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What We Learned From Week 2 of the N.F.L. Season


Jets 31, Browns 30: Cleveland surrendered 4 touchdowns — two of which got here in the sport’s final 90 seconds — to a Joe Flacco-led team and that’s going to prompt a latest level of angst amongst Browns fans. First Flacco found Corey Davis down the proper sideline for a 66-yard rating on a broken coverage. The Jets then recovered the onside kick, and went on a 9-play march that ended with a 15-yard touchdown connection over the center between Flacco and rookie Garrett Wilson.

Patriots 17, Steelers 14: It’s one thing to have a defensive battle; it’s one other thing to have two offenses trade punts like a bottom-tier Big Ten game. Latest England’s offense clawed their solution to 17 points, thanks partially to a muffed punt within the third quarter that led to a fast touchdown run from Damien Harris. If the Steeler defense hadn’t dropped a few interceptions, things could have gone very in a different way.

Giants 19, Panthers 16: Neither offense gained greater than 5.2 yards per pass, Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield accomplished lower than half of his 29 passes, and the 2 teams combined for 13 penalties. It was an unpleasant game of slow-building drives that sometimes led to field goals. The Giants got here away with a 2-0 begin to the season and Matt Rhule will probably want to get his LinkedIn profile together.

Buccaneers 20, Saints 10: After a sloppy Week 1, Dennis Allen’s Saints defense got here out swinging against the Bucs, a typical occurrence since Tom Brady showed up in Tampa Bay. Tied 3-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the sport turned on a fight between Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Bucs receiver Mike Evans that resulted in each being ejected. Brady found Breshad Perriman for a touchdown on the following drive and Jameis Winston threw three picks, including a fourth quarter pick-6.

Lions 36, Commanders 27: The roar is being restored. Not only did the Lions keep on with their grind-it-out style on offense, but Detroit got here away with a couple of special plays. Amon-Ra St. Brown ripped off a 58-yard run on a jet sweep, No. 2 pick Aidan Hutchinson had his breakout game with three sacks, and even Jared Goff made a troublesome throw under pressure within the red zone to seek out St. Brown for a rating.

Jaguars 24, Colts 0: Trevor Lawrence has a latest coach in Doug Pederson and a couple of latest teammates to throw to, and he used them each to dominate the Colts. A No. 1 overall pick in 2021, Lawrence was just as effective on intermediate and deep passes as he was taking the short underneath options, showing crucial development in his second season. His near-perfect stat line (25 of 30 passing, 235 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) could have improved if Jamal Agnew had not dropped a would-be touchdown on a deep crossing route late within the second quarter, but here’s a guess that Jacksonville won’t quibble about it.

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