With most of the Week 2 NFL schedule in the books, here are the players and coaches that delivered standout performances:
Josh Allen, quarterback, Buffalo Bills: After being the single biggest reason the Bills lost in Week 1 to the New York Jets, Allen was one of the biggest reasons they won in Week 2 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen had the type of monster game that makes him one of the best players in the NFL, completing 31-of-37 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant 38-10 win.
The complete 180 from Week 1 to Week 2 is the one thing that can make Allen such a maddening player. When he is good, there are few players in the NFL better than him. But when he is bad, he can be very problematic. The Bills have seen both versions of that just two weeks into the season.
Bijan Robinson, running back, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons took a lot of heat when they selected Robinson with a top-10 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Not because Robinson isn’t an incredible talent and one of the best players in the 2023 rookie class, but because of how devalued the running back position has become. So far, though, the Falcons should be extraordinarily happy with their selection.
Especially after Robinson put together a breakout performance on Sunday in a come-from-behind win against the Green Bay Packers. He rushed for 124 yards on only 19 carries, while also adding 48 yards on four catches. When you have a young quarterback like the Falcons do (Desmond Ridder) an all-purpose playmaker like Robinson can be his best friend. So far, Robinson has been.
Ron Rivera, head coach, Washington Commanders: The Commanders did not make it easy on themselves, but they were able to storm back from an awful first half to get a 35-33 win over the Denver Broncos to get their first 2-0 start in more than a decade.
Sam Howell improved to 3-0 as a starting quarterback in his young career, while the win for Rivera was the 100th regular season win in his head coaching career.