It’s odd to think that Week 2 can be so crucial in the NFL, but it really is.
Since 2007 only 12% of teams that start 0-2 have gone on make the playoffs. In the same time span 55% of 2-0 teams have made the playoffs, so making sure you win at least one of your first two games is vital to success.
Week 2 saw a lot of big performances, with some teams like the San Francisco 49ers finding their groove, while others like Miami and the New York Giants continued to struggle. Who is likely to find themselves getting a spot in the Week 2 Team Of The Week?
Patrick Mahomes (Hero) – 92 OVR
The reigning NFL MVP had a superb day in Oakland as he sliced up the Raiders in the second quarter. Mahomes threw for 4 touchdowns, including a 42-yard strike to rookie Mecole Hardman on a 3rd & 20.
Mahomes finished the game with 443 yards and 4 scores, putting him on a ridiculous 821 yards already. He missed a TOTW card last week but he won’t be denied the Offense Hero spot this time.
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Jamie Collins (Hero) – 90 OVR
Maybe EA take pity on the hapless Miami Dolphins and won’t give the hero card to Jamie Collins this week, but there was no one that made a bigger impact to the stats sheet on the defensive side of the ball than Jamie Collins of the New England Patriots.
Collins racked up 5 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. He had half a sack too, but his best work came in coverage where he deflected two passes and picked off two more including taking one all the way back to the house for a touchdown.
Mark Andrews – 86 OVR
Tight end can be a tough position to get production out of but the Baltimore Ravens seem to have solved it this season. Their hard work should result in a strong TOTW card for Mark Andrews, who led the Ravens with 112 yards receiving and a touchdown on Sunday. He pulled in 8 of his 9 targets too.
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Luke Kuechly – 86 OVR
Luke Kuechly was a tackle machine on Thursday Night Football against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers former All-Pro middle linebacker flew around the field and put up 17 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, in a tight divisional game.
Dalvin Cook – 85 OVR
Dalvin Cook and the Minnesota Vikings run game has been rejuvenated this year under the guidance of Gary Kubiak. The Vikings star picked up 154 yards on 20 carries and found the endzone once. He also made 3 catches for 37 yards so expect this card to be a dual threat in the backfield.
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Whitney Mercilus – 84 OVR
While All-Pro pass rusher JJ Watt is having a slow start to the season for the Houston Texans, Whitney Mercilus is producing. The outside linebacker was a force on Sunday, picking up 2 sacks and 3 QB hits as well as forcing a pair of fumbles in a game that Houston won just 13-12 to avoid that dreaded 0-2 start.
Demarcus Robinson – 83 OVR
Another Chiefs player likely to find himself with a TOTW card is wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, who was the main beneficiary of Tyreek Hill’s injury. Robinson found himself a go-to deep option for Patrick Mahomes this week, pulling in all 6 of his targets for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns as he torched the Raiders secondary consistently.
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Stephon Tuitt – 82 OVR
The Steelers are having a tough start to their 2019 season, but Stephon Tuitt’s play remains a bright spot for the team. He was the only one to get consistent pressure on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, bringing him down for 2.5 sacks.
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