Winners, losers from Bills-Titans, Eagles-Vikings on Monday Night Football

Winners, losers from Bills-Titans, Eagles-Vikings on Monday Night Football

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Two contenders emerged victorious in the Monday Night Football Week 2 double header.

First it was the Buffalo Bills who beat the Tennessee Titans with a complete blowout, 41-7. Starters were drawn on both sides in the third quarter, with the Bills coming out of the half with 24 unanswered points. Buffalo is now 2-0, outscoring opponents 72-17 through two weeks.

In the second game, Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles they proved they were ready for prime time with a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles are 2-0, looking even better this season after a surprise move into 2021.

Here are some winners and losers from Monday’s doubleheader:

Winner: Bills road to perfect season

This seems crazy, right? It’s Week 2 of the 2022 season. But the Bills look like a monster after another dominant win over a 2021 playoff team.

Buffalo owned Tennessee in all three phases of Monday night’s game. Josh Allen led a nearly flawless passing attack, completing 26 of 38 passes for 317 yards and four scores (three by Stefon Diggs). The Bills’ defense held the Titans to just 187 offensive yards, with two interceptions. And Buffalo’s first two punts of the night were fumbled by Tennessee reporters (Bills recovered one). That’s what you call a complete game.

The next few weeks will determine if a perfect season is really realistic. Buffalo has upcoming road tests against the Dolphins (Week 3), the Ravens (Week 4) and the Chiefs (Week 6) – win those three, and the undefeated chatter will pick up.

The man running the Titans’ anemic offense has to be among the biggest losers on Monday. Tannehill completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions before rookie Malik Willis took over in the third quarter.

If the game had been closer, Tannehill probably wouldn’t have been benched. But as long as the Titans continue to lose games, the more his job security will be questioned. Willis looked impressive in the preseason before a choppy relief performance in his start on Monday. The Liberty product was 1 of 4, with six passing yards, 16 rushing yards and a lost fumble.

Tannehill needs a breakout performance in Week 3 when the Raiders visit Nashville. Fortunately, the AFC South is wide open. Even if the Titans continue to struggle, no team is running away with the division crown.

Winner: It’s Jalen Hurts

Since his tenure at Alabama, Hurts’ passing ability has been questioned. There was no doubting his mobility, but many wondered if he would be a capable player. Two weeks into his second full season as a starter, he hasn’t just been capable — he’s flourished.

Ghortaheim’s skills were on display on Monday night, through the air and on the ground. He had 333 passing yards and 57 rushing yards, with three total touchdowns (one passing, two rushing). This was, without a doubt, the most impressive performance of Hurts’ young career.

At this point, it’s unfair to limit Hurts’ ceiling. It gets better every year going back to college. Just 24 years old, there is no reason to believe that the consistent improvement will stop suddenly.

Loser: Offense Kevin O’Connell

After a convincing Week 1 win over the rival Packers, new Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell received a standing ovation. The pendulum will swing back after Monday, and Minnesota’s new look will shine.

Kirk Cousins ​​was at the heart of the Vikings’ struggles, with three costly interceptions. But his receivers didn’t help him, dropping a handful of passes. Irv Smith Jr., in particular, lost hope in the first half that the game would be in full swing. Elsewhere, Justin Jefferson was dominated by Darius Slay and Adam Thielen didn’t have a goal until the fourth quarter. There is plenty of blame to go around.

There isn’t much cause for concern yet, but Ó Conaill certainly has some work to do. A date with the 1-1 Lions next week is suddenly interesting for the 1-1 Vikings, who still have a lot to prove.

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