Things could have been so, so different for both the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs after Sunday night’s game. With less than a minute and a half to go, the Chiefs were down by one and driving, almost inevitably it would seem, toward running the clock out and kicking a winning field goal. Then a fumble happened, allowing Lamar Jackson and co. to run out the said clock and win the game, preventing them from slipping to 0-2 to begin the season and also giving them an elusive win over Pat Mahomes and co. Despite forcing two turnovers, both of which were interceptions of Jackson, the Chiefs’ defense was putrid and gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense.
Jackson had 239 yards passing and over 100 on the ground and had three combined TD’s in the narrow 36-35 win while Mahomes finished with 343 yards through the air and three TD tosses. Elsewhere, the Tennessee Titans were able to keep the Seattle Seahawks faithful quiet when it was all said and done, taking a 33-30 victory in the Pacific Northwest in overtime on Sunday afternoon. Down 30-16 early in the fourth, Derrick Henry scored twice on the ground, once on a 60-yard play and once from a yard out with 29 seconds to go to even up the contest. In OT, it was Randy Bullock’s field goal that won it, sending both teams to 1-1 starts. The other game that deserves mentioning is that of the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings. For the second consecutive week, Kyler Murray played like an MVP candidate, dominating the purple and white to the tune of racking up 400 yards in the outing to go with four total touchdowns. He did have two INT’s as well, but it didn’t matter in the end as the visiting Vikings dropped to 0-2 following a 34-33 loss that came as a result of a missed 37-yard field goal as time expired. These are early days, and the season is 17 games this year, but it’s still never good to get yourself in an 0-2 hole.