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Sunday Scaries: The Injury Spirit of 2020 & An MVP Leader Emerges

The early games in Week 2 were an abject disaster. The 10 early Sunday games saw competitive battles and one of the most memorable regular finishes in recent memory (we’ll get to that). However, injuries stole the show early on.

INJURIES, INJURIES, & MORE INJURIES

49ERS 31, JETS 13: How is this for an injury report for the next few weeks (at least) for the 49ers?

  • Defensive end Nick Bosa (suspected left torn ACL, likely out for the season if so)
  • Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (high-ankle)
  • Running back Raheem Mostert (knee)
  • Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas (knee)

The 49ers believe that the injuries may have something to do with the “sticky” turf at MetLife Stadium. That is unfortunate considering the Niners are playing again at MetLife Stadium on Sunday against the Giants.

BEARS 17, GIANTS 13: The Bears moving to 2-0 wasn’t the biggest story out of this game our Daniel Jones’s failed pass to try to win the game for the Giants. Instead, the reported torn ACL suffered by third-year Giants running back Saquon Barkley proved to be the biggest takeaway from Chicago’s win. Stay strong, Saquon.

STEELERS 26, BRONCOS 21: Good on the Broncos for hanging around in this game after quarterback Drew Lock left the contest with a shoulder injury. Jeff Driskel nearly saved the day for Denver but the Broncos came up short ultimately. Lock is expected to miss 2-6 weeks due to the injury.

INTRODUCING THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL:

SEAHAWKS 35, PATRIOTS 30: The country got a look at the NFL’s best quarterback right now…Russell Wilson (aka Mr. Unlimited, aka the current clubhouse leader for MVP). The Super Bowl XLVIII champion threw for 287 yards and five touchdowns against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Not to be outdone, New England’s Cam Newton threw for 397 yards but came up short on the game’s final play when he got stopped at the goalline as time expired.

Once again, it was another classic between the Patriots and Seahawks.

Sidenote – Kudos to New England for playing with a lot of zip on Sunday night. Shortly before the game it was revealed that veteran running back James White lost his father in a car accident on Sunday. White’s mom, who was also in the car at the time of the accident is in critical condition.

CHIEFS 23, CHARGERS 20 (OT): The Chargers should have won this game and led Kansas City 17-6 in the second half. However, they just flat ran out of gas. It was a commendable effort by the Chargers, who had to start rookie quarterback Justin Herbert after starter Tyrod Taylor suffered a pregame chest injury that required a hospital trip. Herbert threw for 311 yards but there was too much Patrick Mahomes and ultimately, Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. He hit a pair of 58-yard field goals including the overtime game-winner, which capped one of the great kicking displays in recent memory.

TOMPA TOM:

BUCCANEERS 31, PANTHERS 17: Tom Brady faired better on Sunday despite throwing his third interception of the season already. He threw for 217 yards and a touchdown to Mike Evans, who snagged seven passes for 104 yards. Running back Leonard Fournette put the game away en route to rushing for 103 yards. His 46-yard touchdown run put the game away for the 1-1 Bucs.

This game also featured another ominous injury. Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey suffered an ankle injury during the second half.

ONSIDE SURPRISE:

COWBOYS 40, FALCONS 39: As detailed earlier on the blog, the Falcons found a way to score 39 points, not turnover the ball, and still lose. Dak Prescott threw for over 300 yards in the second half to help erase a 20-point lead but it took the biggest mistake of the young season to put Dallas over the top.

Here is a picture of The Onside Kick of Doom:

All the Falcons had to do was fall on the ball BEFORE it reached the 45-yard line. Instead, they waited and waited and waited. The rest is history.

0 AND UH OH:

RAMS 37, EAGLES 19: Rams head coach Sean McVay didn’t have much luck against the Eagles in two meeting with Doug Pederson’s crew. That ended on Sunday. The Rams jumped out to a 21-3 lead and rode three touchdowns from tight end Tyler Higbee to send the Eagles to their first 0-2 start since 2015.

As for the Eagles, they are now just 19-18 since winning Super Bowl LII in February 2018. Meanwhile, the Rams move to 2-0 with the victory.

RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16: The 2-0 Baltimore Ravens started out slowly but picked up the pace to the tune of a 17-point win. The Ravens rushed for 230 yards while holding the 0-2 Texans to just 51. It’s painfully obvious that the Texans don’t have enough weapons on offense to compete with the AFC’s best.

Speaking of the AFC’s best, we get the Game of the Year to date next Monday night when Lamar Jackson faces off once again with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Baltimore.

THE REST:

PACKERS 42, LIONS 21: It’s Aaron Rodgers vs. The World right now, which is a little scary…for the rest of the NFL.

COLTS 28, VIKINGS 11: Kirk Cousins had a 0.0 passer rating at one point in this game. He is playing the quarterback position as poorly as anyone in the league right now.

BILLS 31, DOLPHINS 28: The Dolphins were game but the Bills were too much behind the efforts of quarterback Josh Allen. Hey, if you throw for 417 yards and four touchdowns, perhaps you might be legit!

CARDINALS 30, WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 15: Kyler Murray is playing like he is going to lose the MVP race to Russell Wilson in a tight race. Murray threw for 286 yards, rushed for 67, and accounted for three total touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 start.

TITANS 33, JAGUARS 30: Yes, the Titans are 2-0. Yet, did you think Jacksonville quarterback Gardner Minshew would have six touchdown passes through the first two games?

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