The second week of the 2018 NFL season began on Thursday Night Football with somewhat of a Sooner showcase. With the Baltimore Ravens in Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in an early-season divisional battle, five former Oklahoma Sooners were in action to kick off Week 2.
The Bengals outlasted the Ravens, 34-23, and Joe Mixon made his mark with 84 rushing yards on 21 attempts. He also added a reception for three yards while dealing with knee issues throughout the game. It was determined Mixon’s injury required surgery, and the second-year rusher underwent the procedure on Saturday. Though he’ll miss a little time, Mixon is expected back in a few weeks.
Following successful arthroscopic knee surgery today, #Bengals RB Joe Mixon’s timeframe for return is roughly between 2 and 4 weeks, source said. The extra time between games should help, but likely to miss at least 1.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2018
Jordan Evans grabbed four tackles and assisted on two more in the Bengals win.
On the other side for the Ravens, Mark Andrews caught three of his four targets for 17 yards and scored the first touchdown of his NFL career.
ICYMI: Mark Andrews scored his first NFL touchdown on Thursday night against Cincinnati.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) September 14, 2018
He has five catches for 43 yards through the Ravens' first two games.#OUDNA | #Soonerspic.twitter.com/jGOrbsgaIj
The rookie tight end is quickly establishing himself as a red zone threat in Baltimore, while his rookie teammate, offensive tackle Orlando Brown, also saw action on the Ravens’ offense on Thursday night.
Safety Tony Jefferson recorded six solo and three assisted tackles in the loss on the road. Jefferson continues to see his role expand as the former OU defensive back is becoming a part of the Ravens’ defensive core.
The biggest play from a Sooner in Week 2 came from Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook, whose fourth-quarter touchdown catch clinched the win against the Patriots in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship. The former Biletnikoff winner caught four of his five targets for 84 yards and took this drag route 61 yards to the end zone.
Adrian Peterson, in his second week as a part of the Washington backfield, rushed for 20 yards on 11 carries and added 30 receiving yards in a loss to the Colts.
Aaron Colvin recorded three total tackles in the Texans’ 17-20 loss at Tennessee.
Sam Bradford had a dismal Sunday afternoon, finishing with 90 yards on 17-of-27 passing in a 34-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Chargers in Los Angeles.
Finally, Sterling Shepard caught three passes for 24 yards in the Giants loss to Dallas on Sunday night.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 2:
Jeff Badet (WR - Vikings, Practice Squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB - Seahawks, IR), Devante Bond (LB - Buccaneers, IR), Jermaine Gresham (TE - Cardinals), Geneo Grissom (DE - Patriots), Baker Mayfield (QB - Browns), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB- Rams, PUP), Steven Parker (S- Rams, Practice Squad), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington, PUP), Ahmad Thomas (LB - Colts, Practice Squad), Damien Williams (RB - Chiefs)