From quarterbacks trying to bounce back to a wide receiver chasing a record, here are must-see players in Week 2 in the NFL:
SUNDAY’S POST-GAME HEADLINE TODAY | Josh Allen rebounds against Raiders
The Bills QB is coming off one of the worst performances in his career, logging four turnovers and a below-average QBR of 45.8 in a 22-16 loss to the Jets. Expect the two-time Pro Bowler to rebound against a lackluster Raiders defense. Las Vegas forced no turnovers in its opener against Denver and its pass rush struggled, only generating a 10.8 percent pressure rate, per Pro Football Reference, 30th in the NFL.
SUNDAY’S POST-GAME HEADLINE TODAY | Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow shows why he’s the league’s highest-paid player
After the Bengals rewarded the QB with a record-breaking five-year, $275M contract extension, Burrow disappointed in a 24-3 loss to Cleveland with a career-low 82 passing yards. It’s not time for Burrow fans to hit the panic button, however, as he should build momentum at home against the Ravens. Burrow has won four of his past five games against Baltimore, throwing for nine TDs and posting an above-average 104.4 passer rating. Plus, the Ravens might be without several starters, including cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who missed Wednesday’s practice with a toe injury.
SUNDAY’S POST-GAME HEADLINE TODAY | Cowboys defense rattles Zach Wilson
The 24-year-old QB is charged with helping save the Jets season after Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. Per ESPN.com, Wilson believes he’s “absolutely” a better player after learning from Rodgers. The third-year QB, however, will fizzle against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.
In a Week 1 blowout, the Cowboys crushed the Giants, 40-0, forcing three turnovers and registering seven sacks. The win featured the largest margin of victory in a shutout in Dallas history. Wilson — the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — has an 8-14 record as a starter and has thrown more interceptions (18) than TD passes (15). Nothing he showed in relief of Rodgers on Monday night should inspire confidence in Jets fans.
SUNDAY’S POST-GAME HEADLINE TODAY | Detroit’s Aidan Hutchinson shuts down Seahawks
The second-year DE is developing into a standout pass rusher. Against Kansas City, the second overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft recorded three QB hits and four pressures, per Pro Football Reference. The Seahawks offensive line looked shaky against the Rams, surrendering two sacks, seven QB hits and 14 pressures in the 30-13 loss. Also, Seattle placed right tackle Abraham Lucas (kneecap) on injured reserve , and left tackle Charles Cross is questionable with a toe injury. Expect Hutchinson to dominate in Detroit’s home opener.
SUNDAY’S POST-GAME HEADLINE TODAY | Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill’s quest for 2,000 receiving yards rolls on
In the offseason, the Dolphins wide receiver set a goal to become the first pass-catcher to hit the 2,000-yard mark. He had a phenomenal start in Week 1, with 11 receptions for 215 yards and two TD catches in a 36-34 victory over the Chargers.
Although Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is a defensive genius, he will not ground Hill in this New England home game. In six games against the Patriots, the 29-year-old wideout has averaged six receptions for 91.7 receiving yards , per StatMuse. Another plus for Miami: QB Tua Tagovailoa is 4-0 against the Patriots.