This week wasn’t very pleasant to watch for most teams, as the injury bug made a trip to almost every game. Several franchise cornerstone players went out with either season-ending injuries or will be out for a significant amount of time. Here’s a summary of what happened in Week 2 of the NFL.
Cleveland Browns faced in-state rival Cincinnati Bengals. in a Thursday battle. Nick Chubb ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns, and Kareem Hunt also ran for 86 yards and a touchdown. Joe Burrow threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns, but the Browns won 35-30 to improve to 1-1. Bengals fall to 0-2.
Dallas makes an enormous comeback from 20-0 in the first quarter to win the game on a field goal as time expired. Matt Ryan threw for four touchdowns and 273 yards. Dak Prescott led the charge for Dallas. Dak threw for 450 yards and threw one touchdown; he ran for three touchdowns as well. Dallas converted an onside kick to regain possession late in the fourth to set up Greg Zuerlein for a 46-yard field goal. The Cowboys won 40-39 to improve to 1-1.
Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs also made a comeback on the Chargers. Mahomes threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to help the Chiefs force overtime, which led to a 58-yard game-winning kick from Harrison Butker. Kansas City won 23-20. Justin Herbert was great as well in his debut. The rookie QB threw for 311 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for a touchdown.
Baltimore dominates Houston 33-16. Lamar Jackson threw for 204 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore RBs and QB combined for 230 yards in rushing as well. Deshaun Watson threw for 275 yards and a touchdown in the Houston loss. And to keep up with the theme of the week, Tavon Young (DB) went out with an ACL tear.
New York Giants took a significant loss in the record and to the depth chart. The Bears defeated the Giants 17-13. Saquon Barkley went down in the first half with an apparent knee injury. Today it was confirmed that he did Tear his ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Green Bay defeats Detroit 42-21 at home behind a massive effort from Aaron Jones. Jones finished with 238 total yards with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. Matt Stafford threw for 244 yards along with two touchdowns in the Detroit loss.
Tennessee holds off Jaguars in a 33-30 to improve to 2-0. Ryan Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four touchdowns. Gardner Minshew went out fighting, throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns.
The Vikings offense struggled offensively against Indianapolis. The Colts held Minnesota to under 200 yards of total offense and also forced three turnovers. Mo Alie-Cox was Phillips Rivers’s big target, as he racked up 111 of Rivers 214 yards passing. Both teams lost key players with Indianapolis losing Parris Cambell (WR) to a PCL injury, Malik Hooker (DB), with a torn Achilles, and Minnesota losing Anthony Barr (LB) for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The final score of the game was 28-11.
Josh Allen outlast division rival Miami Dolphins 31-28. Josh Allen followed up his stellar week 1 with a 417 yard four touchdown passing day with a 93.4 QBR. Stephon Diggs was the primary recipient as he made eight receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers had some of the worst fortunes of the NFL teams this week despite winning their game. Without starters Richard Sherman and George Kittle, they took an even bigger hit by losing Nick Bosa, Raheem Mostert, and Jimmy Garoppolo. Bosa suffered an ACL tear. Mostert and Garoppolo will return, but it can slow the 49ers down in their quest for a Superbowl. San Fransico did win 31-12 over the New York Jets 31-13.
Los Angeles Rams travel to Philidelphia to win 37-19.
Jared Goff had an efficient 267 yards along with three touchdowns. The Rams also ran for 191 total yards as a team with two more scores on the ground. Carson Wentz and the Eagles all to 0-2
Pittsburg moves to 2-0 on the season with the victory over the Denver Broncos. Even though Denver battled, they lost their starting QB Drew Lock to a shoulder injury that will sit him for a few weeks and their best wideout Cortland Sutton with an ACL. The Steelers won 26-21 with another stifling performance from their defense. They made 13 total tackles for losses, led by T.J. Watt, who recorded 2.5 sacks.
Tom Brady and the Bucs take care of the Panthers in Brady’s home debut. Leonard Fournette led the charge for Tampa Bay, with 12 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns. DJ Moore and Ryan Anderson both had over 100 yards receiving for Carolina, but their engine Christian McCaffrey went out with a high ankle sprain. He scored two touchdowns before exiting the game. Tampa Bay won 31-17.
The Washington Football team traveled to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. Murray was electric as he accounted for 286 yards passing, 67 yards rushing, and three total touchdowns (One passing, Two Rushing). In the last two minutes of the game with three timeouts, Ron Rivera made a questionable call not to use those timeouts to make a run at it on offense, possibly. That essentially ended the game with a final score of 30-15.
In the Sunday night matchup, the Patriots faced off against the Seattle Seahawks. The QB matchup between Russell Wilson came nothing short of legendary as the two QBs combined for 771 total yards and eight touchdowns. Julian Edelman dominated the Seahawks secondary, making eight catches for 179 yards. The Seahawks outlasted the new look Patriots, 35-30, to improve to 2-0 on the season.
In tonight’s Monday night game, the Saints face off against the Las Vegas Raiders at 8:15 pm on ESPN. Both teams hope to move to 2-0 on the season.
By: Cam Deloatch