With another week in the books, every NFL team is really starting to show their true colors and let their fans know exactly what kind of season they’re in for this year. As teams looked to set the tone for the rest of the 2014 NFL season, Week 2 brought football lovers plenty of down-to-the-wire games and comeback victories to provide fans with enough conversation to fill the gap between the league’s next match-up.
After their offense struggled in Week 1, the Baltimore Ravens recovered from their recent loss and took down on their division rival Steelers in an effort to make a positive change for the season. Meanwhile, first round draft pick Sammy Watkins had the breaking out party all Buffalo fans expected, as he tallied up 117 yards and a touchdown in a 29-10 Bills victory over the Dolphins to raise Buffalo to a 2-0 record. Tom Brady and the Patriots shook off an uncharacteristic opening week loss with a dominating performance over the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings. It was no A.J. Green, no problem for the Cincinnati Bengals as a high-powered defense shut down Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons 24-10. In Johnny Football’s highly anticipated NFL debut, which was nothing to get excited about as he went 0/1 in passing and played for only seconds, the Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints with a time expiring field goal. Out west, the San Diego Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks their first loss in almost a year and the Houston Texans improved to 2-0 with a 30-14 win against the struggling Raiders. Despite a scare from the Kansas City Chiefs, Peyton Manning and the Broncos avoided a Week 2 loss and sealed a fourth quarter 24-17 victory.
In the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals didn’t need captain Carson Palmer to earn a victory over the struggling New York Giants. Things looked bleak early in the nation’s capital when Robert Griffin and DeSean Jackson both left the game with injuries, but the Redskins managed to prevail over Jacksonville 41-10. Although Dallas looked weak in their season opener, America’s team bounced back with a big victory over the Tennessee Titans behind 167 yards on the ground from DeMarco Murray. Carolina’s stingy defense was up to their usual tricks with a win over Detroit led by quarterback Cam Newton, while the Rams beat the Buccaneers in a close one down in Tampa Bay. Comebacks seemed to be the common theme with the late games in the NFC. As the Green Bay Packers avoided a monumental upset with a tremendous fourth quarter comeback against the New York Jets, the Bears battled back from a 17-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the first regular season game at Levi’s Field. To cap off the excitement of Week 2 of the regular season, Darren Sproles and the Philadelphia Eagles fought back against the Indianapolis Colts to earn a 3-point victory at Lucas Oil, proving to be a powerhouse for 2014.
To cap off the excitement of this past weekend, Week 3 has some must-watch games on the slate, including a Super Bowl rematch with the Seahawks versus the Broncos on Sunday and a prime-time match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers later that night. With each coming week, the match-up keep getting better and the race to the top of the NFL gets hotter. If the first two weeks of regular season play are a prelude of what’s to come, football fans better gear up for a long, exhausting season full of nail-biters and shocking upsets.