Week 2 in the NFL provided an opportunity for 16 teams that suffered losses in their season openers to make a comeback. Some teams seized this chance effectively, while others struggled despite strong performances. Here’s a breakdown of the winners and losers from Week 2.
Eric Bieniemy: Eric Bieniemy, Washington Commanders’ offensive coordinator, orchestrated a strong offensive performance in a 35-33 victory over the Denver Broncos. The team scored touchdowns on all three red zone trips, showcasing aggressive play-calling and providing favorable situations for quarterback Sam Howell.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills bounced back impressively with a 38-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Quarterback Josh Allen had an efficient game, and the defense pressured the Raiders’ quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, into two interceptions.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens secured a crucial divisional victory against the Cincinnati Bengals, winning 27-24 on the road despite facing injuries along the offensive line and in the secondary. Rookie receiver Zay Flowers demonstrated his playmaking abilities, and the team’s diverse offense looks promising.
New England Patriots: The Patriots faced challenges in their offense against the Miami Dolphins, managing just 88 rushing yards in a 24-17 loss. Their offensive identity relies heavily on the rushing game, and without it, they struggled to compete effectively.
New York Jets: Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson faced a tough test against the Dallas Cowboys’ formidable defense and struggled, throwing three interceptions in a 30-10 loss. The Jets also abandoned their running game, which contributed to their offensive struggles.
Chicago Bears: The Bears’ offense has been lackluster, relying on quarterback Justin Fields but failing to generate significant rushing yards. Their defense has also lost its edge, failing to create a pass rush and record takeaways. The team has now lost 12 consecutive games.
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers struggled on third downs, converting only two of 14 attempts in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. Despite a strong performance from quarterback Justin Herbert, the offense couldn’t find its rhythm due to third-down difficulties.
These Week 2 outcomes have set the stage for the upcoming NFL games, highlighting both promising and challenging aspects of various teams’ performances.