So, week 2 is in the books and at the rate injuries happened over the weekend, you’ll be happy if a season ending injury didn’t occur to one of your team’s players. By the looks of things, the NFC East escaped this week’s injury cull, but that’s not how it’ll feel being a Washington fan looking ahead to week 3.
Dallas Cowboys – WIN AWAY @ Washington 27-23
So, our divisional match this week brought the Cowboys in to Washington, both teams 0-1 desperately searching for their first win. The Cowboys prevailed, winning 27 to 23 – and Kirk Cousins will be reflecting on another game that got away from him. His 364 yards will look great on the stat line (and fantasy production), but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Cousins missed DeSean Jackson on a couple of long bombs, and made a late mistake which gave Dallas the chance for their go-ahead score – which Alfred Morris duly converted, a nice revenge touchdown against the team that didn’t want to bring him back. Washington’s week 3 game against the Giants is must win if they want to stay relevant. Dak Prescott was solid if not unspectacular, he had 3 touchdown drives and won’t make idiotic decisions to lose Dallas the game. Dez Bryant was clearly part of the game plan being targeted 12 times and hauling in 7 of those for 102 yards. Elsewhere, Zeke Elliott was hauled off after two fumbles (one of which he lost). He finished the day with 83 yards and a touchdown, and this shouldn’t affect his stock going forward – as long as the fumbles don’t become regular.
New York Giants – WIN HOME v New Orleans Saints 13-16
Well, this was the high scoring, all offense game we were all expecting wasn’t it? The Giants won this game 16-13 with a go-ahead kick from Josh Brown as the fourth quarter expired. In case you don’t remember, this is a game that finished 52-49 to the Saints last year. The Giants invested big in their defense in the offseason, and it’s clearly paying off. The Saints were held to just 288 yards of offense on Sunday, with Brees only throwing one TD. On the other side of the ball, the G-men will be thrilled at not only the continued contribution from rookie Sterling Shepherd, but the return of Victor Cruz. Cruz had been written off by many after his patellar tendon injury, but he remains a vital part of this team, coming down with a 34-yard haul with less than 2 minutes to play – setting up the winning field goal. He’s got to be in the running for comeback player of the year. Giants advance to 2-0.
Philadelphia Eagles – WIN AWAY @ Chicago Bears 29-14
Through two games the Eagles have got to be ecstatic with Carson Wentz. When the Eagles traded Bradford I quickly looked up the odds of them having the worst record in the NFL. Throwing a rookie under centre, having sustained a rib injury in preseason and barely played? No problem apparently. Wentz looks assured, not just making the throws but making the all-important pre-snap adjustments (not to mention a flawless no huddle opening drive). Wentz finished with a modest 190 yards and a touchdown (21 completions on 34 attempts), but the key here is no back breaking fumbles or picks. His day would have looked even more impressive had Jordan Matthews not dropped a deep ball at the pylon. Wentz did take a couple of nasty hits though, and will be have to be careful to stay out of the trainer room if he continues to invite big hits. The Eagles D will face tougher tests than the Bears, but two forced fumble (both recovered) and an interception for Bradham is encouraging – though they’ll want to forget that Eddie Royal punt return for touchdown.