What We Learned: NFL Week 2
Tom Brady hooked up with tight-ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski 11 times for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Patriots win over the Chargers Sunday. In two games, Gronkowski and Hernandez have combined to catch 24 passes for 337 yards and 5 touchdowns. Add two more weapons to Tom Brady’s seemingly endless arsenol…scary.
Newton threw for over 400 yards for the second straight week, giving him a total of 854 yards passing in two games, the most for any NFL player in his first two games. The number 1 overall pick has had some turnover issues but overall has been extremely impressive both through the air and on the ground.
The Bills followed up their beat down in Arrowhead with a thrilling win at home against the Raiders. Ryan Fitzpatrick again lit it up, finding wide receiver David Nelson for the go ahead touchdown with 14 seconds left to complete the 17-point comeback victory. The Bills move to 2-0 on the season and seem to have the football gods on their side.
The Chiefs are officially done. If Kansas City fans were holding onto any hope of redemption after last week’s meltdown at home then Jamaal Charles’ ACL tear has permanently shut down those pipe dreams. The Chiefs got shellacked for the second straight game on Sunday, scoring a resounding 10 total points while allowing a video-game-like 89 points against. I think it’s safe to say that the Chiefs are going nowhere and fast.
Remember when Rex Grossman proclaimed that the Redskins would win the NFC East and then everyone and their mother busted out in laughter. Well, the Bears cast-off has backed up his bold statement in extremely impressive fashion through the Skins’ first two games, throwing for almost 600 yards with 4 touchdowns while completing 60% of his passes. Looks like the laughs are on us through these first 2 weeks.
Those Steelers fans who were panicking after a drumming at the hands of the rival Ravens last week need not to worry. The Steel Curtain got back on track this week against a less than stellar Seahawks squad. The defense returned to form, blanking the Seahawks attack while Roethlisberger continuously found Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown down field. The Steelers still have some holes, especially on the offensive line, but I think Mike Tomlin will have them playing Super Bowl caliber football by seasons end.