Quarterback is the most important position in the National Football League. A great performance can single-handedly win a game, but a lousy outing can sink a team’s hopes of competing.
We saw tremendous examples of this in Week 2. Several of the NFL’s top quarterbacks delivered MVP-caliber performances and earned victories. Meanwhile, some of their peers struggled mightily as missed throws, turnovers and other brutal mistakes set their teams back and often proved too much to overcome.
Here are the NFL’s best and worst quarterback performances in Week 2.
There aren’t enough words in any language to capture Mahomes’ jaw-dropping ability. Even when fans think they’ve seen it all from him, he does something else to demonstrate his unique gifts.
Mahomes quickly extinguished any hype surrounding Oakland after its surprising Week 1 win. The NFL’s reigning MVP needed one half to throw for 313 yards and four touchdowns without his top wide receiver. Kansas City took it easy on Oakland after halftime, otherwise, Mahomes would have pushed for some NFL records.
Worst: Ryan Fitzpatrick
There is no Fitzmagic in Miami. The veteran quarterback climbed on to a ship with a captain that is deliberately trying to sink it. Fitzpatrick’s performance on Sunday is at least accelerating Miami’s tanking process.
He completed just 11-of-21 pass attempts and threw more touchdowns to the New England Patriots (two) than to his teammates (zero). While it might be the worst supporting cast in his NFL career, there’s no excuse for a 23.8 quarterback rating.
Best: Russell Wilson