NFL scores and more, week 2 2022: 32 things we learned
The 32 things we learned from Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season:
1. You don’t think Tua Tagovailoa wants to hit deep on the pitch? All he did was throw four fourth-quarter touchdown passes — including a 48-yard and 60-yard one to WR Tyreek Hill — on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, bringing the Miami Dolphins back from a 35-yard deficit. 14 to an unlikely 42-38 triumph.
2. Tagovailoa (469 yards) joined Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Dan Marino as the only Dolphins to throw for six touchdowns in a game.
3. More importantly, Tua and his team got off to a 2-0 start, something his most famous first-round teammates of 2020, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, can’t claim.
4. It’s generally not a good idea to try to “take receipts” from the New York media, but that’s the route Jets coach Robert Saleh took last week following the loss without inspiration from his team in Week 1 against Baltimore. Looks like the NYJ coach will reap his share of the discount this week after his team shocked the Browns 31-30 in Cleveland, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the final 82 seconds to complete the comeback.
5. Saleh also began to see returns from his vaunted rookie class, first-round WR Garrett Wilson (8 catches, 102 yards, 2 TDs) and second-round RB Breece Hall (60 total yards, TD) both with great afternoons.
6. Interim Jets QB1 Joe Flacco (307 passing yards, 4 TDs) improved to 18-3 all-time against the Browns.
seven. The Browns fell to 0-1 with that ridiculous new Keebler-looking elf logo in midfield… but hopefully “Brownie” handed out some delicious Fudge Stripes after the game.
8. Also, no chance of QB Jimmy Garoppolo coming into that Cleveland locker room in 2022 now that San Francisco 49ers starter Trey Lance is out for the season.
9. Lance will be officially credited with Sunday’s 27-7 beating victory over the Seattle Seahawks. But what a personal disaster for the No. 3 pick in the 2021 Draft, who was hauled off the field in the first quarter with a cast on his fractured right ankle — an operation that will require season-ending surgery.
ten. As for the “Faithful,” at least it’s no small consolation to know that Jimmy G has taken this team to at least the NFC title game in two of the last three seasons. And given how relatively thin this year’s NFC field looks, there’s no reason to believe the 49ers aren’t always Super Bowl caliber.
11. However, now it is the Niners who will suddenly enter the quarterback market. On Sunday, Garoppolo gave them the best save situation in the league. Now that’s been overturned, with the only other passer on the list being rookie Brock Purdy, the “Mr. Irrelevant” as the 262nd and final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
12. Continuing the comeback theme, Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals couldn’t hit the sand from a buggy in Las Vegas, trailing the Raiders 20-0 in the third quarter. But the Cards came back all the way for a 29-23 triumph thanks to Murray’s improvisational heroism and CB Byron Murphy Jr.’s 59-yard touchdown on a Hunter Renfrow fumble in overtime.
12a. But the game of the match was Murray’s successful run on a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 23-15. Murray actually ran for nearly 85 deflected yards in nearly 21 seconds … on an untimed timeout.
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13. The wins for Arizona and Miami marked the first time in NFL history that two teams overcame halftime deficits of at least 20 points on the same day.
13a. There have already been 12 games decided by three runs or less this season, the most after two weeks of play in league history.
14. In the first game after the Russell Wilson era, Seattle’s offense mustered two touchdowns. On Sunday, he posted none (and all of 216 yards).
14a. Meanwhile, Wilson was booed vigorously for the second game in a row – although Sunday’s serenade was far more shocking from a Broncos fanbase who had been hyped by his arrival this offseason. Wilson was 14 of 31 for 219 yards with a TD and an INT while throwing to a depleted receiving corps of most of his notable players except WR Courtland Sutton. But Denver cruised to a 16-9 win over the Houston Texans despite Wilson struggling, 13 more Broncos penalties, an unfortunate play in the red zone … and the crowd counting down because it was apparently too much for the crowd. attack from rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett. to keep track.
15. Was there ever any doubt that Dallas Cowboys QB2 Cooper Rush would improve his career record to 2-0 by beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in his first start in place of temporarily injured starter Dak Prescott? Was here? Beep my good friend, the pessimistic Jarrett Bell 😉
16. The Cowboys were the only team in the league not to score a touchdown in Week 1, but they did score twice against Cincinnati.
17. However, the story for this Dallas team on Sunday — as it can be all season — was a defense that limited defending champions AFC to 17 points (one TD) and 254 yards while sacking QB. Joe Burrow six times.
18. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped their seven-game regular-season losing streak against the New Orleans Saints, not that QB Tom Brady will get much consolation. Although the Bucs are 2-0, the Brady-led offense has only had two total touchdowns this season, and the GOAT has spent almost as much time yelling at teammates as the Saints.
19. Speaking of which – even though former DB Saints chatterbox CJ Gardner-Johnson is now in Philadelphia – TB12 and Co. has always had the ear of the Saints, with the teams even trading blows as Pro Bowlers Mike Evans ( Tampa Bay) and Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans) were ejected and could face additional discipline.
20. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was eventually beaten by Tagovailoa — he can largely thank his defense for that — but made more history on Sunday. Jackson became the first player in league history to run and pass for touchdowns of at least 75 yards in the same game. His 119 rushing yards also marked the 11th time in his career he had reached the mark of the century, a record among quarterbacks.
21. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, respectively, although neither is staying with their original team. Goff (256 passing yards, 4 TDs) got the better of Wentz and the Commanders, going 2-1 against the man he also beat in the draft six years ago.
22. Goff has had a lot of help from a young man who is becoming one of the best receivers in the league. Amon-Ra St. Brown led Detroit with 68 rushing yards, which was the icing on the cake on a day of nine catches, 116 yards and two touchdowns. It was St. Brown’s sixth straight game with at least eight catches and a TD, a feat not achieved in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
23. Lions DE Aidan Hutchinson made hay early in the Defensive Rookie of the Year race, giving up Wentz for three sacks in the first half.
24. Did you really think the Patriots were going to lose to the Steelers? Since Bill Belichick came to New England, the Pats are 13-4 against Pittsburgh.
24a. Did you really think the Patriots were going to lose to the Steelers? Since Bill Belichick arrived in New England, the Pats haven’t started 0-2 since 2001…that was before Brady became their starting QB.
25. It’s hard to explain the Jacksonville Jaguars’ recent dominance over the AFC South rivals Indianapolis Colts … and yet Sunday was the third time the Jags shut out the Colts in the last six seasons.
26. Indy has lost its last eight trips to Jacksonville.
27. If you were starting Rams WR Brandon Powell on your fantasy team, you were already in trouble. But if you did, you ate minus-26 rushing yards after intentionally taking a safety as the Rams desperately outlasted the Falcons, 31-27, a game the champions led 28-3 (yeah) in the second period.
28. If you started the highly touted Atlanta TE Kyle Pitts on your fantasy team… welp, he had two catches for 19 yards — exactly replicating his Week 1 production.
29. A body slam (Chargers S Derwin James over Chiefs TE Travis Kelce), a gutsy performance (Herbert), a script-bending 99-yard pick-six (Chiefs CB Jaylen Watson) and overall brilliance from Patrick Mahomes? If Thursday night’s Chiefs-Chargers upset was any indication of how this year’s AFC West brawls will unfold…as Bart Scott would say, “I can’t wait.”
30. That said, as much an avid analytic as Bolts coach Brandon Staley is very limited in exposing Herbert (fractured rib cartilage) to further injury – even though the sophomore star’s tenacity brought the final score closer after having put on two perfect throws, including a 7-yard TD pass, on Los Angeles’ last drive.
31.Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule got off to a 0-2 start for the second time in three seasons. On the bright side, Nebraska and Arizona State jobs are already open.
32. Always the first-class organization, the Ravens did a terrific job honoring the memory of former players Tony Siragusa and Jaylon Ferguson on Sunday. Both men died in June. A helmet sticker was worn to commemorate them, and several of Siragusa’s teammates from first Championship club Baltimore (2000) emerged from the team’s tunnel in his No. 98 jersey.
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