NFL Week 2 Review


By Paul Karabatsos, Staff Writer

The second week of the NFL season had it all. There was a historical game on Monday night, multiple star players picked up big injuries and our hometown team, the Chicago Bears are somehow 2-0.

On Monday Night Football the Las Vegas Raiders played their first game in the brand new Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders left Oakland at the end of the season and set out to Las Vegas in hopes of a new start. With an opening day win against the Carolina Panthers, the Raiders came back to Vegas and beat the shorthanded New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. These Raiders are young and hungry, and so far are making the most of the relocation.

There was a lot of major injuries that happened in week 2. Headlining them all was Saquon Barkley, with an ACL tear that will likely have him sidelined for the rest of the year. The young running back is considered to be one of the few bright spots on a struggling New York Giants team.

Nick Bosa the defensive end for the San Fransisco 49ers also went down with a season ending ACL tear. This is an irreplaceable loss for San Francisco. The star defensive end played a big part in the defense that got San Francisco to the Big Game last year. But it doesn’t end there, with starting defensive tackle Solomon Thomas suffering a ACL tear (out for the season) as well as star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo going down with a high right ankle sprain (day to day). They are also very thin at running backs after Raheem Mostert suffered a sprained MCL and Tevin Coleman picked up a knee injury and is expected to miss “multiple weeks“.  The 49ers are banged up and their chances of going back to the big game are looking slimmer and slimmer.

The injury plague does not stop there, with superstar running back Christian McCaffrey expected to miss 4-6 weeks.  This is a huge hit for the Carolina Panthers and fantasy owners. McCaffrey was expected to carry the subpar Panthers offense, so missing him for at least a month is the last thing Carolina wants to hear.

Moving on to a more positive topic, the Chicago Bears are 2-0 after defeating the New York Giants. After a surprising come from behind victory against the Detroit Lions, this time the Bears where almost victims of a comeback. Chicago took a commanding 17-0 lead at the end of the first half behind Mitchell Trubisky’s  2 touchdown passes and phenomenal defensive play.  From then on the offense struggled to hold on to the ball, and the Saquon-less Giants ran circles around the defense.  The special teams unit did not help either as kicker Cairo Santos missed a 50 yard field goal wide left, but even after all this the Bears prevailed.  They would only win 17-13 after a terrible second half.  Senior John Jado said it best, “If the Bears find a way to play all four quarters, they are a tough team to beat.” Somehow Chicago are a very ugly 2-0, but in the NFL, you take the wins where you can get them.