As tempting as it’s to name Tua Tagovailoa the most valuable player of Week 2, he had assist. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle meep-meeped everywhere in the Raiders, however he earned a lot respect that that is the weekend everybody discovered the right way to spell his final identify. He’s now Mr. Tagovailoa. In Week 2, Micah Parsons was instrumental in holding the Bengals to 17 factors. Parsons singlehandedly had Joe Burrow demanding hazard pay on prime of his rookie deal. He’s presently the league chief in sacks, hits, and pressures after Week 2.
However, Kyler Murray performed like he was on the sticks in entrance of his PS5 to earn our Week 2 MVP honors.
You can’t be any extra precious to a workforce than Murray was on Sunday in opposition to the Raiders. His 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, 277 yards passing, and 28 yards speeding could seem modest, however he was the toughest working man within the NFL. The Raiders had everybody else stymied. So Murray placed on a one-man present, scampering across the Raiders’ grown-man protection like Kevin McCallister.
Three quarters in, Murray’s play gave credence to the speculation that there was a direct correlation between time-consuming Call of Duty occasions, his lackluster preparation, and his most atrocious performances. While lively players had been letting their scleras flip purple testing out the ‘COD: Modern Warfare 2’ beta all weekend, Murray jumped out to a horrendous begin.
By the fourth quarter, the one sport he was fixated on was the one he trailed 23-7. On 4th-and-4 with 8:41 remaining, he positioned a 35-yard lob go right into a pocket between two defenders and the sideline that 5-foot-9 Marquise Brown caught on the 1. He didn’t a lot catch it because it fell into his stomach. On Arizona’s 2-point conversion following the rating, he ran for 21 seconds, lined over 80 yards scrambling, tiring out the protection and play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel, who most likely wanted a respirator after making that marathon name.
On 4th-and-1 from the 43, Murray eluded Raiders edge rusher Maxx Crosby who had a clear shot on Murray, however couldn’t sustain when Murray shortly darted to his proper.
A number of performs later, Murray broke out of a clear Crosby sack and scampered round lengthy sufficient for the officers to catch a Vegas defender committing a penalty that saved the drive alive.
And Murray’s go to A.J. Green on the 2-point conversion was one other tight-window throw to finish one of the daring comebacks in latest reminiscence. This wasn’t a quick-strike comeback. These had been 11 and 18-play drives that featured a number of fourth-down conversions. The protection completed the job in time beyond regulation with a scoop and rating landing, however simply getting there was sufficient for Murray to ask for a time off so he can compensate for his COD marketing campaign in peace.
Jameis Winston is a stress-inducing passer. On each dropback, there’s a very good probability he’s listening to a satan and an angel shelling out recommendation. Whom he listens to is a toss-up. This week our Least Valuable Player’s impulses doomed the Saints.
New Orleans has held the psychological benefit over Tampa Bay, having crushed them in every of their final 4 matchups. It was additionally private for Winston, whom the Bucs kicked to the curb for Tom Brady following the 2019 season.
Mark Ingram’s purple zone fumble left the Saints dejected on the finish of the third. The rating remained tied at 3, as a substitute of Nola taking the lead as Winston started urgent. He was intercepted after leaving a bounce ball within the air for rookie Chris Olave to nab. Instead, cornerback Jamel Dean reached it first. On the following drive, Winston was picked off once more by Dean AGAIN. On the Saints’ subsequent drive, Winston was fooled into a 3rd interception by security Mike Edwards, who jumped Jarvis Landry’s route and returned it for a landing to provide the Bucs a 20-3 lead.
Winston saved his worst for final, whereas Indianapolis Colts old-timer Matt Ryan unfold his worst out over three quarters. A completion price of 53 p.c, 195 yards in a dropping effort, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions can be an abysmal efficiency in opposition to the Bills, Bucs, or the Rams. But in opposition to the Jaguars? It makes you query whether or not Matt Ryan has entered the glue manufacturing unit stage.
From the very first drive, he was jonesing to make unhealthy choices. When Julio Jones isn’t beneath these lobs, the result’s extra advantageous for the protection. Nick Foles is able to resume his function because the Backup Gawd if Ryan retains slipping up like this. Ryan and the Colts had been going to be flayed both means, however the timing of Winston’s implosion couldn’t have been worse.