LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2013 — Despite Steelers defender Brett Keisel resembling a dancing Rabbi at the Chabad telethon, neither he nor Ben Roethlisberger are Jewish. Their was no Yom Kippur miracle to cure the anemic Pittsburgh offense. God roots for the teams with the bigger and better players. With that, here is the NFL 2013 Week 2 Recap.
New York Jets at New England Patriots — What was expected to be a New England cakewalk turned into a hideously ugly street fight in the rain. The Jets hung tough, but three fourth quarter interceptions of Geno Smith, two of them by Aqib Talib, was just enough for Bill Bellichick and Tom Brady to escape over the hated Rex Ryan. 13-10 Patriots
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons — Atlanta jumped all over the Rams, as Matt Ryan hooked up with Julio Jones on an 81-yard scoring play and Osi Umenyora returned an interception 68 yards for another score. Sam Bradford rallied the Rams from down 24-3, but Jason Snelling ran it in from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter to salt the game away. Matty Ice finished 33 for 43 for 374 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. 31-24 Falcons
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens — A pair of field goals actually had the Browns leading 6-0 at halftime. A five-yard touchdown run by Bernard Pierce in the third quarter and a five-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Marlon Brown in the fourth quarter was just enough for the Ravens to win this hideous game. 14-6 Ravens
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills — Coaches who play not to lose end up losing. Leading 20-17 with 1:42 to play, Carolina had a 4th and 1 situation. The ball was at the Buffalo 21 yard line with the Bills out of timeouts. Rather than go for it, Ron Rivera played it conservative and kicked the field goal. That left enough time for E.J. Manuel to take Buffalo down the field. From the Carolina two yard line with six seconds left, Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for the winning score. 24-23 Bills
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears — This pinball machine was a thriller. Cordarelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown for the Vikings. Devon Hester returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards and returned another 80 yards. Defensice end Brian Robison returned a fumble 61 yards for a Minnesota touchdown, while Chicago scored on defense with a 44-yard interception return of a Christian Ponder pass. Leading 27-24 with 1st and goal at the Chicago six yard line with 3:30 to play, the Vikings settled for a field goal. That left Jay Cutler enough time to hit Michael Bennett with a 16-yard touchdown pass with only ten seconds left for the epic win. 31-30 Bears
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers — Aaron Rodgers was a lights out 34 of 42 for 480 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Packers built a 31-0 lead and coasted. RGIII and the Redskins looked awful for the second straight week, but the Packers really are that good. 38-20 Packers
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans — A see-saw game saw the Tennessee defense return an interception of Matt Schaub 23 yards for a score and a 24-16 fourth quarter lead. Yet Arian Foster ran it in just past the two minute warning and added the two point conversion to send this grudge match into overtime. Houston won the toss and never gave up the ball as Schaub hit DeAndre Hopkins for a 3-yard touchdown to win it. 30-24 Texans, OT
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts — Tied 17-17 at the half, the second half was a defensive slog. Down by three, Charles Clay scored on a one-yard touchdown run to put the Dolphins ahead by four. With 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation, the Colts’ Andrew Luck was intercepted. With 1:50 to play, Luck had moved the Colts from their 14 to a 1st and 10 at the Miami 23. After three incompletions, Luck was sacked as Miami moved to 2-0 with the stunning road win. 24-20 Dolphins
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs — One play decided this game. With the Chiefs clinging to a one point lead and trying to run out the clock, they faced 3rd and 10 at their own 44 with 2 1/2 minutes to play. Alex Smith threw incomplete, but a defensive pass interference penalty allowed Kansas City to keep the ball. Walrus Lite Andy Reid and the Chiefs are for real, while Dallas continues to underachieve. 17-16 Chiefs
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles — Philip Rivers went 36 of 47 for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Michael Vick was 23 of 36 for 428 yards and two touchdowns. Neither quarterback was intercepted as Mike McCoy and Chip Kelly knew it would come down to who had the ball last. Kelly this time made a questionable decision with clock management. He wants a quick strike offense, but there comes a time to let the clock run. With 2:09 left and the Eagles with 1st and 10 at the Chargers’ 14, winding down the clock would have made sense. Instead three straight incompletions meant settling for a 32-yard field goal to tie the game 30-30. The Chargers still had 1:45 to work with from their 21 yard line, plenty of time for Rivers. A 46-yard field goal try by Novak for the win was good. 33-30 Chargers
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals — Matthew Stafford went deep to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson for a 72-yard touchdown, but Carson Palmer came right back to Dante Ellington for a 36-yard score as the Cardinals led by four points late. With 1:15 to play, the Lions faced 4th and 4 at their own 43. Rather than throw past the marker, a West Coast Offense dink and dunk pass was completed for a three-yard gain as the Lions lost the game. Whether Jim Schwartz or Matthew Stafford is to blame, quarterbacks must throw past the marker on 3rd or 4th down. 25-21 Cardinals
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — This was Buc Ball in all its hideousness. Mason Foster intercepted Drew Brees and staggered 85 yards the other way as the Pirate of Pewter Power led 14-13 late. With one minute left, Ryan Lindell missed a 47-yard field goal that would have extended the lead. With 1:06 left from the Saints 37, Brees made it look easy. A 31-yard completion to Marquis Colston set up Garrett Hartley for the 27-yard field goal as the Bucs lost for the second straight week on the final play. 16-14 Saints
Denver Broncos at New York Giants — The Manning Bowl saw Peyton Manning go 30 of 43 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Eli Manning was 28 of 49 for 362 yards, one touchdown, and four killer interceptions. Knowshon Moreno had touchdown runs of 20 and 25 yards. A 17-16 Broncos lead was broken wide open when Peyton hit Demaryius Thomas for an 11-yard touchdown and Trindon Holliday returned a punt 81 yards for a score. Peyton has nine touchdowns without an interception on the year while Eli has been picked off seven times. 41-23 Broncos
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders — The loser of this game had a shot at 0-16. Marcel Reece ran it in from 11 yards out and Sebastian Janikowski did the rest. Seabass hit four field goals, three of them from under 30 yards. Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards as the Raiders built a 19-3 lead. Oakland is improved with Terrelle Pryor, but Jacksonville is a complete mess. 19-9 Raiders
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks — A defensive bonelock in the rain had Seattle up 5-0 at halftime. Seattle broke it open in the second half as Marshawn Lynch ran it in for two touchdowns, from 14 and from two yards out, and caught a seven-yard touchdown reception. Russell Wilson managed the game well, while Colin Kaepernick was intercepted three times and fumbled once. 29-3 Seahawks
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals — A tie game at halftime saw Red Rifle Andy Dalton go to Giovanni Bernard for a 27-yard touchdown and a 17-10 Bengals lead. In the fourth quarter Mike Nugent hit a 25-yard field goal to give the Bengals a cushion. With five minutes left, an interception of Big Ben Roethlisberger continued Pittsburgh’s offensive misery. 20-10 Bengals
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