Super Fan's NFL Week 2 Wrap

Chris BrooksCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2008
The Broncos would take firm control of the division assuming they hold strong at home, and the Bolts, on the other hand, needed this win greatly, because of their shocking last-second loss on opening day against the Carolina Panthers.

Denver led 21-3 early on in the second stanza and had a two touchdown advantage at the break. The second half was dominated by the Chargers highly potent offense as they reeled off 21 straight points to nab a seven point lead with under five minutes remaining.

After a questionable fumble that should have given the Bolts the much needed road win, QB Jay Cutler threw a four-yard touchdown pass to former Hokie Eddie Royal to draw the Broncos within one. Extra point to send them to overtime, well not exactly. Coach Shanahan opted to go for two. It was Royal again who brought in the catch to shock the Bolts 39-38.

Norv Turner and all of San Diego are probably wondering why their team, who many believe are Super Bowl contenders, are off to a shaky 0-2 start. Their offense has brought them back two weeks in a row, for the defense to blow it at the end.

In early action, two games came down to the final moments. In Charlotte, the Panthers hosted the Chicago Bears in a battle of 1-0 teams. After a blocked punt for a touchdown by former Redskins Brandon Lloyd, the Bears were able to jump out to a 17-3 advantage into the third quarter.

They don't call the Panthers the Cardiac Cats for nothing, however. Despite Jake Delhomme's iffy performance, it was the running game of rookie Jonathan Stewart, who rushed for two touchdowns in the second half, that allowed the Panthers to squeak out a 20-17 win in their home opener.

Kyle Orton and the 'Da Bears had one last chance but on 4th-and-1, the Panthers line held Chicago and three kneel downs by Delhomme sent the Bears packing back to the Windy City with a disappointing loss.

Seven hours north of Charlotte, the Washington Redskins gave the nation's capital something to talk about by the water coolers tomorrow. Down 24-15 entering the fourth quarter, Jason Campbell and the Skins rallied for an astounding 29-24 home-opening win.

After looking terrible in the opener against the World Champion Giants, it appeared it was going to be another long day for Washington, until Campbell took over in the last stanza. Santana Moss ignited the 90,000 plus at FedEx Field with his game-winning 67-yard touchdown catch.

Moss finished with seven receptions for 164 yards, while Clinton Portis chipped in 96 yards on the ground with one score. The game ball goes to Campbell who threw for 321 yards and a touchdown, and showed he can be a leader on the field when the game is in his hands.

Week two was a great week for football, with Matt Cassel picking up his first victory as a starter in the NFL. FYI, he had not started since his senior year in high school back in 1999. Seattle fell to 0-2 with a disappointing overtime loss to the 49ers 33-30 after Matt Hasselback threw two picks and no touchdowns. The Bills matched the Patriots with a come-from-behind victory down in Jacksonville 20-16. It appears it will be a two-team race in the AFC East, between New England and Buffalo.

Hang in there Chargers fans, there are still 14 games to go. Tune in next week as Super Fan will discuss the Week 3 highlights and can Cassel keep winning for the Patriots, we will soon find out.