Case Keenum found a rhythm on the first drive, and the Minnesota Vikings were off and running.
One week after completely shutting down the Bears, the Buccaneers felt the absence of several key players on defense, falling at Minnesota.
The backup quarterback was much more than a fill-in this time.
Multiple sources said Cravens is dealing with personal issues that required his attention. Some teammates said they didn’t think it was simply a matter of how much he loved the game, but also added that you never know until you face adversity. Cravens missed time in training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Still, multiple people, including Gruden, pointed to Cravens’ enthusiasm for practicing and playing as reason why his absence wasn’t just about passion.
It’s tough. I grew up loving football and grew up loving to play football, Cravens said Saturday, so the fact that I’m in the middle of my career and I’m not playing, it’s different. It’s difficult.
Tennessee had the early buzz as the it breakout team in the AFC, but it opened with a home dud against established power Oakland. Meanwhile, the debut of Sacksonville was so mighty that it might create a sudden power shift in the South, still the NFL’s weakest division. Defense and the running game may be good enough to win it, and the inspired hosts will keep building on their early edge. Jaguars win 23-20 in the upset of the week.
As the sole Florida-based team on the road in Week 2, Miami is in a tough spot having had to spend extended time on the opposite coast. The Chargers found their groove late in Week 1 with new coach Anthony Lynn and will be ready to look good in front of their first intimate home crowd in L.A. Melvin Gordon out-rushes Jay Ajayi to make the difference. Chargers win 27-21 and cover the spread.