Daily Archives: September 19, 2011

Crazy Kicker of Week 2

In Week Two, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied back from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-20. And while it didn’t lead to a score, part of the rally was a surprise onside kick by Michael Koenen. Koenen, the former Falcon who was the Buccaneers’ biggest external free agent signing this year, executed the onside kick in the third quarter after the Buccaneers scored their first touchdown. Elbert Mack recovered the onside kick. “We didn’t score, necessarily, but it gave us enough momentum to go and win that football game,” Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said.

Buccaneers punter/kickoff specialist Michael Koenen vs. the Vikings, via buccaneers.com

On five kickoffs, Koenen had two touchdowns, pinned the Vikings inside the 10-yard line twice, and successfully executed the onside kick. That’s a fine performance, but it’s the surprise onside kick that makes Koenen the Crazy Kicker of Week 2.

Crazy Kickers of the Week 2011
Week 2: P Michael Koenen, Buccaneers
Week 1: P Sam Koch, Ravens
Preseason Week 4: P Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs
Preseason Week 2: P Andy Lee, 49ers
Preseason Week 1: PK Josh Brown, Rams

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Panthers have defensive issues and injuries

For National Football Authority, we break down the Carolina Panthers’ 30-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers in more detail. We talk about the defensive problems and injury concerns coming out of Week 2, the strange performance of RB Jonathan Stewart, and the performance of DE Charles Johnson. Click here to read all about it.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart was good and bad against the Packers, via jerseyal.com

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Rise/Sink/Float Week 2

Each week, we look through the Sunday NFL results to find one team that’s rising, one team that’s sinking, and one team that stays at the same level. You’ll see these changes reflected in our weekly Football Relativity comparison of all 32 teams.

Texans OLB Mario Williams celebrates a win over the Dolphins, via townnews.com

Rise – Houston Texans – The Texans continued to stamp themselves as legitimate contenders by going on the road to win in Miami 23-13. Even though RB Arian Foster hasn’t been a force yet, the Texans are getting the job done. Most importantly, the rebuild defense is holding up quite nicely.

Sink – Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs got their doors blown off in Detroit 48-3, and even worse they lost stud RB Jamaal Charles for the season with an ACL injury. The Chiefs have now lost Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, and Charles for the season – that’s three of their best five players. We just don’t see any way the Chiefs overcome all these injuries to make a run in the AFC West.

Float – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs were in danger of falling to 0-2 as they trailed the Vikings 17-0 on the road, but Tampa Bay had an answer. LeGarrette Blount had a breakout game after a disappointing Week One, and the Bucs rallied for a 24-20 road win that lets them keep pace in the NFC South and more importantly stamps them as a legitimate playoff contender.

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