Week two of the 2009 NFL season is complete and the string of competitive games has continued. This is really shaping up to be a very entertaining season. The week ended with a very exciting game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, but there were other great games too including Sunday Night Football’s New York Giants victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Other great games in week two included the Texans beating the Titans, the Raiders beating the Chiefs, the Bears beating the Steelers, the Ravens beating the Chargers, and the Jets beating the Patriots.
Here is a look at some interesting facts surrounding the week 2 action in the NFL:
-Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers threw for 436 yards in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. This tied him with Dan Fouts for the fourth most passing yards in a game by a Chargers quarterback. Positions one, two, and three on the list are also held by Fouts.
-Byron Leftwich attempted 50 passes in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Buffalo Bills. He became the 14th Buc quarterback in team history to attempt 50 or more passes in a game. The Buccaneers only won two of those 14 contests, when Brad Johnson threw 54 times in 2001 and when Brian Griese set the team record by throwing 67 times in 2008.
-Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints followed up his six touchdown performance in week one with a three touchdown performance in week two. Surely nine passing touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season must be a record, right? Kind of. It ties him for the record with St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Charley Johnson, who in 1965 accomplished the same feat. He had thrown 3 TD passes in an opening season loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and then followed that up in week two by throwing 6 TD passes in a win over the Cleveland Browns.
-Kevin Kolb’s 391 yards passing in a losing effort for the Eagles is the most passing yards by an FL quarterback in their first start. The most passing yards in a game ever by a rookie was 453 by the St. Louis Rams‘ Marc Bulger in 2002.
-In the San Francisco 49ers win over the Seattle Seahawks, running back Frank Gore had both a 79 yard touchdown run and an 80 yard touchdown run. In this one game he put his name twice on the list of longest touchdown runs by a 49er. He sits in the 7th and 8th spot on the list. The only other player to appear twice on the list is Hugh McElhenny. Others on the list are Garrison Hearst, J.D. Smith, Delvin Williams, Joe Perry, and Kevan Barlow.
-In the Arizona Cardinals 31-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Kurt Warner had one heck of a game. He went 24 of 26 for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He distributed the ball to nine different receivers during the game as well. His 92.3% completion percentage is the highest ever of any quarterback throwing 20 or more passes in a game.
-When the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots behind the guidance of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, it was the fist time a rookie quarterback had defeated Bill Belichick’s team since 2004 when Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger did it.
-The Oakland Raiders managed to pull out a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs despite the fact that Oakland’s quarterback, JaMarcus Russell, went 7 of 24 for 109 yards, a completion percentage of just 29.4%. Add to that the fact that the Raiders starting running back Darren McFadden carried the ball 12 times for 35 yards, an average of 2.9 yards per carry, and the Raiders had to have had one of the worst offensive performances that ended in a victory in NFL history.
-The Denver Broncos are the only team to start out the 2009 NFL season 2-0 that also started out the 2008 season 2-0. Their final record in 2008 was 8-8.
-In the Tennessee Titans loss to the Houston Texans, Titans running back Chris Johnson scored on a reception of 69 yards, as well as on runs of 57 and 91 yards. His 91 yard touchdown run tied a mark set by Sid Blanks in 1964 for the longest touchdown run in team history. His 284 total yards put him second on the list to Billy Cannon who gained 330 yards from scrimmage in 1961, the franchise’s 2nd season in existence.
-In the Indianapolis Colts 27-23 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, the Colts total time of possession for the game was 14 minutes and 5 seconds. This is the lowest time of possession for any winning team since 1977.
-Dallas Clark, the tight end for Indianapolis, caught 7 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. The first play of the game was an 80 yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Clark. Clark caught an 80 yard touchdown pass from Manning in 2004 as well, that time it was against the Houston Texans.