Aaron Rodgers and Richard Rodgers led the way for the Golden Bears in the pros this week, while Keenan Allen struggled to follow up on last week's epic performance. Meanwhile, another Golden Bear fell victim to a hamstring injury this week.
Lorenzo Alexander: LB, Oakland Raiders (1-1)
For a second consecutive week Alexander did not record any stats. The Raiders picked up a surprising 37-33 home victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
Keenan Allen: WR, San Diego Chargers (1-1)
It was always going to be extremely difficult for Allen to follow up on his record-tying performance from week one, but this performance might end up being his worst of the season. Allen hauled in just two passes for only 16 yards and a lost fumble. The Chargers lost 24-19 away from home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Allen has 17 receptions for 182 yards this season.
Tyson Alualu: DE/DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
Who would have guessed that Alualu would have just one less reception than Allen this week? The big defensive lineman caught a 3-yard pass for the first reception of his career. Alualu also made one tackle and registered a quarterback hurry during the Jaguars' 23-20 upset victory at home against the Miami Dolphins.
C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (2-0)
Anderson struggled once again - though the Broncos found a way to win anyways - as he gained just 27 yards rushing on 12 carries. Anderson also caught one pass for two yards. The Broncos stunned the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium with two late touchdowns to win the game in dramatic fashion. Anderson has 24 rushes for 56 yards and five catches for 21 yards for the season.
Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
Anger punted seven times for an average of 45.3 yards (38.9 net). Anger's longest punt was 56 yards and he had two more which went 50 yards. Anger had one punt inside the opponent's 20-yardline. Anger has 12 punts this season for an average of 45.7 yards (38.1 net).
Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
Conte had a great game for the Bucs as they rebounded from their disastrous opening game of the season to upset the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome 26-19. Conte picked off Drew Brees, forced one fumble, recorded six tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Conte now has 11 tackles this season.
Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (0-2)
Forsett led all rushers with 15 carries for 68 yards during the Ravens' loss in Oakland. Forsett added 13 receiving yards on four catches. Forsett has 29 rushes for 111 yards this season with 25 receiving yards on eight receptions. What is going on with the Ravens' running attack?
Here is a story from The Baltimore Sun:
Once considered a given to again be among the most stable and feared units in the NFL, the Ravens rushing offense has been successful only in a formation that a year ago it shied away from.
Through two games this season, running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro are averaging seven yards per carry (12 rushes, 84 yards) out of the shotgun formation — all of those carries coming in Sunday's 37-33 loss to the Oakland Raiders. But that duo, and rookie Buck Allen, averaged 2.82 yards per carry (34 rushes for 96 yards) when quarterback Joe Flacco was under center.
But their 12 carries on draw plays out of the shotgun were more than Ravens running backs had during all of the 2014 season (nine), and through two games was the only way the offense substantially moved the ball on the ground. No NFL team used the shotgun formation less than the Ravens last season.
However small the sample size, it brings into question how the pair of top backs will be utilized going forward, and whether the zone scheme that Forsett found success in last year will yield similar results this year.
DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (1-1)
Jackson remains out of action with a hamstring injury. The Redskins upset the St. Louis Rams 24-10 at FedEx Field.
Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
Jones is starting to look like his old-self again. Jones caught two passes for 48 yards and one touchdown which went for 45 yards. Jones also tallied three yards rushing on one carry. On the whole of the season, Jones now has four receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. Jones has also recorded two tackles.
Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (0-2)
Jordan notched his first sack of the season (a 10-yard loss) along with three tackles, one quarterback hit and a fumble recovery. This season Jordan has one sack, two pass breakups and five tackles.
Mychal Kendricks: ILB, Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
Kendricks, again, led the Eagles in tackles with seven - bringing his season total to 17 -- during the Eagles' 20-10 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Kendricks also had one tackle for loss before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.
CSN Philly has an update on Kendrick's injury:
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who left the Cowboys game with a hamstring injury, was also held out of practice on Thursday. Kelly said he still doesn’t know if Kendricks will be available against the Jets.
"We’ll monitor him [Friday] and Saturday," Kelly said.
L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-0)
Ladouceur played in his 159th consecutive game for the Cowboys as they remained undefeated at the expense of the Eagles.
Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
Lynch struggled to gain 41 yards on 15 rushes as the Seahawks' offensive line has had a rough two weeks to start the season. Honestly, Beast Mode is doing as well as anyone possibly could behind the Seahawks' offensive line, which is providing almost no holes to run through. The Seahawks lost 27-17 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. He is still finding ways to lay lower the boom on defenders.
Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Mack started at center for a second consecutive game as the Browns defeated the Tennessee Titans 28-14 in Cleveland.
Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (1-1)
McCain made his season debut for the Dolphins during their loss to the Jaguars.
Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
Mebane rebounded from a pedestrian week one performance to notch five tackles (one for a loss) as he started a second consecutive game. Mebane has six tackles on the year.
Mike Mohamed: LB, Houston Texans (0-2)
Mohamed was inactive for a second time this season.
Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Rivera's Panthers defeated the Houston Texans at home 24-17.
Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Rodgers went 25-33 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers went 8-8 on the Packers' go-ahead drive which culminated in a five-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers. Rodgers and Rodgers also connected on the two-point conversion.
Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Rodgers hauled in three passes for 23 yards and the game winning touchdown. Rodgers has six catches and 50 yards and one touchdown this season.
Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Schwartz started his 50th consecutive game and recovered a fumble.
Brian Schwenke: C, Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Schwenke started again for the Titans.
Craig Stevens: TE, Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Stevens recorded his first catch of the season for 13 yards.
Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (1-1)
Sundberg performed the long snapping duties for the Redskins once again.
Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (0-2)
Vereen led the Giants in receptions with eight for 76 yards and six carries for 19 yards. The Giants lost another 10-point fourth quarter lead - this time to the Atlanta Falcons - in a 24-20 loss.
Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Williams tallied one tackle during the Chargers' loss to the Bengals.
Check back next week to see how the Bears in the pros performed during week three of the NFL season