Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kolb, McNabb both lose in Week 2

Here's a roundup of the action from today's 1 o'clock games:

Kolb, McNabb both lose in Week 2

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Kevin Kolb (4) and the Cardinals fell to the Redskins Sunday afternoon, 22-21. (AP Photo / Nick Wass)
Kevin Kolb (4) and the Cardinals fell to the Redskins Sunday afternoon, 22-21. (AP Photo / Nick Wass)

Here's a roundup of the action from today's 1 o'clock games:

* Donovan McNabb and the Minnesota Vikings are 0-2 after Josh Freeman and the Bucs rallied for a 24-20 victory. McNabb's numbers were better than Week 1. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 228 yards (no touchdowns and no interceptions). Adrian Peterson piled up 120 yards on 25 carries, but it wasn't enough. Tampa outscored the Vikings 24-3 in the second half.

* Kevin Kolb also was on the losing end Sunday afternoon, as the Cardinals lost to the Redskins, 22-21. Washington put together three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to overcome a pair of early Rex Grossman interceptions and improve to 2-0 on the season. Running backs Tim Hightower and Roy Helu combined for 170 yards on 30 carries (5.7 YPC). Kolb was 17-for-30 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Arizona's offense took over at its own 20 with under two minutes left, needing only a field goal to take the lead. Kolb hit wide receiver Chansi Stuckey for a 12-yard gain, but Byron Westbrook (yep, that's Brian's brother) forced a fumble, and the Redskins recovered. Washington travels to Dallas next Monday night to take on the Cowboys with a chance to go 3-0.

* More fireworks for Cam Newton today. The Panthers rookie quarterback started 10-for-12 for 151 yards and a touchdown, but cooled off, eventually throwing three interceptions against the Packers. Still, he finished 28-for-46 for 432 yards and a score as the Panthers came up short in a 30-23 loss. Newton also ran 10 times for 53 yards and a score. There will certainly be growing pains, but through two weeks, Newton is as exciting to watch as he was at Auburn last year.

* Aaron Rodgers was having an OK day by his standards until he hit Jordy Nelson for an 84-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Through two weeks, Rodgers has completed 70.8 percent of his passes for 620 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

* Speaking of outstanding quarterback play, Drew Brees and the Saints rebounded from a Week 1 loss to the Packers with a 30-13 win over the Bears. Brees completed 26 of 37 passes for 270 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through two weeks, he's completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 689 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Not bad.

* The Lions were a popular sleeper pick in the preseason, and they are living up to the hype. Detroit crushed the Chiefs, 48-3 and is 2-0. The Chiefs, meanwhile, lost running back Jamaal Charles to an injury early. Kansas City has been outscored, 89-10, in two weeks. Wow. Don't forget this was a team that won 10 games and made the playoffs a year ago. UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Charles has a torn ACL.

* That whole Will the Colts take Andrew Luck if they get the first pick? conversation picked up some more steam today as Indy fell to the Browns, 27-19. No Peyton Manning, no victories for the Colts.

* The Ravens looked good in Week 1, but fell today to the Titans in Tennessee, 26-13. Remember that Kenny Britt guy who gashed the Eagles' secondary to the tune of seven catches for 225 yards and three touchdowns last season? He had a big game today with nine catches for 135 yards and a score. Through two weeks, Britt has 14 catches for 271 yards and three touchdowns.


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