When it comes to the NFL season, there are always plenty of success stories. The people that made this list dream of those days. Here’s a look at five players who had a rough weekend during this Week 2.
5. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Any sense of momentum the Bengals built from a surprise run to the Super Bowl last season hasn’t carried over to the first weeks of the 2022 season.
Playing against a Dallas Cowboys team that was missing starting quarterback Dak Prescott, Cincinnati’s offense sputtered at the start of a disappointing 20-17 road loss. Burrow was once again under fire due to protection issues.
Burrow was sacked six times for a total loss of 34 yards. While Burrow did lead a touchdown drive to tie the game late, it wasn’t enough for the Bengals to avoid an 0-2 start. Burrow went 24-of-36 for 199 yards, averaging a paltry 5.5 yards per completion and a touchdown in the loss.
4. Alex Highsmith, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Picking any members of the Steelers’ defense isn’t especially fair. Highsmith and his teammates limited New England to 17 points in a three-point home loss for Pittsburgh. However, Highsmith and his teammates weren’t able to generate any pressure on Patriots quarterback Mac Jones.
In Week 1, Highsmith finished with three sacks and recorded nine tackles, including six solo tackles. Against New England, Highsmith only made three tackles and one tackle for loss. Highsmith was only able to hit Jones once, and that made Pittsburgh’s defense a little bit less dynamic.
3. Hunter Renfrew, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
Renfrew is typically a reliable target for the Raiders. However, in a stunning overtime loss to Arizona, Renfrew couldn’t find his touch in overtime.
Renfrew caught a key pass from Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr on 3rd-and-3 in overtime and converted with an 11-yard run, but had the ball punched out that was recovered by a teammate.
Two players later, Renfrew has the ball punched out again while fighting for more yards. The ball was scooped up by Byron Murphy Jr., who would return the fumble 59 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
2. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders
Gibson did score a touchdown but was largely ineffective for Washington during a 36-27 loss to Detroit. Gibson had 14 carries for 28 yards, which was a paltry yard per carry average for the typically reliable running back.
Washington didn’t have a good start on offense all-around. The Commanders fell behind 22-0 by the break before rallying in the second half.
1. Marcus Peters, DB, Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore’s entire secondary deserves to be on the list. The Ravens were roasted by Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailo for 469 yards and six touchdown passes, both career highs. Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill went off for 11 catches and 190 yards, and two touchdowns. Jalen Waddle also caught 11 passes for 171 yards and two scores.
Baltimore’s secondary couldn’t do anything to stop it, and it resulted in a crushing defeat.
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