Week two of the NFL season changed the perception of a lot of teams and strengthened the perception of others. With some interesting matchups this weekend, there should be some excitement from NFL fans for some good football.
1. New England Patriots (2-0; Prev. 1)
The New England Patriots showed that they are still they team to beat in the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo was excellent until his injury, but the Patriots still pulled out a win against the Dolphins. Jacoby Brissett looked competent at the position and did enough to maintain the Patriot’s lead. It looks like Brissett is going to have a tough game this Thursday when he takes on JJ Watt and the Houston Texans.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0; Prev. 4)
The Steelers pulled out a win against a tough division rival in the Cincinnati Bengals, despite Ben Roethlisberger being a little off. DeAngelo Williams had another nice game, Antonio Brown didn’t have his best game, but the emergence of Sammie Coates has to have the Pittsburgh fans really happy. They aren’t feeling the losses of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant and seem to only be getting better. They have a tough week this week when they travel to Philadelphia to face their instate rivals.
3. Denver Broncos (2-0; Prev. 8)
The Broncos are still really good. Their defense will win games as long as their offense stays competent. CJ Anderson showed that he is a good running back as he ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Trevor Siemian didn’t throw a touchdown, but he has done enough for this team to win the game. Von Miller is really contending for the best defensive player in the league as he was able to sack Andrew Luck three times. They have a tough challenge this week in Cincinnati against the Bengals.
4. Minnesota Vikings (2-0; Prev. 9)
The Vikings won a big game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. This defense is one of the best in the league and made Aaron Rodgers look like he was just another quarterback. They were able to force two fumbles this week and an interception for the second week in a row. Sam Bradford looked like the quarterback that everyone was expecting when he came into the league. It helps that he has a weapon like Stefon Diggs that can go for 182 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, it seems that Adrian Peterson could be out for a while with a torn meniscus. They have another tough game this week as they go to Carolina.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1; Prev. 3)
The Cincinnati Bengals played a good game against a good Steelers team in Pittsburgh. Andy Dalton was able to throw for 366 yards and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough for the win. Giovanni Bernard was able to go for a combined 117 yards and a touchdown, but 100 of those yards and the touchdown came through the air. They need to learn to run the ball better if they want to be successful. They have a tough challenge this week as the Broncos and their powerful defense come into Cincinnati.
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-1; Prev. 6)
The Cardinals bounced back from their disappointing loss with a statement win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carson Palmer looked really good as he passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Their defense was able to take advantage of Jameis Winston with four interceptions and held the Buccaneers to only a touchdown.
7. Green Bay Packers (1-1; Prev. 2)
The Packers did not look good against their rivals, the Vikings, even after Adrian Peterson went down with his torn meniscus. Aaron Rogers hasn’t looked like himself this season and threw for an interception and had a lost fumble. Their running game was fairly poor too as Eddie Lacy hasn’t been able to get anything done. The Packers need to figure something out soon as the Lions come to town.
8. Houston Texans (2-0; Prev. 12)
The Texans look like they are real contenders in the AFC. Brock Osweiler hasn’t been great so far, but Lamar Miller has looked pretty good. DeAndre Hopkins has looked just as he did last season and should continue to make Osweiler look good. Their defense was able to cause three turnovers against the Chiefs and look to take advantage of a rookie quarterback against New England this week.
9. Carolina Panthers (1-1; Prev. 11)
The Panthers bounced back from a disappointing loss against the Broncos to just dominate the 49ers. Cam Newton looked like the MVP that he was last year when he threw for four touchdowns. Kelvin Benjamin is reminding everyone what Newton was missing last season and Greg Olsen is showing that he is still a top tight end in the league. They have a tough challenge against the Vikings this week and need to win to show that they are still the favorites in the NFC.
10. Seattle Seahawks (1-1; Prev. 5)
The Seahawks have not looked good in either game this season and have only scored one touchdown so far this season. Russell Wilson is still hampered with the ankle injury and their offensive line is very troublesome. If the line doesn't defend Wilson better than the Seahawks could be looking at Treyvone Boykin starting and that should frighten Seattle fans. Luckily, they are facing a weak pass rush this week when the 49ers come to Seattle.
11. New York Giants (2-0; Prev. 13)
The New York Giants’ defense might be one of the most underrated in the league. They held Drew Brees to 263 yards and a touchdown. Compared to last year, this Giants defense should give their fans some hope going forward. The other thing that should be exciting to this fan base is the receiving corps. Sterling Sheppard looks like the real deal with 117 yards, Victor Cruz is back with 91 yards, and Odell is still Odell with other weapons to take pressure off of him. They have to take advantage of this division and bring a win against the Redskins this week.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1; Prev. 7)
The Chiefs fell to a good Houston team this past weekend. Their defense was good as they got two interceptions, but their offense was unable to capitalize on those turnovers. This offense needs a shot in the arm, they only threw for 186 yards, rushed for 119 yards and had zero touchdowns. Fortunately, they might get that shot this week when Jamaal Charles returns. They need to get him included early as they are facing a good front seven this week against the New York Jets.
13. Oakland Raiders (1-1; Prev. 10)
Oakland did not look good against an average Atlanta team. Their defense allowed Matt Ryan to throw for 396 yards and three touchdowns while allowing Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman to rush for a combined 139 yards and another touchdown. Derek Carr was able to throw for three touchdowns as well, but it wasn’t enough. The Raiders have to travel to Tennessee this week to face a team that is coming off of a big win against Detroit. If the Raiders aren’t careful, they could lose their second game in a row.
14. New York Jets (1-1; Prev. 15)
The Jets looked really good against Buffalo. Matt Forte was able to rush for 100 yards and three touchdowns, showing that the Bears made a big mistake by letting him go. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have been really good for Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the emergence of their third receiver Quincy Enunwa should have Jets fans excited. This week they need to stay sharp as they travel to Kansas City for a tough AFC matchup.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1; Prev. 17)
Tampa Bay had the misfortune of facing an Arizona team that was angry coming off of their loss to New England. Jameis Winston threw four interceptions and the Cardinals were able to score 40 points against Tampa. Winston was able to connect with Mike Evans for a touchdown, but that was the only score for the Buccaneers all day. They get a break this week as they welcome the Rams into town and should be able to squeeze out a win.
16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1; Prev. 20)
Dak Prescott continues to impress through his second game of his career. Dez Bryant was able to get more involved in the game to open up the running game and the other receivers. It is concerning that the number four pick, Ezekiel Elliott, dropped the ball twice in the game, but the defense was able to hold the Redskins to only 23 points. The Cowboys should be able to continue their good play and win against a weak Bears team.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0; Prev. 24)
Carson Wentz is living up to the hype of the number two pick in the league. He only threw for 190 yards and a touchdown and should have had more, but his receivers had some key drops. The Eagles defense was impressive on Monday. They were able to hold the Bears offense to only one offensive touchdown and they caused one interception and two fumbles. The Eagles two wins have come against two bad teams, but they are still producing at a high level and winning the games that they need to win. They are not so fortunate this week as the Steelers are coming to Philadelphia this week.
18. Baltimore Ravens (2-0; Prev. 18)
The Ravens have squeezed past two subpar teams in their first two weeks of the season. They were able to shut out Cleveland for the last three quarters of the game after giving up 20 points in the first. Joe Flacco was able to throw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mike Wallace and 102 of the yards went to tight end Dennis Pitta. They did have a little bit of trouble running the game averaging three yards per carry and ending up with a total of 80 yards as a team. They have more of a challenge this week against the Jaguars, but they need the win to keep up with the rest of their division.
19. San Diego Chargers (1-1; Prev. 25)
The Chargers looked good against the Jaguars last week, but more specifically Philip Rivers showed that he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league without his top weapon, Kennan Allen. They would then go on to lose Danny Woodhead to an injury in the game as well. They are going to Indianapolis this week to face the Colts in a matchup that the Colts need to win.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; Prev. 14)
Jacksonville followed up their good performance against the Packers with a poor performance against the Chargers. Blake Bortles threw two interceptions and they were only able to get 69 yards rushing. Their defense was supposed to be better this season, but they let Philip Rivers throw for four touchdowns without his top target on the field. They also let Melvin Gordon torch them for 102 yards and a touchdown. If this Gus Bradley lead defense doesn’t turn around quickly, the Jags could be destined for another top five pick in next year’s draft. They do have the Ravens coming into town this week and could finally get their first win of the season.
21. Atlanta Falcons (1-1; Prev. 23)
Atlanta was able to beat the Raiders in Oakland with a 35 – 28 victory. Matt Ryan has looked really good so far this season. He has thrown for 730 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception. It will be interesting to see if Julio Jones will miss time due to a nagging calf injury, if he does, then there might be an impact on Matt Ryan going forward. They should look to lean more on the running game with two competent runners in Coleman and Freeman. They are going to travel to New Orleans this week to face the Saints in what should be a pretty good matchup.
22. Washington Redskins (0-2; Prev. 16)
Kirk Cousins has not looked like the quarterback that the Redskins fans saw last season. He underthrew a couple of times and an interception that hit Barry Church right in the chest. If he doesn’t figure out how to use his incredible weapons, he could be out of Washington next season. They desperately need a win this Sunday in New York against the Giants to avoid a three game hole in the NFC East.
23. Indianapolis Colts (0-2; Prev. 19)
Things are not looking good for the Colts so far this season. With the exception of Andrew Luck, no one has looked particularly good. They gave up fifteen points on turnovers against the Broncos and that proved to be the difference in the game. They were able to score 20 points on the Denver defense, but they only had 243 yards on offense. They have a must win scenario this week when the San Diego Chargers come to town.
24. Detroit Lions (1-1; Prev. 22)
The Lions had two bad things happen to them this week. The first thing was they lost to the Tennessee Titans, and the second was the loss of Ameer Abdullah for at least the next eight weeks. Marcus Mariota was able to throw for two touchdowns on the Detroit defense. Their defense was able to cause a safety that then lead to a touchdown from Stafford to Boldin. They have a tough matchup this week as they head to Green Bay for a date with the Packers.
25. New Orleans Saints (0-2; Prev. 21)
The New Orleans defense did an admirable job on Sunday against an above average Giants team. Eli Manning was able to throw for 368 yards, but there were no offensive touchdowns for the Giants. The only touchdown for the Giants came off of a blocked kick that was returned for a touchdown. The Saints were able to score a touchdown from Drew Brees to Willie Snead, but that wasn’t enough to win the game. This week will be tough as the Falcons come to New Orleans, but should provide a good Monday night game.
26. Tennessee Titans (1-1; Prev. 30)
The Titans surprised some people last Sunday when they were able to overcome the Detroit defense. DeMarco Murray has looked much better than he did last season with the Eagles and should continue to help Marcus Mariota improve. Once they can get Derrick Henry more integrated in the Tennessee offense, the Titans running attack could be really scary. They have a tough matchup this week when the Raiders come to Tennessee.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-1; Prev. 27)
The 49ers looked good early against the Panthers, but their defense ended up letting the game get away from them. They allowed Cam Newton to throw for 353 yards and four touchdowns and Fozzy Whittaker to rush for 100 yards. Teams don’t win very often when their defense allows those type of numbers. San Francisco has another big challenge this week as they take on the Seattle Seahawks.
28. Los Angeles Rams (1-1; Prev. 31)
The Rams have still not scored a touchdown so far this season and rank last in almost every offensive category. Todd Gurley hasn’t been able to get anything going, but he seems to be the only good thing about their offense. Their defense, however, was able to get to Russell Wilson and hold the Seahawks to three points. Their offense needs to step up to help the defense because scoring only nine points isn't going to win a lot of football games. This week they have to go to Tampa Bay and face a good offensive unit.
29. Miami Dolphins (0-2; Prev. 28)
The Dolphins looked poor against a back up quarterback and improved as Jacoby Brisset came in for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Ryan Tannehill was able to throw for 387 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a good New England secondary. Miami is going up against a beaten up Cleveland team and should be able to get their first win of the season.
30. Chicago Bears (0-2; Prev. 29)
The Chicago Bears are going down fast. Jay Cutler looks like he will be out this week, Danny Trevathan is still out and now it looks like Alshon Jeffrey could be out this week with a knee injury. If the Bears don’t figure out a way to turn it around quickly, then they could be competing for the number one pick in next year’s draft. They travel to Dallas next and will face a rising Cowboys’ team.
31. Buffalo Bills (0-2; Prev. 26)
The Bills looked somewhat competent against the Jets, but they just didn’t have enough firepower on offense or defense to get the win that they needed. Tyrod Taylor was able to throw for 297 yards and three touchdowns, but the defense gave up 37 points, most teams can’t win giving up that many points. With each passing week, Rex Ryan’s coaching seat gets hotter and hotter and if he doesn’t turn this team around quickly, he could be out of Buffalo next season.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-2; Prev. 32)
Cleveland had their best first quarter in a game in over 50 years, unfortunately, the rest of the game was terrible. The one bright spot of this team is Corey Coleman. He was able to go for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and has shown that he can be a top receiver in the NFL, but he will be out for the next few weeks with a hand injury. They lost Josh McCown for this upcoming Sunday due to an injury to his shoulder. That means that Cody Kessler needs to step up against a good Miami front and hopefully lead this team to their first win.
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