It feels as though Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has picked up where he left off in the preseason and the second half of last season.
After the team's bye week last year, Ryan posted a 20-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio and then led all quarterbacks in passer rating (112.4) in the preseason.
Against a Chiefs defense minus its best pass rusher (Tamba Hali) and cornerback (Brandon Flowers) last week, Ryan put up a fantasy-leading performance (31 points) among quarterbacks. Ryan threw another three touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for a score as well.
This week, the Falcons' high-powered offense will be on display in prime time against the Broncos on Monday Night Football.
After four neck surgeries forced him to sit out all of last season, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played well in his return to action. Even though the Steelers were without linebacker James Harrison and safety Ryan Clark, it's never an easy matchup facing a Dick LeBeau defense.
Manning finished with 253 yards and two touchdowns, and his chemistry with his receivers should continue to improve as the season progresses. The season-ending injury to cornerback Brent Grimes is a tough loss for the Falcons, but Manning is fortunate to face a secondary without one of its best players for a second consecutive week.
In his NFL debut, Washington's Robert Griffin III was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Griffin threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 42 yards and led the Redskins to an upset victory in the Super Dome last week. No quarterback had a higher passer rating (139.9) than RG3 last week.
“Rex [Grossman] kind of told me after the game that I set the bar high, and I’ve got to continue to go up," said Griffin III per Mike Jones of the Washington Post. "But to me, it doesn’t put any more pressure on me. It just solidifies what I’ve always thought, that I can play in the NFL at a high level. This team can be successful with the coaches that we have and the players that we have. Everyone might not be high on everyone that we have, but we feel good about what we have.”
Whether he feels the pressure or not, it's likely that RG3 will have another stellar performance against the Rams this week.
As well as Griffin III played, Browns rookie Brandon Weeden played about as badly as a quarterback can play in his debut against the Eagles. Not only did he throw four interceptions and no touchdowns, but he finished with a passer rating of only 5.1 (scale up to 158.3).
Meanwhile, Philadelphia's Michael Vick did not play much better. For the first time in his career, he threw the ball more than 50 times (56) and tied his previous career-worst of four interceptions. Vick finished with 317 passing yards and 32 rushing yards last week, but things get tougher this week against the Ravens.
Speaking of the Ravens, they blew out the Bengals and pulled their starters in the middle of the fourth quarter. Playing out of the no-huddle more often than he had in the past, quarterback Joe Flacco completed 72 percent of his passes for 299 yards and threw two touchdowns and no interceptions.
After a preseason of offensive sputtering, the Jets offense and quarterback Mark Sanchez looked like an offensive juggernaut. Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three touchdown passes. The Sanchize was one of seven quarterbacks to finish with at least 20 points in Week 1. While that may end up being his best performance of the year, I certainly underestimated him and the Jets offense.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker left Sunday's game early with a separated left shoulder, but John Glennon of The Tennessean tweeted yesterday that Locker said his "shoulder felt great today, did everything he wanted in practice."
Here are my quarterback rankings for Week 2:
1. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. ARI)
2. Drew Brees, Saints (at CAR)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. CHI)
4. Cam Newton, Panthers (vs. NO)
5. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs. DEN)
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions (at SF)
7. Robert Griffin III, Redskins (at STL)
8. Tony Romo, Cowboys (at SEA)
9. Peyton Manning, Broncos (at ATL)
10. Eli Manning, Giants (vs. TB)
11. Andrew Luck, Colts (vs. MIN)
12. Michael Vick, Eagles (vs. BAL)
13. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs. TEN)
14. Jay Cutler, Bears (at GB)
15. Joe Flacco, Ravens (at PHI)
16. Matt Schaub, Texans (at JAX)
17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs. NYJ)
18. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (at NYG)
19. Alex Smith, 49ers (vs. DET)
20. Jake Locker, Titans (at SD)
21. Carson Palmer, Raiders (at MIA)
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (vs. KC)
23. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (vs. DAL)
24. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (at BUF)
25. Andy Dalton, Bengals (vs. CLE)
26. Christian Ponder, Vikings (at IND)
27. Sam Bradford, Rams (vs. WAS)
28. Mark Sanchez, Jets (at PIT)
29. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars (vs. HOU)
30. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (at NE)
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