Any given Sunday. Or any given NFL season, quite frankly. Anything can happen.
We’re just two weeks into the 2018 NFL season and already there are shocks — both good and bad — that seem to come with every season. It’s why there can be eight new playoff teams in a a year. There’s always those certainties, but there are always those surprises that leave you stunned.
Look no further than Ryan Fitzpatrick Fitzmagic, who is the star of the NFL after two weeks. He had tossed for over 800 yards and 8 touchdowns in his first two games in place of Jameis Winston, who is certainly not getting his job back. Or, at least, he shouldn’t.
From Fitzmagic and Pat Mahomes to Vontae Davis, from the Bears defense to the Giants, the NFL is certainly never boring.
Let’s take a look at the Winners and Losers from Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season:
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Fitzmagic lives! Is there anyone that’s having more fun right now than Ryan Fitzpatrick? Fitzpatrick tossed another 4 touchdowns in the Bucs’ win over the Eagles becoming the first player to toss for 4 touchdowns and 400 yards in the first two games of a season. How is Jameis Winston not sweating a lake right now?
Patrick Mahomes – Speaking of quarterbacks slinging it around, Patrick Mahomes continues to flash incredible potential in his third start. Mahomes, who sat on my fantasy football bench (ugh), threw six touchdowns in a shootout victory over the Steelers. Mahomes became the quickest player to throw for 10 touchdowns in the start of his career.
Jacksonville Jaguars – It’s a good time to be a Jaguars fan. Jacksonville finally beat the Patriots — and in impressive fashion. Blake Bortles led an impressive offense and the defense made it difficult for Tom Brady all afternoon. I’m riding my Jaguars high now that they’ve proven they can beat the Patriots.
Cincinnati Bengals – Who dey that’s 2-0? It’s hard to believe after their head coach was nearly fired last season, but the Bengals are quietly building some momentum with their latest 34-20 win over the Ravens. AJ Green made fantasy owners happy and the arrow appears to be pointing up.
Miami Dolphins – Speaking of surprising teams that are 2-0, say hello to the Dolphins, who have definitely shocked me and the NFL. They’ve posted wins against the Titans and Jets, which isn’t too impressive, but anytime you start 2-0, you deserve some praise.
Todd Gurley – While Gurley wasn’t phenomenal from a yardage standpoint – with 42 yards rushing and 31 yards receiving – he did account for three touchdowns in the Rams’ blowout win over the Cardinals.
Falcons Red Zone Offense – Falcons fans can breathe a little easier because the red zone is alive with the sound of touchdowns! The Falcons scored four touchdowns in the win over Carolina after going 1-for-5 in the season opener.
Chicago Bears Defense – This Bears defense is bringing back 2006 defensive vibes with its dominant performance against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Chicago sacked Wilson 6 times, including 5 times in the first half, forced a couple fumbles, and returned a pick for a touchdown. The Bears now lead the NFL with 10 sacks. Oh, and they’re half a game out of first in the NFC North.
Vontae Davis – It’s unbelievable because it’s true and because it’s never happened before. But Vontae Davis literally quit on his team in the middle of the game. Davis retired at halftime of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Talk about completely giving up on your team.
Arizona Cardinals – You could make a very convincing argument that the Cardinals are the worst team in the league. They’re 0-2 and have been outscored by their opponents 58-6, including a shutout by the Rams. To make matters worse, they have to face the fearsome Bears defense next week. Good lord.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Le’veon Bell, tying the Browns, losing in a shootout…man it’s been a tough couple of weeks for the Steelers. And it doesn’t feel any better when your star receiver is saying to trade him to prove he doesn’t need Ben Roethlisberger. Damn.
New York Giants – Wouldn’t you look like Eli Manning if you were on this Giants team? The Giants’ offense looked horrendous against a Cowboys defense that isn’t that dominant. And the Giants still only lost by 7.
Detroit Lions – The Lions are finding new ways to lose, their veteran QB doesn’t look like the QB they paid, their running game is still stalled, their run defense was atrocious and allowed someone named Matt Breida (really?) to run all over them, and Matt Patricia is just a bad football coach.
Jon Gruden – Gruden is still searching for an answer to the Raiders’ pass rushing woes. And the “duh” is still way over his head at this point. Happy 0-2, Gruden!
Houston Texans – It’s not a hot start for Deshaun Watson and the Texans, who are winless on the season after two games. Knowing what Watson did last season before he went down with a knee injury, you can’t help but feel underwhelmed at the product on the field right now.
Ties – Unless you’re a team like the Browns that haven’t won in two years, a tie is basically just a glorified loss. The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers were the latest teams to tie, which was actually pretty great for my Bears.
Jameis Winston – Yeah, he’s not getting his job back.