If nothing else Week 2 in the NFL made it clear that no one is quite as good or as bad as they were in Week 1…. probably… maybe… never mind. “The Film Says…” Week 2.
Jets at Bills
- This one figured to be a low scoring, defensive affair… figures that 68 points were scored, 31 by the Bills, and OC Greg Roman of Buffalo fell on the sword.
- Reports suggests that the Bills’ ownership met with “key” offensive players which led to the firing of Roman without head coach Rex Ryan knowing. The writing is on the wall… time for Rex and his brother to go.
- Fitz Magic, 24 of 34, 374 yards, 1 TD. He’s not great but he’s the best the Jets got, this stat line could have easily been more impressive. Could you imagine, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg out there… Uh…
- Marked improvement from Week 1 Tyrod… 18 of 30, 297 yards, 3 TDs!!! and 1 INT.
- Matt Forte 30/100/3!!! On pace for like 500 touches this season.
- Brandon Marshall 6/101. Eric “All he does is catch touchdowns” Decker 6/126/1. Quincy Enunwa 6/92 looked like Jarvis Landry hopefully he’s healthy.
- Time to move to safety Revis. Toast.
Dolphins at Patriots
- The Phins got down big early and rallied late to make a game of it but the Patriots controlled this one wire to wire. Honestly thought Miami would play better as they tend to play inspired football against New England… but this game was in Foxboro.
- I wonder if Belichick gets a 1st round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo (18 of 27, 234 yards, 3 TDs!!! prior to injury) when he trades him in the offseason? Jacoby Brissett to start Thursday night.
- Blount! With the customary hurdle went 29/123/1.
- Arian Foster (3/9) is hurt what’s new..? His replacement the ballyhooed Jay Ajayi (5/14). Yawn.
- Marty B! 5/114/1 fastest and hardest I’ve ever seen him run after the catch. The “Big Baby Deer” has become a Stag in New England.
- Jarvis Landry (10/137) and DeVante Parker (8/106) could be a dynamic duo… but Tannehill (32 of 45, 389, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) ain’t it.
Bengals at Steelers
- This matchup was hyped as the NFL’s premiere rivalry in today’s game. Until the Bengals win a playoff game I’m going to use the emergency break on that but it was a hard fought, divisional battle between two quality football teams. Nothing glamorous about it.
- Antonio Brown (4/39) and A.J. Green (2/38) did nothing for me in Fantasy or DFS. A lot of credit has to go to each team’s secondary… defensive staff.
- Gio Bernard was effective in the passing game 9/100/1.
- No fireworks in this one but the Steelers pulled it out at home. Impressed with both team’s defenses through two weeks particularly the Steelers secondary; swiss cheese a year ago.
- Where Le’Veon at?!?
Titans at Lions
- Marcus Mariota still has a long way to go (25 of 33, 238 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) but that throw to Delanie Walker, down the seam, between two defenders… was pretty.
- Matthew Stafford hadn’t thrown a pick in forever (22 of 40, 260 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 4 times)… pooped the bed in this one. You can’t have such a pedestrian performance against a shaky opponent at home.
- Speaking of Delaine 6/83/1.
- Marvin Jones paying dividends 8/118.
- Andre Johnson with the game winning grab 1/9/1. Hard watching my boy these days… meanwhile Fitz is ageless.
Ravens at Browns
- Flacco and McCown both had 2 TDs and 2 INTs, very similar stat lines… the Ravens are 2-0 and the Browns are 0-2 and down to rookie 3rd string quarterback Cody Kessler. If LeBron, Kyrie and Co. didn’t win a championship I would say, “God hates Cleveland.”
- Isaiah Crowell (18/133/1) making it difficult for my boy Duke Johnson 3/12 (4 rec. 44 yards) to shine.
- I thought Dennis Pitta was an apparition before he went for 9/102. Nice call Headley.
- Corey Coleman (5/104/2) reminded everyone why Will Fuller wasn’t the first wideout off the board during the 2016 NFL Draft; but suffered a broken hand in practice Wednesday… God hates… someone in Cleveland.
- There are three receivers with 3!!! TD receptions this season. Larry Fitzgerald, Kelvin Benjamin… and Mike Wallace (4/41/2)?!?
- Timmy Jernigan wrecked shop. 6 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack, 2 TFLs, and 3 QB Hits.
Cowboys at Redskins
- Dak Prescott game managed the hell out of this one; 22 of 30, 292 yards, 1 rush TD. Prescott has attempted 75 passes so far this season the most for a rookie to start a career without throwing an interception in NFL History.
- I have never bought into Kirk Cousins; 28 of 46, 364 yards, 1 TD and 1 egregious INT to seal the loss.
- Ezekiel Elliott (21/83/1; 2 fumbles 1 lost) has yet to impress…
- Matt Jones (13/61/1) needs more touches and Gruden needs to reign Cousins in.
- Dez! It’s alive. 7/102.
- Can’t understand why Josh Norman (3 passes defended) isn’t following the opposition’s #1 wideout. Gruden’s stubbornness is costing the team.
- Dallas still sucks… Yes, the Cowboys are my favorite team.
Saints at Giants
- So the Giants play defense now which doesn’t bode will for the rest of the NFC East. They get a win without scoring an offensive touchdown against Drew Brees & Co.
- Eli (32 of 41, 368 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs) and his troops aren’t hitting on all cylinders but the offense will come around.
- Drew Brees (29 of 44, 263 yards, 1 TD) was certainly underwhelming by his standards. Credit the Giants defense and Sean Payton’s refusal to run the football.
- Mark Ingram (9/30) can’t win for losing…
- Sterling Shepard (8/117 on 8 targets) leading the way. Victor Cruz (4/91) making plays. Odell Beckham Jr. (8/86) we’re patiently waiting on the fireworks.
- Coby Fleener (2/29 on 8 targets) ain’t it… the Giants usually give up the booty to tight ends… See what I did there?
- Janoris Jenkins with the scoop and score!
- Cameron Jordan is a baller. 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 1 pass deflected and 1 QB hit. If only New Orleans had 10 more guys like him on defense.
49ers at Panthers
- Cam (24 of 40, 353 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT) with the bounce back.
- You can’t let Fozzy Whitaker (16/100) get off.
- Vance McDonald (1/75/1) got some giddy up!
- Greg Olsen (5/122/1) continues to be the model of consistency.
- Kelvin Benjamin (7/108/2) is too big. He actually looks better thru two weeks in 2016 compared to his rookie (2014) season which was impressive but plagued by drops. He’s catching everything and in traffic.
- Kuechly… 11 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 INT.
Chiefs at Texans
- That’s more like it Alex Smith. 20 of 37, 186 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, sacked 4 times and 2 fumbles lost. I don’t know who that guy was in Week 1.
- That’s a lot of money for a “meh” QB. Get accustomed to this type of line from Brock Osweiler. 19 of 33, 268 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs.
- Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West combined for 118 rushing yards on 16 carries. Please explain to me why Alex Smith attempted 37 passes in a game that ended in a 19 -12 lost!?
- Nuk! 7/113/1.
- And his sidekick Will Fuller (4/104) putting on a clinic. Where’s Mackenize Alexander when you need him?
- You know how they say cornerbacks/defensive backs need to have short memories…? Well, Marcus Peters has no memory. He typically gives up a big gain or two every week but he impacts the game in a tangible way EVERY week. Peters had 7 tackles, 4 passes defensed, and 2 INTs. That’s 10 INTs in 18 career games. To put that into perspective it took Rod Woodson 46 games, Charles Woodson 47 games, Deion Sanders 40 games, Darrell Green 49 games, and Champ Bailey 32 games to reach that number.
Seahawks at Rams
- Bad offense? Or good defense? It was a combination of the two. The Rams have the Seahawks number. Nothing to see here other than Russell Wilson’s high ankle sprain.
Buccaneers at Cardinals
- Like I said in last week’s “The Film Says” the Bucs ain’t ready yet.
- Jameis (27 of 52, 243, yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs, sacked 3 times, and 1 fumble lost) is going to have games like this from time to time; he’ll bounce back, but it’s clear Jameis’ supporting cast needs a face lift.
- Carson rights the ship I hope. 17 of 30, 304 yards 3 TDs!!!
- Doug Martin is injured… Charles Sims is a really nice complement but this is a big blow for Tampa Bay.
- Someone other than Mike Evans (6/70/1 on 18 targets) has to get open. Aside from the TD pass and catch Patrick Peterson (1 INT) was in his jock all game. This is how it’s done Norman/HTTR.
Jaguars at Chargers
- Did you know that Blake Bortles (31 of 50, 329 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, sacked 2 times, and 1 fumble lost) has only thrown 3!!! first quarter touchdowns in his career?!? Fantasy vs. Reality.
- Phillip Rivers (17 of 24, 220 yards, 4 TDs) making do…
- I told you Drew…. Melvin Gordon! 24/102/1. Expect his workload to increase on both the ground and in the air with Danny Woodhead out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Big lost.
- Something tells me Travis Benjamin (6/115/2) is going to outperform his contract (4 years $24 million) in San Diego.
- Tyrell Williams for 3/61/1. Who?
- The lone bright spot in this one for the Jags was their 2015 first round selection Dante Fowler who had 6 tackles and the first two sacks of his career.
- I don’t know what to make of the Jaguars defense other than Gus Bradley has to go and the Jaguars have to do a better job of sustaining drives on offense.
Falcons at Raiders
- Speaking of defense, the Raiders had better get their act together quickly.
- Matt Ryan (26 of 34, 396 yards, 3!!! TDs, 1 INT) had a little serendipity in the red zone for a change. The INT was in the red zone though if I’m not mistaken. Just throw it to Julio every time.
- Speaking of Julio. 5/106/1 on 5 targets… Every time!
- Please explain to me why Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott get more coverage than Derek Carr?! 34 of 45, 299 yards, 3!!! TDs. I know why… it was a rhetorical question. It’s also asinine.
- Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Reggie Nelson and Sean Smith have to step up. The Raiders are currently last in total defense giving up an average of over 500 yards per game. What’s going on Ken Norton Jr.?!?
Colts at Broncos
- The Broncos play defense. Ask Cam Newton and Andrew Luck (21 of 40, 197 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 5 times, and 1 fumble lost).
- Trevor Siemian (22 of 33, 266 yards, 1 INT) doing the Peyton Manning.
- Demarcus Ware is hurt but no worries. Shane Ray scoop and score!
- Aqib Talib pick SIX! The 10th of his career.
- Von Miller (7 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 pass deflected, 4 QB hits, 1 fumble forced) deserves every penny.
- Donte Moncrief is expected to be out with injury for 4-6 weeks; keep your eye on Phillip Dorsett… he’s fast.
Packers at Vikings
- You done messed up A-A-RON! 20 of 36, 213 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, sacked 5 times, and 3 fumbles, 1 lost.
- Well done Mr. Bradford (22 of 31, 286 yards, 2 TDs, sacked 4 times) but can you stay healthy…?
- Is this the beginning of the end for AP? Peterson had 12 carries for 19 yards (19/31 in Week 1) before departing with a meniscus tear, expected to be out 3-4 months. Why they insist to run him out of the gun baffles me.
- Still don’t see the explosiveness but Jordy Nelson’s (5/73/1) and Aaron Rodgers’ connection is undeniable.
- Stefon Diggs’ 2015 campaign was no fluke. He’s legit. Legit #1. 9/182/1.
- I told you last week about Danielle Hunter. 4 tackles and a sack. Watch him get after Cam in Week 3.
- You probably don’t know who Linval Joseph (6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs) is but trust me opposing offensive coordinator’s do.
- Mike Zimmer knows defense so the Vikings play defense.
Eagles at Bears
- As Bill Parcells said about one Tony Romo many moons ago, let’s not break out the anointment oils just yet. John Gruden gushed about Carson Wentz (21 of 34, 190 yards, 1 TD, a second TD dropped) during the Monday Night Football telecast. I think I threw up in my mouth a little. To this point nothing I have seen from Wentz surprises me. He looks the part. How the Eagles/Wentz were able to go no huddle/sugar huddle at the beginning of the game and make all the pre-snap adjustments on the road (you could hear a pin drop in the Bears stadium) is beyond me. The crowd made absolutely no noise… but then again their quarterback is/was Jay Cutler so there isn’t much to get excited about. I like how Wentz is protecting the football but he’s played against two poor teams (Browns, Bears) and his “amazing” throws are predominantly first read passes into huge windows. Mark Sanchez can make those types of throws. Wentz needs to do a better job of protecting himself and I am interested to see him against a quality opponent where he faces some adversity but there is reason to be encouraged especially considering his situation where his head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich played the position at the highest level. Don’t put him in Canton yet though.
- Jay Cutler (12 of 17, 157 yards, 1 INT, sacked 3 times, and 1 fumble lost) hurt his thumb and is expected to miss a few weeks. No one cares…
- C’mon Jeremy (11/28/1 and 1 fumble lost) you making me look bad!