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7 Things We Learned from Week 2 of the 2020 NFL Season

By Gary Garry in NFL
| September 23, 2020 4:47 am PDT
7 Things We Learned from Week 2 of the 2020 NFL Season

A few teams made positive statements during Week 2 of the NFL season, and there were others that revealed severe weaknesses.

We also learned some lessons about individual players, and I’m going to provide the rundown here.

The Eagles Are Not Good at Football

This revelation is painful to me, because I’m a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, the cold hard truth is that they are not a good football team.

The Arizona Cardinals aren’t looked upon as a powerhouse, and they crushed the Washington Football Team 30-15 in Week 2. The same Washington squad overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat the Eagles 27-17 in Week 1, and that tells you a lot about the Philadelphia contingent.

On Sunday, the Rams handed it to the Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love by a score of 37-19. It got so bad that the recorded crowd noise that they were piping through the stadium was heavily sprinkled with boos.

Quarterback Carson Wentz has struggled behind a makeshift offensive line, and the defense has faltered as well. It’s still early, but the handwriting on the wall in Philly is pretty straightforward.

Davante Adams Is Still Fragile

When Aaron Rodgers has Davante Adams on the field with him at 100%, they make up one of the most potent quarterback-receiver duos in the National Football League. The problem is that Adams is usually nursing some type of injury when he isn’t on the sidelines watching his teammates struggle in his absence.

He had a fantastic game in Week 1, but he was bitten by the injury bug again in Week 2. This time it was a sprained ankle and a balky hamstring that limited him to three catches for 36 yards. His status for the Pack’s Week 3 game against the Saints in NOLA has not yet been determined.

The Cowboys Depleted Defense Is Vulnerable

Dallas lost a slew of players to free agency and injuries before the season began, and key linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is out indefinitely after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 1. Cornerback Anthony Brown has been knocked out of the starting lineup as well, so they are getting mighty thin.

The Cowboys defense has become a liability in the early going. They stormed back from a big deficit to eke out a win in Week 2, but the Falcons put 39 points on the board against them in Dallas.

From a football betting perspective, based on what we have been seeing on the field, you have to take a long look at the over when the Cowboys are playing.

The Ravens Are Dominant

The Ravens crushed Cleveland 38-6 in the opener, and they followed that up with a 33-16 drubbing of the Houston Texans in Week 2. We know that the Lamar Jackson-led offense can move the ball and put points on the board, but the Baltimore defense is quite dominant in its own right.

They entertain the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 on Monday Night Football. That will be a big test, but since it is a home game, the Ravens will be favored.

After that, they play Washington, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia in succession, so if they can beat the Chiefs, they have a good chance to start the season with a 6-0 record.

Green Bay Should Cruise in the NFC North

Any statement like this is going to be arguable this early in the season, but I will go out on a limb and say that Green Bay is the clear-cut class of the NFC North. They beat the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 1, and they doubled up Detroit by a score of 42-21 in Week 2.

The Vikings and the Lions are both 0-2, and the undefeated Bears and the Pack are sharing the top spot right now. Chicago looked pretty mediocre in their slim victory over the lowly Giants on Sunday, and they barely got by Detroit in the opener.

We will have to wait a while for a showdown if it comes down to that, because the Packers and Bears do not play until November 29, and that game will be in Green Bay.

Derek Henry Can Be Contained

For much of last season and during the playoffs, Derek Henry was unstoppable, even when good defenses knew he was going to get the ball. Surprisingly, things have been quite a bit different this year.

In Week 1 against the Broncos he ran for 116 yards, and that may not sound like containment, but it took him 31 carries to do it.

That’s a pedestrian 3.7 yards per carry average, and he didn’t score any touchdowns. In Week 2, he managed 84 yards on 25 carries against a maligned Jacksonville run defense that focused on shutting him down. Once again, he was kept out of the end zone.

Ryan Tannehill Can Exploit the Defensive Focus on Henry

You have to pick your poison when you are a defensive coordinator devising a scheme to use against the Tennessee Titans. Yes, you may be able to devote resources to throttle Henry, but that’s when Ryan Tannehill and the passing game will kick it into gear.

In Week 2, Tannehill completed 18 of 24 passes for 239 yards and four touchdowns with no picks. That was good for a 90.2 QBR, and in Week 1, Tannehill had another efficient game with a pair of TD passes and zero interceptions.

Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and the opportunistic Tannehill will make teams pay if they don’t stay honest.


These are a few of the things that we learned last week, but we can unlearn them in a hurry, because football is an unpredictable game.

We’ll see if these impressions hold up as the season progresses, and I’ll be back here next week to share some Week 3 lessons.



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