Week 2 of the NFL season wrapped up last night with a thrilling comeback by the Philadelphia Eagles, as they stunned the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 on a last second field goal. What we have learned about the Philadelphia Eagles through the first two weeks is that a fourteen point deficit means nothing to them. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Eagles are the first team in NFL history to start 2-0 after trailing by 14 or more points in the second half of each game. But what have we learned about the rest of the NFL?
We have learned that the NFL is a league full of criminals. It’s not like we didn’t already know that, but the severity of charges and allegations that popped up this week were incomprehensible. For a full rundown of the legal garbage that went on this week, please click on this great link to SB Nation’s timeline.
As far as the play on the field, we have learned that the Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, and Arizona Cardinals are going 16-0.
We’ve also learned that Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and Kansas City Chiefs are going 0-16.
Ok, I was joking. They’re not going 0-16. But maybe the New York Giants will…because we have learned that they STILL DON’T KNOW HOW TO COVER A PUNT!!!
We’ve learned that the “inside the 5 yard line fade to the back of the endzone” route doesn’t work. I think I saw it run fifteen times in the first two weeks with one completion. But we have learned that the screen pass still remains the single most effective play in the NFL. All you have to do is watch Darren Sproles.
We’ve learned that DeMarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys can run the ball. Through the first two games, the Cowboys have run the ball 66 times (4th) for 347 yards (2nd). That’s a 5.3 yards per carry average, which is good for 4th in the league. Just don’t tell Jason Garret this though.
We’ve learned that today’s NFL players are made of paper mâché. Bob 3 (dislocated left ankle), DeSean Jackson (shoulder), AJ Green (toe), Knowshon Moreno (elbow), Jamaal Charles (high ankle sprain), Eric Berry (ankle), Tavon Austin (knee), Ryan Matthews (knee – sprained MCL), Mark Ingram (broken hand), Eric Decker (hamstring), Carson Palmer (shoulder), John Abraham (concussion), and Vernon Davis (ankle) got hurt. Those were just the big name players who got hurt!
Last year’s playoff teams have started out 12-12. We’ve learned that it’s more difficult to be the hunted than the hunter. Kansas City, Indianapolis, and the San Francisco 49ers have each lost at home already.
We’ve learned that all Johnny Manziel does is win. The Cleveland Browns are 0-1 in games when he doesn’t play, and 1-0 in games that he does. Albeit for only three plays, but he got in there against the Saints on Sunday during their 26-24 victory. Johnny’s stat line? 0 for 1 passing, zero yards, three plays. All he does is win.
What have you learned so far?