Five Takeaways from Week 2
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Two weeks in the books for the NFL season and just like last week some teams just never fail to disappoint. The Falcons are still the Falcons, the Chiefs sweat it out against the Chargers, and Russell Wilson had an MVP-like performance against the Patriots. Here's my five takeaways from Week 2.
The Falcons Blow It Again!
We all remember the debacle of Superbowl 51, well the Falcons blew another big lead. Atlanta was pouring it on against the Cowboys, scoring 20 points in the first quarter alone and led 29-10 at halftime. They looked to have things under control, in fact, their chances of winning the game at that moment was over 90 percent. However, the Falcons channeled their 2017 team.
By the time the 4th quarter came around the Cowboys were down by just 5. Despite a ton of questionable decisions by new head coach Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys were in a position to win. On the final drive of the game Dallas drove down the field and won with a game winning kick. Dak Prescott made history by being the first QB to throw for over 400 passing yards and run for three TD's.
Stat of the day: NFL teams were 440-0 when scoring 39+ points and had 0 turnovers since 1933. Cheers to the Falcons being the team to beat that streak. Only the Falcons.
Injury Bug Hits the League
Week 2 saw a barrage of injuries to big name talent across the league. San Francisco lost Nick Boss to a torn ACL, and lost Raheem Mostert and Jimmy Garrappolo to injury as well. The turf at MetLife Stadium is getting the blame for their injuries, and lucky them will be playing there for the second straight weekend to play against the Giants.
Other big name players who got caught with the injury bug include: Saquon Barkley who is gone for the rest of the season, Christian McCaffery who will miss close to a month, if not more, and even Courtland Sutton will miss the rest of the season. Massive week of injuries, and these listed only scratch the surface. You can’t but think the lack of prep time is to blame.
Wilson Early MVP Favourite
Simply put, Wilson put on a show against the Patriots. Sure the Pats are missing some big names on their defence because of the health risks with Covid, but Wilson has 9 touchdowns in the first two weeks and also has over 600 passing yards. Actually, Wilson has only 11 non-completion passes in two games.
While Russ has been overshadowed by Lamar and Mahomes the last few seasons, he is due for an MVP award. If he continues to play out this hot stretch it'll be hard to overlook the Seahawks franchise player.
Herbert Almosts Stuns Champs in Debut
The Chiefs expected Tyrod Taylor but instead got the 6th over pick Justin Herbert, and boy did he give them fits. Herbert in the first half scored two touchdowns (1 pass) (1 rush), and the Chargers up by 8 at halftime. LA’s defence did a good job keeping Mahomes at bay and kept the big plays to a minimum.
Despite the tough first half Mahomes rallied his team. Harrison Butker eventually tied the game with three seconds left and then kicked a monstrous 58-yarder to win the game. Even though he lost, Herbert looked the part and should remain the team's unanimous starter.
Diggs Bringing the Goods to Buffalo
The Bills lacked a big play wide receiver prior to this season (sorry not sorry John Brown), but that all changed as the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs from Minnesota in the offseason. The move has looked to be a good one after the first two weeks. In two games, the former Viking is tied for most receiving yards this season and had a massive game against the Dolphins in week 2.
In 22 targets he's caught the ball 16 times and has helped Josh Allen become an elite passer though two weeks with the sophomore QB leading the league in passing yards. The Bills offence has improved in passing yards and total yards compared to last year. Diggs doesn't have to worry about sharing the ball in Buffalo and Allen is making sure to make the former Pro-Bowler is a happy camper.