Monday Morning Quarterback: Week 2
Green Bay PackersChicago Bears
The Packers bounced back from a Week One defeat and Aaron Rodgers stopped the bleeding. He did not have his best game but he completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown.
Jay Cutler was sacked seven times against the Packers and he threw four interceptions. While his offensive line did not help, Cutler was awful as he completed just 11-of-27 passes.
Buffalo BillsKansas City Chiefs
While he did not put memorable numbers on the board, it was a nice bounce-back game for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as he completed 10-of-19 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Cassel threw for 301 yards for the Chiefs.
While Cassel had respectable numbers by the end of the game, most of them were accumulated well after the Bills had taken control. Cassel could not assert himself until it was too late.
Carolina PanthersNew Orleans Saints
A great bounce back game for Cam Newton as he played in control and threw the ball accurately. He completed 14-of-20 passes for 253 yards with a touchdown and also ran for 71 yards and a touchdown. Even though Drew Brees played against him, Newton was the best quarterback on the field.
The Saints demonstrated an explosive offense and Brees threw for 325 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Both quarterbacks were sensational. Andy Dalton led the Bengals to the win and threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns. However, Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden was nearly as good. He threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns and did not throw an interception.
Nothing to complain about with either quarterback, although the Browns would like more consistency from Weeden after a poor Week One showing against Philadelphia.
Indianapolis ColtsMinnesota Vikings
Another excellent performance by both quarterbacks. Andrew Luck recorded his first NFL win in his first home game. He threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns and did not throw an interception, while Christian Ponder threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns without a pick.
Ponder was slow in getting started as the Vikings were not able to put the ball in the endzone until the fourth quarter. The Indianapolis coaching staff got conservative in the fourth quarter with the play calling and that gave Minnesota the opportunity to get back in the game.
Houston TexansJacksonville Jaguars
Matt Schaub showed excellent leadership and passing skills in lead the Texans to a solid road win. He completed 26-of-35 passes for 195 yards and he did not throw an interception.
Blaine Gabbert was overmatched against the Houston defense. He completed just 7-of-19 passes for 53 yards and did not look like a solid NFL quarterback. He missed open receivers and finished the game on the sidelines as Chad Henne took over.
The Cardinals pulled off the major upset because quarterback Kevin Kolb did not throw interceptions. He was 15-of-27 with one touchdown pass. Tom Brady threw for 316 yards.
Brady was under pressure for much of the game and he didn’t seem to find his rhythm until taking the Pats on a fourth-quarter scoring drive. After throwing a TD pass to Rob Gronkowski, he missed on the two-point conversion that would have tied the score.
New York GiantsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Eli Manning’s strength is razor-sharp play in the fourth quarter. He was at his best against the Bucs when he led the Giants to 25 points in the final period in a comeback victory. Manning passed for a career-high 510 yards. Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Manning threw three interceptions, including one that was returned 60 yards just before halftime. Freeman threw two interceptions that hurt the Bucs.
Philadelphia EaglesBaltimore Ravens
Michael Vick was awful in the Eagles’ Week One win over Cleveland but he was much better against the Eagles. He threw for 371 yards even though he was pounded frequently by the Ravens’ defense.
Vick threw two interceptions, including one that stopped the opening drive of the game. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco could not follow up his solid Week One showing against Cincinnati with a second straight brilliant showing. He was 22-of-42 for 232 yards with one TD and one interception.
Miami DolphinsOakland Raiders
The Dolphins probably won’t win a lot of games this year and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is sure to have problems. However, he was sharp against the Raiders, completing 18-of-30 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
Carson Palmer could not find success against the Dolphin defense. He was just 24-of-48 and could not hit many of his receivers when they had a chance to make plays.
Seattle SeahawksDallas Cowboys
Rookie Russell Wilson made his first start at home a great one with the Seahawks dominating the Cowboys. Wilson completed 15-of-20 passes and did not throw an interception. He was poised and read the Dallas defense well.
After a great Week One effort against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, Tony Romo never felt comfortable and was unable to rally the Cowboys after their poor start. He did not look like an elite quarterback.
St. Louis RamsWashington Redskins
Sam Bradford and Robert Griffin III both had excellent games and made this one of the most exciting games of Week Two. Bradford threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns. RGIII threw for 206 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two touchdowns.
RGIII demonstrated his big-play ability, but when the Redskins had a chance to register a comeback win in the fourth quarter they fell short.
Pittsburgh SteelersNew York Jets
The Steelers played with urgency after losing the opener and Ben Roethlisberger was once again a playmaker. He completed 24-of-31 passes for 275 yards with two touchdowns and he did not throw a pick. His 37-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace in the third quarter was nearly perfect.
Mark Sanchez fell to pieces against the Steelers’ pressure defense. He was just 10-of-27 for 138 yards and was unable to give the Jets anything in the second half.
San Diego ChargersTennessee Titans
The Chargers once again can say they are getting high-level play from Philip Rivers after he threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns against the Titans. He led the Chargers to a 24-7 lead and the Titans offered little resistance.
Jake Locker was in over his head for the Titans. He was just 15-of-30 for 174 yards and struggled to find consistency.
San Francisco 49ersDetroit Lions
Alex Smith is doing his part to overcome the doubters. He was efficient and professional in completing 20-of-31 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He was stellar in the Niners’ 13-play, 79-yard drive in the fourth quarter that clinched the game for San Francisco.
In a duel of quarterbacks, strong-armed Matthew Stafford came out second best in the Sunday night contest. Stafford felt the pressure form the Niners’ hard-hitting defense and he did not answer the challenge. His only touchdown pass came after the game was out of reach.