Bengals lose again, Falcons look at home in new stadium: NFL Week 2 Review

Another week in the NFL equals another Bengals defeat, and another week of pressure on Marvin Lewis. Elsewhere, the Patriots struck back, the Cowboys were brought back down to earth and the Falcons look the real deal in their new home. It’s NFL Week 2, by Cameron Storer.

 

On Thursday night, the Cincinnati Bengals lost again. In fact, the Bengals joined an unwanted club with the 49ers as the only teams in the NFL to have not scored a TD through the first two weeks of the season. Despite doubling the Texans in passing yards, Andy Dalton and the Bengals are still searching for their first meaningful score of the season. Cincii opened up the week two action with a miserable 13-9 defeat to the Houston Texans. The fact the game was so close speaks volumes for how poor Houston have started as well. O’Briens Texans have had pitiful QB play through the first two weeks and looked no real threat on Thursday night; fortunately they were playing the Bengals.

There was finally a casualty to the Bengals coaching staff however! Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese drew the short straw and is no more. How Marvin Lewis manages to avoid these casualties and guide the Bengals to a 0-2 start on the back of 14 playoff-less seasons is baffling. The Bengals have the small task of visiting Green Bay next week whilst Houston travel to Foxboro for a date with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s Patriots. Good luck.

Speaking of them Pats, what a way to rebound. When the Patriots lose, which they did in week 1, you do not want to be their next opponent, as the Saints found out. When the GOAT Tom Brady has a career first half, you know it’s a good day.

New England hit New Orleans like a hurricane in the first half; 30-13. Brady threw for the small number of 294 yards in the first half, totalling 447 yards across the four quarters. Add that to the tune of 3 TDs and 0 INTs, it would take something special from New Orleans to make it a contest. However even the great Drew Brees could not hang with Brady; a 36-20 defeat hands a disappointing 0-2 start to WHODAT nation. The fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome down in Louisiana left with disappointed, but travel 6 hours North-East along the I-10 and I-65 and the ATL was rocking!

Sunday Night football in the States, is for most, the highlight of the weekend. A rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship game, although harvesting the same outcome, did not disappoint. Atlanta proved they’re back again to take back what they believe is theirs; the Lombardi trophy. Although providing the biggest choke in Superbowl history, the Falcons have rebounded in style. Not only are they 2-0, they just banged a 34-23 defeat on to the resume of the great #12 Aaron Rodgers. The Packs D, who looked so good against Seattle, were no match for Matty Ice and the power of the Falcons offence. Even Aaron Rodgers himself looked shook-at times-in the brand new building with a state of the art retractable roof. If you haven’t seen this gem of a stadium yet; google it, it’s impressive.

As I try to shun my Cowboys and Rams into the quick fire reviews, I should say…Denver’s D looks too good.

Quick Fire

HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS?! Shut up.

That was Denver’s response. Shut down and Shut up. Zeke who? Dak who? Denver’s D showed up in a big way to lock down the Cowboys in a 42-17 win for the mile high city. Zeke’s career worst day combined with the shutdown Broncos secondary led to a miserable afternoon for Dallas. For Dallas; back to the drawing board. Look out for Denver over the festive period, and look out for the AFC West, three legit teams tied at 2-0 to start the year.

Kansas City continued their impressive start to the season to be one of those three teams tied at 2-0 in the AFC West. A 27-20 win over a difficult Eagles team did the Cowboys some favours, and sent another message to the rest of the NFL. The Eagles took it down to the last play following an onside Kick recovery with 4 seconds left, but Carson Wentz’s Hail Mary fell harmlessly in the Chiefs endzone. Rookie RB Kareem Hunt, impressed again for Andy Reid’s squad, he has 5 TDs through week 2. The Chiefs have a D, the Chiefs have a running game, the Chiefs have an experience QB, and the Chiefs have a great coach. Look-out Chargers, their next opponent.

Oakland joined the rest on top of the AFC West win an impressive 45-20 onslaught of the visiting Jets. It looks like a long season for New York who fall to 0-2 in a division which consists of Tom Brady. As for Oakland, a good start for Carr, a good start for the D, but a tough task on Sunday night, in the nation’s capital.

Detroit are 2-0 following an impressive 24-10 win in New Jersey against the Giants. An amateur O-Line was again exposed as Eli continuously hit the deck. The Lions D looked no joke, however so did the Cowboys when they played Eli. A real test is coming up in week 3 for Detroit as they host the Falcons.

Pittsburgh also joined the 2-0 club as they denied entry to Zimmer’s Vikings. Big Ben and the Steelers made it easy against Minnesota in a 26-9 win. An offence without its starting or backup QBs, struggled to get anything going with 3rd stringer Case Keenum as Minnesota failed to score a TD. Big Ben did his thing; throwing for 2 TDs and 0 INTs in the win. The AFC North looks like a 2 horse race.

Baltimore have had a rare good start to the season with a 2-0 record after they fended off the Browns in Maryland on Sunday. The Browns showed promise against Pittsburgh in week 1 but the same old problems arose for Hue Jackson’s side in Baltimore as the Ravens came out comfortable 24-10 winners.  Although out passed in the yardage column, Flacco gutted out a tough divisional win as they move on to Jacksonville.

The Jaguars first win record since 2011 was short lived as they fell at home to Tennessee on Sunday. The Titan’s D capitalized on Jacksonville’s mistakes as they got their first win of the year 37-16. Blake Bortles and the Jags will be frustrated by a missed opportunity to be clear leaders in the AFC South at 2-0, instead, the pair are joined with Houston at 1-1 a-top the division.

There were also wins for Washington in LA over the Rams 27-20 and an unimpressive Seattle 12-9 over a poor San Francisco as the NFC West and NFC East are deadlocked at the top, 1-1.

Arizona did just enough to avoid embarrassment in Indiana with a 16-13 win over the poor Colts. With Carolina finally up to 2-0 with a win over Buffalo in a defensive slugfest; 9-3.

Finally, Tampa Bay got off the mark as Chicago continue to fall into disarray in the NFC North. Winston leaded his Bucs to a comfortable 29-7 win, in Western Florida.

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