Week 2 has now passed and there’s a ton to talk about around the league. Read here for takeaways from week 2 and injury updates provided via RotoWorld.
Week 2 Takeaways
Jets @ Bills
- I wrote here about how this game was a must-win for the Jets, and they played exactly like it.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick played great in this game, spreading the ball out and protecting it as well.
- Matt Forte has been outstanding through two games.
- The Bills are still a mess. If it weren’t for two 70-yard-plus touchdown passes, they would have been blown out in this game.
Cowboys @ Redskins
- Dak Prescott looked much better this week – he found some success throwing the ball in the middle of the field rather than dumping everything off underneath. He still needs to improve in the red zone and throws down field, but he is getting better and that’s all you can hope for as a Cowboys fan.
- Kirk Cousins looks terrible. His stats may show otherwise, but he’s missed a ton of receivers in the first two weeks of the season. There’s already rumblings about his teammates being fed up, and things will get worse in Washington if Cousins stinks it up against the Giants to fall to 0-3 on the season (0-2 in division).
Saints @ Giants
- The Giants’ defense is truly improved, and the $100+ million they spent on it has proven to be money well spent so far.
- The Giants offense has been pretty bad against two weak defenses, and they’re lucky to find themselves at 2-0 this season. They were 0-3 in the red zone against the Saints and lost three fumbles on three consecutive drives.
- The Giants racked up 417 offensive yards and didn’t score a single touchdown with it.
- Sterling Shepard is the real deal, and once Odell Beckham gets in rhythm this offense is going to explode.
Bucs @ Cardinals
- The Bucs got blown out and Jameis Winston was terrible, but how he responds next week will prove to show how good he really is. I don’t think he allows games like this to affect his play, and that’s a big reason why he’s going to be a really good QB in this league for years to come.
- The Cardinals showed how explosive they can be on both sides of the ball. They’re a true Super Bowl contender if Palmer continues to play well and the defense shows up like they did Sunday.
Seahawks @ Rams
- The Seahawks are a mess on offense, and it starts up front. Russell Wilson has been hit 18 times in two games. His high ankle sprain isn’t helping, and he’s not as effective when he’s limited with his feet.
- The Seahawks have 22 offensive drives under their belt this season. With them, they have compiled only 1 touchdown (13 punts).
- The Rams defense looked good, and their offense struggled against a great defense. Todd Gurley has nowhere to run, and Case Keenum just isn’t that good. Is Jared Goff not good enough to score more than nine points in two games?
Jags @ Chargers
- Philip Rivers continues to go overlooked; he dominated Sunday without his best receiver, and even with his security blanket Danny Woodhead going down for the year with an ACL tear. He still threw four touchdowns.
- The Jags were terrible after playing the Packers tight in week 1. Gus Bradley is definitely on the hot seat considering the amount of talent they brought in this season. They have nothing to show for it.
- Allen Robinson needs to be involved early. This was the second week in a row he was a no-show in the first half, and he’s been held scoreless through both games. Worth noting, though, is the fact that he’s gone against two tough matchups, this week against Jason Verrett, one of the best corners in the league.
Falcons @ Raiders
- I’ve been really hard on Matt Ryan, but he’s played good through two games in 2016.
- The Raiders defense has been terrible, so bad that head coach Jack Del Rio had to take over play calling duties at the end of Sunday’s game.
- Through two games, the Raiders defense has given up more than 1,000 yards and 69 points.
Eagles @ Bears
- The Bears looked terrible, but the real story was how good Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ defense looked.
- Wentz showed all the intangibles you ask for in a quarterback, but didn’t receive much help from his receivers.
- The defense was swarming and all over the place. They look good behind D. Coordinator Jim Schwartz.
- Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his AC joint in his shoulder and is day-to-day, though unlikely to play Thursday night.
- Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus and is week-to-week.
- Demarcus Ware broke his forearm and will be out for at least 4 weeks.
- Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and is out for the year.
- Josh McCown hurt his shoulder and is out for week 3, possibly more.
- Doug Martin suffered a hamstring injury and left Sunday’s game, and is questionable on a weekly basis.
- Thomas Rawls suffered a leg contusion and is questionable moving forward.
- Donte Moncrief suffered a head/neck injury and is undergoing an MRI.
- Jonathan Stewart is dealing with a hamstring and ankle injury.
- Arian Foster is dealing with a groin injury.
- Doug Baldwin tweaked his knee and is questionable moving forward.
- Ameer Abdullah suffered a leg injury and is questionable moving forward.