In a week that saw the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers make their season debuts, here are the main headlines coming out of Week 2:
Bengals make history
The Cincinnati Bengals made history for all the wrong reasons after falling 13-9 at home to the Houston Texans.
Cincinnati’s second consecutive home loss without a touchdown ties an unwanted record with the 1939 Philadelphia Eagles team that eventually finished their season 1-9-1.
Head coach Marvin Lewis was left “shocked” at the result as Houston reduced the Bengals to just three field goals, along with a fourth-quarter shutout.
While the 1939 Eagles side didn’t find the end-zone until Week 4, the Bengals will need to hit their stride as soon as possible as a playoff place slips away and the Green Bay Packers await in Week 3.
Broncos buck Cowboys
Last season, the Dallas Cowboys rookie duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm. In Week 2, not even an hour-long weather delay could save them from the Denver Broncos.
Trevor Siemian tied a career-high with four touchdown passes and the Broncos defence reduced last season’s leading rusher to just eight yards from nine carries.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett had no answers as Denver dominated time of possession and both sides of the ball in a blowout win that now leaves Dallas 1-1 after two games and the Broncos flirting with early Super Bowl discussion.
Reid gets revenge over Eagles
After spending 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs welcomed the Philadelphia Eagles back to Arrowhead Stadium in what was their first meeting since former Chiefs offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, left for Philly last season.
After an even first three quarters, the Chiefs took control in the fourth courtesy of touchdowns to tight-end Travis Kelce, and rookie running back, Kareem Hunt, to effectively seal the 27-20 win.
Reid’s win over his former franchise leaves the Chiefs 2-0 and firmly placed as the league’s team to beat.
Aaron Rodgers is human
When Kyle Shanahan left the Atlanta Falcons for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job at the end of last season, many wondered whether the Falcons’ offence would be the same in 2017.
But as the Green Bay Packers visited Atlanta’s brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, it seemed like nothing had changed as the dynamic duo of Devonta Freeman and Kevin Coleman combined for 126 rushing yards and three scores en route to a 34-23 victory.
Aaron Rodgers, for once, looked human on the night as a weakened offensive line caused the future Hall of Famer to force throws downfield, of which two gave possession straight back to the Falcons.
With three losses in their last three visits to Atlanta, this fixture is one Rodgers and co. will want to forget.