Takeaways From Week Two of the 2021 NFL Regular Season

Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, we've got plenty of noteworthy headlines. From bounce-back performances to surprise teams, we must go through the various stories. What happened in the second week of the season?

  • Lamar Finally Beats Mahomes: It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination. However, Lamar Jackson finally defeated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, 36-35. It took a gutsy 4th-and-1 call to put the defending AFC champs away, but the former MVP got the upper hand in this contest. Jackson let his feet do the talking, running the ball 16 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Ravens to a much-needed victory over Kansas City. Speaking of the AFC West...

  • Viva Las Vegas? Surprise! The Las Vegas Raiders are tied for first in the AFC West with the Denver Broncos, stunning the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-17. Derek Carr has proven he deserves more praise, starting the season with 817 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception. Darren Waller has also emerged as a rising tight end, catching 15 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. There's one question that remains: Will the Raiders fall victim to a late-season swoon again? Stay tuned.

  • End of an Era? The Seattle Seahawks were sitting comfortably with a 24-9 lead over the Tennessee Titans at halftime. Lumen Field was rocking with Seahawk fans, and things seemed back to normal in the Emerald City. However, disaster struck as the Hawks unraveled, allowing 24 points after the first half, en route to an overtime loss. Seattle committed ten penalties and allowed 532 total yards, causing concern in the Pacific Northwest. With the NFC West getting beefed up in the off-season, there's a real possibility that Seattle misses the playoffs this season.

NFL Top Five Power Rankings:

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  2. Los Angeles Rams

  3. Buffalo Bills

  4. Kansas City Chiefs

  5. San Francisco 49ers