The NFL is underway and the teams that faltered in week one tried to avoid an 0-2 start. Teams that earned a first week victory attempted to carry over that momentum and remain among the undefeated.
Statistically, starting 2-0 has proven to be an important piece in making the playoffs. Since 1990, 63 percent of teams that were undefeated after the second week have advanced to the postseason.
Here’s how the week unfolded.
A slow start by Tom Brady and plenty of dropped passes by the Patriots’ young receivers made this one closer than it should have been.
Rookie EJ Manuel got his first win as a pro. Do the fans in Buffalo finally have a reason to cheer?
Although the defending Super Bowl champs walked away with a win, they failed to impress and showed that they are not the team from a year ago.
A game winning drive from Jay Cutler gave the Bears the win and put their division rival in a 0-2 hole to start the season.
A win by the Chiefs gave them a 2-0 start. They have already matched their win total from 2012.
Second year QB Robert Griffin III continued to struggle as Aaron Rodgers had a career high 480 yards passing.
The Super Bowl contender Texans needed overtime for the win. Their slow start gave the impression that the AFC south may be more wide open than previously thought.
An official Mike Wallace sighting in the Dolphins offense helped lead the Dolphins to their second straight win to start the year.
A career-high passing day from Michael Vick wasn’t enough to overcome three TDs from Eddie Royal.
A 68 yard interception return by former Giants star Osi Umenyiora stretched the score to 21-0 for the Falcons, a lead that was too much for the Rams to overcome.
The new Bruce Arians regime was able to secure their first win of the year behind a 1 yard TD run by Rashad Mendenhall with under two minutes left to play.
A last minute field goal defeated the Bucs for the second straight week after Drew Brees and company put together a 54 yard drive to get in scoring position.
Older brother Peyton bested Eli Manning for the third time in as many tries as the Giants fell to an 0-2 start.
In the first matchup between the NFC West rivals, the Seahawks showed why many consider them the best team in football.
In the battle to decide the worst team in the NFL, the Jaguars made in abundantly clear they are in a category all their own.
Big Ben and the Steelers completely lacked effectiveness offensively. This win by the Bengals could be the official beginning of a new king of the AFC North.
After all was said and done week two, 75 percent of the league’s teams have at least one loss. Of the eight teams that are 2-0, four did not make the playoffs last year.
True turn arounds, or just flukes? Time will tell.