NFL Analysis: Week 2 September 17th


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Sunday delivered a spectacle of NFL action that captivated audiences nationwide. From the thunderous roars in packed stadiums to the surprises in NFL Lines, this particular Sunday was a testament to why football reigns supreme in the hearts of many. With a day filled with triumphant victories, heartbreaking losses, and performances that will be talked about for weeks to come, it’s essential to break down every twist and turn. Dive in as we revisit each game from this thrilling day, because they will set the tone for future NFL Odds


Baltimore RavensRavens 27 – Bengals 24

In the anticipated match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, the limelight was, unfortunately, on Joe Burrow’s underperformance, which many attribute to his lingering injury from the opener. The Ravens, despite being down two key defenders, managed to exploit this weakness, making the Bengals’ offense appear less dynamic. A major highlight for Cincinnati was a punt return touchdown, but aside from that, their offensive output remained largely lackluster throughout the game. On the Ravens’ side, Lamar Jackson made a commendable comeback from his prior unimpressive game, posting impressive figures both in the air and on the ground. Interestingly, Nelson Agholor emerged as the unexpected receiving leader for the day, shining bright for the Ravens.


Falcons 25 – Packers 24

This game was a true nail-biter. Initially, the Green Bay Packers, even in the absence of some key players, looked on track for a decisive victory. Yet, the Atlanta Falcons, driven by a relentless ground game, managed to claw their way back into contention. Bijan Robinson emerged as the linchpin of the Falcons’ offense, spearheading their late-game comeback. The turning point was a field goal towards the end, which turned the tide in Atlanta’s favor. For the Packers, Jordan Love took center stage, displaying a commendable performance, especially given the absence of some of their key offensive weapons, yet a blunder in the last play made him end the match with a bad outlook. Rookies Dontayvion Wicks and Jayden Reed stepped up for Green Bay in the receiving department, showing promise for future games. However, A.J. Dillon’s output left much to be desired, as he struggled to fill the gap left by the absence of Aaron Jones, making the Packers’ rushing attack seem a bit lackluster.


NFL Team Buffalo BillsBills 38 – Raiders 10

The Buffalo Bills looked set for another underwhelming week, initially appearing vulnerable after a loss to the Jets. They started slow against the Las Vegas Raiders, with Jimmy Garoppolo connecting swiftly with Davante Adams for the first score of the game. However, fortunes changed when Garoppolo, under immense pressure, threw a costly interception. This allowed the Bills to flip the script, and they went into halftime with a solid lead. Josh Allen’s outstanding 31-of-37 performance was complemented by Gabriel Davis’s superior stats over Stefon Diggs. James Cook also had an exceptional day on the field, although Damien Harris and Latavius Murray stole some of his limelight at the goal line. For the Raiders, Josh Jacobs struggled immensely, and Garoppolo couldn’t replicate the magic of the opening drive, largely hindered by the lack of a run game and two interceptions.


Titans 27 – Chargers 24

The Los Angeles Chargers entered the game with optimism, but their aspirations were soon quashed by the Tennesee Titans in overtime. Despite missing key players, notably Austin Ekeler, they were initially considered favorites against the Titans. Yet, Ryan Tannehill’s efficiency was a crucial factor for the Titans’ triumph, even with DeAndre Hopkins playing below his usual standard and the absence of first-round rookie Peter Skoronski. Derrick Henry and Tyjae Spears dominated the ground, propelling the Titans to their victory in OT. In contrast, the Chargers couldn’t generate a formidable rushing attack. Justin Herbert’s notable performance, coupled with Keenan Allen’s exemplary receiving stats, wasn’t enough to secure the win. The Chargers’ missteps in overtime sealed their fate.


Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuccaneers 27 – Bears 17 

The Chicago Bears were dealt an emotional blow a day prior, with Nate Davis missing due to a family bereavement. This loss was palpable on the field, with their O-line struggling against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ formidable defensive front. Fields had a challenging game, facing six sacks and throwing two interceptions. His reluctance to run post the opening drive is both a testament to his decision-making and perhaps a reflection on the coaching strategy. On the other hand, Baker Mayfield showcased his prowess, guiding the Buccaneers with numerous third-down conversions. Mike Evans emerged as the star receiver, putting up a dominant performance, although a missed opportunity by Mayfield and a drop from Godwin marred an otherwise stellar offensive display. Rachaad White managed to shine against a lackluster Chicago defense, outclassing the Bears’ Khalil Herbert. The game ended in a dramatic fashion, with a screen pass from Fields being intercepted and turned into a score by Shaq Barrett.


Chiefs 17 – Jaguars 9

In a matchup that was expected to be an offensive showcase, both the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars struggled, turning the game into a defensive showdown. Both teams had difficulty with third-down conversions, with Kansas City converting 4-of-13 and Jacksonville 3-of-12. Despite these struggles, the Chiefs managed to gain more ground with 399 net yards to the Jaguars’ 271. Key mistakes, including an interception by Mahomes and a fumble by Justin Watson, kept the Chiefs on their toes. However, Mahomes finished strong, completing 29-of-41 for 305 yards. Travis Kelce’s return from injury may not have yielded impressive stats, but his presence bolstered the team’s performance. On the Jaguars’ end, Lawrence tried to capitalize on his improved supporting cast but struggled with pass completions. Both Ridley and Kirk underwhelmed with their performances.


NFL Team Indianapolis ColtsColts 31 – Texans 20

The Indianapolis Colts clinched their first victory in the Shane Steichen-Anthony Richardson era. Richardson’s recurring injuries remain a concern, but Gardner Minshew stepped in, completing 19-of-23 passes for 171 yards. The Colts’ ground game was impressive, particularly with Zack Moss, who dominated with 88 yards and a touchdown. On the receiving front, Michael Pittman Jr. emerged as the Colts’ top receiver. In contrast, the Houston Texans had a misleading performance. While Stroud achieved 384 passing yards, most of this yardage came during garbage time. Houston’s ground game, led by Dameon Pierce, was equally underwhelming.


Seahawks 37 – Lions 31

Rekindling memories of their previous matchup, the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions delivered another thrilling game. Geno Smith outshined Jared Goff, leading the Seahawks to a hard-fought overtime victory. The Lions were ahead 14-7 at halftime, but the Seahawks launched an impressive comeback in the second half. Smith’s performance was commendable, with the QB completing 32-of-41 for 328 yards. Kenneth Walker also played a pivotal role for Seattle. The Lions made a valiant effort to keep pace, sending the game into overtime following Riley Patterson’s field goal. However, Smith’s connection with Tyler Lockett in overtime sealed the game in favor of the Seahawks.


NFL Team Washington CommandersCommanders 35 – Broncos 33

In one of the most exhilarating games this NFL season, the Washington Commanders managed a stunning turnaround. Early on, the Denver Broncos held a commanding 21-3 lead, with Russell Wilson showcasing his renowned deep passes. The Commanders’’ fortune shifted in the second quarter after a pivotal play where Jamin Davis stripped the ball from Wilson. Propelled by the efforts of Daron Payne and the Washington defense, the Commanders surged past two Denver leads and established an 11-point lead late in the fourth. While Wilson nearly engineered a comeback with a dramatic Hail Mary touchdown as the clock expired, Washington secured their win after thwarting Denver’s two-point conversion attempt. Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio, and Eric Bienemy’s strategic adjustments undoubtedly played a role in the Washington’s’ unexpected triumph. Key performances included Sam Howell’s 299 yards and two touchdowns and Brian Robinson’s 87 yards with two touchdowns.


49ers 30 – Rams 23

A year ago, the Los Angeles Rams had no answers against the San Francisco 49ers. This matchup proved a tougher contest for San Francisco, but the 49ers maintained their dominance, especially in the last quarter. Their defensive line shone, causing multiple mishaps for the Rams. Puka Nacua, however, was a silver lining for the Rams, setting a new NFL record with 15 receptions for 147 yards in just his first two starts. But the Rams’ offense couldn’t consistently penetrate the 49ers’ defense. Quarterback Brock Purdy missed multiple opportunities, while Deebo Samuel was the standout for San Francisco with a rushing touchdown and 63 receiving yards.


New York GiantsGiants 31 – Cardinals 28

The New York Giants‘ remarkable comeback is one for the history books. After suffering a crushing 40-0 defeat in Week 1 and trailing 20-0 at halftime in this game, their prospects looked bleak. However, a miraculous shift in momentum in the second half saw quarterback Jones hitting 15 out of 19 passes and making significant ground runs. Saquon Barkley’s notable efforts helped narrow the deficit, though his subsequent injury darkened the Giants’ victory. With Barkley potentially out for a few weeks, all eyes are on Matt Breida to step up. On the Arizona Cardinals‘ side, Joshua Dobbs delivered a commendable performance, throwing for 228 yards and accounting for two touchdowns.


Cowboys 30 – Jets 10

In the shadow of Aaron Rodgers’ unfortunate injury, the New York Jets were under pressure to make a statement. Zach Wilson was tasked with proving the Jets’ ability to compete with the top-tier teams. The Dallas Cowboys, however, had other plans. Wilson showcased his potential with a spectacular 68-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson. But post that moment of brilliance, the Jets faltered, amassing only 62 net yards in the latter half and giving away the ball multiple times. While Dalvin Cook’s fumble dampened spirits, Wilson’s interception was the nail in the coffin. Wilson’s final stats read a disappointing 12-of-27 for 170 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. Amid the turmoil, there’s a clarion call for the Jets to sign a backup quarterback as an insurance policy or perhaps a challenger for Wilson.

Contrarily, the Cowboys were in sublime form. Dak Prescott, with his 31-of-38 for 255 yards and two touchdowns, steered the team with dexterity. CeeDee Lamb was the standout receiver, raking in 11 receptions for 143 yards. Though Tony Pollard struggled with 72 yards on 25 carries, he compensated with seven catches for an additional 37 yards. The Jets’ defense did have a shining moment, preventing Pollard’s advances near their 5-yard line.

While Garrett Wilson was the Jets’ offensive highlight due to his touchdown, the rest of the receiving corps left much to be desired. Tyler Conklin, with his 5-50 stat line, was the only Jet besides Wilson to go beyond 23 receiving yards.


Miami DolphinsDolphins 24 – Patriots 17

Tua Tagovailoa’s record against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots remained unblemished, moving to 5-0 after this encounter. Belichick’s preparation was evident, but the Patriots’ offensive line struggles sabotaged their chances. Mac Jones faced relentless pressure, leading to a lackluster offensive performance for New England. Interestingly, Rhamondre Stevenson, who was expected to make an impact, remained largely unused till the second half. By then, the Miami Dolphins had already surged to a 14-point lead.

Tagovailoa’s sharp and quick passing was a headache for the Patriots, going 21-of-30 with 249 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. While Tyreek Hill couldn’t replicate his dominant performance from the previous week, he still made a mark with a touchdown. Jaylen Waddle led the Dolphins’ receiving with 4 receptions for 86 yards. The ground game was where the Dolphins truly shone, with Raheem Mostert rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Patriots, Mac Jones’ second-half resurgence couldn’t salvage the game, but it did give him a respectable stat line. DeVante Parker led the Patriots in receptions, closely followed by Hunter Henry who managed to find the end zone. Kendrick Bourne, despite being the most targeted receiver, had limited success, failing to connect on deep throws from Jones.