Spectacular returns, frustrations and returns to ownership
The surprises don’t stop at the start of the 2022 NFL season and, in fact, they will continue for the rest of the campaign, although the quota will drop week by week as the 32 teams return to their respective rhythms. and will reach (or fall to) their actual level.
So far, the New York Giants have won again and, come hell or high water, are 2-0, while on the other side of the coin disappointment is starting to creep in, as is the case of the Indianapolis Colts, who are still without a victory after being shut out by a few Jacksonville Jaguars who seem to have taken the measure well.
Week 2 offered several comebacks, some materialized, such as those made by the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, both on the road, while others remained in attempts.
Here’s a look at five highlights from another crazy day in the NFL.
Miami 42, Baltimore 38
This attack promised explosiveness and Tua Tagovailoa fulfilled his promise by giving the best game of his short career in the NFL and not only, doing it on the road and at the home of some Baltimore Ravens who historically have a historically competent defence.
Tua broke through with six touchdowns and 469 yards through the air after completing 36 of 50 passes; He also had two interceptions, which can be normal when you’re passing so many times, but the quarterback made up for his mistakes with a brilliant performance that catapulted the Dolphins to a comeback three times after dropping 21 points, the last in start of the fourth trimester. .
Tagovailoa relied on his two most explosive weapons, Tyreek Hill (11 rec, 190 yards, 2 TDs) and Jaylen Waddle (11 rec, 171 yards, 2 TDs) to make what many imagined this offense a reality. Hill and Waddle became just the fourth receiving pairing in NFL history to have 150 or more receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Accomplishing all of the above in Baltimore undoubtedly raises expectations for what the Dolphins can do this season, but seeing an explosive Tua won’t be the norm, even though coach Mike McDaniel and his team already know what it’s about. capable his attack when set.
It’s worth remembering that the defense has allowed 31 points and two touchdowns on plays over 75 yards and in Week 3 they will face the Buffalo Bills offense, so caution will be the Dolphins’ best friend.
Dallas 20, Cincinnati 17
Cooper Rush did an effective job in his first game as the Dallas Cowboys’ heart and soul backup Dak Prescott, but once the Cincinnati Bengals had material to suit his style and to his playing tendencies, the Texas offense could only add two field goals, each at the end of each half.
The most valuable lesson from Dallas’ victory is that even though the Bengals’ offensive line has serious protection issues, the defense can carry the Cowboys during Prescott’s injury absence, especially with a relentless Micah Parsons. The sophomore linebacker has been a nightmare for Joe Burrow, adding two sacks and being the protagonist of the constant pressure the Cincinnati quarterback has been under.
San Francisco 27, Seattle 7
An injury is the last reason a player wants to step onto the court, but the reality is cold and after Trey Lance broke his ankle in the game against the Seattle Seahawks, it will be Jimmy Garoppolo who will help the San Francisco 49ers to meet expectations in 2022.
It was obvious the Seahawks weren’t ready to see Garoppolo on the field, which showed when the 49ers’ No. 10 ran to 17 points in the first half to put San Francisco up 20 -0 (Lance set up the first objective field), but once they adjusted, the Gambusinos attack lost momentum and were only able to score late in the game on the run of a meter by Jimmy G.
That sounds cold, but the reality seems to be that the 49ers are more NFC title contenders with Garoppolo leading their offense than they are with Lance.
Tampa Bay 20, New Orleans 10
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady shrugged off the dominance of the New Orleans Saints in the regular season, but that win was more down to home team mistakes than Bucs merits.
At various points in the game, the Saints offensive line won the battle at the line of scrimmage opening holes for solid gains in the run game and on the other side of the ball the pressure on Brady was constant until in combat. and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans and Saints cornerback Marshawn Lattimore were ejected, and New Orleans lost its compass and started shooting itself in the foot.
In what was a solid and physically demanding defensive game, the Saints missed the chance to beat the Buccaneers again with five turnovers in their last six offensive drives, all in the second half, including an interception returned to Jameis Winston for penalties. affected.
Winston had three total interceptions and the Buccaneers scored 17 points on the Saints’ takeout.
Denver 16, Houston 9
Russell Wilson is far from the quarterback the Denver Broncos expect.
It’s a reality that the Houston Texans aren’t the weak team they were in 2021, but, on paper, this meeting seemed comfortable for Wilson and the Broncos, in their home presentation, to start regaining their pace and level after their surprise loss in Week 1.
It wasn’t like that, and despite Denver’s offense losing receiver Jerry Jeudy to injury, Wilson doesn’t seem to feel comfortable in the pocket; he looks impatient and ready to run at all times, which affects his shooting mechanics by not being well planted while doing so. In fact, the quarterback completed half of his passes and before throwing the one that put Denver on track with 12:37 left, at various points in the game he had completed 3 of 11, 6 of 20. and 10 out of 24 before it happened. .
Wilson needs to trust his offensive line and he needs to give his passer reason to trust him and quickly.
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