Pack in the Pros: Week Two

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Apparently E.J. Manuel has been designated for hero worship by ESPN, but Mario Williams deserves as much credit as anyone for Buffalo turning the heat up on Ron Rivera's hot seat.

Here are the Pack alum's performances from week two of the NFL season. Players are listed in alphabetical order as not to offend anyone; please hold your applause until the end of the presentation.

Actually, no. Feel free to chant: "Mario! Mario! Mario!" to your heart's content.

David Amerson (‘13/2nd): Amerson got a start last weekend. It did not go well. He did make six stops, but Aaron Rodgers torched the Skins' secondary for 480 yards and four scores. Washington lost, 38-20, to fall to 0-2.

Andre Brown (‘09/4th): Brown averaged an impressive 5.3 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns for the Giants a year ago but is out until at least week 10 with a broken leg. The G-men got crushed by the Broncos in week two, 41-23, and managed just 23 yards rushing in falling to 0-2. The NFC least is looking pathetic in the early going.

Audie Cole (‘12/7th): Jay Cutler struck down the Vikes, tossing a 16-yard score with 10 ticks left in the game for a one-point win. Cole has appeared in both games for 0-2 Minnesota, but he did not record a tackle against the Bears.

Jerricho Cotchery (‘04/4th): Cotchery got the start for the free falling Steelers and made three grabs for 59 yards. He contributed to the once mighty Pittsburgh rush offense with one carry for minus-five yards. With the Steelers still theoretically in the game, driving but down 10 in the fourth quarter, Cotchery had a would-be first down catch slip through his hands for a game-clenching pick. In his defense, the ball was thrown behind him. Still, two hands on the ball has to = catch.

Mike Glennon (‘13/3rd): Hold New Orleans to 16 points and you ought to get a win. Tampa did not, and, like every team we've looked at thus far, fell to 0-2. In the meantime, Josh Freeman slept through the team picture and asked to be traded. It will be Glennon's gig soon.

T. J. Graham (‘12/3rd): Graham remains listed as a starter at receiver for the Bills, but he has been targeted just four times in two games and has one catch for eight yards. Safe to say that fellow former Pack star Mario Williams had a wee bit more of an impact on Sunday's win over Carolina.

Leroy Harris (‘07/4th): Harris was a DNP in Detroit's 25-21 loss at Arizona.

Steven Hauschka (‘08/UDFA): Hauschka is now a perfect 4/4 on the year after picking up a pair of threes in Seattle's lopsided win over the 49ers.

Nate Irving (‘11/3rd): In his third year as a pro, Irving finally made his first start Sunday, recording three tackles in the Broncos' blowout win. If Irving comes along, and Denver gets a defense to go with what is the league's best offense right now, you can go ahead and start sizing the Broncos for Super Bowl rings.

Markus Kuhn (‘12/7th): Kuhn, working his way back from an ACL injury, remains on the Giants' PUP list.

Ted Larsen (‘10/6th): Larsen, who started 13 games last year, once again appeared for a few snaps off the bench in the Bucs' loss.

Manny Lawson (‘06/1st): Lawson, making his second straight start for his new club, made five stops in the Bills' 24-23 win over the Panthers.

Terrell Manning (‘12/5th): Manning comforted teammate Manti Te'o on the anniversary of his fake girlfriend's death, but that was about it. Manning has yet to appear in a game for the Chargers.

Philip Rivers (‘04/1st): Rivers and Michael Vick both eclipsed 400 yards passing, and both the Chargers and Eagles had a pair of 100-yard receivers, but it was San Diego that prevailed, 33-30. A week after blowing a huge lead thanks in part to a Rivers pick six, the Chargers were the beneficiary of late heroics in week two, rallying to take the lead three different times in the fourth quarter before Nick Novak's 46-yarder with seven seconds left finally put the final nail in Philly's coffin. Rivers threw three touchdown passes, all to Eddie Royal.

J.R. Sweezy (‘12/7th): Sweezy helped pave the way for a Seahawks' ground game that put up 172 rushing yards in a one-sided win over a division rival, though Seattle's line did allow Russell Wilson to get sacked four times. This is unacceptable.

Stephen Tulloch (‘06/4th): Tulloch was credited with five tackles in his team's disappointing loss in the desert.

Mario Williams ('06/ 1st): Super Mario silenced the haters with a 4.5-sack performance against Carolina. The sack total was both a career high and a Bills' record, a pretty impressive feat considering they had some guy named Bruce Smith harassing QBs for 15 years. Despite Williams' unprecedented production, ESPN's game story devoted the first six paragraphs to E.J. Manuel and had JUST ONE SENTENCE on Williams' dominant day. Sigh. (In case you're wondering, the NFL record for sacks in a game is seven, set by Derrick Thomas in 1990.)

Adrian Wilson (‘01/3rd): Wilson is still languishing on the Pats' IR.

Russell Wilson (‘12/3rd): Seattle's defense did the heavy lifting in the 29-3 triumph over San Fran, holding Colin Kaepernick to an atrocious 13-for-28 for 127 yards (and three interceptions). Wilson wasn't much better (8-for-19, 142, TD, INT), deferring to Marshawn Lynch, who had 28 carries for 98 yards and two scores. The EA Sports Hype Machine must have been pretty disappointed in this one.

C.J. Wilson (‘13/UDFA): Da Bears are 2-0 and have accomplished that feat without the services of Wilson, who has yet to escape the sidelines. Interesting fact: apparently C.J.'s name is C.J. It's not short for anything. At least I can't seem to prove otherwise. Can anyone else shed some light on this situation?

Earl Wolff (‘13/5th): After getting just eight snaps in the opener, Wolff was on the field for 49 plays in game two, making six solo tackles, though he and his teammates had no answer for a red-hot Rivers. Wolff did get this nifty feature on the Eagles' team website, which kind of makes it sound like he replaced Nate Allen for most of the game. Not so, as Allen made 11 tackles. Looks like Wolff was more of an extra DB. If Earl and Glennon get a start later in the year, and it seems inevitable for both of them, that will make three Pack rookies to get a starting nod in 2013.

Willie Young (‘10/7th): A week after recording a stuff, Young got into the backfield again, this time pulling down Carson Palmer for a sack. Wait, Carson Palmer is still in the league? And a starter? Huh.

Tune in next week to read about Glennon coming off the bench to spark a furious rally in Foxboro.

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