Week 2 of the NFL is officially in the books. After a less than stellar opening weekend, the NFL fared much better in its second week. The games were more competitive with a few close finishes. Once again, the NFL proved why it’s the ratings king. Whether you’re into fantasy football, placing wagers on the games, playing slots, or playing Draft Kings, you just can’t beat the excitement of the NFL.
Anyone who thought that the NFL had peaked and couldn’t put a good product on the field simply wasn’t patient enough. Teams are still in the process of figuring out who they are and what they do well. With one game under their belts, several teams fared much better in Week 2 than they did in Week 1.
Here are some of the highlights from Week 2:
New England Patriots 36, New Orleans Saints 20
The king is not dead. The New England Patriots bounced back from an embarrassing loss on opening night and absolutely throttled the Saints on the road. Tom Brady had his best statistical 1st quarter ever in his illustrious career, putting the Patriots firmly in the lead and never looking back. For anyone hoping that the Pats would struggle in 2017, it’s time to think again. Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.
Miami Dolphins 19, Los Angeles Chargers 17
The Chargers returned to their original home of Los Angeles for the first time in Week 2. After spending decades in San Diego, the Chargers just didn’t seem quite at home. This was most notable at the end of the game where after blowing a sizable lead, the Chargers had the opportunity to win the game on a last-second field goal. The attempt didn’t make it through the uprights and the homecoming celebration became quite the letdown.
Denver Broncos 42, Dallas Cowboys 17
This game was a complete smackdown from start to finish. Riding high off their win over the Giants, the Cowboys seemed poised to once again take the lead in the NFC East and perhaps even the entire conference. However, the Broncos had other plans for them that day. Perhaps the most telling moment was when cornerback Aqib Talib pick-sixed Dak Prescott, taking the interception from one end zone to the next and all but sealing the victory for Denver.
Atlanta Falcons 34, Green Bay Packers 23
It was a much anticipated rematch of the NFC Championship on Sunday Night when the Falcons hosted the Packers. Unfortunately for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, the game was very much a repeat of the title game. While the Falcons didn’t run out to a massive lead like they did in January, they walked away the victors nevertheless. It just goes to show that you can’t count out Atlanta. At 2-0 they’re bouncing back from their Super Bowl loss quite nicely.