On the flip facet, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow and Gardner Minshew II — all 24 or youthful — every handed for at the very least 300 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2. However the greatest splash was made by Justin Herbert, an emergency rookie starter for the Los Angeles Chargers. Of the 13 quarterbacks who have been high 10 picks within the draft over the previous 5 years, 11 began.
Right here’s a snapshot of Sunday’s motion with 11 groups (Arizona, Buffalo, Baltimore, Chicago, Inexperienced Bay, Kansas Metropolis, Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Seattle) at 2-0, tying 2008, 2006 and 1998 for probably the most ever:
1 p.m. video games
The Rams-Payments matchup ought to quicken your pulse just a little. Each are 2-0, and Josh Allen is coming off a 415-yard passing efficiency in opposition to the Dolphins that included 4 landing passes. However the Rams are trying highly effective once more in a division wherein three groups are 2-0, so a victory right here could be particularly important for the Payments. . . .
The Steelers are by no means a shock once they’re profitable. It’s what they do. After beating the Giants and Broncos, they need to face a harder take a look at from the Texans, who’re 0-2 and determined to maintain their season from slipping away. If there are any consolations for the Texans, past having Deshaun Watson at quarterback, possibly it’s that they’ve twice made the playoffs after 0-2 begins underneath Invoice O’Brien (in 2015 and 2018) and have but to play an AFC South recreation. Their losses have been to the Chiefs and Ravens, because of the dastardly schedule maker. . . .
As with New England’s recreation in opposition to the Seahawks final week, it’s robust to not point out historical past in the case of the Patriots and the Raiders, who shall be reminded of the tuck-rule recreation from January 2002. Final week of their first recreation in Las Vegas, the Raiders bounced again from a 10-Zero deficit to beat the Saints. Derek Carr outperformed Drew Brees by finishing 28 of 38 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Now Las Vegas will face Cam Newton, whom Raiders Coach Jon Gruden this previous week known as “Slam Newton” as a result of he’s “an influence ahead taking part in quarterback.” Newton is wholesome and seemingly on a mission, having accomplished 30 of 44 passes for 397 yards and a landing and dashing for 47 yards and two scores within the Sunday evening loss to the Seahawks. With a Week Four recreation on the Chiefs looming, the Patriots should resist the temptation to look forward.
Four p.m. video games
Tyrod Taylor misplaced his job in Cleveland when he suffered a concussion and Baker Mayfield stepped up. Then final week, in an damage that would solely occur in 2020, Taylor’s lung was punctured by a Chargers staff physician as he administered a painkilling injection. Herbert began and performed with aplomb, dropping solely when Kansas Metropolis’s Harrison Butker booted a 58-yard discipline aim in extra time. Herbert accomplished 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards and a landing (with an interception) and rushed for 18 yards and a rating. Herbert is about to begin once more Sunday and should have higher luck in opposition to the winless Panthers. . . .
Russell Wilson’s MVP marketing campaign continued with a 288-yard, five-touchdown passing efficiency in Week 2 because the Seahawks watched the Patriots’ closing drive fizzle on the 1-yard line. They’ll face a Cowboys staff that’s enigmatic, as all the time. They turned what regarded like a certain loss Sunday right into a 40-39 victory over the Falcons, who seem like set on squandering the abilities of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Dak Prescott grew to become the primary participant within the Tremendous Bowl period with 300 or extra passing yards (he completed with 450) and three or extra dashing touchdowns. . . .
Tom Brady’s Buccaneers are taking part in the Broncos, the one staff in opposition to which he has a dropping report (8-9 total; 7-6 within the common season and 1-Three within the playoffs). That is the primary time he has performed in Denver since 2017, when the Patriots received, 41-16.
Sunday evening recreation
The Saints are 10-Zero at house on “Sunday Night time Soccer” through the Brees-Sean Payton period. The Packers have began robust, albeit by beating up on the Vikings and Lions, and Rodgers’s scorched-earth tour rolls on with a wholesome help from operating again Aaron Jones. Rodgers has 604 passing yards and 6 touchdowns in two video games, and Jones rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in opposition to the Lions on Sunday. However Rodgers’s favourite goal, Davante Adams, suffered a hamstring damage in opposition to Detroit and is uncertain for the sport in New Orleans.
There typically aren’t issues concerning the Saints’ quarterback scenario, however Brees has by no means been 41 earlier than. He was peppered with questions on his arm energy after Monday evening’s loss to the Raiders in Vegas. He handed for 312 yards with out star wideout Michael Thomas (who may even miss this week’s recreation) however has averaged an un-Brees-like 4.82 air yards per cross try, in line with ESPN Stats & Data. That’s the fewest for a quarterback after two video games since Brett Favre in 2009, when he was 40. However word that Favre went on to have one among his greatest seasons in that season, ending with 33 touchdowns and a 107.2 passer score for the Vikings.