For the second straight day to kick off the 2022 regular season, a quarterback takes top honors in our weekly individual accolades
What a number of stellar individual performances the second day of the regular season gave us. Unlike the first week, five quarterbacks were present, although with six representatives, wide receivers had the most representation.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that two rookies made their debut on our weekly honor roll. There were, in total, three defenders who appeared on our list this Sunday.
On a date of great comebacks, it was clear that there were going to be plenty of names to run for the position of honor. It’s no surprise, therefore, that one of the quarterbacks involved stayed on the throne for the week 2.
Without further ado, we present to the Week 2 Colossusfollowed by the names that earned honorable mention spots, as always, in strict alphabetical order, as we recognize the individual best of the first day of regular season action:
A week after surprisingly breaking into the top five quarterbacks on the opening date of the regular season, Tua Tagovailoa rose as the most outstanding player of the second day in the NFL.
The pin of the dolphins He got off to a rocky start, throwing two interceptions. One occurred on the first offensive series of Miami in the game, and another within the two-minute break before halftime, allowing the ravens respond with a touchdown that, at that moment, stretched the advantage of baltimore at 28-7.
Then the show started dolphins.
Miami responded with a scoring series that culminated in a pass to Mike Gesiciki. Then, already in the fourth period, the dolphins they scored again by way of the pass, Tagovailoa a River Cracraft.
So, yes, things were hot for Miami.
Tagovailoa completed two touchdown passes for Tyreek Hilland after a field goal by the ravensa second touchdown pass for Jaylen Waddle –after one in the first half–, to complete one of the most memorable comebacks in league history.
Tagovailoa was 36-of-50 for 469 yards with six touchdown passes and two interceptions. His yards-per-attempt average was an astonishing 9.4, which coupled with his passing attempt total for the day should help put to rest some of the criticism against the quarterback from the dolphins.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Tagovailoa He became this Sunday only the fifth player in the history of the NFL in throwing four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of a game, and the first since 2007, in addition to becoming the 10th player in league history to throw for at least 450 yards and six touchdowns in a game.
His six touchdown passes tied the franchise mark, where he now shares that record with members of the Hall of Fame Bob Griese Y Dan Marino.
Tagovailoa it is very far from starting to talk that it is on its way to Canton, Ohio, and it’s OK. At least in this week 2proved that he has the compass that shows him the way.
Nick Chubb, running back, Cleveland Browns. With 87 yards on 17 carries, including three touchdowns –the last one coming in the final 2 minutes to put up a temporary 30-17 lead that seemed final–, and three receptions for 26 yards, Chubb’s performance looked make him a hero in Cleveland’s win, but the Browns suffered an incredible meltdown at home, losing to the Jets 31-30. Still, it’s hard to blame Chubb entirely when the rest of the team isn’t as supportive, despite the claims that he must have taken a knee before going into the end zone on his last touchdown to run out of time. It’s just, with these Browns, you never know.
Jamel Dean, cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To say that the battle between the Bucs and Saints was tough is an understatement, and the reality is that there was little to highlight on an individual level, other than Dean, who stole two of the three interceptions he gave up. James Winston afternoon. Tampa Bay had a hard time moving the ball for much of the game, but Dean’s two interceptions were converted into points by the offense — a touchdown and a field goal — and were followed by a pick-six ‘ of safety Mike Edwards to judge the result.
Joe Flacco, quarterback, New York Jets. After appearing in last week’s worst quarterbacks section, Flacco broke out with a performance reminiscent of his best years in Baltimore. He threw 44 passes, completing 26 for 307 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the unlikely comeback over the Lions. Two of those touchdowns came with less than a minute and a half left on the game clock, when Cleveland seemed to have the score tied.
Jared Goff, quarterback, Detroit Lions. Speaking of quarterbacks you didn’t expect a four-touchdown-passing outing from, Goff surprised locals and strangers alike with 20-of-34 completions for 256 yards and zero interceptions on his Sunday, leading the Lions to a resounding victory over Washington. He completed passes to eight different receivers, with another player listed in our Honorable Mentions being his preferred target.
Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Dolphins. If you want to know why Miami paid so much for Hill, you just have to watch this Sunday’s meeting. The ‘Cheetah’ caught 11 shipments for 190 yards, two of them scoring, for Miami to complete one of the best comebacks in recent history. The touchdowns were 60 and 48 yards, giving Miami a facet that was missing from the offense last year. The ability to score from anywhere on the field at any point in the game makes the Dolphins a different team than last year.
Aidan Hutchinson, defensive end, Lions. The second overall pick of the last NFL Draft had his first great performance as a professional, abusing the Commanders’ offensive line to trap three times Carson Wentz. On top of that, he had two tackles for loss of yards and three additional hits on the quarterback, showing himself unblockable in certain stretches of the matchup.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens quarterback. How can a quarterback complete 21 of 29 pass attempts for 318 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and rush nine times for 119 yards with another touchdown, and not be Colossus of the Week? Well, that’s what happens when the quarterback in front of you steals the score and the spotlight. Jackson had a stellar game, posting a perfect passer rating for most of the game and setting a career high with his career-longest rushing touchdown, a 79-yard run that seemed to have wiped out the Dolphins. Also, he became the absolute NFL record in games of at least 100 rushing yards (11), leaving behind the tie he held with Mike Vick. Despite that, he fell a bit short this Sunday, with minimal help from the defense down the stretch.
Aaron Jones, running back, Green Bay Packers. The Packers’ starting running back needed just 15 carries to add up to 132 yards with a touchdown in Green Bay’s resounding win over Chicago that closed out Sunday’s Week 2 activity. In addition, he had three catches for 32 yards with another touchdown per the airway, in a game in which none of his teammates, from any position, reached four receptions.
Christian Kirk, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars. I don’t know how much of a surprise the Jaguars’ victory over the Colts should be, after what we saw in Week 1, but it should surprise us that Indy couldn’t score a single point in the game. For Jacksonville, Kirk came out on top with six catches for 78 yards, including two touchdowns, to set Jacksonville’s victory to music.
Cooper Kupp, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams. Kupp again? Yes, Kupp again. The all-star outfielder for the champion Rams once again dispatched a five-star outing, catching 1 pass for 108 yards and two touchdowns, as part of an offensive unit that still hasn’t really found its groove. That yes, it is necessary to write down to Kupp the sin of a loose ball lost in the afternoon.
Kyler Murray, quarterback, Arizona Cardinals. Sure, Murray threw one of the worst interceptions of the day, right into the hands of Amy Robertson, but what a way to make up for it! The Cardinals quarterback led a thrilling comeback where, first, he bought wholesale time to score a key 2-point conversion on the ground. A short time later, and again by land route, he managed to escape the pressure to meet the diagonals when regulation time expired, and moments later, he connected in the 2-point conversion that decreed that the game went to extra time. . There, it was the defense that won the game for Arizona, but not before Murray put a perfect pass into the hands of Marquis Brown, who dropped it, that could have sealed the Cardinals’ victory sooner.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, wide receiver, Lions. Historic day for St. Brown, who tied the mark for the most consecutive games with at least eight receptions going back to last season, putting his name next to that of michael thomas Y Anthony Brown. There were nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, along with two carries for 68 yards, on the day for St. Brown, a surprise early-season candidate for Offensive Player of the Year.
Jaylen Waddle, wide receiver, Dolphins. Again, Hill has been everything Miami hoped for, thus far, and no one is more grateful than Waddle. With the ‘Cheetah’ creating chaos on one side, Waddle has all kinds of facilities on the other, like this afternoon against the Ravens when he had 11 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns on a day of plenty of priotechnics on both sides of the ball.
Marcus Williams, safety, Ravens. No, we can’t ignore that Williams intercepted two passes from Tagovailoa in the first half of the game, which greatly helped Baltimore jump to a big lead over the Dolphins on Sunday, one that the Ravens failed to capitalize on. Down the stretch of the game, Williams had a chance to pick up another interception, which would have been his third of the game, which would have possibly tipped the balance the other way. It didn’t happen, but Williams is at least already making an impact in the Ravens’ backfield by creating opportunities for the offense.
Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, Jets. The first-round rookie already raised his hand to say present to the New Yorkers’ attack during Day 2, one in which he contributed eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns to the Jets’ spectacular comeback in Cleveland. From here, the road seems to be very short until he establishes himself as the primary wide receiver in New York’s passing game.