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NFL Updates: Week 1 Wrap-Up, Week 2 Schedule and More
September 10, 2013
With the conclusion of the “Monday Night Football” doubleheader last night, Week 1 in the NFL is officially at a close. It’s now time to turn our focus toward Week 2, which begins in just two days with Thursday’s big divisional matchup between the Jets and Patriots. While we’re waiting to get our football fix once again, let’s take a look at some of the headlines from around the league. Here’s the latest.
Eagles-Redskins Notes: Philly unveiled their brand new Chip Kelly offense last night against their divisional rival Redskins, and quite frankly Washington didn’t quite know what to do with it. The pace was definitely fast, especially in the first half. The Eagles ran more plays then than many teams do in an entire game. They built up a solid lead early and rode LeSean McCoy to 184 yards in the 33-27 win.
The game also marked the return of Robert Griffin III after last season’s knee injury, and though he looked pretty rusty in the early-going, his mechanics eventually improved.
Both teams should be feeling pretty optimistic this season, as the other two members of the NFC East--the Cowboys and Giants--looked wholly unimpressive in their debuts.
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Texans-Chargers Notes: This one will rank reasonably high on the list of memorable “Monday Night Football” games. The Texans, after falling behind 28-7 in the third, stormed back and took care of the Chargers with a last-second field goal that would give them the victory 31-28.
Phillip Rivers and Matt Schaub put up some impressive numbers: Rivers was relatively inefficient at 14-for-29 but tossed four TDs; meanwhile, Schaub overcame some early difficulties for 346 yards and three scores of his own.
For Chargers fans, it was an eerie reminder of 2012; last season, the team gave away five halftime leads, turning them into losses.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: In the day or two following the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Cowboys, much has been speculated on the team’s backfield situation, and on Wilson in particular. He had a miserable debut, losing two fumbles and getting benched by an infuriated Tom Coughlin. There’s been talk that Wilson could lose his starting job, and a handful of free-agent veteran names have been passed around as possible additions to the roster.
Rest assured, Wilson still has a handle on the starting job, and any newly acquired players will serve as depth. Coughlin hasn’t given up on his golden boy, and if Wilson has a good week of practice he’ll get another chance against the Broncos. If he can play well (and above all else not fumble), he’ll be out of the doghouse. Whether or not he’ll be able to hang onto the football is up for debate.
Week 2 Schedule: Just like in Week 1, there are several intriguing matchups heading our way in Week 2. Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule, along with the networks and times where you can catch your favorite team.
Jets at Patriots, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)
1:00 PM ET Games:
Rams at Falcons (FOX)
Chargers at Eagles (CBS)
Cowboys at Chiefs (FOX)
Dolphins at Colts (CBS)
Titans at Texans (CBS)
Redskins at Packers (FOX)
Browns at Ravens (CBS)
Panthers at Bills (FOX)
Vikings at Bears (FOX)
4:05 PM ET Games:
Saints at Buccaneers (FOX)
Lions at Cardinals (FOX)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Jaguars at Raiders (CBS)
Broncos at Giants (CBS)
8:30 PM ET Game:
49ers at Seahawks (NBC)
Steelers at Bengals, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)
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