ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown with David Nelson #86 during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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.
Ahh, the NFL, where the only thing expected is the unexpected. The Bills and Lions are cruising to 2-0 records, Tom Brady nearly has 1,000 yards passing through two weeks and rookie Cam Newton goes for 400 yards -- again.
The NFL is alive and well as the country's best sport and every Sunday we learn why. If you missed the action in Week 2, here are 12 things to remember about the games.
The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are leading the NFL in scoring. The common theme? Both have played the Chiefs. KC has been outscored 89-10 in the last two games including Sunday's rout courtesy of the Lions, 48-3. Both teams are 2-0 on the season and both have schedules that set themselves up nicely. The Bills are in a tough spot in the AFC East along with the New England Patriots and New York Jets, and the same goes with the Lions and the defending Super Bowl champs in the NFC North. Either way, it's going to be a strange year as we talk about the Lions and Bills fielding legitimate teams with a real shot at making the playoffs.
After Detroit and Buffalo, your other 2-0 teams: Patriots, Jets, Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Packers. Yup, Detroit, Buffalo and Washington are undefeated. Just as everyone expected, right?
Tom Brady could be having one of those seasons. 940 passing yards through two games and no signs of slowing down. Brady had that awesome 2007 season with 50 touchdown passes and, while I'm not saying he's going to be doing something like that, he is off to a terrific start. It's obviously very early, but the single-season passing yards record should be on alert.
So this Cam Newton guy...he's not bad. Going for over 400 yards in two consecutive games -- 854 in two games. His first two career games. The Panthers lost both games but this is without a doubt a different a team with him steering the ship. There's some confidence there -- along with the usual rookie mistakes -- that Newton has. Were those of us that thought he would struggle wrong about him? Through two games, the answer is yes.
Don't forget about QB Drew Brees. He was terrific in Week 1 but overshadowed by QB Aaron Rodgers' awesomeness. Week 2? Three more touchdowns, no interceptions and just short of 300 yards. His season numbers to this point are six touchdowns, no picks and 689 passing yards. That contract extension will be well worth it.
The Falcons are still legit. There was a concern last week after an 18-point loss to the Chicago Bears that the Falcons were some kind of fluke, that they weren't as good as their 13-win season last year. Sunday night's victory over the Eagles shows that's not the case. They put up 35 points and four touchdown passes on a good Eagles secondary. The Falcons may not win their division because the competition level is ridiculous in the NFC South but they're going to be fine this year.
Indy moves to 0-2 in the post-Peyton Manning era. Any chance of him coming back in early December with the teamin playoff contention seem to be slipping away. SB Nation's Stampede Blue says Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns reminds them of when the Colts were bad, like really bad. The pre-Manning, pre-Jim Harbaugh era.
Are three playoff teams from last year the worst teams so far this year? I think I can make a case that the three worst teams in the NFL right now are the Chiefs, Colts and Seattle Seahawks. All three of those teams were in the playoffs last year. I'd say the tradition of the playoffs having about a 60 percent turnover rate will turn out to be true once again. Those three teams could seriously be looking at the Suck For Luck campaign in the next month.
Chiefs injuries are hitting ridiculous levels. TE Tony Moeaki, Week 4 in the preseason, is lost for the season with a torn ACL. S Eric Berry, Week 1 of the regular season, is lost for the season with a torn ACL. RB Jamaal Charles, Week 2 of the regular season, is lost for the season with a torn ACL. You can make an argument, and a good one at that, that those three players are in the top five in terms of importance to the team.
Speaking of injuries, QB Michael Vick goes down. This is why I avoided him in fantasy. He's played one complete season in his career and seems to get dinged up for a few games every year. This one appears to be a concussion, so he'll recover from that but, anytime Vick goes down, it makes you think of the Kevin Kolb trade.
Redskins-Cowboys returns to primetime. This is one of the best rivalries in the NFL -- when both teams are good. The Redskins have started off 2-0 and enter Dallas week looking to take control of the division. Let's say that again: The Redskins are looking to take control of the NFC East.
No surprise, but the Steelers are going to be OK. Last week Pittsburgh was embarrassed by the Baltimore Ravens and it made you think the Super Bowl hangover might have gotten to them. And then....a shutout victory over the Seahawks. Pittsburgh's going to be fine.