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Published: Sep 15, 2008
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NFLatte Week 2: Cassel Beats Favre, Pats Win Without Brady
by Sy Xavier

Despite losing Tom Brady for the season, the Patriots remain undefeated.  Other suprised unbeaten's include Carolina, Tennessee, Buffalo, Arizona and Denver.  The Steelers, Packers and Giants stay perfect as well, while the Colts, Redskins, Raiders, Niners and Buccaneers rebound from week one loses.

Panthers 20, Bears 17:  Jake Delhomme led his second fourth quarter game-winning drive in a row and made Carolina 2-0 with the help of rookie Jonathan Stewart's two touchdown runs.  Delhomme was a modest 12 of 21 for 128 yards, but 43 of that came on the final push when the Panthers needed it most.  Stewart plowed into the endzone from 11-yards out, giving Carolina their first lead of the game, but the only one they needed.  Chicago went up 17-3 on Jason McKie's 1-yard dive early in the third quarter but never scored again.  That touchdown was set-up by Charles Tillman's interception of a  ball that caromed off Jeff King's leg.  After that the Panthers were able to capitalize on a turnover of their own when Chris Harris stripped the ball from Greg Olsen to set-up Stewart's first scoring run that cut the lead to 4.  Kyle Orton finished 19 of 32 for the Bears and rookie Matt Forte shined against with 23 carries for 92 yards.  The Bears first touchdown was scored Brandon Lloyd picked off a blocked punt and ran it in from 9 yards out.

Titans 24, Bengals 7:  Kerry Collins connected with Justin Gage late in the second quarter to give Tennessee a 7-point lead and later Keith Bulluck sealed the deal with he landed on a blocked punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Collins didn't do much, but unlike his counterpart Carson Palmer, he didn't turn the ball over, finishing 14 of 21 for 128 yards.  The Titans did their damage on the ground with Chris Johnson collecting 109 yards on 19 carries and LenDale White rushing for 59 with his 18 tires, including Tennessee's first touchdown.  Palmer went 16 of 27 for 134 and was picked twice.  Chris Perry rushed 21 times for 64 yards.

Packers 48, Lions 25:  Two touchdown catches by Calvin Johnson in the fourth quarter and a safety put Detroit up by one with under 8 minutes to go but Green Bay responded with 24 unanswered points, including two interception returns for scores to keep the Packers unbeaten under Aaron Rodgers.   The three-year back-up exploded with 328 yards passing and three touchdowns, going 24 of 38, most of which went to Greg Jennings who caught 6 for 167 yards.  Brandon Jackson out rushed a limping Ryan Grant, gaining 61 yards on 7 attempts.  Jon Kitna finished 21 of 41 for 276 yards, but was picked 3 times.  Johnson collected 6 catches for 129 and for the second week in a row the offense got no help from the running game.  Kevin Smith was best with 10 rushes for 40 yards.

Bills 20, Jaguars 16:  The Bills are 2-0 for the first time since 2003 thanks to Trent Edwards 7 yard scoring throw to James Hardy with just over 4 minutes left.  The defense held and Rian Lindell tacked on his second field goal of the game to end the scoring.  Edwards finished 20 of 25 for 239 yards with Fred Jackson catching 7 for 83.  Marshawn Lynch was held to 59 yards on 19 carries but also scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter.  David Garrard went 17 of 28 for 165 yards and threw his third pick of the season, the total that he threw all last season.  Fred Taylor gained 49 yards on 14 carries but it was Maurice Jones-Drew that scored the Jags only touchdown on a 1-yard run that tied the game shortly after the break.  Josh Scobee went 3 for 3 on his field goal attempts and Matt Jones had 5 catches for 50 yards.

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