The NFL’s Most Valuable Player of Week 2., Part 1 of 2

Kyler Murray of Arizona is named Week 2 MVP. Images from Getty Images Tua Tagovailoa may have been the most valuable player in Week 2, but he had help. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle meep-meeped all over the Raiders, but he earned so much respect that everyone learned how to spell his last name this weekend. He’s now known as Mr. Tagovailoa. Micah Parsons was instrumental in holding the Bengals to 17 points in Week 2. Parsons was the sole reason Joe Burrow demanded hazard pay on top of his rookie contract. After Week 2, he is the league leader in sacks, hits, and pressures. Kyler Murray, on the other hand, played like he was on the sticks in front of his PS5, earning our Week 2 MVP honors. You can’t be more valuable to a team than Murray was against the Raiders on Sunday. His touchdown-to-interception ratio of 1:1, 277 yards passing, and 28 yards rushing may appear modest, but he was the NFL’s hardest worker. Everyone else was stymied by the Raiders. As a result, Murray put on a one-man show, scampering around the Raiders’ grown-up defense like Kevin McCallister. Murray’s performance three quarters in confirmed the theory that there was a direct correlation between time-consuming Call of Duty events, his lackluster preparation, and his most atrocious performances. Murray got off to a terrible start while active gamers were letting their scleras turn red testing out the ‘COD: Modern Warfare 2’ beta all weekend. By the fourth quarter, the only game he was focused on was the one in which he was trailing 23-7. With 8:41 left in the game, he completed a 35-yard lob pass into a pocket between two defenders and the sideline, which 5-foot-9 Marquise Brown caught at the 1. He didn’t catch it so much as it fell into his stomach. He ran for 21 seconds and covered over 80 yards scrambling on Arizona’s 2-point conversion following the score, tiring out the defense and play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel, who probably needed a respirator after making that marathon call. G/O Media may be compensated. Save 10% Wristband for Wellness by Apollo Use it at any time of day or night. As most smartwatches and similar wearables simply track your health and wellness, the Apollo seeks to actively improve it. This non-invasive tool emits silent, soothing vibrations that help you focus, sleep better, and feel more relaxed and in control. Murray eluded Raiders edge rusher Maxx Crosby on 4th-and-1 from the 43, who had a clean shot on Murray but couldn’t keep up when Murray darted to his right. A few plays later, Murray escaped a clean Crosby sack and ran around long enough for officials to catch a Vegas defender committing a penalty, which kept the drive alive. Murray’s pass to A.J. Green for the 2-point conversion was another daring throw to cap off one of the most daring comebacks in recent memory. This wasn’t a lightning-fast comeback. These were 11- and 18-play drives with numerous fourth-down conversions. The defense finished the job in overtime with a scoop and score touchdown, but just getting there was enough for Murray to ask for a day off so he can catch up on his COD campaign in peace. And now Least Valuable Player Jameis Winston is a stress-inducing passer. On every dropback, there’s a good chance he’s listening to a devil and an angel dispensing advice. Whom he listens to is a toss-up. This week our Least Valuable Player’s impulses doomed the Saints. New Orleans has held the psychological advantage over Tampa Bay, having beaten them in each of their last four matchups. It was also personal for Winston, whom the Bucs kicked to the curb for Tom Brady following the 2019 season. Mark Ingram’s red zone fumble left the Saints dejected at the end of the third. The score remained tied at 3, instead of Nola taking the lead as Winston began pressing. He was intercepted after leaving a jump ball in the air for rookie Chris Olave to nab. Instead, cornerback Jamel Dean reached it first. On the ensuing drive, Winston was picked off again by Dean AGAIN. On the Saints’ next drive, Winston was fooled into a third interception by safety Mike Edwards, who jumped Jarvis Landry’s route and returned it for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 20-3 lead. Winston saved his worst for last, while Indianapolis Colts old-timer Matt Ryan spread his worst out over three quarters. A completion rate of 53 percent, 195 yards in a losing effort, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions would be an abysmal performance against the Bills, Bucs, or the Rams. But against the Jaguars? It makes you question whether Matt Ryan has entered the glue factory stage. From the very first drive, he was jonesing to make bad decisions. When Julio Jones isn’t under those lobs, the result is more advantageous for the defense. Nick Foles is ready to resume his role as the Backup Gawd if Ryan keeps slipping up like this. Ryan and the Colts were going to be flayed either way, but the timing of Winston’s implosion couldn’t have been worse.