2018 NFL Week 2 Recap

WASHINGTON — If you thought the Redskins’ no-show at FedEx Field was the weirdest thing you saw this week … then wait’ll you get a load of what else happened around the NFL in Week 2.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears reacts in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Seahawks 17
Bears 24
Chicago’s 6-sack, Pick-6 performance made two things clear: Khalil Mack is on a collision course with the Defensive Player of the Year award and Russell Wilson’s offensive line has him on a weekly collision course with the turf. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Jonathan Daniel)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) falls after taking a hit from Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Giants 13
Cowboys 20
Though most of his passing yardage came on Tavon Austin’s catch-and-run, Dak Prescott did enough to make Landon Collins eat his words and the defense made Eli Manning eat the turf six times to move Dallas into a 3-way tie for the early NFC East lead, while the Giants are by themselves in the division basement. Expect them to stay there. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (AP/Michael Ainsworth)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is tackled after scrambling for yardage by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) and defensive back A.J. Bouye (21), as defensive end Dante Fowler (56) trails the play, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars won 31-20. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Patriots 20
Jaguars 31 Tom Brady continues to beat Father Time, but Mother Nature has his number. In a weird stat, Sunday’s game in Jacksonville was only the second of Brady’s career in over 90 degree temperatures — and he’s lost them both. If the Jaguars can petition to the league to play the AFC title game in Arizona, they might be able to get to their first Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-19. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Raiders 19
Broncos 20
So the Jon Gruden comeback now consists of a blown 9-point lead in the final six minutes against a division rival and a blowout, prime-time loss at home. But please, tell me again how Khalil Mack isn’t worth $90 million and Gruden’s worth $100 million. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (AP/David Zalubowski)
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. San Francisco won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Lions 27
49ers 30
Detroit hasn’t had 100-yard rusher in 69 games. They’ve been outscored 45-10 in the third quarter of their first two games. Matt Patricia probably wishes he pulled a Josh McDaniels and just stayed in New England. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (AP/Ben Margot)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Cardinals 0
Rams 34
I don’t know what’s more amazing: Todd Gurley scoring an NFL-best 30 TDs since 2015, or the fact that Sean McVay can remember the details of every single one of them. Actually, yes I do … it’s McVay’s total recall. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (left) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson (right) during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
Colts 21
Redskins 9
The ‘Skins offensive line was ready for business, but it was it the Colts defense that put on their Sunday best. The ‘Skins’ leading receiver was a running back, their leading rusher was a receiver, and with Mr. Not Suck on hand as one of the few wearing a burgundy jersey, the home team definitely sucked. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes in the second half during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Chiefs 42
Steelers 37
Andy Reid has done it again: Patrick Mahomes threw a KC-record 6 TDs (which is more than the five incompletions he threw in 28 attempts) to total 10 through his first two games this season — a new NFL record. So much for missing Alex Smith; this Chiefs offense is ridiculously explosive. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets is tackled by defensive tackle Akeem Spence #93 and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor #96 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
Dolphins 20
Jets 12
The Sam Darnold hype train gained so much steam that Fireman Ed came back in time to see his new favorite player become the youngest QB to throw for 300 yards in a game — but reality set in when he threw two picks and missed a wide open receiver in the end zone. So settle down, people. He’s human, he’s a rookie and there will be growing pains. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Michael Owens)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball  during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns  at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 16, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Browns 18
Saints 21
While Cleveland’s continued futility and their kicker’s inability to overcome the yips are dominating the headlines, Michael Thomas quietly set an NFL-record by notching an incredible 28 catches through the season’s first two games, including a pair of 4th-quarter touchdowns to beat the Browns. Thomas is the best wide receiver nobody’s talking about. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass during the first quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Vikings 29
Packers 29 (OT)
For the first time since the NFL instituted the overtime rule in 1974, we have two games that ended in a tie during the first two weeks of a season. It’s only fitting that this one is between the two teams that tied five years ago and prompted one of my many columns complaining about ties. This also sets up an unenviable situation for the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers was outplayed by Kirk Cousins, who had 425 yards and 4 TDs to force the tie, sending the Pack to FedEx Field looking to take it out on the ‘Skins. God help us all if Alex Smith falters again. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs through Carolina Panthers players during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Atlanta. Ryan scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Panthers 24
Falcons 31
While Norv Turner was right about his fix for the Carolina offense, the Panther D couldn’t stop Matt Ryan from having a Cam-like, dual threat outing to keep Atlanta on track to take advantage of the Saints’ slow start. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (AP/John Bazemore)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown against Tavon Young #25 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Ravens 23
Bengals 34 Thanks to A.J. Green’s first 3-TD game (which is, coincidentally, his TD total from all of 2017), Cincinnati is 2-0 for the first time since 2015 — the last time they advanced to the postseason. If the Bengals can win Carolina to make that 3-0 — and do it 34-23 like they did in their first two games — we’ll be saying “Who Dey” come playoff time. And Baltimore better hope that C.J. Mosely doesn’t miss significant time. It’s no coincidence that defense went from a force to flaccid without him. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Andy Lyons)
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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears reacts in the third quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) falls after taking a hit from Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) during the second half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is tackled after scrambling for yardage by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson (97) and defensive back A.J. Bouye (21), as defensive end Dante Fowler (56) trails the play, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Jaguars won 31-20. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Denver. The Broncos won 20-19. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia stands on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. San Francisco won the game 30-27. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Todd Gurley #30 of the Los Angeles Rams scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (left) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson (right) during an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes in the second half during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets is tackled by defensive tackle Akeem Spence #93 and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor #96 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints catches the ball  during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns  at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 16, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass during the first quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs through Carolina Panthers players during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Atlanta. Ryan scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown against Tavon Young #25 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


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