There were some shockers and some big upsets in week two of the 2010 NFL season. Virtually every fan was, at some point, on the edge of their seats during Sunday’s games.
For fans, the overtime play between the Texans and the Redskins was stressful, to say the least. While the Redskins’ Donovan McNabb threw for 426 yards and a touchdown, the Texans’ Matt Schaub threw for a franchise record 497 yards. More interesting, though, is that this match-up was only the fifth time in NFL history featuring two 400+ yard passers. In the end, it was Neil Rackers’ 35-yard field goal with 3:24 left in overtime, that gave the Houston Texans the win.
With a dismal week one loss against the Baltimore Ravens, Jets fans were getting concerned – and aggravated. However, the Green Machine managed to come back and beat the New England Patriots, 28-14. Jets QB Mark Sanchez threw a career high three touchdown passes, and throwing for 220 yards. Even with the loss of Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Jason Taylor injuring his arm during a sack on Pats’ Tom Brady, Sanchez remained calm and cool under pressure. When the Jets travel to Miami next week, they hope to keep the momentum from week two going.
Surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys are now at 0-2, after a 27-20 loss to the undefeated Chicago Bears. Cowyboys’ QB Tony Romo threw two interceptions, saw virtually no running game and a defense that was unable to protect two early leads. Even with an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth quarter, kicker David Buehler missed a 44 yard field goal. To add insult to injury, Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury, and cornerback Mike Jenkins injured his right knee.
The Chicago Bears, on the other hand, came away unscathed, aside from Chris Williams’ hamstring injury in the 1st quarter. Both interceptions were grabbed by D.J. Moore, Charles Tillman had a forced fumble, and Robbie Gould made field goals of 38 and 40 yards. Bears quarterback, Jay Cutler, threw for 277 yards, was sacked only once, and threw no interceptions.
Fans of both teams are anxious to see what happens in week three, with the Dallas Cowboys traveling to Houston and the Bears traveling to the New Meadowlands Stadium and the New York Giants.
Week three should prove interesting across the NFL, and we want to hear your season predictions. Do you think it’s too early in the season to rank teams based on the first two games?