Week 2: Jay Cutler sinks Cowboys
Quarterback, Chicago Bears
Highly criticized last season for his turnovers and overall erratic play, Cutler had perhaps his best game as a Bear on Sunday. Under heavy duress, Cutler completed 21 of 29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions to lead the Bears to a 27-20 victory in Dallas.
Is the Steelers' defense back to its 2008 form? It appears so. One week after keeping a talented Atlanta offense in check, Pittsburgh forced seven turnovers, had four sacks and held Titans RB Chris Johnson to 34 yards in a 19-11 road victory. James Harrison led the charge with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
In Week 1, the Texans leaned on the run. Playing from behind on Sunday, the Texans had to air it out, and the results were eye-popping. Matt Schaub threw for a career-high 497 yards and three TDs as Houston nipped the Redskins 30-27 in overtime. As usual, Schaub's main target was Andre Johnson, who had 12 receptions for 158 yards and a TD. Kevin Walter also had a big game, catching 11 passes for 144 yards and a TD.
Quarterback, Washington Redskins
Don't blame McNabb for the Redskins' heartbreaking loss. McNabb's pinpoint passing helped the Redskins build a 17-point third-quarter lead. He finished 28-of-38 for 426 yards and one TD. It was the first time that both starting quarterbacks in a game threw for more than 400 yards since 1994.
Running back, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons got a huge boost from Snelling in their 41-7 drubbing of Arizona. Forced into extensive action because of injuries to Atlanta's top two running backs (Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood), Snelling responded with 129 rushing yards and a pair of TDs on 24 carries. He also hauled in a 19-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan.
Cornerback, San Diego Chargers
The Chargers' defense turned in a superb performance against Jacksonville, and Cason was among the standouts. Cason, in only his second game as a starter, had two first-half interceptions and recovered a fumble in San Diego's 38-13 win. The Chargers forced six turnovers overall.
Running back, Detroit Lions
The Lions fell just short of beating Philadelphia, but Best certainly did his part. After a rough opener (25 total yards), the versatile rookie rushed for 78 yards and two TDs and caught nine passes for 154 yards and another score in Detroit's 35-32 loss.
Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings
It's early, but Favre's second tour with the Vikings is looking nothing like his first. Favre turned the ball over four times (three INTs, one fumble) as the Vikings dropped to 0-2 with a 14-10 home loss to Miami. Favre, who finished 22-of-36 for 225 yards and a 44.3 passer rating, threw only two interceptions at home all of last season.
Quarterback, Tennessee Titans
One week after posting a sparkling 142.8 passer rating, Young posted a paltry 48.3 in Tennessee's loss to the Steelers. Young passed for only 66 yards and accounted for three of the Titans' seven turnovers (two INTs, one fumble) before being pulled at the start of the fourth quarter.
Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
Yet another big-name quarterback who stumbled in Week 2. Flacco threw a career-high four interceptions in Baltimore's 15-10 loss at Cincinnati. He was only 5-of-17 for 23 yards in the first half. He finished 17-of-39 for 154 yards (23.8 rating).
The Bills were held to 186 total yards in a 34-7 loss at Green Bay. Buffalo gained zero net yards in the first quarter and didn't get a first down until the final play of the opening quarter. Quarterback Trent Edwards was 11-of-18 for only 102 yards (a 5.7-yard average) and threw two interceptions.