NFL Week 2 overreactions and reality checks: Giants NFC East contenders, Kyler Murray silences the haters – CBS Sports

NFL Week 2 overreactions and reality checks: Giants NFC East contenders, Kyler Murray silences the haters - CBS Sports

What a crazy Week 2 the NFL provided, starting with two teams (Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals) completing a 20-point comeback in the same week for the first time in NFL history. Teams have lost 2,331 straight games after trailing by more than 13 points in the final two minutes (including playoffs) — before the New York Jets shocked the Cleveland Browns.

Not only have four teams overcome 10-point deficits to win in Week 2, there have been 12 games decided by three points or less this season — the most such games through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history.

While Sunday’s slate was unpredictable and full of incredible comebacks, there were plenty of overreactions that need to be addressed across the league after this wild set of games. These are the best reactions from each game in Week 2, and whether these storylines are overreactions or reality.

Amon-Ra St. Brown is a top-10 receiver in the NFL right now

Reality overreaction: Reality

St. Brown just tied the NFL record with his eighth consecutive game with eight-plus receptions, tying Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas for the all-time mark. He is the only player in NFL history to have six straight games with eight-plus receptions and a receiving touchdown.

All over the field in Sunday’s win against Washington, St. Brown finished with nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns – while also rushing twice for 68 yards (leading the lions in a rush). Beginning in Week 12 of the 2021 season, St. Brown has 72 catches for 766 yards and eight receiving touchdowns (eight games) – all in the league’s top five.

St. Brown is a top-10 receiver in this league, and the Lions have three straight games of 30-plus points for the first time since 1997 as a result.

The cowboys can contend for the NFC East title with Cooper Rush holding down the fort

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Dallas showed how good its defense is, giving the Cowboys a chance to be in every game because of a unit that gets after the quarterback and forces mistakes. Can this formula lead Rush to two wins?

Rush played well in Sunday’s upset over the Bengals, going 19 of 31 for 235 yards and a touchdown (95.5 rating). He was able to find CeeDee Lamb seven times and connected with Noah Brown for 91 yards and a touchdown. However, the Cowboys’ offense was anemic in the second half, running 24 plays for 110 yards (4.58 yards per game on five possessions).

Rush did lead the Cowboys to the game-winning field goal and complete the upset, but the inconsistent offense is a concern. Perhaps the Bengals have made the adjustments that other teams will copy in the following weeks.

The Giants are NFC East contenders

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Give New York plenty of credit for its first 2-0 start since 2016, but a win over a good team is needed to make this a reality. Is the Titans are good or not to be determined (although the Giants deserve a lot of credit for the impressive road win) and the panthers is becoming one of the worst teams in the league — again.

The Giants struggled offensively for three quarters and there didn’t seem to be much faith in Daniel Jones among the coaching staff. That changed in the fourth quarter, when the Giants called his number to run for the first down and seal the win against Carolina.

New York’s defense was impressive in both games — without Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari. The first test for the Giants will be next week against Dallas, which may be the time to revisit this one.

Right now, the Giants lead the NFC East.

Frank Reich is on the hot seat

Overreaction or reality: Reality

The foals looked pathetic in Sunday’s shutout loss to the Jaguars, going just 2 of 10 on third down and gaining 218 yards of offense. Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and looked over the hill against an aggressive Jaguars front that abused the Colts’ offensive line and finished with five sacks.

Indianapolis was 0-for-2 in the red zone and finished with three turnovers, not exactly the offense the Colts thought they were getting when they dumped Carson Wentz for Ryan.

The Colts, who were expected to dominate the AFC South this season, now have a loss to Jacksonville and a tie against Houston. That is unforgivable.

Garrett Wilson is the best receiver in his draft class

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Wilson had his breakout performance in the NFL on Sunday, finishing with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ crazy comeback win over the Browns. He is the first rookie in Jets history with 100 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a game — accomplishing the feat in just his second career game.

Wilson also caught the game-winning touchdown pass that capped the Jet comeback with 22 seconds left. He was a key target for Joe Flacco in the early going, playing a huge role in why the Jets’ passing offense made plays in the first two games.

It’s too soon to crown Wilson with what Jahan Dotson is doing in Washington and Drake London is doing in Atlanta. Wilson is a really good football player, though, a potential game changer at his position.

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Winston is reportedly playing with four fractures in his back and is playing in a lot of pain. The back injury is clearly hampering his effectiveness, as Winston threw three interceptions in Sunday’s loss against the. pirates — including a pick six that put the Saints in a 17-point hole they didn’t overcome.

Getting fired six times didn’t help either. New Orleans has a quality backup quarterback in Andy Dalton who can relieve Winston for a few weeks while his back heals. This is an injury not worth aggravating early in a 17-game season. The Saints can survive a few weeks without Winston while he recovers — especially with that defense.

The Patriots can’t make the playoffs with his offensive approach

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Credit the Patriots for using the four-minute offense to grind out the clock, pounding the football through the heart of the Steelers‘ tenacious defense. Is that sustainable?

New England got the big play it needed from Nelson Agholor to take the halftime lead and a third-quarter touchdown run from Damien Harris to preserve it, yet something felt missing from a Patriots offense that put up 376 yards and went 9 of 17 on third down. down

Against the more explosive offense of the NFL, the Patriots will have to put up more than 17 points. New England is averaging just 12 points per game through two weeks, far from good enough to compete with the mighty AFC.

The Patriots bought a little more time with a win, but this offense just isn’t doing enough.

Rams experiencing a Super Bowl hangover

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Through two games, it’s still too early to tell. Los Angeles built a 28-3 lead over Atlanta, but needed a late defensive stop to end the. Falcons crazy comeback attempt. Atlanta scored the final 17 points of the game to only trail by four and had a chance to take a fourth quarter lead. That’s very un-Rams like under Sean McVay, who normally cruises when having a big halftime lead.

Los Angeles faces a resilient Arizona team next Sunday, a good test after having a “correct” game against the Falcons.

Overreaction or reality: Reality

This is easy, given the success Garoppolo had with the 49ers — even though he was the quarterback nobody wanted when San Francisco named Trey Lance the starting quarterback. With Lance out for the season, this team belongs to Garoppolo in what is expected to be his final season in San Francisco.

Garoppolo didn’t miss a beat filling in for Lance, running the game and opening up the passing game (especially with Brandon Aiyuk). The 49ers have been in the NFC Championship Game two times in the last three years under Garoppolo, so there’s quite a sample size they’ll be in the mix in January.

The Lance injury is unfortunate, but the 49ers are lucky no one wanted Garoppolo. They will compete for the division title with him leading the way once again.

Nathaniel Hackett is out of his realm as a head coach

Overreaction or reality: Reality

Denver fans were already scratching their heads at Hackett after his gaffe that led to a Week 1 loss. Things did not improve in an unconvincing victory over the Texans.

The Broncos had four plays inside the Texans’ 2-yard line in Sunday’s win, throwing the ball all four times and not completing a pass. Javonte Williams nor Melvin Gordon got the ball once in those situations.

Hackett’s game management is terrible, taking too long to make decisions which led to delay of game penalties. At one point, the fans counted down the game clock for him — while Denver had the ball! Denver also used all three of its timeouts with 7:38 remaining in the game, another example of poor management as a head coach.

Hackett should improve as the season goes on, but this is such a questionable coach to lead a team that is better than it is playing.

Kyler Murray is worth the contract he is getting

Overreaction or reality: Reality

There is zero reason to doubt Murray after Sunday’s incredible comeback against the raiderswhich was the Cardinals’ biggest comeback win since 1999. This all came from the play of Murray, who had 252 yards in the second half and overtime to bring the Cardinals back, tallying two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and running and throwing for a two-point conversion (both of which came in the fourth quarter).

Murray became a video game character in the second half, willing a dormant Cardinals offense into overtime — setting the stage for the defense to steal the win. If it weren’t for Murray, the Cardinals would be 0-2 and have more questions about an offseason that was an abject disaster.

The Cardinals paid Murray to have him on their roster and compete for wins. Sunday’s return showed why.

The Crows can go deep in the playoffs with Lamar Jackson playing this well

Overreaction or reality: overreaction

Jackson is off to an incredible start to the season, throwing for six touchdowns and having a 120.1 passer rating. He also leads the Ravens with 136 yards and 9.1 yards per carry.

As well as Jackson is playing, the Ravens are 1-1 because they don’t have a running back who can take the pressure off Jackson while JK Dobbins is out — and the secondary couldn’t stop the Dolphins’ speed of Tyreek Hill. and Jaylen Waddle.

The Ravens cannot rely on Jackson’s athleticism and incredible playmaking to win football games all season long. The defense needs to maintain leads and the running game needs to help Jackson. Dobbins’ return should be a major boost in the coming weeks.

The packers it will be fine

Overreaction or reality: Reality

The NFC North just isn’t a good division — and the Bears is a perfect cure for any team’s problems. The Lions and vikings looks better, but the packers still have aaron rodgers and aaron jones to pace the offense and make sure they stay atop the nfc north.

Green Bay’s defense has the makings of a very good unit, as evidenced by the 228 yards and 48 net passing yards they held the Bears to Sunday night. The Packers have proven that they are not starting the season strong, but are still one of the best teams in the NFC.

The Packers have the best quarterback in the division, who is the two-time defending MVP. A win against Tampa Bay next week could set the stage for another big season.

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