Another Tie, Mid-game Player Retirement, and Jags Win Highlight NFL Week 2

Jonathan Grant | September 17th, 2018

Coming into Week 2 of the NFL season, much of the talk was about the status of Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay QB was up in the air due to a knee injury, but as expected he started and played for the Pack at the Vikings. He went 30 for 42 in the air with 281 yards and a touchdown, but his team let a big lead slip in the fourth quarter to see the game tied at 29 all going into overtime. From there, the player that put himself in the spotlight, rather dubiously, was Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson. Twice in the extra period, he had a chance to win the game for his team. Twice he missed. One of those was from just 35 yards out. That one was kicked while time expired, leaving another game without a winner. This is the second week in a row that this has occurred. And it’s the first time since 1971 that it has happened in each of the first two weeks. And those games had no overtime!

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Elsewhere, the Buffalo Bills continued to make history of their own. The Bills are one of the punchlines of sports in America, and their folklore will only be added to after cornerback Vontae Davis literally quit at halftime of their 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Davis, a Pro Bowler three years ago, started the game for them, but ultimately decided that he could no longer pay the price it took to be an NFL player at halftime. It’s a rather strange decision to make considering it was in the middle of the game, and that has left a number of his teammates, former teammates now, angry at him. The ten-year veteran would likely not have been looked at this way if he simply finished out the game, but to quit in the middle of the game after preaching that one should not quit to find success is quite hypocritical. Now, many are saying that the Chargers beat them so bad that one of the Bills quit. Poor Buffalo…

And finally, the biggest match up of the week pitted the New England Patriots against the Jaguars in Jacksonville in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game won by the Pats. This time around would be much different, with the Jags taking control early on and keeping the pedal down to defeat the dynastic Patriots 31-20. The Jags raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, and they would hold on to that advantage for much of the game while looking comfortable throughout. Quarterback Blake Bortles shone on the day, throwing four TD passes, to give his team a first win in nine games against the vaunted Pats. Could it be a sign of things to come, or is it just a regular season thing? We’ll have to wait and see.

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