Check our game recaps for a close-up breakdown of four of the biggest games of week 2 in the NFL, and click here for more coverage of Week 2 in the NFL and the MLB playoff hunt. Victoria Kanaris covered Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ miracle comeback victory at Arrowhead Stadium, while Maggie Sheetz watched the Patriots quiet the Bills in Buffalo. Steven Cameron breaks down the Eagles shockingly anemic offense in their home opener, and Sarah Brennan-Athas considers the dominance of the Green Bay Packers after their redemptive win against Seattle.
There were a few other storylines that caught our attention as well:
- Panic time in Seattle? At 0-2, it may be time to think about a) paying Cam Chancellor and b) actually throwing towards Jimmy Graham. But wait: Jimmy Clausen and the Bears are ready to roll over in the Seahawks home opener.
- Maybe Jameis Winston is good after all? He played well in New Orleans, including a long TD to Vincent Jackson. But the real story is that the Saints have lost 5 in a row at home
- On the other hand: Marcus Mariota looked average in the Titans loss to Johnny Manziel and the Browns. It was the first win for Johnny Football as an NFL QB.
- A few non-QB rookies have been making an impact on the NFL. Keep an eye out for Melvin Gordon in San Diego.
- The Eagles loss to the Cowboys and Tony Romo’s broken left collarbone 6-8 weeks has blown the mediocre NFC East wide open
- Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University reported that 87 out of 91 former NFL players examined tested positive for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
In week 3, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Jaguars @ Patriots, Washington @ New York Giants, Chiefs @ Green Bay, and Eagles @ Jets.
MLB Playoff Chase
- Troy Tulowitzki out for regular season, so the door may be open for the Yankees in the AL East. But if Tulo’s Blue Jays make it, we like their chances in the first round.
- The Jays opponent could be the Texas Rangers, which would set up a one-game wild card playoff between the Yankees and the tiring, inexperienced Astros for the right to play Kansas City
- The potential wild-card match-up of Arrieta and the Cubs vs Cole and the Pirates is intriguing. Both are young, exciting teams, and the loser will be bitterly disappointed.