Tua Tagovailoa had six passing touchdowns and led the Miami Dolphins again from three scores down towards the Baltimore Ravens — in a recreation wherein they trailed from the very first play after an 103-yard landing return. Within the late window, the Arizona Cardinals overcame a 23-7 fourth-quarter deficit to pressure additional time with a two-point conversion with no time remaining, then defeated the Las Vegas Raiders in additional time on a walk-off scoop-and-score.
A rivalry between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints received heated. After each groups discovered little offensive success over three quarters, a scuffle resulted in Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans getting ejected. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ protection got here alive within the fourth quarter to guide Tampa to victory.
The Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars had offensive breakouts, whereas the New England Patriots and New York Jets received key street wins after Week 1 losses. And the New York Giants are 2-0 — a uncommon sight lately. On the opposite facet of the coin, the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals at the moment are 0-2, shedding to the Dallas Cowboys on a walk-off subject aim within the late afternoon window.
Sadly within the late window, San Francisco 49ers second-year quarterback Trey Lance suffered a critical ankle damage, which is able to reportedly preserve him out for the season. Jimmy Garoppolo crammed in admirably in Sunday’s victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Our NFL Nation reporters react with the largest takeaways and lingering questions popping out of this week’s matchups and stay up for what’s subsequent. Let’s get to it.
What to know: The Cardinals would not have been within the place they have been in Sunday, needing additional time to drag off an unpredictable win over the Raiders, if their offense had been higher earlier. It has been in a serious rut early in video games and Arizona wants to determine a approach to get out of it or this season can get off the rails shortly. The offense appeared stagnant within the first half but once more. Kyler Murray threw for simply 53 yards and the Cardinals gained simply 86. Solely three receivers had targets. If Arizona continues to get off to gradual begins offensively — which implies the protection will spend extra time on the sector than is important — they’re going to discover themselves struggling to remain in video games by halftime. The Cardinals have been capable of come again to win in Las Vegas, however that will not all the time be the case.
How can Arizona get its offense going faster? It actually comes right down to getting extra gamers concerned early and diversifying the playcalling. By way of two video games, Arizona hasn’t been using a wide range of playcalls early, which may set the tone early for each Arizona’s offense and the way defenses play the Cardinals. The extra receivers Arizona makes use of earlier in video games, the extra a protection has to suppose — one thing the Cardinals can use to their benefit. — Josh Weinfuss
Subsequent recreation: vs. Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
The Raiders fumble the ball in additional time, and Byron Murphy Jr. picks it up and takes it to the home for the game-winning rating.
What to know: With as many walk-off wins because the Raiders had final season — six to sneak into the playoffs for simply the second time since 2002 — it appears their luck modified on Sunday. In addition they had a horrible second half on offense. Main 20-0 on the half, the Raiders one way or the other let the Cardinals pressure additional time, and in place to kick a game-winning subject aim in additional time, receiver Hunter Renfrow fumbled one play after quarterback Derek Carr practically threw an interception. The Raiders are 0-2 and, take into accout, prize offseason acquisition Davante Adams had solely two catches for 12 yards with a 1-yard TD.
Which Raiders group did we see right now, the one which dominated the primary half, or the one which fell aside after halftime? Slightly little bit of each. When Carr has time, a clear jersey and, nicely, confidence, he can choose aside any protection. And he did. But it surely was towards a Cardinals group that solely sacked him as soon as — J.J. Watt received him on the second play of the sport. As a result of as spectacular because the offense appeared within the first half in constructing a 20-0 lead, it was simply as invisible after halftime. And that is greater than regarding for a group underneath new administration in coach Josh McDaniels, whose playcalling stalled out after halftime. — Paul Gutierrez
Subsequent recreation: at Titans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: Final October, Cooper Rush led a late, game-winning drive within the first begin of his profession. On Sunday, Rush put the Cowboys in place to beat the Bengals by finishing all three of his passes for 30 yards to arrange Brett Maher‘s game-winning kick as time ran out. It wasn’t fairly for a Cowboys offense that gained 155 yards on the primary two drives and 159 on their subsequent seven earlier than Rush received them in place late. However a win is a win.
Can Micah Parsons set the single-season sack document? With 4 in two video games, he is on tempo for 34 sacks, so why not? That will not occur, however he hasn’t been blocked thus far. Former Cowboys deal with La’el Collins won’t sleep nicely after dealing with Parsons on Sunday. Michael Strahan (2001) and T.J. Watt (2021) share the document with 22.5. DeMarcus Ware owns the group document of 20 (2008). Parsons lined up virtually completely as a pass-rusher towards the Bengals and the Cowboys should not mess with factor. — Todd Archer
Subsequent recreation: at Giants (Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
What to know: Cincinnati’s offense have to be considerably higher than it has been the primary two weeks. That was evident in Sunday’s 20-17 loss to Dallas wherein they did not get into the pink zone till deep within the fourth quarter. The efficiency got here one week after the Bengals struggled offensively in an additional time loss to the Steelers. The offense has been a difficulty courting again to the tip of final season and wishes an pressing repair.
Are the sacks a difficulty? Sure. There is not any getting round it at this level. After Joe Burrow was sacked seven occasions towards the Steelers, he went down six occasions towards the Cowboys. Usually, Burrow discovered himself hurried, scrambling or having to make performs whereas evading strain. This may very well be why the offense has struggled by means of the primary two weeks of the season. However regardless of the case, this was actually not the end result the Bengals needed after they added 4 new starters to the offensive line within the offseason. — Ben Child
Subsequent recreation: at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: It is nonetheless early within the season, however the Broncos’ first two video games have featured mindless penalties (a number of false begins Sunday to go together with a number of delay of recreation penalties) and a wide range of eyebrow-raising choices. At one level Sunday, a annoyed crowd really counted down the play clock when the Broncos had the ball. Sure, the Broncos have escaped the sloppiness with a 1-1 mark after Sunday’s win over the Texans, however they’re making it a lot more durable on themselves than it must be.
Is the Broncos’ offense attempting to be too cute proper now? There’s a high-quality line between creativity and window dressing, and the Broncos are strolling that line too usually, stumbling on the facet of too many frills and never sufficient touchdowns. On Sunday, they’d 4 performs from the Texans’ 2-yard line or nearer within the first half, and so they threw the ball on all 4 performs with out finishing any of the passes. Working again Javonte Williams was the very best participant within the Broncos’ offense for a lot of the day, and for him to not contact the ball on these short-yardage conditions borders on overthinking. — Jeff Legwold
Subsequent recreation: vs. 49ers (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
What to know: It is exhausting to win within the NFL while you rating a measly 9 factors, or when you may’t generate greater than 234 yards of complete offense, which Houston did Sunday. Quarterback Davis Mills produced an underwhelming efficiency by going 19-for-38 for 176 yards with zero touchdowns and two fumbles. The dashing assault was higher than it was final week towards the Colts, as rookie operating again Dameon Pierce gained 69 yards. But it surely wasn’t sufficient. The Texans’ protection performed nicely sufficient to win, however Houston wanted extra of a group effort.
Is the Texans protection legit? The Texans’ protection flustered Russell Wilson into 14-of-31 passing for 219 yards whereas intercepting him as soon as and sacking him thrice. Linebacker Christian Kirksey got here up with an interception, whereas defensive ends Jonathan Greenard and Rasheem Inexperienced every sacked Wilson. The protection was wonderful, because it allowed solely three first downs on 12 third-down makes an attempt. And each time the Broncos reached the pink zone, the Texans protection tightened up and shut the Broncos out of the tip zone and compelled subject objectives. The defensive unit gave the Texans offense each alternative to win. — DJ Bien-Aime
Subsequent recreation: at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: Regardless of the numerous questions it introduced, the 49ers’ determination to hold on to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has already been validated. Trey Lance suffered a proper ankle damage within the first quarter, and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned after the sport that the second-year quarterback has damaged proper ankle and can want season-ending surgical procedure. It occurred sooner and underneath far worse circumstances than anybody might have imagined, however meaning Garoppolo should step again into the beginning position. In previous seasons, a major quarterback damage has derailed seasons (they’re now 9-29 in video games not began by Garoppolo underneath Shanahan), however with Garoppolo as an insurance coverage coverage, the Niners know what they’re getting and rightfully consider they’ll nonetheless be an NFC contender.
What is the 49ers’ plan at quarterback? Garoppolo is again within the job, however he technically by no means left, and can get his first follow reps with the beginning offense since January — which ought to enable him to knock off the rust (he was 13-of-21 passing for 154 yards with one landing and a dashing rating) that was evident in Sunday’s win. Rookie Brock Purdy, inactive the primary two video games, turns into Garoppolo’s backup. — Nick Wagoner
Subsequent recreation: at Broncos (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Seahawks received have a look at the type of group they wish to be — one which performs stout protection and depends on its sturdy operating recreation extra so than its quarterback. However the 49ers confirmed the Seahawks how that can be simpler mentioned than accomplished for a Seattle group with a restricted QB in Geno Smith and a protection that has loads of query marks of its personal, particularly now that security Jamal Adams is out. All of these flaws have been on full show in a disheartening loss to a 49ers group that Seattle has had loads of success towards for a lot of the final decade. That dominance got here with former quarterback Russell Wilson main the best way. A lot of it got here with an elite protection. Seattle has neither. And as promising because the Seahawks’ season-opening win over Wilson and the Broncos was, this recreation was a reminder that their season might certainly be an extended one.
Can the offense get going once more underneath Smith? Smith was good within the first half of final week’s opener, making sufficient performs to recommend that he might be greater than only a recreation supervisor. However the Seahawks’ dramatic victory and all of its juicy subplots obscured the truth that their offense did nothing within the second half. And with their solely factors Sunday got here by way of an excellent particular groups landing. The Seahawks’ offense has now gone six quarters with out scoring. Smith (24-of-30, 198 yards) threw an interception and put the ball in hurt’s means different occasions Sunday, however the blame for Seattle’s offensive struggles go nicely past him. They rushed for less than 35 yards and wasted a scoring probability with a trick play within the pink zone that failed spectacularly. Smith virtually actually will — and will — get extra time to dig them out of their gap. — Brady Henderson
Subsequent recreation: vs. Falcons (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What to know: Every week after it felt just like the Rams’ offense was virtually completely run by means of broad receiver Cooper Kupp, the offense was extra unfold out towards the Falcons. Though Kupp once more led the Rams in receiving yards (11 catches for 108 yards, two touchdowns and a important fumble), quarterback Matthew Stafford accomplished passes to 6 totally different gamers. A type of gamers was broad receiver Allen Robinson II, whom coach Sean McVay mentioned wanted to be extra concerned within the offense going ahead. Robinson, who had only one catch on two targets in Week 1, had 4 catches for 53 yards and the sport’s first landing on Sunday. Stafford will not be joyful that he threw two extra interceptions, however the Rams’ offense appeared far more constant than it did within the season opener, even when it could not put the sport on ice early within the fourth quarter.
Are the Rams affected by a Tremendous Bowl hangover? The Rams got here into their Week 2 matchup with the Falcons a ten.5-point favourite and though they gained, it took a last defensive stand — and spectacular play by cornerback Jalen Ramsey — to carry onto what was as soon as a 28-3 lead. Coupled with a definitive loss to the Buffalo Payments within the season opener, it has been a regarding begin to the season. Los Angeles could have two essential divisional exams coming as much as actually work out the reply to this query: street journeys to Arizona and San Francisco in Weeks 3 and 4. — Sarah Barshop
Subsequent recreation: at Cardinals (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What to know: It appeared just like the Atlanta Falcons have been accomplished for. Down 28-3 — sure, that rating once more — and the Rams have been doing every part proper. However for months now, Falcons coach Arthur Smith has talked about resiliency along with his group and within the second they wanted it essentially the most, they received it. Lorenzo Carter recovered a blocked punt for a landing. Drake London caught his first landing cross. Darren Corridor — inserted within the recreation within the second half — pressured Cooper Kupp to fumble for the primary time in over a yr. And a blowout turned the kind of loss that, once more, Atlanta can at the very least construct off of. Which, while you’re a franchise in transition, you may take.
What is going on on with Kyle Pitts? It is a honest query at this level. Pitts was focused thrice within the first three quarters — a completion, an incompletion and a 36-yard defensive cross interference penalty. Whereas Pitts finally ends up creating numerous consideration, opening issues up for rookie Drake London, who was efficient for the second straight week, sooner or later Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith has to determine a approach to manufacture straightforward receptions for Pitts, who has the power to make first and second defenders miss when he will get the ball. It is nonetheless early within the season, however price at the very least turning a watch to now. — Michael Rothstein
Subsequent recreation: at Seahawks (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What to know: Environment friendly play from the quarterback. Inventive playcalling with misdirection to confuse the defenses and arrange future calls. Receivers broad open and getting the ball in place to realize yards after the catch. Coach Doug Pederson’s offense was rolling towards the Colts. That was the expectation when the Jaguars employed Pederson to pair with quarterback Trevor Lawrence and spent massive cash on receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, however it did not actually present up in Week 1. If the Jaguars can constantly execute on the degree they did Sunday, they’ve the potential to be a tricky group to defend.
Is Sacksonville again? Whoa, decelerate a bit. That 2017 protection was subsequent degree. However the Jaguars did get 5 sacks towards the Colts, and all three of their interceptions have been the direct results of strain on quarterback Matt Ryan. It helped that the Jags had a giant lead within the second half, however the strain has been fairly constant by means of the primary two weeks, and consequently, the protection has created six turnovers. It had 9 complete final season. — Mike DiRocco
Subsequent recreation: at Chargers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)
What to know: It is one factor to open the season with a tie in Houston, because the Colts did in Week 1. But it surely’s fairly one other for Indianapolis to fall on its collective face towards the Jaguars, the very group that denied its entry into the postseason in January. It is not even the Colts’ 0-1-1 document that’s most alarming; they’re notoriously gradual starters. Relatively, it is the truth that the group appears to be in disarray, with even its vaunted offensive line acting at an abysmal degree and veteran quarterback Matt Ryan seemingly powerless to stem the tide of sloppiness and listlessness. Given proprietor Jim Irsay’s offseason calls for for enchancment, the remainder of this season figures to be a referendum on its gamers, coaches and entrance workplace.
Who’s most chargeable for the Colts’ gradual begin? The shortage of depth from the Colts at occasions of their first two video games has to immediate some questions on teaching. The Colts have been lacking No. 1 receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and All-Professional linebacker Shaquille Leonard on Sunday, however the underperformance of gamers who’ve previously carried out nicely doesn’t replicate nicely on head coach Frank Reich and his employees. Offensively, the shortage of execution calls preparation into query. And the protection has been disappointing underneath new coordinator Gus Bradley. The Colts did not problem Jacksonville’s receivers, permitting straightforward completions all day lengthy. — Stephen Holder
Subsequent recreation: vs. Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: It wasn’t fairly, however the Patriots badly wanted a win. This buys them extra time to determine issues out. Simply as Invoice Belichick mentioned final week, a few performs have been the distinction within the recreation — a 44-yard TD bomb to Nelson Agholor (who made an incredible catch) on the finish of the second quarter was important, as was Steelers punt returner Gunner Olszewski muffing a punt that the Patriots recovered and shortly transformed right into a landing. Quarterback Mac Jones was residing dangerously at occasions — the Steelers dropped a straightforward interception within the second half — as he hasn’t gained the identical degree of consolation that he had for stretches of his 2021 rookie season.
How practical is it to suppose the offense can remodel itself right into a unit that may sustain with the AFC’s elite? It is exhausting to think about the Patriots being an AFC contender the best way they’re at present enjoying offense. Every part is a wrestle. From the get-go, gamers have preached persistence, and so they certainly know they’re going to should be rather a lot higher within the weeks to come back. However these big-picture ideas might be placed on maintain for now. No group is a completed product after Week 2. Whereas it wasn’t fairly, this is a doable silver lining: The way in which the Patriots completed the sport, within the four-minute offense, was a possible identity-building drive. They jammed it proper down the Steelers’ throat to shut out the sport. — Mike Reiss
Subsequent recreation: vs. Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: For the second week in a row, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ conservative offensive plan held them again, and this time, a short-handed protection could not save them in a 17-14 loss to the New England Patriots. Mitch Trubisky accomplished 21 of 33 makes an attempt for 168 yards with one landing and one interception, however the crowd at Acrisure Stadium grew stressed with the checkdowns and quick passes. No less than two occasions, the group chanted “KEN-NY,” calling for first-round draft choose Kenny Pickett to take the reins underneath middle. Trubisky averaged 5.1 yards per try and 4.6 air yards per completion, per NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. Whereas the run recreation received going behind a greater day from Najee Harris, the Steelers nonetheless gained solely 91 yards on the bottom. The offense got here alive when it went no-huddle within the last drive of the third quarter and capped it with an 8-yard strike to Pat Freiermuth on the primary play of the fourth. The Steelers mentioned they wanted to play with a “killer intuition” in Week 2, and for many of the afternoon, they performed with something however.
Can the Steelers get strain with out T.J. Watt? The preliminary reply to this query is: not a lot. The Steelers did nearly every part to carry strain on Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, however they did not document a single sack whereas Watt (torn pectoral muscle) appeared on from the sideline. At occasions, Malik Reed got here near getting Jones, however the Reed-Alex Highsmith tandem simply did not generate the identical strain the reigning NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr introduced of their Week 1 additional time win. Jones, who accomplished 21 of 35 makes an attempt for 252 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per try, hardly ever needed to rush his throws and had a number of deep and intermediate completions. The Steelers additionally had zero sacks in Weeks 3 and 14 final season, each losses. (Watt did not play in Week 14.) Watt can be out at the very least three extra video games on IR, and his timeline possible places him again on the finish of October. — Brooke Pryor
Subsequent recreation: at Browns (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
What to know: The star of the primary two video games for the Giants: their protection. On this case, coordinator Wink Martindale. He has accomplished it with out his prime two edge rushers, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari, and with defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) leaving Sunday’s recreation within the third quarter. Martindale has been the Giants’ greatest offseason acquisition this season by a large margin along with his relentless and aggressive strategy. Martindale has been manufacturing sufficient strain (utilizing three-safety appears most of Sunday) and made Carolina quarterback Baker Mayfield look as pedestrian as Tennessee’s Ryan Tannehill appeared the earlier week. Mayfield threw for simply 145 yards on 29 cross makes an attempt in Sunday’s win, the second time in as many weeks the Giants have allowed fewer than 20 factors. The important thing sacks within the second half got here from the unheralded Oshane Ximines and Julian Love. Martindale is working his magic thus far in his first yr as Giants defensive coordinator.
Do we have to recalibrate expectations? The Giants are 2-0 for the primary time since 2016. It took them till Week 10 final season to get their second win. Whereas it hasn’t all the time been fairly, there may be cause to be excited. The Giants are the one group within the NFC East that sits at 2-0 coming into Monday. In addition they have winnable upcoming video games at house towards the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night time and the Chicago Bears the next week. Perhaps a profitable season or the playoffs is not out of the query underneath new coach Brian Daboll, who has this group believing it will probably win. — Jordan Raanan
Subsequent recreation: vs. Cowboys (Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Panthers traded for quarterback Baker Mayfield to carry extra explosiveness to the offense. By way of two video games, the Panthers have had a number of massive performs however have been something however explosive. The protection has performed nicely sufficient to win, significantly towards the Giants. The offense has been simply common — sufficient to maintain video games shut, however not win. A giant a part of that has been mediocre performances by Mayfield, who was 14-of-29 for less than 145 yards Sunday. He did minimize down on the batted passes on the line (two) however did nothing to make him appear to be a long-term answer.
How scorching is coach Matt Rhule’s kitchen after an 0-2 begin? Not fairly scorching, however it’s heating up quick. The roster is deeper and higher than a yr in the past, however the backside line is the Panthers have misplaced a league-high 9 straight courting again to final yr. Proprietor David Tepper will not make any rash choices this early within the season, however the fan base that already was stressed might get brutal after two five-win seasons and now this. The group nonetheless is not disciplined sufficient or adequate to constantly win, and that falls again on the pinnacle coach. — David Newton
Subsequent recreation: vs. Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Jets delivered the largest win of the Robert Saleh period, pulling off a miracle comeback solely days after their coach was roasted for an ill-advised remark. Saleh mentioned he was “taking receipts” on those that mock the Jets, promising to “shove it down their throat” after they flip the season. Every part flipped in a matter of seconds, because the Jets rallied from a 13-point deficit within the last two minutes. The Jets have been useless at 30-17, and so they rallied with two landing passes by Joe Flacco. This was a large win for Saleh, who got here underneath intense scrutiny for his feedback. The gamers mentioned they’d his again, and so they did.
Does Joe Flacco’s efficiency finish the backup quarterback controversy? Sure. Flacco was excellent in crunch time, ending with 4 TD passes and profitable his first begin since 2019. With followers screaming for Mike White, Saleh caught with Flacco amid criticism, and it paid off massive time. Flacco turned again to the clock to his Baltimore Ravens heyday, quieting the QB speak. It is solely a one-game gig, although, as Zach Wilson (knee) is trending towards a Week 4 return. — Wealthy Cimini
Subsequent recreation: vs. Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Browns had put the sport away — solely to endure an epic collapse. Defensive miscues all recreation and expensive particular groups errors within the fourth quarter doomed Cleveland, because the Browns squandered a 13-point lead within the last two minutes.
Can the Browns clear up the defensive miscues? Cleveland allowed 37-year-old QB Joe Flacco and the Jets to hold round all recreation after which gave up two touchdowns within the last two minutes to lose the sport. Too usually, Flacco was throwing to wide-open pass-catchers. The Browns have the expertise to boast an elite protection. However two weeks into the season, miscues and miscommunications are retaining them from showcasing that full potential. — Jake Trotter
Subsequent recreation: vs. Steelers (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Joe Flacco hits Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard landing, lifting the Jets to a wild comeback win over the Browns.
What to know: Tua Tagovailoa can carry this Dolphins offense with some fine-tuning. Trailing by three scores at halftime, Miami put the ball in his fingers and he delivered to the tune of 469 passing yards and 6 touchdowns, ultimately finishing the comeback with a game-winning TD cross to Jaylen Waddle. Beneath the route of first-year coach Mike McDaniel, the Dolphins seem able to competing in a shootout. Tagovailoa’s two interceptions harm, however past these two performs, he made good choices with the ball and navigated the pocket nicely. This was the largest assertion recreation of his profession, and there are lots who may must retract their prior assessments.
Can the Dolphins recover from the Payments hump? That was objectively enjoyable to observe, however now the neighborhood bully returns to city. The Dolphins have misplaced seven of their previous eight video games to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments, and so they play host to the two-time reigning AFC East champions in Week 3. It is a true measuring stick matchup for Miami, which might put the Tremendous Bowl favorites on discover with a win. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Subsequent recreation: vs. Payments (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The large performs are again for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson turned the primary participant in NFL historical past to supply a landing cross and run of at the very least 75 yards in the identical recreation. The Baltimore offense had lacked electrical energy just lately, totaling two performs of at the very least 70 yards previously two years. Downfield passing was some extent of emphasis for the Ravens in coaching camp, and it has paid off early this season. In two video games this season, Jackson has linked with broad receiver Rashod Bateman on landing passes of 55 and 75 yards.
What occurred to the Ravens’ protection? The Ravens matched the biggest blown lead in franchise historical past, failing to carry a 21-point lead within the fourth quarter due to a banged-up protection. The Ravens gave up 4 landing passes within the fourth quarter with a secondary lacking its prime cornerback (Marlon Humphrey) for the ultimate two sequence and its No. 3 cornerback (Brandon Stephens), who was inactive. Jaylen Waddle caught the profitable 7-yard landing cross over rookie Jalyn Armour-Davis, who was pressed into motion due to the accidents. — Jamison Hensley
Subsequent recreation: at Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: With out receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones, and likewise lacking left deal with Donovan Smith and his backup, Josh Wells (who left with a calf damage), quarterback Tom Brady and the Bucs as soon as once more struggled to place factors on the board. The dashing lanes Leonard Fournette loved final week towards the Cowboys have been nowhere to be discovered. An irate Brady threw one more pill within the third quarter — the second time he is accomplished that towards the Saints in two seasons. Tempers continued to flare within the fourth quarter, with each Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore being ejected. Identical to Week 1, although, the protection stored the Bucs on this recreation, forcing a complete of 5 turnovers: three interceptions and two fumbles. Mike Edwards‘ interception was additionally returned for a landing.
How lengthy can the Bucs preserve this up with so many accidents? It is robust to say, with Godwin’s and Jones’ hamstring accidents being wildly unpredictable. Smith’s elbow damage is a matter of ache tolerance, however it’s unclear how efficient he might be extending his arm. The truth that he traveled to New Orleans was at the very least encouraging. However shedding Wells and coming into a Week 3 house opener towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers with a third-string left deal with in Brandon Walton hurts, as does the opportunity of a suspension for Evans. Regardless of the offensive accidents piling up, the Bucs’ protection has given up solely 13 factors by means of two weeks. Coach Todd Bowles’ protection is displaying why he was elevated right into a head teaching position. — Jenna Laine
Subsequent recreation: vs. Packers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET)
What to know: There is not any want to fret concerning the Saints’ protection after watching it stifle Tom Brady once more for 3 and a half quarters. The protection solely stumbled after cornerback Marshon Lattimore was ejected late within the recreation for a battle with Mike Evans, leaving the Saints with two backup corners due to Paulson Adebo‘s earlier damage. The offense is one other story, after a really regarding efficiency general. The offense was anticipated to take a step ahead after a gradual begin towards the Falcons in Week 1, however quarterback Jameis Winston‘s again damage complicates issues.
Ought to the Saints be involved about Jameis Winston going ahead? Winston is reportedly coping with a number of fractures in his again, which might be regarding for any participant, a lot much less the beginning quarterback. The Saints’ offense was disappointing for many of the recreation, and it is honest to be involved about Winston — who appeared hesitant at occasions when attempting to run the ball, overthrew a number of deep passes and fell aside within the fourth quarter, throwing three interceptions on three straight possessions, together with a pick-six. The Saints are going to need to decide about whether or not to take a seat Winston and let him heal or proceed to play him whereas he is injured. — Katherine Terrell
Subsequent recreation: at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: In his second profession recreation, No. 2 general choose Aidan Hutchinson recorded three sacks — all within the first half — of Washington quarterback Carson Wentz. The final time a rookie had 3.0 sacks in considered one of his first two profession video games was in 2002, when Julius Peppers, Carlos Corridor and Ben Leber all did it.
Is the Lions’ offense for actual? Sure. Detroit received main contributions from its prime talent gamers, notably Jared Goff, Amon-Ra St. Brown, T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift. There is not any cause to consider their manufacturing is not sustainable — if wholesome. The Lions have scored 35 or extra factors in every of their opening two video games for the primary time since 1970. St. Brown was the star Sunday, recording 9 catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns whereas including one other 68 yards on the bottom. — Eric Woodyard
Subsequent recreation: at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: Washington’s offense will nonetheless be harmful regardless of an unsightly first half wherein the Commanders managed simply two first downs. Nevertheless, the Commanders have numerous points on protection, and that is going to be a season-long drawback as nicely. Washington’s protection allowed three performs of at the very least 49 yards — each time the offense wanted assist, it failed to supply any. The Commanders’ particular groups protection wasn’t good, both, and so they missed an additional level.
The place is the run recreation? Washington needed to be a extra bodily group this season, however Antonio Gibson managed solely 28 yards on 14 carries as Detroit gave him no room. It can assist when Brian Robinson returns. He is extra of an influence again than Gibson, however the Commanders should be higher up entrance. When the Lions have been attacking within the first half and pressuring Wentz, Washington wanted an alternate, however the run recreation supplied nothing. — John Keim
Subsequent recreation: vs. Eagles (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: The Chiefs can win with their stars not being stars. They beat a troublesome AFC West rival with their touchdowns being scored by three backup gamers — rookie seventh-round draft choose Jaylen Watson, fourth-round broad receiver Justin Watson and operating again Jerick McKinnon. It can serve them nicely if they’ll proceed to win video games with out getting enormous contributions from gamers like Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Who’s going to assist Chris Jones rush the quarterback? Jones had each of the Chiefs’ sacks towards the Chargers. It is not an issue that Jones is their chief in sacks, however quite that he is not getting a lot help. Final week’s sacks towards the Cardinals got here from a blitzing cornerback, L’Jarius Sneed, and from finish Carlos Dunlap (however his was extra of a protection sack). Essentially the most logical candidates to assist Jones are Frank Clark and George Karlaftis. Every had a success on Justin Herbert, however neither has but to place a quarterback on the bottom this season. — Adam Teicher
Subsequent recreation: at Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
What to know: Shut would not rely. The Chargers have been two performs away from beginning the season 2-0 in AFC West motion. As a substitute, they go 1-1 in a five-day span after an interception by cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. was overturned. “I believed it was a choose,” Samuel mentioned after the sport. As well as, quarterback Justin Herbert threw a cross meant for tight finish Gerald Everett that was intercepted and returned 99 yards for a landing.
What is the standing of Herbert? The quarterback suffered a rib damage within the fourth quarter, leaving the sport for just one play earlier than returning, however he was clearly in ache as he continued to the tip of the sport. After the 27-24 loss, the medical employees and a gingerly strolling Herbert entered the X-ray room. On Friday, he was identified with a fracture in his rib cartilage. Herbert is taken into account day-to-day. — Lindsey Thiry
Subsequent recreation: vs. Jaguars (Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET)