A week into the NFL season and it’s time to have a running count on the ten best games of the season. Each week this feature will include the top games of the week and then a ranking of the top ten games of the year.
Games of Week 2
Cincinnati Bengals 34 Cleveland Browns 27 (Highlights): The Battle for Ohio between young quarterbacks Andy Dalton and Brandon Weeden ended in the Bengals’ favor. Both threw for over 300 yards, but Dalton threw three touchdowns to Weeden’s two.
Arizona Cardinals 20 New England Patriots 18 (Highlights): Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals shocked the Patriots in Foxboro. A late fumble by the Cardinals gave the Patriots a 42-yard field goal attempt to win, which Stephen Gostkowski missed.
Indianapolis Colts 23 Minnesota Vikings 20 (Highlights): Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns in his first NFL win. Adam Vinatieri kicked the game winning field goal with 10 seconds remaining.
St. Louis Rams 31 Washington Redskins 28 (Highlights): Sam Bradford took the show from Robert Griffin III, throwing 310 yards with three touchdowns. Griffin ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, but his team missed a 62-yard field goal at the end of the game.
Games of the Year (As of Week Two)
10. Week 1: Minnesota Vikings 26 Jacksonville Jaguars 23 OT (Highlights): In the projected battle of the running backs, Adrian Peterson topped Maurice Jones-Drew with two touchdowns. Despite two touchdown throws for Blaine Gabbert, the Vikings won in overtime.
9. Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles 24 Baltimore Ravens 23 (Highlights)
8. Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34 Cleveland Browns 27 (Highlights)
7. Week 1: San Francisco 49ers 30 Green Bay Packers 22 (Highlights): The projected top two teams in the NFC squared off and the 49ers ran away with the game in Green Bay. Frank Gore’s 112 rushing yards far surpassed the Packers leading rusher, Aaron Rodgers.
6. Week 2: Indianapolis Colts 23 Minnesota Vikings 20 (Highlights)
5. Week 2: New York Giants 41 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34 (Highlights)
4. Week 2: St. Louis Rams 31 Washington Redskins 28 (Highlights)
3. Week 1: Denver Broncos 31 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 (Highlights): The first Sunday Night Football game saw new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning come from behind to beat the Steelers. The Broncos had 17 fourth-quarter points.
2. Week 2: Arizona Cardinals 20 New England Patriots 18 (Highlights)
1. Week 1: Washington Redskins 40 New Orlean Saints 32 (Highlights): Robert Griffin III shocked the Saints as the only rookie QB out of five to win his first game. Griffin’s first six passes were not for forward progress, but his seventh was an 88-yard touchdown throw.