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Best and Worst NFL Player Performances in Week 2, 2020

By Gary Garry in NFL
| September 23, 2020 3:56 am PDT
Best and Worst NFL Player Performances in Week 2, 2020

The NFL season is like a 16 episode television series, so the plot is just starting to reveal itself after Week 2.

I’m going to shine the spotlight on a few of the top performers in this post, and I also call out some of the liabilities.

Here are the best and worst player performances in NFL Week 2.

Best Player Performances in NFL Week 2

Josh Allen

Allen plays in a small market up in Buffalo and the Bills don’t get much national attention, but their QB can flat out ball. In Week 2, Josh Allen completed 24 out of 35 passes for 417 yards and four TDs without an INT in a 31-28 Bills win over the Dolphins in Miami.

His 85.2 QBR after two games is the fourth highest Adjusted Total Quarterback Rating in the league. The three guys ahead of him are Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes.

Dak Prescott

I had Prescott on one of my fantasy teams, and I was ready to give up on the squad after I saw his performance in the first half. Of course, there’s a reason why they play 60 minutes, and he did a 180 after the intermission.

The Cowboys scored 30 points in the second half of that ballgame to register an unlikely win over the Falcons. Prescott threw the ball a total of 47 times for 450 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, and he had three rushing TDs.

Dak’s numbers alone would earn him a spot on this list, but the fact that he engineered a victory after being down 29-10 at halftime really puts it over the top.

Ryan Tannehill

The consistent Ryan Tannehill joins Josh Allen in the underrated quarterbacks club. He had a typically efficient outing last Sunday, completing 18 of 24 passes for 239 yards and four TDs in a hard fought 33-30 win. It was his ninth straight game with at least two touchdown passes, and that’s a franchise record.

Tennessee opponents have designed their defensive game plans to contain Derek Henry during the first two weeks of the season, and they have been successful. Tannehill and his supporting cast have been called upon to exploit the resultant openings in the passing game, and they have answered the call.

Stephen Gostkowski

A week ago, I named Gostkowski as one of the worst overall performers, even though he kicked a chip shot field goal to give Tennessee the victory. In Week 2, he hit a go-ahead 49 yarder with under two minutes left in the game and the defense held off the Jaguars the rest of the way.

The future Hall of Famer also kicked a 51 yard field goal at the end of the first half. Though he did miss an extra point, I’m putting him on this list because of the redemption factor.

Harrison Butker

Another kicker that registered an even better performance was Harrison Butker of the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Georgia Tech product nailed a 58 yard game-winning field goal in overtime to give the Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the Chargers in Los Angeles.

That sounds impressive enough, but it was actually his third kick of that sequence. It started with a 53 yard field goal that was nullified by a false start penalty. He then nailed a 58 yarder that didn’t count because the Chargers called a last second timeout. Undeterred and unrattled, he ended the game with the real thing.

Butker tied the franchise record with his first 58 yard field goal earlier in the game to go along with a 30 yard, game tying kick at the end of regulation. Like Gostkowski, he did miss an extra point, but his heroics make that hiccup easy to forgive.

Aaron Jones

Packers running back Aaron Jones had a monster Week 2 game. He gained 168 yards on the ground on just 18 carries with one rushing touchdown, and he caught four passes for 68 yards and another score.

The Packers are off to a running start after doubling up the Lions 42-21 in spite of the loss of Davante Adams. He suffered an ankle injury and a tweaked hamstring and he left the game with just 3 catches that went for 36 yards. His status for next week is uncertain at the time of this writing.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is off to an incendiary start to the 2020 season.

On Sunday night he engineered a 35-30 Seahawks win over the Patriots, going 21-28 for 288 and five touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 39 yards.

Cam Newton and Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman caught eight passes for a career-high 179 yards in the loss to Russell Wilson’s Seahawks. Cam Newton registered 397 yards through the air with one touchdown to go with two rushing TDs.

They are developing some chemistry, and if both of these veterans stay healthy, the sky’s the limit.

Darren Waller

Raiders tight end Darren Waller turned in a prime time performance in a winning effort against the Saints on Monday Night Football.

He hauled in 12 passes for 103 yards and a TD, and he was clearly the difference maker in the game.

Worst Player Performances in NFL Week 2

Carson Wentz

During his sophomore season in 2017, a lot of people thought that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was on his way to the league MVP award. He led the Eagles to an 11-2 record in his 13 starts with 3296 passing yards and 33 TD tosses.

He tore his ACL in the second half of the 13th game, and he was not a part of the Birds playoff run and eventual Super Bowl Championship. That glory was earned in storybook fashion by backup Nick Foles.

Wentz has never really been the same since then, and he had his second straight poor performance in 2020 on Sunday. The struggling Philly signal caller was 26-43 for 242 yards, zero touchdowns, and two picks against the Rams in Philadelphia. Ironically, L.A. is the team the Eagles were playing on that fateful day back in 2017.

The Eagles brass made a statement when they drafted Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round before this season, and he was elevated to the backup position prior to Game 2. Some observers thought that the promotion would light a fire under Wentz, but the results tell a different tale.

Mitchell Trubinsky and Daniel Jones

I’m including both of these guys together because they played against one another in the same game. Mitch Trubinsky was on the right side of a 17-13 home win, but offensively, the Bears were not better than the Giants—they were less bad.

Trubinsky was 18-28 for a mere 190 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His counterpart, Daniel Jones, averaged 6 yards per completed pass (he was 25-40) with no touchdowns, one interception, and a lost fumble.

These are young quarterbacks with futures, but their respective futures are looking less bright as the weeks pass.

Deshaun Watson

The last subpar performer that we will look at here is that of Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. It’s all about wins and losses in the NFL, and Watson’s team is 0-2 in 2020. Yesterday they were blown out in Houston by the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 33-16.

Watson connected on 25 of 36 mostly short passes for 275 yards, one TD, and one interception. He took off running five times for just 17 yards and he registered a 57.8 QBR, so all things considered, it was a tough day for him.

Summary

These are a few of my initial thoughts on the player performances during Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season.

Now, all of the players will turn the page, watch plenty of film, and get ready to redeem themselves or build on their success in Week 3. Check out our NFL betting picks for our thoughts on how Week 3 might go.

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