The 2023 NFL season churns on with an action-packed Week 2 Sunday slate.
Fans, players and analysts are chiming in, reacting to all the big plays and off-field hijinks from throughout the afternoon.
Here is what the internet was buzzing about during the second NFL Sunday of the 2023 season!
Saquon Barkley had to be helped off the field after sustaining an injury late in the fourth quarter. Barkley’s status is currently undisclosed.
New York, New York!
Viva, New York! Make that 24 unanswered, as Graham Gano pocketed a chip shot field goal to come back and stop the Cardinals.
Wake up, wake up
We don’t know what happened to the Giants in the second half, but Daniel Jones & Co. were shot out of cannon in the second, using an impressive offensive display to get back into contention.
What’s wrong with the Giants?
New York went down 17-0 in the second quarter, leading many to wonder why the Giants have had such a major drop-off in their first two games of the season from last year.
Break it up!
A brief scuffle broke out near the end zone in the fourth quarter, and a Niners fan played good Samaritan hero to break it up.
Sauce wasn’t the only Jets player who took his frustrations out online. Running back Breece Hall tweeted four footballs in succession, presumably alluding to the four carries he received during the game.
Running out of Sauce
Sauce Gardner’s Individual day wasn’t terrible in coverage, but his defense wasn’t able to muster much from a rallying standpoint. Gardner wasn’t having the criticism that came with New York’s loss, and shortly after the game, he deactivated his Twitter account.
We are not to be f***** with!
The Cowboys defense may have had the best overall performance of any unit in Week 1, and safety Jayron Kearse was adamant that the dominant trend needed to continue.
Skip loving the Cowboys’ start
FOX Sports’ Skip Bayless was loving what he saw from Dallas in the first quarter after it drove down the field to take a 7-0 lead on the game’s first possession before following it up with a defensive stop.
Hail Mary, anyone? Denver’s last ditch effort to prevent Washington’s comeback was nearly successful if not for a failed two-point conversion, but it’s still worth your time to watch this epic pass-and-catch.
First of his career
Part of Washington’s comeback: Rookie Emmanuel Forbes, who made off with the first interception of his career to preserve his team’s momentum.
Over two defenders!
Terry’s down there somewhere. We’re guessing that’s just what Sam Howell had in mind when he lobbed this TD pass to McLaurin, who made two defenders pay for sniffing in his direction. Washington executed a big-time comeback to climb back in the game after trailing 21-3.
You can’t do that
Stay tuned for updates!
Honoring a legend
A day after the Lions unveiled their statue of Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, Amon-Ra St. Brown wore a special jersey commemorating the Lions legend when he arrived for Sunday’s game.
55 ski masks, 55 burgers, 55 points?
“I Think You Should Leave” star Tim Robinson was on hand to root on his Lions on Sunday, joining alongside fellow actor Sam Richardson, who brought a ski mask, per C.J. Gardner-Johnson‘s orders.
“I’m talking to America here, excuse me.”
So, Smith approached the ref to voice his displeasure over the call as the ref was on the mic, dropping a message to Smith that everyone could hear.
Jared Goff‘s pick-six in the fourth ended his streak of 383 straight passes without throwing an interception, falling just 20 short of the NFL record.
In a halftime battle between kids and mascots, the Spongebob mascot set the tone, stiff-arming one of the kids to get into the end zone.
Bijan wins over fans
The Falcons rookie running back impressed many on social media with his performance on Sunday, rushing for 124 yards and adding 48 receiving yards.
In one play in the first half, Robinson juked out Packers defenders to pick up a first down, drawing an “oooh” from NFL on FOX commentator Jonathan Vilma.
Later, Robinson picked up a key first down on fourth-and-1 that helped the Falcons walk away with the win.
A special debut
John Metchie made his NFL debut on Sunday after missing the entirety of his rookie season due to his battle with Leukemia.
Metchie makes his moment
In a relatively lackluster game for the Texans, Houston was able to pick up a highlight at the end. Metchie made a grab over the middle for a 16-yard pickup, resulting in his first NFL reception.
Baker showing off
Baker Mayfield somehow threw a completion as he was falling to the ground, tossing the ball right before he would’ve been sacked with a sidearm angle reminiscent of Patrick Mahomes.
Even the NFL’s X account had some snark on the play.
Bears offensive shortcomings criticized again
Chicago failed to generate much offense in its loss to Tampa Bay, scoring just 10 points through the first three quarters.
The Bears were able to get a touchdown back, making it a three-point game. But when they were looking to take the lead late, Justin Fields threw a pass straight to a Buccaneers defender that resulted in a pick-six, giving Tampa Bay a 27-17 lead before winning by that score.
Jump man attempt fails
Josh Allen tried to hurdle over a Raiders defender to get into the end zone. It didn’t end well for him, getting knocked down as he wasn’t able to clear the jump.
A star is home
AJ Green made his way back to the place where his career started, serving as the “Ruler of the Jungle” for Sunday’s Bengals game. He signed a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the Bengals on Saturday.
Rocking gear of two greats
Bengals facing boo birds
As Cincinnati struggled for much of the first three quarters, Bengals fans expressed their disappointment, booing the offense as the unit didn’t score a touchdown until late in the third quarter. Joe Burrow only had 84 passing yards prior to the team’s first touchdown drive.
Former Bengals star Chad Johnson cautioned fans to relax, though.
Lamar Jackson has some wondering if he’s an early MVP candidate
The Ravens QB might not have the most amazing statistical performance in Sunday’s win (237 passing yards, 54 rushing yards, two touchdowns), but he stepped up and made plays to help seal the win in the fourth quarter, leading some to say he’s an early MVP front-runner.
Donovan Smith is open!
After Chiefs receivers struggled in their season-opening loss last week, Patrick Mahomes decided to toss the ball to a new receiver in Week 2, hitting left tackle Donovan Smith for a completion. Of course, the play didn’t count because you can’t throw the ball to an offensive lineman.
Travis Kelce‘s touchdown gets NFL fans excited
The star tight end made his return on Sunday, leading some to say that Kansas City’s high-powered offense kind of looked like its usual self again while others joked about his rumored relationship with Taylor Swift.
Some conflicted about Chiefs following win
Kansas City was able to pull through on Sunday, winning its first game of the season, but only put up 17 points. There was some praise for their defense, while there were mixed thoughts about their offense following Sunday’s win.
Dressed to the nines for National Hispanic Heritage Month
Offensive lineman 2-point conversion
The Chargers opted to go for two instead of settling for just an extra point after scoring a touchdown that put them up 9-0 in the first quarter. But they had a trick play dialed up, with Justin Herbert tossing a pass to a wide-open Trey Pipkins, who plays on the Titans’ offensive line.
The play got many excited on social media, including FOX Sports’ and former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, who dubbed the play “ThiccTwo.”
Chargers defense can’t pull through, leading to overtime loss
The Chargers allowed the Titans to march right down the field in overtime after they went three-and-out, allowing Tennessee to kick the field goal for the win.
FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd was among those that roasted Chargers coach Brandon Staley and his defense for failing to come through in the clutch, again.
Others questioned where the Chargers sit as contenders after they fell to 0-2.
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