Week 2: Brady blisters Chargers' D

9/18/2011 - NFL




Tom Brady

Quarterback, New England Patriots

Brady didn't hit the 500-yard mark, but his sizzling play continued in Week 2. Brady completed 31 of 40 passes for 423 yards and three touchowns to lead the Patriots to a 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. It was the third 400-yard game of Brady's career.



Drew Brees

Quarterback, New Orleans Saints

Brees turned in his second straight impressive performance. This time, though, he got a victory to show for it. Brees passed for 271 yards and three TDs, including a 79-yarder to Devery Henderson, and did not throw an interception as the Saints blasted the Chicago Bears 30-12.



Tony Romo

Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys

Romo shook off a rib injury and rallied the Cowboys to a 27-24 overtime victory at the San Francisco 49ers. Romo passed for 345 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. His 77-yard completion to Jesse Holley set up Dan Bailey's game-winning 19-yard field goal.


The Buffalo Bills' offense

Led by RB Fred Jackson, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR David Nelson, the Bills scored touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions to overcome a 21-3 deficit and beat the Oakland Raiders 38-35. Jackson rushed for 117 yards and pair of TDs and Fitzpatrick passed for 264 yards and three second-half TDs. Nelson caught 10 passes, including the game-winning 6-yard TD, for 83 yards. Buffalo amassed 481 yards of total offense.



Charles Woodson

Defensive back, Green Bay Packers

The Packers' defense gave up a whopping 432 yards to Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, but it also made the rookie pay for his mistakes. Woodson had two of Green Bay's three interceptions and also recovered a fumble in the Packers' 30-23 victory.



Matthew Stafford

Quarterback, Detroit Lions

If the first two games are any indication, Stafford's in the midst of a breakout season. Stafford passed for 294 yards and four TDs in the Lions' 48-3 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs -- the largest margin of victory in franchise history. Stafford's strong outing came on the heels of a 305-yard, three-TD performance in Week 1.



Jeremy Maclin

Wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles lost to Atlanta 35-31, but Maclin had a sensational game (his late fourth-down drop notwithstanding). Maclin caught 13 passes for 171 yards (both career highs) and two TDs.



Kenny Britt

Wide receiver, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have waited patiently for Britt to fulfill his potential. Much to their delight, the third-year wideout came up big in Week 2. Britt caught nine passes, including a 4-yard TD, for 135 yards to help Tennessee upset the Baltimore Ravens 26-13.



Mike Wallace

Wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallace is off to an impressive start in 2011. The third-year wideout recorded his second straight eight-reception game in the Steelers' 24-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Wallace caught a 2-yard TD pass in the third quarter and finished with 126 receiving yards.



The Kansas City Chiefs

After a surprise playoff run last year, things are unraveling quickly for the Chiefs in 2011. In their second straight lopsided loss, the Chiefs committed an eye-popping six turnovers and converted only two third downs. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw three interceptions and lost a fumble.



Luke McCown

Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars

It's safe to say McCown hasn't exactly seized his opportunity in Jacksonville. In his second start since replacing the released David Garrard at QB, McCown was dreadful against the New York Jets. McCown passed for only 59 yards and was picked off four times in a 32-3 loss. McCown, who had a quarterback rating of 1.8, was replaced by rookie Blaine Gabbert in the fourth quarter.


The Miami Dolphins' passing game

So much for the Dolphins' vaunted passing attack. A week after piling up 416 passing yards against New England, QB Chad Henne and Co. were held to 153 yards through the air in a 23-13 home loss to the Houston Texans. Henne was 12-of-30 with a TD and an interception.


The Dallas Cowboys' running game

Sure, the Cowboys fell behind early, but their running game did little to ease Romo's burden. Dallas was held to 45 rushing yards on 22 carries (2.0 average) against the 49ers. Felix Jones was the Cowboys' leading rusher with 25 yards on nine carries.