Week 2 of the NFL season concluded with a doubleheader on Monday Night Football. As I previously wrote, there were many one-possession games in Week1 and Week 2; however, last night’s Monday Night Football games were anything but close and competitive games.
Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans
In Week 1, the Bills defeat the defending champion Los Angeles Rams 31-10. They looked to continue that momentum in Week 2 as they hosted the Titans. The Bills and Titans were tied 7-7 after the first quarter, and then the Bills completely took over the game. It got out of hand quickly, and quarterback Josh Allen was pulled out of the game early, en route to a 41-7 win. The Bills scored 24 points in the third quarter.
Following the statement win, Josh Allen said:
“It doesn’t matter who it’s against. Like, that’s a good team that we played. For us to go do that was great.”
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs said:
“It was a lot left on the bone, really. We had a lot of points. I think we had one punt and I think it came back to us. But just doing your job, and at this point we’re doing OK I guess.”
The Bills look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and every NFL team should view the Bills’ performance on Monday night as a warning. There are several teams in the AFC, including the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens, who will compete in January for a chance at the Super Bowl championship; however, if the Bills clinch home-field advantage, they will be a very tough out.
Following the loss and 0-2 start, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said:
“We got our (butts) kicked, plain and simple. They outplayed us and they outcoached us, and that’s the definition of it. We’re going to go back to work and try to figure out how to win a football game.”
Titans running back Derrick Henry said:
“I pride myself on making plays and being a playmaker for this team. And I didn’t do that tonight. They were the better team tonight in all three phases, the whole game. We just weren’t good enough. At all.”
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Eagles dominated the Vikings in the first half. They led the Vikings 24-7 at halftime, and neither team scored in the second half. Jalen Hurts dominated, and wide receiver Devontae Smith stepped up when called upon.
Following the game, Smith said:
“Like I said, when the ball comes to you, you have to make the most of your opportunity. So just going out there, us as an offense, executing, everybody got their opportunities and everybody made the most of them.”
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts – 26 completions on 31 pass attempts, 333 yards thrown, one touchdown thrown, one interception, 11 carries, 57 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns
Bills quarterback Josh Allen – 26 completions on 38 pass attempts, 317 yards thrown, four touchdowns
Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs – 12 receptions, 148 yards, three touchdowns
Eagles running back Miles Sanders – 17 carries, 80 yards
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert – Five receptions, 82 yards
Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith – Seven receptions, 80 yards
The Bills and Eagles made a statement on Monday Night Football. Stefon Diggs showed why he is one of the best wide receivers in the league, and the Bills dominated without their second-best wide receiver, Gabe Davis.
Week 3 kicks off with the Cleveland Browns hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional matchup on Thursday Night Football.