Week 2 in the NFL was chock-full of surprises, jaw-dropping moments and painful outcomes. Whether it be a Miami Dolphins team LEADING the AFC East at 2-0 – yes, you heard that right – after breaking out to a 20-0 lead on the New York Jets and holding onto victory; or a ginger-haired gunslinger dropping 34 on a once previously stout Baltimore Ravens defense; or still yet Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts convincingly taking a road victory over Washington, I don’t feel any one of them (despite being surprising outcomes onto themselves) can touch what young Patrick Mahomes the II did on Sunday, let alone the two games so far this season. We will delve into this more below, no doubt!
But first, I would be remiss in not starting off this week’s NFL Wrap-up by offering our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers for those who have been traumatized by Hurricane Florence. Let us pause for a moment in our day to bow our heads in remembrance for those who have lost their lives. We also need to support the people who are still dealing with the rising waters, especially in North Carolina, with whatever means we can. After all, they have a lot on their plates right now. Not only has areas of the Carolinas been ravaged by the hurricane, they have also been ravaged by the God awful, selfish endzone celebrations from one Cam Newton (@ATL stats: 32 completions on 45 attempts, 335 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; five rush attempts for 42 yards).
FIVE THINGS FROM NFL WEEK 2
There is just no way – NO FREAKIN’ WAY – I can wrap up this week in just five bullet points. I shall do me best, matey!
If you thought Patrick Mahomes’ TD numbers were inflated from the gimmick play and shovel pass in week one, guess again! Mahomes went on to chuck six more this past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. And I have heard it already from the closet Andy Reid haters out there (insert your best dumb voice here), “Uh, the Steelers defense and secondary suck!” Now, this may be true, but if you watch ANY of the TDs from that game above, those were some tough throws! Nevertheless, Mahomes 10 scores in the 1st two games of the season is an NFL record, besting Peyton Manning (2013), Drew Brees (2009) and Charley Johnson (1965) who all previously threw nine touchdowns in the first two games. Mahomes’ 6 TDs also tied the great Len Dawson for the Chiefs single-game record. I’d say that’s a solid way to start off your tenure as Starting QB, wouldn’t you?
Sticking with this game for just a tick, Ben Roethlisberger also made history by passing John Elway (51,475) for 7th most passing yards. Angered by being upstaged by a 2nd-year player, Big Ben “celebrated” the only way he knows how… pounding a fifth of JD and taking advantage of some poor, defenseless woman.
Has Jacksonville Jaguars overtaken New England Patriots as TOP DAWG in the AFC??? All evidence from Sunday point towards yes. Even without top workhorse Leonard Fournette, Blake Bortles made the plays with either his arm or his feet to propel the Jags to victory, 31-20. JAX D is picking up where they left off last season.
Jags and Dolphins are not the only 2-0 teams in Florida. Another big shocker – of the two in the pink, one in the stink variety – is Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also 2-0! Much of the early success is due to the swagger of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who became the 2nd player in NFL history with four pass TDs of 50+ yards in 1st two games of the season. Although upon further review, the “swag” may have been borrowed from DeSean Jackson:
— POV (@Robbybltz) September 17, 2018
Better days are ahead for the Philadelphia Eagles, as the messiah himself, Carson Wentz, has been cleared for game play.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, returning head coach Jon Gruden and his Oakland “For Now” Raiders are 0-2. We can laugh all we want, but brighter days may be on the horizon for the Raaaaaaaaiders. Gruden has been working with Derek Carr (29/32 – 288 – 1) and his play has drastically improved from last season. To give you an idea, Carr’s completion pct. (90.6) from Sunday was the highest mark in a single game since 1950 (min 30 att.). Here’s some more fun facts from Sunday’s games: Vikes-Pack tied 29-29, making the 2nd tie this season. That hasn’t been done in the 1st two weeks of a season since 1973! Also, Matt Ryan became the 1st player in Atlanta Falcons history with two pass TDs and two rush TDs in same game.
(Yeah, I know we are at six or seven noticable things so far; I’m trying guys!) Los Angeles Rams D is legit (zero points, 137 total yards allowed vs. ARI). Best D money can buy… that is all!
The New York Giants O-line is trash, as is the Seattle Seahawks wall of “protectors.” It’s gonna be a long season for both Eli Manning and Russell Wilson! Maybe I’m overreacting.
The Best TD Celebration Award for Week 2 goes to Melvin Gordon and the San Diego LA Chargers with the “Team Picture.” Word to your mom’s… ok, enough of that.. I’m too old to say such things!
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 16, 2018
WEEK 2 KEY INJURIES
Mike Wallace – Fractured Fibula: In this week’s “fracture report” (see Week 1’s Wrap-up article for write-up on Delanie Walker), the Eagles WR stayed down on the ground after making his 1st catch as an Eagle, only to have insult added to injury when the play was called back due to a penalty on Jason Peters (also injured this game; quad). He was taken to the locker room in the first quarter on the cart, diagnosed with an ankle injury and ruled out a short time later. It was later determined to be a fracture of the fibula.
Prognosis: Wallace will be sidelined for at least the next few weeks, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. The wideout won’t be placed on IR, pending additional testing, but that potential outcome has not been ruled out. In any case, Wallace is out indefinitely, and with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) still week-to-week, it’s pretty clear the Eagles need to bolster their depth at wide receiver.
Fantasy Impact: I took a flier on Wallace this week in one of my main FanDuel lineups, only to be disappointed. He is most likely a 4th or 5th WR in deep leagues, so not too bad of a loss fantasy wise. With both Wallace & Jeffery sidelined, the snaps/routes were as follows for Eagles wide receivers in Week 2: Nelson Agholor (69/47), Kamar Aiken (59/40), Shelton Gibson (32/18) and DeAndre Carter (19/9). Especially with Wentz due back this week, it’s possible Aiken, who was targeted six times on Sunday, will sneak into fantasy value. Those in 16-team leagues should take a look.
Other Injury News
Larry Fitzgerald – Hamstring: Fitz said after the game he had been dealing with a balky hammy for about 7-10 days prior to the contest vs. Rams (would have been nice to read that on an injury report somewhere before I started him in fantasy!). ::angry emoji:: If not for the lopsided score, he may have re-entered the game in the 2nd half. For now, it appears the future Hall of Famer has likely avoided major injury but will be ‘monitored’ throughout week. Just don’t rely on their injury reports; follow ARZ beat writers on Twitter instead!
Joe Mixon – Knee: Mixon underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks. Saturday’s procedure removed a small particle from his knee.
LeSean McCoy – Ribs: Shady exited in third quarter after taking a shot to the ribs as if someone paid the defender to rob and demolish him. Hmmmm…
Greg Zuerlein – Groin: Legatron suffered a groin injury and did not return.
Trey Flowers – Concussion: Flowers took a vicious knee to the neck in the first half vs. JAX. He’s going through concussion protocol.
For up-to-date NFL injury news on these players and more, click here.