Bolton Wanderers' Jay-Jay Okocha was the star of the afternoon with a double strike in his side's 4-1 thumping of Charlton Athletic.
The Nigeria skipper failed to score all last season in the league but drilled home a free kick to open the scoring on his birthday. Henrik Pedersen doubled the advantage before Okocha netted again.
Although Kevin Lisbie pulled one back for the visitors, Pedersen notched his second of the afternoon to clinch an emphatic home win.
Portsmouth and Birmingham City drew 1-1 at Fratton Park with David Unsworth's calmly taken penalty cancelling out Robbie Savage's free kick opener.
West Brom drew first blood at Ewood Park with a deflected free kick by Neil Clement but Blackburn hit back with Craig Short's brave header from a Michael Gray cross. Despite a late penalty shout, The Baggies held out with Kanu able to ease any pressure with some sublime work.
Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler's excellently executed hooked shot deserved to give Kevin Keegan's men the three points such was the artistry involved, but Fulham replied with a Collins John equaliser.
Aston Villa defeated Southampton 2-0 with both goals coming inside the first half. Darius Vassell and Carlton Cole showed they could be a partnership to be feared by getting on the scoresheet in a comfortable home victory.
Crystal Palace managed a point from their trip against fellow Promotion new boys Norwich City as Andy Johnson continued his good scoring form with a well-taken leveller. Darren Huckerby, another regular scorer at the lower level, got off to a good start with the opener.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's last-gasp goal earned Middlesbrough a 2-2 draw with Newcastle at The Riverside.
The Dutchman popped up to head home from close-range with a dubious goal as the ball appeared to strike his arm before going into the net.
Craig Bellamy had given Newcastle an early lead before Boro substitute Stewart Downing levelled matters on 73 minutes.
Alan Shearer seemed to have grabbed the winner with a penalty seven minutes from time until Hasselbaink grabbed his last equaliser.
Earlier in the day, Tottenham's Jermain Defoe ensured parity in the game with Liverpool after Djibril Cisse opened his Reds account.
1. Alexei Smertin is playing LFM.
2. Alexei Smertin has been our best player for the first 2 games!
Damien Duff plays 90 for Ireland, but doesn't make Chelsea's bench.
Chelsea are playing shite football, v.defensive and it's because Ferreira, Smertin, Makalele and Geremi are all shite going forwards, whereas Johnson, Duff, Parker and Cole would be much better in attack, and nothing would be lost defensively.
ANyway, not losing faith in him yet, I'm sure he knows what he's doing.