Quite an interesting week for former Hokies in the NFL. One's season ended, one got beat up, one continued to score, and one got a whole heck of a lot richer.
One of the big storylines in the NFL heading into Week 2 was Mike Vick returning to play in Atlanta for the first time since...you know. Vick's return looked like it might be a good one initially but things quickly soured (see below) for the Philadelphia QB. Vick got knocked out of the game by his own lineman--unintentional, of course--and left the game early.
The world does not revolve around Mike Vick and there are several other Hokies that took the field on Sunday. Follow the jump to see how former Hokies did in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.
Xavier Adibi-LB, Minnesota Vikings: Inactive.
James Anderson-LB, Carolina Panthers: Anderson led the Panthers in tackle with 7 solo and 9 total. Anderson stopped James Jones short of a first down in the first quarter, forcing a Green Bay punt.
Kam Chancellor-S, Seattle Seahawks: Chancellor lead the Seahawks in tackles with 5 solo and 9 total. However, Chancellor went for a big hit on Isaac Redman and got faked out pretty badly as Redman took it in from 20 yards out and the Steelers blanked the Seahawks 24-0.
Darren Evans-RB, Indianapolis Colts: Inactive.
Brandon Flowers-CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Flowers and the Chiefs got roughed up badly by the Lions (!) by a score of 48-3. Flowers had 4 solo tackles and 5 total with three passes defended. I didn't watch the game so I could be wrong but most likely Flowers was matched up on Calvin Johnson, who caught two touchdowns. Of note, Flowers landed a contract extension--earning him a whopping $50 million ($22M guaranteed) over the next 5 years.
Cody Grimm-S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cody had six solo tackles in the Buccaneers' win over the Vikings.
DeAngelo Hall-CB, Washington Redskins: DeAngelo had 2 solo tackles and 5 total tackles while defending one pass.
Jeff King-TE, Arizona Cardinals: Jeff King scored a 21-yard touchdown on a simple out route as the Washington defender slipped. King dove for the corner of the endzone and was awarded the touchdown. King had 2 receptions for 36 yards and the touchdown.
Carlton Powell-DT, Atlanta Falcons: Did not accumulate any stats.
Eddie Royal-WR, Denver Broncos: Eddie had 2 receptions for 15 yards. Eddie did leave the game earlier with an apparent groin injury.
That's what happens when you're improperly utilized by a horrible QB, you get too rusty. Royal could miss at least two weeks with the injury.
Tyrod Taylor-QB, Baltimore Ravens: Did not accumulate any stats.
Mike Vick-QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Oh boy. Where to start. Vick was 19/28 passing for 242 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. He ran the ball 6 times for 25 yards. However, Vick fumbled the ball three times, losing two of them. The first lost fumble was picked up by Ray Edwards and returned 64 yards before DeSean Jackson chased him down and tackled him short of scoring. Matt Ryan (AHHHHHHHHHHH!) threw a touchdown to Tony Gonzalez to capitalize on Vick's turnover. On the Eagles' first drive of the second half, Vick threw an interception to Kelvin (not Celsius) Hayden. Ryan (AHHHHHHHHHHHH!) again threw a touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. Vick bounced back on the next series by throwing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin, pulling the Eagles to within 4. Vick had thrown a 5-yard pass to Maclin earlier in the game for the his first passing touchdown. As if the turnovers weren't bad enough, Vick got slung around by a Falcon and he slammed into Eagles lineman Todd Herremans. Vick left the game after that play with an apparent (slight) concussion. Vick was returning to Atlanta for the first time and the reaction was mixed, starting with cheers and boos turning solely to cheers...at the fact that Vick was heading to the locker room injured.
Ryan Williams-RB, Arizona Cardinals: Injured.
Jason Worilds-LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Worilds had a solo tackle.
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GAME BALL: This week it's a bit difficult. I'm probably going to go with Jeff King because of his touchdown. Yeah, I know, the Cardinals lost the game but everyone else that put up respectable numbers did too.