NFL Week two recap

QBs struggle, turnovers provide in NFL week 2


Stela Szaboova

Tua Tagovailoa led the Dolphins back from a major deficit to win 42-38.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

The NFL week two was just as wild as we expected it to be with multiple upsets and great games.

This was the first week since 2011 that the Giants, Jets, Jaguars and Lions have won on the same day.

The Battle of the Mid! In the Giants versus the Panthers, the Giants beat them 19-16. Baker Mayfield and Daniel Jones are two mediocre quarterbacks that went off for a staggering 14/29 with 145 yards and one touchdown and rushing in for one touchdown, while Jones  was truly battling with him 22/34 with 176 passing yards and one touchdown.

Two of the best running backs in the league actually went against each other, Christian McCaffrey who had 15 carries for 102 yards and four receptions for 26 yards and Saquon Barkley, who had 21 carries for 72 yards with three receptions for 16 yards. The Giants are 2-0 now, doing their best to compete for a playoff spot, while the Panthers are 0-2 and are probably looking for a new coach. Here’s an example of the talent showed off in this game by the quarterbacks.

The Jets traveled to Cleveland to play the Browns. A vintage showing of 2012 Joe Flacco showed up. He started the game for the Jets and played really well, completing 26/44 passes with 307 yards and 4 touchdowns. Garrett Wilson, the Jets first-round selection and tenth overall pick, had 8 receptions for 102 yards with two touchdown grabs.

Browns QB Jacoby Brissett went 22/27 for 229 yards one touchdown and one interception. But Nick Chubb was the star of the game for the Browns; their rushing attack of him and Kareem Hunt is deadly. Chubb rushed 17 times for 87 yards and three touchdowns.

Amari Cooper also had 9 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. The Jets came back to win this game last second. It was the first time in 21 years that a team has come back from 13+ points with less than two minutes left.

The Jaguars blew out the Colts 24-0. Trevor Lawrence looked good in this game, he went 25/30 235 yards for 2 touchdowns. Lawrence also didn’t get touched really the entire game with no sacks. He looked like the special quarterback he was in college.

Was Christian Kirk worth the money now? Absolutely not, but he still played well for the Jaguars, 6 receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns. It was an impressive outing by the Jags defense. They were able to sack Matt Ryan five times for a loss of 31 yards. They also forced three interceptions. Jacksonville forced two fumbles as well. They also held Jonathan Taylor to nine carries for 54 yards.

A crazy game was Raiders versus Cardinals. Kyler Murray did not look very good, he threw 31/49 for 227 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 28 rushing yards and a clutch rushing touchdown. Derek Carr completed 25/39 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns.

Two of the most important players on the Raiders weren’t able to do much in this game. Davante Adams had two receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown is nice but obviously this is a very off game for Adams. Darren Waller is also not seeing the ball enough, he only had six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders are off to an 0-2 start and need to put the ball in their best players hands to win the game. In the end, the Cardinals won on a walk-off fumble return for a touchdown by Bryon Murphy.

The game of the week was the Ravens versus the Dolphins, in which the Dolphins came on top 42-38. Lamar Jackson absolutely went off, and all his fantasy owners could tell you that, he went 21/29 for 318 yards and three touchdowns also rushing nine times for 119 yards and a rushing touchdown. Tua Tagovailoa matched Jackson and exploded 36/50 for 469 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Dolphins had Tyreek Hill go 11 catches 190 yards and two touchdowns, also Jaylen Waddle had 11 grabs for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins were able to score with 14 seconds left, with a pass from Tagovailoa to Waddle to take the lead over the Ravens. Mike McDaniel looks like a great head coach for the Dolphins as they have started off 2-0 and it seems like he will be vital to their rebuild.

Many great games happened on the weekend, the parody in the NFL is great. To see teams competing again that haven’t competed in years is excellent for the fans and league.