Week 2 of the 2023 NFL season comes to a close Monday with two highly anticipated games.
First, the New Orleans Saints are facing the Carolina Panthers in an NFC South dust-up that could be a breakout game for second-year star receiver Chris Olave, who topped 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie last season for New Orleans.
Later, two AFC North foes meet when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns (8:15 p.m. ET). Wide receiver Amari Cooper is questionable after leaving the Browns’ practice early Saturday with a groin injury.
Here are the top moments!
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
First play theatrics
Pittsburgh’s defense made a huge statement on its first play of the night, snatching a pick six and taking it 30 yards to the end zone.
Cleveland’s Grant Delpit retaliated with an interception of his own early in the first quarter, giving his squad adequate field position with the takeaway.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Welcome to Carolina!
The Carolina faithful welcomed its No. 1 overall draft pick, quarterback Bryce Young, into Bank of America Stadium with a thunderous roar ahead of kickoff.
The Saints had a would-be interception late in the first quarter, but Panthers receiver Adam Thielen pulled off a marvelous save by reaching back to thwart the grab.
Can’t guard Mike!
That looks like pre-injury Michael Thomas. The former All-Pro receiver raised up for a massive catch in the second to put the Saints in field goal position, and take a 6-3 lead.
Saints fans are very familiar with Mr. Vonn Bell, and he reminded them who he was with this pick near the end of the second quarter.
The Saints earned themselves the ball back courtesy of this frantic fumble recovery. Despite regaining possession just before the half, Carolina’s defense held strong, and prevented New Orleans from extending its league.
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