NFL Winners and Losers Week 2

Brady a week two winner 

Week two saw some huge, and I mean HUGE numbers around the National Football League, and here we go once again with another edition of winners and losers from a wild week to around the NFL.

Winner:

The Cleveland Browns Offense – Just one week after being bashed in the media, and then trading what was their starting QB on Tuesday, all the Browns offense did Sunday was put up 51 points and 554 total yards in a win at home over rival Cincinnati. Derek Anderson was basically untouched all afternoon, and one week after not being able to run the ball vs the Steelers, Jamal Lewis went over 200 yards. This offense can breathe a sigh of relief after this one, knowing they clearly are not as bad as they looked in week one.

Loser:

Terrell Owens – Let me just say up front that I like Terrell Owens, but using the goal post as a prop to mock the Patriots and their video taping of other teams signals is going a little overboard. The whole touchdown celebration thing to me is just nonsense in a league that does not need it. It’s the reason at the end of the day I’d much rather see a player like Marvin Harrison, who simply flips the ball back to the ref, score than a player like Chad Johnson or Owens, who always has to have the limelight on them and off the team.

Winner:

Brett Favre – Like him or not, Brett Favre is a for sure Hall of Famer, and on Sunday in a win over the Giants on the road he became the winningest QB in the history of the game. Favre also looked Sunday like he is back to the form that made him a multiple league MVP, as he threw for 286 yards and three scores. Favre also didn’t gloat about the record, simply stating “Maybe someday down the road it will mean a lot.” Trust me Brett, it already does.

Loser:

The New Orleans Saints – Maybe it was a case of reading their own hype, but the Saints seem awfully out of sync right now, and at 0-2 they can ill afford another loss next week. The offense has been unable to get on track, and the defense is allowing too many big plays. Reggie Bush has been a non-factor in two games, and the wide outs have been unable to make any big plays to spark the offense. Through all that, the defense might be the biggest concern, allowing 72 points in two games.

Winner:

Tom Brady – Through all the off the field distractions this past week of “spygate” in New England, it sure didn’t appear to affect Brady and the Pats Sunday night vs the Chargers. All Brady did vs a solid Chargers defense was throw for 279 yards on 25-of-31 passing and three TD’s. Brady was calm and cool all night, and led New England on scoring drives on three of their first four possessions, with a missed field goal their only lowlight of the first quarter. The Pats look like they want to use the video taping scandal as a reason to pound teams like they did the Chargers, with Brady leading the way.

Loser:

The Cincinnati Bengals Defense – Can there ever be an excuse in a defense allowing 51 points? And how about to a team that last week scored just 7, and traded what was its starting QB on Tuesday? Yes, leave it to the Bengals to play defense worse than some Arena League teams, allowing 554 yards in a 51-45 loss. The frustrating part was that the offense did score 45, meaning if the Bengals would have just tackled Jamal Lewis or covered one of the Cleveland pass catchers just once, they likely would have won the game. They had zero sacks (Pittsburgh had six vs Cleveland last week), and just one turnover (Cincy forced 6 last week vs Baltimore). Marvin Lewis had better get this unit in the right direction – fast.


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