Week Two of the 2022 NFL season lived up to the hype that Week One brought. For the first time since 1992 there were three teams that overcame 13 point deficits in the fourth quarter. Other games came close to having this happen as well. From the second week of NFL action, TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, Andrew Little, and Isaac Nelson give the top five games of the week.
Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams
In what was expected to be a blowout, turned out to come down to the last drive. The Rams dominated early, and this game was going exactly how everyone thought. After a weird week in Week One, Allen Robinson started off the scoring with a touchdown catch, he had a solid bounce back week with four catches for 53 yards and that one touchdown. The Rams would score two more touchdowns before halftime while the Falcons only managed a field goal, making it 21-3. The second half started with none other than a Cooper Kupp touchdown, pushing the lead to the famous 28-3. I think seeing that score motivated the Falcons because they dominated the rest of the game. Atlanta started their scoring with the rookie Drake London catching his first career touchdown. The Rams had to settle for a field goal on their next drive, and after that things went weird. The Falcons scored 15 straight points thanks to a blocked punt for a touchdown and a two-point conversion, putting them down six points. The Rams would have the ball with a chance to ice the game when Kupp would fumble, giving the ball to the Falcons with a chance to win. The dream would die shortly after thanks to a great play from Jalen Ramsey to pick off Marcus Mariota and icing the game. This is now back-to-back weeks the Falcons have impressed while the Rams have struggled.
New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
To put it nicely, the New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers game this past weekend was a slugfest. It was a game dominated by bad offense and strong defense, where one play could change the entire outcome. That happened right before halftime, where quarterback Mac Jones found receiver Nelson Agholor for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead entering the half. The teams had been stagnant on offense to that point, and the score gave New England some life. They wouldn’t look bad from there and held on for a 17-14 win. Agholor and Jakobi Meyers were the stars of the show for the Patriots, combining for 205 yards on 15 catches. They made life easier for Jones, and it helped earn a victory. For the Steelers, they couldn’t muster any offense all day. The New England defense stifled them and made life tough. Even with the variety of weapons that they have on that side of the ball, nothing really came of it. They had multiple chances to tie or take the lead, but failed to do so. Fans in Pittsburgh booed their team and started chanting “Kenny” in hopes that first round pick Kenny Pickett may see the field. He didn’t in this game, but if the poor offense continues, we may see him sooner rather than later.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
Unfortunately for Trey Lance, his 2022 season was cut short after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the first quarter. Hopefully, he can have a speedy recovery and bounce back next year. Where this game comes in the top five is how Jimmy Garoppolo came out and led the team. Garoppolo went through an entire offseason with losing his starting job, and had rumors swirl around about possibly being traded. He stayed, overcame the adversity, and led the team to victory. In his first full drive of the game, he completed all four passes for 78 yards in a drive that resulted in a touchdown to Ross Dwelley. Garoppolo finished completing 13-of-21 passes for 154 yards, and even scored on a quarterback sneak in their 27-7 win over the Seahawks. The defense also rebounded after Week One, especially Nick Bosa who finished with seven pressures and two sacks. The only score the Seahawks got was from Tariq Woolen blocking a 20-yard field goal, where Michael Jackson scooped it up and returned it for the score. The 49ers stepped up against a divisional opponent, and Garoppolo did an impressive job on short notice leading his team to victory.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Herbert entered this game 2-0 against the Chiefs in Kansas City, and came in firing. Keenan Allen was out with an injury, but Mike Williams stepped up and looked great. The Chiefs started slow but came back with a more consistent offense in the second quarter, where Patrick Mahomes looked more like himself, making some off-script side arm throws. The game stayed close until Justin Herbert threw a pick-six from the one-yard line, as cornerback Jaylen Watson snagged it and ran the entire field. Herbert soon was down with a rib injury, but only missed one play. He went in and fought through the injury to get the game closer with a dart to DeAndre Carter, but the onside kick failed, and the Chiefs won it 27-24 in regulation.
Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens
The Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens delivered the highest-scoring matchup of the year so far in their 42-38 thriller. Devin Duvernay started the game with fireworks by returning the opening kickoff for a 103-yard touchdown. A Marcus Williams interception set up a long drive from the Ravens that ended with a goal line stand. A Jaylen Waddle touchdown tied the game up, setting the stage for what would be a nuclear performance from the receiver. Rashod Bateman continued the theatrics with a 75-yard touchdown. The Ravens scored on their next two possessions, including a quick drive in the last minute of the first half, extending their lead to 28-7. Both teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter, leaving Baltimore in full control heading into the final stage of the game. Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Waddle proceeded to destroy the Ravens’ defense, scoring three unanswered touchdowns to tie the game. A 51-yard field goal from Justin Tucker allowed Baltimore to regain the lead with just over two minutes left in regulation, but it was short-lived.
Tagovailoa led the Dolphins on a game-winning drive that culminated in Waddle’s second touchdown. Lamar Jackson nearly found Bateman in the end zone on a last second Hail Mary. Tagovailoa had a career day, throwing 50 times for 469 yards and a whopping six touchdowns. Waddle and Hill each had two scores and 11 catches, as well as combining for 361 receiving yards. Miami improved to 2-0 under new head coach Mike McDaniel, and demonstrated how lethal their dynamic receiver duo can be. The new-look offense proved it can match any offense in a shootout, something it will need to do against top AFC contenders like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens invested heavily in their defense during the offseason, most notably adding safeties Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamilton and poaching defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald from Michigan. Concerns over the defensive play are inevitable after blowing a 21-point fourth quarter lead. Thankfully for Baltimore, the entire AFC North lost in Week Two, so they remain in good position in their tough division.