NFL Recap: Week Two
It was an interesting and exciting Week 2. We head into the Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and Bears with plenty to talk about from Sunday
Jaguars Roll Past Patriots
The Jaguars had no issues with New England on Sunday afternoon. Jacksonville cruised to a 31-20 victory over New England, not via their running game or defense, but with the arm of Blake Bortles. Bortles threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns in the game. Jacksonville should get Leonard Fournette back this coming week, but it looks like the offense will be in capable hands regardless. The Jaguars sit atop the AFC South at 2-0.
Fitzmagic Is Real
For the second straight week, Ryan Fitzpatrick led his team to a victory and posted a monster stat line. Against the visiting Eagles, Fitzpatrick threw for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in route to a 27-21 Tampa Bay victory. He’s now thrown for over 800 yards in the first two weeks of the year, along with eight touchdowns and just a single interception.
The Buccaneers, the team projected to finish last in the NFC South, by just about everyone, is now 2-0. It was expected that Jameis Winston would regain the starting job after he ended his three-game suspension, but that not guaranteed at this point.
Tampa Bay has a Monday Night game against the Steelers in Week 3 and a short turnaround for a 1 PM EST game against the Bears in Week 4. We can expect to see Fitzpatrick under center for both those games, but it’s possible he runs away with the starting job if he continues to play well.
Will the Browns Move on to Baker Mayfield?
Cleveland managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday, as they have many times before. After leading much of the game, they gave up a late touchdown and a two-point conversion attempt at New Orleans, to give the Saints an 18-12 with about three minutes left.
On fourth down with a minute and a half left, Tyrod Taylor went deep to find Antonio Callaway for a long touchdown. This put the Browns in position to take the lead with a successful extra point. However, Browns’ kicker Zane Gonzalez had one of the toughest days ever for a kicker. Coming into the potentially game-winning kick – he missed two field goals and an extra point. He then missed another extra point which would have given Cleveland the lead.
New Orleans got the ball with time left to drive down the field and did so, winning the game on a 44-yard Will Lutz field goal.
Despite his late heroics – Tyrod Taylor has been miserable in two starts with the Browns. Cleveland did take a quarterback with the first overall pick in the draft this year in Baker Mayfield. Taylor has been known to take care of the ball, but his results so far have been poor. The coaching staff also doesn’t seem to have much trust in him, judging by their late game play-calling.
The Browns drafted Mayfield due to his high football IQ and leadership abilities. This offense would certainly seem to fit with his skill set. The Browns desperately need more out of the quarterback position. You could argue that they would be 2-0 right now if they had already gotten better performances from Taylor. Their defense held down two of the league’s best offenses in Pittsburgh and New Orleans to start the season.
Patrick Mahomes II
It’s been an unbelievable start for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. After throwing four touchdowns in a win against San Diego last week, he threw six touchdowns in a 43-37 win at Pittsburgh this week. His ten touchdown passes are the most ever by a single player through the first two games of the regular season. Expectations were high for him coming into the season, but he’s exceeding those in a big way as we head into Week 3.
Vontae Davis Retires at Halftime
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Buffalo Bills. They not only were beaten badly in their first two starts, including a 31-20 meeting with San Diego on Sunday but now they have players retiring in the middle of games.
At halftime, cornerback, Vontae Davis, removed himself from the game, got undressed and left the practice facility. He informed head coach, Sean McDermott, that he was finished with playing that day and done with football. David announced his retirement and offered further explanation on his Instagram account.
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