Week 2 is in the books, hopefully you’ve been able to get at least one win from your fantasy teams. It’s no fun starting out 0-2. The bye weeks start next week so make sure you scan the waiver wire and plan ahead.
Some exciting games this week, incredible comebacks, overtime, and of course, some outstanding fantasy performances from some unsuspecting places. Let’s get right into the games…
at Chicago 34, Detroit 7
The Bears scored early and often in this one, jumping out to a 23-nil halftime lead and coasting from there for the win. Rex Grossman (289 yards, 4 TD) had his best day as a pro and the Chicago defense held Detroit in check. Only Jon Kitna (230 yards, rushing TD) gets a mention here in a losing effort.
at Baltimore 28, Oakland 6
Just an ugly situation brewing in Oakland and the season is only two weeks old. The Raiders have yet to find the endzone, registering only a pair of field goals in this contest. Coach Art Shell continues to leave Jerry Porter inactive, and the rest of the offense is simply inept. Aaron Brooks was replaced after injuring a shoulder, but Oakland cannot move the ball. The Raider quarterbacks combined for five fumbles in this dubious affair. The Ravens D (6 sacks, 6 turnovers, safety) was enough to claim the easy win here as the Raiders downward spiral continues.
at Minnesota 16, Carolina 13 (overtime)
A defensive struggle went down to the wire, and it was the Vikings that emerged victorious. Carolina was holding a slim 13-7 lead late in the game, but a botched trick play on a punt return gave the ball to Minnesota in good field position. Unable to get into the endzone, the Vikings lined up for a field goal attempt, but they pulled a trick of their own, kicker Ryan Longwell taking a pitch and throwing a 16 yard touchdown pass to tie the game. In the overtime, Carolina had the ball first but were unable to move into FG range. Minnesota went right to work, driving 78 yards in 10 plays, Longwell ending the game with a boot from 19 yards out. DeAngelo Williams (98 total yards, TD) played well in a losing effort.
New Orleans 34, at Green Bay 27
So maybe that guy Brett Favre (340 yards, 3 TD, 1 int) isn’t done after all. Favre got the Packers off and running early in the game, building a 13-nil cushion at the end of the first quarter. From there, it was the New Orleans offense that settled down, specifically shining was quarterback Drew Brees (353 yards, 2 TD, 1 int). New Orleans would score the next 20 points of the game, taking a 20-13 lead into the fourth quarter. The Packers would draw to within a point, Favre finding Robert Ferguson for a 4 yard score, the extra point tying the score at 20. After a pair of punts, Brees would hook up with Marques Colston on a long 35 yard score, and New Orleans was back on top. Ahman Green would fumble on the first play of the ensuing drive, and the Saints would hit paydirt again, Duece McAllister (71 total yards, 2 TD) running the 23 yards on the first play to put the game out of reach. Donald Driver (153 yards) also had a nice game in a losing effort.
Buffalo 16, at Miami 6
I don’t think this is how Miami fans envisioned the Duante Culpepper Era. Culpepper was sacked seven times by a swarming Buffalo defense that kept Miami off the scoreboard until the very end of the game. Ron Brown (122 total yards) the only player from either team to get a mention here this week.
at Atlanta 14, Tampa Bay 3
Tampa Bay is another team that is having a devil of a time getting their offense going this season. Atlanta held the Bucs to a field goal as they take the win at home. Michael Vick (127 rushing yards, rushing TD) was part of a team rushing attack that rang up a record 304 yards on the ground. That kind of ball control kept them in control all game. Joe Galloway (161 yards) the only other player from either side to get into this week’s ink.
New York Giants 30, at Philadelphia 24 (overtime)
The Eagles put in a first half that would have put away most teams, especially playing at home. Philadelphia rode the arm of Donovan McNabb (350 yards, 2 TD) and the legs of Brian Westbrook (124 total yards, TD) as they took a 17-7 lead at the break. But the second half turned into a ball control and field position battle, one that the Giants would win. But their points wouldn’t come until the fourth quarter. Trailing by 17, Plaxico Burress (114 yards, TD) took a pass from Eli Manning (371 yards, 3 TD, 1 int), fumbled, but the Giants recovered in the endzone to begin the comeback. Later in the quarter, Manning would hook up with Player of the Week Amani Toomer (137 yards, 2 TD) for a 22 yard scoring play, cutting the Eagle lead to 3 with just under 4 minutes remaining. Philly would run the clock under 2 minutes, but they’d punt the ball back, giving New York one last breath of life. It turned out, there was plenty of time for Manning and company to get into Jay Feely’s field goal range, his 35 yard boot sending the game into an extra session. Both teams would have a chance with the ball, but it was the Giants that would cash in on their second possession. Manning found Burress for the game winner from 31 yards out, sending the home crowd home disappointed. Tiki Barber (108 total yards) also did well for the victors.
at Cincinnati 34, Cleveland 17
The Bengals win the battle of Ohio, in a game that was not as close as the score might indicate. Cincinnati got out front early, Carson Palmer (352 yards, 2 TD, 2 int) hooking up with Kelley Washington for a 22 yard score. Then when the Browns drew close in the fourth quarter, Rudi Johnson (145 yards, 2 TD) scored twice to put the game out of reach. Charles Frye (244 yards, 1 int, rushing TD) did well in a losing effort.
at Indianapolis 43, Houston 24
Another game not nearly as close as the score would indicate, Peyton Manning (400 yards, 3 TD) picked up where he left off in week 1, throwing for 400 yards in leading the Colts to the easy win. Joseph Addai (104 total yards, TD) also chipped in a nice effort, while only Dave Carr (219 yards, 3 TD) performed well for the non-winners.
at San Francisco 20, St.Louis 13
Maybe there is something to this guy named Frank Gore (127 yards, TD). Gore broke loose for a long 32 yard run, which was on the heels of an Antonio Bryant (131 yards, TD) 72 yard TD catch, a sequence that put the Niners ahead to stay. Their defense kept the Rams in check in the fourth quarter, as San Francisco registers their first win of the season. Nothing to report from the Rams in a disappointing offensive effort.
at Seattle 21, Arizona 10
Darrell Jackson (127 yards, TD) and Shaun Alexander both scored in the first quarter as Seattle was able to coast from there to the win. Neither team was able to mount much offense, the Seahawks getting the 2 TDs in the first frame, which was enough to get past the Cardinals. Arizona struggled offensively all game against the Seahawks defense, as a result no Cardinal gets a mention here.
New England 24, at New York Jets 17
The Patriots were looking very good, their score in the third quarter giving them a 24-nil lead, then the Jets woke up. Jerricho Cotchery (121 yards, TD), Chad Pennington (306 yards, 2 TD, 1 int), and Laveranues Coles (100 yards, TD) came alive as New York ran off 17 unanswered points. But the scoring would end their, the New England D would stiffen and the offense would hold onto the ball for just enough time for the Patriots to Escape from New York with the win. No Patriot excelled this week.
at Denver 9, Kansas City 6 (overtime)
Ugh. A dismal fantasy performance from everyone in this game. Larry Johnson (167 total yards) the only player from either side to get into this week’s story. Despite the boos, Jake Plummer maneuvered the Broncos into field goal position in the overtime to give Denver the win. Nothing much else to report here.
at San Diego 40, Tennessee 7
A dominating performance by the Chargers here. LaDainian Tomlinson (122 total yards, 2 TD) and Nate Kaeding (4 FG, 4 PAT) were the offensive heroes on a day where the Titans had trouble getting anything going. Only a late score prevented a second shutout for the San Diego defense.
at Dallas 27, Washington 10
Drew Bledsoe bounced back from a difficult week one performance to lead the Cowboys to the win. It was revealed that the Cowboys will be without Terrell Owens, who reportedly broke a finger last week and will be out 2-4 weeks for surgery. This week, Terry Glenn (94 yards, TD) stepped to the plate to put in a nice fantasy performance. Washington didn’t get much going offensively all game, playing without Clinton Portis.