NFL Quick Hits: Week Two
They're starting to drop like flies out there...
This happens every year, it's always just a matter of who. We get through week one, all excited for the new season, and then in week two, notable injuries start to pile up.
In this case, two quarterbacks who will definitely be in Canton one day, but we'll get to that soon...
With my predictions for this week, I ended up getting almost the same exact correct-incorrect total as I did in week one (12-4 in week two, 12-3-1 in week one)
Here's the roundup of week two:
Offensive Player of the Week: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Came verrrrry close to picking Lamar Jackson (272 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 16 carries for 120 rushing yards) for a second consecutive week, but since Mahomes and Jackson are neck and neck, I decided to go with the change of pace pick.
What can be said that hasn't already been said about Mahomes? On Sunday, I looked at Mahomes' stat line and saw that he had 313 yards and 4 touchdowns. I thought, "Well hot dang, Pat's at it again!"
Then I noticed..... the game was at halftime. Those were his halftime stats.
He had more than 270 yards passing in the SECOND QUARTER.
He finished with 400+ yards and those four scores.
It's Pat Mahomes' world, we're just living in it and bowing to his greatness.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jamie Collins, LB, New England Patriots
It's pretty easy for a defense to look dominant against the Miami Dolphins so far this year, but you have to give the Pats credit.
Jamie Collins grabbed two picks and he also notched half a sack against the Phins. Overall, I really like the Pats' defensive athleticism I really feel like this is their most talented since the early-to-mid 2000s.
Loser of the Week: Saints, Steelers, and Jets Quarterback Situations
Three separate teams, three brand-new predicaments at the most important position.
The Saints and Steelers are losing their consistently dependable Hall of Fame quarterbacks to injury. Drew Brees' prognosis is the better of the two after tearing a ligament in his hand against the Rams. He's set to miss six weeks, with once promising Teddy Bridgewater set to take over.
Ben Roethlisberger's season is effectively over after injuring his throwing elbow against the Seahawks. Now it's the Mason Rudolph show, who was fairly decent when he filled in on Sunday.
However, both teams' offenses were sputtering even with their all-time great quarterbacks, so its interesting to see how this will play out.
The Jets are now on their third-string quarterback, with Sam Darnold having mono and Trevor Siemian getting injured vs. the Browns. Luke Falk is filling in now, but there is hope on the horizon with news that Sam Darnold could be back as soon as week 5.
Rookie of the Week: Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Honestly this week was not as statistically strong for rookies as week one. I'll go with Kyler Murray though. It was good news/bad news for Murray, having just shy of 350 yards through the air, but also had no touchdowns.
Still, his team kept it within a touchdown of victory against a hot Ravens team.
Best Uni Matchup of the Week: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
It may have been an extremely one-sided games, but man did it look good. The Pats have solid unis, but the real star was the Dolphins throwback threads. Those two sets just mesh.
Seriously, is there anyone who would be opposed to switching to those throwbacks full-time? Their normal uniforms aren't doing anyone favors.
Also honorable mentions for some classic matchups that always look good: Chiefs vs. Raiders, Packers vs. Vikings, Cowboys vs. Redskins.
Most Barf-y Uni Matchup of the Week: Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
Those black Jets uniforms, Yeesh.
Those uniforms feel kind of dated back to the early 2010s when it seemed like every professional sports team had a "black for black sake" uniform in their rotation, no matter if it made sense or not.
Mix that with the Browns' uniforms and it just kind of looks like garbage. At least it matched the Jets' performance on Monday night.