NFL Week 2 grades: Eagles, Bills earn high marks for dominating performances on ‘Monday Night Football’


There’s a reason that Cleveland is known as the ‘Factory of Sadness.’ The Browns arguably have more improbable losses than any other team in NFL history and they added another one to their heartbreaking total on Sunday by blowing a 30-17 lead to the New York Jets in just 85 seconds. 

With 1:55 left to play on Sunday, Nick Chubb scored a touchdown to put the Browns up 30-17 and it looked like Cleveland was going to coast to victory, but when you’re talking about the Browns, there’s no such thing as coasting to victory. 

In a stunning turn of events, the Jets scored two touchdowns just 60 seconds apart, which allowed them to steal a 31-30 win. If you’re wondering how improbable the loss was, here’s your answer. 

For the most part, the Browns played an impressive game, but they couldn’t overcome SIX monumental mistakes, which all took place over the final two minutes. 

The biggest one came from Chubb, who could have sealed the win if he had simply fallen to the ground instead of scoring a TD with 1:55 left. If he had done that, the game would have been over because the run gave Cleveland a first down and the Jets had zero timeouts remaining.

We’ve seen running backs go down at the 1-yard line before, but Chubb didn’t do it here. Even if he had gone out of bounds, the Browns still could have simply kneeled the ball three straight times to pick up the win.  

Chubb’s gaffe wasn’t the only big mistake the Browns made. Last week’s hero for the Browns, Cade York, definitely wasn’t the hero this week. The Browns would have had 31 points at the end of the game, but York missed the extra point following Chubb’s touchdown. The missed kick left the Browns in front by just 13 points, which helped open the door for the Jets comeback.   

The mistakes by York and Chubb wouldn’t have mattered if the Browns defense didn’t give up a long touchdown, which brings us to mistake number three: The Browns somehow left Corey Davis wide open for a 66-yard touchdown. 

(Note: Ignore the NFL’s information in the tweet, it was a 66-yard score, not 76.) 

Even after Joe Flacco hit Davis for the score with 1:22 left to cut Cleveland’s lead to 30-24, the Browns still could have clinched the win by recovering the Jets’ onside kick, but instead, we got mistake number four. On the Jets’ onside kick, the ball bounced off the hands of Amari Cooper and into the hands of New York’s Justin Hardee. 

Nine plays after the recovery, the Jets would score the go-ahead touchdown with a 15-yard pass from Flacco to Garrett Wilson (Giving up the TD was mistake number five). 

Even after falling behind, the Browns STILL had a chance to win. With six seconds left, the Browns were at their own 46 and they needed roughly eight to 10 yards to give York a realistic shot of making a field goal. However, York never got a chance to win the game because Jacoby Brissett threw an interception for mistake number six. 

It was a total of meltdown in a game that the Browns had no business losing. Their ‘F-‘ performance over the final two minutes completely overshadowed the fact that they actually played pretty good football for the better part of three quarters. 

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every game from Week 2. If you’re looking for a deeper dive on the Chiefs‘ wild 27-24 win over the Chargers that was played on Thursday, be sure to click here.  

N.Y. Jets 31-30 over Cleveland

Jets-Browns grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Jacksonville 24-0 over Indianapolis

Colts-Jaguars grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Detroit 36-27 over Washington

Commanders-Lions grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Miami 42-38 over Baltimore

Dolphins-Ravens grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New England 17-14 over Pittsburgh

Patriots-Steelers grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tampa Bay 20-10 over New Orleans

Buccaneers-Saints grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

N.Y. Giants 19-16 over Carolina

Panthers-Giants grades by Shanna McCarriston (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let her know on Twitter.)

Dallas 20-17 over Cincinnati

Bengals-Cowboys grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 27-7 over Seattle

Seahawks-49ers grades by Jared Dubin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Arizona 29-23 over Las Vegas (OT)

Cardinals-Raiders grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Denver 16-9 over Houston

Texans-Broncos grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

L.A. Rams 31-27 over Atlanta

Falcons-Rams grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Green Bay 27-10 over Chicago

Bears-Packers grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Buffalo 41-7 over Tennessee

Titans-Bills grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Philadelphia 24-7 over Minnesota

Vikings-Eagles grades by John Breech (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)





2022-09-20 03:31:00