Week 2 has a lot to live up to after a hugely entertaining
opening week in the race for the Superbowl, which delivered on all accounts.
The NFL appears to have found its entertaining stride and has a plethora of
high scoring games and highly amusing upsets. Keelan Cole produced one of the most bizarre and physically impossible catches seen to man, the hype behind Patrick Mahomes is well and truly justifiable, surprise contenders and a kicking nightmare are just some of the story lines coming out of week 2.
Between the rookie sensations and underdog victories, week 2
has highlighted just how unpredictable the sport can really be. Teams are
already starting to see how their season is unfolding, with some teams
flying out of the gates, to some teams physically crumbling under the pressure.
The pursuit of the Lombardi Trophy is well underway.
7. The Highly Anticipated AFC Rematch
The Jaguars entered the game with a chip on their shoulder,
and rightly so, as for 7 long months the players and fans alike have been
counting down the days to the AFC championship rematch against the New England
Patriots. In last season’s AFC Championship match up the Jags succumbed to the
Patriot’s fourth quarter comeback. Having fell falling just 10 minutes short of
the Superbowl left a sour taste in the mouths of the Jags organisation. What
made the loss especially heart-breaking is the fact that the officials
incorrectly called a play dead that could have changed the outcome of the game;
Myles Jack wasn’t down!
Fast forward to Week 2 of the 2018 season and with the heat
hitting over 100 degrees, the Patriots entered the truly intimidating TIAA Bank.
Never has Jacksonville carried this sort of expectation since the early '90s,
and even with the unwelcome news that Leonard Fournette was ruled out of the
rematch it didn’t knock the confidence and anticipation of the Jags.
their biggest question from the off-season came under the microscope, asking who was going to step up to lead the offence in the receiving corps?
It turns out that everyone stepped up. Keelan Cole had 7 receptions for 116
yards and a touchdown, Dede Westbrook had 4 receptions for 83 yards and a
touchdown and Dante Moncrief had 4 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. The
highlight of the game was Cole’s one handed Beckham-style catch, which will go
down as one of the most breathtaking catches of the season.
If there was ever a definition of a perfect called offensive game plan,
this would be it. The Jaguars are thriving on having a point to prove and being
seen as the underdogs. Pairing the new found, continually evolving offense with the
meanest looking defence in the league gives the Jaguars the appearance of the whole
package. They could evn find themselves going one step further than last season
– the Superbowl.