QB Terrelle Pryor with (9 carries, 50yds). The Jags D also displayed some pass rush, but Pryor didn’t throw the ball much playing more to his strengths which led to a win. RB Maurice Jones-Drew continues to struggle coming off of injury and will be much needed for the Jags to score points. WR Cecil Shorts had a good game which is a good sign for their passing game (8catches, 93yds).
Broncos 41 vs. Giants 23
The Broncos win big again on the road against the Giants after a big win in week 1. The game was close in the 1st half with a score of 10-9, but that Broncos O heated up in the 2nd half. RB Knowshon Moreno was able to slice the Giants D for 13 carries, 93yds, and 2TDs. The Giants D continues to struggle to apply pressure and must improve if they expect to win. The Giants lacked a run game for the 2nd week in a row and Eli’s interceptions (4 in this game) continue to grow. Rookie RB Monte Ball was ineffective in this game and even had a fumble. KR Trindon Holiday continues to impress with a great play as he returns a punt 81yds making this team even more dangerous. WR Victor Cruz went over the century mark (6 catches, 118yds). There was a Brandon Jacobs sighting with a goal line TD run early, but other was he struggled as he was just recently signed.
49ers 3 vs. Seahawks 29
The Seahawks dominated this game on pure defense, RB Marshawn Lynch (98yds, 2TDs rushing, 1TD receiving), and good plays by QB Russell Wilson. The 49ers offense looked flat and struggled to get anything going leading to 3INTs by QB Colin Kaepernick. CB Richard Sherman absolutely shutdown WR Anquan Boldin after a huge week last week, it was a very physical battle between them. The Seahawks D was very aggressive and attacked the read-option formation. The Seahawks D lives up to its name “Legion of Boom” in this one and proved to be one of the tougher teams in the NFC and maybe the best in the NFC. The 49ers D was able to apply some pass rush despite Russell Wilson’s elusiveness, but couldn’t handle the power run of Lynch. On the other side, RB Frank Gore only had 9 carries and that’s unacceptable.
Steelers 10 vs. Bengals 20
The Steelers fall to 0-2 against a tough Bengals squad in this AFC North matchup. Andy Dalton spread the ball well even connecting with rookie TE Tyler Eifert on a 61 yard pass showing off his deep ball skills. RB Giovani Bernard ran better than the workhorse BenJarvus Green-Ellis and even scored a TD; there may be a shift in carries next week as Bernard seems explosive with good power. The Steelers D was all over WR A.J. Green, but it allowed others to make plays. The Steelers O-line played better, but struggled with the rush in key situations. The Bengals D played a good game and took advantage of opportunities. The Steelers run game continued to struggle under RB Felix Jones.