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A look back at week two in the NFL

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The Packers achieved record attendance of 78,020 people at Lambeau Sunday, Sept. 15 when they faced the Redskins.

Marques Eversoll, Sports Editor
September 19, 2013
Filed under Sports

Packers 38, Redskins 20

It appeared the Green Bay Packers might be in for a long afternoon when a concussion forced starting running back Eddie Lacy out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. But what started as an ugly game in sloppy conditions ended in a blowout, record-setting Packers victory and their first 100-yard rusher in 44 regular-season games.

In front of a Lambeau Field attendance record of 78,020, James Starks filled in for an injured Lacy and racked up a career-high 132 rushing yards, marking the first time a Packers runner eclipsed the century mark since Brandon Jackson Oct. 10, 2010.

Benefitting from the balance of an effective running game, quarterback Aaron Rodgers tied a franchise record with 480 passing yards to go along with four touchdowns.

Wide receiver James Jones, after being shut out in the season opener in San Francisco, posted personal bests with 11 catches for 178 yards Sunday against the Redskins. Jones led the NFL in touchdown catches a season ago and nearly added his first score of 2013, but he lost control of the ball at the goal line, turning the ball over to Washington just before halftime.

Green Bay led 24-0 at the break before Rodgers hooked up with receiver Jordy Nelson for the first points of the second half.

Playing from behind throughout the afternoon, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III accounted for 320 yards through the air, including three scores to Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed and Santana Moss. Griffin, who led all quarterbacks last season with 815 rushing yards, only mustered up one yard on four carries against the Packers.

Defensively, the Packers were again without safety Morgan Burnett, who continues to nurse a hamstring injury. Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings fared better this week than they did in the season opener, as Green Bay held Washington scoreless until Garcon scored with 4:05 in the third quarter.

Packers receiver Randall Cobb appeared to get the Packers on the board first with a catch-and-run on the team’s first drive, but his foot was out of bounds, setting up a 28-yard Mason Crosby field goal.

With nine catches and 128 yards, Cobb leads the Packers in both statistical categories through two weeks. He led the team with 954 receiving yards last season.

The Packers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals on Sunday before their bye in week four. Cincinnati enters its game against Green Bay on a short week after hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

 

Patriots 13, Jets 10

Tom Brady was held to just 185 passing yards and a touchdown, but the Patriots were able to squeak by the Geno Smith-led Jets in a defensive struggle on Thursday Night Football. With receiver Danny Amendola out indefinitely, Julian Edelman stepped up in his absence and caught a game-high 13 passes to pace New England. The Patriots improved to 2-0, while the Jets fell to 1-1 on the season.

 

Ravens 14, Browns 6

After a disappointing performance in the season opener, the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens rode a resilient effort to a win over the Cleveland Browns. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 211 yards and a score, while backup running back Bernard Pierce found the end zone after Ray Rice left the game with an injury. Cleveland remains winless on the season, while Baltimore earned its first victory of 2013.

 

Falcons 31, Rams 24

Despite being outscored 21-7 in the second half, the Atlanta Falcons rode a high-flying passing attack to earn their first victory of the season. Falcons wideout Julio Jones caught a game-high 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown to pace the Falcons, who had just 36 combined rushing yards as a team. Steven Jackson, playing against his former team, left the game early with an injury. Both teams now sit at 1-1.

Chargers 33, Eagles 30

Despite Michael Vick’s 400-yard day, the Philadelphia Eagles were defeated at home by Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Rivers racked up 419 yards and three scores to pace the Chargers, who were shaken after receiver Malcom Floyd was taken off the field in a stretcher. Antonio Gates surpassed the 100-yard mark on eight catches to lead San Diego to their first win of the season.

 

Bears 31, Vikings 30

Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 105 yards to the end zone to put Minnesota in front early, but Jay Cutler hooked up with tight end Martellus Bennett for the game-winning touchdown with :02 seconds remaining. Despite two turnovers, Cutler’s 290 yards and three touchdowns were enough to earn the Bears’ second division win in as many weeks. Former Packers receiver Greg Jennings—now with the Vikings—caught five passes for 84 yards, but Minnesota was unable to earn its first win of the season.

 

Dolphins 24, Colts 20

Andrew Luck threw for over 300 yards, including 124 to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, but the Colts were defeated at home against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill had his way with the Colts secondary throughout the afternoon, as Mike Wallace and Clay Harbor each went over 100 yards receiving. Miami improved to 2-0 on the season, while Indianapolis dropped to 1-1.

 

Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16

Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and rushed for another 57, improving the Chiefs’ record to 2-0. Through two weeks, Kansas City has already matched its win total from a season ago. Despite Tony Romo throwing for nearly 300 yards, the Cowboys offense was one-dimensional, as they were outgained by the Chiefs 114-37 on the ground. After an opening-day win over the Giants, the Cowboys now fall to 1-1.

 

Texans 30, Titans 24 (OT)

Texans rookie DeAndre Hopkins filled in for an injured Andre Johnson and caught seven passes for 117 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the second game of his NFL career. The visiting Titans led by eight with under two minutes to play before Arian Foster scored and converted a two-point conversion to tie the game at 24. Ben Tate went over 100 yards of total offense for the Texans, who have earned two comeback victories in as many weeks. Tennessee fell to 1-1 with the loss.

Cardinals 26, Lions 21

Matthew Stafford threw a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to power the Detroit Lions to a 14-10 halftime lead. Coming out of the break, former Wisconsin Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy intercepted a Carson Palmer pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown to extend Detroit’s lead. Arizona ended the game on a 13-0 run, capped off by a Rashard Mendenhall touchdown plunge with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Both teams sit at 1-1.

 

Raiders 19, Jaguars 9

In a game between two teams with limited expectations for the upcoming season, Darren McFadden’s 157 total yards powered the Raiders to a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Blaine Gabbert was unable to play for the Jaguars, forcing Chad Henne into the starting lineup. Jacksonville only had 34 rushing yards on the afternoon, as they fell to 0-2. Oakland sits at 1-1 through two games.

 

Broncos 41, Giants 23

Once again, Peyton Manning got the better of younger brother Eli in the Broncos’ 41-23 win over the New York Giants. Despite two high-flying passing attacks, the Broncos led just 10-9 at halftime. Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno enjoyed a big day, racking up 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace Denver’s offense. The Broncos remained unbeaten, while the Giants are still winless.

 

Saints 16, Buccaneers 14

In the midst of severe weather in Tampa Bay, play was suspended less than five minutes into the first quarter. When play finally resumed after more than an hour-long delay, both offenses sputtered. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was able to find a second-half rhythm, racking up 322 yards through the air, including a 31-yard dart to Marques Colston, which set up the game-winning field goal. Kicker Garrett Hartley booted a 27-yarder as time expired, improving the Saints to 2-0 on the year. Tampa Bay has yet to find the win column.

 

49ers 29, Seahawks 3

A late first-quarter weather delay sidelined the two teams for about an hour before the host Seahawks pulled away in a blowout win. Coming off his first 400-yard passing day against the Packers, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions and lost a fumble against Seattle, while Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch scored a pair of touchdowns. Seattle sits at 2-0 on the season, while San Francisco fell to 1-1.