After Week 1 was outlined by large upsets, some order has been restored to the N.F.L. this week with 14 of 15 favorites prevailing main into Monday night time’s recreation in Las Vegas. And the lone favorite to lose was the Eagles, who have been favored by simply 1.5 factors at residence. The street to these victories was rocky, nevertheless, as a number of star gamers have been misplaced to accidents — a few of which look like season-ending.
Here’s what we discovered:
Top Passer: Josh Allen
Last week, Allen grew to become the primary Bills quarterback too high 300 passing yards in recreation since 2016. This week, he grew to become the primary one to high 400 in recreation since 2002 and, based on the N.F.L., grew to become simply the fourth quarterback to have 700 or extra passing yards, six or extra touchdowns, and no interceptions in his crew’s first two video games of the season. Will he proceed with this trajectory and throw for 500 subsequent weeks? You won’t wish to rule it out solely, with the third-year quarterback clearly gaining confidence.
Dak Prescott, although, will get an honorable point out right here. He wasn’t practically as environment friendly as Allen, however, he was the primary participant in N.F.L. historical past to throw for greater than 400 yards whereas working for no less than three touchdowns.
Top Runner: Aaron Jones
Jones was completely in all places in Green Bay’s dominant win over Detroit. He ran for 168 yards, added one other 68 yards with 4 receptions, and scored thrice, giving him 4 for the season after he led the N.F.L. with 19 final 12 months.
Leonard Fournette, in the meantime, made up for final week’s disappearing act by averaging 8.6 yards a carry whereas contributing two landing runs in Tampa Bay’s straightforward win over Carolina.
Top Receiver: Stefon Diggs
A rising tide lifts all boats, and Diggs looks as if that sort of tide for Buffalo. With the previous Vikings star giving the crew a bona fide No. 1 receiver, the sphere has opened up dramatically for each John Brown and Cole Beasley, and Buffalo is off to a 2-0 begin. Diggs led the crew in receptions and yards for a second consecutive recreation and scored on a 22-yard cross from Allen within the second quarter. But with the crew needing some insurance coverage factors within the fourth quarter, Allen was capable of air the ball out to a wide-open Brown. That goes to be an issue for Bill’s opponents.
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Games
Buccaneers 31, Panthers 17 Tom Brady remains to be lower than his typical New England requirements — he threw for 217 yards, one landing, and one interception — however, the Buccaneers don’t want him to air the ball out if Leonard Fournette goes running for 103 yards on simply 12 carries and the crew’s protection goes to pile up 5 sacks whereas forcing 4 turnovers.
Titans 33, Jaguars 30 Second-guessing Jacksonville’s personnel selections are almost a sport unto itself, however ditching Nick Foles in favor of Gardner Minshew because the crew’s beginning quarterback seems to have been the best transfer: Foles couldn’t beat out Mitchell Trubisky for the beginning job in Chicago, and Minshew, displaying every kind of pluck and fairly a little bit of expertise, has six landing passes via two video games.
Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (additional time) It says one thing really outstanding about Harrison Butker that his trotting onto the sphere to probably win the sport from 58 yards out appeared like a forgone conclusion — and that the acute confidence within the crew’s kicker didn’t waver for a second, even when he was compelled to kick a second time due to a last-second timeout.
Ravens 33, Texans 16 Losing to Baltimore is forgivable, however, Houston’s offense seems to be completely pedestrian without extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins, making the stunning low season commerce sting much more than it did on the time.
Packers 42, Lions 21 Detroit is off to a begin that’s far uglier than its 0-2 report can probably counsel because the crew pulled forward of Green Bay, 14-3, late within the first quarter, solely to lose by 21 factors — every week after blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in opposition to Chicago.
Colts 28, Vikings 11 It appeared like Philip Rivers was preparing for a second straight Very Long Sunday when he opened the sport by throwing an interception within the pink zone. But from that time ahead, Rivers settled down, rookie working again Jonathan Taylor took over (101 yards and a landing) and the Indianapolis protection made up for final week’s embarrassment in opposition to Jacksonville by snagging three interceptions and forcing security.
Cardinals 30, Washington 15 Arizona is delivering on its preseason hype thus far, with quarterback Kyler Murray taking a leap in his second season, with loads of assist from working again Kenyan Drake and extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With the Cardinals’ subsequent three video games coming in opposition to Detroit, Carolina, and the Jets, a 5-0 begin is extraordinarily real looking.
Seahawks 35, Patriots 30 It was the Cam Newton Show within the fourth quarter — proper up till it wasn’t — however this recreation belonged to Russell Wilson, who appeared like a candidate for the Most Valuable Player Award for a second consecutive week.
Bills 31, Dolphins 28 Give Ryan Fitzpatrick some credit score: The journeyman quarterback is just not going to surrender his job simply. He adopted up a disastrous Week 1 by having a terrific effort (317 yards, 2 touchdowns) in opposition to Buffalo’s stellar protection, very practically pulling off what would have been a surprising upset.
Rams 37, Eagles 19 A matchup of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz is all the time going to lift the stakes, because the quarterbacks went with the primary two picks within the 2016 draft, however, this one was all Goff, who demolished his pleasant rival by throwing for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
49ers 31, Jets 13 San Francisco followers would possibly wish to begin Googling “Pyrrhic victory” because the 49ers gained this recreation in a rout, however possible misplaced defensive finish Nick Bosa for the rest of the season and could also be without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and working again Raheem Mostert (knee) within the coming weeks.
Steelers 26, Broncos 21 That this recreation was so shut is a testimony to Denver’s perseverance, because the crew got here in without working again Phillip Lindsay or linebacker Von Miller, and misplaced beginning quarterback Drew Lock within the first quarter, solely to search out itself on the verge of a possible upset that fizzled with a fourth-down sack with lower than two minutes left within the fourth quarter.
Bears 17, Giants 13 If Saquon Barkley is really out for the season with what’s feared to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the 0-2 Giants would possibly as properly settle in for a season of 14 or extra losses and an opportunity on the No. 1 choose in subsequent 12 months’ draft.