Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been outstanding in their first two games. Rogers has been just about perfect, completing 77 percent of his passes thus far. The defense held the two time defending NFC champs to 17 points and their running back Marshawn Lynch to 41 yards on 15 carries.
Like I mentioned last week, the biggest advantage the Packers have is their continuity with each other. The team is clicking on all cylinders. Led by Randall Cobb, the receiving core has been dominant. With weapons like Cobb, James Jones, and Davante Adams on the outside, who is going to stop this Packers’ offense?
- New England Patriots: 2-0 (2)
The Patriots have the biggest non-quarterback difference maker in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski is an absolute beast of a football player. He is an unstoppable force. He is impossible to stop. In addition to Gronkowski, Tom Brady looks better than ever. He is playing with a chip on his shoulder. He, like Rogers has been just about perfect, completing 69 percent of his passes.
An underrated aspect of this team is the running back position, specifically Dion Lewis. Lewis has been outstanding through the first two games. In each game, Lewis has had at least 11 touches, and has been on the field for 75 percent of New Englands’ offensive snaps.
The Steelers absolutely manhandled the 49ers on Sunday. Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger are the best quarterback-wide receiver combo in football. Brown has caught at least five passes for 50 yards in an NFL record 35 straight games. Roethlisberger is playing the best football of his career. The entire offense is clicking. With the return of Le’Veon Bell, the offense will only get better this week.
The defense bottled up Carlos Hyde, holding him to a mere 43 yards rushing. If the defense can play anything close to how they played Sunday, the Steelers could very well represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
It’s been two games; I am not going to overreact to two losses. The Seahawks are going to be fine. Yes, their offensive line has struggled, but let’s take a look at whom they played; a Rams team with one of the best defenses in the league, and an experienced Packer team who was playing for revenge.
As the season goes on the offensive line will improve. The only thing holding this team back right now, is that offensive line. They could very easily be 2-0, rather than 0-2. With their next two games against the Bears and Lions, I expect the Seahawks’ offense to get back on track.
15-2, that is Carson Palmer’s record over his last 17 starts. The Cardinals are absolutely rolling. They lead the NFL in yards per play over the last two seasons and on defense, have blitzed the quarterback more than any other team. Even without Andre Ellington, the team’s running game was still effective. Larry Fitzgerald looked like his old self on Sunday, finishing with three receiving touchdowns.
The Cardinals have a huge advantage in their division, as their only real competition for the division title is 0-2.
After a so-so week one, Peyton Manning bounced back in a big way, finishing with three passing touchdowns, and a key game winning drive. The offense looked great in the second half against a great Chiefs defense. In both of their games, the Broncos’ offense got the job done when it was needed most.
The Broncos have one of the best defenses in the NFL. They have a difference maker in almost every aspect on the defensive side of the football.
Five touchdowns to just zero interceptions for Andy Dalton through two games. Dalton has been fantastic; in fact, I would argue he has had his best two game stretch of his career. The entire offense is clicking. At the running back position, the Bengals have two players who could start for almost any NFL team with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.
The defense, led by Geno Atkins, has been terrific. Through two games, the team has held opponents’ to a mere 33 percent conversion rate on third down conversions.
The Chiefs could very easily be 2-0. The offense has looked much better than last season, so much so the wide receiver touchdown drought will likely end soon. Alex Smith is much more than just a game manager. I expect big things out of this Chiefs team in the upcoming weeks.
Despite two bad performances for the Colts, I am not punting on them. They’ve looked terrible, but they still have Andrew Luck. Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He can carry this team; and he will prove that in the coming weeks.
The offensive line will improve as the season goes along. Give Luck more time in the pocket and you will see deadly results from this offense.
Like the Colts, the Eagles have been downright awful. DeMarco Murray is on pace to finish the season with 88 rushing yards. Yes, 88 rushing yards, but much like the Colts the thing that is holding them back is their offensive line.
It seems like every time the team runs the ball, the opposing team’s defense is in the backfield. This will improve as the season goes along, as the line gets more comfortable, the protection will improve. I believe in Chip Kelly as a coach and with the NFC East wide open, there is no need to worry if you are an Eagles’ fan.
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