It wasn't pretty, but Matty Ice proved he was the man in Atlanta tonight. Ryan passed for 4 TDs including two to Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta scored 14 points in the final quarter as Michael Turner ran for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:48 to go. Second year back-up QB Mike Kafca led Philadelphia to the Redzone with 1:45 to go, but Jeremy Maclin dropped the 4th down conversion. Atlanta moves to 1-1 in a wild game at the Georgia Dome as Falcon fans left happy after seeing their old QB in Michael Vick and their new QB in Matt Ryan.
The Big East has boasted basketball supremacy for the past few seasons. The ACC can know officially join the conversation as they added Pitt and Syracuse to a list of solid basketball programs. UCONN and Kansas have also showed interest in the conference, which could potentially become a super conference with 16 teams. As it is now, the ACC will have North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida State, Syracuse, and Pitt; all teams participated in the NCAA tournament last year.
We all knew Detroit would be good this year... But not this good. With Matthew Stafford healthy so far this season, the Lions ripped apart the reigning AFC West champs as they dismantled their defense and possibly all hopes for this season. Jamaal Charles left the game with what appeared to be an ACl injury, which would sideline him for the rest of the season. Matthew Stafford tossed for 294 yards and 4 TDs as he hooked up with Calvin Johnson twice. Detroit will look to improve their record as they travel to Minnesota next week; Kansas City will travel to San Diego next week. The Lions have been extremely efficient on offense after racking up 75 points in their two games. KC has only scored 10 points this season but they've been bullied on defense after letting up 89 points in only two games.
During the week, Tim Hightower guaranteed the Washington Redskins would beat his former team, the Arizona Cardinals. The Richmond running back had 96 rushing yards against the Cards as tHe Redskins scored 12 points in the final quarter for a 22-21 win. The Cardinals intercepted Washington QB Rex Grossman twice in the first quarter but trailed 10-7 at the half. A stable running game from Beanie Wells and a 73-yard Kolb to Fitzgerald TD pass gave Arizona a 21-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Washington would come back to score an 18-yard TD to Santana Moss (failed 2pt conversion) and a 34-yard field goal punched in by Graham Gano. With about a minute left, the Cardinals came out rolling but the momentum was suddenly stopped when Chansi Stuckey fumbled at midfield and Washington closed out the game in a victory formation. The Redskins are a surprising 2-0 as they continue their dominance over the Cards by winning the past 8 match-ups. Arizona falls to 1-1 with a game against Seattle next week at Qwest Field.