NFL Week 2: What have we learned?


LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2014 — Two weeks of the 2014 NFL season are in the books. What did last week’s games teach us about each team?

Arizona Cardinals A backup quarterback who has not played since 2010 takes the Cardinals on the road to New York and wins. There has to be a movie here, right?

Atlanta Falcons The Falcons offense does much better indoors than outside, which bodes well for them as Atlanta plays in predominantly warm climates or indoor stadiums for most of November and December. The exception being a December matchup at the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

Baltimore Ravens Even with their 26-6 win, the Ravens have to be concerned with their inefficiency in the red zone.

Buffalo Bills The Bills are officially the worst 2-0 team in quite some time.

Carolina Panthers Riverboat Ron Rivera will allow Cam Newton to do what needs to be done, however, the heart of the Panthers is their defense.

Chicago Bears This just might be the year of The Cutler. Four TDs, three in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati Bengals The Bengals are known for having a prolific offense, but their defense seems to be much improved. Cincy is 2 – 0.

Cleveland Browns Bryan Hoyer is the most exciting Browns quarterback since the 1980 Cardiac Kids, led by another Brian named Sipe.

Dallas Cowboys Apparently the Dallas players have figured out that if Jerry Jones fires easygoing Jason Garrett, the next coach will be screaming and fining players.

Denver Broncos The Denver defense lacks a killer instinct, and its failure to stop the Chiefs on third down should be a big concern.

Detroit Lions Disappointing loss after an exciting opener.

Green Bay Packers The Packers showed plenty of heart in coming back and Aaron Rodgers never gives up, but the officials have to stop making themselves the focus of controversial games.

Houston Texans Oakland did not put up much of a fight, but the 30-14 Texans victory has rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s squad at 2-0.

Indianapolis Colts First, they blow a 20-6 lead, then they aggressively passed the ball when they should have been conservatively running the ball and the clock.

Jacksonville Jaguars New year, same Jaguars, as last year’s 4-4 conclusion after an 0-8 start seems to have been fool’s gold.

Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs drop to 0 – 2 after coming up two yards short of tying the game with 18 seconds left.

Miami Dolphins At 1-1, the 2014 Miami Dolphins Tour of Mediocrity is officially under way.

Minnesota Vikings There is no hope for Minnesota without Adrian Peterson, which is why Peterson will be in uniform this weekend…err…due process.

New England Patriots The Patriots were able to sleep through the second half for a 30-7 win.

New Orleans Saints Rob Ryan has faced numerous criticisms over the years for his gambling defenses, and games like this amplify those criticisms.

New York Giants The Giants are now 0 – 2 after losing at home to a backup quarterback who has not played since 2010.

New York Jets The refs blew the timeout call that led to a called off game tying touchdown. Perhaps that is what you get for blowing a 21-3 lead.

Oakland Raiders After this game, Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson announced “we suck.”

Philadelphia Eagles Poor play calling from the Colts and an interception helped the Eagles Andrew Luck into a win.

Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Flacco tired out the Pittsburgh defense with several time consuming drives that ended in five field goals, none longer than 30 yards.

St. Louis Rams Greg “the leg” Zuerline made four field goals, including the winner from 47 yards out with 42 seconds to play.

San Diego Chargers Aaron Rodgers never threw towards Richard Sherman, but Phillip Rivers did and was a perfect 5 for 5 for 60 yards when throwing to receivers guarded by Sherman.

San Francisco 49ers Kaepernick’s three interceptions hurt, but the San Francisco defense didn’t help either.

Seattle Seahawks The loss to the Chargers should be viewed merely as a bump in the road for Seattle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers If Josh McCown hits a receiver near the sideline, Tampa Bay has a shot to win it with a field goal. He did not and the clock ran out.

Tennessee Titans The Titans were unable to come back from a16-0 first half deficit.

Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III’s nasty ankle injury opened the door for Captain Kirk Cousins and may leave Cousins in charge of the Enterprise for the foreseeable future.

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