- Kanas City Chiefs 2-0 (Up 5)
- Oakland Raiders 2-0 (No Change)
- Atlanta Falcons 2-0 (Up 1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers 2-0 (Down 1)
- Green Bay Packers 1-1 (Down 4)
- New England Patriots 1-1 (Down 1)
- Denver Broncos 2-0 (Up 2)
- Seattle Seahawks 1-1 (Down 1)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Up 1)
- Detroit Lions 2-0 (Up 3)
- Tennessee Titans 1-1 (No Change)
- Dallas Cowboys 1-1 (Down 4)
- Carolina Panthers 2-0 (Up 3)
- Baltimore Ravens 2-0 (Up 3)
- Philadelphia Eagles 1-1 (Down 1)
- Miami Dolphins 1-0 (Up 5)
- Minnesota Vikings 1-1 (Down 2)
- Arizona Cardinals 1-1 (No Change)
- New York Giants 0-2 (Down 7)
- Los Angeles Chargers 0-2 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Rams 1-1 (Up 3)
- Buffalo Bills 1-1 (Up 3)
- Washington Redskins 1-1 (Up 4)
- Houston Texans 1-1 (Up 2)
- Jacksonville Jaguars 1-1 (Down 3)
- New Orleans Saints 0-2 (Down 3)
- Cincinnati Bengals 0-2 (Down 8)
- Cleveland Browns 0-2 (No Change)
- Chicago Bears 0-2 (No Change)
- Indianapolis Colts 0-2 (No Change)
- San Francisco 49ers 0-2 (No Change)
- New York Jets 0-2 (No Change)
Week 2 Recap
The New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals offensive woes continue. The Giants have only been able to put up 13 points in their first two games. Odell Beckham Jr. returned last night, but it did not make a difference. Eli Manning was hit all game and there were no holes for the running backs to hit. Brandon Marshall dropped a key pass that was the difference in the game. The Bengals look even worse, as they have only been able to muster 9 points in their first two games. They have already fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after just the second week. However, I think the problem lies within Andy Dalton. He has looked horrible as he has turned the ball over 5 times and has yet to throw a touchdown pass. Rookie John Ross fumbled on the first touch of his career and was quiet after that. The “three-headed monster” of Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard, and Jeremy Hill has been non-existent.
The Colts almost pulled off a huge upset over the Arizona Cardinals without their start QB, Andrew Luck. Speaking of Luck, he has not had much of it yet. He has already been ruled out for week three. The Minnesota Vikings have a huge problem at quarterback as well. Sam Bradford missed week two’s game as he had a knee injury and Teddy Bridgewater is not ready for game action. They hope to get Bradford back this week, or else they will have to throw Case Keenum out there once again.
The Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers have been dominant on the defensive side of the ball. They have not played high quality opponents, but they still have looked very good defensively. In week one the Ravens shut out the Bengals and then only allowed 10 points to the Browns in week two. The Panthers have only allowed 3 points in each game so far this season. Both teams looked fantastic in terms of defense, but if they want to take the next step they are going to have to improve their offensive game. Cam Newton does not look like the quarterback that the Panthers expected. He is going to have to step up if they want to be true contenders. The Ravens are still trying to find their identity on offense. They ran the ball like crazy in week one, but then relied more on the pass in week two. Joe Flacco seems to be healthy and if the Ravens’ offense can stay healthy, this team can surprise a lot of people.
The AFC West looks like the toughest division in all of football. The Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Patriots in week one, then went onto beat the Philadelphia Eagles in week two. Those are two quality wins for the Chiefs. They seem to have found their star running back in Kareem Hunt as well. The Raiders look like the team everyone was expecting them to be. The seem a bit improved on the defensive side of the ball, while it seems it is going to be extremely hard to stop their offense. They have a top 5 offensive line and weapons galore. Derek Carr is becoming one of the top QBs in the league, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are becoming one of the best WR duos and Marshawn Lynch is well, doing Marshawn Lynch things. The Broncos are the team that has surprised me the most. Their defense is one of the best in the league, which was expected. They absolutely shut down Ezekiel Elliott and dominated the Cowboys’ offensive line, as they held Elliott to only 9 rushing yards. What shocks me the most about the Broncos is Trevor Siemian. Through the first two weeks he has thrown for 450 yards and 6 touchdowns, while completing 65% of his passes for a 106.9 QB rating. If he can keep up this play, the Broncos are serious Super Bowl contenders.
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