Taking a look at the biggest winners and biggest losers of Week 2 in the NFL.
Throughout his young career, Tua has always had his fair share of doubters. On Sunday, he at least temporarily silenced every one of them with an incredible comeback in Baltimore. Coming from 21 points down with less than thirteen minutes to play, Tua threw four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, including the game winner to Jaylen Waddle with just 19 seconds left. His total stat line for the day was 36/50 for 469 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s also proving that he’ll have no problems getting the ball to Tyreek Hill, who finished the day with eleven catches for 190 yards and two scores. It’s a long season, but Tua’s looking like he could be the truth in Miami so far.
Another young QB looking to prove himself in the NFL, Lawrence was rock solid in Jacksonville’s surprising shutout of the Indianapolis Colts. The stats weren’t mind blowing like Tua’s, but Lawrence threw just five incompletions and did not turn the ball over or get sacked once. With the defence doing their job as well, the Jaguars played one of their best games in recent memory and made it a great season debut in Jacksonville. Consistent success is still a tough thing to expect from the Jags, but hopefully this kind of win can give Lawrence a big boost of confidence early in the season.
Sunday was the first time since 2009 that all four major New York teams won on the same day (Jets, Giants, Mets, Yankees). On the NFL side, it certainly didn’t come easily. The Giants battled all day with Carolina before eventually winning by a field goal. The offence didn’t do anything spectacular, but the defence kept it close throughout the day. For the Jets, all odds were defied in an incredible late game comeback. The team scored two touchdowns in less than two minutes with the help of 66-yard score and a rare successful onside kick. What’s more, if Nick Chubb had just gone down instead of scoring a touchdown with 2:02 on the clock, New York would have never gotten the ball back as they were out of timeouts. It was a truly wild finish.
Not scoring a single point in the NFL is one thing, but not scoring a single point against Jacksonville? In 4 quarters? It’s been a very concerning start to the campaign for Indianapolis, who fell to 0-1-1 after games against the Texans and Jaguars. It won’t get any easier either, as the team will play Kansas City, Tennessee and Denver in the next three weeks. Matt Ryan will certainly need to be a lot better for the Colts to stand a chance in those games, because those offences will be even more unforgiving after turnovers than Jacksonville. The recipe for success in Indianapolis is on the ground, but it’s hard to find those opportunities to run when you’re trailing all game.
If your home fans are chanting for the backup to come in, you probably aren’t having the best day on the field. For Mitch Trubisky, that was the reality of Sunday. He struggled heavily with moving the offence downfield, passing for just 168 yards on 33 attempts. The Steelers offence scored just one touchdown and ended up falling to the New England Patriots by three points. Trubisky seems to be very reluctant to throw downfield until he absolutely has to, which may be wasting a talented receiving room. If Trubisky can’t get the offence moving a little better, Kenny Pickett might get his chance sooner rather than later.
After a terrible week one loss to Pittsburgh, many thought Sunday would be a huge bounce back for the Bengals. Instead, they ended the day with an even worse loss and a 0-2 record. For the second straight game, Joe Burrow was given absolutely no time in the pocket, and he struggled because of it. Burrow has now been sacked 13 times in two weeks, which is more than every other AFC North QB combined. With losses to Mitch Trubisky and Cooper Rush, the team heads to New York next week in dire need of a win over the Jets.