Week Two of the NFL will officially be in the books after the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons collide on Monday Night Football tonight.
The Florida teams had mixed results. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the defending champion New York Giants 41-34 yesterday at MetLife Stadium. Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman was 15 of 28 for 243 yards and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin carried the ball 20 times en route to 66 yards and found the endzone against the Giants defense. Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 128 yards and a TD.
The Buccaneers and Giants matchup featured four touchdowns in the final 6:48 and ended with some words between the head coaches after QB Eli Manning was knocked down after the Buccaneers went all out to force a fumble on a kneel down. Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano says he found nothing wrong with team playing until the final whistle.
New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin says he wasn’t happy with the Bucs final play.
The Buccaneers will play the Dallas Cowboys on the road next week.
The Jacksonville Jaguars fell at home to AFC South rival Houston 27-7. The Texans held the Jaguars to only 117 total yards. Jacksonville QB Blaine Gabbert was 7 of 19 for only 53 yards in the game. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries in the losing effort. Jacksonville coach Mike Mularkey says there is still a lot of football left to be played.
Next up for the Jaguars is a road game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Miami Dolphins were able to rebound after their Week 1 loss to the Texans by defeating the Oakland Raiders 35-13 at Sun Life Stadium. It was Miami rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s first NFL win as he went 18 of 30 for 200 yards while throwing a touchdown pass and also rushing for one . Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was a playmaker on Sunday carrying the ball 26 times and rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Bush says Miami needs to continue to have a strong running game to compete in the AFC East.
The Dolphins will square off against the New York Jets in an AFC East showdown next week in Sun Life Stadium.