By Aaron Randolph
The second week has wrapped up in the National Football League, and it was an exciting one.
The second week kicked off with a Thursday night football match-up between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets playing in Buffalo, New York. The Jets beat the Bills 37-31. That loss will drop the Bills down to a 0-2 start with two games coming up. One against the Cardinals and a road game against the Patriots. One thing that’s certain is that the Bills fired their offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, and one can make the argument that head coach, Rex Ryan, is also in the hot seat.
The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos had their second win of the season after beating the Indianapolis Colts. That stout Denver Broncos defense held the Colts to 20 points and held Andrew Luck to 197 passing yards, and Luck had two turnovers. One was a pick-six, and he also fumbled, and that turnover resulted in a touchdown. The Denver Broncos’ defense doesn’t look any different from last year.
Meanwhile, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were able to get their first win of the 2016 season. The Panthers beat the San Francisco 49ers 46-27 in front of their home crowd. They’ll look to continue their winning ways when they take on the Vikings. It won’t be an easy task. I look for the game to be a low-scoring game between two of the best defenses in the NFL.
There were 14 games on Sunday, and 10 of those games were indeed close. The Dallas Cowboys were able to hold off the Redskins for a 27-23 win. Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings were able to pull off a game-winning drive against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings held the Packers off to seal the game 17-14. Former MVP, Aaron Rodgers, was held to 213 yards and one touchdown pass. Bradford worked the offense for the first time and had 286 passing yards on 22 of the 31 passes with two touchdowns. Great clock management and no turnovers helped contributed to the win.
The last game would come on a Monday Night Showdown between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles won in the windy city 29-14. The Bears starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, could not finish the game because of a hand injury he suffered during the game. The Eagles rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz, was able to notch his second win. Wentz went 21 of 34 passing for 190 yards and had one touchdown. The Eagle’s defense was able to hold the Bears to 14 points at home.
The Eagles will have their toughest test yet this season when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in South Philadelphia. The rookie quarterback will have to play at his best against a tough Steelers defense, who will be looking to apply pressure to the young quarterback. If Wentz can continue not to turn the ball over and if his defense can continue to play well, he can get the third win of his career. This 2016 season seems to be a very exciting one.