NFL Today, Week 2
Monday, Sept. 19
Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. EDT. The Eagles' Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall draft pick, looks to build off an impressive NFL debut in which he threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his debut against Cleveland, completing 22 of 37 passes in a turnover-free performance. Jay Cutler and the Bears, meanwhile, will try to avoid an 0-2 start for the second straight season.
- Cam Newton, Panthers, threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns in Carolina's 46-27 win over San Francisco in its home opener.
- Matt Ryan, Falcons, passed for 396 yards and three scores, helping Atlanta past Oakland 35-28.
- Philip Rivers, Chargers, matched his career high with four touchdown passes, including two to Travis Benjamin, in a 38-14 victory over Jacksonville.
- Eli Manning, Giants, had 368 yards passing with no TDs or turnovers in New York's 16-13 victory over New Orleans.
- Carson Palmer, Cardinals, tossed three touchdown passes and finished with 308 yards in Arizona's 40-7 rout of Tampa Bay.
- Dak Prescott, Cowboys, ran for a 6-yard TD and went 22 for 30 for 292 yards, helping Dallas beat the Washington Redskins 27-23.
- Sam Bradford, in his Minnesota debut, completed 22 of 30 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers to lead the Vikings to a 17-14 victory over the Packers
- Isaiah Crowell, Browns, ran for 133 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown, on 18 carries in Cleveland's 25-20 loss to Baltimore.
- LeGarrette Blount, Patriots, had 123 yards rushing and a TD to help lead New England past Miami 31-24.
- Fozzy Whitaker, Panthers, rushed for a career-best 100 yards on 16 carries after Jonathan Stewart left with a hamstring injury in a 46-27 win over San Francisco.
- DeAngelo Williams, Steelers, ran for 94 yards on a career-high 32 carries in Pittsburgh's 24-16 victory over Cincinnati.
- Melvin Gordon, Chargers, had a career-high 102 yards rushing and a score to help San Diego top Jacksonville 38-14.
- Kelvin Benjamin, Panthers, had seven receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina's 46-27 win over San Francisco, his second game back from ACL surgery that cost him all of 2015.
- Jarvis Landry, Dolphins, caught 10 passes for 137 yards in Miami's 31-24 loss at New England.
- Travis Benjamin, Chargers, caught six passes for 115 yards and two scores as San Diego topped Jacksonville 38-14.
- Marvin Jones, Lions, had eight catches for 118 yards in Detroit's 16-15 loss to Tennessee.
- Sterling Shepard, Giants, caught eight passes for 117 yards in New York's 16-13 win over New Orleans.
- Stefon Diggs, Vikings, caught nine passes for 182 yards and a touchdown in a 17-14 win over Green Bay.
- Tavon Young, Ravens, scooped up the ball after Lawrence Guy got a hand on Patrick Murray's extra point and returned it for a 2-point defensive conversion in Baltimore's 25-20 win at Cleveland.
- Greg Zuerlein, Rams, kicked three field goals - the longest a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter - and Los Angeles defeated the Seattle Seahawks 9-3.
- Janoris Jenkins, Giants, returned Johnathan Hankins' block of a field goal attempt 65 yards for a touchdown in New York's 16-13 victory over New Orleans. Josh Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired in his first game after returning from a one-game suspension.
- Nick Novak, Texans, booted field goals of 32, 24, 31 and 43 yards, helping Houston top Kansas City 19-12.
- Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks, including a sack-strip of Andrew Luck that was recovered by Shane Ray and returned for a touchdown that sealed Denver's 34-20 win over Indianapolis.
- Marcus Cooper, Cardinals, intercepted two passes and returned one 60 yards for a touchdown in Arizona's 40-7 rout of Tampa Bay.
- Shaq Thompson, Panthers, scored his first career touchdown when he scooped up Carlos Hyde's fumble and returned it 9 yards to give Carolina a 7-3 lead in a 46-27 victory.
- Aqib Talib, Broncos, returned an interception 46 yards early in the fourth quarter of Denver's 34-20 win over Indianapolis.
Victor Cruz, who had a winning fourth-quarter touchdown catch against Dallas last week, hauled in a 34-yard third-down pass from Eli Manning to set up Josh Brown's winning 23-yard field goal as time expired. The Giants got off to their first 2-0 start since 2009 with a 16-13 win over New Orleans Saints on Sunday. ... Indianapolis is off to its third straight 0-2 start after a 34-20 loss at Denver.
New Orleans' Drew Brees (61,589) threw for 263 yards against the New York Giants and passed Dan Marino (61,361 yards) for No. 3 in NFL history. The Giants' Eli Manning passed for 368 yards, giving him 44,762 and moving him past Drew Bledsoe (44,611) for 10th place. ... Houston's J.J. Watt finished with 1 1/2 sacks against Kansas City to give him 76 in his 82nd career game. He's the second fastest in NFL history to reach 75 sacks behind Hall of Famer Reggie White, who did it in 65 games. ... Houston rookie receiver Will Fuller finished with four receptions for 104 yards to become the first rookie drafted in the first round with consecutive 100-yard receiving games to start his career. The 21st overall pick in this year's draft had 107 yards receiving in his NFL debut last week. ... Aqib Talib's interception return for a touchdown in Denver's 34-20 win over Indianapolis was the ninth score of his career and fifth with the Broncos, a team record.
STREAKS & STATS
New England is 21-1 at home vs. the AFC East since 2009 after beating Miami 31-24. It was the Patriots' eighth straight home victory over Miami (0-2). ... Dallas won for only the second time in its past 16 games without Tony Romo - and both of those victories came at Washington, including a 27-23 win Sunday. ... With a 25-20 victory, Baltimore improved to 15-2 against Cleveland under coach John Harbaugh. ... Isaiah Crowell's 85-yard TD run was the second-longest scoring run in Cleveland history, with Bobby Mitchell's 90-yarder in 1959 the only one to top it. ... Jacksonville fell to 2-11 on the West Coast and 0-4 in San Diego. The Jaguars haven't won on the West Coast since 2004 and have been outscored 260-93 during an eight-game losing streak, falling by double digits in seven of those.
Cleveland took a 20-2 lead against Baltimore, the Browns' largest lead after one quarter since Dec. 3, 1961, when they led Dallas 21-0 en route to a 38-17 win. But the Ravens rallied back, helped by a returned blocked extra point, and won 25-20. ... The usually reliable Stephen Gostkowski missed a 39-yard field goal with 1:08 to play. The 2015 All-Pro was 33 for 36 on field goals last year, making all 17 from 39 yards or closer. Last week, he went 3 for 3 against Arizona.
Jimmy Garoppolo had three touchdown passes before leaving in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury as the New England Patriots outlasted the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Sunday. Garoppolo was replaced by rookie Jacoby Brissett, who led New England to a touchdown on its first possession of the second half. Brissett was 6 of 9 for 92 yards.
The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Seattle Seahawks 9-3 on Sunday, a game that marked the return of pro football to the nation's second-largest market for the first time in nearly 22 years. There was an announced crowd of 91,046 on a searing day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Rams marked the long-awaited occasion by wearing blue-and-gold throwback uniforms for their regular-season home debut.
The expected duel between star wide receivers Antonio Brown and A.J. Green never materialized in Pittsburgh's 24-16 win over Cincinnati. Brown caught just four passes for 39 yards for the Steelers, and even had a rare drop while running free in the middle of the field in the first half. A week after dominating Darrelle Revis for 12 catches and 180 yards and a touchdown against the Jets, Green had just two receptions for 38 yards.
For the first three quarters, it looked as though Tennessee and Detroit might threaten a 65-year-old NFL record. The Lions finished with 17 penalties for 138 yards, and the Titans were flagged 12 times for 83 yards. The record is 37 penalties by Cleveland (21) and Chicago (16) on Nov. 25, 1951. The Lions and Titans were nearly halfway there after two quarters, having combined for 18. They were at 26 by the end of the third.
In 1937, Detroit was called for only 19 penalties for 139 yards all season - two records that still stand. The Lions nearly reached both of those totals in one game Sunday.
Detroit's Anquan Boldin had a touchdown catch in the Lions' 16-15 loss to Tennessee, joining Terrell Owens as the only players in NFL history to have at least 1,000 career receptions and a touchdown catch with four teams. Boldin has played for Arizona, San Francisco, Baltimore and Detroit.
In that same game, Tennessee's Andre Johnson caught the winning touchdown with 1:13 remaining. He has 1,057 career catches and has a TD reception with three teams (Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee), joining Boldin, Owens, Jerry Rice and Cris Carter to accomplish the feat.
Tampa Bay held Arizona's David Johnson to 45 yards rushing in 12 attempts, but he caught three passes for 98 yards. The longest came on a check-down from Carson Palmer, a play that went for 58 yards.
Carolina's Greg Olsen had a 78-yard touchdown catch and San Francisco's Vance McDonald had a 75-yarder in the Panthers' 46-27 win over the 49ers, marking the first game in NFL history in which a tight end on each team had a touchdown catch of at least 75 yards.
Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson limped off in the third quarter of a win over Green Bay with a right knee injury. He had to be helped to the locker room. ... New England quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was knocked out against Miami on Sunday with a shoulder injury, meaning the highest-profile replacement in the NFL needed a replacement of his own. Garoppolo - filling in for suspended quarterback Tom Brady - took a big hit from Miami's Kiko Alonso in the second quarter of the game against the Dolphins on Sunday and left for further evaluation. The Patriots did not disclose the severity of the injury, but said Garoppolo was ruled out for the rest of the game. The Patriots held on to beat the Dolphins 31-24. ... Cornerback P.J. Williams of the New Orleans Saints needed to be placed on a backboard and taken off on a cart after he took multiple blows to the head while trying to make a tackle in his team's game against the New York Giants. Fox Sports reported that Williams was moving his extremities at a nearby hospital and was being evaluated for a concussion. ... Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware broke his right forearm early in the third quarter against Indianapolis. Coach Gary Kubiak said the team will see the extent of the injury on Monday morning and ''whether we think it's something he can play with or something that has to be fixed.'' ... Danny Woodhead left in the first quarter of San Diego's game against Jacksonville with an apparent right knee injury, and was taken off the sideline on a cart on his way to further evaluation. ... After a 1-yard gain on Tampa Bay's first play of the second quarter, running back Doug Martin left with a hamstring injury. ... Cleveland center Cameron Erving left the Browns' stadium by ambulance as a precaution, the team said. Erving cramped late in the game and had discomfort in his upper body. The Browns said he's been diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion and he will remain in the hospital overnight for observation. ... Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah left in the first quarter against Tennessee with a left ankle injury. Detroit also lost running back Ameer Abdullah and tight end Eric Ebron in that game, one in which the Lions wasted a 15-3 lead and lost 16-15. ... Dolphins running back Arian Foster left the game in New England with a groin injury and was ruled out for the second half. ... Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was taken to the locker room after suffering a hamstring injury in the first quarter against San Francisco.
''Everybody thinks we're in the morgue or something. We're not dead, by no means.'' - Washington's Josh Norman on the Redskins' 0-2 start.
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