How did the
In part, they spent last week turning around quickly.
To prepare for Sunday's game at Philadelphia after a Monday night opener and to adjust to Chip Kelly's fast-forward offense, the Chargers secretly employed a novel strategy at their closed-to-the-media practices.
Instead of getting a long look at the formation they were facing, defensive players turned their backs to the offense and instead trained their eyes on defensive coordinator John Pagano.
When the offense was set, Pagano would give his players the signal to turn around, and they had roughly two seconds to make the proper adjustments before the ball was snapped. The
On an about-face Sunday, when Atlanta, Buffalo, Green Bay, Oakland, Arizona and Baltimore bounced back from Week 1 losses, the Chargers pulled off the stunner of the day, a 33-30 victory over the Eagles.
Although the game wasn't a defensive masterpiece for San Diego —
Six days after a demoralizing loss at home to Houston, Rivers threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns — all to receiver
"We kind of no-huddled the no-huddlers," said Rivers, whose team, a 71/2-point underdog, held the ball for 40 minutes 17 seconds. "We had our own rhythm of no-huddle going. It was a heck of a team win."
Rivers exposed a glaring weakness in the Eagles' defense, particularly at safety. He shredded the middle of the defense with his passes, was seldom under pressure, and his team punted just once. The game might not have been nearly as close had the Chargers not fumbled twice inside Philadelphia's 10.
With former Eagles coach
"You're not going to find anybody at this point in time that's hanging out on the street corner that's going to be able to play safety for you," Kelly said. "We've got to coach them better, and we've got to put them in position to make plays."
The Chargers, meanwhile, have a game at Tennessee — a franchise that hasn't beaten them in eight tries — and, after a week of high-speed preparation, might want to hit pause to enjoy this one.
Eli Manning has a 2-1 advantage in
Peyton, coming off a seven-touchdown performance in the opener against Baltimore, threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's 41-23 victory over the
Although Eli threw for more yards (362), four of his passes were intercepted, bringing the turnover total of the 0-2 Giants to 10. New York's minus-eight turnover differential is worst in the league.
Once again, Super Bowl favorite Denver showed an uncanny ability to slam the door. The
"We can't really put our finger on what it is, and that's the real frustrating part," Griffin said of the sluggish starts.
With Detroit coming to town Sunday, and 0-3 a very real possibility, the Redskins have to be pondering what once was unthinkable: Should they start a healthier
There were some frightening hits Sunday, none more than the one that compressed the neck of
Floyd was taken to a hospital, where a CT scan on his neck reportedly was negative. He was able to join the Chargers on their flight back to San Diego.
In the Washington-Green Bay game, Redskins safety
One quarter later, Meriweather left the game because of a
Also evaluated for a concussion Sunday was Houston receiver Andre Johnson.
On the run
Everyone knows that
But even more encouraging for Green Bay was the way Starks ran the ball in place of the injured Lacy. Starks, who rushed for 132 yards, looked the way he did during Green Bay's Super Bowl run in the 2010 season. The Packers' last 100-yard rushing game came from Starks in their playoff opener on Jan. 8, 2011.
According to the Packers, Sunday was the first time in
Also, with the receiving performance of
Delay of games
In the first two weeks, three games have been delayed because of lightning.
San Francisco at Seattle was delayed for one hour Sunday night, following a 69-minute stoppage of the New Orleans-Tampa Bay game.
The Kickoff Opener between Baltimore and Denver got underway 33 minutes late, because of a storm passing over the Mile High City.
Memo to Chicago's upcoming opponents: Don't make
"It [ticked] me off to have someone come into our home turf and take one to the house," Hester said, adding, "I was so [ticked] before the kickoff, I was praying, 'Please, I don't care how deep the guy kicks it, I'm bringing it out.' That's the mentality I took."
Hester wound up returning five kickoffs for a team-record 249 yards, including returns of 75 and 80 yards.
It was a great Sunday for the