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The storyline coming out of Week 2 of the NFL season is the slew of injuries that occurred. This is never a good thing, especially when a lot of big names are on the injured list, on both sides of the ball.
Arguably the biggest name on that list is Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who suffered an ACL tear, thus ending his season. This is a huge blow to the Giants, who weren’t going to compete for the NFC East, but were going to take strides in yet another rebuilding year. This could turn to a blessing in disguise in terms of the 2021 NFL draft, where the G-Men could land yet another franchise player.
The team to suffer the most was the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive ends Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were both lost for the season due to ACL tears. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be questionable for next Sunday’s game against the Giants with a high ankle sprain, which is said to not be severe. Running backs Raheem Mostert, who kicked off the game against the Jets with an 80-yard touchdown, but later left the game with an MCL sprain. He is expected to miss a couple of weeks as is fellow back Tevin Coleman with a knee sprain of his own.
Here is a list of notable players who also suffered injuries in Week 2:
- Christian McCaffrey (CAR – Ankle)
- Sterling Shepard (NYG – Toe)
- Drew Lock (DEN – Shoulder)
- Courtland Sutton (DEN – ACL)
- Parris Campbell (IND – MCL)
- Davante Adams (GB – Hamstring)
- Bruce Irvin (SEA – ACL)
- Cam Akers (LAR – Ribs)
This week was absolutely brutal in terms of injuries.
Injuries weren’t the only storylines that occurred in Week 2, so let’s get into them.
Dak leads Cowboys to an improbable victory over Falcons.
When it comes to the Atlanta Falcons and big leads, yikes. There is really no other way to describe it. First, it was a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl that it was blown. On Sunday, Atlanta became the first team since 1933 to score 39 points, have zero turnovers, and lose the game. Teams were 440-0 in such games.
The Falcons jumped out to a 20-0 lead thanks to a lot of Dallas miscues on offense. Both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott coughed up the football leading to two Atlanta touchdowns. At the half, the Falcons held a 29-10 lead, seemingly with the game in hand.
At the 7:57 mark of the fourth quarter, Younghoe Koo knocked a 32-yard field goal to put the Falcons up 39-24. That was the last time they would score.
Exactly three minutes later, Prescott found tight end, Jordan Schultz, for a 10-yard touchdown. Head coach Mike McCarthy elected to go for two, which was the right call despite Dallas not converting. Nearly three minutes after that, Prescott rushed for his second rushing touchdown of the day to bring the score within two, 39-37 with 1:49 on the clock.
Then the unthinkable happened
Greg Zuerlein kicked the onside kick and Atlanta watched as if they were the ones who could not touch it until it went 10 yards. Dallas pounced on the ball and took over.
Zuerlein was called upon one more time and booted the game-winning, 46-yard field goal as time expired and the comeback was complete. Atlanta was yet again shocked after blowing a huge lead.
Prescott looked to be every bit of the money he is seeking in a new deal. He finished 34-47 for 450 yards, a touchdown, and an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards and three scores. Even after fumbling the ball early, Dak never wavered and just continued to play and it paid off in the most shocking way possible.
Russell Wilson is on a mission.
It is well known by now that Russell Wilson has never had a single MVP vote during his career. Through two weeks, Wilson is making sure he is going to get at least one vote this time around. On Sunday, Wilson led the Seahawks to a 35-30 victory over the Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Wilson was spectacular, despite throwing his first interception of the season. He finished 21-28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns. Wilson now leads the NFL with nine touchdown tosses through the first two weeks, which is nearly the number of incompletions (11) he has.
The Seahawks are going to have to reply more on Wilson and the offense as Bruce Irvin was lost on the defensive side of the ball for the season due to an ACL tear.
Speaking of the Patriots, Cam Newton has been balling in his first two games with his new team. He is proving to everyone who thought he was done in the league dead wrong. He is proving the Panthers wrong for deciding not to retain his services. In Sunday night’s showdown, Cam threw for 397 yards, a touchdown, and an interception and also rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Cam is healthier than ever and that spells trouble for opposing defenses.
Quarterbacks that played well in Week 2:
- Baker Mayfield: 16-23, 219 yards, 2 touchdowns, interception
- Joe Burrow: 37-61, 316 yards, 3 touchdowns
- Aaron Rodgers: 18-30, 240 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Josh Allen: 24-35, 417 yards, 4 touchdowns
- Derek Carr: 28-38, 282 yards, 3 touchdowns
Running backs that played well in Week 2:
- Aaron Jones: 18 carries, 168 yards, 2 touchdowns, 4 receptions, 68 yards, touchdown
- Nick Chubb: 22 carries, 124 yards, 2 touchdowns
- Kareem Hunt: 10 carries, 86 yards, touchdown, 2 receptions, 15 yards, touchdown
- James Conner: 16 carries, 106 yards, touchdown
- Leonard Fournette: 12 carries, 103 yards, two touchdowns
- Alvin Kamara: 13 carries, 79 yards, 2 touchdowns, 9 receptions, 95 yards
Pass catchers that played well in Week 2:
- Darren Waller: 12 receptions, 103 yards, touchdown
- Stefon Diggs: 8 receptions, 153 yards, touchdown
- Mike Gesicki: 8 receptions, 130 yards, touchdown
- Julian Edelman: 8 receptions, 179 yards
- DJ Moore: 8 receptions, 120 yards
- DK Metcalf: 4 receptions, 92 yards, touchdown
- DeAndre Hopkins: 8 receptions, 68 yards, touchdown
- Terry McLaurin: 7 receptions, 125 yards, touchdown
There are 11 teams that remain unbeaten and four will do battle next week. The Rams will travel to Buffalo while the Ravens will host the Chiefs on Monday Night Football in a battle of the last two MVPs in Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. Should be some good games.
That wraps it up for Week 2 in the NFL. Hit me up on Twitter @KingEdward15 to let me know what you think will happen in Week 3 and beyond.
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