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In Week 2 of NFL action, we saw some thrilling comebacks, fireworks between bitter rivals and a team that reached 2-0 for the very first time since 2016.
Typically, a fresh regime or coaching staff needs time and energy to change a losing culture, but one franchise could have an opportunity to go from last to first in its division inside a year. Needless to say, we’re in the first stages of the 2022 season, nevertheless, you can already start to see the early returns for a squad under a fresh direction.
Earlier this offseason, wide receivers signed big contracts because the market exploded after Christian Kirk signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Within an early kickoff, one team erased a 21-point deficitthanks partly to its new star wideout who took over in the fourth quarter, which is why receivers have grown to be premium players.
Talking about wideouts, we’re able to be watching the steady rise of a fresh star who arrived to the league as a fourth-round pick this past year.
Let’s explore the largest takeaways from Sunday’s games.
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Tyreek Hill (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AFC West teams made headlines through the offseason. The NEVADA Raiders acquired wideout Davante Adams and pass-rusher Chandler Jones. The LA Chargers beefed up their defense, trading for Khalil Mack and signing cornerback J.C. Jackson. The Denver Broncos found a fresh franchise QB in Russell Wilson.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins made wholesale changes to greatly help elevate quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in his third season.
The club hired former SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers run game coordinator and offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel to dominate the head-coaching position. Leading office also signed left tackle Terron Armstead and wideouts Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson Jr.
On Sunday, we saw Hill’s offensive effect on full display.
In the 3rd quarter, he cramped up and left the overall game. However, he returned to greatly help propel the Dolphins to a comeback victory on the Baltimore Ravens, erasing a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Tagovailoa linked to him for 48- and 60-yard touchdown passes. Fellow wideout Jaylen Waddle put the exclamation point on Miami’s late-game rally with a seven-yard touchdown reception with 14 seconds left in the overall game.
Tagovailoa made early mistakes, throwing two interceptions in the initial half, however the Dolphins offense has enough explosiveness to decrease big leads. Hill and Waddle each recorded 11 receptions and two touchdowns for a combined 361 yards.
With six touchdowns and 469 yards through the air to offset both picks, Tagovailoa upstaged Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns and in addition rushed for 119 yards and a score on the floor.
The Dolphins have a power offense that may keep them in games, even though they’re down by multiple scores.
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Amon-Ra St. Brown (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Here is a good question: How did Amon-Ra St. Brown fall to the fourth round of the 2021 draft?
Following a strong rookie campaign, hauling in 90 passes for 912 yards and five touchdowns, St. Brown has continued to be on a tear. On Sunday, the USC product tied an NFL record, per ESPN’s Field Yates:
St. Brown has found more steam in recent outings, accumulating at the very least 109 receiving yards in three of his past four games with a minumum of one score in each one of the last six contests dating back to to last season.
Primarily lining up in the slot having the ability to shift out wide, St. Brown has some similarities to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, whom the LA Rams selected in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft.
St. Brown isn’t mentioned on the list of league’s top wide receivers, but he’s well along the way up the ladder with impressive numbers and consistency. Quarterback Jared Goff includes a go-to receiver who is able to lead the Lions’ aerial attack weekly.
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Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore breaks up a pass for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Whenever the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and SAINTS take the field, you’re likely to visit a feisty one-on-one battle between four-time Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore. They will have feuded for a long time (sometimes physically between your white lines), and their competitiveness converted into another on-field skirmish Sunday.
Ari Meirov @MySportsUpdate
Mike Evans absolutely organized Marshon Lattimore.
Both were ejected. pic.twitter.com/CpfsEPmKu8
Following the game, Evans explained why he pushed Lattimore to the bottom:
Jeff Darlington @JeffDarlington
I talked to Mike Evans about ongoing history with Marshon Lattimore: Super competitive. Today, he was just too emotional. You dont throw punches at guys on the field. He threw a punch at Lenny, and I cant let that eventually my teammates. THEREFORE I shoved him converted into a brawl.
Lattimore has blanketed Evans in recent outings, which likely explains the Buccaneers wide receivers frustration with the Saints cornerback.
In Sunday’s matchup, Evans caught three passes for 61 yards, including a 41-yard reception. Lattimore recorded two tackles and a pass breakup prior to the referees ejected both of these in the fourth quarter with the overall game tied at three.
Neither the Saints nor the Buccaneers generated a huge amount of offenseboth squads finished with less than 309 total yards. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 20-10, earning its first victory over its division rival in the standard season with Tom Brady as its quarterback.
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Brian Daboll (left) and Daniel Jones (right) Rich Schultz/Getty Images
Although GAMBLING haven’t appealed to those that enjoy a large amount of offense, they’re off to a 2-0 start for the very first time since 2016, which ultimately shows some promise for the team’s future under new head coach Brian Daboll.
The other day, Daboll went for a two-point conversion on the team’s final offensive drive, and Big Blue beat the Tennessee Titans 21-20 after Randy Bullock missed a 47-yard field goal.
On Sunday, the Giants come up with another gritty victory on the Carolina Panthers, winning 19-16 in the home. Big Blue only scored one touchdown, but former Panthers kicker Graham Gano made all of his field goals, including a set of 51-plus-yarders in the fourth quarter.
In this contest, the Giants didn’t have their starting edge-rushers, Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (MCL sprain) or starting cornerback Aaron Robinson (appendicitis) but nonetheless limited the Panthers to 275 total yards and forced two turnovers. Baker Mayfield only completed 14 of 29 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.
It doesn’t matter how the wins look, Daboll and his coaching staff have injected new energy in to the club using its best begin in six years. Running back Saquon Barkley seems rejuvenated with 282 yards and a touchdown from scrimmage. In a few days, Big Blue will host the Dallas Cowboys, who won’t have starting quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb surgery) under center.
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Garrett Wilson (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Quarterback Joe Flacco turned back the clock with a solid performance in an exciting 31-30 road make an impression on the Cleveland Browns, throwing for 307 yards and four touchdowns Sunday. Having said that, Gang Green’s 2022 rookie class stole the show.
First-round pick Garrett Wilson and second-rounder Breece Hall scored three of the Jets’ four touchdowns in a comeback victory on the Browns. The former hauled in eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 15-yard reception with 22 seconds left in regulation.
Hall accumulated 50 rushing yards and 10 receiving yards with a touchdown reception. He outpaced Michael Carter (23 yards) on the floor, although latter caught all five of his targets for 27 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, first-round cornerback Sauce Gardner had a good outing with six tackles (five solo) and a pass breakup. Fellow rookie pass-rushers Jermaine Johnson II and Micheal Clemons combined for three tackles and a quarterback hit.
If the Jets will get decent quarterback play from Flacco and Zach Wilson when he returns from knee surgery, this team gets the young playmakers to trend in the proper direction. Perhaps head coach Robert Saleh should prepare those receipts he discussed this week.
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Matt Ryan (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
We are able to discuss the Indianapolis Colts’ unfavorable trends. They haven’t won in Week 1 since 2013, and they’ve lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the highway each year since 2014.
However, those cold-hard facts don’t excuse the team’s poor play contrary to the two bottom teams in the AFC South from the prior season.
The other day, the Colts had to rally late to tie the Houston Texans 20-20. On Sunday, they didn’t score contrary to the Jacksonville Jaguars, losing 24-0 within an embarrassing road loss. Sure, lead wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was out with a quad injury, but Jacksonville limited 2021 rushing champion Jonathan Taylor to 54 rushing yards on nine carries.
Due to a negative game script, the Colts had to push the ball downfield making use of their subpar passing game. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed 16 of 30 passes and threw three interceptions. For the growing season, he’s thrown just one single touchdown and four interceptions, which raises legitimate concerns.
Since Andrew Luck’s retirement in August of 2019, the Colts have started the growing season with a fresh starting quarterback each year. Ryan, who turned 37 yrs . old in May, could be the next one-and-down starter under center. He’s played just like a quarterback on a sharp decline, despite having Pittman on the field the other day.
If the Colts’ passing game cannot move the ball with consistency, they’ll find it hard to move the ball on the floor with Taylor against loaded boxes.
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Jimmy Garoppolo (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Trey Lance only played two series contrary to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. He faked a handoff, ran up the center and took popular. The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA 49ers carted him off the field having an air cast on his right leg.
In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lance suffered a “significant” ankle injury which will require potential season-ending surgery.
Lance completed two of three passes for 30 yards and rushed for 13 yards on three carries before his early exit. Jimmy Garoppolo took over for the second-year signal-caller and helped lead the 49ers to a 27-7 make an impression on the Seattle Seahawks.
In hindsight, the 49ers’ decision to help keep Garoppolo on the roster with a restructured deal may save their 2022 season. If leading office traded him, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA would’ve considered rookie seventh-rounder Brock Purdy, who looked impressive in the preseason, but he’s much less experienced than Garoppolo in head coach and lead play-caller Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
The 49ers wished to see what that they had within their top draft select from this past year, but at the very least they’ll stay in the playoff mix with a familiar face who’s led them to two postseason appearances because the primary quarterback. For the present time, the Trey Lance era in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA is on hold.
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Cooper Rush (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
In the event you didn’t know, Cooper Rush is 2-0 because the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
He won his begin in Week 8 of the 2021 season contrary to the Minnesota Vikings. On Sunday, the sixth-year veteran helped the club grab a 20-17 upset victory on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dallas went in to the contest as 7.5-point underdogs with quarterback Dak Prescott on the mend following surgery on his fractured thumb. Anyone who buried the Cowboys’ 2022 season may choose to pump the brakes after Sunday’s game.
The Cowboys established the run early, feeding Ezekiel Elliott (15 carries for 53 yards) and Tony Pollard (nine carries for 43 yards and a touchdown). Having said that, Rush made key throws to CeeDee Lamb, Noah Brown and Pollard.
Dallas won’t ask Rush to throw 40 times with Elliott and Pollard in the backfield, but he just must complete throws in crucial moments, and the pass-catchers must win one-on-one matchups off play-action design downfield.
Lastly, if the defense gives up 21 points or fewer since it did Sunday, Dallas can take down the fort until Prescott returns from injured reserve. He could have the ability to keep coming back for Week 8 or Week 10 following the team’s bye, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
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Derek Carr (AP Photo/John Locher)
Following a turnover-ridden 24-19 loss to the LA Chargers, the NEVADA Raiders squandered a 20-point result in the Arizona Cardinals in a crushing defeat in the home.
Down 23-7 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored 16 unanswered points to force overtime. In the excess period, the Raiders developed an end, but wideout Hunter Renfrow had ball-security issues on the next possession.
He fumbled twice and lost the next one, which resulted in cornerback Byron Murphy’s scoop-and-score for the game-winner.
In Week 3, the Raiders will undoubtedly be on the path to face the Tennessee Titans, who play the Buffalo Bills Monday night.
If Tennessee loses, the Titans and Raiders will battle in order to avoid an 0-3 start, that is a big hole to climb out of for just about any team with playoff aspirations. Whatever the outcome Monday, at 0-2, Vegas includes a tough slate headed on the path to Nashville with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs approaching in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.
Josh McDaniels’ tenure is off to a rough start as his team already faces a gut-check matchup in a few days.
Maurice Moton covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. It is possible to follow him on Twitter @MoeMoton.
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