Week 2 provided everything a die-hard NFL fan could want. Defensive battles, high scoring thrillers, prime time upsets, and even a few heartbreaks. Derrick Henry scores 3 touchdowns to lead a comeback, Vikings lose in Vikings fashion with a missed game winning field goal, and todays hot take… Kyler Murray for MVP? Lets dive right into all 14 games from Sunday!
Patriots vs. Jets:
Against the Patriots, Zach Wilson looked awful. Missed passes, four interceptions thrown…none of it was pretty. On the upside Michael Carter looks like he could turn into the running back this team desperately needs. The Jets defense also looked competent. When your quarterback throws 4 interceptions and gives the opposing team great field position, and you hold them to 25 points, that’s a win in my book. Jets are a few pieces away from being a contender. You heard it here first.
Mac Jones looked good but not great in this outing, 22 for 30 for 186 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. They only ran for 101 yards as well. The most impressive play on offense was Damien Harris (or was it Marshawn Lynch, I’m not sure I couldn’t tell) running for a 26 yard touchdown. He looked amazing on this run, breaking tackles, and rumbling his way in for a score. The defense looked impressive, regardless of it being the Jets.
Broncos vs. Jaguars
Lets be honest, we all expected this outcome, except for the handful of Jaguars fans. But if you watched the first 25 minutes of this game, I bet you were like me and thought that the Jaguars were about to pull off an upset. Jacksonville came out with an 11 play 83 yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 25 yard Marvin Jones touchdown. If it wasn’t for a missed field goal the Jags would’ve been up 10-3 going into the final drive of the half, but if football was a game of what if’s, then I would be writing a completely different story. Lawrence threw the ball 33 times, completing 14 of those attempts with 2 balls being picked off. 188 yards and a touchdown to go along with that, and we have one disappointing start of the season for the number 1 overall selection.
Denver just looks good. Putting up 398 total yards on offense, while holding Jacksonville to only 189. That’s about as a complete game of football you can have. Only one sack came on the day, courtesy of Von Miller, but it was still a great showing. 10 penalties on the day for Denver is frightening, but if they clean that up we could be looking at a team on the rise. Don’t even get me started on time of possession, Denver controlled the game by chewing up 38:52 minutes.
Bills vs. Dolphins
Poor Miami. That’s all I have to say. What if Tua doesn’t get hurt early in the first quarter, are they in this game? Would that have matter? Again, it’s a what if. Lets look at how Miami played. Plenty of touchdowns… against their defense. Zero for the offense. A combined 182 yards thrown between the two quarterbacks on 44 attempts and 25 completions. This team needs Will Fuller next week. Jaylen Waddle is still learning the speed of the NFL, so the return of Will Fuller will only help them that much more. 2 fumbles lost paired with the interception, and that’s 3 turnovers. Let me say something crazy here, Miami had 98 less yard total than Buffalo, only one more turnover, 44% on third down, AND CONTROLLLED 3 MORE MINUTES OF TIME. The only stat Buffalo destroyed Miami in was sacks allowed, Miami gave up 6 sacks. Statistically this game was close, even if the final score didn’t show it.
Bills fans, how are y’all feeling? This is one of those wins where it’s a “I guess I’ll take it” type of feeling. For the score of this game, its beautiful, stats, not so much. Josh Allen was 17 of 33 for 179 yards, a pair of touchdowns and a pick. Singletary had a nice day on the ground rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Zack Moss added 2 scores on 8 carries for 26 yards. This was a defensive win no doubt. This is what happens when a good team has a bad offensive day, but the defense steps up. The longest touchdown drive was 62 yards. Then a 60 yard drive, 33 yards, 52, and 46. 2 of their touchdown drives were started on the Dolphins side of the 50, and one of them was at their own 48! A win is a win, but Buffalo needs to find their offense quickly.
49ers vs. Eagles
If you like low scoring defensive battles, this was the game of the week for you. The 49ers, outside of 2 drives, looked lost on offense. Punts on their first four drives, after they scored 3 touchdowns on the first 4 drives last week, is discouraging for 49ers fans. They ended the half with a wide open touchdown to Jauan Jennings. The defense in the first half of the game balled out big time. They blocked a field goal, stalled a drive in the red zone after a 91 yard play, and were lucky enough to have a touchdown overturned. This is a very good, if not the best defense in the NFC. Jimmy G went 22 for 30 for 189 and a touchdown. Trey Sermon, Elijah Mitchell, and JaMycal Hasty all suffered some type of injury, but none appear to be done for the year.
Eagles fans, its not as bad as you think. It’s a loss, but it’s a loss to feel good about. The defense for most of the game looked lights out, great pass rush, the run stop was there. There was one chunk play at the end of the first half that set up the 49ers for a touchdown, but it was a catch and run with poor angles. The loss was contributed to spotty play calling and missed opportunities. A blocked field goal, touchdown getting called back, and a 1st and goal at the one is not how the Eagles envisioned this game going. Points were left on the board, that’s for sure, but this game showed what the defense is capable of.
Rams vs. Colts
Matt Stafford for a second straight week has looked amazing. He threw 19/30 for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Cooper Kupp is emerging as his clear favorite in the offense, through the first two weeks his stat line is 16-271-3. Darrell Henderson is turning into the goal line back, putting up touchdowns in back to back games. It was nice to see Sony Michel get involved as well, with 10 carries for 46 yards on the ground. This offense is going on all cylinders as they put up 27 against a solid Colts defense. The defense was able to force 2 turnovers, and sack Wentz 3 times. It was a close game in score and stats.
Colts fans, I know it’s hard right now, you are sitting a 0-2 facing a potential 1-4 start as you have the Titans, Dolphins, and Ravens as your next 3 games. Wentz is hurt with an ankle injury and could miss some time. But look on the bright side, your games have been close with arguably 2 top 5 teams. It’s a hard schedule and you guys are fighting hard. Michael Pittman went off with 8 catches for 123 yards, Pascal has 3 touchdowns so far this season, and you still have Jonathan Taylor. Carson Wentz has thrown for just under 500 yards, and still needs to build the chemistry with his receivers and tight ends (I know because go birds).
Raiders vs. Steelers
Boy do the Raiders look good! Taking down the Ravens in an overtime thriller last week, then to face the Steelers and win in Pittsburgh. Derek Carr has looked elite, throwing for the most yards to start a Raiders season in the first two games in franchise history, and Henry Ruggs is finally contributing in a great way with a huge touchdown grab. Did I mention that their stadium has VIP seats with bottle service and a DJ booth on the field? Man, football is in full swing in Las Vegas and I am here for it! Even with Josh Jacobs out this game they found a way to win. The ground game put up a total of 52 yards, but who needs to run when Derek Carr is playing great football. Relax, it was a joke, I know a run game is important, and they will get back to a run game when Jacobs is back and healthy.
The Steelers are an interesting team. Big Ben put up 295 yards going 27 for 40. Harris totaled 81 yards on the ground and a score as he continues to try and prove why he was a first round back. Injuries on defense played a role in the loss, but how big? As a man who has friends and family in Pittsburgh, as well as in a fantasy league with eleven Steelers fans, I am forced to listen to them talk about all of their Lombardi trophies, or the history of the franchise, or how if I don’t watch the game my input doesn’t matter (yeah I called you out Logan). But let me tell you, I will be covering this team more in depth in a later article. Questions surrounding Pittsburgh right now, Is Big Ben still the move? How much longer does he have? Will he be able to take this team to the next level and into the playoffs? Only time will tell, find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z.
Bengals vs. Bears
SOME GET JOE BURROW SOME O-LINE HELP! 4 sacks allowed, getting pressure in his face, throwing 3 interceptions… come on. It wasn’t a great day offensively for either team, but I would still take the Bengals offense over the Bears in this one. Burrow threw for 207 yards on a 19/30 line. 2 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Mixon had 69 yards on 20 carries. The Bengals had 4 total turnovers in this game, including a Roquan Smith pick six. I like the Bengals offense a lot, and their defense isn’t too shabby either, I just need better o-line play.
Well, Matt Nagy is officially 10-3 in September, with the only loses coming from season openers in the 2018, 2019 and 2021 seasons. Did you know that the Bears have had 7 games since 2018 with 3+ takeaways and 4+ sacks, most in the NFL? Would you like to know their record in those games? 7-0. Now, this may have been one of the worst offensive performances this season so far, putting up a combined 206 total yards. The gamechanger in this game was the pick six. Without it, this game may have ended 17-16 in favor of the Bengals.
Texans vs. Browns
The Texans are an interesting team. They were the underdog against Jacksonville, and were able to hang with the Browns for most of the game, only trailing by 3 going into the fourth quarter. Add a missed field goal on their last drive and this game was pretty entertaining. Tyrod Taylor went down with an injury, but he has looked good so far this year. Touchdowns from Cooks, Lindsay and on the ground from Tyrod, were all signs of what this team can be. Imagine if Tyrod doesn’t get hurt, or if Watson was able to play, this may be a surprising team this year. I’m not saying they are going to the playoffs, but they aren’t as bad as we had all thought they were going to be.
The Browns may just be the best team in the AFC. Their run game is top tier, Baker is making the most with what he has at wide receiver, and they may have a top 3 tight end group in terms of depth. Landry has a sprained MCL which will limit his play time, but they should be getting OBJ back soon. This offense is scary right now, and their defense isn’t anything to laugh at either, almost taking down the Chiefs last week. Baker had a solid game going 19/21 for 213 a touchdown and a pick. Maybe those progressive commercials aren’t affecting him too much.
Saints vs. Panthers
Okay, you all can start to come back to Earth on Jameis Winston. I can hear some of you know “Oh but Passion, he has 5 touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown”. Relax Timmy he has 259 yards through 2 games. If you think that’s elite, then follow in Jameis’ footsteps and get Lasik surgery because he does not look good at all. Also, where the heck has Alvin Kamara been? Its two weeks and he has 88 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards. He is the best player on the offense, and you aren’t getting him the ball? Maybe the Green Bay game was just a fluke. But this team does not look good at all. I didn’t like them that much after week one, and I don’t like them now.
The Panthers, however, interest me. The offense didn’t look great last week against he Jets, but Sam Darnold has thrown 50/73 for 584 yards, pair that with 3 touchdowns and 1 pick, and you have yourself a good looking quarterback. I’m not saying he’s Patrick Mahomes, but he’s looking better than he did in New York. The Panthers have 10 sacks through 2 weeks, along with 3 takeaways. The Panthers may be for real, but lets wait a couple more weeks. This week they face Houston, then Dallas, then they play the Eagles. I will be excited for that last matchup. 2 teams that no one thought would have a good season. Both teams look good, but the Panthers have the edge right now.
Vikings vs. Cardinals
You wanna talk about it Vikings fans? Was it the missed PAT or the missed game winning field goal? That is back to back weeks where you were one or two plays away from winning the game. You guys could’ve been 2-0, I bet you would be happy with 1-1, but sadly, in the words of the youngsters, “It do be like that sometimes”. Kirk Cousins is playing good football, A little under 600 yards, 5 touchdowns no picks. Cant ask for a better start. Even Dalvin Cook is almost at 200 rushing yards, sadly no touchdowns. The defense is giving up big plays, and cant get off the field when the game is on the line. Prayers go to all Vikings fans, and if you know of any (I’m looking at you Trey) please check on them, because they are in pain.
Here is my pick to win MVP this season. Kyler Murray looks amazing. 689 passing yards, 7 touchdowns with 2 picks. Lets add 51 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground for a total of 9 touchdowns through 2 games. What if I told you the best receiver on the team this year isn’t DeAndre Hopkins, or Christian Kirk? You may think to yourself “Well it can’t be AJ Green either” and you would be right! Its Rondale Moore. Leading the team in targets, catches, and yards. He went off for 7-114-1 this week, following up a solid 4-68 last week. Yeah he doesn’t have Hopkins 3 touchdowns, but he is leading in all other categories. I love the Cardinals, and am officially hopping on the Kyler Murray bandwagon. This is my pick to win the NFC West.
Falcons vs Buccaneers
Matt Ryan had a better showing this week than he did last week, but it didn’t matter. 35/46 for 300 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 picks wasn’t enough. There was a lot of buzz surrounding Mike Davis coming to the Falcons, but it hasn’t really showed at all. Through two weeks he only has 87 rushing yards and no touchdowns. Kyle Pitts started to show what he was capable of, hauling in 5 catches for 73 yards this week, and Calvin Ridley finally saw the end zone! Cordarrelle Patterson is becoming a nice two way player, running and catching the ball for the Falcons. You want to hear a funny stat. Yesterday Matt Ryan threw just as many touchdowns to Buccaneers players as he did Falcons players. That’s right, two pick sixes, unfortunate.
Is anyone even surprised anymore? Tom Brady is doing Tom Brady things with 9 touchdowns this season, 4 of them to Gronk. Speaking of Gronk, what a red zone threat he has been this year huh? Ronald Jones is slowly starting to lose the running back spot to Leonard Fournette, but neither have broken out. Fournette is clearly producing more, with 84 rushing yard this season as compared to Jones’ 41 yards. There may not be a better passing quartet then the combination of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown. Brown was quiet this week, as Evans picked up where Brown left off last week, but the one consistent thing about this team, Brady loves him some Gronk and Godwin. Not to mention their elite defense that held off a top Dallas air attack. This is my favorite to win the NFC South.
Titans vs. Seahawks
Julio is still elite, Henry hasn’t lost a step, and Ryan Tannehill is clutch. The first half looked to be all Seattle as they went up 24-9. Three touchdowns in the second half for Henry, paired with 128 yards from Julio Jones in the game set up Tennessee to make an amazing comeback. Henry’s third touchdown helped force overtime, where the defense was able to get a crucial stop and kick the game winning field goal! This is more of what we were expecting out of the Titans, ground and pound with Henry, then play action to Julio or A.J. Brown and put up points. Hopefully for Titans fans this team has found their rhythm and will start pumping out high scoring performances.
Russell Wilson may just be the best deep ball passer in the NFL. 3 touchdown passes of 60 or more yards, with 2 of them going to Tyler Lockett. Speaking of Lockett, he has 278 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 12 catches. DK may still be a part of the offense, but there is no doubt that Lockett is the guy! Lets not forget about Chris Carson, who has 122 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. I think he may be the most underrated running back in the NFL. He just quietly performs well for his team and gets clutch yards and touches when needed. The defense couldn’t stop the Titans in the second half, they need to improve and play more complete games, but at the end of the day, if you need to get into offensive shoot outs, there aren’t many better offenses than Seattle.
Cowboys vs. Chargers
You want a hot take, try this one on for size. Tony Pollard will be the best back for the cowboys this year. More rushing yards on less attempts, more receiving yards on more catches, same touchdowns. Pollard is out performing a “top 5” back in the league, and looks better too. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zeke go at the trade deadline, or next off-season. CeeDee Lamb is the real deal. He has one less catch than Amari Cooper, one less touchdown, but more yards. With Gallup being out I expect more targets to go to CeeDee. This is an offense that is built for high scoring, but that wasn’t the case against the chargers. Their defense has stepped up a lot as well, but I am not sure how I like the Micah Parsons at defensive end. All in all it was a fun game to watch.
We are finally seeing what Mike Williams can do. He has always been a spotty receiver, never really putting together a true number one season, and that’s because he has been behind Keenan Allen. But this year… this year, he is breaking out. 15-173-2 in the first two games of the season is on par for a top ten receiver finish. Asante Samuel Jr. is a monster, locking down Amari Cooper all day, getting an interception along with a nice pass break up. He is the real deal in a secondary that may go for top 3 in the league. Herbert is going to be a good quarterback in this league for a very long time. I am excited to see what he does. He is already 62/88 for 675 2 touchdowns and 3 picks. If he can get the ball in the end zone more he will be a top 5 quarterback.
Ravens vs. Chiefs
I knew this was going to be a good game, but I didn’t know it would be THAT GOOD. Mahomes did Mahomes things, throwing for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns with only one interception. The running game has been non-existent. Edwards-Helaire was supposed to have a breakout season this year, and has been lackluster. Tyreek Hill was held in check, but Travis Kelce had himself a day. He is an absolute goon and with how Waller and Kittle played, he is without a doubt the number one tight end in the league. The defense did get a touchdown, but outside of that they couldn’t hold off the Ravens!
Lamar Jackson is a top 3 rusher in the league. He has 193 rushing yards in the league with 2 touchdowns. Pair that with 474 passing yards, 2 touchdowns with 2 picks and he is getting the job done. Baltimore is averaging 220 rushing yards per game, which is insane!!! They kept up with the Chiefs and came away with a last minute win as they recovered a Chiefs fumble to seal the deal. The AFC has a bunch of great teams, The Chiefs, Ravens, and Browns sit atop the list.