In Week 2, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 7-7. Here's a look at how each team performed:
After shockingly falling behind 21-3 early in this game, the Packers put together an impressive rally. They cut the deficit to 21-16 by halftime, and they took their first lead of the game in the third quarter. The Jets quickly tied things up, but an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson put Green Bay on top for good.
Oh, Jets. After opening up a 21-3 lead at Lambeau, the Jets completely fell apart. They eventually found themselves down 31-24, and they negated a potential game-tying touchdown with an extremely poorly timed timeout that came courtesy of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. Thanks for nothing, New York.
Dan Carpenter made five field goals for the Bills, none of which came from beyond 38 yards. His busy day helped the Bills pull away for a surprisingly comfortable win over Miami.
The Vikings opened this game with an impressive 80-yard touchdown drive that took only seven plays and 4:06 off the clock. After that, it was all Patriots. The Vikings failed to score a single point during the remainder of this game, and any real hope of winning pretty much disappeared when a Blair Walsh field goal was blocked and returned 58 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first half.
The Saints are now 0-2 after a tough loss to Cleveland. After falling into a 16-3 hole, New Orleans rallied to take a 17-16 lead. Then the Browns went up 23-17 before the Saints answered again to go back on top. The Saints couldn't hold their lead for the second week in a row, however, and they lost this week on a Billy Cundiff field goal with three seconds left in the game. Ouch.
After an offensive explosion last week, Atlanta couldn't do much of anything in Cincinnati. Matt Ryan threw for only 231 yards on 44 attempts, and he had three interceptions and only one touchdown. Considering that one touchdown came in the fourth quarter when it was already a 24-3 game, it was too little, too late.
Miami had a tough time on offense against Buffalo. The Dolphins lost Knowshon Moreno after only one carry, and they only ran for 80 yards on 21 carries as a team. Ryan Tannehill, meanwhile, threw the ball 49 times but only averaged 4.9 yards a pass. As you can probably tell by Miami's offensive performance, it was a good day for Jim Schwartz's defense.
With Carson Palmer out, Drew Stanton led the Cardinals to victory. The Cardinals offense didn't exactly do much, but they didn't need to thanks to four Giants turnovers. Two of those turnovers were interceptions by Eli Manning, which is probably the least surprising stat in all of the NFL. Arizona has a good defense, but as we saw firsthand last week, Manning can't take care of the ball to save his life.
Tom Brady didn't put up very big numbers, but he didn't have to thanks to Stevan Ridley, who rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. His TD evened things up midway through the first quarter, and the Patriots didn't look back after that, rattling off 30 unanswered points to finish the game.
The Bears trailed by a score of 17-0 at one point, and they were down 20-7 going into the fourth quarter. It looked like they were going to drop to 0-2 and be in last place in the NFC North all by themselves. Then the 49ers melted down. Chicago scored three straight touchdowns in less than seven minutes, and they went from trailing to leading 28-20 just like that. Brandon Marshall led the way with three touchdowns, which is pretty amazing considering it looked like he wasn't even going to play because of an injury.
The Lovie Smith era in Tampa is off to a 0-2 start after an absolute heartbreaker of a loss. A Greg Zuerlein field goal gave the Rams a 19-17 lead with 38 seconds left, but a 29-yard pass to Mike Evans seemingly put the Bucs in position to attempt a field goal to win the game in the final seconds. Only they never got to attempt a field goal. Evans got hurt on the play, and because the Bucs were out of timeouts, the game ended on a 10-second runoff. Talk about adding insult to injury.