The Absolute Worst of NFL Week 2
There is no reason for one to push the proverbial panic button for any disappointing efforts that occur in the early portion of the regular season.
However, no poor showing should go unnoticed. There were teams and players that struggled mightily during the NFL's second week—some beginning to start a trend in 2011's infancy.
That said, take a look at the bottom of the barrel amongst the numerous events that unfolded during Sunday's Week 2 contests.
Kansas City Chiefs
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It is hard to narrow down one particular facet of the Chiefs team that has self-destructed in just two weeks, because there are so many parts on this machine that have malfunctioned.
Against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, quarterback Matt Cassel went 15-of-22 for 133 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Kansas City (0-2) had six turnovers all together in a 48-3 pounding.
The defense was shredded by Lions QB Matt Stafford's 294 passing yards and four TDs.
Adding injury to insult is the devastating setback that occurred to Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs running back that last year complied more than 1,900 yards rushing and receiving tore his ACL in the first quarter on Sunday and reportedly will miss the rest of the season.
Throw in the fact that safety Eric Berry is also out for the year after the injury he suffered in the opener against Buffalo and the Chiefs will be without two of their best young players for the duration of a nightmarish 2011 campaign.
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The New York Jets made Sunday afternoon miserable for Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown.
They limited his prized running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, to just 88 yards rushing, which forced him to be more reliant on the passing game. Unfortunately for McCown, that proved to be a difficult endeavor.
Following a Jets touchdown on their first offensive drive, the Jaguars tried to forge an answer. The New York defense put a quick end to that attempt, sacking McCown in the end zone for a safety.
From then on, it was a game full of turnovers. McCown threw four interceptions on the day and had a final stat line that read: 6-for-19 for a dreadful 59 yards passing and a QB rating of 1.8.
Jacksonville coaches put him out of his misery by benching him for rookie Blaine Gabbert in the late stages of the 32-3 Jets victory. That may very well be a permanent replacement.
Indianapolis Colts Offense
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If the value of Peyton Manning had ever been questioned before, it certainly isn't today.
With a 27-19 home loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Colts are now 0-2 for the first time since No. 18 was a rookie.
And just like in the season opener against Houston, the Indianapolis offense was nonexistent.
Kerry Collins, in place of Manning behind center, was 19-for-38 passing with 191 yards. He also had an interception and a fumble. The only touchdown Collins threw came with 24 seconds left and the outcome was well in hand.
The rushing game compiled just 109 yards on 26 attempts.
Next week: the Pittsburgh Steelers come to town for a Sunday night encounter. Good luck.
Minnesota Vikings' 4th Quarter
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The victim of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman's eighth comeback victory was a Minnesota Vikings squad that has seen two second half leads vanish already in 2011.
On Sunday in their home opener, Leslie Frazier's club was up 17-0 after two quarters and was dominating their opponent on both sides of the ball. At halftime, Tampa had just 62 total yards compared to Minnesota's 284.
Donovan McNabb performed much better than he did in Week 1 (how could he not?), but it was the Vikes' defense that was their undoing.
A 10-point fourth quarter advantage shrunk when they allowed Freeman to find Arrelious Benn for a 25-yard scoring connection. The unraveling was completed when Bucs' RB LeGarrette Blount reached the end zone on a 4-yard run with 31 seconds left on the Metrodome clock and handing the Vikings a 24-20 loss.
Oakland Raiders Defense
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The Oakland Raiders offense put its team in position to win over the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York.
At halftime, the Bills were down 21-3 and the Raiders were poised to jump out to a 2-0 start. But Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo offense responded repeatedly.
After allowing the lead to be cut to 21-17 after three quarters of play, the Raiders' D (which gave up 481 total yards) relinquished their once-comfortable advantage with 1-yard TD run by Bills RB Fred Jackson at the start of the fourth period.
In all, the lead changed hands five times in the fourth period. In a back-and-forth contest late, Oakland was the team that had its defense break last.
Fitzpatrick threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson that gave the Bills the lead with 14 seconds remaining. Buffalo scored on all five of its second half possessions to hand the Raiders a 38-35 loss.
Chicago Bears Offensive Line
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Gregg Williams is no dummy.
The New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator blitzed often against a porous Chicago Bears offensive line that was weakened even further as they started the game without injured guard Lance Louis.
As the Saints built their lead, the Bears couldn't keep up in a 30-13 defeat. Frustrated and battered quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked six times. He was pressured relentlessly throughout the contest by New Orleans, connecting on just 42 percent of his passes.
Then, to top it all off, starting rookie guard Gabe Carimi, left the game prematurely with a right knee injury.