After just two Sundays of the NFL season, there are just five teams sporting 2-0 records: 49ers, Cardinals, Texans, Chargers and Eagles. That number will rise to six on Monday night with the winner of the Denver-Atlanta game also rising to 2-0.
Perhaps the San Francisco 49ers are the most powerful early season team in the NFL, just based on the quality of teams they have beaten. After winning at Green Bay in the opening week, the Niners remained perfect by beating Detroit 27-19 Sunday night.
Alex Smith completed 20 of 31 passes for 226 yards and two TDs. Michael Crabtree caught six passes for 67 yards. After the game, Crabtree said the "sky is the limit" for the Niners.
So much for the Dallas Cowboys' dreams of an unbeaten season. Eleven days after knocking off the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the Cowboys traveled to Seattle and got spanked, 27-7. Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards and a 3-yard fourth quarter touchdown. Special teams were huge for Seattle, leading directly to 10 first-quarter points. Michael Robinson forced Felix Jones to fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a short field goal, and Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones' punt which Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown to give Seattle (1-1) a 10-0 lead in less than 5 minutes.
Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson threw for 151 yards and directed a 90-yard scoring drive in the third quarter capped by a 22-yard touchdown strike to Anthony McCoy to give Seattle a 20-7 lead.
The San Diego Chargers, notorious in the past for their slow starts under coach Norv Turner, are 2-0. The Chargers beat Tennessee for the eighth straight time, 38-10. The Chargers retired the late linebacker Junior Seau's (SAY'-owz) No. 55 and then played a game the All-Pro linebacker would have been proud of. Tight end Dante Rosario had caught three TD passes for the first time in his career--he had just five career TD catches coming into this game.
Philip Rivers was 24 of 32 for 284 yards. Malcom Floyd had six catches for 109 yards and Rosario four catches for 48 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) passed for 275 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers smothered the New York Jets in the second half of a 27-10 victory. Both teams are 1-1. Roethlisberger completed 24 of 31 passes. He hit Heath Miller for a 1-yard score to give the Steelers the lead late in the first half. Big Ben later found Mike Wallace for a 37-yard strike early in the third quarter to break the game open.
In a battle of young quarterbacks, Sam Bradford was a little better than rookie Robert Griffin III and the St. Louis Rams rallied from a 21-6 halftime deficit to beat the Washington Redskins 31-28. Bradford threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and Danny Amendola caught 16 passes for 160 yards. Bradford had second-half scoring passes of 34 yards to Brandon Gibson and 1 yard to Matt Mulligan.
Griffin ran for two touchdowns and ran for a third. He was guiding the Redskins to a possible overtime but Billy Cundiff's 62-yard field goal try was short and wide with 1:13 left.
The Super Bowl champion New York Giants haven't exactly settled things down, but they have earned their first win of the season.
After an atrocious first half in which he threw three interceptions, Eli Manning led the Giants to a wild, come-from-behind 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Andre Brown scored the winning touchdown from 2 yards out with 31 seconds for the final margin.
Despite the early picks, Manning ended up recording the second-best passing day in Giants history. He threw for 510 yards, including touchdowns of 23 yards to Hakeem Nicks, 80 to Victor Cruz and 33 to Martellus Bennett.
Backup quarterback Kevin Kolb (kahb) led the Arizona Cardinals to an upset victory over the New England Patriots in Foxborough today.
Starting in place of injured John Skelton, Kolb threw for one touchdown and ran for another, while Pats' kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a potential winning field goal in the final seconds, as Arizona beat the Pats 20-18.
The Patriots had an opportunity to save the game, when Vince Wilfork recovered a fumble at the Cardinals 30-yard line with 1:01 left. Danny Woodhead then ran it 30-yards into the end zone, but the touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty. New England moved to the 24 before Tom Brady spiked the ball to stop the clock with six seconds remaining. Gostkowski made four other field goal attempts, but sent the final 42-yard try wide left.
Michael Vick's 1-yard TD run with 1:55 left, helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome a slew of turnovers to beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23.
Down 23-17, the Eagles started at their 20 with 4:43 left. Vick led his team downfield with passes of 24 and 13 yards to Brent Celek, then a 19-yard pass to Clay Harbor coupled with a roughing-the-passer penalty to put the ball near the goal and set up the winning touchdown.
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker made field goals of 56, 51 and 48 yards for the Ravens, but Joe Flacco couldn't get Baltimore (1-1) in range in the final minute. Flacco overthrew Ray Rice on fourth-and-1 from the Ravens 46, and the Eagles ran out the clock.
Adam Vinatieri'S 53-yard field goal with 8 seconds left gave Andrew Luck his first NFL win as the Colts beat Minnesota 23-20 in Indianapolis's home opener.
Minnesota (1-1) rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to tie the score on a 6-yard TD pass from Christian Ponder to Kyle Rudolph with 31 seconds left.
But that was too much time for Luck, who had thrown for two touchdowns. He started with back-to-back 20-yard completions, then drew the Vikings offside before spiking the ball with 12 seconds to go. Vinatieri knocked the 53-yarder through the uprights to win it, burnishing his reputation as the best clutch kicker in NFL history.
Luck finished 20 of 31 for 224 yards.
Cam Newton threw for 253 yards and ran for a career-high 71 yards as the Carolina Panthers defeated New Orleans 35-27.
One week after tying a franchise low with 10 yards rushing in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay, the Panthers rediscovered their running game against a porous Saints defense. The Panthers ran for 219 yards and Newton, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all scored on short touchdown runs.
Steve Smith overcame a sore knee to finish with 104 yards receiving and Jonathan Stewart hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception for the Panthers (1-1).
Drew Brees threw for 325 yards but was intercepted twice, including once by Charles Godfrey, who returned it 9 yards for a touchdown.
It's the Saints' first 0-2 start since 2007.
The Houston Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville.
Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown, while Ben Tate added 74 yards and two scores as the Texans improved to 2-0. Matt Schaub used mostly short throws to pick apart Jacksonville's defense.
The Jaguars were even worse on offense, finishing with a franchise-low 117 yards.
Adam "Pacman" Jones returned Cleveland's first punt 81 yards for a touchdown, and Andy Dalton matched his career high with three touchdown passes, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 34-27 victory over the Browns.
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden rebounded from one of the worst debuts in NFL history by throwing for two touchdowns. Trent Richardson became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass. But none of it was enough.
The Bengals (1-1) have won 13 of the last 16 against the Browns (0-2).
C.J. Spiller scored twice and had 123 yards rushing to spark the Buffalo Bills' 35-17 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes, including a 49-yarder to Stevie Johnson, and Leodis McKelvin scored on an 88-yard punt return in the Bills' home opener. Buffalo's high-priced defense had five sacks and forced three turnovers as the Bills bounced back from a dreadful season-opening 48-28 loss to the New York Jets last week.
The Chiefs opened a season 0-2 for the sixth time in seven years.
Miami Dolphins have won a home opener for the first time since 2005.
Reggie Bush ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns as Miami beat the Oakland Raiders 35-13.
Ryan Tannehill threw his first NFL touchdown pass, ran for another and avoided any turnovers after tossing three interceptions in his pro debut last week.
The Dolphins improved to 1-1, and Joe Philbin got a sideline drenching for his first victory as a head coach. The Raiders, under new coach Dennis Allen, drop to 0-2.