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The Biggest Winners & Losers of Week 2 of the 2012-13 NFL Season

Submitted by on September 18, 2012 – 11:35 amNo Comment

Week 2 of the 2012-13 NFL season is officially in the books. After an exciting Week 1, Week 2 had a lot to live up to. And, it certainly did. There were a few big surprises—did the Arizona Cardinals really beat the New England Patriots?—as well as a few teams that got their first wins after struggling in Week 1. To help you make sense of it all, we put together a list of The Biggest Winners & Losers of Week 2 of the 2012-13 NFL Season. Where does your team fall?

Winner: Arizona Cardinals

As we mentioned in the intro to this list, the Cards shocked the football world by beating the Patriots on Sunday. How? Well, they did it by playing phenomenal D—and by getting a little bit lucky when the Pats kicker missed a makable field goal at the end that would have won the game. The Cards are now 2-0 and keeping pace in the suddenly-improved NFC West.

Loser: New Orleans Saints

Ouch. One week after falling victim to the Washington Redskins at home, the Saints traveled to North Carolina to play the Carolina Panthers. And, things didn’t go any better for them there. After jumping out to a quick 7-0 lead, they spent much of the rest of the afternoon playing catchup and eventually lost 35-27 to Cam Newton & Co.

Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers

The last thing the Steelers wanted to do was start off the season 0-2. So, they got back to doing what they do best—playing defense!—and completely shut down the New York Jets for much of the afternoon on Sunday.

Loser: Kansas City Chiefs

After getting blown out at home by the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, the Chiefs traveled to Buffalo to play against a team that got absolutely destroyed by the Jets in their first game. But, Buffalo bounced back nicely against the Chiefs by jumping out to a 21-0 halftime lead. And, they never looked back, eventually winning 35-17.

Winner: Cleveland Browns

The Browns actually lost by seven to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. So, how’d they end up a “Winner”? By putting up a way better fight than they did in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles—and by getting a really solid performance from rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden who threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns. It didn’t equal a win, but it did prove that the Browns are at least going to be competitive this season.

Loser: Oakland Raiders

Wow. Losing to the Miami Dolphins by 22? Is this team bad or what? A week after suffering from all kind of problems with their special teams, the Raiders allowed Reggie Bush to torch them for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Worse, they also allowed rookie QB Ryan Tannehill to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown and to rush for another touchdown. The Raiders are in for a long season.

Winner: New York Giants

The G-Men could have folded and taken an L on Sunday afternoon down two touchdown heading into the fourth quarter. But, they fought back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ended up winning their game by a touchdown. Eli Manning threw for 510 yards and, despite the loss of running back Ahmad Bradshaw to a neck injury, the Super Bowl Champions looked super again.

Loser: Dallas Cowboys

A week ago, it looked like the ‘Boys were headed for greatness after knocking off the Giants in the opening game of the season. But, a 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks has quickly changed the perception of Dallas. Is this team really going to be in contention for a championship this season? Stay tuned. As you can see, things tend to change from week to week around the NFL.

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