Week 1 in the NFL saw plenty of players have breakout performances and a few big-named players fall flat on their faces.
Some players may have struggled due to the lack of preseason snaps.
But, just played bad due to whatever reason.
Luckily, there is still plenty of time left in the season for these star players to break out.
Here are three players that need a better performance in Week 2.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers made Lance the face of their franchise heading into this season but his Week 1 performance was far from perfect.
The second-year QB completed only 13 of 28 passes for 164 yards and one interception.
It was not the season debut that the 49ers were hoping for from Lance.
Especially because they lost to a rebuilding team in the Chicago Bears.
But, there is a reason for optimism in San Francisco.
Lance showed an elite ability to run as he was the leading rusher for the team in Week 1.
With starting running back Elijah Mitchell on IR, Lance will now be counted on more than ever as a rusher.
Also, the weather will be much better in Week 2.
There are not expected to be downpours like the Niners saw in Week 1.
Hopefully, the 49ers will open up their offense to Lance and allow him to sling the ball around.
Facing the Seahawks at home should be a game the 49ers win.
Lance will need to play well and he should be set for a huge Week 2 performance.
CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are going to be without quarterback, Dak Prescott, for a few weeks.
But, that is no excuse for CeeDee Lamb to not perform like the elite player he is.
In Week 1, Lamb was held to two catches for 29 yards.
But, he did see 11 targets.
Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb caught 18.2% of his targets (2-of-11) vs. Buccaneers, the lowest rate of the 89 players who saw five or more targets in Week 1. Bucs undercut many of team’s routes. He’ll look to find better rhythm, separation Sunday vs. Bengals. pic.twitter.com/9ssNQcpT6w
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 14, 2022
Lamb should be one of the most targeted players in football this season.
As we saw in Week 1, the Cowboys lack weapons at wide receiver.
Lamb is by far their best pass catcher and he should be the focal point of the offense.
The last time Lamb had a 100+ yard receiving game was last season with Cooper Rush at quarterback.
Now, Rush is expected to be the guy for however long Prescott is out.
Despite not having his starting QB, Lamb should be in for a big Week 2.
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders built a roster heading into this year that is good enough to make a run in the playoffs.
But, a lot of the pressure is on their quarterback, Derek Carr, to get them there.
In Week 1, Carr was not very good against the Chargers.
He threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns, but his three interceptions played a key role in the loss.
The Raiders can not afford to fall to 0-2 playing in a division as tough as the AFC West.
In their home opener against the Cardinals, Carr needs to play better.
Carr seemed locked in on throwing the ball to Davante Adams in Week 1, who received 17 targets.
10 catches last week. How many for @tae15adams in Week 2? 🤔
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2022
Expect Adams to have another monster game today.
Also, the Cardinals gave up five passing touchdowns last week to Patrick Mahomes.
So, Carr should be heavily featured in a pass-heavy attack in a huge Week 2 matchup.
Anything short of the playoffs would be a bust for the Raiders this year, and avoiding 0-2 is a must for Las Vegas.