NFL Week 2 Highlight Tape

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystSeptember 15, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers grets a pass away in the fourth quarter during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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It's Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season, and certain storylines are already beginning to emerge.

The Philadelphia Eagles are going to score a lot of points. It's a good thing, though, because it doesn't look like their defense can stop anyone.

Speaking of defenses not stopping anyone, the reigning NFC East champions are in trouble, as the Washington Redskins have allowed over 30 points in back-to-back games. Currently sitting with an 0-2 record, Washington's odds of repeating as division champs are dwindling quickly.

As always, there were any number of exciting performances and plays during Sunday's action, and here's a look back at some of the biggest takeaways:



Since catching over 90 passes for nearly 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2008, the career of San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal has been an injury-filled mess.

It would appear that 2013 is going to be different, though.

The 27-year-old now has an eye-popping five touchdown grabs through two games, and Royal's 90 receiving yards and three scores was a big part of San Diego's 33-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.


Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

You may have heard this already, but Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is pretty good.

One week after throwing for 333 yards in a losing effort at San Francisco, Rodgers got the Packers in the win column in their home opener against the Washington Redskins.

A total of 480 passing yards to go along with four touchdowns is OK I guess.


DeSean is DeGone

As I mentioned in the introduction to this week's highlights, the Philadelphia Eagles appear set to score a ridiculous number of points this season.

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson has gone well over the 100-yard mark in both of Philly's games this year. In Sunday's loss to the Chargers, Jackson hauled in nine passes for a whopping 193 yards, including the 61-yard score featured in the accompanying video.


Mr. Jones and Me

If there's been a theme so far in the 2013 season, it's been one wide receiver after another putting up huge numbers, as there is no question that the NFL is now a passing league.

There were a number of strong outings from the position in Week 2, among them was another big day for third-year wideout Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons.

With running back Steven Jackson on the shelf due to a thigh bruise, it fell to Jones to carry the water for the Atlanta offense. Carry it he did, as he put up an incredible performance to the tune of 11 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown.


Welcome to the NFL

The general belief was that the Chicago Bears would have little trouble dispatching the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 while trying to improve their record to 2-0 on the season.

The Bears did emerge from the game with a 31-30 win, but Vikings rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson made it clear from the opening kickoff that the Vikings weren't going down without a fight.

This video of him returning the opening kickoff 105 yards to the house proves that.


Robinson Rumbles

It wasn't just the Vikings special teams that helped them stay in the game against Chicago.

The pass rush did their part as well. In the second quarter, superstar defensive end Jared Allen got to Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and popped the ball loose.

Batterymate Brian Robison was there to scoop it up, and 61 yards later, the Vikings had six points.


Mario is Super

Just a couple of days ago, some moron at IDP Manor advised fantasy football owners who play in IDP leagues that Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams had an unfavorable matchup this week against the Carolina Panthers.

Well, see, what I meant to say was...

All Williams did in Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers was set a franchise record with 4.5 sacks.

Other than that, though, he really didn't play that well.