Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Packers, Falcons Soar As Cowboys, Vikings Struggle

In Week 2 of the NFL season, the Packers and Falcons looked like teams on the rise, while the Cowboys and Vikings scuffled again.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Texans Win First-Ever Overtime Game, Topping Skins, 30-27

Houston had never won an overtime game in its brief history, and [Donovan McNabb overtime joke]. Something had to give. The Texans scored the game’s final 20 points to pull off the comeback thriller.

McNabb and Matt Schaub combined for 923 passing yards, with neither team able to run for more than 2.4 yards per carry.

Texans running back Arian Foster pulled off the rare double 69 (69 yards rushing and receiving) and continued his run as a sudden fantasy star.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Raiders Win Battle Of Ex-L.A., Beating Rams 16-14

Darren McFadden wore the hard hat for Oakland today, carrying the rock 30 times for 145 yards. The Raiders held the Rams to only 210 yards while pouring on 404 of their own.

Benching Jason Campbell proved to be a good-enough decision for the Raiders, as Bruce Gradkowski averaged 7.4 yards per pass to Campbell’s 5.8.

Sam Bradford attempted fewer than half as many passes as last week, only throwing 25. The Rams only ran the ball 21 times, meaning the Rams did not perform very many offensive plays. Oakland held the ball for over 36 minutes.

The Raiders’ victory completed a 4-0 day for the AFC West, a rare treat for a division that has been, shall we say, top heavy of late.

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Week 2 NFL Results And Scores: Orton And Thomas Light Up Seahawks, 31-14

Kyle Orton passed for over 300 yards, 97 of them to rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who is apparently capable of running professional football wide receiver routes. This was Thomas’ first NFL game after an offseason of nagging injuries.

Even though Denver only ran for 1.7 yards a carry, Seattle’s defense was on the field for over 37 minutes. The Broncos converted 14 of 20 third downs

Denver only had 30 more total yards on the day, but Matt Hasselbeck pitched in three interceptions.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Jets Dominate Second Half, Beat Pats 28-14

The New England Patriots led the New York Jets 14-7 late in the second quarter. The Jets re-claimed a little momentum as time expired in the first half, closing the gap to 14-10, and then completely dominated New England in the second half en route to a 28-14 victory.

Mark Sanchez - so putrid in a Week 1 loss to Baltimore - threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns, adding a two-point conversion to Braylon Edwards in the process. Dustin Keller had a monster game, as well, shredding the Patriots' defense for 115 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. Without Darrelle Revis for the entire second half, the Jets picked off Tom Brady twice, and a Jason Taylor sack and forced fumble (recovered by Bryan Thomas) put the game out of question late in the fourth quarter.

Brady threw touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Randy Moss, but had a disastrous second half. With little running game to speak of, the Jets pinned their ears back and came after Brady, forcing poor throws and turnovers to put the game out of reach. New England's inability to get a big play from its young, re-tooled defense did the visitors no favors, as well. Both teams are now 1-1, and looked wholly different from their Week 1 selves.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Gates, Chargers Thump Jaguars, Lose Matthews

Working on a short week following their Monday Night Football loss to the Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers rebounded nicely in their home opener, throttling the Jacksonville Jaguars 38-13 to even their record at 1-1.

Philip Rivers, who had no reason to throw a temper tantrums on the field today, found Antonio Gates for two touchdowns in the victory. In all, Rivers threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, and Mike Tolbert added two touchdowns and 95 total yards. Tolbert came on in relief of rookie running back Ryan Matthews, who was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury in the first half. Matthews would later jog back onto the field in full uniform, but did not return to the game.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard threw four interceptions in defeat, and the Chargers bottled up Maurice Jones-Drew, holding the star running back to 31 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Antoine Cason recorded two interceptions (Brandon Siler and Kevin Burnett got the others), and the Chargers sacked Garrard twice and recovered two fumbles.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Dolphins Defense Baffles Favre As Miami Goes 2-0

Brett Favre's annual heroic return to the NFL took another major hit on Sunday, as the legendary quarterback threw three interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked three times as the Minnesota Vikings lost a 14-10 home game to the upstart Miami Dolphins.

Miami's defense came up huge in this one. Favre's lost fumble occurred in his own end zone, and rookie outside linebacker Koa Misi fell on it for a touchdown. The Dolphins also stuffed venerable running back Adrian Peterson on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line late in the game to seal the victory.

The Dolphins also got a touchdown from receiver Brian Hartline - set up by a lengthy pass from Chad Henne to Brandon Marshall - and rushed for 120 yards, led by Ronnie Brown. Brown, however, lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter that might have handed the game to Minnesota, had the Dolphins not been able to stuff Peterson late.

After making several key overhauls defensively this offseason, the Dolphins have given up 10 points in each of their first two games - both wins - and deserve all of the credit for their Week 2 victory. Favre and the Vikings, meanwhile, drop to 0-2.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Bengals Secure Eighth Straight Division Win

Dating back to the tail end of the 2008 season, the Cincinnati Bengals had reeled off seven straight victories against their AFC North opponents. They continued their divisional dominance on Sunday, edging the Baltimore Ravens 15-10 for their eighth straight division win.

It was an ugly victory. Carson Palmer was inefficient (16 of 35, 167 yards), and Cincinnati's rushing attack was bottled up effectively by Baltimore's defense. Joe Flacco, however, threw four interceptions, and two late field goals from Cincinnati's Mike Nugent secured the win. Nugent kicked five field goals on the day.

Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Chinedum Ndukwe and Brandon Johnson recorded interceptions for the Bengals. Ravens wideout Derrick Mason recorded the only touchdown in the game, a 31-yard pass from Flacco that gave the Ravens a temporary 7-6 lead. Baltimore held a 10-9 victory in the fourth quarter before Flacco's picks and Nugent's leg caught up with them.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Still-Undefeated Chiefs Beat Browns 16-14 On Kicks And A Pick

Kansas City scored its only touchdown on a 33-yard interception return by Brandon Flowers. Ryan Succup contributed three field goals, including one in the fourth quarter to put the Chiefs up for good.

Thomas Jones, Jamaal Charles, and others combined for 140 yards on the ground. Joshua Cribbs led all receivers with 74 yards, almost all of it on a 65-yard pass from Seneca Wallace.

Wallace threw for 229 yards, 53 more than Matt Cassel. Cassel also threw for two picks to Cassel’s one.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Cutler Shines As Bears Drop Cowboys

Jay Cutler seems to have found new life under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz. In a dominant performance, Cutler threw for 277 yards (on 72% completions) and three scores as the Chicago Bears stole a win from the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium, 27-20.

Cutler threw scoring strikes to Greg Olsen, Devin Hester and Matt Forte in the win, with the Forte hookup proving to be the game's decisive score. Chicago's swarming defense was also impressive in the victory, with second-year cornerback D.J. Moore picking off two Tony Romo passes, and Brian Urlacher recording a fumble recovery to go with his eight tackles.

Romo and the Cowboys got a 48-yard field goal from David Buehler to cut the lead to seven with just over a minute remaining, but Chicago recovered the ensuing onside kick and put the victory on ice. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant returned a punt 62 yards for the game's first touchdown, but Dallas could never really get going offensively.

With the loss, Dallas drops to 0-2. Facing massive preseason expectations, it's fair to say that Jerry Jones may soon begin his search for Wade Phillips' replacement.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Bucs Start 2-0, Dropping Panthers 20-7

Tampa Bay forced three turnovers and shared none of its own, as Josh Freeman threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen both again participated at quarterback, combining to go 13-of-29 for 159 yards. Neither team got much of a ground game going, though not for lack of trying. Both attempted more than 30 rushes, and both gained fewer than four yards per carry.

The Bucs scored once in every quarter, while Carolina’s only score was a 37-yard catch and run by Steve Smith

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Michael Vick And Jahvid Best Duel To 35-32 Eagles Win

Michael Vick threw for 284 yards and ran for 37, while Lions rookie Jahvid Best gained 232 yards from scrimmage. Best scored one more touchdown than Vick, but LeSean McCoy added three scores of his own.

Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill threw for 335 yards, two scores, and two picks in Matthew Stafford’s absence. Brandon Pettigrew pulled in 108 yards on seven receptions. Calvin Johnson finally completed a touchdown catch to a referee’s satisfaction.

Desean Jackson caught four balls for 135 yards, and McCoy ran for 120. This entire recap could probably consist of nothing but offensive stats, as neither defense provided much resistance.

Ndamukong Suh collected his first NFL sack. Sacking Vick should probably count as two sacks, but there it is. The Lions totaled five sacks on the day, which would be ten sacks, meaning sacks of Vick should not count as two.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Dixon-less Steelers Force Seven Turnovers To Win 19-11; Titans Bench Young

An opening kickoff returned for a score by Antonio Brown was enough scoring to last the Steelers’ until the game’s final minute, though Jeff Reed tacked on four field goals throughout.

Dennis Dixon was sidelined with a left knee injury early on, calling to mind his previous ACL issues. Charlie Batch took over and struggled at receiving snaps from rookie center Maurkice Pouncey, botching at least three exchanges.

Jeff Fisher benched Vince Young after the quarterback’s third turnover. Kerry Collins took over for his first action since the middle of last year. Collins threw a pick of his own and lost a fumble, but drove for Tennessee’s only touchdown and a two-point conversion.

After an onside kick recovery, the Titans drove to the Steelers’ 41 as time ran out.

Pittsburgh’s defense tallied four sacks, four fumble recoveries, and three interceptions. They also forced three other fumbles throughout.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Falcons Crush Cardinals 41-7

Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns, tying his career high, and Jason Snelling compiled a personal-best 186 total yards as the Falcons battered their flying NFC West foes for four quarters.

Snelling, typically a utility back, took over the offense after Jerious Norwood was injured on the opening kickoff and Michael Turner hurt his groin in the second quarter. Atlanta’s backs combined for 221 yards rushing.

Cardinals running back Tim Hightower posted a career-high of his own, with 115 yards rushing. Most of it came on a 80-yard run, his highest and the Cards’ only score. Derek Anderson threw for 161 yards and two picks, with BYU rookie Max Hall making an appearance late.

Both teams are now 1-1. Atlanta travels to New Orleans next week, and Arizona hosts the Raiders.

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Week 2 NFL Scores And Results: Packers Blow Out Bills Behind Rodgers, Matthews

The Packers didn't need to do much to beat the moribund Bills. Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews did more than enough.

Rodgers threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and added another with his legs, leading the Packers to a very easy 34-7 win over Buffalo.

The Bills were limited all day on defense, gaining just 186 total yards as Trent Edwards threw two interceptions and Matthews tallied three sacks.

Brandon Jackson was just adequate in his first start in place of the injured Ryan Grant for Green Bay, rushing for just 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

The lopsided result is what most expected, though: Green Bay proved it was one of the NFL's better teams, and Buffalo showed that it is one of the league's worst.

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