NFL Report Cards: Team-by-Team Grades for Week 2

September 22, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Week 2 was chock-full of stealth blowouts, games for which the final score paints a distorted picture of how lopsided the contest really was.
The Cowboys may have only beaten the Eagles 20-10, but the Eagles weren’t going to score 10 more points if you gave them all night to do it. The Vikings beat the Lions 26-16, but the game was over the moment the Lions decided not to run the ball, a moment that occurred sometime early Friday evening. A 28-14 final doesn’t sound like a blowout, but the Browns’ win over the Titans sure felt like one after they took a 21-0 lead. Ditto the Redskins’ 24-10 win over the Rams: It looks like just another game, but it was really a case of whistle-to-gun control of both lines of scrimmage by the Redskins.
And of course, the Patriots may have only beaten the Bills by eight points mathematically, but they did a lot more damage symbolically.
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