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September 19, 2012

Recap: NFL Week 2

by Leon Phanrana

The second week of the NFL season started on Thursday September 9th, with the game was between the Chicago Bears @ the Green Bay Packers.  This game renewed their long storied rivalry meeting for the 185th time. The Packers won this game 23-10 after they forced the Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler to throw four interceptions and sacked him seven times. The Bears’ offense did not look like the one they had shown back in week one, proving they still have work to do to be a contender for the NFC championship.

The second Sunday of the NFL season saw some teams looking to either go 2-0 or 1-1 and keep themselves from going 0-2. We also see that the NFL is still going to use the replacement referees and since there has been no progression in the labor dispute between the NFL and the NFL’s referees association. One notable game was between the Baltimore Ravens @ the Philadelphia Eagles; this game went down to the wire as the Eagles won 24-23. Michael Vick, quarterback of the Eagles, threw one touchdown and ran for another, the one he ran was the go-ahead score with only one minute and fifty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Some other notable games in the noon session was the New Orleans Saints @ the Carolina Panthers, with the Saints were looking to avoid an 0-2 start. The Panthers won this game though, 35-27, with the Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton scoring two touchdowns, one of which was with his arm and one with his legs. Dropping the Saints to 0-2 who are still on their third string head coach, their quarterback Drew Brees only threw one touchdown. A second notable game was the Minnesota Vikings @ the Indianapolis Colts; the Colts won this game in a close one 23-20 giving them the number one pick, Andrew Luck, his first win in the NFL he threw two touchdowns. One last notable game from the noon session of games was between the Arizona Cardinals @ the New England Patriots, this game went to a last second field goal by the Patriots which their kicker missed giving the Cardinals the win in an upset 20-18. The Cardinals’ quarterback Kevin Kolb threw one touchdown in the win as the Patriots’ quarterback also only threw one touchdown.

In week two, there were four games in the three thirty PM session. One game was between the Tennessee Titans @ the San Diego Chargers; the Chargers won this game 38-10 with the Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers throwing for three touchdowns. A second game was between the Washington Redskins @ the St. Louis Rams.  Robert Griffin III threw for only one touchdown and ran one in, but they still lost to the Rams 31-28, as the Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford threw for three touchdowns.  Band director Mr. Allen said “RGIII was shut down and the Rams had a consistent defensive line and offense.” The third game was between the Dallas Cowboys @ the Seattle Seahawks; the Seahawks dominated the Cowboys as they won 27-7; their quarterback Russell Wilson threw for one touchdown. The fourth and final game of the three thirty PM session was between the New York Jets @ the Pittsburgh Steelers; the Steelers took control of this game from the beginning of the game and never showed signs of slowing down against the Jets.  The Steelers beating the Jets 27-10, with Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ quarterback, throwing for two touchdowns.

The game of the week was the Sunday night game between the Detroit Lions @ the San Francisco 49ers, with the ‘Niners winning this game 27-19, stopping a late comeback from the Lions. ‘Niners quarterback Alex Smith threw for two touchdowns in this win. The Monday night game was between the Denver Broncos @ the Atlanta Falcons; the Falcons defensive coverage was able to get to the Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning early, causing him to throw three interceptions all in the first quarter. The Falcons won this game 27-21, even though Manning and the Broncos were having a late comeback, but was not able to fully recover from the three interceptions.  On the other hand, Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback, was able to throw for two touchdowns.

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