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As Week 2 of the NFL regular season comes to a close, we are left once again confounded by some major upsets, major injuries, and some major performances. Let’s take a look at one of each of these as they account for some of the biggest stories of the week in the NFL.

Lance Done For The Season

At this point, 49ers fans are ecstatic that they brought back Jimmy Garoppolo instead of trading him. The reason for the jubilation is because of a more somber note as starting quarterback Trey Lance’s season is done after breaking his right ankle Sunday in a game against the Seattle Seahawks. According to coach Kyle Shanahan, the 22-year-old will need surgery to repair it.

Unfortunately, this will amount to a lost season for Lance, who was drafted third overall in the 2021 draft. The team had handed the keys to Lance to the offense, so much so that there were rumors all offseason that Jimmy Garoppolo would likely be on the move. Instead, the team agreed to a restructured deal with Garoppolo, which looks like a great decision at this point.

The 49ers were ultimately able to beat the Seahawks 27-7. Garoppolo came in relief of Lance and went 13 for 21 for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed four times for five yards and another score.

Aside from the injury, this was a nice bounce-back win for the 49ers, who lost in Week 1 to the Chicago Bears. The 49ers have the ninth-best odds of winning Super Bowl LVII at +2000.

Tagovailoa Makes Big Statement In Week 2

In a very crazy Week 2 of football, one of the most impressive performances came from Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In a 42-38 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the undefeated Dolphins put up 28 points in the fourth quarter to come back to win the game.

A large part of the reason for their comeback was Tagovailoa, who threw for a whopping 469 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions in the victory.

In the performance, his two best receivers, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, also had fantastic days. Hill had 11 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Waddle also had 11 receptions for 171 yards and two scores of his own.

At 2-0, the Dolphins lead the AFC East (prior to the Bills playing Monday night), but they have just the 13th-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at +2400.

Amon-Ra St. Brown Also Has Big Day

The Detroit Lions’ Amon-Ra St. Brown made a bit of history on Sunday as he became just the third player in NFL history to have at least eight receptions in eight consecutive games. He will set an NFL record if he can do it again next week against the Minnesota Vikings.

In a 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders, he finished the game with nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. If that wasn’t enough, he was also the Lions’ leading rusher as he rushed twice for 68 yards.
The former fourth-round pick has been sensational for the Lions, and at 1-1, there is real optimism for Detroit after years of struggles. While their defense has some holes (they have allowed an average of 32.5 points per game), they have averaged 35.5 points on offense.

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