There were some amazing Week 2 performances in the NFL, “Chief” among them were: Patrick Mahomes – 6 TD passes, Ryan Fitzpatrick – 402 yards and 4 touchdown passes (for the second straight week), and Blake Bortles doing his best Tom Brady impression against Tom Brady – 377 yards and 4 TD passes.
There were also some not so amazing Week 2 performances in the NFL. Case and point, the Buffalo Bills 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Their home loss Sunday was so bad that veteran cornerback, Vontae Davis RETIRED at halftime! Yup, Davis walked into, and then out of the locker room at the break. He didn’t tell his teammates either who were at a loss for words after the game. Here is his explanation by tweet following the impromptu retirement:
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2018
As for New York’s teams, they both lost too. The Jets could not recreate their mow down in Motown mojo on Sunday, instead losing at home to the Miami Dolphins 20-12. Yes, Sam Darnold looked every bit the 21-year-old rookie at times (two picks), but he also looked every bit the seasoned veteran at other times (throwing for 334 yards). The Jets losing to division rival Miami was not that hard to fathom. Because they couldn’t muster the same defensive pressure they applied on Matthew Stafford opening night, Ryan Tannehill (yes Ryan Tannehill) made them pay. Since anticipation for the home opener was through the roof, this loss was disappointing. Gang Green however ran up 362 yards of offense, was competitive and went down with a fight.
As for the New York Football Giants in Big D, well they got a Big F! I know, I know there is a new regime in town, but the Gettleman/Shurmur Giants look EXACTLY like the Reese/McAdoo Giants. To tell you the truth, they look worse if that’s possible! In their opening week home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars (20-15), they held their own with a team that now looks like the cream of the AFC crop. Sunday night was another matter. The Giants, particularly their vaunted offense, was so bad in the 1st half that they could only muster 79 yards of offense and trailed 10-0. This my friends is where I should have pulled a “Vontae”! When Dave Gettleman was introduced as new general manager, this was the quote that had me fired up: “I am coming here to kick ass”!
Unfortunately it was HIS offense, namely the “Hog Mollies” up front, whose asses were kicked by the Cowboys! The new group HE assigned to protect Eli Manning and his myriad of “weapons”, were horrendous. They could not run block. They could not pass block. They could not open a hole for their franchise running back, nor could they plug a hole to save their quarterback’s life! This was a breakdown right down the line, it wasn’t just Ereck Flowers’ fault this time.
Huge money free agent left tackle Nate Solder, and left guard, Will Hernandez (2nd round draft pick), were really bad too. Sure, the best O-lines in football develop as a group by playing side by side for many games. Though Big Blue’s quartet has had four preseason and two regular season games together, they look as if they just met in the parking lot, then went out to give it a go. Their sorry play however does not absolve Manning’s poor start to the campaign. Gentleman put all of his eggs in Eli’s basket and so far he looks the part of a 37 year-old signal caller on his last legs.
Bottom line is that through two games this Giants offense, with all of its fire power, could not find the end zone with Siri! At 0-2 for the fifth time in six seasons and heading into Houston where Mr.’s Watt, Mercilus, and Clowney will be waiting, the Giants 2018 season is in serious jeopardy of ending before it really begins.
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