The second week of the NFL has taken place and things are looking almost identical to a season ago. The Chiefs dominate, the Chargers shoot themselves in the foot and the Broncos and Raiders struggle to find balance.
- Chiefs (2-0)
- Raiders (1-1)
- Chargers (1-1)
- Broncos (0-2)
Chargers @ Lions
Lions win 13-10
This may have been the ugliest game of the week. Neither team could find a rhythm on offense. The Chargers came up short in the red zone several times. Two missed field goals as well as a fumble on the one-yard line will haunt them on their flight home to Los Angeles.
The Chargers defense was ugly but at the end of the day, they only allowed 13 points.
Rivers was not on his game either. The 16-year veteran missed some throws that he typically makes. The QB made a questionable decision to throw to Keenan Allen in double coverage which resulted in an interception in the end zone late in the 4th quarter. The Chargers will need to finish their drives out if they want any hope of winning the division.
The Lions were equally bad. A missed field goal and extra point put them in a bad spot early. When it mattered most Matthew Stafford was clutch and gave the Lions the W.
Player of the Game: Darius Slay (Game saving INT)
Chiefs @ Raiders
Chiefs Win 28-10
The scoreboard says otherwise but it was actually a rough game for the Chiefs. They were scoreless for 3 quarters and struggled to get points on the board. All except for the 2nd quarter. Pat Mahomes was feeling himself as he threw for over 200 yards and 4 TDs in just the second quarter alone. The MVP is continuing to do MVP things. Although the Chiefs second quarter was stellar, they are going to have to be more consistent if they want to contend with the top dogs in the NFL.
The Raiders started very strong with a demanding 10-0 lead against Kansas City. Then they fell apart. The allowed 28 unanswered points on defense and their offense was stagnant. There is hope for the Raiders. They held Kansas City to only 28 points which is pretty low for them and held them scoreless for three quarters. If the Raiders can get some consistency, they aren’t that bad of a squad.
Player of the Game: Pat Mahomes (Obviously)
Bears @ Broncos
Bears win 16-14
This game was a defensive slugfest from the get-go. The Broncos for the second week straight have struggled to get points on the board. Statistically, it looked as if the Broncos should have won this game. They had more first downs and total yards than Chicago. Their red zone percentage is where they fell short. Denver went 1-3 in the red zone against a stout Chicago defense.
Aside from their offensive woes, the Broncos defense has played fairly well over the last two weeks. They have only allowed 20 PPG which should be more than enough to give the offense some breathing room.
The run game has been on point but Joe Flacco is going to have to do more before Von Miller wants to sack him.
Player of the Game: Eddie Pineiro (3/3 FG 1/1 XP)