Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was harassed by a New England defense that forced him into four turnovers. Behind a solid effort from quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots dominated the Philadelphia Eagles in a 31-10 rout.
McNabb threw two interceptions, one being returned for a touchdown by linebacker Teddy Bruschi and lost two fumbles. Under consistent pressure from a New England defense that had something to prove after being thrashed 31-0 in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, sacked McNabb seven times. On the afternoon, McNabb completed 18-of-46 passes for 186 yards.
Buffalo Bills 38 Jacksonville Jaguars 17
The Buffalo Bills machine rolled on again Sunday against an overmatched, but game Jacksonville Jaguars squad. Riding the explosive offensive wave led by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the Bills rolled to a 38-17 manhandling of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Bledsoe completed 19-of-25 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Eric Moulds had seven receptions for 133 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from Bledsoe in the third quarter that all but put the game out of reach for the Bills.
Heading into the Panthers-Buccaneers game Sunday, there was no doubt that this was going to be a defensive battle. A defensive battle it was as Panthers kicker John Kasay drilled a 47-yard field goal with 3:28 left in overtime to lift the Panthers to a 12-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Panthers defense matched Tampa Bay step for step throughout the contest, but the Buccaneers were their own worst enemy. Having two field-goal attempts blocked, the biggest play of the game may have occurred with no time on the clock. Keenan McCardell hauled in a touchdown pass in the back of the end-zone to tie the score at 9-9, with the extra point attempt forthcoming. As the Panthers done earlier in the game, the defensive line penetrated the line of scrimmage and blocked the game winning extra-point.
Kick-returner Steve Smith returned a punt 52 yards in the overtime session to setup the Kasey field-goal that lifted the Panthers to 2-0.
An improving Minnesota defense has made the Vikings a contender, but it is the Minnesota offense led by Daunte Culpepper that will be the driving force behind this resurgent team. Tossing two touchdown passes to tight end Jim Kleinsasser, Culpepper led the Vikings to an easy 24-13 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Appearing to be a shell of their former selves, the St. Louis Rams struggled throughout the first-half of their 27-24 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Coming out in the second-half, quarterback Marc Bulger, starting in place of Kurt Warner got the hot hand and led the Rams to a spirited win.
Late in the fourth quarter the 49ers tied the score at 24 all and just recovered an onsides kick. 49ers quarterback completed a pass downfield to Cedric Wilson, but time expired before San Francisco could get their field goal unit onto the field. In overtime, a 15-yard facemask penalty on San Francisco's Jeff Ulbrich helped set up the game-winning 28-yard field goal by Jeff Wilkins.
Coming off one of his worst performances, quarterback Jake Plummer was having a good outing, completing 9-of-13 passes for 94 yards before suffering a separated shoulder. Clinton Portis rushed for 129 yards on 12 carries before having to exit with a bruised sternum. Despite the injuries, Denver cruised to a dominating 37-13 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Washington Redskins 33 Atlanta Falcons 31
Passing for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns, Patrick Ramsey led the surprising Washington Redskins to a come from behind 33-31 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Much like in the season opener, Ramsey came up big again completing 25-of-39 passes and overcoming six sacks. Wide receiver Laveranues Coles hauled in 11 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. Running back Trung Canidate rushed for 89 yards on 15 carries for the 2-0 Redskins.
Oakland Raiders 23 Cincinnati Bengals 20
The defending AFC champion Oakland Raiders were pushed around for the majority of the day against the Cincinnati Bengals. Physically beaten on the line of scrimmage, the Raiders were in danger of falling to 0-2 before escaping with a 23-20 victory.
The struggling Raiders were aided by a pass interference call against Cincinnati defensive back Jeff Burris late in the fourth quarter, putting Sebastian Janikowski in position to kick a game-winning 39-yard field-goal.
Baltimore Ravens 33 Cleveland Browns 13
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis warned the Cleveland Browns ahead of time what they were store for. Boldly predicting that he would break the all-time NFL single game rushing record against them, the Browns never once thought the talk was a possibility.
The problem was that Lewis walked the walk and definitely talked the talk. After telling Cleveland starting middle linebacker Andra Davis early in the week that he would set the record if he got 30 carries, Lewis delivered.
Breaking off an 82-yard touchdown scamper on the second play of the game, Lewis and the Ravens were off to the races. At the end of the day, a 295-yard rushing performance which included a 63-yard touchdown run in addition to his 82-yard scamper as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-13 in a divisional battle in Baltimore.
Coming off a disappointing loss in the season opener to the Houston Texans, the Miami Dolphins went back to the basics against the New York Jets. Running the football and play-action passing were on the agenda in the Meadowlands, as running back Ricky Williams rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown to lead the Dolphins to a 21-10 victory over the Jets in a battle of AFC East rivals.
Vinny Testaverde, filling in for the injured Chad Pennington completed 29-of-45 pass attempts for 373 yards and one touchdown for the Jets who fell behind 21-3 against a tough Miami defense and could not recover.
The anticipated shootout lasted for the better portion of a half, then the Kansas City defense showed up and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in trouble. Taking advantage of four Pittsburgh turnovers and a breakdown in special teams, the Kansas City Chiefs rolled to a 41-20 win over the Steelers.
Jerome Woods recovered a fumble and intercepted a Tommy Maddox pass, returning it for a touchdown. Kick-return specialist Dante Hall returned a kickoff 100-yards immediately following a Pittsburgh score. The return by Hall appeared to jump-start a Kansas City offense that was struggling against a Pittsburgh defense that dominated the Baltimore Ravens one week ago.
The Chiefs known for their offensive prowess has shown dramatic improvement
defensively in jumping out to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1996.