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NFL season 2022 | Week 2: What We Learned from Sunday’s games

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Around The NFL season breaks down what you need to know from all of Sunday’s action in Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season. Catch up on each game’s biggest takeaways using the links below:

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, New Orleans Saints 10
  2. New England Patriots 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 14
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Indianapolis Colts 0
  4. Miami Dolphins 42, Baltimore Ravens 38
  5. Detroit Lions 36, Washington Commanders 27
  6. New York Jets 31, Cleveland Browns 30
  7. New York Giants 19, Carolina Panthers 16

Bucs get fired up after skirmish. It’s only fitting that a rock fight of a football game devolved into actual fisticuffs, especially when these two teams — and two very specific players — are involved. Early in the fourth quarter, in a 3-3 game, Marshon Lattimore and Tom Brady started jawing. Leonard Fournette pushed Lattimore away, and Mike Evans slammed into Lattimore. Eventually, Lattimore and Evans were ejected.

They have a history, folks. But it was how the teams reacted after the fight that determined the outcome of this game. After a Bucs punt, Tampa’s defense came up with a huge interception of Jameis Winston by Jamel Dean in the end zone. Brady, who had struggled to dial up big plays earlier in the game, hit Breshad Perriman for a pretty deep ball and a 10-3 lead, with help from two Saints defensive penalties. One play after a sack, Winston again was picked by Dean on a failed long ball. Brady and the Bucs turned that into a field goal and a 13-3 edge. Then Winston completed the hat trick in style, with a pick-six by Mike Edwards and a 17-point lead. Everything fell apart for the Saints in a three-minute, 30-second span in what was a tight game for the first 50-plus minutes.

The Saints are out of whack offensively. In Week 1, they struggled for three quarters before ringing up 17 fourth-quarter points against what might be a bad Falcons defense to eke out a one-point win. But the issues came to roost in this game against a better opponent. The Buccaneers’ defense clearly is a top-tier unit, having allowed three points in Week 1 and 10 more in this one. But the Saints easily can point to their own inefficiencies in this game and realize they have a lot to clean up. It starts with Winston, of course. He’s been susceptible to pressure, taking seven sacks in eight quarters of football.

But Winston also has been guilty of hanging onto the ball too long and not taking what’s there when plays break down. In addition to his three picks, the Saints were lucky when a too-patient Winston was sacked by Shaquil Barrett and fumbled;

Devin White had a great shot at landing on it but could not. Michael Thomas has shown he’s back — he had two TDs in Week 1 and a toe-tapping sideline catch and another score this game. Rookie Chris Olave looks dangerous, even with his fumble. Not having Alvin Kamara (ribs) surely hurt in this game, and Mark Ingram lost a fumble in his place. The loss of head coach Sean Payton was always going to be tough to overcome, but the Saints need to find ways to cut down on the major errors if they’re going to bounce back next week against the Carolina Panthers.

Unhappy Brady. There’s nothing quite as eye-roll-inducing in sports as a protracted discussion of a player’s “body language.” That said, it didn’t take a Ph.D. to see that Brady was not happy in the first half on Sunday, expressing his disgust on the field and then launching a Microsoft Surface Pro on the sideline. Let’s put all the off-field gossip talk to the side for now.

We’ve seen “Salty Brady” before, and it typically comes out when his offense is shooting itself in the foot. That happened time and time again in the first half. At halftime, the Buccaneers ran their streak of not scoring a point against the Saints’ defense to six quarters and went 23 straight drives versus New Orleans’ defense without a touchdown. It was still a 3-0 deficit at the break, just as it was in the Saints’ 9-0 victory in Tampa last December. But Brady and the Bucs found a way, breaking out offensively with three major inactives (Julio Jones, Donovan Smith and Chris Godwin),

Evans in the locker room and little run-game production to speak of. Brady also was wearing an oversized wrap on his hand, which seemed to bother him early in the game. He might not be quite as dangerous as he was at his peak, but Brady is one of the better win-without-your-best-stuff passers of all time. We saw it on display in Week 2.

Next Gen stat of the game: When Marshon Lattimore was lined up against Mike Evans on Sunday, Evans was held to one reception for 7 yards on 14 routes run.

NFL Research: Since 2019, the Buccaneers are 9-0 when they have three-plus takeaways in a game.

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