Julian Edelman went "do your job" after Jimmy Garoppolo's injury, Adam Jones looks forward to the Bengals' rematch with the Steelers, and Tampa Bay's coach believes the captain should go down with his ship. All that and more as we recap some of the best quotes from Sunday's Week 2 action.
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Andy Reid takes responsibility
He said: "We had way too many mistakes today. Too many penalties. Dropped balls. You name it. Turnovers, we had three turnovers. All these things led to points. That's my responsibility."
We say: The Chiefs needed the greatest comeback in franchise history to seal a Week 1 win over the Chargers, but there was no such magic available Sunday. Kansas City was sloppy in its 19-12 loss to the Texans, and Reid attempted to take as much of the blame as possible.
Julian Edelman wants his teammates to step up
He said: "This game is a 100 percent injury rate. It's football and everyone's just gotta do their job a little bit better."
We say: Jimmy Garoppolo left with a shoulder injury in New England's 31-24 win over the Dolphins, and may not be available for Thursday night's contest against Houston. But Edelman preached the "next man up" mentality, and doesn't want to make any excuses in case the Patriots are forced to go with a third-string (or free agent) quarterback for the next couple of weeks.
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Steelers safety Mike Mitchell knew stopping A.J. Green was key
He said: "We knew if we could minimize his impact, the outcome was going to be good for us and it was."
We say: Andy Dalton threw the ball 54 times in Cincinnati's 24-16 loss to the Steelers, but targeted A.J. Green with only eight of those passes, and connected with him only twice. Pittsburgh gameplanned to stop Green from making an impact, and considering he finished with just 38 yards receiving, the strategy worked to perfection.
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Bucs head coach explains why Jameis Winston played to the bitter end
He said: “I mean, some of you guys may not understand this, but the captain always wants to go down with the ship, and that’s just how it is. And Jameis is that kind of guy.’’"
We say: While the reference from a man who is in charge of a team named the Buccaneers is appreciated, it's fairly ridiculous logic. There's nothing to be learned from playing meaningless fourth-quarter minutes while trailing 40-7, yet Jameis Winston was forced to finish the game while Carson Palmer and some of his fellow Cardinals starters got to enjoy the final minutes from the sidelines.
Kelvin Benjamin explains his breakout performance
He said: "Most of the DBs that were on me were small and I was able to jump and get the ball."
We say: That's as good a reason as any for Benjamin being able to haul in seven catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 46-27 win over the Niners.
Victor Cruz comes up big again for the Giants
He said: "I just wanted to work my way in, catch things that are in front of me, make the plays that are presented to me. To make the game-winning catch a week ago and today to make a pretty decisive catch on the sideline to seal the game, I couldn't draw it up any other way. I just go out and play the game and I think I'm getting better as the weeks go on."
We say: Cruz made a huge play for the second straight week. His 34-yard catch down to the two-yard line with 1:32 remaining set up the game-winning field goal that sent the Giants to a 2-0 start to the season.
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Panthers LB says their scout team played faster than the Niners
He said: "You have to prepare for their tempo. The tempo in practice this week was actually faster than some of the things they were doing," said linebacker Thomas Davis. “That made the game a lot easier; it slowed it down for us.”
We say: This isn't necessarily a shot at the 49ers. It just speaks to how ready Carolina was for Chip Kelly's offense -- especially with 10 days to prepare for a San Francisco team that was hitting the road to face the defending NFC champs on a short week.
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Bengals CB Adam Jones can't wait for a rematch with Steelers
He said: “I know the guys in my locker room, all we can do is keep working hard. We’ll see them mother f******s again, I can’t wait to see them again. I take my hat off to Ben [Roethlisberger] and Pittsburgh.” We say: Sunday's divisional battle between the Bengals and the Steelers was devoid of the fireworks we saw when the teams faced off in a playoff game back in January. But later in the season, when potentially much more may be on the line, the rivalry may heat up once again -- and Jones is clearly looking forward to that challenge.
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Josh Norman doesn't want to talk about who he's asked to cover
He said: "I don’t know, ask Coach [Jay Gruden] that. Don’t ask me. I’m one of the soldiers on the field so you’ve got to ask the field generals on the sidelines. … I don’t know [when the decision was made], I mean, he’s in one time, out one time, I was just doing what I was asked to do, giving it my all no matter what the situation is, who I am facing, who I am not facing. I just want to win so, it really don’t matter to me.
We say: Norman is right -- it's not his call where he lines up on any given Sunday. But since he signed that huge $75 million deal this summer, if he continues to spend time away from his opponent's number one receiver, the questions are going to be asked.
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Ravens WR Mike Wallace praises his QB
He said: "I've probably never been around someone as cool as Joe. Nothing ever bothers him."
We say: Flacco wasn't rattled at all on Sunday after falling behind 20-2 in the first quarter. He finished with 301 yards passing -- and the respect of one of his new wide receivers -- while helping to orchestrate a comeback 25-20 road win over the Browns.
Case Keenum enjoyed the Rams' home opener
He said: "I made sure as I'm running out just to savor that moment. I'm going to remember it forever. It might not have been the prettiest game, but it was a lot of fun."
We say: A win is a win, especially for a Rams team playing its first home game since 1994. Seattle hasn't looked great through the first two weeks of the regular season, and L.A. has yet to score a touchdown through its first two games. But the Rams winning in their return to Los Angeles will always be remembered as a special experience.
Von Miller closed out the Colts
He said: "It's time to close."
We say: That's what was going through Miller's mind when he made a key play to seal the Broncos' 34-20 win over the Colts. Miller hit Andrew Luck in the backfield with under two minutes left to cause a fumble, which was picked up by Shane Ray and returned for the touchdown.