Week Two is in the books, and what a week it was. A couple of overtime games were played, more beatings were handed out, records were broken, and extra points were missed. From a fantasy perspective, a very high scoring week nearly across the board as all the top runningbacks performed well, and many a defense got into the end zone. Ten different teams scored 30 points or more, and that usually means fantasy scores were high – a whopping 42 players will make this week’s story! This probably wasn’t going to be the week to “squeak” by your opponent, hopefully you had a couple of the players listed here…
Thanks, as always, for reading…let’s get right into the games…
Washington 33, at Atlanta 31
Now this is what Steve Spurrier had in mind for his team: offense, offense, and more offense. His Skins rallied from 17 points down and held on for the win on the road. Laveranues Coles (11 catches for 180 yards, 1 TD), Patrick Ramsey (356 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 int), and “Hot” Rod Gardner (9 catches for 118 yards, 1 TD) combined early and often to lead the way. Despite putting up 31 points, no single Falcon plays well enough to get a mention here.
at Baltimore 33, Cleveland 13
What else can be said, other than to admire the record breaking performance of Player of the Week Jamal Lewis (30 carries for 295 yards, 2 TD). I mean, nearly 300 yards alone, are you kidding me? To put this one in perspective, Lewis had more yards in the first half alone (180) than the Browns recorded as a team over the entire game (175). Just an unbelievable performance. Lewis and the Baltimore D (175 yards allowed, 3 sacks, 3 turnovers, 1 return TD) were more than enough firepower in this one. The only other note of fantasy importance in this one is that rookie Kyle Boller, who continued to struggle, had to leave due to injury and was replaced by Chris Redman. Obviously no Brown to be spoken of here this week.
Buffalo 38, at Jacksonville 17
Break up the Bills! Building on their week one thrashing, the Bills go south and again win handily on the road. Eric Moulds (7 catches for 133 yards, 1 TD), Travis Henry (3 TDs), and Drew Bledsoe (314 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 int) all contributed to the rout. If you own any offensive Bill, you are a very happy camper as this offense is clicking on all cylinders. No Jags performed well in defeat. Apparently the Jaguar less than faithful had a bad feeling heading into this one as they couldn’t sell out their home opener. Sad.
at Green Bay 31, Detroit 6
No receivers? No problem. Just run, Baby! Green Bay did just that, with Ahman Green (160 rushing yards, 1 TD) going 65 yards to the big house on his first touch of the ball and the Packers never looked back. The Green Bay D (6 points allowed, 3 turnovers, 1 return TD) also chipped in to the lopsided win. No Lions played well in this one, let’s just move on.
at Indianapolis 33, Tennessee 7
What appeared to be a close game on paper, turned into another lopsided affair, this one in favor of the home team. Edgerrin “Jesse” James (120 rushing yards, 1 TD), the Indianapolis D (7 points allowed, 5 sacks, 1 return TD), and Mike Vanderjadt (4 FG, 3 PAT) all contributed to the surprisingly easy win. And generally when a defense gets a mention on one side of the ball, that keeps any offensive players from the other team from getting a mention here, so no Titans get into print this week. The only news of note on their side is that Steve McNair suffered a dislocated finger on his throwing hand, but he did return to the game. This guy is one tough hombre.
at Kansas City 41, Pittsburgh 20
Two high powered offenses met in this high scoring affair, but when you’ve got a Priest on your side, that usually tips the scales in your favor. But it didn’t start out that way, in fact it was return man Dante Hall that gave the Chiefs the spark they needed. Trailing 10-0 early in the game, his 100 yard return for a touchdown got his team fired up. From there, it was Priest Holmes (122 rush yards, 3 TD) and the Kansas City D (4 sacks, 4 turnovers, 2 return TDs) getting the job done. Any more questions about Holmes’ off season surgery and in season health this year? On the losing side, Plaxico Burress (7 catches for 115 yards, 1 TD), Hines Ward (9 catches for 146 yards), and Tommy “Tutone” Maddox (336 passing yards, 1 TD, 3 int) had it going on, but it wasn’t enough.
Miami 21, at New York Jets 10
The Dolphins wanted to accomplish two things, put last week’s disastrous loss to Houston behind them, and finally beat the Jets. Mission accomplished. Ricky Williams (34 carries for 125 yards, 1 TD) and Jay Fiedler (14 of 19 for 190 yards, 1 TD, 0 int, 1 rushing TD) got Miami ahead early and they held on for their first win of the season – and at least for now have taken their coach off the firing line. Santana Moss (5 catches for 142 yards, 1 TD) and “My Cousin” Vinny Testaverde (373 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 int) performed well in a losing effort.
at New Orleans 31, Houston 10
For a while it looked like Houston might pull off back to back upsets, but it wasn’t meant to be. Down at the half, the Saints came out like the team they were advertised to be and put this one out of reach. Duece McAllister (112 total yards, 1 TD), Joe Horn (10 catches for 111 yards), and the New Orleans D (10 points against, 5 sacks, 2 turnovers, 1 return TD) prevented the upset. Despite the good effort, no Texan gets into this week’s story.
at St.Louis 27, San Francisco 24 (overtime)
This was a game involving another coach already on the hot seat, and thanks to some bad clock management on the other side, the Rams will gladly take the overtime win. Marc “Battle of the” Bulger (236 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 int) and Marshall Faulk (90 total yards, 1 TD) were Ram tough and I’m guessing that the quarterback controversy is once again in full swing. Yet it was almost another game in the loss column as Jeff Garcia (222 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 int) hooked up with Terrell Owens with 19 seconds left in regulation. The 49ers surprised the Rams as they recovered the ensuing on-side kick, but when Garcia found Cedrick Wilson on the next play, he kept running instead of going down and calling a time out, and time expired before San Francisco could attempt a game winning field goal in regulation. And it quickly turned sour after that for the 49ers, with the Rams winning the toss and after a nice return, started at midfield. A penalty and 22 yards from Marshall Faulk later Wilkins ended the game.
Denver 37, at San Diego 13
Despite losing both Jake Plummer and Clinton Portis, the Broncos rolled to a rediculously easy win on the road. Plummer tossed 3 TD passes, but after hurting his shoulder, he left in favor of Steve Beuerlein. Portis, after running up over 100 yards in the first half, was hurt just before halftime and did not return (Mike Anderson picked up where he left off). Strangely, despite the score, it is kicker Jason “Returns” Elam (3 FG, 4 PAT) that is the only Bronco to earn his way into this story. On the other side of the ball, nothing to see here, let’s move on.
Seattle 38, at Arizona nil
Another drubbing so no sense trying to sugar coat this one. Darrell Jackson (3 catches for 133 yards, 2 TD), the Seattle D (6 turnovers, 2 sacks, return TD), and Matt Hasselbeck (175 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 int, 1 rushing TD) helped lay down some serious wood against the hapless Cardinals. Enough said.
at Oakland 23, Cincinnati 20
Perhaps the Raiders were taking the Bengals lightly, perhaps not. Whatever the case, Cincinnati hung around all game and it wasn’t until Sebastian Janikowski booted a field goal with nine second left, was this outcome decided. The Raiders looked inept on offense, and as a result, no player earned his way into this recap. On the other side of the ball, a valiant effort indeed. Peter Warrick (8 catches for 109 yards, 1 TD), Chad Johnson (9 catches for 131 yards), and Jon “First Aid” Kitna (303 passing yards, 1 TD, 2 int) performed well, but it just was not enough to win.
New England 31, at Philadelphia 10
Does anyone else get the feeling that the Eagles of 2003 are the Bears of 2002? You know, a team that played well the season before (Bears making the playoffs as the #2 seed), then entered the season thinking they were good but just weren’t (finishing 3-13)? There is no other way to say it, the Eagles look terrible, and now they’ve played two home games and have nothing to show for it. Though perhaps it was the Patriots that deserve some of the credit. They bounce back from last week’s shutout to record their first win of the season. The New England D (7 sacks, 6 turnovers, 1 TD), Tom Brady “Bunch” (255 passing yards, 3 TD, 0 int), and Deion Branch (6 catches for 89 yards, 1 TD) led the way. The best thing for the Eagles right now is to hit the road to try and get their act together.
Carolina 12, at Tampa Bay 9 (overtime)
Speaking of giving a game away, when is the last time Martin Gramatica missed an extra point? Wait, don’t answer that yet. The Panthers special teams again were outstanding, blocking two field goal attempts early on in this one. A defensive struggle on both sides, Carolina was holding onto a six point lead when Brad Johnson (339 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 int) hit Keenan McCardell from six yards out to tie the game with no time left. All that remained was “Automatica” punching home the extra point…but it wasn’t meant to be as Carolina blocked the PAT (Gramatica’s first ever miss) to force the overtime. Each team had one possession in the overtime when Steve Smith decided the game with a 52 yard punt return that set up John Kasay’s winning boot from 46 yards out. Stephen Davis “We Try Harder” (33 carries for 142 yards) performed well in the victorious effort.
at Minnesota 24, Chicago 13
As these division battles go, they are usually close affairs, and this one was no different. While the Bears played better than last week, this week’s effort was not enough to defeat the Vikings. Not a heck of a lot of offense on either side, as Moe “Larry and Curly” Williams (21 carries for 108 yards, 4 catches for 50 yards, 1 TD) is the only player to earn his way into this piece.