Monday Morning Quarterback: The Good, The Bad Of Week 2
New England PatriotsNew York Jets
Not much to report in this category other than that Tom Brady threw a 39-yard TD pass to Aaron Dobson on the Pats’ first possession of the game. That gave the Pats their only touchdown.
Brady completed 19-of-39 passes and was not in sync with his receivers. Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw three interceptions against the Pats and was not ready for this prime-time game.
Atlanta FalconsSt. Louis Rams
Excellent game for both quarterbacks as Matt Ryan threw for 374 yards and two touchdowns and he did not have an interception. Sam Bradford was in comeback mode since the Rams fell behind early and he responded with a 352-yard, 3-TD effort.
It wasn’t necessarily Bradford’s fault, but the Rams got off to a slow start and fell behind big. He needed a faster start if the Rams were going to win.
Baltimore RavensCleveland Browns
It wasn’t a stellar game for Joe Flacco, but he rallied the Ravens and they avoided the embarrassment of losing to the Browns at home. Flacco threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and he did not throw an interception.
Brandon Weeden is carrying a big burden on his shoulders as he is trying to lead a team that lacks sufficient talent. He threw for 227 yards and avoided throwing an interception, but he could not lead the Browns into the endzone. Weeden injured his hand when he hit a helmet while following through.
Buffalo BillsCarolina Panthers
It was a thrilling moment and E.J. Manuel took advantage. With the final seconds dwindling off the clock and the Bills down by six points, the rookie quarterback saw ace receiver Stevie Johnson break wide open in the endzone. Manuel tossed him the game-winning touchdown pass and the Bills had their first win under head coach Doug Marrone.
The Panthers were the better team, but they don’t take advantage of their opportunities. Cam Newton threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns, but he couldn’t lead his team to victory.
Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings
Jay Cutler led the Bears to a fourth-quarter, come-from-behind victory for the second week in a row. He took advantage of Minnesota’s loose coverage to hit Martellus Bennett with the game-winning touchdown. Cutler threw for 290 yards, but he did throw two interceptions.
Christian Ponder appears to be in over his head against most NFL defenses. He lacks velocity, footwork, accuracy and confidence. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Tim Jennings.
Green Bay PackersWashington Redskins
Aaron Rodgers was sensational against the Redskins’ ill-prepared defense. He threw for 480 yards and four TDs, and you got the feeling that he could have thrown two or three more if he had wanted to press the issue.
RGIII is not the same kind of quarterback he was as a rookie. He lacks the quickness and burst that he had, and his team has fallen behind by huge margins two weeks in a row. He had respectable numbers – he threw for 320 yards and three TDs – but he is nowhere near his best.
Houston TexansTennessee Titans
It was not his best game, but Matt Schaub led the Texans to a home victory by throwing a TD pass in overtime. Schaub was sharp when he needed to be, throwing for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
Jake Locker is making significant progress and nearly led the Titans to an upset over a very good Houston team. Locker threw two TD passes and did not throw an interception, but he had just 148 passing yards and that wasn’t enough.
Miami DolphinsIndianapolis Colts
Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins are becoming a legitimate threat in the AFC East. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to make progress as he sliced the Indianapolis defense for 319 yards and he gave the Dolphins control of the game.
The numbers say that Andrew Luck threw for 321 yards, but it took him 43 passes to do it. The Colts need to unleash Luck and have him make more deep throws early to stretch opposing defenses.
Kansas City ChiefsDallas Cowboys
This game saw solid play from both quarterbacks as Alex Smith led the Chiefs to a win in his home debut and Tony Romo did not turn the ball over. Smith threw two TD passes while Romo threw for 298 yards.
The Cowboys did not finish off enough drives. While Romo threw a first-half TD pass to Dez Bryant, the Cowboys had to settle for three field goals and much of that is on the Cowboys’ quarterback.
San Diego ChargersPhiladelphia Eagles
One of the best wins in recent years for the Chargers, as they flew East after a devastating home Monday night loss to pick up a come-from behind win. Philip Rivers was sensational, throwing for 419 yards and three TDs. Michael Vick was also brilliant for the Eagles, throwing for 428 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eagles will feel bad that they couldn’t come through with a victory in their home opener, but it’s hard to fault either quarterback in this game.
Arizona CardinalsDetroit Lions
The Cardinals have to feel good about Carson Palmer. After he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter, Palmer steadied himself and led the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter.
Matthew Stafford has a big arm and regularly throws for big numbers. He passed for 278 yards and two TDs in this game, but the Lions’ offense was dormant in the fourth quarter when the Lions needed points and possession of the ball.
New Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers
Drew Brees was not great, but he was good enough to lead the Saints to a road win. Brees threw for 322 yards, and his completions on the game’s final drive led to the game-winning field goal by Garrett Hartley.
It’s getting late for Josh Freeman. While he is a physically gifted player who looks the part of a brilliant athlete, Freeman makes too many mistakes and seems to repeat them. He threw an interception and lost a fumble in this game.
Denver BroncosNew York Giants
Score this version of the Manning Bowl to big brother Peyton. While the Broncos were held off the scoreboard early, he patiently waited for his opportunity and threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos rolled to the big road victory.
The Giants have plenty of problems and that is putting increased pressure on Eli Manning. He threw four interceptions and he is struggling with his reads and decision making.
Oakland RaidersJacksonville Jaguars
Terrelle Pryor served notice in the opener that he could get the job done and he built off that performance to help lead the Raiders to a win in Week Two. Pryor threw for just 126 yards, but he did not throw an interception. He also ran for 50 yards.
Chad Henne threw for 241 yards, but the Jacksonville offense couldn’t mount a serious threat until the game was out of hand.
Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ers
This was not a great game for the quarterbacks, but Russell Wilson did a much better job handling San Francisco’s pressure than Colin Kaepernick did against Seattle’s hard-charging defense.
Kaepernick was completely perplexed by the Seahawks’ pass rush and coverage schemes. It seems unlikely that either quarterback will perform like this the rest of the season.