NFL 2019: PAT on the Back (Week 2)
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter
Welcome to the conclusion of the second week of the NFL’s 100th season and the latest collaboration by Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter aka PFG VIBE. That’s Voigt’s Insights Baxter’s Expertise and we consistently bring our passion in covering the National Football League.
So here’s our latest work and the latest installment of our newest weekly staple. Both of us have once again made our picks for the top offensive and defensive players each week, as well as the top performance by a team.
Player and Team. PAT…on the Back.
Here are our Week 2 selections.
Offensive Player of the Week:
VI: QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
After the second-year quarterback reminded a reporter that there is only one team in New York, perhaps he needs to start reminding everyone else to not count out the Bills. Off to a 2-0 start, the Bills defeated the New York Giants, 28-14, on Sunday. In Week 1, they also defeated the Jets and both of those victories came at MetLife Stadium. So Buffalo made it a clean sweep of the New York teams. Or is it New Jersey?
BE: QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore’s offense didn’t come close to rolling up the kind of yards and points it did against the Dolphins in Week 1. But the second-year signal-caller showed his prowess as a runner and a passer. Jackson hit on 24-of-37 throws for 272 yards and two scores, plus ran 16 times for 120 yards in the Ravens’ 23-17 win over the pesky Arizona Cardinals.
Defensive/Special Teams Player of the Week:
VI: PK Eddy Pineiro, Chicago Bears
Okay. It’s not a defensive player. But kickers need love too! After the woes of past dinks and donks heard ‘round the world, the Chicago Bears finally have a kicker they can believe in again. Pineiro connected on the game-winning field goal from 53 yards out on the final play of the game and ruined the Denver Broncos’ home opener, 16-14.
BE: LB Jamie Collins, New England Patriots
Yes, the Miami Dolphins have been less-than-competitive in their first two games. But Collins was everywhere in his team’s 43-0 victory. He finished with five tackles, one-half sack, two passes defensed and a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, the first at the expense of Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned 69 yards for a scores. Collins picked off Josh Rosen on the final play of the game.
Team of the Week
VI: San Francisco 49ers
After knocking off the Bengals in their home opener at Cincinnati, it’s nice to see the 2-0 49ers heading in the right direction. Defensively, this team stalled the Bengals on a couple of drives and put a lot of pressure on quarterback Andy Dalton, sacking him four times. Make no mistake about it, this is a different team that finished 4-12 a year ago.
BE: San Francisco 49ers
It was a complete and through effort by Kyle Shanahan’s club as the team is off to its first 2-0 start since 2012. A balanced 49ers’ offense rolled up an impressive 572 yards in the 41-17 win at Cincinnati, including 259 yards on the ground. And the defense came up with its third interception of the season, surpassing last season’s dubious record-setting total (2).
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.