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NFL Week 2 highlights and lowlights

Atlanta Falcons over Philadelphia Eagles 35-31: Falcons QB Matt Ryan led the Falcons to the game’s two final scores in the fourth quarter for the comeback win. The final score by Michael Turner came after Turner sprinted for a 61-yard run early in the drive. Former Falcons’ QB Michael Vick returned to the Dome where it all began and was outplaying Ryan throughout the game on the stat sheet. But after two untimely fumbles, Vick left the game late in the third quarter with a concussion. Turner finished with 21 carries for 114 yards and one TD while Matt Ryan finished with four touchdown passes.

Dallas Cowboys over San Francisco 49ers 27-24: San Fran QB Alex Smith looks like he’s having fun on the field under the tutelage of his head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Smith threw for 179 yards on 16-of-29 passing and added two TD tosses and one INT. Cowboys RB Felix Jones was on and off the field with an injury and rushed for 25 yards on nine carries while QB Tony Romo left the game early in the third quarter with a broken rib. After back-up Jon Kitna threw two picks, the second one leading to a Niners’ TD, Romo came back in to lead his team to a late 4th quarter drive to send the game to OT. Romo stayed in the game in overtime and connected on a 77-yard pass to rookie Jesse Holley that led to a game-winning FG.

New England Patriots over San Diego Chargers 35-21: Patriots QB Tom Brady picked up where he left off in Week 1and finished 31-of-40 passing for 423 yards and three TD’s. WR Chad Ochocinco joined the party this week with two catches in the first half for 45 yards while tight ends Rob Gronkowski (two TDs) and Aaron Hernandez (1 TD) found the end zone. The Chargers turned the ball over four times and you can’t beat the Patriots like that.

Houston Texans over Miami Dolphins 23-13: Miami kicker Dan Carpenter missed one FG and had another blocked; it was that kind of day for the Dolphins. Houston ran Ben Tate 23 times for 103 yards, while Arian Foster carried the ball only 10 times for 33 yards. Texans QB Matt Schaub threw his second of two TD passes to favorite target Andre Johnson early in the fourth quarter and that ended the scoring for both teams. Dolphins’ QB Chad Henne finished with 12-of-30 passing for 170 yards, one TD and one INT.

Denver Broncos over Cincinnati Bengals 24-22: No Knowshon Moreno, no problem for the injury-riddled Denver Broncos. RB Willis McGahee picked up 101 yards and scored one touchdown in a game where yet another Broncos starter went down. Tim Tebow was inserted on a couple of plays as the third receiver; the crowd acknowledged it with an ovation. Kyle Orton held his own with two touchdown passes. Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton was 27-of-41 for 332 yards and two TDs.

Buffalo Bills over Oakland Raiders 38- 35: Both teams are for real and the Raiders cleaned up some of their sloppy play from their Week 1 win over Denver. Game was close with both teams exchanging leads until Bills’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s TD throw with 14 seconds left was the difference. Raiders RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush ran for one TD each, with McFadden adding a second score on a from Jason Campbell.

Detroit Lions over the K.C. Chiefs 48-3: Lions D has two sacks and five turnovers squashing the Chiefs offense. QB Matt Stafford threw for four touchdowns on 23-of-39 passing for 294 yds. Lions mascot “Roary” inadvertently got in on the act, knocking Chiefs RB Jamal Charles out of the game after a collision on the sidelines.

N.Y. Jets over Jacksonville Jags 32-3: The Jets put a lot of points on the board despite QB Mark Sanchez throwing two picks to go along with his two TD passes. The Jets defense pinned Jags’ QB Luke McCown for a safety and kicker Nick Folks added three FGS. Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert replaced McCown in the second half.

Tampa Bay Bucs over Minnesota Vikings 24-20: A late score for Tampa Bay was the difference in the team’s road victory over Minnesota. Bucs RB LaGarrette Blount’s second TD of the day sealed the comeback win and helped squash a 17-point Minnesota lead. Adrian Peterson scored the only touchdown for the Vikes and ended with 125 yards. Donovan McNabb had another unimpressive day, throwing for under 200 yards on 17-of-29 passing and is now 0-2 as a starter in Minnesota.

Tennessee Titans over Baltimore Ravens 26-13: The Titans defense shut down Joe Flacco, forcing a couple of INT’s and holding the Ravens offense to one touchdown. On the offensive side of the ball, Tennessee found its rhythm in Nashville with veteran QB Matt Hasselback passing for more than 300 yards and one TD.

Washington Redskins over AZ Cardinals 22-21: Sexy Rexy was not as sexy this week but still got the job done for the 2-0 Redskins. The Cardinals D picked Grossman off twice and he responded with two TD throws. The Cards’ Larry Fitzgerald scored on a 73-yard pass from QB Kevin Kolb but it was Grossman who led his team on a 4th Quarter game-winning drive that led to the winning FG.

Green Bay Packers over Carolina Panthers 30-23: Cam Newton’s Week 2 performance was again impressive. Although the rookie No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft threw three picks and only one TD, he connected on 28-of-46 passes for 432 yards. The Panthers took an early 13-7 but Green Bay responded with four unanswered drives for the win. Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two TD’s.

Cleveland Browns over Indy Colts 27-19: Colts QB Collins threw for the only touchdown his team could produce with only 24 seconds left in the game but it wasn’t enough as the Colts are proving how bad they miss their MVP Peyton Manning. With veteran PK Adam Vinatieri supplying most of the scoring, Browns RB Peyton Hillis scored twice on 94 yards rushing in the win.

New Orleans Saints over the Chicago Bears 30-13: On an emotional day when Bears LB Brian Uhrlacher returned to play only one day after his mother’s funeral, the Saints found their offensive groove. Saints QB Drew Brees connected on three TD passes to three different receivers. Bears QB Jay Cutler spent a lot of time on his back (6 sacks) and had a tough day with kicker Robbie Gould accounting for almost half of the Bears points.

Pittsburgh Steelers over Seattle Seahawks 24-0: The Steel Curtain was back as Pittsburgh did an about face from its embarrassing beatdown at the hands of the Ravens last week. The Steelers defense limited the Seahawks to under 50 yards on the ground and 159 through the air. Big Ben had a solid performance with one touchdown on 22-of-30 passing. After squeezing into the playoffs last season, the Seahawks fell to 0-2.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles.

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NFL quarterbacks are dropping like flies

The 2010 NFL has featured a plethora of injuries and controversial hits but no position has been hit harder than quarterback. In the week after numerous teams were forced to use their third-string signal-callers, the NFL started reinforcing their rules on excessive hits to any players and levied stiff fines, like the one for 75K issued to James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Some notable dispatches from the trainer’s room thus far and there’s more:

  • Detroit Lions: Former first-round pick Matthew Stafford injured his shoulder on opening day and has yet to return.  His replacement, Shaun Hill, broke his arm last Sunday against the New York Giants, forcing third-stringer Drew Stanton into action.  With the luxury of a bye week this Sunday, Stafford may finally return next week against the Washington Redskins.
  • Cleveland Browns: People didn’t expect to see rookie quarterback Colt McCoy much this 2010 season, that is until both starter Jake Delomme and second-stringer Seneca Wallace were sidelined with ankle injuries. Colt got the start last week against the Steelers physical defense now imagine if he would have gotten knocked out of the game. . . fans then would have been given the opportunity to see a guy named Brett Ratliff who needed to be signed off the Patriots’ practice squad.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Starting QB Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion in Week 1 opening the door for Michael Vick’s comeback.  Vick then injured his ribs a few weeks later, thus opening the door for Kolb’s “comeback” and yet another quarterback controversy in Philly. Although not a QB, an honorable mention goes to wideout DeSean Jackson who was KO’ed from a vicious hit from the Falcons last Sunday, another hit that produced a large fine against the defensive player ($50,000).
  • Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler missed a recent game against the Carolina Panthers, thanks to suffering a concussion (and 9 sacks) against the New York Giants the previous week. Todd Collins saw time in that game against the Giants until he was injured on a crushing hit opening the door for the Bears’ third-string QB, “what’s his name”.
  • Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars: Both starters, Vince Young and David Gerrard left last Monday night’s game with injuries setting up a battle on Monday Night Football between two second string slingers.

And this list doesn’t even include the QBs who almost didn’t make it to the starting lineup last week – the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (concussion) and the Vikings notorious “texter” Brett Favre (elbow), who nearly missed last week’s games.  So what’s the league to do?

First off, there’s not much that can be done to change the rules further to protect quarterbacks.  But keep in mind that this has become a pass-happy league – ten quarterbacks threw for over 4,000 yards in 2009 – so protecting them will be even more vital to the NFL’s future success.

That will lead to a further increase “The Blind Side” effect – namely, teams will spend top-dollar on quality left tackles that can protect their prized QBs.  Mammoth-sized offensive linemen with quick feet will only get richer (just ask Miami’s Jake Long who went No. 1 overall in his recent NFL Draft).

Finally, this all ties into a recent hot-button issue that has emerged during the collective bargaining agreement negotiations between owners and the NFLPA: should the NFL really expand to an 18-game season?  Player injuries as a whole have been trending upward, and two more games can’t be good news for QBs.  At this rate, will teams be forced to carry four of them on their rosters?  And who wants to hypothetically see Matt Flynn facing off against Tarvaris Jackson in a Sunday might match-up at Lambeau?

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Chris Lardieri also covers the NFL for Sports Climax and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com.  He has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. He previously wrote for 1766, the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and popular blog, ‘The Outer Loop’.  Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter for more MLB and sports observations

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McNabb vs. Vick, results of Round 1

Donovan McNabb entered the Philadelphia stadium to a standing ovation and left to a chorus of boo and a 17-12 win. It was hardly the revenge performance he was hoping for, but it was good enough to get the ‘W’ and put his team at the top of the NFC East, for now.

What was headlined to be a great quarterback dual quickly turned into a defensive game and a turtle race.

With Michael Vick leaving in the first quarter after a chest/rib injury, the Eagles explosive offense was put into the hands of McNabb’s replacement, Kevin Kolb. What followed was a sluggish passing attack and a lackluster second half.

This game was not even close to living up to the hype and right away you could just tell that it wasn’t going to play out as scripted.

The dominating performance by Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson went right out the door as soon as Vick left the sidelines and entered the locker room for X-Rays. Latest on Vick’s injury BTW is possible broken ribs and an MRI is scheduled Monday. Back to ‘Mac’ and ‘Jack’ the two receivers combined for a mere total of 36 offensive yards and were held out of the end zone for the first time this season.

The Redskins, on the other hand, came into this game as the worst team in the league in 3rd down conversions, and ended up converting 5-11 of their opportunities and were even able to complete a 56-yard pass on a 3rd and 14.

The majority of Kolb’s 22 completions came from 3 to 5 yard draws and screens that slowly racked up to his 201 yards. He finished with a 76.0 passer rating, 1 touchdown and an interception on the very last play of the game, a Hail Mary that bounced right off the hands of one of his receivers. His stats aren’t that bad, but the Eagles offense was anything but explosive and did little to dismantle the Redskins defense.

Kolb wasn’t the only one wearing green who had a mediocre showing though.

Donovan McNabb looked every bit of an average quarterback in this game, connecting on 8 of 19 passes and puttering up a total of 125 yards through the air. He finished the night with a 60.2 rating, his lowest passer rating and lowest completion total in more than 20 games.

The one thing to be said for McNabb is that he was able to use his feet to find the first down at some crucial times during this game. It wasn’t exactly Vick-like, but he did manage to pick up 39 essential yards, including a big run in the fourth quarter that allowed his team to chew down the clock.

And even though this game was painfully slow, it was still close enough to keep fans watching, and wondering ‘what if’ Vick didn’t get injured?

Would the Eagles win that game? What would the score have been? Would we have had the offensive shootout that we were all hoping for?

Nobody can answer those questions, but that’s just a fact of life for an NFL fan.

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Logan Rhoades is a Los Angeles-based writer and contributor to Sports Climax. With an extensive knowledge of ESPN topics and celebrity gossip, he is known for mixing sports and pop culture to entertain his readers. Follow him on Twitter @loganrhoades.

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