The 2022 NFL season is off to an incredible start that has featured impossible comebacks and unforgettable performances, and NFL ALL DAY is here to commemorate that excitement with the first pack drop of Series 2, which features Moments from both Week 1 and Week 2.
From well-known stars re-establishing their place in the NFL hierarchy to young rookies making their first impacts on the NFL landscape, this drop is full of some of the best action from the first two weeks of an NFL season that has more than lived up to our wildest expectations. Join Otis from the NFL ALL DAY community team below as he dives deep into six of his favorite all-new Moments from our first drop in Series 2.
Saquon Barkley - Rare - Locked In
There’s nothing NFL fans love more than a good comeback story, and New York Giants superstar running back Saquon Barkley is back.
Finally healthy after a very difficult past two seasons, Barkley emphatically announced his return to full strength in Week 1, putting the rest of the league on notice as he fueled the New York Giants offense to twice come from behind to beat the Tennessee Titans, 21-20.
But while the numbers were certainly eye-popping - he did accumulate nearly 200 yards of total offense on the day - what was even more impressive was just how unstoppable he looked every time he touched the ball.
Whether it was the speed he showcased on his 68-yard scamper in the 3rd quarter that set up his (and the Giants’) first TD of the season, the power and strength on display every time a tackler struggled to bring him down, or the awareness and hands that made his 6 catches on the day possible, Barkley was an absolute machine who was determined to not only carry the Giants to victory, but to assertively place himself back in the conversation of best running backs in the game.
Tua Tagovailoa - Legendary - Iconic
It’s not often that teams come back from a 21-point deficit in the 4th quarter to win an NFL game. In fact, the most recent time this had happened was in 2006, until Tua and the Miami Dolphins decided to make history in Week 2.
Entering the 4th quarter down 35-14, Tua and his electric cast of weapons went to work, connecting on everything no matter what look the Baltimore Ravens defense threw at them. Deep balls? Check. Quick short throws? Check. Intermediate routes over the middle? Check. The Dolphins simply had everything working as they engineered a comeback for the ages.
After the Dolphins tied the game at 35 with 5:19 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Ravens drove down the field and kicked a field goal to go back up by 3, making it necessary for Tua and the rest of the Miami offense to go on one final drive to complete the remarkable comeback. And, incredibly, with just 14 seconds left in the game, they did just that, as Tua connected with one of his star receivers from 7 yards out for his sixth passing touchdown on the day.
The score gave the Dolphins the 42-38 victory over the Ravens, and Tua Tagovailoa etched his name into history with a 469-yard, 6 passing touchdown performance that won’t soon be forgotten.
Travon Walker - Legendary - Rookie Revelation
With the Jacksonville Jaguars picking first in the NFL Draft for the second consecutive season, the pressure was on to make sure that they make the best of this rare opportunity. And now that we’ve seen what Travon Walker is capable of doing to opposing NFL offenses, it would appear that they did just that.
In his first ever NFL game, Walker didn’t just hold his own, he dominated the Washington Commanders offensive line while showcasing the versatility and elite athleticism that made him such an exciting prospect. Lined up off the right tackle early in the 3rd quarter, Walker burst off the line and blew past the blocker en route to his first career sack.
Later on in the same quarter, lined up on the opposite side off the left tackle, Walker again burst off the line, only to later cut back inside just as the Commanders quarterback was releasing the ball in his direction, allowing him to reach out and make a spectacular interception before the ball ever made it back to the line of scrimmage.
Though the Jaguars would ultimately fall on the day 28-22, the early returns on their latest first overall pick seem unbelievably positive, as Travon Walker appears ready to terrorize the rest of the NFL for the next decade-plus.
Aidan Hutchinson - Legendary - Rookie Revelation
It’s almost as if Aidan Hutchinson, the 2022 NFL Draft’s second overall pick, wanted to try to one-up what the first overall pick had done in Week 1 against the Washington Commanders, because the Detroit Lions phenom rookie put on a pass rushing clinic of his own against Washington in Week 2.
All the things that make Hutchinson so well-known and respected - his power, versatility, relentlessness, and technique - were on display in a terrifyingly cohesive way as he fought his way through the Washington offensive line play after play on his way to three sacks, a team record for rookies, all of which came in a breathtaking first half performance that fueled a 22-0 Detroit lead at the break.
On what would become his first career sack, Hutchinson fought through blocks from both the left guard and left tackle before tirelessly pursuing the Commanders quarterback, who was trying to weave his way out of the pocket back near the line of scrimmage. His ferocity and skill were equally apparent in the next two sacks he made.
The Commanders offense found their footing a bit in the second half, but the damage inflicted by Hutchinson and the rest of the Lions defense proved to be too much to overcome, as Detroit held on for the 36-27 victory.
Drake London - Common - Base
The 2022 NFL Draft saw a record six wide receivers taken inside the first 18 selections - the first of those was Drake London, taken 8th overall by the receiver-needy Atlanta Falcons.
Though it’s only been a couple weeks, London has already established himself as the best and most reliable receiving option for the Falcons, and in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, he found the end zone for the very first time in his NFL career.
Late in the 3rd quarter, the Falcons were trailing by a significant margin, but found themselves deep in the red zone after their defense forced a Rams turnover that gave their offense some great field position. They still needed someone to finish the short drive off with a touchdown if there was going to be any hope of a comeback, and Drake London answered that call.
On 2nd-and-goal from the 4 yard-line, the Falcons offense lined up in shotgun with London lined up as the outermost of two receivers on the left. London ran a quick slant that cut in behind the slot receiver, and his quickness paid off as his quarterback fired a bullet that led him perfectly between two defenders and over the goal line for the score.
On the day, London would finish with 8 catches and 86 yards including that touchdown, though the Falcons furious comeback attempt was thwarted as they fell 31-27 to the Rams.
Garrett Wilson - Common - Base
The second receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft at 10th overall, Garrett Wilson has wasted no time making his presence felt on a New York Jets offense that desperately needed a playmaker of his caliber.
In the Jets Week 2 battle against the Cleveland Browns, which wound up being a game for the ages thanks in no small part to his late-game heroics, Wilson kicked off the Jets scoring with his first career touchdown, tying the game at 7 early in the 2nd quarter.
It wasn’t just a significant personal milestone, though, it was a thing of beauty.
With the Jets facing 3rd-and-goal from the 2 yard-line, the Jets called for some pre-snap motion to isolate Wilson on the far right side of the field in one-on-one coverage. After the ball was snapped, Wilson put his elite footwork on display, faking to the inside before fading towards the corner of the end zone. His quick move left the defender frozen, and his quarterback delivered an on-target ball that Wilson effortlessly hauled in for his first ever NFL score.
Of course, Wilson would wind up scoring the game-winning touchdown in this one as well, cementing the Jets improbable 31-30 win that saw them score twice in the final 90 seconds, and he finished with 8 catches and 102 yards to go along with those two scores as well.