NFL Week 2: 3 Biggest Disappointments So Far

With Week 2 of the NFL regular season in the books, troubling patterns are beginning to develop for certain teams and star players. Here are three players who have failed to live up to expectations in the early portion of the season:

Quarterback Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts 

The Indianapolis Colts acquired Matt Ryan this offseason from the Atlanta Falcons hoping he could provide a cheap upgrade at the game's most important position. The Colts narrowly missed the playoffs in 2021 due in part to the inconsistent play of quarterback Carson Wentz, and the thinking was Ryan could provide a steadier hand. He hasn't done it so far. The former MVP has been a mess through two weeks, compiling 504 net passing yards on a modest 5.79 net yards per pass attempt to go along with five turnovers. The Colts are winless so far despite entering the season as AFC South favorites. Maybe they were better off with Wentz. 

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Running Back Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans 

Fans were excited to see running back Derrick Henry back on the field following a 2021 season that was cut short by a broken bone in his foot. King Henry had amassed an amazing 115.5 rushing yards per game since from 2019 to 2021, and there was nothing to indicate he couldn't keep rolling in 2022. But the Titans find themselves in an 0-2 hole to start the season, and Henry is partially to blame. The two-time Pro Bowler has been held to 3.1 yards per attempt and 107 rushing yards through two weeks, and he has failed to deliver a single run exceeding 18 yards. The Titans will need a lot more from their star if they want to turn their season around.

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Quarterback Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

The Super Bowl hangover appears to be in full effect for the Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been hammered relentlessly despite an offseason spending spree that prioritized improving his protection. The former first-overall pick has been sacked a league-leading 13 times through two games, and it has utterly sabotaged the Bengals offense. Add in five turnovers and a brutal 4.55 net yards per passing attempt, and Burrow has the look of a player scrambling for answers that aren't coming. After posting consecutive losses in games they were over 7.0-point favorites to win, the Bengals' follow-up to their AFC Championship winning season is off to a rocky start.

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