After a stunning defeat in their opener, the New England Patriots were back to the norm Week 2.
Tom Brady looked like his old self as the Patriots dropped the Saints to 0-2, and there were plenty of other familiar sights in the second week of regular-season action.
The referees came under fire, Denver’s defense delivered a punishing display, the Seahawks’ offensive line struggled and the poor old Chargers proved fortune cares not for the location of your team.
Once he’s done feasting, Wilfork will probably be watching the Patriots put Deshaun Watson’s feet to the fire. New England is 16-5 overall and 8-0 at home since 2001 when facing rookie quarterbacks such as Watson, the ex-Clemson standout who will be making his second NFL start.
Wilfork spoke in Belichickian fashion when providing scant detail about what makes New England so effective against newbie passers. It’s a certain mindset we had is all Wilfork would allow.
Wilfork, though, was more forthcoming in his praise of Watson and how the Texans made the right decision benching Tom Savage midway through the season opener.
[Watson] has won big games in college so he knows what it’s going to take to win in the NFL, said Wilfork, who played with the Texans in 2015 and 2016. All rookies are going to have their flaws. At the end of the day he’s going to be my franchise quarterback. That means there’s going to be a learning curve.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders: On a frustrating night for the Oakland offense, Crabtree was sidelined with a chest injury, and he went to the locker room for X-rays. He did not return.