3 NFL Week 2 Takeaways: The Vikings Are a Piece Away

Tim Kelly
September 16, 2019 - 9:54 am
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Week 2 of the NFL season was so jam-packed that the Los Angeles Chargers suffering a brutal road loss to the Detroit Lions, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens moving to 2-0 and Jimmy Garoppolo turning in his best game in the NFL seem like afterthoughts Monday morning.

Here are three things that stood out during Week 2:

Despite a big fourth quarter, Carson Wentz and the Eagles lost to the Falcons on Sunday Night Football.
Despite a big fourth quarter, Carson Wentz and the Eagles lost to the Falcons on Sunday Night Football. Photo credit (Dale Zanine/USA Today Images)

1. Sunday Night Football Was An Absolute Bloodbath

If you can remember an NFL game in the last five years (and maybe longer) that saw more players end up in the medical tent and/or locker room, you're in the minority.

Falcons punter Matt Bosher was dealing with an obvious groin injury, one that led to his three punts going for an average of just 39.3 yards. Forty-four-year-old kicker Matt Bryant was forced to do kickoffs for the first time in over a decade. Though rookie right tackle Kaleb McGary ultimately returned to the game, he suffered a knee injury that he'll have further evaluated Monday. Safety Damontae Kazee, cornerback Desmond Trufant and safety Ricardo Allen all suffered minor injuries during the game that forced them to miss some time, though none of the injuries appear like they will have a lingering affect beyond Sunday.

For the Eagles, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were injured early in the game and did not return, which left the Eagles without many passing options considering that a calf injury kept second-year tight end Dallas Goedert from playing at all, even though he was active. Meanwhile, quarterback Carson Wentz took a shot in the ribs early in the first-half, and before halftime, he ended up in concussion protocol for a different hit. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was blown up in the endzone, which forced him to go through concussion protocol. The Eagles had to burn a timeout in the fourth quarter to assure that Zach Ertz didn't miss a play after he took a big hit over the middle and had to briefly come off the field ahead of a crucial third-and-10. Two plays later, when Wentz hooked up with Agholor for a 43-yard gain on fourth-and-14, future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters had to come off for a play after getting the wind knocked out of him.

Though the injuries didn't subside late, the quality of play increased rather dramatically late in this game.

Following Wentz and the Eagles going on a 13-play, 73-yard drive that saw the fourth-year quarterback rush for a touchdown and complete a two-point conversion, the Falcons answered in a major way. Down 20-17, the Falcons elected to run a play on fourth-and-3 on their own 46-yard line just ahead of the two-minute warning. That decision ended with Julio Jones in the endzone: