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Clearly it was all Greg Roman’s fault.
After firing their former offensive coordinator last week, the Bills are coming up with big plays on defensive and special teams as well, blowing the doors off the Cardinals.
A high snap on a Cardinals field goal attempt was recovered by Bills safety Aaron Williams and returned for a touchdown, giving Buffalo a 30-7 lead.
They’ve kept the clamps on the Cardinals offense all day, holding Arizona to 86 yards in the first half and taking advantage of their mistakes at opportune times.
Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had more than a week to recover from the knee injury he suffered against the Bills in Week Two, which may have helped him wind up on the right side of a questionable tag this Sunday.
Marshall is active for the Jets as they face the Chiefs in a matchup of 1-1 teams. How much Marshall will be able to do on a bad wheel remains to be seen, especially since he said he wasn’t feeling quite himself as the practice week came to an end.
“I’m not where I want to be,” Marshall said. “I’ve just got to make sure I’m not hurting the team when I’m out there.”
Third-round linebacker Jordan Jenkins is active for the first time for the Jets. Linebacker David Harris is active after being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but things went the other way for Erin Henderson as he deals with a foot problem.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, quarterback Bryce Petty, running back Troymaine Pope, cornerback Darryl Roberts, linebacker Mike Catapano and tackle Brandon Shell are also inactive. Offensive lineman Jah Reid, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger, linebacker Sam Barrington, quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and cornerback Kenneth Acker are inactive for the home team.
Tennessee is without tight end Delanie Walker today because of a hamstring injury, and it looked like their offense didn’t know what to do without him.
But after a faltering first half, they answered with an impressive touchdown drive to cut the Raiders’ lead to 17-10.
Running back DeMarco Murray scored his first rushing touchdown for the Titans, to cap a seven-play, 93-yard touchdown drive.
It was a welcome reprieve for an offense which turned it over twice (a fumble and an interception by Marcus Mariota) and was just flat in the first half, as they forced the Raiders to burn a couple of timeouts.
The Raiders also have to worry about line injuries cropping up again, as Menelik Watson was ruled out for the rest of the game with a leg injury. The Raiders have had plenty of injuries up front, and now they have a game on their hands.
Tannehill had been struggling since throwing an early touchdown pass to DeVante Parker. He threw an interception in the second quarter than Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned for a touchdown.
New Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed his second field goal of the game on the series prior to the Landry touchdown.
The Browns have continued to have Terrelle Pryor take snaps at quarterback to take pressure off of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler. Pryor has also caught five passes for 70 yards in the game’s first 40 minutes.
The Giants were up 21-9 at one point in the first half, but a DeSean Jackson touchdown catch and a strong drive following Shane Vereen’s second fumble in as many weeks left the Redskins with a chance to take a halftime lead.
At the very least, they were in position to cut the Giants lead to two points, but they remained down 21-16 at the whistle after a mental blunder by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins took a snap with six seconds left on the clock and the half ended with him being stripped of the ball on a sack by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Cousins recovered the ball, but it did the team no good after he failed to throw the ball away and preserve the field goal opportunity. Some may choose to add some blame to coach Jay Gruden for not choosing to kick the field goal and guarantee some points with the ball coming their way to start the third quarter.
When the third quarter does start, the Redskins will be dealing with several injuries. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland went out with an ankle injury early in the first quarter and safety DeAngelo Hall joined him after a knee injury late in the second. Hall’s injury came after the two minute warning, so it also cost the Redskins a timeout they could have used before Cousins’ fumble.
The secondary will be stretched thin, which is an issue as they’ve had a hard time covering rookie Sterling Shepard on Sunday. Odell Beckham has two catches for 44 yards and Josh Norman nearly picked off another pass in his direction during a fireworks-free matchup between the two players.
The Redskins also saw wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has three catches for 84 yards and touchdown, leave with knee and ankle injuries in the second quarter. He was limited by both injuries during the practice week as well. The Giants have fewer injury issues, although rookie corner Eli Apple is done for the day with a hamstring injury.
UPDATE 2:55 p.m. ET: Jackson returned to start the second half.
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders admitted to some frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the first two weeks of the season, but said it was hard to get too upset when the team had wins both weeks.
Their chances of getting a third straight victory are being helped by Sanders in Cincinnati on Sunday. Sanders scored his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard pass from Trevor Siemian with 28 seconds to play in the half to put the Broncos up 16-14. They took that lead to the halftime after Brandon McManus‘ extra point was blocked and the Bengals opted to take a knee.
Sanders was targeted 11 times overall in the first half and scored a 41-yard touchdown earlier in the proceedings. He has seven catches for 89 yards, which represents a healthy number of the 171 total yards that Denver had in the first 30 minutes.
The Bengals defense had a few shots to pick off Siemian, but couldn’t come away with any of them. The only turnover of the half came when Adam Jones fumbled on a punt return just before Sanders’ first touchdown of the afternoon. It looked like Jones’ knee might have been down before the ball came loose, but the call on the field was upheld after a review.
That turnover looms large because the Bengals offense has been good when Jeremy Hill and ineffective under other circumstances. Hill has 85 yards on 11 carries and the team’s two touchdowns of the day, but the rest of the group only managed 81 yards in the first two quarters.
Tucker made the second kick, giving the Ravens a 13-7 lead.
It’s been ugly as both offenses have struggled to sustain drives. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 18-of-22 passing for 141 yards and opened the scoring with the Ravens’ first rushing touchdown of the season.
The Vikings’ offense can’t do much of anything. But they trail only by two points.
It may be even harder for the Minnesota to score in the second half; guard Alex Boone has been carted off with a hip injury.
The Vikings have 35 net yards in the first half.
The Redskins offense had to settle for field goals on their first three drives, but their defense hasn’t been able to have the same effect on the Giants offense.
Orleans Darkwa ran for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Giants a 21-9 lead at MetLife Stadium. After the score, FOX cameras caught defensive lineman Chris Baker yelling at defensive coordinator Joe Barry on his way off the field. Barry turned to return something in Baker’s direction as teammates pushed Baker away from the coach.
The Darkwa touchdown was set up by an 18-yard completion to wide receiver Sterling Shepard that came after Eli Manning called for a quick snap with the Redskins trying to get a 12th player off the field. Trent Murphy was also flagged for roughing Manning on the play, which added 15 yards to Shepard’s gain.
Washington found the end zone for the first time two plays later as Kirk Cousins hit DeSean Jackson for a 44-yard touchdown. Jackson gained 31 yards on the previous play as the Redskins offense finally found the big plays they were missing for the first 25 minutes of the game. It’s 21-16 with 3:35 to play in the first half.
The Raiders did what you’re supposed to do after a turnover, throwing straight into the opponents’ end zone.
But even though a Derek Carr touchdown on the play after a Titans fumble was called back for a holding penalty, the Raiders were still able to take advantage of the Marcus Mariota turnover to pad their lead.
Other than the turnover, the Titans are playing them fairly evenly, but the Raiders have shown more ability to create yardage in chunks.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is struggling against the depleted Browns defense, and that defense delivered a touchdown.
Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned an interception 27 yards to put the Browns up 10-7. Boddy-Calhoun is a rookie the Browns claimed via waivers earlier this month.
Two Browns defenders were closing in on Tannehill as he released the interception and it appeared his arm may have been hit by Tyrone Holmes.
The Browns have used Terrelle Pryor at both quarterback and wide receiver in an effort to keep the Dolphins guessing and take pressure off of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who’s making his first NFL start.
The Bengals defense did a good job of stopping the Broncos at the end of the first quarter, but a special teams miscue has helped them lose an early lead at home.
Adam Jones fumbled on a hit by Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson while returning a punt after the defense forced a three-and-out and Shiloh Keo recovered to give Denver the ball in Cincinnati territory. Trevor Siemian hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 41-yard touchdown a few plays later for the first Broncos touchdown of the day and a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Sanders’ score came with Jones in coverage, so it wasn’t the best stretch for the Bengals cornerback. On the negative side for the Broncos, left tackle Russell Okung left with a back injury. Michael Schofield is at left tackle while Ty Sambrailo plays on the right with Donald Stephenson ruled out before the game due to a calf injury.
The Bengals grabbed an early lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill that he set up with a 50-yard sprint through the Broncos defense. Hill was quiet in the first two weeks of the season, but has 76 yards on eight carries so far on Sunday.
The Cardinals have deferred to the second quarter, if not the second half, all season.
They trail the Bills 10-0 at the end of the first, their third straight first quarter without a point this season.
The Bills outgained them 142-2 in first quarter yards, with a 24-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy padding their early lead.
Quarterback Carson Palmer is 1-of-9 passing for 3 yards so far.
Granted, the Cards scored 24 in the second quarter last week, en route to a 40-7 win over the Buccaneers. So it’s probably too soon to panic. Wait, who are we kidding? It’s never too early to panic.
The Vikings have scored, but not because of their offense.
FOX said it was the first Vikings safety since December 2001. However, as several of you have pointed out, the Vikings got two points when Dan Orlovsky ran out of the end zone in 2008.
The play came two snaps after a 20-yard run by Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne was wiped out by a holding call.
Minnesota offense is still trying to chip in with 3, 6, 7, or 8 points, as the Vikings trail 10-2.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco scrambled for a 7-yard touchdown for the game’s first score and a 7-0 lead over the Jaguars.
Flacco’s touchdown run was the Ravens’ first rushing touchdown of the season.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has completed just two of his first seven passes.