Another exciting weekend of NFL action is in the books with just one game – tonight’s Monday Night Football affair between Indianapolis and Miami – left to be played. Now, a look back at what transpired on Sunday:
Drew Brees cannot be stopped.
What more to say about the New Orleans signal caller? After an opening week performance that saw him throw six TDs against the Lions, many figured a trip to Philadelphia would slow him down. Those predictions were dead wrong, much to the pleasure of NFL betting enthusiasts that are backing New Orleans. Brees and the Saints racked up 421 yards against an Eagles team that manhandled the Panthers in Week 1; Brees completed 25 of 34 passes for 311 yards and three scores and is now on pace for – get this – 72 touchdowns this year. Wow.
Maybe Josh McDaniels knew what he was doing after all.
Yes, it’s only two wins against the Bengals and Browns, but the Denver Broncos are the surprise of this young NFL season. In a 27-6 win over Cleveland the Broncos were again led by their stout defense, a unit that’s allowed a meager 13 points through two games. Sunday’s hero was pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil, who tied a franchise record with four sacks, all of them coming in the second half. Quarterback Kyle Orton is managing the offense capably (19-of-37, 263 yards, one TD against Cleveland) and, amazingly, Denver finds itself atop the AFC West.
No sophomore slump for Matt Ryan.
The reigning 2008 Offensive Rookie of the Year was lights-out against Carolina on Sunday, throwing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-20 win. The former Boston College standout was Brees-like in his pass distribution – Ryan connected seven different receivers and even connected with third-string RB Jason Snelling on a 10-yard touchdown pass. Keep an eye on the NFL lines this week as Ryan and the Falcons get set to play Tom Brady and the Patriots next Sunday. Should be a beauty.
Kurt Warner is still going strong.
At 38 and coming off hip surgery, many figured this would be the year Kurt Warner finally slowed down. Uh, no. All Warner did on Sunday was finish with the most accurate passing game (24-for-26, .923 percent) in NFL history as the Cardinals whipped the Jaguars 31-17.
The Ravens can play a little offense, too.
Long known as a defense-first football team, Baltimore is now winning games with its dynamic offensive production. The Ravens have scored 69 points in their two wins this season, second only to the high-powered Saints, and are doing it with a trio of talented running backs. Ray Rice was all over the field against the Chargers on Sunday, running eight times for 36 yards while hauling in five catches for 46; Willis McGahee, seemingly the forgotten man in the backfield, rumbled for 79 yards on 15 carries and found the end zone twice. Then there’s Le’Ron McClain, who led the team with 902 rushing yards a year ago – while not as productive as Rice or McGahee yet, he’ll figure in prominently before all is said and done.