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What we know after Week 2

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Philip-Rivers-OB-G_20130915223806314_600_400.JPG " alt="" width="600" height="400" /> Six days after choking away a 21-point lead in their season debut, the Chargers went round for round with the Eagles in a 33-30 win. Philip Rivers piloted a nine-play, 51-yard fourth quarter drive to set up a game-winning Nick Novak field goal. The Chargers offense dominated time of possession (40:17), was efficient on third downs (10 of 15) and scored seven times on 11 drives, one of which was used to run out the clock of the first half. Rivers was impeccable during the game. Although Malcom Floyd was taken to the hospital with a neck injury, Eddie Royal continued his dominant play, hauling in three touchdowns. The Chargers turned the ball over twice in the red zone, but Philly was never able to make them pay. Mike Vick exploded for a career-high 428 passing yards for two touchdown passes and a rushing score, but the offense settled for three field goals. James Casey dropped a third-down pass in the end zone and another TD pass in the third quarter was nullified, which led to field goals. The Eagles are known for their tempo at running plays, but only ran 59 plays because the Chargers had some extended drives. Dolphins 24, Colts 20 – Mike Wallace can kindly keep quiet now Wide receiver Mike Wallace wasn’t happy with his lack of touches after Week 1. Well, in Indy on Sunday the Dolphins shut him up. QB Ryan Tannehill threw 3 passes at Wallace in Miami’s opening drives and connected on all three, including an 18-yard scoring strike. Wallace finished with 9 catches for 115 yards. Happy now? While Tannehill did throw for 319 yards and managed to hand Colts QB (and fellow 2012 draftee) Andrew Luck  just his second home loss, he’s gonna have to step up his ball security. Tannehill fumbled three times on Sunday, losing one. The Colts just couldn’t take advantage. On fourth-and-10 from the Dolphins’ 23-yard line late in the game, Luck was sacked by Phillip Wheeler. Miami was able to run out the clock and move to 2-0 on the season. Texans 30, Titans – (OT) – Houston is never truly out of a game First they pulled off an amazing comeback against the Chargers in Week 1. Then, they laid low for most of Sunday’s game against the Titans. However, with the game on the line, Arian Foster struck. With the Texans down 24-16 with less than two minutes left in the game, Foster scored from a yard out and added a two-point conversion to tie the score. Then DeAndre Hopkins pulled down a 3-yard TD pass from Matt Schaub in overtime to give Houston its second straight win to open 2013. If the cardiac kids continue to play this way, they’re going to get burned at a bad time. But for now, why ruin a good thing? Saints 16, Buccaneers 14 – Tampa Bay loses in second-worst way possible Darren-McFadden-OB-G_20130915223920322_600_400.JPG " alt="" width="600" height="400" /> The Jaguars were missing key players as Justin Blackmon (suspension), Marcedes Lewis (calf) and Blaine Gabbert (hand) were sidelined for different reasons and the Raiders made them pay in a 19-9 win. Chad Henne made the start, but the offense still struggled to score a touchdown until the closing minutes of action. Maurice Jones-Drew left the game with an ankle injury in the first half and the Raiders held the Jaguars without a first down in over 36 minutes of action. Terrelle Pryor and Darren McFadden fueled the Raiders offense and Sebastian Janikowski drilled home four field goals. Questions? Comments? Send them to and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!

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