Like every Monday, we go with the conclusions after the second day of the NFL that left us surprises, disappointments and disappointments.
From the first victory of Mac Jones and the New England Patriots, to the loss of the Kansas City Chiefs against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
1. The Patriots’ game plan was always going to be primarily on the ground, but with some doubts about protection, he’s being even more conservative. It doesn’t matter when you know that Bill Belichick dominates rookie quarterbacks and your defense has four interceptions.
2. Zach Wilson threw 4 interceptions in his first 10 passes, but the most disappointing thing was that unlike the first week, he wasn’t under constant pressure and forced the ball when he didn’t have to. It will be a very long season for the Jets.
3. Bravo day for the Browns with injuries. They lost Jarvis Landry with an apparent knee sprain, and Baker Mayfield was temporarily out with a shoulder problem. The defense hasn’t shone as expected, but at least Grant Delpit had a good debut. Win and not much else for Cleveland.
Four. Tyrod Taylor’s bad luck seems difficult to explain. A hamstring problem would put him out for multiple weeks. Rookie Davis Mills looked inconsistent leading the Texans, and the fact that he will have a short week won’t help Houston’s cause.
5. The two main doubts that Buffalo had going into this season, were the pressure they could exert on the rival quarterback and their running attack. In the blowout against Miami, they had six sacks and averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Greg Rousseau is serious business.
6. Even though the Dolphins have invested draft capital in their offensive line, they are still the weakest unit on the team. Tua Tagovailoa had to leave the game with a rib injury, and the receivers dropped countless passes. The defense remains opportunistic, but the gap with Buffalo hasn’t narrowed.
7. It’s time for Justin Fields in Chicago. Sadly, it happened due to Andy Dalton’s knee injury. As expected, he alternated good with bad, but adds another dynamism to that offense. Chicago’s defense came out big and Roquan Smith is a Star.
8. Joe Burrow had a day to forget. He threw three interceptions, including a return for a touchdown. The offensive line was a sieve, and the offense in general showed little creativity. Important visit to Pittsburgh on the horizon.
9. Courtland Sutton reminded us all that he was on his way to stardom before his injury, and the Broncos that they have depth to spare at the position. While the start of the calendar is benign, the defense confirms that it is for real. Sadly, Bradley Chubb injured his ankle.
10. Trevor Lawrence throwing too much passing, and undermining James Robinson on the ground, is not a winning formula for Jacksonville. Especially when the offensive line is not solid. Josh Lambo could have his days numbered.
eleven. The Rams defense was constantly in the Colts’ backfield. Cooper Kupp is arguably the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL. Darrell Henderson injured his ribs, but Sony Michel looked good.
12. While Carson Wentz had some magical escape moments, his style of play exposes him to more contact than is advisable, and sadly he ended up injuring his ankle. Jonathan Taylor has to have more carries, and even more so when there are offensive line injuries. If Wentz is out too long, season over.
13. Nick Bosa had a pair of sacks, and the 49ers defense raised its level from the first week, despite having a host of injuries in the secondary. The offense didn’t have a good day, but San Francisco has proven it can win in different ways in these two weeks.
14. The defense of the Eagles has been one of the pleasant stories of this season start; it’s going to be tough racing against Philadelphia. However, Brandon Graham’s injury worries. Jalen Hurts is fun to watch, but he made a few unforced errors and guard Brandon Brooks injured his ankle.
fifteen. Sometimes all it takes is a change of air. Sam Darnold looks confident, and has shown to know how to edit; he has not taken unnecessary risks. Christian McCaffrey shone again, but more than anything, the defensive front seven were dominant with 4 sacks and constant pressure.
16. With no 9 starters and no 8 assistants due to injuries / suspensions / COVID, the Saints looked punctured. There was a lack of depth on the roster, and Jameis Winston threw his first interceptions of the season. Neither New Orleans is as good as the first week, nor as bad as the second.
17. Marshal Taylor Heinicke proved that he can keep the ship afloat for Washington, although he still has to aim for more precision in his shipments; Terry McLaurin is a Star. According to my expectations for them, the defensive front has had a disappointing start.
18. Daniel Jones played one of his best games in recent times for the Giants. But both Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay still aren’t 100 percent looking, and Dexter Lawrence’s penalty is as silly as it is deadly. Graham Won is automatic, but if they are not more forceful, it will be difficult for them to win.
19. Visiting Pittsburgh in a short week, without Josh Jacobs and with injuries on the offensive line, the Raiders still managed to win. While there are some injuries worrisome, I’d say it’s one of the Raiders’ wins that has impressed me the most in recent times.
twenty. The Steelers offense is going to be a problem all year long. And with Devin Bush and Joe Haden out, plus the subsequent injury to Tyson Alualu, the defense couldn’t rescue Pittsburgh this time around. Najee Harris showed her power with a hand-off and scored her first touchdown.
twenty-one. I have to admit that I thought Rob Gronkowski’s best times were in the past, but he has four touchdowns in two games, and he looks more current than ever. Mike Edwards became the first player since 2012 to return two touchdown interceptions in a single game.
22. I liked seeing Cordarrelle Patterson more in the Atlanta backfield, because it changes the face of that running game. The problem is, Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and Atlanta has now lost seven in a row if we add up last season. Two beatings against to start was Arthur Smith.
2. 3. There are few things more fun than watching Kyler Murray play, who takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions with moments that take your breath away. The running attack, however, is a pending account, and the defense took a step back. Of course, they escaped with an incredible triumph.
24. Whenever a Minnesota kicker is about to set a game with his foot, Vikings fans can’t watch. Greg Joseph failed them today. The defense was without important pieces and he felt it. KJ Osborn is here to stay, but two very painful losses to start the year.
25. Greg Zuerlein redeemed himself from Matchday 1 with that 56-yard field goal to win the game. However, Mike McCarthy’s clockwork at the end of that game was the worst I’ve seen in a long time. Dallas’ defense remains opportunistic and the offense looks better with balance.
26. Justin Herbert makes passes that few quarterbacks in this league can make, but the interception in the red zone when Allen slips and the touchdown canceled by the illegal shift cost them dearly. Too many penalties for Los Angeles, who could not stop the running game.
27. Trailing 14 points in Seattle in the fourth quarter, the Titans never gave up their identity. After six quarters to oblivion to start the year, Derrick Henry took this team on their shoulders, and led them to unlikely success. Vital win for Tennessee in overtime.
28. Tyler Lockett has had an inspired start to the season. Bobby Wagner has been a tackling machine. But in the NFC West, Seattle can’t afford to squander these kinds of perks at home. Jason Myers’ missed extra point cost them dearly.
29. The Ravens allowed more than 30 points in each of their first two games for the first time in their history, but as long as you have Lamar Jackson, you have a chance. Baltimore rushed for 251 yards and rookie defensive end Odafe Oweh continues to make his mark.
30. The good news is that Tyrann Mathieu is back. The bad news is that while he intercepted two passes, he doesn’t do Miracles, and the Chiefs’ defense is going to be a problem all year. Generally, the offense is so powerful that it masks shortcomings, but Edwards-Hilaire’s fumble knocked them down.