We’re all excited that Sundays have meaning again. Bake some wings, dip some chips, and crack some beers. Week 2 saw some high scoring affairs, exciting flair, and some unfortunate tears. While many gingerly limp into Week 3, let’s take a look back at how Week 2 wrapped up.
The Elephant in the Room
We can’t look at the week without immediately acknowledging the number of key injuries. Debates have begun as to what caused them, but all signs point to a preseason that didn’t properly prepare guys for the intensity of full contact competition. Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa, and Courtland Sutton are done for the year, with MRIs confirming they tore ACLs. They are three of seven players losing the rest of their seasons due to torn ACLs. SEVEN!
Christian McCaffery‘s ankle is going to keep him out for 4-6 weeks, while Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert left SF’s game against the Jets before halftime and their statuses are currently uncertain.
The 49ers are looking ever depleted, already without Deebo Samuel and George Kittle. In addition to Bosa, Jimmy, and Mostert, they saw Solomon Thomas and Tevin Coleman go down as well. Kyle Shanahan may need to get on the phone with Keanu Reeves, John Favreau, and Orlando Jones in order to survive the season. Regardless, back to back games at MetLife doesn’t bode well if the field concerns Shanahan raised are legitimate.
ESPN decided it was a good idea to rank the injuries based on impact, and the more you scroll the crazier it all seems.
So. Much. Scoring.
While it’s important for COVID purposes, it’s unfortunate that so many teams are playing without fans. I mean, I think it’s insane that a place like Dallas still had 21,000 in their seats. But that’s a different story. All of that to say, fans would be losing their minds and stadiums would be rocking based on how many times the football crossed the goal line this weekend.
There were 16 teams that scored 30 or more, while a handful more were one score away from crossing that threshold. The sheer amount of scoring made for some excitement despite the horror of the growing injury list.
Ten quarterbacks managed 300 yards or more, with Dak Prescott and Josh Allen slinging for over 400. Cam Newton was oh so close with 397 yards through the air. Combined, there were 58 passing TDs, with Teddy Bridgewater, Daniel Jones, Carson Wentz, and Kirk Cousins being the only four to not put up a score with their arms.
Six rushers crossed the 100 yard threshold. James Robinson is the only one to not help power his team to victory, but Jacksonville still looked fun despite their loss. In total, 37 TDs came from the running game and nine of those from the QB position.
Add a couple pick-6s and a fumble return and there were 98 total touchdowns.
Did anyone ask for some flair?
There was some wild and flashy stuff that went down this weekend. There’s no way I can put them all here, so I’ll give you my three best plays of the weekend.
Raheem Mostert flies for 80 yards
The 49ers running back unfortunately left the game with an injury, as I mentioned before, but not without putting his mark on the game. On the first snap of the game, Mostert took the toss from Garoppolo, cut through a hole opened by three perfectly executed blocks, and darted down the right sideline for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Russ with the deep arch
Sunday Night Football was a fun battle to watch. A bit nerve racking for me, being a Patriots fan, but a good one for the neutrals as well. One of the biggest matchups of this one was D.K. Metcalf and Stephon Gilmore. Russell Wilson is a master of the perfect longball and, with just over seven minutes to go in the second quarter, he unleashed this gorgeous 54 yard TD as Metcalf got the better of the reigning DPOY.
Greg Zuerlein reinvents the onside kick
Sure, the Atlanta Falcons bungled this one (again), but I probably would have been caught ball-watching in this situation as well. The Cowboys were down 19 points at the half, came back and got to within two points with just under two minutes to go. With no timeouts remaining and changes to onside kick rules, the game seemed all but over. Until Zuerlein did this…
Kickoff in Sin City
The Raiders have officially moved to Las Vegas, and Allegiant Stadium has been unveiled. While they can’t be full of fans hitting the slots at halftime, the Saints and Raiders did put on a show. The Raiders start their new era with a win. However, it wouldn’t be Vegas without something extra. At halftime, Las Vegas based band The Killers performed their hit single Mr. Brightside from above The Strip. That video was about as flashy as they could get in COVID times.
With a record number of points, and injuries, it seems we’re in for a wild season already. Week 3 will see the Rams travel to Buffalo, a winless Houston travel to an unbeaten Pittsburgh, and Sunday and Monday night fixtures that could be playoff previews. Hopefully, we’ve seen the lion’s share of injuries, but with some desperate early season matchups, anything could happen.
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