Tua Tagovailoa and Patrick Mahomes shine in week 2

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor

The National Football League had yet another exhilarating week of dynamic games across the country. More teams look to be solidifying themselves as real contenders while other teams have not yet lived up to expectations. Some crazy games and surprising outcomes headlined this week of NFL action with a sign of more to come in the future.

The action this week started with a bang when the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Los Angeles Chargers in a battle of two AFC West teams. The Chargers started off hot early in the game, getting a quick 10-0 lead over the Chiefs. The Chiefs fired back with a nice pass in the red zone from Patrick Mahomes to Jerick McKinnon. Justin Herbert, the quarterback for the Chargers, responded in the beginning of the second half with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams. This was followed by a 41-yard bomb by Mahomes to Justin Watson to help the Chiefs trail only by three points going into the final quarter of play. While the Chargers were on the 1-yard line on the verge of the touchdown and a play that could have sealed the game for them, rookie defensive back Jaylen Watson got an interception and took it all the way to the opposite end zone giving the Chiefs the decisive points that would ultimately win them the game with a score of 27-24 and advance the to 2-0 on the season. 

Two of the most talked about teams this offseason came face to face this weekend when the Miami Dolphins faced the Baltimore Ravens in a game that was nothing short of incredible. This was a quarterback shootout as Lamar Jackson for the Ravens and Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins fired back and forth across the span of sixty minutes of gameplay. The first three quarters were all Baltimore as Jackson fired off touchdowns to multiple receivers including a 75-yard pass to Rashod Bateman and a 79-yard touchdown run from Jackson himself to give Baltimore a dominating lead. The Dolphins were far from out of it despite trailing 35-14 going into the fourth quarter, however, as Tagovailoa threw for 6 touchdowns of his own, four of which came in the final quarter, to end up giving Miami the decisive victory in the end with a score of 42-38. Tagavailoa defied all expectations with passes to receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to give him an incredible statline of 6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and a total of 469 yards.

That was not the only incredible comeback that occurred this weekend, however. The Arizona Cardinals mounted an incredible rebound against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday afternoon. Quarterback Derek Carr and the Raiders started off hot with passes to Darren Waller and Davante Adams as well as field goals from kicker Daniel Carlson to give Las Vegas a 20-0 lead going into halftime. The Cardinals decided they were not going to go down without a fight, as quarterback Kyler Murray played like he was in a video game to help give Arizona the points they would need to force an overtime against the Raiders with passes to Darrel Williams and Greg Dortch as well as a touchdown run of his own. Overtime ended in chaotic fashion as the Raiders were marching down the field. After a fumble by the Raiders, Arizona defensive player Byron Murphy ran the ball 59 yards into the end zone to win the game. However, that play was not without controversy, as many believe that Murphy dropped the ball before entering the goalline, despite the refs declaring it too close to overturn. The Cardinals ended the game victorious with a score of 29-23.

There were many other things that occurred during this Week 2 of NFL action as well. The New England Patriots outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 17-14 finish while their AFC North counterparts the Cleveland Browns also lost to the New York Jets in an exciting 31-30 game. The Jets’ New York “brother,” the Giants, defeated the Carolina Panthers with a score of 19-16. The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-0 while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints in a score of 20-10. The Detroit Lions finally got one in the win column with a win over the Washington Commanders and the San Francisco 49ers outlasted the Seahawks 27-7. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Atlanta Falcons, the Denver Broncos were victorious over the Houston Texans, the Dallas Cowboys and Cooper Rush gave the Bengals an 0-2 start on the season and the Chicago Bears were defeated by their NFC North rivals the Green Bay Packers. The Buffalo Bills ran roughshod over the Tennessee Titans as the Philadelphia Eagles gave the Minnesota Vikings their first loss of the season. This season looks to be one to remember and it is just getting started.