Week 2 in the NFL was just as exciting as week 1, perhaps even crazier. We saw countless pivotal field goals missed, huge comebacks and even an unceremonious halftime retirement. All that and more will be discussed in this week’s review of the NFL.
Vontae Davis hangs up his cleats
The wildest story of the week comes straight out of the locker room. In the Bills’ 31-20 loss to the Chargers, Davis retired at half-time.
Vontae Davis, one year, $5 million. Ryan Fitzpatrick, one year, $3.3 million.
— Jerry Sullivan (@ByJerrySullivan) September 17, 2018
In a statement following the game, he said that he did not wish to offend any of his teammates or the coaching staff but felt that he, “shouldn’t be out there anymore.” He went on to state that he feels he cannot play the game at the high level he used to, “mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know today that isn’t possible.”
Field goal failures
Week 2 was horrific for many kickers across the league. Take the Cleveland Browns for example, Zane Gonzalez had another awful week, missing two of four field goals, including a potentially game-winning PAT with 1 minute 17 seconds to go. The Saints then won the game thanks to a field goal of their own.
The Vikings and Packers played a high-scoring game which led to overtime with the score tied at 29-29. On two separate occasions, Kirk Cousins led the Vikings to field goal range, with Vikings kicker, Daniel Carlson, missing both attempts. The game ended in a tie.
Ex-Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey will be a man in demand as a result of these kickers misfortunes.
FitzMagic is at it again
Ryan Fitzpatrick does it again. Against reigning Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles, ‘FitzMagic’ led his team to a dominant victory.
Connecting on 27 of 33 passes, Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns and amassed 402 passing yards. This was a massive victory for the Bucs, who are now 2-0. It’s not all doom and gloom for the Eagles who saw themselves 1-1 by week 2 last year and then proceeded to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy come February.
Bortles sinks Brady
The Jacksonville Jaguars were absolutely fantastic in their victory over the Patriots. Blake Bortles stole the show in arguably his best performance as a Jag. He threw 4 touchdowns, compiled 377 passing yards and 35 rushing yards.
The Jaguars’ defence were also pivotal in defeating the Patriots, especially their ability to attack Tom Brady, whose biggest weakness is taking hits which throw him off his game.
Patrick Mahomes II was exquisite in his team’s destruction of the Steelers. Throwing 6 touchdowns on the day, Mahomes broke a record becoming the first player to throw 10 touchdowns by week 2 in an NFL season.
We are just getting started..! We are coming home #ChiefsKindom
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) September 16, 2018
He was able to get all of his offensive weapons going in the game, with Travis Kelce grabbing 2 touchdowns, alongside Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, DeMarcus Robinson and Chris Conley who all received one of their own. The Chiefs look to be a playoff contender this year and with Mahomes at the helm, the sky is truly the limit.