Week 2 of the NFL was full of heartache. Eight of the 15 games on Thursday and Sunday were decided by fewer than seven points, and many had dramatic finishes, including last-second victories by the Cowboys, Cardinals, Titans and Ravens.
In a sport where we might only get a handful of data points to see how a team handles itself in tight situations each year, week 2 was valuable insight into what could happen during the season.
Let’s run through three of those narrow losses and one win and get into what I took away and what we might be able to get out of each matchup in the future. Some of the stories may be familiar, including the one we saw in Thursday night’s NFC East matchup:
Jump to a team:
Chiefs | Fighting
Titans | Vikings
Week 2 results: Lost 30-29 to Washington
“We want to play basically healthy, we don’t want to beat ourselves.”
That’s what Joe Judge said in 2020 at his first press conference as Giants coach. In his 18th game, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence jumped offside as Washington attempted a game-winning field goal. Dustin Hopkins missed that kick, but he hit his second attempt after getting another try, turning what appeared to be a dramatic victory on the way to a crushing defeat. The Giants have now started 0-2 for the fifth season in a row. At 18-48, they are tied to the Jets for the NFL’s worst record since the start of the 2017 season.