The second Sunday of the season came to a close with some news for a few quarterbacks. Milestones were surpassed and several injuries plagued the day. Upsets and blowouts were amiss in a chock-full day of action.
Peyton Manning barely passed 250 yards in the game, but he got over 70,000 career yards and led Denver to a 31-24 victory over the Chiefs, who lost 3 fumbles and 2 INTs, leaving Peyton 1,716 yards removed from Brett Favre‘s mark of 71,838.
The Patriots outgunned Buffalo 40-32 with 451 passing yards with Gronk receiving 113 yards and a touchdown. Tyrod Taylor went 23/30 for 3 touchdowns and rushed for a fourth, but was intercepted 3 times and fumbled twice, each recovered by the offense.
Carolina battled the Texans in a battle of faltering quarterbacks, with Newton and Mallett each under 50% completions, but a rushing TD and one passing TD for Mallett, two for Cam. Carolina escaped with a 24-17 victory.
The Bears never had a chance. Arizona took the lead on the first kick with a TD return and never looked back. Palmer went for 185 yards and four scores. Cutler looked good early, but was intercepted on his only incompletion of the game and hit hard on the eventual touchdown return. Cutler left with an unconfirmed hamstring injury as the Cards strolled to a 48-23 victory.
Andy Dalton‘s completion percentage wasn’t great, but he threw 3 touchdown passes as the Bengals survived a 24-19 scare against San Diego. Giovanni Bernard had 123 yards to set up a few touchdowns but did not find the endzone himself. Each team was a tad sloppy, losing 2 fumbles.
Manziel and Mariota clashed, each throwing two touchdowns, yet neither with a shining percentage. The Browns won 28-14 over the Titans, with Mariota fumbling 3 times, losing two of those and Johnny fumbled twice but did not lose either.
In a minor upset, the Vikings put down a pass happy Detroit team, 26-16. Stafford had almost three times as many pass attempts as Bridgewater, but had only an average completion percentage while Teddy was close to 80%. Peterson carried for 134 yards with three fumbles, one lost and one negated by penalty.
Jameis Winston and company bounced back from a week 1 defeat to make a major upset on the Saints, 26-19. Winston went 14-21 with 207 yards and a score, ran for another and fumbled once. Each team lost two fumbles and Brees was picked once.
The Giants crapped out in the fourth quarter again. The Falcons scored twice in the fourth, the eventual game winner with 80 seconds left on the clock. Matt Ryan garnered 363 yards and a touchdown, while Eli was just under 300 yards with two TD passes. The Falcons had no turnovers and the Giants only one. Final score 24-20, Atlanta.
Pittsburgh crushed San Francisco, let’s not sugarcoat this. Big Ben scored three times and DeAngelo Williams ran three more in. Despite that, Kaepernick never quit and had 335 yards and threw in a couple touchdowns. The Niners were embarrassed 43-18.
Kirk Cousins had a great game, 23-27 and a score, while Jones had two TDs rushing as the Skins handled the Rams 24-10.
The Jaguars and the Dolphins went down to the wire. Ryan Tannehill went for 359 yards and two TDs while Bortles connected with Allen Robinson for two scores. The Jaguars kicker went 3/3 with a long of 58 while the Miami kicker had a pivotal miss. The Jaguars pulled away with a 23-20 win.
Oakland and Baltimore were locked in a shootout. Derek Carr shined with 351 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a game winning drive capped off with 30 seconds left. Flacco had almost 400 yards and two scores with an interception right after Carr’s clutch drive as Oakland finished off a 37-33 upset.
This next one i saw most of, but it was honestly hard to watch. The game was full of overall weirdness and several injuries, including Tony Romo breaking his clavicle. After that, Brandon Weeden came in to go 7/7 for 73 yards and a 42 yard touchdown pass. Bradford was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. Dallas won an ugly one 20-10.
Tony Romo doesn’t need surgery on his broken collarbone. Oddly, that doesn’t change the timeframe. Likely 8 weeks, either way.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2015
The last game of the night was a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship. Each quarterback had a pretty good game, Rodgers a little better than his counterpart, Russell Wilson. Rodgers also looked exceptional moving in and out of the pocket. Starks also rushed for 95 yards as the Packers put the game away late with a 27-17 victory.
Image source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America