Breaking down the largest headlines from Week 2 across the NFL


The 32 issues we realized from Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season:

1. Regardless of the tsunami of protection (together with from USA TODAY Sports activities) you for sure noticed closing 12 months because the NFL celebrated its 100th season, the league did not in fact flip 100 till Thursday – a complete century after being based in a Canton, Ohio, automobile dealership. Glad birthday, American Skilled Soccer Affiliation / Nationwide Soccer League.

2. Sadly, Sunday did not be offering a lot reason why to rejoice – in spite of a number of riveting contests – with such a lot of distinguished gamers befallen via accidents. Giants RB Saquon Barkley perceived to endure a significant knee harm in Chicago. 2d-year Broncos QB Drew Lock will it sounds as if leave out a couple of weeks after hurting his throwing shoulder. Even Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will want an MRI after banging up his ankle.

2a. However no group was once plagued greater than the protecting NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, who’re running at the East Coast whilst taking part in successive street video games in opposition to the Jets and Giants. The massive fear facilities on DE Nick Bosa, closing season’s defensive rookie of the 12 months, who was once carted off after what the group fears is an ACL tear. Moreover, neither QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), RB Raheem Mostert (knee), nor DL Solomon Thomas (knee) completed the sport – person who did not even contain limping TE George Kittle (knee) or CB Richard Sherman (calf), who is on injured reserve. The Niners nonetheless whipped the hapless Jets to even their file at 1-1, however that is no approach to mount a protection of the NFC West, possibly the league’s maximum loaded department most sensible to backside.

2b. Garoppolo was once credited with the win and is now 6-Zero following a regular-season loss over the process his seven-year profession.

2c. Be fair, who knew Mostert was once so exceptionally rapid? After clocking in at 22.73 miles in step with hour all the way through Week 1’s 76-yard TD catch – the quickest a ball service have been measured since 2018 – he hit 23.09 MPH on Sunday’s 80-yard TD dash. Whilst he was once at it, Mostert was the primary participant in 50 years to attain a landing of 75+ yards in every of the primary two weeks of a season.

Three. After totally setting up that the 49ers are 1-1, I am contractually obligated to say how dire issues are in case your favourite group is Zero-2. For the reason that NFL followed a 12-team playoff layout in 1990, 88% of groups beginning Zero-2 overlooked postseason … whilst 62% of groups beginning 2-Zero complex to the playoffs. But oddly, because the league realigned in 2002, just about 61% of groups that emerged from the blocks Zero-2 or 1-1 reached the Tremendous Bowl event.

3a. Reminder: The league is increasing to 14 playoffs groups in 2020, so … do not learn into those stats too a lot.

four. They let Brett Favre into Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, and he modeled possibly the best emblem in NFL historical past. (Trace: Glance slightly nearer, and you’ll be able to realize this is now not Bucco Bruce on Favre’s chest …)

five. Talking of 1 TB12, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady joined Drew Brees as the one gamers in league historical past to cross for 75,000 profession yards.

5a. Extra importantly to Tampa Bay lovers, Brady received for the primary time in a Bucs uniform – fending off a private four-game shedding streak – and have shyed away from the primary Zero-2 get started of his 21-year profession … despite the fact that he nonetheless did not play particularly smartly, turning the ball over two extra instances to a suspect Panthers squad. However nonetheless, within the Week 2 lens …

5b. … Brady > Belichick

5c. Again to Favre – let’s take a minute to honor Colts QB Philip Rivers, who has now began 226 regular-season video games in a row. Most effective Favre (297) has a greater Iron Guy streak.

6. Prayers to Patriots RB James White, who was once inactive Sunday night time after his father was once killed in a automobile coincidence. White is without doubt one of the nicest (and maximum underrated) guys within the league. Simply tragic that 2020 continues to deal such merciless blows.

7. Are you able to consider the push on sports activities debate displays, to not point out nationwide and Metroplex radio waves, had the Cowboys began Zero-2? It virtually makes you want they’d …

7a. However credit score QB Dak Prescott (TD cross, Three rush TDs) and Co. for perseverance and pluck. And props to new Dallas Okay Greg Zuerlein for his elegant onside kick, a precursor to the game-ending box objective he drilled within the 40-39 comeback win.

7b. And, ICYMI, Skip Bayless now appears to be all about Prescott’s management. Communicate amongst yourselves …

eight. Let’s additionally “credit score” the Falcons for any other magnificent come-from-ahead defeat. The place’s the four-minute offense? Mustn’t somebody be training those particular teamers to snuff that onside kick within 10 yards? Why is ATL going for 2 up 26-7? How do you lose on an afternoon you’ve gotten a +Three turnover benefit and 4 separate leads of no less than 15 issues, the general one with 5 mins to play?

8a. Since taking a 28-Three second-half lead over New England in Tremendous Bowl LI, Atlanta is 25-28. 

8b. Additionally, attempt to consider how a lot Jarrett Bell and I had been puffing out our chests for 3 hours Sunday afternoon after selecting the Grimy Birds …

nine. Beginning in 2018, the College of Alabama has had probably the most gamers on opening day NFL rosters every 12 months, together with 53 this season. Ohio State got here in moment in 2020 with 48 gamers starting the marketing campaign on Week 1 rosters. If handiest the Jets and Giants may well be relegated in choose of the Pink Tide and Buckeyes.

10. Talking of former Ohio State gamers, Bengals QB Joe Burrow continues to seem like the actual deal – in spite of those unfamiliar defeats (to him) – finishing a single-game rookie file 37 passes in Thursday’s loss at Cleveland.

10a. Sorry, LSU lovers … love you, too. The Bayou Bengals had 41 gamers on Week 1 rosters – excellent for 3rd position if it makes you’re feeling higher.

11. Shooters shoot, Stephen Gostkowski, so stay hoisting the ones three-pointers – particularly the ones game-winners.

12. Packers RB Aaron Jones had 236 yards from scrimmage and 3 TDs on Sunday. QB Aaron Rodgers handed for 240 yards and two ratings in a near-flawless performances. Inform me once more why Inexperienced Bay wanted a two-dimensional quarterback and one-dimensional working again within the first two rounds of the draft?

Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers working again Aaron Jones rejoice following an early 3rd quarter landing in opposition to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at Lambeau Box in Inexperienced Bay, Wis. (Photograph: William Glasheen, Appleton Publish-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK)

13. The Lions have misplaced 11 immediately.

14. The Panthers have misplaced 10 immediately.

15. The Bengals have misplaced 14 immediately video games determined via one ranking … 10 since Zac Taylor was their trainer closing season.

16. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins posted a 15.nine passer score, via a ways the worst of his profession, after finishing 11 of 26 throws for 113 yards and a trio of INTs Sunday. For context, had Cousins long past Zero-for-26, his score would had been 39.6.  

17. Expenses Mafia could be very – very – protecting of QB Josh Allen … take my phrase for it. However let’s give Allen deserved credit score for crafting a career day in Miami, a performance that included 417 yards and four TDs through the air – both personal bests. 

17a. But I should also remind Buffalo fans that their team finally draws a varsity opponent (Rams) next week, so let’s see what happens then …

18. Rodrigo Blankenship and Rigoberto Sanchez – has there ever been a duo of specialists with better names than these Colts?

19. Shoutout to the Jaguars, whom I didn’t expect much from in 2020 but came this close to a 2-0 start against AFC South foes. At least credit them for limiting Titans RB Derrick Henry (84 yards on 25 carries Sunday), who had torched Jacksonville for 397 rushing yards and six TDs the previous two times he faced the Jags in Nashville.

20. Good week for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who turned 25 Thursday – yes that makes him exactly 75 years younger than the NFL – before leading a Kansas City comeback against the Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Mahomes is now 9-0 in September starts and has never thrown an interception in a month when he has 28 TD strikes. He also improved to 13-1 all-time against AFC West competition.

21. The best Jet on the field Sunday? How about 49ers RB Jerick “Jet” McKinnon, who lit up the Jets for 77 rushing yards and a TD (on just three carries) while adding another 71 yards on three kickoff returns. Most remarkably, McKinnon converted a third-and-31 from San Francisco’s 11-yard line with a 55-yard gallop. Love it for McKinnon, who missed the previous two seasons after tearing an ACL and suffering subsequent setbacks.

22. Time to renew the Jared Goff vs. Carson Wentz debate, which doesn’t feel like it’s been that much of a debate since they went first and second, respectively, atop the 2016 draft? Goff was clearly the better player Sunday … when Wentz should have thrived given how effectively his line kept Aaron Donald in check.

23. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tossed two TD passes in Sunday’s win over Denver, giving him sole ownership of eighth place on the all-time list (368) after he broke a tie with 2004 draftmate Eli Manning. Rivers, also drafted in 2004, is in sixth place after connecting for No. 399. 

23a. Big Ben also surpassed Eli for seventh place on the career list for passing yards, his 311-yard day giving him 57,085. Rivers (59,848 yards) is in sixth place.

24. Cardinals QB Kyler Murray might just follow up his 2019 offensive rookie of the year performance with an MVP effort in his sophomore campaign after leading Arizona to a rare 2-0 start.

25. The Ravens may not need reigning MVP Lamar Jackson to repeat his 2019 wizardry to win a Lombardi Trophy following the 2020 season. Jackson had just 54 of Baltimore’s 230 rushing yards in Sunday’s win at Houston, while the Ravens defense scored its seventh TD since the 2019 campaign (most in the league over that stretch). Chiefs at Ravens in Week 3 should be a gem.

26. Who has worse luck than Tyrod Taylor? The Chargers quarterback was scratched Sunday after suffering a pre-game chest injury, allowing rookie first-rounder Justin Herbert to make his NFL debut. Taylor’s injury occurred two years to the day since he sustained a concussion while playing for the Browns, an injury that cost him his starting job after Baker Mayfield stepped into the breach. Given how Herbert showed out against Kansas City, Taylor may get relegated to backup duties yet again.

28. Not sure why Bears fans – or my buddy Nancy Armour – think Chicago should’ve drafted Mahomes in 2017. The Monsters are unbeatable with Mitch Trubisky … after two games … in 2020.

29. Good time to be a Collinsworth, NBC’s father-and-son duo of Cris and Jac getting to work “Sunday Night Football” together in Seattle.

29a. Good time to be a sexagenarian head coach, too. Pete Carroll, 69, and Bill Belichick, 68, became the oldest opposing coaches in NFL history while working “Sunday Night Football” together in Seattle.

29b. And what a game the Seahawks and Patriots produced, Seattle’s narrow escape not enough to erase the nightmare that was Super Bowl XLIX but definitely sufficient to stoke hopes that the ‘Hawks can reach Super Bowl LV.

29c. And if the Cam Newton Revival Tour keeps gaining steam? A rematch between these teams with a championship on the line is well within the realm of possibility. 

30. When Week 2 wraps Monday night, all 32 NFL teams will have played one home and one road game. That had previously never happened since the 1970 merger.

31. The Raiders will officially open Las Vegas’ glistening Allegiant Stadium – also called the “Death Star” – Monday when they welcome the visiting Saints. The venue will become the 188th to host a game in the league’s century-long history.

32. Pricey Odell Beckham Jr.: As a former serviceman, I do not thoughts whether or not you stand or kneel all the way through the nationwide anthem – as an American, you are smartly inside of your rights both method. Nevertheless it does trouble me when it as an alternative turns out your means is to it sounds as if crack sensible with opposing gamers and communicate all the way through the efficiency of “The Celebrity-Spangled Banner.” Let’s be higher.


Practice USA TODAY Sports activities’ Nate Davis on Twitter @ByNateDavis


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