With Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season in the books, it’s time to take a look back at the performances of a few of the Florida State alums who took part in the action.
EJ Manuel (QB, Buffalo Bills): Sunday afternoon, EJ Manuel made a bit of a statement, and that statement was–yet again–that the Buffalo Bills indeed made the right decision in taking the four-time bowl winner as high in this year’s draft as they did. The Bills’ rookie was solid in his second career start going 27-of-39 for 296 yards with a TD.
But that TD was a big one, as well as a defining moment in the young career of Manuel.
Down 23-17 with the game on the line, EJ put the Bills on his back and engineered a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, culminating in a two-yard scoring strike to Stevie Johnson. In the 1:38 it took to get all the way down the field, EJ was 6-of-8 for 54 yards.
Something tells me that won’t be the last time we see something like that from Manuel.
Christian Ponder (QB, Minnesota Vikings): It was yet another week of scrutiny for the Minnesota Vikings QB as it seems that fans are growing more restless with his inconsistency as the games go on. On Sunday, Christian was 16-of-30 for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a loss to the division rival Chicago Bears. The loss dropped Ponder and the Vikings to 0-2 to start the season.
Darnell Dockett (DT, Arizona Cardinals): In the win over the Detroit Lions, Dockett recorded three total tackles to help even the Cardinals’ record up at 1-1 on the year.
Sebastian Janikowski (K, Oakland Raiders): ‘Seabass’ was his usual spectacular self for the Raiders on Sunday again as he played his part in helping Oakland to a 1-1 record. Janikowski hit four of his five FG attempts on the day, with a long of 46, as the Raiders disposed of the Jaguars 19-9.
Bjoern Werner (DE, Indianapolis Colts): The Colts’ rookie notched three total stops in the second game of his career, including getting himself going in the sack category with a 0.5 in the loss to the Miami Dolphins.