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NFL Week Two: Up is Down; Down is Up

Jaguars at Redskins 9/14/14
NFL Week Two: Up is Down; Down is Up

If you thought you knew something about the NFL after Week One, you now realize you know very little. It seems like everyone who played poorly in the openers bounced back in the second game and everyone who played well in Week One laid an egg in Week Two. There were a few exceptions, such as the Washington Redskins, who are now 0-2 after stinking it up in both games. The Seattle Seahawks offense has also been awful both weeks.

But there were teams such as the Tampa Bay Bucs, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders who were good in their openers, giving their long suffering fans hope. Now the fans of those teams are singing the “Here we go again” blues. The Raiders lost 35-28 at home to the Atlanta Falcons, who the Bucs beat in the season opener in Atlanta. OK. so the Raiders didn’t completely stink it up on Sunday. But the Bucs and Jags sure did. the Bucs were smoked 40-7 by the Arizona Cardinals who came in after dropping one to the Brady-less New England Patriots at home in Week One. Carson Palmer carved up the Bus defense like a Thanksgiving turkey with three touchdown passes. The Jags were embarrassed 38-14 by the San Diego Chargers after giving the Green Bay Packers all they could handle in the season opener. Jacksonville was shut out for the first three quarters of the game.

The Niners can be excused after having to travel across the country after playing on Monday Night in the season opener to face the defending NFC Champions who hadn’t played a game since the opening Thursday Night telecast. Cam Newton torched them for four touchdown passes as the Panthers beat yet another opponent not named Denver, which they did 17 of 18 times last season. Perhaps what was so shocking about this result though was the 49ers defense who pitched a shutout against the Rams, gave up 46 points the following week. Then there was the Rams, who looked so pitiful against the Niners, beating the Seahawks 9-3 in their return to Los Angeles.

 

Denver ran its record to 2-0 despite appearing to be over-matched in the starting QB matchup for the second straight week. Trevor Siemian led them to a 35-21 win over the 0-2 Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos have now beaten both Cam Newton and Luck in back to back weeks with a guy who didn’t even think he would be drafted coming out of northwestern two seasons ago.

So what happens in Week Three? That is anyone’s guess at this point. Maybe the Cleveland Browns get a win.

NFL Week Two: Up is Down; Down is Up

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