Biggest Storylines, Top Highlights and Fantasy Stars to Watch from NFL Week 2

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 16, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Week 2 of the NFL season kicked off with the Cincinnati Bengals defeating the Baltimore Ravens 34-23 on Thursday Night Football.

Fourteen games were on tap for Sunday, with the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys capping the day's action on Sunday Night Football at 8:20.

Here's all the pertinent information you need to follow for Week 2, including the top storylines, players and highlights.

  

Storylines of the Day

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers upset the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 27-21 thanks to four touchdown passes by second-string quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is playing for the suspended Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay took a 27-7 lead in the third quarter and held on.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots 31-20 in a rematch of the 2017 AFC Championship Game. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns, and wideout Keelan Cole amassed seven catches for 116 yards and a score. Chris Hogan had two touchdowns for the Pats.

The Miami Dolphins improved to 2-0 with a 20-12 victory against the New York Jets, but the most notable takeaway was that running back Frank Gore moved past Curtis Martin for fourth place on the all-time rushing list. He's now behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

The Cleveland Browns' winless streak—which dates to Dec. 24, 2016—continued when they lost 21-18 to the New Orleans Saints. Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a game-tying field-goal attempt with eight seconds left. The second-year kicker had earlier missed two extra points and a field goal.

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings played to a 29-all tie. Minnesota knotted the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter, and while the Packers missed a field goal in overtime, the Vikings missed two to help preserve the draw.

An ugly incident marred the Carolina Panthers-Atlanta Falcons game. In the second quarter, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton ran for a first down and gave himself up with a slide, but Atlanta safety Damontae Kazee launched into Newton and was ejected for the helmet-to-helmet hit. Newton stayed in the game.

Later on, Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis retired in one of the more bizarre ways possible. According to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said Davis pulled himself from the game at halftime and told teammates his NFL career was over.

After the game, Davis released a statement, confirming his retirement:

   

Stars of the Day

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for six touchdowns and 326 yards in a 42-37 road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The second-year pro threw three first-quarter touchdowns, including one to running back Kareem Hunt, who used a strong stiff arm to get into the end zone:

Mahomes added three more to help Kansas City improve to 2-0. Tight end Travis Kelce was the Chiefs' leading receiver with seven catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Mahomes' counterpart—Steelers signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger—finished with 452 passing yards and three touchdowns.

The aforementioned Fitzpatrick has 819 passing yards and nine touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing) this season after his excellent performance against Philadelphia.

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon III scored three touchdowns and gained 66 yards from scrimmage against the Bills. His third end-zone trip gave L.A. a 27-3 advantage:

Vikings wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs combined for 21 receptions, 259 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four scores.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley scored three touchdowns in his team's 34-0 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. L.A. gained more than three times as many yards (432) as the Cardinals (137).

   

Plays of the Day

Fitzpatrick found wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown pass against the Eagles on the first play from scrimmage:

Fitzpatrick and Jackson didn't produce the only long touchdown pass of the day (the quarterback later found tight end O.J. Howard for a 75-yard score), though another was more unconventional.

The Tennessee Titans tricked the Houston Texans with a fake-punt pass, as Kevin Byard hit Dane Cruikshank down the sideline for a 66-yard touchdown:

Later, Cousins connected with Thielen on the throw of the day. With 36 seconds left and his team down 29-21, the quarterback fit the ball through a tight window, and Thielen caught it and fell into the end zone:

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole turned in the reception of the day on this one-handed catch down the sideline against the New England Patriots:

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