NFL Week 2 overreactions and reality checks: Giants NFC East contenders, Kyler

What a crazy Week 2 the NFL provided, starting with two teams (Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals) completing a 20-point comeback in the same week for the first time in NFL history. Teams have lost 2,331 straight games when trailing by 13-plus points in the final two minutes (including playoffs) — before the New York Jets shocked the Cleveland Browns

Not only did four teams overcome 10-point deficits to win in Week 2, there have been 12 games decided by three points or fewer this season — the most such games through the first two weeks of a season in NFL history.

While the Sunday slate was unpredictable and full of incredible comebacks, there were plenty of overreactions that need to be addressed throughout the league after this wild batch of games. These are the best reactions from each game in Week 2, and whether these storylines are overreactions or reality. 

Amon-Ra St. Brown is a top-10 receiver in the NFL right now

Overreaction of reality: Reality 

St. Brown just matched the NFL record with his eighth consecutive game with eight-plus receptions, tying Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas for the all-time mark. He’s the only player in NFL history to have six straight games with eight-plus receptions and a receiving touchdown.

All over the field in Sunday’s win over Washington, St. Brown finished with nine catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns  — while also rushing twice for 68 yards (leading the Lions in rushing). Since Week 12 of the 2021 season, St. Brown has 72 catches for 766 yards and eight receiving touchdowns (eight games) — all in the top five of the league. 

St. Brown is a top-10 receiver in this league, and the Lions have three straight games of 30-plus points for the first time since 1997 as a result. 

The Cowboys can contend for the NFC East title with Cooper Rush holding the fort

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

Dallas showed how good its defense is, giving the Cowboys an opportunity to be in every game because of a unit that gets after the quarterback and forces mistakes. Can this formula lead Rush to a couple wins?

Rush played well in Sunday’s upset over the Bengals, going 19 of 31 for 235 yards and a touchdown (95.5 rating). He was able to find CeeDee Lamb seven times and connected with Noah Brown for 91 yards and a touchdown. However, the Cowboys’ offense was anemic in the second half, running 24 plays for 110 yards (4.58 yards per play on five possessions).

Rush did lead the Cowboys to the winning field goal and completing the upset, yet the inconsistent offense is a concern. Perhaps the Bengals made the adjustments that other teams will copy in the ensuing weeks. 

The Giants are NFC East contenders

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction 

Give New York a lot of credit for its first 2-0 start since 2016, but a win over a good team is needed for this to be a reality. Whether the Titans are good or not is to be determined (even though the Giants deserve a ton of credit for the impressive road win) and the panthers are shaping out to be one of the worst teams in the league — again. 

The Giants struggled…

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