Jake Morgan’s NFL Weekly Rundown: Week 2

Jake Morgan, Sports Editor

This is a series by Sports Editor Jake Morgan providing quick recaps of all the games you might’ve missed each week.


Thursday Night Game:


Browns vs Bengals: Thursday night’s game was a battle of cellar-dwellers, as the Browns came out on top 35-30. The rushing game for Cleveland was lethal against a subpar Cincinnati defense, as both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt found the end zone. After a mediocre Week one, Chubb was able to return to old form as he rushed for 124 yards and two scores. The Cleveland defense pounced on coveted rookie Joe Burrow throughout the game as they ended up sacking him three times en route to the win. 


Noon games:


Lions vs Packers: The Packers played host to the Lions on Sunday, and after going down 14-3 early, Aaron Jones decided he was going to put the team on his back. Jones found the end zone three times and had an insane 9.3 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, it appeared to be the same old Lions. Last week we saw them blow a 23-6 lead to the Bears, and this week it was the early 14-3 lead to the Packers. Without star wide receiver Kenny Golladay, Detroit had to lean on some of their young guns to try and beat the Packers. Tight end TJ Hockenson led the team in receiving with 62 yards on four receptions while their 2020 second-round pick RB Deandre Swift,  had an abysmal five carries for 12 yards. 


Bears vs Giants: An early trend is beginning to show with this Chicago Bears team as they pulled off yet another nail-biter, this time against the New York Giants. The Bears quickly got off to a 17-0 before halftime, but couldn’t find the end zone in the second; rather, the roles seemed to flip. Without star running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants were able to get within four with under a minute left, and led a pretty impressive drive to about the Bears ten-yard line before an offensive pass interference call on Golden Tate ended the game. 


Vikings vs Colts: One of the more surprising wins of this week was the Colts dismantling the Vikings 28-11. Both coming off of disappointing losses, so there were a lot of questions surrounding these two teams. The Colts answered by absolutely tearing up the Vikings defense, almost as if there wasn’t one on the field. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor ran straight through Minnesota’s defense en route to an impressive 101 yards on the ground. Not much to say on offense for the Vikings, as quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for only 113 yards with an awful three interceptions.


Cowboys vs Falcons: Cowboys gonna Cowboys… or are they? One of the craziest games of the Sunday slate saw Dallas pull off a miraculous comeback against Atlanta, 40-39. After being down 29-10 at halftime, the Cowboys finally decided to play football, and boy did they ever. After scoring 14 points unanswered points in the third quarter, this game came down to the wire as the Cowboys were able to secure an onside kick with just under two minutes left and set up a game-winning field goal for Greg ‘the leg’ Zuerlein.  Quarterback Dak Prescott proved the haters wrong with three(!) rushing touchdowns in the second half alone. He finished with a league-best 450 passing yards to go along with a passing touchdown.


Eagles vs Rams: This game saw its ups and downs with the Rams pulling off a 37-19 win. But the score doesn’t exactly reflect what happened. The Eagles were able to get within five in the fourth quarter, but a pair of late touchdowns from Tyler Higbee and Darrel Henderson put LA on top for good. Quarterback Jared Goff looked like a new player, throwing for 267 yards and three scores as the Rams now improve to 2-0 and look like the NFC East beaters with wins coming against both the Cowboys and now the Eagles. 


Bills vs Dolphins: It was the Josh Allen show once again this Sunday, as it looked like there was no Dolphins defense on the field. The third-year quarterback out of Wyoming threw for 415 yards, good for second best in the league, to go along with four touchdowns. Allen once again reached another milestone with his first-ever 400-yard game coming after his first-ever 300-yard game in week one. Allen looked like a star in the making as the Bills edged the Dolphins 31-28. 


Buccaneers vs Panthers: After a disappointing Week one, Tampa Bay rebounded with a convincing win over Carolina, 31-17. It was newly acquired running back Leonard Fournette who stole the show on Sunday. Many doubted the usage he would receive, especially behind younger running back Ronald Jones, but it appeared he all but locked up the starting job after this week. He finished with 103 rushing yards, including this game-clinching 46-yard scamper to secure the victory. As far as the Panthers go, it was quite a different story. They lost their best player in Christian Mccaffrey early in the game which made it hard to come back, and early news suggested he could be out for four-six weeks.


49ers vs Jets: The 49ers traveled to New York to take on the Jets on Sunday, and put a beat down on them 31-13. However, the injury bug struck the Niners, as they lost three of their top players. Both defensive tackles (Nick Bosa and Soloman Hill) had to be carted off the field with apparent left knee injuries. On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman all left the game due to injuries. San Francisco was still able to pull out the win as tight end Jordan Reed caught two touchdown passes. 


Steelers vs Broncos: Big Ben is back and so are the Steelers, as they beat the banged-up Broncos 26-21 on Sunday. The score doesn’t really do the Steelers justice, as they were 17-3 at halftime and merely dominated the game except for a late scare by the Broncos. Ben Roethlisberger looked phenomenal in his second start coming back from last year’s injury, as he threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns. The story of the game however was Denver’s second-year quarterback Drew Lock, leaving the game early with a shoulder injury. It is unsure how long he will be out. 


Titans vs Jaguars: The Tennessee Titans hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend as both offenses were sharp, but a late field goal sealed the deal for the Titans, 33-30. The story of the game was not the Titans, however. It appeared that the Jaguars, who are supposed to be #tankingfortrevor, are, in fact, not. Everyone’s favorite quarterback, Gardner Minshew, was spectacular, throwing for over 330 yards and three

TDs. New-found running back James Robinson seemed to be filling the shoes of recently released Leonard Fournette just fine, as he scampered for 102 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes. Although they lost, it’ll be interesting to see how the Jaguars play, as it seems they don’t like the “worst team in the league” narrative very much.


Afternoon games:


Chiefs vs Chargers: Never count out Patrick Mahomes, ever. This was the case yet again on Sunday as the reigning world champs pulled off an insane come-from-behind victory against the LA Chargers. The hero of the game? Kicker Harrison Butker. Butker made an impressive three field goals including this 58-yard bomb to win it in overtime. But you have to give credit where credit is due, Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert played phenomenally. He threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, which is not bad for when you’re told you’re starting the game two minutes before kick-off.


Washington vs Cardinals: The Cardinals blew by Washington in convincing fashion with a 30-15 win on Sunday. It was the Kyler Murray show as he, once again, showed why he is an up and coming superstar. He threw for over 280 yards and put his speed on display with 87 yards on the ground to go with two rushing touchdowns. Star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins had himself a nice day as well, hauling in eight receptions for 68 yards and a score. 


Ravens vs Texans: In a battle of superstar quarterbacks, we saw last year’s MVP, Lamar Jackson, come on top 33-16. This was one of the promising games of Sunday’s slate but ended up being a lopsided victory for Baltimore. If the game showed us one thing, however, it was that the Texans miss wide receiver Deandre Hopkins. Although Deshaun Watson threw for over 270 yards, Houston was lacking that go-to guy that was Hopkins. His game-changing grabs were something that made the Texans look lethal last year, and now without him, they look like a different team. A rather easy win for MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.


Sunday Night Game:


Seahawks vs Patriots: It was the battle of legendary coaches between Seattle and New England last night, as Pete Carroll and the Seahawks were able to pull out a last-second win against Bill Belichek’s Patriots, 35-30. Russell Wilson, once again, put up unreal numbers as he threw for five touchdowns. He now sits alone on top of the MVP rankings after last night’s performance. However, it was Seattle’s defense who closed out the game last night. With the Patriots at the one-yard line with three seconds to go, it was the second-year defensive end L.J. Collier, who tackled Cam Newton (not Tom Brady) on the final play of the game to ensure the Seahawk victory.  


Monday Night Game:

Saints vs Raiders: The Saints rode into the newly-made Allegiant Stadium after a massive Week one win against Tom Brady and the Bucs. However, it was the duo of Derrick Carr and Darren Waller that shredded the Saints secondary to a 34-24 win. Carr threw for three touchdown passes as Waller was on the receiving end of one of them. They both combined for nearly 400 yards of total offense as Waller went for 105 of the 286 yards that Carr through. Overall, a surprising yet dominating win by the black and silver.