Welcome to the Monday issue of the Pick Six newsletter!
If the newsletter is only 40% agreed today, it’s because I’m still trying to make sense of everything that happened in the NFL on Sunday. I mean, the Browns became full Browns, and as we all know, no one should ever become full Browns. The Browns’ only advantage is that no one in the AFC North makes fun of them because the entire division has gone completely to the Browns: the Ravens lost a 35–14 lead in the fourth quarter, the Bengals let someone named Cooper Rush to beat them, and the Steelers Offensive set football back 75 years when he played against the Patriots.
Anyway, we have a lot of topics to cover today, so let’s get down to a quick rundown.
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1. Tonight’s Show: Week 2 Winners and Losers Plus Full Recap
It’s Monday, which can only mean one thing: last night I stayed up until 3am recording a podcast with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson that touched on everything you need to know about Week 2, and let me tell you, it’s probably for the better. What are you listening to. We’ve covered all 13 of Sunday’s games, which means we’ve probably spent some time discussing your favorite team.
One thing we do every week is give away our weekly winners and losers on Sundays. Look who made it to our list.
- Winner: Tyreke Hill. Not only did Hill have a monster game (11 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns), but now he suddenly doesn’t look so crazy about spending rocking Tua Tagovailoa in her podcast. At some point in the off-season, Hill Patrick Mahomes, and while Tua may not be quite at Mahomes’ level yet, he took another step closer with six touchdowns against the Ravens.
- Loser: Elf Brownie. Wilson believes that the elf was “stupid to put in center field” and that there was no way the Browns could win with the elf at the 50-yard line. Judging by the way the Browns’ game has played out – they’ve lost a 30-17 lead in the last 90 seconds – it looks like the elf’s curse is real.
- Winner: Tom Brady. Of course, Brady smashed the board in desperation on the touchline, and yes, a big fight broke out at the end of the game, but it doesn’t matter now because Brady was finally able to defeat the Saints. Since signing in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers QB have been 0-4 in regular season games against New Orleans, but that’s not the case since Sunday’s 20-10 win. It’s time to do something right for this guy.
- Loser: The entire Colts organization This team should ask the NFL to never force them to play in Jacksonville again. This loss was a complete setback for everyone in the organization. The Colts have lost eight road games to the Jaguars in a row. This game marks the third time in the past 28 years that the Colts have been shut down, and the odd part is that all three went up against the Jaguars.
- Winner: Jimmy Garoppolo bank account. With Trey Lance out for the season, Garoppolo will have a chance to earn a lot of bonus money in 2022. For Sunday’s game alone, the 49ers QB earned $379,000 in incentives. Garoppolo receives $250,000 for each game where he plays at least 25% of the snaps and another $100,000 if the 49ers win that game. He also earns $29,000 a week just for being on the active roster. As long as Garoppolo stays healthy, he will earn at least $4.5 million in bonus money for playing 16 games, and then you can earn another $100,000 for each win. He will also receive another $500,000 in bonus money for each playoff game he starts in and plays at least 50% of the games. Garoppolo’s bank account definitely wins.
- Loser: Joe Barrow. Judging by the way the Bengals’ offensive line is playing, Barrow may not survive the season. Burrow could be fired 111 times this year, which is an absurdly high number considering the NFL record for most sacks in a season is 76. The Bengals offensive line should have been better this year, but somehow he looked even worse than last season.
We not only compiled a list of winners and losers, but also summed up the results of each Sunday game. To listen to today’s episode, be sure to click here. You can also look the entire episode on YouTube by clicking here.
2. Week 2 injuries: Trey Lance out for the season, Justin Herbert recovering from rib injury.
Hopefully we won’t need to do an injury rollup every week, but there were so many injuries in the NFL over the weekend that we definitely needed today’s rollup.
Here’s a look at the biggest injuries in week 2:
- Trey Lance out for the season. 49ers quarterback during the first quarter of San Francisco’s 27-7 win over the Seahawks. Before dropping due to injury, Lance was 2-of-3 for 30 yards in the pass department and also had 13 yards in the rush. After the 49ers’ victory, Kyle Shanahan revealed that Lance is due for surgery today. “You empathize with someone so badly,” Shanahan said of Lance’s injury. “It’s sad, but you don’t have time to sit and think about it. You have to get back to the game and the guys did a great job with that. I’m very happy to win, but it gets a little dark when you walk into the dressing room.”
- Justin Herbert is recovering from a rib injury. The Chargers have received good and bad news from Herbert’s injury. The good news is that he escaped serious injury, but the bad news is that and the Chargers are now reviewing it day in and day out. Herbert could definitely play against Jacksonville this week, but if he’s there, he’ll have to have high pain tolerance because any shot to the ribs could make things worse.
- Cloney is out in the third week. Browns forward Jadevon Cloney pulled out of the game in the third quarter on Sunday with an ankle injury. According on cleveland.com, Clooney left the stadium in a walking boot. On Monday, the Browns ruled Clooney out of Thursday’s game against the Steelers.
- Two Broncos players were injured. The Broncos had two key players out early Sunday morning: Jerry Judy (ribs) and Patrick Serten (shoulder) were ruled out with injuries. Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett the team learns more about both injuries on Monday. If any of the players are out of action for an extended period, it will be bad news for the Broncos.
On Sunday there were not only injuries, but also several bailouts. The reason this is notable is because expulsion can sometimes result in a player being disqualified.
- Marshawn Lattimore and Mike Evans ejected after a wild Saints-Buccaneers brawl. The corner Saints and the receiving Buccaneers were thrown out after getting into a fight in the second half of Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win (see fight details below). ).
- An ejection results in Evans’ disqualification. On Monday, the NFL announced that Evans has been suspended for one game, meaning he will have to sit out Tampa Bay’s Week 3 game against the Packers. According on ESPN.comEvans is appealing the suspension, so there’s a slim chance he’ll be able to play this week.
The reason Evans was suspended (rather than Lattimore) is because the recipient has an ugly history with the Saints. In 2017 Evans was suspended for one game for hitting Lattimore blindly, and the NFL takes your previous history into account when assigning penalties.
3. Week 2: Browns get “D” for choke, Cowboys get “A-” for bengals.
Every week I team up with six of my colleagues here at CBSSports.com to hand out grades, and this week the Browns got a “D” on their report card after somehow losing a 30-17 lead over the last 90 seconds against Jetta.
Here are scores for two notable games played on Sunday:
NY Jets 31-30 over Cleveland ()
- Takeaway aircraft: It seemed like the Jets were left for dead with less than two minutes left in the game, but they somehow overcame a 30–17 deficit in the last 85 seconds to win. Joe Flacco fired up in the last two minutes, throwing 7 of 11 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns (he threw four touchdowns on the day). Rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson scored two touchdowns, including a game winner. The Jets’ miraculous win was backed up by Justin Hardy, who bounced back from a side kick late in the game. Flacco has owned the Browns his entire career, going 18-3, including Sunday’s win. Rated excellent-
- Browns clearance: The Browns have completely melted into this game in a way that only the Browns can. Over the past 1:55, the Browns have completely exploded, making several serious mistakes that cost them the game. If Nick Chubb had kneed the ball on 1 instead of scoring with 1:55 left, the Browns would have won (the first down would have won the game for Cleveland because the Jets didn’t have timeouts) . In addition to Chubb’s misguided decision, there was also a missed extra point in the last two minutes, poor coverage of the 66-yard TD, and the collapse of the arm team. It was indeed a group ugliness on the part of the Browns. Grade: D
Detroit 36-27 over Washington (Click here to see full game stats)
- Commander output: “Commanders” could win this game if they entered the field in the first half. During the disastrous first two quarters of the game, Washington not only refused safety, but also did not record a single first attempt, until …