Week 2 Upon Further Review

Alex Campbell
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Monday, September 18, 2023

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Jordan Love and the packers controlled this game and led by 12 going into the fourth quarter but then gave up 13 unanswered points in the loss.  Bijan Robinson stole the show for Atlanta and finished with 172 yards from scrimmage in just his second career game.  He put the Falcons on his back late when they needed him the most.  On the game-wining drive, he had a 10-yard run on third down and 3, followed by a 7 yard run on 4th and 1 that extended the game winning drive and forced Green Bay to exhaust their timeouts while holding onto a narrow 24-22 lead.  Younghoe Koo converted a 25 yard field goal with 57 seconds left, and the Falcons got their first win of the season.

Packers 24

Falcons 25



AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes

Ok, so, Josh Allen is still Josh Allen and the Bills are still the Bills.  The Raiders took an early 7-0 lead in this one, but then Buffalo outscored Las Vegas 38-3 for the remainder of the contest.  The Bills defense was lights out, pitching a shutout in the second half.  Allen was brilliant in the affair, going 31/37 for 274 with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions, a far cry from his 4-turnover performance in week 1 against the Jets.  Next week Allen and the 1-1 Bills go on the road to face the 2-0 Washington Commanders in DC.  The Raiders, who are now also at 1-1, play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football in Las Vegas.  

Raiders 10

Bills 38



AP Photo/Jeff Dean

Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens over Joe Burrow and the Bengals, even without the services of injured star running back J.K. Dobbins.  Jackson threw two touchdown passes and extended drives with his legs. Baltimore out-lasted Cincinatti 27-24.  The reigning AFC North champion Bengals start off 0-2 for the second consecutive season, and QB Joe Burrow may have aggravated a calf injury that sidlined him for all of training camp.  

Ravens 27

Bengals 24



Photo by Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times

It was a back-and-forth battle in Detroit but the Sehawks won in overtime 37-31 when Geno Smith found Seahawks stallwart Tyler Lockett just shy of the end zone. Lockett dashed for the end zone, dove, and toppled the pylon for the GW score.  Smith completed 32 of 41 passes for 328 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Lions Quarterback Jared Goff also played well completing 28/35 passes for 323 yars and three touchdowns, he did throw a costly pick six in the 4th quarter however.  Next week the 1-1 Lions will take on the 2-0 Falcons at Ford Field, and the Seahawks (1-1) go on the road to face the 0-2 New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.  

Seahawks 37

Lions 31



AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman

Anthony Richardson left the game early in the second quarter with a concussion after he self reported symtoms.  The inflicting blow happened two series earlier as Richardson was racing toward the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.  He took a hit from Houston safety M.J. Stewart and fell backdwards, hitting his head on the turf, then popped up in celebration.  Last week Stewart was the defender who wrestled J.K. Dobbins to the ground, tearing his Achilles.  Gardner Minshew took over from there, guiding the Colts to a 31-20 victory with a steady hand.  Richardson rushed for two touchdowns in limited action and Minshew threw for 171 yards and a TD in his stead.  For the Texans, fellow rookie QB C.J. Stroud -- the second overall pick in the draft -- threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns.  But he was sacked six times, playing behind an O-line still belegeaured with injuries.  The 1-1 Colts will play the 2-0 Ravens in Baltimore next week, and the Texans (0-2) visit Trevor Lawrence and the 1-1 Jaguars in sunny Jacksonville, Florida.

Colts 31

Texans 20



AP Photo/John Raoux

Kansas City overcame three early turnovers to beat the Jags 17-9, marking their third victory over Jacksonville in the last 10 months. Patrick Mahommes threw two touchdown passes, including one to returning star TE Travic Kelce.  The Jaguars endured another slow start offensively,  but failed to capitalize on two of three turnovers and struggled to protect Trevor Lawrence, who was 0 for 7 passing in the red zone and under constant durress.  Both teams now sit at 1-1.  Up next the Chiefs will host the Chicago Bears (0-2) next Sunday, while the Jaguars stay home as well to take on the 0-2 Houston Texans.  

Chiefs 17

Jaguars 9



Baker Mayfield appears determined to make the most of his opportunity with the Buccaneers.  The former No. 1 overall pick (2018) passed for 317 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers in a 27-17 victory over the struggling Chicago Bears.  The Bears have now lost 12 straight dating back to last season, a franchise record.  Next week the now 0-2 Bears travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs while Baker Mayfield and the Buccanneers stay at home to host the defending NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) at Lincoln Financial field.

Bears 17

Buccaneers 27



Nick Folk kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime in a sudden downpour as the Titans beat the Los Angeles Chargers 27-24 Sunday.  The Titans (1-1) hadn't won a game since Nov 17th in Green Bay last season, a skid that ended their quest for a third straight AFC South title.  Today they rallied from an 11-point defecit early on where the Chargers had more points than Tennessee had yards (eight).  Ryan Tannenhill bounced back from the worst game of his career last week in the opener by throwing for 246 yards and put Tennessee up 24-21 with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.  He also ran for a touchdown and started the game-winning drive with a 49-yard toss to Chris Moore.  The Chargers (0-2) are off to their first winless start since 2017.  Justin Herbert played well, but not well enough throwing for 305 yards with 2 touchdowns (both to Keenan Allen), but he went 0/3 to start overtime which registered the third Chargers 3-and-out of the game at the worst possible time.  Next week the 0-2 Chargers travel to Minnesota to take on the 0-2 Vikings, while the now 1-1 Titans hit the road to square off against the Browns.  

Chargers 24

Titans 27