NFL: Week 2 Studs

Week two was just as exciting as week one. Plenty of upsets, thrillers and spectacular performances from certain players and teams. With that, here are the week two studs of the NFL.

Eli Manning

Three interceptions including one that went the other way for a touchdown to end the half is never a good taste in your mouth. However, instead of laying down and “dying” Eli Manning came to life in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eli threw for 510 yards including three touchdowns. And like last year, he led his team to victory in the fourth quarter. Will be interesting to see how he faires tonight against the Carolina Panthers with Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw injured.

Arizona Cardinals

Did you know that in their last nine games the Cardinals are 7-2? Neither did I and neither did the Patriots. Sure, it was a close game, one that the Patriots could have won if the field goal just went in, but it didn’t. Right now the Cardinals are 2-0 and their defense looks great led by Patrick Peterson. Still, plenty of football left, but the Cardinals have turned some heads.

Reggie Bush

6.6 yards per carry is what Reggie Bush averaged against the Oakland Raiders. Truly amazing day from Reggie Bush who ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Miami Dolphins won their first game of the year. Bush last year ran for over 1,000 yards and with a rookie quarterback this year, expect him to once again run for 1,000 yards.

Green Bay Packers Defense

A lot of trash talking was done by Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler heading into their Thursday night match-up against the Green Bay Packers.  After Thursday night it was Cutler yelling at his offensive line on the sidelines, for being sacked seven times. They also intercepted Cutler four times. It’s truly amazing what the Packers did. If they can continue to play like that on the defensive side of the ball, they will be giving the 49ers a run for their money.

Vincent Jackson

Five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown was the final stat line for Vincent Jackson in a loss to the Giants. While, he wasn’t the best wide receiver in the game (Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks), Vincent Jackson was still pretty impressive, picking apart the Giants secondary. If Josh Freeman, matures a bit at the quarterback spot Jackson will be well worth the money that Tampa brought him in for. That is a big if however.

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