|Dates: 7 September 2023 – 7 January 2024|
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Patrick Mahomes needed to work arduous for a victory on his birthday because the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs scraped to a decent 17-9 win on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Dallas Cowboys’ defence dominated once more as they beat the New York Jets 30-10 whereas the San Francisco 49ers additionally moved to 2-0 by beating the Los Angeles Rams 30-23.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans received extra time thrillers whereas Joe Burrow limped off because the Cincinnati Bengals misplaced to the Baltimore Ravens to drop to 0-2 for a second yr in a row.
In an action-packed second Sunday of the NFL season, the New York Giants pulled off a report comeback and the Atlanta Falcons additionally got here from behind to beat the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
The Miami Dolphins made it two away wins to start out the season as they received 24-17 on the New England Patriots – who slipped to 0-2 for the primary time since 2001.
A cheerful birthday for Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes celebrated his twenty eighth birthday with a hard-fought win towards the Jaguars because the Chiefs responded to dropping their season opener – regardless of persevering with to wrestle with errors, turnovers and penalties.
The returning Travis Kelce caught a landing go and Chris Jones sacked Trevor Lawrence and precipitated mayhem because the Chiefs averted changing into simply the fifth Tremendous Bowl champions to start out 0-2 within the following season.
“You play dangerous and win, it is quite a bit higher than taking part in dangerous and dropping,” mentioned Mahomes as he summed up the sport. “So I used to be glad we had been capable of finding a option to get a win, however there may be a number of stuff we’ve got to be higher at.”
Josh Allen had a degree to show after 4 turnovers value the Buffalo Payments final week and he began with a career-best 13 straight accomplished passes and by no means seemed again as they beat the Las Vegas Raiders 38-10.
“I like feeling how I felt final week. I actually do, as a result of it makes the ‘good’ really feel that significantly better,” mentioned Allen. “I take the dangerous with the nice, I perceive it, and I am simply making an attempt to let it gas me and use it to my profit.”
Cowboys dominant and 49ers sparkle in NFC
No crew within the league is usually put beneath extra scrutiny than the Dallas Cowboys, however ‘America’s Crew’, as they’re recognized, look to have a defence that might be able to carrying them to a primary Tremendous Bowl for 27 years.
Behind a dominant Micah Parsons, Dallas adopted up final week’s 40-0 annihilation of the Giants with a 30-10 success over the New York Jets.
Zach Wilson managed to throw the one landing Dallas have allowed this season, however Aaron Rodgers’ stand-in was sacked thrice and intercepted thrice because the Cowboys turned simply the third crew in NFL historical past to attain greater than 70 and permit 10 factors or fewer of their first two video games.
Fellow NFC huge weapons San Francisco additionally moved to 2-0 in fashion because the 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-23, with their defence additionally exhibiting up huge with two late turnovers incomes a ninth straight regular-season victory towards their divisional rivals.
Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel each produced excellent landing runs, with QB Brock Purdy additionally scoring as he remained unbeaten in seven regular-season begins and the 49ers made it two highway wins to start out the season.
Burrow damage as Bengals begin 0-2 – once more
The Cincinnati Bengals recovered from an 0-2 begin to end 12-4 final season and bought to inside a sport of the Tremendous Bowl, however repeating that feat seems to be set to be a more durable activity this yr as QB Joe Burrow limped out of their 27-24 dwelling loss towards the Baltimore Ravens.
Burrow, who not too long ago turned the highest-paid player in the NFL, missed most of pre-season with a calf harm however mentioned he had “simply tweaked it” after hobbling off late within the sport.
“It is fairly sore proper now,” mentioned Burrow. “However no telling how it should really feel, so I feel we’ll take it daily. I am doing all the pieces I can to get wholesome and get that factor the way in which I would like it to be so I can exit and carry out the way in which I must, to win.”
Time beyond regulation thrillers and comeback kings
The Detroit Lions offered out their season tickets for the primary time in 21 years and there was standing room solely at Ford Area as they had been pipped 37-31 because of a walk-off Seattle Seahawks landing from Tyler Lockett in extra time.
Jared Goff’s first interception in 383 passes was run again by Seattle for a expensive TD however the Lions nonetheless rallied from 10 factors all the way down to power extra time – just for Geno Smith to search out Lockett for the killer blow.
The Los Angeles Chargers blew an 11-point lead because the Tennessee Titans received 27-24 in extra time to finish their eight-game dropping streak. The Chargers have loads of expertise however are 0-2 after dropping each video games by a mixed 5 factors.
Jordan Love had one other respectable sport however Desmond Ridder had a greater one as he led the Atlanta Falcons to return from 12 factors down within the fourth quarter to beat the Inexperienced Bay Packers 25-24, whereas the Washington Commanders went one higher by erasing an 18-point deficit to beat the Broncos in Denver.
After dropping 40-0 final week the New York Giants discovered themselves 20-0 and 28-7 down on the Arizona Cardinals earlier than engineering the joint-record comeback within the crew’s historical past with a 31-28 success – though it got here at a price, with Saquon Barkley choosing up an ankle harm.
Rookie Richardson is concussed
CJ Stroud was picked second within the draft by the Houston Texans and Anthony Richardson fourth by the Indianapolis Colts – and the pair, each 21, met in simply the NFL’s second assembly of two QBs beneath the age of twenty-two.
Richardson confirmed his athletic capacity by operating in two early touchdowns because the Colts went on to win 31-20, however he took an enormous hit and regardless of taking part in for 2 extra drives was finally evaluated and brought out of the sport.
The Chicago Bears misplaced their twelfth sport in a row as QB Justin Fields was sacked six instances and threw two interceptions in a 27-17 defeat on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – with former primary general decide Baker Mayfield having fun with a resurgence in Florida.