NFL Week 2: Cardinals Shock Patriots, Panthers Surprise Saints

Week 2 brought us a big upset as the Patriots fell to the Cardinals in New England.

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The NFL doesn't care what you think about the refs

The NFL's replacement referees had a bad day all over the league Sunday, but more than anything, the replacement refs just remind us why Roger Goodell's NFL is so dominant in the first place.

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NFL Debrief: Cardinals, Saints Shock The World For Very Different Reasons

The Cardinals beat the Patriots in New England, the Saints are 0-2 and we have another postgame handshake incident. All that and more in this week's NFL Debrief.

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Steady As We Roll: Are Dominant 49ers NFL's Best Team?

It was a good weekend for the Jim Harbaugh coaching tree, with the 49ers and Stanford winning. But let's not forget David Shaw. That, two ways to look at the Eagles, and the rest of the weekend in the Monday Morning Jones.

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VIDEO: Aaron Hernandez Headlines Week 2 NFL Injury Report

It was not a pleasant weekend to be a fan of the New England Patriots. Not only did the team suffer a shocking home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but the team saw tight end Aaron Hernandez leave the field with an ankle injury. He is expected to miss up to six weeks for the Patriots.


Hernandez wasn't the only important injury on Sunday. The New York Giants lost Ahmad Bradshaw to an injured neck. He sat out most of Sunday's game and could miss the team's next contest, as the Giants have a short week before playing the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

The most substantial injury, though, seems to have been suffered by Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker, who could be out for the season with a knee injury.

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VIDEO: Andrew Luck Gets First NFL Win In Week 2

Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck earned his first career NFL regular-season victory with Sunday's 23-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Luck, the first overall draft pick this year out of Stanford, had a solid day, completing 20 of 31 pass attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

Other highlights of the second Sunday in the NFL: the San Francisco 49ers, with a bloodied quarterback Alex Smith, defeated the Detroit Lions 27-19. There were a number of key injuries in games on Sunday -- notably New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was violently thrown to the ground on a sack but returned to the game against Carolina, though the Saints lost.

Other rookie quarterbacks who got their first wins Sunday: Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins.

Luck threw touchdown passes to Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne.

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Brian Orakpo Injury: Redskins LB To Miss Time

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo could miss a "significant stretch of time" after re-injuring a shoulder/pectoral muscle, the Washington Post's Mike Jones is reporting. Orakpo left the Redskins' 31-28 loss to the St. Louis Rams midway through the first quarter. The linebacker tried to return twice but left the game for good after just two second-half plays.

After the game, Orakpo admitted to reporters that the injury is the same one he suffered in Week 17 of last season, when he hurt a pectoral muscle after sacking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. Orakpo, who led the Redskins with nine sacks last season, left that game and then had to have offseason surgery. Fortunately, Orakpo had all of the offseason to recover but that will not be the case this time.

In his post-game press conference head coach Mike Shanahan said Orakpo will see Dr. James Andrews, who performed the initial surgery during the offseason.

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Titans Vs. Chargers Game Recap: Philip Rivers Efficient With Reserves In 38-10 Victory Over Tennessee

Philip Rivers got it done with a group of replacements Sunday afternoon, leading five touchdown drives in their 38-10 pounding of the Tennessee Titans. Rivers tossed three touchdowns to Antonio Gates' replacement, TE Dante Rosario, while reserve running back Jackie Battle added two touchdowns on the ground.

The Chargers set the tone early when they cruised down the field for a quick touchdown on their opening drive. Two plays later, Titans QB Jake Locker put them right back in scoring position with a fade-away interception to Eric Weddle on his first attempt of the game.

From there, it was all downhill for Tennessee, with the Chargers putting up 17 unanswered points before Rob Bironas could sink a field goal from 23 yards out.

With a revamped San Diego defense harrassing Locker all day, the second-year quarterback was only able to complete 50% of his passes (15-of-30) for 174 yards. Running for his life for most of the game, he was only able to find pay dirt once with a 15-yard touchdown strike to WR Kendall Wright -- when the game had been all but decided.

Battle would then go onto chip in his two garbage-time touchdowns in the fourth quarter to inflate San Diego's victory into the realm of the humiliating.

With the win, the Chargers move to 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

Fantasy Studs and Duds Those who started Philip Rivers were rewarded with three touchdowns and 284 yards to just one interception. Oh yes, and if you were somehow bold enough to give RB Jackie Battle or TE Dante Rosario an audition, you are officially a fantasy magician (69 yards, two touchdowns and 48 yards, three touchdowns respectively).

But Did They Cover? The Chargers covered comfortably as seven-point favorites.

Injury Info: There may be a few minor bumps and bruises but nothing major to report here.

What's up Next? The Chargers will be staying at Qualcomm to take on the Atlanta Falcons while the Titans head back home to take on the Detroit Lions.

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Steven Jackson Status Update: Rams RB Benched After Unsportsmanlike Conduct Penalty

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson was benched at the end of the first half on Sunday, and he hasn't played in the second half of the Rams' game against the Washington Redskins.

Jackson was benched after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. On a 3rd-and-1, he was stopped inches shy of the end zone. After being called short of the goal line, Jackson spiked the football in frustration and drew the penalty. The Rams were backed up 15 yards and forced to settle for a 33-yard field goal.

The St. Louis offense has been rolling along just fine without its star running back. The Rams trail, 28-23, at the end of the third quarter and have 419 yards of offense. Daryl Richardson is leading St. Louis in rushing with 70 yards on seven carries. Jackson had 58 yards on nine carries before his benching.

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Shonn Greene Injury Update: Jets' RB Returns To Game Vs. Steelers

After leaving the game in the first half with a suspected concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ryan Mundy, running back Shonn Greene returned to start the second half. He quickly resumed being the Jets workhorse with three straight carries, in a game in Pittsburgh that is being defined by defense and running the football.

In Greene's absence, backup Bilal Powell ran the ball seven times for 25 yards, and was largely ineffective against Pittsburgh's run defense. Currently Greene isn't fairing much better, with his game line improving to 10 carries for 29 yards, but he offers the Jets another option on offense, something they sorely need.

The Jets are going to need as many backs healthy in the second half as possible, because as it stands New York are unable to protect Mark Sanchez long enough to build a passing offense. The Jets' QB has been under pressure for much of the day.

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Robert Griffin III Throws First Career Interception

Like a child's shattered dreams, it's hard to watch the moment in which anyone loses their innocence. Up until this point, Robert Griffin III's NFL life consisted of ease, memes and touchdowns. Thanks to Cortland Finnegan, he just learned that being a pro isn't as easy as it appeared early on in his career.

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Should RG3 have picked up on Finnegan lurking? Sure. Should have he tried an off-balance pass while lunging away from the defender? No way, no how. However, if you're a Skins fan looking for solace, you can at least see that the QB was a victim of over-confidence, not of being clueless.

The Redskins currently lead, 21-16, at halftime.

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Robert Griffin III's Arm Is Pretty Strong

It's just not fair, is it? Not only can Robert Griffin III juke defenders like a shifty running back, but he can also chuck the ball 60 yards in the air to a speedy receiver. I'm guessing Leonard Hankerson didn't think he'd have to run that fast to chase down this bomb.

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As is, Griffin's arm allowed the Redskins to take advantage of some really bad coverage by Janoris Jenkins on Hankerson, leading to the 68-yard touchdown. The Redskins now lead, 21-6.

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Shonn Greene Injury: Jets RB Heads To Locker Room With Head Injury

Shonn Greene has left the field in the New York Jets' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers following a hit that caused the RB to be looked over by the trainers. After hitting the second level after making it through the offensive line, he was met by Ryan Mundy who delivered a clean, but unintentional helmet-to-helmet shot that left the RB dazed and caused him to head to the sideline. Following a short time he was taken back to the locker room to be examined further, and it's likely he'll be checked for concussion-like symptoms.

UPDATE: Greene is questionable to return.

Up to that point, Greene had seven carries for 23 yards, and was the go-to guy in the Jets' running game. He's now replaced by second-year running back Bilal Powell, who has just 16 career carries to his name. Thus far, his replacement is playing well with four carries, but he's by no means a long-term answer in the Jets backfield. With the NFL's new rules on safety, New York will take a good look at Greene before thinking of returning him to action.

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Rodger Saffold Injury: Rams OT Injures Left Knee, Will Not Return

St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will not return in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins, after injuring his left knee during the Rams' second possession.

Saffold was previously announced as questionable to return by the Rams, but was since ruled out to come back into the game. This marks the second consecutive week that Saffold left a game due to injury, as he was carted off the field in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions with a neck injury. That injury didn't end up being as serious as it first appeared, and Saffold returned to the practice field mid-week before being activated prior to Sunday's game.

It will be interesting to see if Wayne Hunter, who has replaced Saffold in each of the first two games, can hold down the fort. Hunter was a full-time starter for the first time in his career a year ago, despite being in the league since 2003, and struggled with the Jets before being shipped to St. Louis in the offseason.

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Cardinals Vs. Patriots Game Recap: Arizona Wins As New England Misses Late Field Goal

The Arizona Cardinals escaped with a 20-18 road victory against the New England Patriots in Week 2. The Cardinals nearly gave the game away, as backup running back Ryan Williams fumbled the ball as Arizona was trying to run out the clock. The fumble gave the Patriots the ball at the Cardinals 30-yard line.

The Patriots had a touchdown called back on a touchdown run by Danny Woodhead, due to a holding penalty. New England moved the ball into field goal range, but Stephen Gostkowski missed the 41-yard field goal that would have given the Patriots the win.

Before that kick, Gostkowski was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals on the season.


Matt Ufford recaps the Patriots' shocking loss.

The Cardinals were able to get an early lead by holding the Patriots to field goals instead of touchdowns, as well as forcing two Patriots turnovers. Quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was filling in for the injured Jon Skelton, had a big day by scoring two touchdowns. One was a 2-yard pass to Andre Roberts late in the third to go up 13-9. His other score was a 5-yard rush, which gave them a 20-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots made their comeback late and had a chance to win even before the Cardinals gave the ball up late in the fourth quarter. Tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-18, but the two-point attempt resulted in an incomplete pass by Tom Brady.

Fantasy studs and duds: The star fantasy player for Sunday was Tom Brady, who passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns -- but he did have on interception.

Odds: The Cardinals pulled off the upset, and heading into the game they were a 13-point underdog.

Injuries: The big injury in this game was Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez suffering a high ankle sprain early in the first quarter.

What's up next: The Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles next week, while the Patriots go on the road to face the Baltimore Ravens.

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Ravens Vs. Eagles Game Recap: Michael Vick Leads 24-23 Comeback Win For Philly

After trailing for the majority of the game, the Philadelphia Eagles completed another comeback victory this week by beating the Baltimore Ravens, 24-23, on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles battled back from multiple deficits before Michael Vick scored the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.

Philadelphia initially led 7-0 midway through the first quarter, but the Ravens would dominate the remainder of the half to take a 17-7 advantage into halftime. The Eagles responded in the third quarter with a pair of scores to tie the game up at 17-17, but Baltimore would take back the lead with a couple of fourth quarter field goals.

With about four minutes remaining in the game, Vick led the Eagles on their longest drive of the day, a nine-play, 80-yard rumble down the field punctuated by the quarterback's 1-yard touchdown run. The Ravens had nearly two minutes to possibly get into field goal position, but the Eagles defense shut things down at the end.

Despite another turnover-filled performance, Vick has once again led the Eagles to a close victory this season after last week's 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles on Sunday, but he led the Eagles to nearly 500 yards in total offense as part of the winning effort.

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Aside from the many turnovers, Vick put up very good numbers on the day, completing 23-of-32 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed ten times for 34 yards and the game-winning score.

Brent Celek and DeSean Jackson were Vick's primary targets all day long, accounting for the vast majority of the Eagles' passing yardage. Celek caught eight passes for 157 yards, while Jackson finished the day with seven catches for 114 yards.

Ray Rice had a solid all-around game for Baltimore on Sunday even though he never reached the end zone, rushing 16 times for 99 yards in addition to grabbing six passes for 53 yards as the team's second-leading receiver. Joe Flacco threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, but Anquan Boldin caught just two passes for seven yards.

Odds/Gambling

The Eagles were favored by three points entering Sunday's game and won by one point. They did not cover the spread.

All NFL odds can be found on SB Nation's NFL odds page.

Injury Information

Both teams saw injuries to key players on Sunday, but on different sides of the ball. The Ravens lost starting safety Bernard Pollard in the second quarter to a chest injury following a sack of Vick, the first major injury of the game. After heading to the locker room for x-rays, Pollard returned to the sideline without pads and didn't return.

The Eagles saw a pair of major injuries to key offensive starters, center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Kelce's status for the next few weeks is unclear after he sprained his knee, but Maclin returned on Sunday after sitting out a few series.

Next Up On The Schedule

Next week, the Ravens are looking at one of their biggest matchups of the season, a Sunday night game against the New England Patriots at home. The Patriots will likely be looking to make a serious statement after losing 20-18 to the Arizona Cardinals at home this week.

The Eagles, meanwhile, will be heading west next week to face the suddenly pesky Cardinals team that upset New England this week. Arizona is now 2-0 this season despite lackluster quarterback play, so that team has to be considered a real threat after wins against the Patriots and the Seahawks.

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Brian Orakpo Injury: Redskins LB Limps Off Field Vs. Rams

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo left the field during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams after suffering an injury to his arm and shoulder area. Orakpo walked to the sideline and threw off his helmet in frustration after sacking Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

Orakpo was seen with his shoulder pads off, sitting on the sideline as he was being attended to by the team's training staff. The fourth-year player out of Texas has missed just one game in his NFL career up to this point. He has 28.5 sacks out of his pash-rushing linebacker position since coming to the Redskins.

The Redskins are currently on top of the Rams, 7-3, in the first quarter of play at the Edward Jones Dome.

UPDATE: Orakpo has returned to the game.

[Note by Ryan Van Bibber, 09/16/12 5:05 PM EDT ] And then he was out again. It's a shoulder injury, and his return is being called questionable.

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Rodger Saffold Injury: Rams Tackle Injures Knee, Return Is Questionable

St. Louis left tackle Rodger Saffold injured his knee in the first quarter of the Rams' Week 2 game against the Redskins. The big tackle limped off the field with the help of the St. Louis training staff and was having his leg examined on the training table on the Rams sideline. St. Louis announced his return as questionable.

Saffold was carted off the field last week against the Lions with what appeared to be a serious neck injury. It was diagnosed later in the week as a sprained neck, and he returned to practice on Wednesday. He was activated Sunday afternoon and got the start on the left side of the line, but his day could be over on the Rams' second possession.

Wayne Hunter, who the Rams acquired in a preseason trade with the Jets, replaced Saffold at left tackle. Hunter struggled with the Jets during August, and was sent to the Rams in exchange for former No. 2 pick Jason Smith.

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Buccaneers Vs. Giants Game Recap: Eli Manning Overcomes Early Interceptions, Leads New York To 41-34 Victory Over Tampa Bay

After a rough first half, New York Giants QB Eli Manning went on to set a team record in single game passing yardage (with 510 yards in the air) while leading a 41-34 comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers defense was determined to prove that last week's strong performance against the Carolina Panthers wasn't a fluke and, in the first half, they achieved that goal. In the first thirty minutes of play, Tampa Bay intercepted Manning three times, scoring 21 points off those turnovers with seven coming from a 60-yard Eric Wright pick-six.

But following a 52-yard Connor Barth field goal on the Buccaneers' first drive out of the half, the Giants scored 21 unanswered points. Victor Cruz's 80-yard touchdown reception would tie the game at 27 following a successful two point conversion. On the very next drive, the Giants would take the lead on a 33-yard Manning to Martellus Bennett touchdown strike.

But Josh Freeman wasn't going to go down that easily. After getting the ball back, he showed some good chemistry with TE Dallas Clark before hooking up with WR Mike Williams on a beautiful 41-yard touchdown toss in the corner of the endzone to even the game.

Ultimately though, Manning came through with fourth quarter heroics yet again. Manning would find Hakeem Nicks for a 50-yard grab to set up a the dagger: a two-yard touchdown run from Andre Brown. The Buccaneers made things interesting at the end, but an interception from LB Michael Boley would ice it.

Fantasy studs/duds: Wide receivers were the story for both teams during this game, with Vincent Jackson (128 yards, one TD), Hakeem Nicks (199 yards, one TD) and Victor Cruz (179 yards, one TD) all putting up eye-popping numbers. Manning obviously had a huge game with 510 yards and three touchdowns, but it could have been his best performance ever if it wasn't for the negative points off the picks.

But Did They Cover?: The Giants comeback redeemed their 2.5-point favorite status.

Injury Info: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) and RT David Diehl (knee) were all forced from the game and did not return for the Giants. CB Eric Wright did not return on for the Buccaneers after a lower back injury that's bothered him all preseason acted up.

Next Week's Schedule: The Giants only have four days to recover before heading to Carolina to face the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. The Buccaneers will continue on their NFC East tour, taking on the Cowboys in Dallas.

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Browns Vs. Bengals Game Recap: Andy Dalton Outduels Brandon Weeden

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Cleveland Browns by a score of 34-27 at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday.

The Bengals won behind the arm of Andy Dalton, who overcame a rough Week 1 to throw for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

Cincinnati took a lead early when Adam Jones returned a punt 81 yards to put the Bengals up 7-0 just 1:25 into the game.

The Browns would not go quietly, although they would trail the entire game, thanks in part to much better performances from Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Richardson rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries and scored the first two touchdowns of his career. Weeden overcame his woeful first start by throwing for 322 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 26-of-37 passes.

The Bengals went up by scores of 24-10 and 31-17, but each time, the Browns had an answer. After a Weeden touchdown pass to Greg Little cut the deficit to 31-24 with 7:18 to play in the game, Cleveland needed a big stop.

Instead, the Bengals put together an 11-play, 58-yard drive that took 5:02 off of the clock that resulted in a Mike Nugent 37-yard field goal that put the game away.

Fantasy studs/duds:

Fantasy owners who were put off by Richardson's Week 1 performance may want to take a second look at him after what he was able to do against the Bengals today. Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green kept fantasy owners happy in points-per-reception leagues, as he had a productive day of seven catches for 58 yards.

And if there is anybody in the world that started Brandon Weeden, get in your car and go to Vegas. Now.

As for duds, if you expected the Bengals defense to pick up easy points on what appeared to be a hapless Browns offense, you are probably left disappointed. That Adam Jones punt return helped ease the pain, however.

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Did the Bengals Cover The Spread?

Yes. Cincinnati was a touchdown favorite this week over Cleveland, so the 10-point win means they covered.

Injury info:

Some Cleveland Browns were dinged up in the game, including DB Eric Hagg, who briefly missed time with an eye injury. DT Billy Winn suffered a head injury early and did not return. Backup DL Juqua Parker suffered a foot injury in the third quarter and did not return.

As for the Bengals, they are awaiting word on the status of DL Jamaal Anderson who had to be carted off on the Browns' last drive of the game.

Looking Ahead:

The Bengals will look to build on the win when they take on the Washington Redskins in Week 3. The Browns will look for their first win of the season against the Buffalo Bills.

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Vikings Vs. Colts Game Recap: Andrew Luck Sets Up Last-Minute Field Goal For The Win

The Indianapolis Colts gave up two touchdowns to the Minnesota Vikings in the final five minutes of the game to see a 20-6 lead evaporate, but Andrew Luck led a drive with 31 seconds left to set up a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri, and the Colts escaped, 23-20. Minnesota brought the score within seven on a Christian Ponder touchdown pass with just more than five minutes remaining, then scored again with 31 seconds remaining to come from behind and seemingly force overtime.

But Luck, who earned the first victory of his career, threw two consecutive 20-yard passes after the Colts got the ball on their own 20-yard line. A 5-yard penalty by the Vikings moved the line of scrimmage to the Minnesota 35, and Vinatieri hit a 53-yarder with seconds remaining to take the victory

Luck was steady, if not solid in the victory, throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns without throwing a pick.

The Vikings were first to score, going up 3-0 on a Blair Walsh field goal from 51 yards on Minnesota's first possession, but Luck answered by hitting Dwayne Allen on a three-yard touchdown pass.

The two teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter before Luck found Reggie Wayne for his second touchdown of the day. In the third quarter, Vinatieri hit another field goal from 45 yards out to give Indianapolis a 20-6 lead that looked like it would hold.

Ponder found Stephen Burton from seven yards out, then Kyle Rudolph from six yards out ,in the final two Minnesota possessions. After that, Luck set up Indianapolis for that improbable final score to take the lead just before time ran out.

The big winner: Andrew Luck

The rookie quarterback was much less mistake-prone a week after he threw three interceptions. When you also account for his huge final drive of completion after completion, and it looks like the Indianapolis Colts are in more than capable hands.

The big loser: Minnesota's defense

Defensive end Everson Griffen was called for a defensive offside penalty after Luck had moved the ball from the Colts' 40-yard line to the 40-yard line of the Vikings, giving Indianapolis five yards to make a 58-yard field goal into a more manageable 53-yarder. That said, the defense probably shouldn't have allowed the Colts to move so quickly with only 31 seconds to work with.

Odds: The Colts pulled the upset after being labeled as three-point underdogs in this one.

Fantasy outlook: Donnie Avery

Luck targeted wide receiver Donnie Avery 10 times and Avery caught nine balls for 111 yards on the day.

What's on the schedule?

The Vikings welcome the San Francisco 49ers next week, while the Colts take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home.

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Cardinals Win In The Most Cardinals Way Possible

You are the Arizona Cardinals. Somehow you've managed to bumble your way to a late lead over the New England Patriots. Bravo sirs, you navigated an assured loss everyone pegged you for, and found a way to beat the odds. Now is the time to get a little comfortable, and all you need to do is take a knee and run out the clock.

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Oh Cardinals. It's not even funny anymore. Okay, it's still pretty funny. This could have been an absolutely nightmarish scenario, but we can laugh because Arizona won. A late shanked field goal by Stephen Gostkowski helped seal Arizona's victory, despite trying as hard as they could to beat themselves.

Let it be marked in the annals of history: On September 16th, 2012– the New England Patriots out-Cardinaled the Cardinals.

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Saints Vs. Panthers Game Recap: Cam Newton Leads Carolina To 35-27 Win

The Carolina Panthers defeated the New Orleans Saints by a score of 35-27 Sunday behind the arm and legs of quarterback Cam Newton. The second-year player out of Auburn was efficient while scoring a touchdown on the ground and through the air.

The Saints jumped on top 7-0 early in the first quarter when Drew Brees connected with Jimmy Graham on a one-yard touchdown pass that capped an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive.

Panthers strong safety Charles Godfrey tied the game when he picked off Brees for a nine-yard score. The Saints responded with two field goals to push their lead to 13-7, but it was all Carolina from there.

Carolina came back with three-straight touchdown drives to blow the game open. The Saints recovered to pull within 28-20 in the fourth, but the Panthers answered immediately with a 6-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a Newton touchdown run that built the lead to 35-20.

The Saints closed to 35-27 late, but were unable to recover the onside kick. New Orleans did get one last chance, but Brees threw another interception.

Fantasy studs/duds: The quarterbacks made things happen passing the ball and rushing the ball. Newton completed 14/20 for 253 yards with a touchdown and also carried 13 times for 71 yards and a touchown. Brees was 31/49 for 325 and a touchdown while also rushing for a score. His two interceptions do hurt.

The Panthers defense forced three turnovers and scored, so hooray for their owners. The Saints defense forced a turnover, but gave up plenty of yards and didn't score, Not a great day.

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Odds/Gambling The Saints were favored, so obviously they didn't cover.

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Injury info The gave was relatively free of injuries. Brees looked to go down with a leg injury, but didn't leave the game. Wide receiver Steve Smith was carted off at one point, but it turned out to just be dehydration and cramping.

Next Up: The Saints return home to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Panthers host the New York Giants at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday Night Football.

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Texans Vs. Jaguars Game Recap: Texans Pummel Jags, Win 24-7

Ben Tate and Arian Foster had big days, as the Texans beat the Jaguars 24-7 on Sunday. Tate found the end zone twice for Houston while Foster played the role of workhorse, rushing for 110 yards and a TD off 28 carries.

Houston jumped out to a 17-0 lead after TDs from Tate and Foster, and never looked back. The only blemish on the day for the Texans was allowing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Jones-Drew.

Fantasy Studs/Duds: Any Foster owners should be pleased after a big day from the Houston rusher. Owners of MJD were bailed out thanks to his TD pass, however he had a relatively quiet day, garnering 67 total yards.

Did They Cover?: The Texans were easily able to cover their line, which was -9 at Jacksonville.

Injury Report: Jags Quarterback Blaine Gabbert's day was cut short after he left the game with a leg injury. He finished the day 7-of-19 for 53 yards, a touchdown and a 62.8 rating. Backup Chad Hennethrew two completions on two passes for 23 yards in relief of Gabbert.

Next Week: The Jags will matchup against the Colts next week. Indy is coming off their first win of theAndrew Luck era. As for Houston, they will take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next Sunday.

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Chiefs Vs. Bills Game Recap: Buffalo Gets 1st Win With 35-17 Blowout Of KC

After an ugly opener against the Jets, the Buffalo Bills responded in a big way on Sunday with a 35-17 Week 2 thrashing of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills offense was bruised and battered in New York, but Ryan Fitzpatrick and running back C.J. Spiller, filling in for the injured Fred Jackson, jumped all over the KC defense and pushed Buffalo to a three-touchdown lead at the half. The Bills defense would keep the Chiefs out of the end zone until the final six minutes, and the rout was on early in the second half.

Spiller started things off with the first two touchdowns of the day, bursting up the seam and off left tackle for a 17-yard score -- the only touchdown of the first quarter after a sluggish start to the game. He'd scamper in for his second touchdown just three minutes into the second quarter, taking a quick toss from Fitzpatrick, who was in the shotgun. The lighting-quick back out of Clemson immediately went toward the left pylon and cut it up with his lineman wiping out Chiefs corner Javier Arenas on the outside.

With less than five minutes in the half, Fitzpatrick would get in on the act for his first touchdown pass of the day, connecting with tight end Scott Chandler in the middle of the field. It was an easy pitch-and-catch, with Chandler beating safety Abram Elam.

The Chiefs finally ended the shutout when Ryan Succop connected on a 33-yard field goal, but the Bills would promptly ensure that no thoughts of a second-half comeback would be entertained. With the ball on their own 20, the Bills called for a designed rollout. Fitzpatrick went to his right with tight end Chandler coming across the field with him. The Bills QB hit Chandler in stride, and the tight end cut it up the right sideline for a 43-yard pickup, moving Buffalo across midfield. Two plays later, Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson in the middle of the field and the speedy wideout gashed the center of the Chiefs secondary for a 41-yard touchdown. An animated gif of the score:

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The Chiefs' woes would also extend to special teams, as Buffalo made it academic when Leodis McKelvin took a Dustin Colquitt punt 88 yards for another touchdown to make it 35-3 in the third.

Kansas City finally got on the board with a garbage-time touchdown, as Cassel hit Dwyane Bowe down the right sideline for a 33-yard touchdown. It was much too little and way too late, as the Bills took to the ground to salt the game away.

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Fred Jackson was inactive after sustaining an MCL injury last week against the Jets. But the explosive Spiller was there to pick up the slack, rushing 15 times for 123 yards and the first two touchdowns of the game.

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The Chiefs got down three touchdowns early, forcing the offense to try and come back through the air. The running game suffered, and Jamaal Charles, who was nursing an injury, rushed six times for just three yards.

Did They Cover?

The Bills entered the game as three-point favorites, and they easily covered.

What's Next?

The Bills will hit the road for what has become an annual game against the Browns. The Chiefs will stay on the road and face the Saints in the Superdome -- a clash between two teams looking for their first win.

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Raiders Vs. Dolphins Game Recap: Reggie Bush Leads Miami To 35-13 Win

Reggie Bush had a couple of big plays and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill notched his first career touchdown pass as the Miami Dolphins rolled right over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, winning 35-13. Both teams started slow, unable to get traction on offense, but in the end, it was Miami's halftime adjustments that made the difference by exploiting the lack of pressure from Oakland's front seven.

Tannehill started to roll out more in the second half, and Miami really cranked up the sideline-to-sideline action, forcing Oakland's defense to break down in the secondary, allowing Tannehill to find receivers on their way back from their routes. The Raiders found their defense gassed out by the start of the fourth, and Miami was walking all over them by that point.


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As is the usual result, the gassed defense led to poor field position for Carson Palmer and the offense, and they weren't able to put much together at all until their final drive, when Miami got a bit lax with their defensive formations. Palmer did have a good game overall, but didn't get much help from running back Darren McFadden, which is usually a good indication that Oakland isn't going to win. Palmer threw the ball over 40 times, while McFadden only carried 11 times.

Fantasy Studs/Duds: If you took a flyer on Bush, then you're probably a happy camper right now. After 26 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns, Bush has showed he's a viable option at this point. If you're like many and have McFadden ... you probably aren't as happy. He carried the ball just 11 times and only managed to come up with 22 yards. Be sure to check out SB Nation's main fantasy hub for all of your news and advice for next week.

Reggie Bush Is A Fan Of 'Griffining': Observe.

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Did They Cover? Miami was favored to win this game by most sources, but never by more than 3 points. Some actually favored the Raiders by a single point, so if you bet on Miami and if you picked the over (ranging from 39 to 41), then you did well. Be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL odds page to keep up to date on the latest lines.

Injury Report: Oakland receiver Denarius Moore was questionable coming into the game, but made the start and played most of the game. He left late in the third quarter with cramps and did not return until late in the fourth. Oakland cornerback Shawntae Spencer left the game in the fourth with a foot injury and did not return. Coye Francies, the returner for Oakland, took a brutal hit to the helmet on a kick return in the fourth and left the game. Miami remained relatively unscathed in the game.

Next Week: Oakland will return home and host to the very tough Pittsburgh Steelers, a team they've played well against recently. Miami will remain at home and play host to the New York Jets in Week 3.

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Christian Ponder Touchdown Pass Tipped And Tipped Again

The Minnesota Vikings pulled within a touchdown of the Indianapolis Colts when quarterback Christian Ponder found Stephen Burton for a seven-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. The pass itself was nothing so remarkable, but the catch was pretty amazing.

Ponder's ball was tipped at line and again in the end zone as a defender and the intended target both went up to get the ball. It bounced up into the air again before Burton finally managed to reel it in for the touchdown. Minnesota trails 20-13 with the pinball touchdown pass.

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Aaron Hernandez Injury: High Ankle Sprain For Patriots TE, According To Report

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered a right ankle injury against the Arizona Cardinals early in the game and did not return. The latest news on Hernandez's ankle is that his injury is likely a high ankle sprain.

If this is high ankle sprain for Hernandez, it could sideline him for multiple weeks or even months. It all depends on just how severe the sprain is. This injury can be difficult to recover from as it requires a lot of rest, and once a player has a high ankle sprain, it is more likely that he could sprain that ankle again.

With Hernandez likely out for at least a few weeks, the Patriots may be in the market to for another receiving threat. His backup, Michael Hoomanawanui, has not been involved in the passing game at all against the Cardinals.

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Blaine Gabbert Injury Brings In Chad Henne

Chad Henne is replacing Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville as the Jaguars are getting beat down by the Houston Texans. Gabbert has an ice pack on his left thigh so it's actually an injury that's giving Henne his shot.

It's unclear exactly what the injury is or whether it's serious. Henne was brought on as a backup in the offseason, one of the better backup options in the league.

Gabbert has not looked great in the Jaguars game, completing only 7-of-19 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. You couldn't blame the Jaguars if they decided to make a change at quarterback, injury or not. No interceptions is a good start for Gabbert but averaging less than three yards per completion is not.

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Eric Wright Injury: Tampa Bay CB Out With Back Injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright was forced out of Sunday's game with a lower back injury. His return is being called questionable at this point in time.

It's unclear when he suffered the ailment but it's possible his back just acted up as he was bothered by back issues throughout the preseason.

Wright had a highlight reel 60-yard pick-six off of Eli Manning at the end of the first half. Wright is being replaced by Brandon McDonald, who also has a Manning interception of his own on the day.

The Bucs had a comfortable lead but a Josh Freeman interception at the end of the third has given the Giants the ball back down 27-16. With Wright out, Manning might have some more opportunities. Then again, with how solid the Tampa Bay secondary has been as a whole, it's possible that he might just continue throwing interceptions.

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Antonio Gates, Ryan Mathews Inactive Vs. Titans

The San Diego Chargers will play without two of their biggest offensive weapons Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Running back Ryan Mathews and tight end Antonio Gates have been ruled inactive, according to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt.

Mathews has been out since San Diego's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 9. He has yet to practice as he recovers from a broken collarbone. In Week 1, Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown combined for just 17 yards on 15 carries in his absence.

Gates, meanwhile, is a late scratch for the Chargers. He suited up in San Diego's win against the Raiders and recorded 4 catches for 43 yards. He left the game with a rib injury, but later returned.

Gates missed practice for most of the week, but made it back to the field on Friday and was considered questionable before this announcement.

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James Harrison, Troy Polamalu Inactive For Steelers Vs. Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially listed safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison as inactive for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Polamalu and Harrison were questionable coming into Sunday's game that is set to kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. Polamalu is recovering from a calf strain while Harrison underwent a procedure on his knee. Neither of the two Steeler veterans practiced this week.

Polamalu is likely going to be back before Harrison, and both he and head coach Mike Tomlin were optimistic with his recovery. On the other hand, Harrison could be out until early October.

The loss of the two defensive leaders leaves Pittsburgh without 19 combined years of experience in Dick LeBeau's defense.

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Steve Smith Injury: Panthers' WR Carted Off In Game Vs. Saints

The Carolina Panthers have received a scare during the third quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints as star wide receiver Steve Smith had to leave the game after his leg cramped up due to dehydration.

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Smith had to be carted to the locker room where the training staff went to work getting him fluids. Shortly after, he returned to the sideline to rejoin the team.

Smith was suffering from a sore knee during the week leading up to the game, which caused many to believe that it was the culprit in him leaving the game today. It has been fine, however, and he is hoping to get back in the game soon.

During today's game, Smith has two receptions for 38 yards on the afternoon.

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DeMeco Ryans Plucks The Ball With The Greatest Of Ease

When the Philadelphia Eagles brought in LB DeMeco Ryans it was for moments like this. An amazing heads-up play, and an fantastic athletic dive for the INT on Joe Flacco's pass. Flacco was throwing into coverage that was too tight, but still there wasn't any anticipating that play from Ryans. Realistically, even if Ryans hasn't gotten to the ball there's a good chance another Eagle would have.

Up until this moment he was having a great day, and now has 1 INT and 1 TD on the day.

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Emotions are high in Philly, and plays like this wont cool them anytime soon.

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Ravens Vs. Eagles: DeSean Jackson Comes Out Swinging As Tempers Flare In Philly

Things are getting tense in Philadelphia as tempers flare between the Ravens and the Eagles. DeSean Jackson tried to throw a match in the tinderbox early, throwing a few punches on Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams. Both players were flagged for offsetting penalties.

Jackson is one of the smaller players on the field in this game, if not the smallest, so it only stands to reason that he would be the one involved in the scrum. Of course, Jackson wasn't the only one mixing it up. The highlights below:

Things could get really out of hand in the second half. The Eagles have already turned the ball over twice on a Michael Vick interception and a LeSean McCoy fumble.

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Bernard Pollard Injury: Ravens Safety Out With Chest Injury

Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard has left Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles with an apparent chest injury. He's already returned to the sidelines after a trip to the locker room, but he's no longer wearing his pads, making a possible return to the game quite unlikely.

Pollard appeared to suffer the injury while sacking quarterback Michael Vick in the second quarter, leaving the game immediately following that play. After heading to the locker room, Pollard received X-rays on his chest to assess the situation, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Earlier in the game, Pollard displayed his impressive skills by diving to intercept a Vick pass in the end zone as the Eagles were nearing a touchdown. Since being acquired by Baltimore before the 2011 season, Pollard has appeared in every game for the Ravens, making 15 starts including Sunday.

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Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Giants RB Has X-Ray On Neck

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second quarter with an apparent neck injury. Bradshaw hurt it making a block, which caused his head to move awkwardly.

After taking an offensive series off, Bradshaw was taken back to the locker room to have X-rays taken on his neck to determine the extent of the injury.

Before leaving the game, Bradshaw had 16 yards on five carries. He had 78 yards on 17 carries in the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, also scoring one touchdown. Last season, Bradshaw rushed for 659 yards with nine touchdowns in 12 games as he dealt with a number of injuries. The Giants currently trail the Buccaneers, 10-6, in the second quarter.

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Aaron Hernandez Injury: Patriots TE Rolls Ankle Vs. Cardinals

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter of their game against the Arizona Cardinals. Hernandez was seen grabbing the upper part of his right ankle after rolling it during a Julian Edelman screen play.

Hernandez had to be taken off the field with the help of a pair of trainers and is being taken to the locker room for more evaluation. The injury appears to be quite serious since Hernandez was unable to put much weight on his right leg, and he is questionable to return to this game.

This is a blow to the Patriots as Hernandez was one of the top targets in the their offense. He will be replaced in the lineup by Michael Hoomanawanui.

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NFL Picks, Week 2: The Prison Test, And RGIII's Reality Check

Get ready for NFL Week 2 with lines and picks for all the games this weekend, including the encore for RGIII, a Raiders-Dolphins blockbuster, and a couple of heavyweight matchups in prime time to cap off the weekend.

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NFL Picks Week 2: These Predictions Can't Be Wrong!

SB Nation accurately predicts every Week 2 NFL game. Or something like that.

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The Game Plan: Ranking The NFL Week 2 Matchups

Which NFL games should be watching in Week 2? SB Nation is here to help you decide.

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