NFL Week 2

Tom Brady sets a record, while other QBs struggle

At least for a week, let the whispers about the old guy stop.

While Cam Newton was being examined for an injury following a hit, Blake Bortles was making turnover after turnover after turnover and Mike Glennon was drawing social-media pleas that he be replaced by rookie Mitch Trubisky, Tom Brady was old dependable again.

The New England Patriots’ 40-year-old QB, fresh off a season-opening stinker, looked like the five-time Super Bowl winner against the New Orleans Saints. Just how good was he? How about historically good?

Well, he passed for three touchdowns in the first quarter for the first time in the 273 games of his career (including the playoffs), according to NFL Research.

Brady’s day did take a turn in the third quarter, however, when Rob Gronkowski was pulled down by two defenders, twisting his surgically repaired back awkwardly. Gronk left the game, but was listed as questionable to return with a groin injury, not a back injury. His status was unknown following the game, but he said “I’m good” to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss.

As the Post’s Mark Maske writes, while the Patriots proved reports of their demise were exaggerated, the injuries are starting to pile up for them.

The Panthers’ Newton brought back the dab briefly, but his game resembled the dismal lost season of 2016 more than the triumphant 2015 MVP-winning campaign. Newton had been sacked six times in three quarters and was blasted on two third-quarter plays, the last of which momentarily left him face down and in pain. He popped back up, though, and kept playing.

Bortles had a dismal day for the Jaguars, with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Glennon’s two interceptions are likely to prompt calls for Trubisky, the second overall pick in the NFL draft.

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Dak Prescott criticized by Jason Garrett

Very little went right for the Cowboys during their visit to Denver, as Dallas took a 42-17 thrashing. After the game, Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett made specific mention of the struggles of quarterback Dak Prescott, who completed 30 of 50 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Prescott played poorly, and The Post’s Adam Kilgore noted that the second-year quarterback “finally learned how hard it can be to play in the NFL.” However, he had one of the most difficult assignments the league has to offer, traveling to Denver to take on the Broncos’ elite pass defense, and Prescott got no help from the running game, as Ezekiel Elliott managed a minuscule eight yards on nine carries.

Antonio Gates sets touchdown record for tight ends

No NFL tight end has ever visited the end zone as often as Antonio Gates. With his 112th touchdown Sunday, the Chargers veteran moved ahead of a tie with Tony Gonzalez and now sits alone atop the all-time list for his position.

Gates set the record midway through the third quarter of a home game against the Dolphins, when he hauled in a pass from — who else? — quarterback Philip Rivers. That marked the 85th time that Gates and Rivers have connected for a score, the third-most for any NFL quarterback-receiver duo.

Gates, who played basketball while at Kent State, also caught his 900th pass during the game, making him just the 22nd player in NFL history with that many receptions. After Gonzalez, Gronkowski is third on the all-time tight end touchdown list with 69, followed by the Cowboys’ Jason Witten (64).

Chargers fire off victory cannon — after losing game on missed field goal

Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo was wide right on a field goal attempt that, as it came with nine seconds left, essentially gave the visiting Dolphins a 19-17win. Perhaps the staff at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., where the Chargers played their first regular season game since moving north from San Diego, is still working out the kinks — or perhaps, as some suggested, they were temporarily fooled by the loud cheering from the large amount of Miami fans in attendance — but the victory cannon went off.

Koo had a field goal blocked last week that would have sent a game with the Broncos into overtime, so the rookie’s NFL career has gotten off to a rough start. He is now just one of four on field-goal attempts.

Chris Carson emerges from Seahawks’ muddled backfield

It’s too early to say that the Seahawks have found their new bell cow back, but Chris Carson staked a strong claim Sunday, rushing for 93 yards on 20 carries in Seattle’s 12-9 win over San Francisco. Thomas Rawls, coming back from an ankle injury that sidelined him in Week 1, got the start but gained just four yards on five carries, while Eddie Lacy wasn’t even activated for the game.

The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Carson, a seventh-round pick out of Oklahoma State, got stronger as he went along. On the Seahawks’ final drive, as they were trying to ice the game, he had carries of nine, 12 and 16 yards.

“I think we’ve got something,” Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said of the rookie. “I think he’s a really good football player.”

Kareem Hunt stars for Chiefs, fantasy owners

In Kansas City, Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt has emerged as a full-fledged fantasy darling. The rookie, who rushed for 148 yards in the opener against New England, carved up Philadelphia on Sunday, scoring on two touchdown runs and rushing for 81 yards. One went for 53 yards and the other, well, it generated the best TD celebration of the day.

The Chiefs improved to 2-0 with a 27-20 win over the Eagles, after Philadelphia made things interesting with a late touchdown pass and an onside kick recovery, but Carson Wentz’s Hail Mary pass attempt fell incomplete as time expired.

Case Keenum starts for Vikings in place of injured Sam Bradford

Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, the Minnesota Vikings took a look at quarterback Sam Bradford on Sunday morning and decided he would not start against the Steelers because of a sore knee. Bradford was replaced by Case Keenum.

Knee soreness is nothing new for Bradford, of course, and the Vikings had hoped that he would be sidelined only for the first week of the season. However, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Bradford’s “MRI is hard to read because he has so much scar tissue” from previous procedures. However, the team believes that Bradford’s anterior cruciate ligament “is still intact,” according to the report.

Resting Bradford probably is smart, given that the Steelers defense had seven sacks in Week 1. His situation is one worth monitoring, given his history with serious knee injuries.

Uncertainty for Timmons, Dolphins

The long-term status of Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is uncertain after the veteran defensive player went missing Saturday.

The Dolphins, with what was supposed to be their season opener postponed to November because of Hurricane Irma, relocated to California ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chargers and, on Saturday, the team was unable to locate him. Although he was accounted for Sunday, he was listed as inactive ahead of the 4:05 p.m. EDT kickoff. Timmons had started 101 consecutive NFL games.

Chargers welcomed by sparse crowd at StubHub Center

The Chargers played their first game in Los Angeles on Sunday, at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center. The early images show that the size of the crowd was less than impressive.

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