It’s only week 2 and we have two games that ended in a tie, undefeated teams I would have never guessed and winless teams I’m disappointed in, including my team. Monday Night Football has closed out week 2 and here are my top 5 winners and losers.
5.Ryan Fitzpatrick & post game outfit
The Buccaneers are 2-0 and Fitzpatrick earned the nickname “Fitzmagic”. Each game he has over 400 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Leading the league in passing yards, the 14th year veteran is connecting with his receivers 78% of the time. Buccaneers initial starting quarterback Jameis Winston might lose his spot if Fitzmagic can win four straight. DeSean Jackson said, “With the way the team is rallying behind him an just playing lights-out football, you have to kind of honor it.” Another reason why he got in the top 5 is the Connor McGregor post-game outfit. He has every right to shine right now.
Jackson is back and of all people, it’s with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both are leading the league (passing/receiving yards) and the duo is taking over Florida. I have Jackson above Fitzpatrick because everyone forgot how good he was (except me) and he’s stealing Mike Evans (2nd highest paid WR) spotlight. With his speed, secondary can’t give him much room but he’s been getting open with Fitzpatrick. Jackson is having such an outstanding beginning that he’s only 393 yards away from beating last season overall (668 receiving yards).
3.Thielen & Diggs
Kirk Cousins is loving his receiving core sitting at the 5th quarterback spot leading the league in passing yards. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have a combined 404 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns since week 1. The Vikings are currently ranked 5th in total yards and passing yards per game (319.5). Thielen, Diggs and Cousins all got paid big bucks and they’re playing harder than ever. Expect Dalvin Cook to get in rhythm and start destroying defenses like he did before his season-ending injury last year. This squad is something Cousins never had in D.C.
The sophomore star wasn’t phased at all by the Steelers defense and scored 6 touchdowns in this high scoring battle. Mahomes score 21 points in the 1st quarter and came back swinging in the second half. What also impressed me is that he used Sammy Watkins to his full potential this week. He ended the game with 100 receiving yards (31 rushing) and hasn’t done that since September 21 2017. Watkins best year was in 2015 with the Buffalo Bills scoring 9 touchdowns and 1,047 yards. Everything is going right for the Chiefs after letting go of Alex Smith who was a 104 rating quarterback when they did. Even though Mahomes is throwing up big numbers, Chiefs are still only beating teams by 10 points.
The defense stopped the Cardinals from getting any points and they beat the Raiders in the black hole with their new head coach Jon Gruden. The defense ranks number one in allowed points, 3rd in allowed yards, 5th in allowed rushing yards and 6th in allowed receiving yards. Jared Goff wont be facing a big defense until week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings. The defense will have to see Philip Rivers for week 3 and Rivers, despite their record being at 1-1, has a 119.6 quarterback rating throwing 6 touchdowns and 1 interception. Goff has only 3 touchdowns but he’s sharing them with star running back Todd Gurley who also has 3. This team is a quiet storm and to be honest, the best team in the NFL right now.
Another loss for Jon Gruden and his team but this loss could of been avoided if the defense stopped Case Keenum and the Broncos from field goal range in the last 2 minutes of the game. The Raiders still haven’t recovered from the loss of Khalil Mack and we saw that as Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 107 yards. Raiders also need Marshawn Lynch to amp up his rushing yards and the addition of Jordy Nelson doesn’t seem to be a factor yet. Gruden must leave the past behind him and get his team back on track before it gets too hard to overcome the AFC West.
The defense let a sophomore quarterback throw 6 touchdowns on them in their own stadium. Patrick Mahomes connected with 5 players in the end zone, two of those touchdowns to Travis Kelce. The only way Steelers could of won this game was to outscore them which they almost did with Ben Roethlisberger throwing 60 times for 452 yards and 3 touchdowns. The running game from James Connor was not like last week as he was only able to rush for 17 yards but he managed to get a touchdown. Defense better hope they get it together because they’re about to play a similar team: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hot hand Ryan Fitzmagic.
All the weapons on the offensive side and they go winless in week 2. A lot of people picked the Giants to win against NFC rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. Especially after how the Cowboys looked last week against the Panthers and how the Giants almost beat one of the best defenses in the league. Giants have way more weapons on offense compared to the Panthers so it was expected an easy W for New York. The line struggled again (not as bad as last week) and Eli Manning missed wide open Odell Beckham Jr. several times down field. Time management was a problem within the last 3 minutes as the Giants miraculously got the onside kick. If they saved more time, it could of been a different outcome. Star rookie Saquon Barkley still got his 100+ yards with a below average offensive line.
They lucked out with a draw and I mean luck! Only reason why the Packers did not lose is because of the missed field goals by the Vikings. In the 3rd quarter, the Packers were up 20 to 7 and let the Vikings come back scoring 22 points just in the fourth quarter. Again, Vikings missed field goals! Plus Kirk Cousins destroyed the defense in the air with 425 points, 4 touchdowns and only 1 interception. The only positive thing I can say about the Packers in this game is they finally got Jimmy Graham in the game (95 yards).
What a day for kickers week 2. So many games could of been won if field goals and/or extra points were made. There were a total of 19 missed kicks (12 FGs, 7 extra points). Even though it’s week 2, several kickers lost their jobs. It’s funny because a lot of fans don’t appreciate the kicker or even consider them “real football players” until the game depends on them.