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The Eagles battled the Falcons Sunday night, but as Michael Vick returned to Atlanta to face his old team and his old fans, what happened next left the rest of us as confused as ever. Plus: Tony Romo, Cam Newton, the Bills, and the sad, sad, Vikings.
The Bills, Lions and Redskins are 2-0, Tom Brady nearly hits 1,000 passing yards in two weeks and Cam Newton looks like a rising star. It's everything you need to know about Week 2 in the NFL.
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There comes a time in every lineman's life when they have their moment in the spotlight. Or at least they hope they do. It's a rare occurrence to see a lineman rumbling down the field with the ball, but when it happens, it's pure, unadulterated bliss. It is, simply, poetry in motion.
Vince Wilfork had his moment on Sunday, and we're still on a high because of it. Sure, he didn't rumble all the way to the end zone, but damnit it doesn't matter. He gave it his best try, and entertained us all in the process.
But while Wilfork's journey to the greenest pasture of them all was cut short, the memory of it lives on. Wilfork made an acrobatic interception and saw nothing but daylight in front of him. With body mass jiggling all over the place, he ran. And ran. And ran some more, before finally being hauled down from behind.
And now we can watch it in slow-mo. Be sure the music contained in the link at the top of the screen is playing, and enjoy.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones has a separated shoulder, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. There is still indication of how much time Jones might miss, but the Cowboys will be watching his injury very closely. Jones carried the ball 9 times and caught a single pass in the Cowboys’ overtime win at San Francisco.
Jones left in the first quarter, holding his right arm in pain. Dallas trainers wrapped his arm, and he returned to the field for a few snaps. Last week, Jones rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Jones’ injury was one of several for the Cowboys today. Wide receiver Miles Austin pulled a hamstring on his third touchdown catch, and the team is concerned about his availability, per Mortensen. Tony Romo’s fractured rib made the most headlines. It was announced that he would not return before he came back in the third quarter.
For more on Jones’ shoulder and the other Cowboys injuries, check out Blogging the Boys.
On Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park, Miles Austin was absolutely fantastic. The Dallas Cowboys' star needed to step up in the absence of Dez Bryant, and he did just that with nine catches for 143 yards and a career high three touchdowns. Unfortunately, it appears as if he's suffered a pulled hamstring once again, according to ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen.
The Cowboys have a big rivalry game against the 2-0 Washington Redskins in Week 3, then face off against a much improved Detroit Lions team in Week 4 before their bye week in Week 5. Austin's hamstring pull is bad enough that the team fears he could be out all the way through the bye week.
We'll keep an eye on Austin's status throughout the week, but at the moment, he certainly doesn't look like he's going to be healthy to face the Redskins. With Bryant, Tony Romo and Felix Jones also major question marks for next week, the Boys could be in huge trouble in Week 3.
All eyes were on Tony Romo as he led the Dallas Cowboys to an overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers today. Playing with a cracked rib, Romo completed a 77-yard pass play to wide receiver Jesse Holley to set up the game winning field goal. Fans of football and reality television alike might remember Holley as the winner of Michael Irvin’s "4th and Long."
Holley got his first taste of the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007. He was released in October, and played in the Canadian Football League in 2008. Then he got his big break.
Taped early in 2009, Michael Irvin’s "4th and Long" pitted six wide receivers against six defensive backs. The winner earned a place at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp that year.
Holley made it the Cowboys’ practice squad to start the 2010 season, and was added to the 53-man roster later in the year.
Holley’s three catches today were the first regular season receptions of his NFL career. From reality TV to a dramatic overtime reception, what a career already.
Here’s a clip of Holley talking about his reality TV experience with NBC 4 in San Antonio.
Injuries during the preseason and the first two weeks of the season have left the Denver Broncos thin at a number of positions. That frailty was none more apparent than when wide receiver Eddie Royal suffered a groin injury early in the second quarter. This forced quarterback Tim Tebow to assume the slot receiver role, mostly appearing on third downs.
Tebow had taken some warmups before the game as a wide receiver and he even did it before last week's game. But why was he doing it each week? As ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports, the Broncos' coaching staff allowed him to keep active during practice in the week leading up to the game with the Raiders. He played receiver with the scout team and did it again this week because the coaching staff understood that injuries could force him into action.
This is a rather odd set of circumstances since the Broncos have Eron Riley on the practice squad. However, they would have had to clear a roster spot for him, forcing another position to be short a man. The Broncos did bring up running back Jeremiah Johnson from the practice squad, but that happened as a result of Ty Warren going on injured reserve.
Arian Foster left Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins, apparently aggravating the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Houston Texans' season opener. According to head coach Gary Kubiak, you shouldn't dump him from your fantasy team just yet. Kubiak said after the game that Foster was held out of the second half with what he classified as "really fatigue more than anything."
"He’s fine. He obviously wasn’t himself and got pretty fatigued. He wanted to play in the second half."
That's good news, but there are still questions abound regarding Foster. Will he be able to shake his nagging hamstring this season? And even if he can, how much of his workload has already been transferred over to rookie Ben Tate? Tate received a liberal sprinkling of carries in the first half even though Foster was technically the starter. Tate finished with 135 total yards for the game, sowing the seeds for what should be a closely-followed position battle over the next few weeks.
A cracked rib did not prevent Tony Romo from leading the Dallas Cowboys to an overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers. Romo came back into the game late in the third quarter, after most starting asking how many weeks he would miss.
On his second series after returning he threw for more than 80 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown strike to Miles Austin to make it 21-24. That play had nothing on Romo’s first and only overtime pass, the Cowboys’ first offensive play of the extra frame.
With the ball on their own 22-yard line, Romo threw a 28-yard deep ball to Jesse Holley who added another 49 yards after the catch to set up the game winning field goal. Jesse Holley, you may remember, won Michael Irvin’s football reality show, “4th and Long.”
The gutsy play by the Cowboys quarterback represents a complete turnaround from his late interception, with the game tied, against the Jets last week.
The Houston Texans move to 2-0 on the young season, but it was not all good news. Running back Arian Foster reinjured hamstring, forcing him out of the game.
The Denver Broncos hold on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday despite a severe rash of injuries that forced Tim Tebow to suit up at wide receiver.
Tony Romo came out of the game for over a quarter with a cracked rib, but played injured in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading the Dallas Cowboys to a win over the San Fransisco 49ers
Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Brady threw for over 400 yards in the air and had three touchdowns.
Dallas Cowboys rookie kicker Dan Bailey missed an easy field goal early, but he's more than redeemed himself. The Cowboys are now tied with the San Fransisco 49ers at 24-24 and headed to overtime thanks to a comeback by a Tony Romo-led Cowboys team. Romo suffered a cracked rib earlier in the game, causing Jason Garrett to put Jon Kitna into the game, but Romo decided to come back onto the field and play injured after Kitna threw two interceptions.
Bailey's game-tying field goal was a perfect 47-yard effort, following a solid drive down the field by Romo in which Miles Austin was a key fixture.
The Niners have won the coin toss and elected to receive. Playoff overtime rules have been changed so that each team gets at least one possession, but regular season rules are the same. The first team to score wins.
If you're one of the millions of people who drafted Arian Foster first overall in your fantasy football draft, I sure do hope that you handcuffed him to Ben Tate. The Texans' superstar running back is down again after re-aggravating his hamstring injury, meaning that Tate is back in as the primary running back.
Tate had a fantastic Week 1 and is playing well again in Week 2. In fact, he's outplaying Foster by a fairly wide margin, averaging 5.8 yards per carry to Foster's 3.3 YPC. Though Foster has made a few cracks about how he's a person, not a stat machine, the fact remains that there are thousands of non-Texans fans who won't be too happy with this injury.
The Texans currently lead the Dolphins 23-13 in the fourth quarter, and Foster's return is questionable.
Hey, maybe this whole Tony Romo injury thing isn't going to be so bad after all! The Dallas Cowboys' veteran backup quarterback Jon Kitna looked a little shaky to start his appearance, throwing an interception and missing a couple of other throws, but it looks like he might be settling into the game against the San Fransisco 49ers.
The Cowboys and Niners are now tied at 14-14, thanks to a nice Kitna touchdown pass to Miles Austin. They were granted this wonderful opportunity thanks to a bad interception by Alex Smith, who is having an extremely up and down game.
Regardless of whether or not Kitna is competent enough to guide the Cowboys to a win, they might want to figure out how to run the ball in Romo's absence. They have 14 rushes for an abysmal 19 yards with 4:27 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
This is an actual quote from Phil Simms during the second half of Sunday's matchup between the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers. I'm pretty sure he just invented a stat, and it's not a good one at all.
"The Patriots lead the NFL in plays where they just make it happen."
Excellent analysis, Mr. Simms. That's why they pay you the big bucks.
Tony Romo took a bad hit at the very end of the first half between the Dallas Cowboys and San Fransisco 49ers. However, at the time, most wrote it off as the kind of thing that happens to quarterbacks all the time and assumed that he would come back in for the third quarter. Instead, Jon Kitna has taken the field for the Cowboys and will be in the game for the foreseeable future.
Romo came out of the locker room and was on the sidelines at the start of the quarter with his shoulder pads on, but was quickly taken back into the locker room for further examination. His injury is being reported as a rib injury, but the severity of the injury and the probability of his return are not yet being reported.
Fat guys almost scoring touchdowns are always relevant to your interests. And when the fat guy is Vince Wilfork ... well, it's a uniting force. We were all rooting for it, and we were all disappointed when he was stopped short of the end zone.
Still, who could've predicted Wilfork would make an acrobatic interception, then rumble 30 yards before toppling over and going boom? If you did, please go buy a lottery ticket.
And yes, we're upset Wilfork's run to glory ended so suddenly. It was like watching Wilfork run through a wheat field in slow motion with romantic music playing, only to suddenly have the record stop while everyone watching at home went, "Awwwwww."
According to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, via his twitter feed, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is likely out for the season with an ACL tear. Charles suffered the injury in the Chiefs' game against the Detroit Lions when he slipped on the first down marker on the sidelines following a play.
It's not like the Chiefs were doing well with Charles, either in Week 1 or in this game against the Lions when he was in the game, but the Chiefs are going to be in serious trouble without Charles. Last year's AFC West champions had playoff aspirations coming into the season, but at 0-2 and with Charles likely out for the rest of the year, those hopes have now diminished to an almost non-existent status.
Charles is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to confirm that he does, in fact, have a torn ACL.
For more on the Chiefs, head over to Arrowhead Pride.
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in a close game decided by a Peyton Hillis fourth quarter touchdown
Braylon Edwards left the San Francisco 49ers' game against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter after suffering a right knee injury. It's not yet known if he'll return -- he reportedly limped to the locker room, and the team has dubbed his return as questionable.
Edwards tallied just one catch before leaving, good for 21 yards. 49ers quarterback Alex Smith hasn't missed a beat without him, though, connecting on 10 of his first 13 attempts for 103 yards and a touchdown, finding Kyle Williams in the end zone.
Still, the injury is a tough break for 49ers, who came into the game already missing Michael Crabtree, who's inactive due to a foot injury. Expect Ted Ginn, Jr. to see increased looks for as long as Edwards is out.
The Green Bay Packers withstood another big passing day from the opposing quarterback, this time beating Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 30-23 on Sunday. The Packers have now allowed 57 points and 851 yards of passing offense, but are still 2-0 on the young season.
Aaron Rodgers and Co. once again did just enough to come away with the victory. Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, and just as importantly did not throw an interception. Rodgers' biggest play was an 84-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter that came just one play after the Packers had forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs at the 3-yard line.
It was another frustrating day for Newton, who has now passed for at least 400 yards in both of his NFL starts. Just five other NFL quarterbacks have thrown for at least 400 yards in consecutive games. Newton opened the game by leading the Panthers to a touchdown on their first series and scores on each of their three first-quarter possessions, but his day took a turn for the worse from there. He threw three interceptions and the Panthers turned the ball over four times.
Still, they managed to be in position to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The Panthers were down 23-16 and had the ball inside the Packers' 5-yard line. But Newton was sacked on third down and was then stopped short on fourth to turn the ball over. Two players later, Rodgers hooked up with Nelson to put the game away.
The Raiders drafted wide receiver Denarius Moore in the fifth round of the 2011 darft out of Tennessee. Somehow I doubt they quite knew what they had in store so early, as Moore made one of the best catches of the year thus far, and this was to give the Raiders a lead late in the fourth quarter (which they would ultimately lose):
This was soon nixed by the godlike beard-bility of Ryan Fitzpatrick to come back and win in crazy fashion, but that doesn't negate how insane this catch was. Remember, this is a fifth-round pick in his second career game. AFTER A LOCKOUT.
In a week where Devery Henderson caught a 79-yard score, Larry Fitzgerald caught a 73-yard touchdown and Jordy Nelson ran one in from 84 yards out, this was the cream of the crop. Well done, rook. Now make me a sammich while carrying me and my buddies' shoulder pads.
The Denver Broncos are an exceptionally banged up football team at the wide receiver position. They've just gotten a little more banged up, as Eddie Royal has been forced out of the game with a groin injury. While running a route, Royal pulled up lame and grabbed his groin muscle. Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Lloyd were already out for this game, and the Broncos did not sign or activate another receiver. This means they're down to two wide receivers, and their emergency wideout is...drumroll...Tim Tebow!
Tebow has already come in and played at wide receiver, blocking on a running play that went nowhere. If you like seeing sometimes quarterbacks who aren't necessarily great quarterbacks play at wide receiver, run to the nearest television and flip on the Denver Broncos-Cincinnati Bengals game. Tebow might catch a pass!
The New Orleans Saints manhandled the Chicago Bears in a 30-13 win.
Mark Sanchez threw a couple of touchdowns and the New York Jets had an easy time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning 32-3 on Sunday. The Jets defense also intercepted Jaguars starting quarterback Luke McCown four times and limited him to just 59 yards before he was pulled for rookie Blaine Gabbert.
The Jets scored on their first possession of the game, marching 65 yards on the game's opening possession and concluding it with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. It was the first time in 16 games that the Jets had scored an offensive touchdown in the first quarter.
On the Jaguars' first possession, McCown was sacked in the endzone by Muhammad Wilkerson for a safety. It was the beginning of a long day for McCown. After a relatively quiet first quarter, he was intercepted on the Jaguars' last two possessions of the first half that effectively killed any kind of momentum they were hoping to build.
It wasn't exactly a great day for Sanchez, but he really did not need to be very good on this day. Sanchez threw for just 182 yards and was intercepted twice, but his two touchdowns were really all that mattered on a day in which the Jets defense was dominant.
The Buffalo Bills offense cannot be stopped. After scoring 41 points against the Chiefs in week one, the Bills scored 35 points in the second half to come back from a 21-3 deficit and stun the Oakland Raiders 38-35.
There were five lead changes in the fourth quarter, the last was a six-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick to a wide-open Daniel Nelson for a 6-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left. After a quick 24-yard catch to bring the Raiders to their 44-yard line, Jason Campbell heaved a hail mary to the end zone with no seconds left, and it was seemingly caught by three different players, but Bills rookie CB Da'Norris Searcy came away with the game-saving interception.
There were some mindblowing offensive numbers put up in this game, nothing stands out more than Nelson's 10 receptions, including five on the game-winning drive, but Raiders' rookie WR Denarius Moore's 171 total yards, including an insane 50-yard touchdown grab to give the Raiders' their last lead of the game. Full stats from the game can be found here.
Campbell was, for his part, superb. The Raiders' defense gave up five touchdowns in five possessions to the Bills offense in the second half, which is difficult for any offense, let alone one which claims its best receiver as a rooke fifth-round pick (Moore). J-Soup finished the game 23/32 with 323 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
The Raiders will try to bounce back from this gut-punch loss next week against the New York Jets in their home openers. The Bills will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 2008 at home against the New England Patriots.
The Washington Redskins came back to down the Arizona Cardinals with a strong fourth quarter, 22-21.
Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones went down with an apparent wrist injury during their game against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury occurred on his second carry of the game. Jones did return to the game on the Cowboys' next possession.
Jones is coming off a somewhat disappointing game in the Cowboys' opener. He had just 44 yards on 17 carries and lost a fumble against the New York Jets.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were down 17-0 at halftime to the Minnesota Vikings after two Adrian Peterson touchdown runs. That seems like ancient history after the Bucs scored 24 points in the second half, allowing the Vikings only a Ryan Longwell field goal. LeGarrette Blount scored two touchdowns, Josh Freeman found Arrelious Benn for a 24-yard touchdown, and with less than 30 seconds to play, the Buccaneers were up 24-20 and held on to win
The Vikings looked better than they did after their week one embarassment — McNabb has 203 passing yards, substantially more than the 39 he had last week — but their second-half defense was abysmal, allowing the Bucs to run roughshod for 5.5 yards per carry combined.
Most of that was from Blount, who had 79 yards on just 13 carries to go with those two scores. Freeman was his typical reliable self — 22/31, 243 yards and a touchdown with an INT — and it seemed to be just a matter of time before they came back into this game.
Though a loss, this should quell some of the doubt swirling around McNabb. He was crisper and more productive today, but the Minnesota faithful won't be satisfied until that starts turning into wins, especially for a quarterback with a history of fourth quarter collapses.
Cam Newton showed a lot of positive signs in his second career NFL game. Unfortunately, he's only likely to remember what he did wrong. Despite throwing three interceptions, the rookie quarterback had moved the Carolina Panthers to within a few yards of the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. But on 3rd-and-1 from the Packers' 3, he scrambled around and eventually took a sack. On the next play, he was stopped short of the first down, turning the ball over.
Just two plays later, Jordy Nelson scored a 84-yard touchdown to make the score 30-16 and effectively put the game away. It was a drastic turn of events, but was maybe a good lesson for Newton to learn early in his NFL career. There is not much margin of error in the NFL, which is especially true when you're playing the defending Super Bowl champions. Newton will see better days, it's best that he just puts this one behind him.
Green Bay Packers starting safety Nick Collins left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers after suffering an apparent neck injury. Collins has started all 16 of the games each of the past three seasons.
Collins has registered 17 interceptions over the past three years and has been a stalwart for the Packers defense. During his first six seasons, he has only missed three games and has started every game in which he's played. He has registered 413 tackles and defended 62 passes in his prolific career.
After releasing David Garrard and ushering in the Luke McCown era for the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Jack Del Rio might want to reconsider. McCown is 6/19 for 69 yards and four interceptions against the Jets, and it appears his atrocious performance could be paving the way for a certain first-round pick.
According to half of Twitter, but first reported by the NY Daily News' Manish Mehta, Jags' rookie Blaine Gabbert was warming up on the sideline after McCown's fourth pick. After the Jets turned that interception into a Nick Folk field goal to go up 32-3, Blaine Gabbert is in at quarterback.
The Jaguars picked Gabbert with the 10th pick in this year's draft, and many fans hoped he'd be the opening week starter. Now, the team gets to see why the Titans decided they'd rather have Jake Locker with the eighth pick.
For Jaguars' fans reaction to their quarterbacks' performance, head over to Big Cat Country.
Well, well, well. We wrote a blog post in the first half of the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills game saying it looks like Oakland is headed to 2-0. That's because they were cruising over the Bills, 21-3, and looked in control of the game.
But something happened. The Bills stormed back and now have taken the lead from the Raiders, 24-21. Chan Gailey is one of the most creative offensive coaches in the NFL and it's showing in Buffalo as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is spreading the ball around all over the field. RB Fred Jackson has also gone over 100 yards for the second consecutive week.
The Bills and Raiders was supposed to be a snoozer looking at the schedule early in the offseason but it's turning out to be one of the best Week 2 games.
The Bills fans at Buffalo Rumblings knew they had a chance to be competitive this year and the early results are showing that.
Remember that whole bit about Cam Newton figuring out this whole NFL thing? Well, maybe we spoke a little too soon. Since his impressive first quarter in which he threw for 151 yards and led the Carolina Panthers to scores on their first three possessions, he's been decidedly less impressive.
And by "less impressive" we of course mean he's been pretty bad. The Panthers have not scored since the first quarter, have fallen behind 20-13 to the Green Bay Packers and Newton has thrown three interceptions. As the third quarter comes to a close, the Panthers have ended three straight possessions with turnovers as a Steve Smith fumble coming in between a pair of Newton interceptions.
The last of Newton's interceptions showed how he has started to press. On 3rd-and-10 from the Panthers' 23, Newton basically threw up a prayer that was picked off at the Panthers' 49. The Packers turned that into a field goal.
The Denver Broncos have released their list of inactive players for their 4:15 p.m. game against the Bengals, and it's a doozie. Five starters are out: RB Knowshon Moreno, WR Brandon Lloyd, CB Champ Bailey, DE Elvis Dumervil and LB D.J. Williams.
What's more, backup WR Demaryius Thomas and backup DT Marcus Thomas are also inactive. The Broncos weren't exactly firing on all cylinders in a 23-20 loss to the Raiders in week one, and that was with Lloyd, Moreno, Bailey and Dumervil starting.
Luckily for the Broncos, and I can't believe I'm about to type this, the Bengals don't appear to be nearly as good as the Raiders this year. Though they won their first game against the Browns, you could make an argument that Joe Haden lost that game after blowing his assignment against A.J. Green in the winning touchdown pass.
What really remains to be seen is just how long the Broncos will be without five starters. One game against the Bengals isn't a huge deal, but if this injury list persists, the Broncos can say hello to the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
For Broncos fans thoughts on their game against the Bengals, visit Mile High Report.
In Week 17 last year, the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-10. In the playoff game, they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 31-7. In Week 1 this year, the Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills, 41-7.
Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, it's not getting better in Detroit. The Lions lead the Chiefs, 27-3, and it's not looking pretty for the Chiefs.
Nothing is working in Kansas City and they're en route to their fourth consecutive blowout. Chiefs' Todd Haley was believed to be on the hot seat entering this season and that's clearly the case through two and a half quarters in Detroit.
The Lions look for real and the Chiefs do not. It's as simple as that.
Donovan McNabb is still looking for his first touchdown pass of the day, but it's worth pointing out that his 170 passing yards is already more than four times his paltry total of 39 from last week. McNabb has connected on 12 of 19 passes without any interceptions, helping the Vikings to a 17-10 lead over the Buccaneers. Adrian Peterson has handled the scoring load -- he's already scored twice to go with 92 yards.
LeGarrette Blount is also looking to move past an ugly stat line: he tallied just five carries for 15 yards in Tampa Bay's opener against the Lions. He was vocal about the way he was used -- or not used, if you want to get technical -- during the week, but as the third quarter comes to a close, he's getting his chances: he's tallied 11 carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. That's still not quite the production he was expecting, but it's a major improvement from a week ago.
The Kansas City Chiefs early season struggles took a turn for the worse Sunday afternoon as running back Jamaal Charles suffered a knee injury early in their game with the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs struggled last week and were already struggling this week when Charles suffered his knee injury on their first offensive drive of the game.
Thomas Jones has taken over for the Chiefs and depending on the severity of the injury, Jones would be the starting running back moving forward. Rumors are flying about an extremely severe knee injury, but until we hear it from respected sources, we'll hold off on speculating as to the specific injury to Charles' knee.
If Jones were to take over the starting role, Dexter McCluster would assume greater value. To put that better, he would assume value as with a healthy Charles and Jones he is a fairly speculative play. Since Charles' injury, McCluster has shown some excellent burst with 39 yards on only six carries.
If Charles is going to miss significant time and you're looking for a guy at the bottom of your roster, McCluster might be worth a look. Of course, the Chiefs could be looking at season-long struggles, which would devalue much of the Chiefs offense at this point.
For more on the Chiefs, head over to Arrowhead Pride.
That's the word from the Jets, according to New York Daily News beat reporter Manish Mehta:
Like we said at the time of the injury, this is bad news for the Jets' rushing attack.
Before the season, Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver boldly predicted the Oakland Raiders would be in the playoffs this year. Actually, he predicted the AFC Championship game. I laughed about it pretty hard because, well, it's the Raiders.
What's more impressive is who the Raiders were missing -- their top four pass catchers. All four of those guys, including WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, were out with injuries. Yet the Raiders run game keeps on chugging putting up 73 yards on 15 carries between RB Darren McFadden and CB Michael Bush.
If the Raiders win this, they'll be 2-0 on the year and legitimate contenders in the AFC West.
Just about everything that could go wrong for the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half against the Detroit Lions did. RB Jamaal Charles was injured. QB Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes. QB Matt Cassel threw two interceptions, including one with less than a minute to go in the half.
The Lions lead the Chiefs at halftime, 20-3.
The Chiefs have three personal fouls and they may have lost their best player. Charles' injury happened in the first quarter and we don't have any updates on him. His knee certainly didn't look good when he went down.
Stafford looks really sharp connecting on 15-of-25 passes for two touchdowns. WR Nate Burleson, who said before the game he wanted to congratulate Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers on his new contract with a trip to the end zone, has six receptions for 66 yards.
Cassel has looked OK completing seven of ten passes but two of those three incompletions ended up turning into interceptions.
Not much is going right with the Chiefs and the most important one of them all, Charles' health, is in question.
The Tennessee Titans-Baltimore Ravens tilt hasn't been the blowout many anticipated after the Ravens' de-pantsing of the Steelers in their week one contest, with only three combined points for the majority of the game coming on a Rob Bironas field goal.
That is, until Ray Rice took it upon himself to change that. He took a mini-screen play and broke four tackles on his way to the end zone, giving the Ravens a 7-3 lead and scoring the first TD of the game. You can watch the video here.
Rice, in case you forgot, is approximately four feet tall, yet has the strength of ten men, or approximately 30 Titans defender. He will not, nay, cannot be denied when he smells the end zone. That's what having a low center of gravity will do for you.
Since that play, Kenny Britt has taken it upon himself to shut up all the critics. In the first half, he caught six balls for 80 yards and a touchdown, and looked fearless while doing so.
It's halftime in this game after a 77-yard kickoff return brought the Ravens to field goal position and Billy Cundiff nailed a 41-yard field goal. 10-10 all after a scoreless first quarter.
With Marques Colston sidelined with a broken collarbone, a lot of people picked Devery Henderson as a player to watch. Well, a lot of people are right: Drew Brees found Henderson for a 79-yard touchdown. It was his second catch of the day, and he's just nine yard shy of his second consecutive 100-yard game.
How big was Henderson's play? According to WWL-TV, it was the Saints' biggest play in almost a year:
Keep in mind, it's still early in the second quarter -- Henderson could be due for a very, very big day.
The best center in the NFL, and the heart of the New York Jets' vaunted offensive line, Nick Mangold, has left the game against the Jaguars with an ankle injury. According to the NY Daily News' Manish Mehta, Mangold was taken to the locker room for X-rays and his return in questionable.
Mangold might be the league's most valuable offensive lineman, as he's the leader of the most consistently dominant run-blocking unit in the league for the past few years. He's being replaced for now by Colin Baxter, who has had next to no game experience because Mangold has played pretty much every down of every game since he was drafted in 2006.
Mangold's leg was apparently twisted as he fell to the ground, which for a 307-pound man like Mangold is the worst possible way to get injured. That's a lot of stress on that ankle.
The Jets are playing well, leading the Jaguars 12-3 after a Santonio Holmes TD catch and a sack-safety of Luke McCown. We'll see how the Jets' typically stout running game is affected if Mangold is unable to return to this game.
There were more than a few skeptics out there who believed Cam Newton's performance in Week 1 was at least as much a product of playing against a bad secondary as it was a sign that the No. 1 overall draft pick was the real deal. Well, through three drives of his encore performance, he's making a pretty strong case that he may be a legitimate NFL quarterback.
On Newton's first drive, he was 6-of-7 for 84 yards and finished it off with a beautiful fade to Brandon LaFell for a touchdown. The play was reviewed, but it ultimately stood up.
Newton has been nearly as good ever since. In leading the Panthers to a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter, he has now completed 10 of 14 passes for 151 yards. The Panthers have scored on all three of their possessions.
Charles was going out of bounds and collided with the Lions' mascot, but appeared to have injured himself before the collision. Charles went down immediately clutching his left leg, and after he couldn't stand on his own, the Chiefs brought out the cart. No further information is available as to the seriousness of this leg injury, but if you're a Chiefs fan, this is already pretty serious.
After Charles, the Chiefs have a combination of Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster to fill in the running back position, but the two combined don't equal the talent and production that JC Superstar brings to the table. Fantasy owners will want to jump on Jones, as he'll get the bulk of the looks near the goal line, in case this injury is of the multi-week variety.
Chiefs fans are pretty devastated. See SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride if you're into some good, ol'-fashioned schadenfreude.
When you open the season with Rex Grossman as your starting quarterback, you must know you're playing with fire, right? While the former first-round draft pick looked downright decent in Week 1, it didn't take long in Week 2 for Grossman to revert to his old habits.
On the Washington Redskins' first drive of the game, Grossman took his team down the Arizona Cardinals' 6-yard line. But on 3rd-and-goal, Grossman was flushed out of the pocket and lobbed an ill-advised pass toward the goal-line. He badly overthrew his receiver, allowing Adrian Wilson to pick it off at the 2.
Just for good measure, Grossman was at it again on the ensuing drive. After completing the first three passes of the drive, Grossman threw over the middle to Anthony Armstrong, who got a hand on the ball but only served to deflect into the waiting arms of Richard Marshall.
For those of you keeping track, Grossman has now thrown two interceptions in 13 passes against a secondary that is probably one of the worst in the NFL. Oh, and for good measure, the Cardinals scored on the second of those interceptions.
Attention Cam Newton doubters, there's still room on the bandwagon -- but you better hurry, because it's filling up.
Just in case you thought his incredible debut last week was a fluke, he opened today's game against the Packers with a near perfect drive. He completed six of seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Packers, Randall Cobb fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Panthers the ball on 26-yard-line. They settled for the field goal this time around, but the Panthers lead the Super Bowl champs early, 10-0.
it's not a good start for the Kansas City Chiefs. Todd Haley elected to defer and the Detroit Lions, and their explosive offense, took the ball and quickly started marching down the field on the Chiefs defense culminating in a QB Matthew Stafford to WR Calvin Johnson touchdown pass from 15 yards out.
There were a couple of interesting notes on the Lions first drive.
First, Stafford was hit as he was throwing from midfield and the ball floated in the air getting intercepted by S Jon McGraw. The problem? McGraw fumbled, the Lions recovered and had a fresh set of downs after the change of possession.
Second, the two sides already got into a fight. RB Jahvid Best took a carry about 10 yards for a first down and away from the play CB Brandon Flowers and WR Titus Young got into a fight. Flowers pushed Young's helmet off, which was a personal foul, and Young ripped Flowers' jersey up during the scuffle. Chiefs CB Brandon Carr stepped in at the end of the play and pushed Young to the ground, getting another personal foul.
Third, on the play after the fight, Chiefs DE Glenn Dorsey was flagged for hitting the quarterback.
Bad start for the Chiefs, who desperately need a win.
Detroit Lions all-world receiver Calvin Johnson has been nursing an ankle injury this week, but it's not something that will keep him from taking the field today against the Kanas City Chiefs. That's good news for the Lions, and even better news for Matthew Stafford's fantasy owners. From ESPN's Josina Anderson:
Holmes, listed as questionable with knee and quadriceps injuries, will indeed suit up Sunday after pulling his quad while running in practice Thursday. Jets head coach Rex Ryan was non-committal about his status Friday.
Holmes had six catches for 70 yards in the Jets' come-from-behind 27-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last week. Despite not being at 100 percent, Rotoworld believes starting Holmes would be a safe bet for fantasy owners:
Holmes may not be 100%, but his matchup versus Jacksonville is too good to pass up for fantasy leaguers. He comes in as our No. 14 ranked receiver for Week 2.
Yet, there are several inactives for the Jets, including quarterback Kevin O'Connell, wide receiver Logan Payne, safety Emanuel Cook, running back Bilal Powell, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, offensive lineman Rob Turner and defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.
The New York Jets look to start the season 2-0 after beating the Cowboys in prime time. In order to do so, Rex Ryan's team will have to stop a Jacksonville Jaguars team led by Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Miami Dolphins host the Houston Texans this week, who bring a healthy Arian Foster to town with them. Heightened expectations set the stage for two teams that have shown a knack for scoring points this season.
The last time the Patriots lost a home opener, Tom Brady was a backup quarterback. San Diego looks to set a new precedent this week.
A potential preview for the NFC Championship game, the Eagles continue their tour of outdated domes with a trip to Atlanta for a prime time game against the Falcons. MIchael Vick has been back here once before since returning to the NFL, but this time he is front and center for the Eagles.
It's looking more and more like the quad injury suffered by Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will keep him out of the Cowboys' Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Last week against the New York Jets, Bryant was slowed in the second half with the injury.
Bryant's absence will be big for fantasy football fans and the Cowboys, as well as those behind Bryant on the depth chart. The Star-Telegram in Dallas points to Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree as guys that could have a big day with Bryant out.
The Cowboys will have to test their receiving depth if Dez Bryant is unable to play because of the thigh contusion he suffered last week. It could mean more balls for Miles Austin, but then he's also going to get most of the attention from the 49ers. This might be a big chance for Kevin Ogletree.
His chances of playing? Not very good. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports he'll test the quad out in pregame, but it doesn't look good. ESPN's Chris Mortensen, as well as Peter King of SI.com, don't think he'll play.
So if you're wondering what to do with Bryant on your fantasy football team, strongly consider benching him.
Hop on over to Blogging The Boys for the latest updates.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have listed tight end Marcedes Lewis as doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, which means he has no more than a 25% chance of playing in the game. The Jaguars have limited fantasy options but Lewis was looking to be one of the better ones for Luke McCown. Instead he's likely sitting out the week to rest up his calf strain.
In his place, the Jaguars are likely going to start Zach Miller. We will refer to him as the other Zach Miller as Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller is generally viewed as the much better fantasy option. So if you see Miller available on the waiver wire, double check the team. I suppose you could go with the Jaguars version of Miller as he has shown an ability to catch the ball. However, there are likely better options out there if you find yourself in the market for a tight end this week in place of Lewis.
For more on the Jaguars, check out Big Cat Country.
The St. Louis Rams held running back Steven Jackson out of practice for a third straight day on Saturday and his status remains up in the air for Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. The team indicated the plan was to decide on Monday evening before the game, which means fantasy football owners are stuck in limbo waiting for official word.
As it currently stands, due to the late nature of the game your best bet is to simply bench him for the week and go with your next best option. If you have Cadillac Williams you're in a bit of luck, but otherwise, you're just going to have to roll the dice without Jackson this week. He could very well play as he has battled through injuries in the past but odds do not seem good for an appearance on MNF. It's simply not worth the risk of taking a goose egg if you have another running back you know will play.
For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times.
The Dallas Cowboys listed Dez Bryant as questionable for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and he is apparently a game-time decision for the team. If you're unsure how to handle this and are looking for every last bit of information out there regarding the status of Dez Bryant, Sports Illustrated's Peter King threw in his two cents on the issue. King told Evan Silva that he does not think Bryant will play against the 49ers.
How you use that information likely depends on your opinion of Peter King. Some view King as one of the more connected people in the NFL. If you believe that then feel confident benching Bryant. Other people are not quite as sure what to make of King, in which case it becomes your own game-time decision.
My own opinion is that even if a guy is well connected, that does not mean his sources are always giving him the best information. King has been around long enough to have plenty of sources so I don't doubt he has heard information that would make him think Bryant will sit. I simply choose to take it with a grain of salt. As it currently stands, if you're deciding between Bryant and a 1:00pm ET receiver or flex play, I'd pull the plug on Bryant for the week. If you can wait until 4:00pm ET, sit on it for a few hours.
For more on the Cowboys, check out Blogging The Boys.
The Cleveland Browns take on the Colts in Indianapolis as both teams look to bounce back from ugly opening weekend losses.
The Baltimore Ravens go to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans in a matchup of two teams headed in seemingly opposite directions after Week 1.
After good and not so good performances in Week 1, the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Redskins will try to figure out the truth about themselves during Sunday's meeting.
The Buffalo Bills will try to continue their stampede through the AFC West this week with a home game against the Oakland Raiders. Running back Darren McFadden and the Raiders' defense plan on giving the Bills more trouble than the Chiefs could muster last week.
After a disappointing debut, the Broncos try to even their record with a game against the visiting Bengals. Can Kyle Orton stave off the calls for Tim Tebow? Will Cedric Benson have his way with Denver's run defense?
The Kansas City Chiefs head to Detroit to face the Lions in Week 2 in a matchup of cross-conference teams seemingly headed in opposite directions early in the season.
The Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints face off in another matchup between North and South, this one pairing a high-octane offense against a tough, opportunistic defense.
With just hours to go before today’s NFL games kick off, SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi looks at key injuries affecting this weekend’s games and how they might impact your fantasy rosters.
The New York Jets released their injury report for the week and have listed wide receiver Santonio Holmes as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Holmes has been dealing with knee and quad problems this week and has been limited in practice thus far.
The Jets activated wide receiver Patrick Turner off their practice squad on Wednesday, which would follow up the concern about Holmes health. At the same time, the activation was Wednesday and Holmes has been in practice, albeit in limited form since then. At this point, the best bet is that Holmes will be a game-time decision for Rex Ryan and the Jets. The team plays in the 1:00pm ET slot, which means you'll at least have an idea of his availability before any of the games kick off.
For now, I'd imagine Holmes will play and is worth continuing to start. While the Jaguars are coming off a solid performance against the Titans, they remain an enticing opponent for Holmes
For more on the Jets, check out Gang Green Nation.
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