NFL week two round-up

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NFL week two round-up

Brett Favre had a day to forget on Sunday throwing three interceptions and had a sack fumble, as his Minnesota Vikings dropped to 0-2 losing to the Miami Dolphins.

Despite Adrian Peterson running for 145 yards and a touchdown, the Vikings couldn’t generate enough offence to get past Miami. Chad Henne completed just nine passes, but did have a touchdown in those nine to help the Dolphins to a 14-10 victory.

Game of the week undoubtedly came from Washington, where the Redskins took on the Houston Texans. The Texans had upset the Indianapolis Colts last week, and it looked as if they were the ones who were going to be upset this week.

The Redskins took a 20-7 lead into the second-half, which they then added to when Donovan McNabb found Chris Cooley for a 22-yard touchdown. At 27-10 it should have been game over, but Matt Schaub showed everyone why he is now regarded as an elite quarterback.

Schaub threw two touchdowns to level the score, finishing the game with 497 yards and three touchdowns, outdueling McNabb who finished up with 426 yards and one touchdown.

With the game tied at 27-27, the game went into overtime where Neil Rackers kicked the winning points for the Texans, delivering a bitter blow to the Redskins who will feel should have closed the game out.

The ‘Manning Bowl’ was won by elder brother Peyton, as he led the Colts to comfortable 38-14 victory over his brothers’ New York Giants.

After a disappointing start to the season, Peyton was determined not to lose another game and put up a clinic against his younger brother. He missed just six of his 26 pass attempts, throwing three touchdowns in the process.

Eli didn’t do as well, completing just 13 passes all game. He did, however, have two touchdown passes, both of which came in the second-half but it wasn’t enough for the Giants who got severed an offensive lesson by the Colts.

If people thought the Pittsburgh Steelers would be bad without Ben Rothilsberger, they were wrong. Even without their franchise player the Steelers are finding ways to win, this time over the Tennessee Titans.

Back-up quarterback Dennis Dixon injured his knee early on in the win, but the Steelers still found a way to win with third-choice Charlie Batch throwing the ball. The Steelers’ only touchdown of the game came on the opening kick-off return when Antonio Brown returned the ball for an 89-yard touchdown.
The Titans struggled offensively all game. Vince Young was benched after throwing two interceptions and Chris Johnson could only manage 34 yards, averaging 2.1 yards per carry.

Pittsburgh added four field goals after the opening touchdown to take the game 19-11, moving to 2-0.

The Green Bay Packers took no mercy on the Buffalo Bills thrashing them 34-7, proving they look like the Super Bowl contenders everyone said they would be. However, it wasn’t the biggest score of the day. That came from Atlanta where the Falcons, desperate to make up for their week one loss, destroyed the Arizona Cardinals 41-7. Matt Ryan fired three touchdowns and Tim Hightower ran in another to claim an impressive win.

The Cincinnati Bengals fought a hard battle against the Baltimore Ravens taking scrappy affair 15-10. Despite putting up 15 points, the Bengals failed to get into the endzone, instead their points came from the boot of Mike Nugent who kicked five field goals.

Both teams failed to get their aerial going as both quarterbacks struggled to impress. Joe Flacco could only complete 17-39 passes and Carson Palmer didn’t fare any better going 16-35.

Elsewhere, the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 2-0 on the season beating the Cleveland Browns 16-14 whilst the Chicago Bears went to Dallas and claimed a shock 27-20 victory over a lacklustre Cowboys side. Jay Cutler’s three touchdown passes helped them get the win.

On his first start since 2006, Michael Vick didn’t fail to deliver, firing two touchdown passes and rushing for 37 yards. His performance helped the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Mathew Staffordless Detroit Lions 35-32.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to 2-0 after travelling to Carolina to beat the Panthers20-7. The Seattle Seahawks couldn’t cause another upset this week as they were dropped by the Denver Broncos 31-14. Kyle Orton threw over 300 yards with two touchdowns to get the Broncos their first win of the season.

The St Louis Rams might be 0-2 but there are signs of improvement from the league’s worst team. No.1 draft pick Sam Bradford threw two touchdowns in just his second start as a pro to get the Rams two points within the Oakland Raiders 16-14.

The New York Jets showed the New England Patriots that their week one defeat to the Ravens was just a fluke as they beat their rivals 28-14. Mark Sanchez made a career high 21 passes to go along with a career best three touchdowns. Read the full report

And finally, the San Diego Chargers put their week one nightmare against the Chiefs behind then taking out their frustration on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and passed for 334 yards in a convincing 38-13.



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