NFL Week 2 takeaways: Bengals come out of chaotic Sunday a mess
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals are winless through two weeks after playing in the Super Bowl last year. Photo by Tony Gutierrez/AP.

An action-packed 13-game slate saw chaos erupt across the board.

Last season's AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals are winless through two weeks after getting shocked by the Dak Prescott-less Dallas Cowboys. The Cleveland Browns snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, while the Green Bay Packers reminded everyone that they're still here on a wacky day of NFL football.

To make sense of it all, check out our NFL Week 2 takeaways.

NFL Week 2 takeaways

The dogs were barking in Week 2. Seven moneyline upsets occurred and favourites went just 4-9 across Sunday's slate.

The under went 8-5, continuing last week's trend of low-scoring, sloppy football in the majority of contests. But there were some shootouts, with three games going over 60 total points.

GameO/UATS winnerTotal
Car (-1) vs. NYG43.5Giants35 (U)
IND (-3) vs. JAX43.5Jaguars24 (U)
NE (-3) vs. PIT 40Patriots31 (U)
MIA vs. BAL (-3)45.5Dolphins80 (O)
NYJ vs. CLE (-6.5)39Jets61 (O)
TB (-2.5) vs. NO 43Buccaneers30 (U)
WSH (-0.5) vs. DET48.5Lions63 (O)
ATL vs. LAR (-10.5)46Falcons58 (O)
SEA vs. SF (-8.5)39.549ers34 (U)
AZ vs. LV (-5.5)51.5Cardinals52 (O)
CIN (-7) vs. DAL42Cowboys37 (U)
HOU vs. DEN (-10)45.5Texans25 (U)
CHI VS. GB (-10)42Packers37 (U)

Before we break it all down, let's take a quick look at the lines of some key Week 3 games.

Early Week 3 lines

  • Week 3 begins with a battle between two hated rivals when the Pittsburgh Steelers head north to take on the Browns (-5) on Thursday Night Football.
  • The Buffalo Bills are a wagon but the Miami Dolphins may prove to be a legitimate AFC East threat — the two teams clash next Sunday.
  • Sticking with the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs bear a heftier number against the Colts in Indianapolis, while the Los Angeles Rams are modest favourites in an NFC West showdown with the Arizona Cardinals.
  • There are no double-digit favourites on the board as of Monday morning.

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DateAwayHomeO/UBet the spread
Sept. 22PITCLE (-5)38.5Steelers or Browns
Sept. 25BUF (-4)MIA50.5Bills or Dolphins
Sept. 25LAR (-4)AZ 50.5Rams or Cardinals
Sept. 19KC (-6.5)IND 49.5Chiefs or Colts

Odds as of 3:30 p.m. on 09/19/2022.

NFL Week 2 takeaways: Stock up

Dolphins: Miami looked dead in the water at halftime but a heroic comeback led by Tua Tagovailoa saw the Dolphins erase a 21-point deficit and improve to 2-0.

Through two games, the Fins proved they can win in multiple ways. They held the Patriots to seven points last week, leaning on defensive play and time of possession.

This week, they took the top off a solid Ravens defence to the tune of 42 points and 547 yards. Tagovailoa threw for six touchdowns while Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill both went for over 170 yards receiving.

The Bills are expected to win the AFC East but Mike McDaniel and his Dolphins might just give them a run for their money.

Garrett Wilson: The No. 10 overall pick out of Ohio State was a force in college and it didn't take long for him to figure out the pros.

Wilson recorded eight receptions for 102 yards, both of which were team highs. He also capped off an improbable comeback against the Browns with a game-winning touchdown, one of two on the day.

It was a truly dominant performance and given the trend we've seen with rookie receivers taking off recently (Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase) we'll be keeping a close eye on Wilson.

Packers: In a classic Week 1 overreaction, many wrote Aaron Rodgers and the Packers off for dead. Well, the back-to-back MVP went off in a rout over the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers declared ownership over the Bears last season and reminded a national audience of what he's all about. The QB threw for two touchdowns and completed 19 of 25 passes, while Aaron Jones rushed for 132 yards on 15 carries.

The Packers started off slow last year before ripping off a 13-4 season. Don't be surprised if they do something similar this time around.

Stock down

Colts: The Colts may be on their way to the glue factory with the way things are going through two weeks.

Indianapolis was shut out in Jacksonville as Matt Ryan and the offence turned the ball over three times. Jonathan Taylor had nine rushes for 54 yards after going off for 161 yards in Week 1.

This marks back-to-back troubling results for the Colts, who started with a tie against the Texans. Something has soured in Indianapolis and it appears shipping out Carson Wentz was not the answer.

Nathaniel Hackett: The Broncos did win their matchup against the Texans but it was not pretty, and the fans weren't shy to let Hackett know.

Russell Wilson managed just one touchdown to accompany three field goals. Denver should've scored four field goals, but some atrocious clock management on Hackett's behalf led to a delay of game penalty, which in turn led to a punt.

If Hackett opted to kick, the field goal would have been 59 yards, which was five yards shorter than what he had Brandon McManus attempt in the opener.

Steelers: Pittsburgh's offence looked abysmal against the Patriots. Between Matt Canada's overly conservative playcalling and Mitchell Trubisky's inability to hit a receiver in the hands, there shouldn't be much optimism here.

The Steelers will soon have a choice to make — ride out the season with Trubisky at the helm or turn to Kenny Pickett, who looked promising in the preseason. Either way, rolling with a rookie quarterback in a tough AFC North may not be a recipe for success.

T.J. Watt is out for the next five weeks and his game-wrecking abilities were sorely missed on Sunday. Don't expect much out of the Steelers until he returns.

Upset of the week

Cowboys over Bengals (-7): Joe Burrow's insurance premiums must be going through the roof as the star quarterback was sacked six times in Cincinnati's 20-17 defeat to Dallas.

That has become an alarming trend for Burrow, who was sacked more than any QB last year and has already been taken down 13 times. Cincinnati's offseason additions have not yet paid dividends.

Let's give the Cowboys some credit, though. The defence was rabid and made plays when it had to, including a clutch Trevon Diggs tackle to keep Cincinnati short of the chains in the fourth.

Cooper Rush did exactly what you want a backup quarterback to do — manage the clock, make a few plays and not turn the ball ove in a big bounce-back win for Dallas without Prescott.

NFL Week 2 takeaways: Prop watch

Amon-Ra St. Brown (9 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TDs + 68 rushing yards): This is a monstrous stat line for a guy who's about to become a household name.

Dating back to last season, St. Brown has recorded eight-plus receptions in eight straight games. He's remarkably consistent for a second-year player and has a knack for showing up in the big moment.

It may have been the Commanders on the wrong side of this torching, but a performance like this is worth highlighting. Expect St. Brown to keep buzzing in what should be a breakout year.

Aaron Jones (15 rushes, 132 yards, 1 TD + 38 receiving yards, 1 TD): All eyes were on Rodgers but another Aaron took over the spotlight. Jones accounted for 41% of the Packers' yards as he completely dominated play, averaging 8.8 YPC.

Jones was schemed open on each of the Packers' first two touchdowns, as he netted one rushing and one receiving. A.J. Dillion actually got more carries (18 to 15) but Jones made the most of his opportunities.

We expect him to continue dominating the red zone as the season progresses.

Nick Chubb (17 rushes, 87 yards, 3 TDs + 26 receiving yards): If there's one thing we can say about the Browns through two weeks, it's that their run game is still unbelievable.

Chubb was merciless in the red zone on Sunday, scoring three times in what was looking like a rout of the Jets (more on that later).

With Jacoby Brissett holding down the fort until Deshaun Watson returns from suspension, one can expect Chubb to keep posting otherworldly stat lines.

Here's how we did on our prop and TD-specific picks in Week 2:

Javonte Williams over 81.5 rushing + receiving yards-11585 yards
Michael Carter over 20.5 receiving yards -11027 yards
Tua Tagovailoa under 256.5 passing yards-115469 yards
Jamal Williams anytime TD+1050 TDs
Joe Mixon anytime TD-1250 TD
Ashton Dulin anytime TD+3750 TDs

Bad beat of the week

Last week was relatively benign in the bad beats department, so the gambling gods decided to inflict maximum pain this time around.

The Raiders (-5.5) coughed up a 20-0 halftime lead and gave up a touchdown as time expired to force overtime, before eventually losing. The Ravens (-3) experienced a similar fate, coughing up a 21-point lead in the fourth.

Nothing will top what the Browns (-6.5) did, though. For a team whose history is so deeply entrenched in losing games spectacularly, this one takes the cake.

Cleveland was up 24-17 with two minutes left and was well on its way to covering before Chubb scored a touchdown. Wait, Chubb scoring is bad for a 6.5-point spread? Yup.

Cade York missed the extra point (putting Cleveland up 30-17) before Corey Davis broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown.

At this point, the spread was already dead but what happened after made the defeat even more remarkable.

Cleveland failed to recover an onside kick and then proceeded to allow a 37-year-old Joe Flacco — who tormented Browns fans for the better part of a decade — to lead a nine-play, 53-yard touchdown drive with 22 seconds remaining.

Ball game. Jets win. Flacco improves to 18-3 versus the Browns.

NFL Week 1 takeaways: Think tank

Lance-less Niners: Trey Lance suffered a broken right ankle and will require season-ending surgery. That's a massive loss for the 49ers and for NFL fans in general, who were keen to see the 2021 No. 3 overall pick's chops.

Kyle Shanahan caught flack for repeatedly running Lance into the teeth of the Seahawks' front seven, which resulted in the injury. Former Niners legend Steve Young wasn't too fond of it.

Jimmy Garoppolo will take over for the Niners which is about as good a situation as San Francisco could ask for. Garoppolo knows the offence and quarterbacked the team to two conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance.

Superbowl hangover(s): The Rams may have improved to 1-1 but it was an ugly performance. The Falcons stormed back from a 28-3 deficit — yes, you read that right — with 17 fourth-quarter points only to lose 31-27.

Los Angeles has given up 58 points through two games (No. 2 in the NFL). That's not what you want to see out of a team that thrived off strong defence in 2021.

Jalen Ramsey's late interception stopped Atlanta's miracle comeback in its tracks.

The Bengals, meanwhile, are in an even worse spot. Burrow can't find a clean pocket to save his life and Cincinnati is 0-2. We're not quite ready to declare Zac Taylor's squad dead yet but something needs to change if they want to replicate last year's success.

Brian Daboll: The New York Giants are 2-0. Not many would have seen that coming, but Daboll has something cooking in the Meadowlands. A culture change, perhaps.

An impressive Week 1 upset over the Tennessee Titans was backed up by a three-point victory over the Panthers on Sunday.

The Giants have given up 36 points through two games, which is an encouraging sign for a team that struggled on that side of the ball last year.

Swashbuckling defence: Tampa's defence is still really good. Todd Bowles' unit allowed only 10 points to the Saints a week after holding the Cowboys to three.

The Buccaneers forced five turnovers on Sunday, picking Jameis Winston off three times while also recovering two fumbles.

There seems to be no weakness in the unit as Vita Vea and Akiem Hicks hold down the front while Antoine Winfield Jr. and Jamel Dean lock down the secondary. Let's not forget Devin White is one of the best linebackers in football.

With Tom Brady's offence not up to par, expect the defence to carry this team through the season.

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