NFL Week 2 Recap


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Week 2 had some twists and turns needless to say the NFL is an unpredictable league. Let’s start with the surprises from around the league and continue into who I believe the MVP of the week is as well as injuries that may or may not affect your team within the coming weeks or within the season.

The surprise team for me within the first two weeks has to be the Jacksonville Jaguars. The AFC South team is one you do not expect to be at the top of the division but head coach Doug Pederson has other plans. The Jaguars were able to beat a divisional rival Indianapolis Colts but not by a slim margin in fact they were able to put up a shutout. The final score of the game was 24-0.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawerence was able to provide the best game of his career completing 25 of 30 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the other offense Colts quarterback, Matt Ryan continued to struggle as Ryan completed 16 of 30 passes for 195 yards as well as three interceptions. The Colts have had a disappointing 2 weeks so far and they need to pick up the efforts if they are going to be the Super Bowl contenders they are hoping to be.

The New York Giants continue to shock the NFC as a conference being undefeated within the first two weeks for the first time since 2018 with a hard-fought win against the Carolina Panthers with a final score of 19-16. Giants running back Saquon Barkley was able to provide a second week of 80 or more total scrimmage yards helping the Giants stay undefeated. Quarterback Baker Mayfield for the Carolina Panthers continued to struggle, only completing 14 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown while running back Christian McCaffrey rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries without a touchdown.

The Atlanta Falcons had a chance at redemption being down 28-3 (sound familiar?) against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. The game was not a close battle until late into the third quarter when Atlanta had a comeback within grabs, close but no cigar. The final score of the game was 31-27. Standouts of the game were Falcons Rookie wide receiver, USC product Drake London who had 8 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown

The comeback of week 2 came from the Dolphins and Ravens game. This comeback was one that should not have happened. Baltimore had the game won being up 35-14 when the fourth quarter began before the Dolphins woke up and blew the Ravens out of the water outscoring them 28-3 and wound up with the final score of 42-38. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was responsible for 469 passing yards and 6 touchdowns.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was responsible for 318 passing yards and 3 touchdowns as well as 119 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jackson became the 1st quarterback in NFL history to record a passing and running touchdown of 75 yards or more.

Injuries that should be paid attention to for the upcoming season are somewhat significant and some will shock you. The 49ers were wanting promising results from their young quarterback Trey Lance, whoever during the win on Sunday, the former third overall pick suffered a broken ankle as confirmed by head coach Kyle Shanahan. Lance has been ruled out for the season and veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will take the helm. As of significant injuries throughout the league, this is the hard hitter so far.

Finally the MVP of week 2. There are many to consider for week 2 of the NFL season, Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa, Josh Allen? Who came out on top? In my opinion, there is one answer and one answer only, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Although the Ravens lost, Jackson was responsible for 437 total scrimmage yards and 4 total touchdowns in an effort that became an NFL record. Lamar Jackson became the 1st quarterback in NFL history to have a passing touchdown of 75 yards or longer as well as a rushing touchdown for 75 yards or longer. Jackson is playing at an MVP-caliber level and should continue to be in the conversation for this year’s NFL MVP.

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