New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers
PANTHERS - For Carolina, it doesn’t get much better than this. They came out of the gate hot and never cooled down. Quarterback Sam Darnold had a nice game, finishing with 305 yards, two touchdowns on 26/38 passing. Running back Christian McCaffery ran the ball a solid 24 times to gain 72 yards, plus a touchdown. Wide receiver DJ Moore is looking like the WR1 the Panthers had hoped for, finishing the game with 79 yards and a touchdown. The defense was impressive as well, holing the furious Saints offense to only 128 total yards. A huge and impressive win for these young Panthers, who are now 2-0, and look to go to 3-0 next week when they take on the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football.
SAINTS - To sum up the Saints play this week … it was not pretty. This week’s Saints looked completely different from the week one Saints, and all for bad reasons. Jameis Winston went from a five-touchdown performance last week, to a two-interception game and throwing for 111 yards on a 50% completion percentage. Not a good performance. Jameis will have to have a bounce-back game to stay in that starting role. Alvin Kamara had a quiet game, only running the ball 8 times for a depleting 5 yards. The only real positive that can be said about the Saints this week is that it is only week two and they can surely recover quickly from this distasteful loss. The Saints look to get back on track next week on the road against the New England Patriots.
Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Falcons and the Bucs were a close game … until it hit the Fourth Quarter.
BUCCANEERS - Tom Brady and the Bucs continue to dominate in this early stages of the NFL season. This time, they came out with another win against a gamed Atlanta Falcons team, winning 48-25. The great Tom Brady had a stellar performance, throwing for five touchdowns, 276 yards, and completing 24/36. An amazing performance from the best to ever pley. The runningback duo of Fournette and Jones II combined for a total of 79 rushing yards. Mike Evans had a game to remember, hauling in two touchdowns on an average of 15 receiving yards per catch. Tightend Rob Gronkowski also brought in two touchdowns, along with Chris Godwin who had one. The defense should not go unlooked, as they picked off Quarterback Matt Ryan three times on the day. Mike Edwards had two with Shaquil Barrett grabbing the other one. This Buccaneer team means business, and it’s undisputed that they look to hoist that Lombardy Trophy once again come February. The Bucs take on a challenging Los Angeles Rams team next week.
FALCONS - The Falcons are in a weird position. It is unsure if they are trying to contend in the NFC South, or go full rebuild mode. The fact of the matter is, former MVP Matt Ryan still has hope to lead the Dirty Birds to the promise land. This week they lost in somewhat surprising fashion, holding their own against the reigning SuperBowl LV Champions, albeit still coming up short. Matt Ryan threw for 300 passing yards, completing 35 of his 46 attempts. Ryan also added two touchdowns, but sadly gave the ball away three times to the Bucs Defense. Rookie first round pick Kyle Pitts had a nice game, grabbing five catches for 73 yards. Calvin Ridley, the Atlanta WR1 had a touchdown, along with 63 yards. The game was a close one at the end of the third quarter as the Faclons only trailed by three. Unfortunately for them, they were playing Tom Brady. The Falcons went scoreless in the fourth as Tampa Bay put up 20 points. Some positives to gain from this loss, but the negatives outweigth the positives, The Falcons look to get their first win of the year next week as they take on the New York Giants.