The 2021 NFL season is now two weeks old, and as per usual, there was plenty of drama as more big names suffered injuries while some Super Bowl challengers sustained losses.
The Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers kept their 100 per cent records intact, but which teams were the winners and which were the losers from week two?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winners
Tom Brady has still got it, and there looks to be no signs of ageing as the Bucs quarterback caused chaos against the Atlanta Falcons. The seven-time Super Bowl champion threw five touchdown passes as the Bucs (5/1 to win the Super Bowl) crushed the Falcons 48-25.
Bruce Arians’ side are now 2-0 for the season and looking good, which is no surprise as they are the defending champions.
New York Jets – Losers
This is harsh against the rest of the Jets organisation; however, they will need to shoulder the blame as they drafted Zach Wilson.
The No.2 overall pick threw four interceptions during Sunday’s defeat to the New England Patriots, with the Pats winning 25-6 against their divisional rivals.
Wilson’s career could still be a huge success, but he was booed off the field after struggling to impress on his first appearance at home.
Arizona Cardinals – Winners
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray stole the headlines in his team’s thrilling victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Cardinals ran out 34-33 winners in a pulsating encounter, and Murray threw for 400 yards. He fired home three touchdowns during that time, while he added 31 rushing yards to his tally for the season.
The Cardinals look dangerous, and with Murray at the helm, who knows how far they can go.
Miami Dolphins – Losers
The Dolphins were considered potential candidates to win the AFC East, but they were humbled at home by the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills (10/1 to win the Super Bowl) won 35-0, and Miami’s future prospects could be in trouble after QB Tua Tagovailoa suffered a rib injury.
Miami now need to regroup after losing their unbeaten start to the season.
Baltimore Ravens – Winners
The Ravens (11/10 to win the AFC North) sneak into our winners’ list after their 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
John Harbaugh’s plans for the campaign have been torn up after several season-ending injuries, but his team dug deep to beat the Chiefs, who reached last year’s Super Bowl.
The Ravens ran 41 times and secured three touchdowns, with QB Lamar Jackson adding 107 yards of his own on the ground.
New York Giants – Losers
The Giants have made a poor start to the season, losing their opening two games. Things could have been so much different for Joe Judge’s side, but they lost their concentration at the death against Washington Football Team.
Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins had two goes at the winning field goal after Giants defender Dexter Lawrence jumped offside. Washington’s second attempt was five yards closer and successful, as the Giants once again shot themselves in the foot.
Thursday’s 30-29 defeat will be tough to get over, as the Giants wasted a huge opportunity.