The Giants have made history in the first two weeks, becoming the first team ever to blow ten point leads in the first two games of the season. The Giants season is on the brink, a loss on Thursday and it could be over on the second day of autumn. The Giants have been here before and have turned it around and saved seasons, like 2007 when they won the Super Bowl. However, with Tom Coughlin getting older and the Giants clock troubles some have to wonder is the old coach losing it? One thing that is good for them is they usually beat the Redskins, and they should be able to do that again.
There has to be some concern over the Ravens defense after they were sliced, diced and rolled by the Raiders last week. The loss of Terrell Suggs appeared to be felt as the Black and Silver moved the ball up and down the field. The Ravens could have been tired from spending the week in San Jose, as they return home and face a must win against the Bengals. The Bengals have looked strong in winning their first two games, but every time they begin to get on a roll, Andy Dalton reminds you that he is still Dandy Andy and makes a big mistake.
It’s only Week 3, but it is all over for the New Orleans Saints. A loss in the home opener to the lowly Buccaneers shows that this team is no longer a contender and may need to back the truck up and rebuild. Drew Brees at 35 has looked like he has lost it and with a shoulder injury making him doubtful to play in Carolina the season could begin to snowball for the Saints. Even if Brees is a healthy he no longer looks capable of playing winning football. The Panthers meanwhile are on the rise as Cam Newton is maturing and learning from past mistakes add a strong defense and the Panthers are the clear team to beat in the NFC South.
After starting and earning a win against the Titans last week, Johnny Manziel is back to being Johnny Bench, with Cade McCown cleared to play. This move is somewhat confusing in that Manziel played well and needs to show he can or can’t play, while McCown a career backup has no future. This week it should not matter even though the Raiders are improving after a win over the Ravens last week. The problem for the Raiders is this game is a 1PM kickoff. The last time the Raiders won a day game in the Eastern Time zone was in 2009.
How many injuries can a team sustain before it completely unravels? The Cowboys may be 2-0, but with so many key players in the training room it is hard to imagine they can stay unbeaten much longer. Dez Bryant their top receiver is out at least eight weeks and QB Tony Romo may be out just as long. Tight End Jason Witten hopes to play despite a sprained knee and two sore ankles. The Falcons meanwhile have been solid with two wins against NFC East teams, look for a third straight win as they go into Dallas and get another big game from Julio Jones.
The Texans have had some misfortune in losing their first two games. They nearly rallied to win each late, after falling behind early. Facing Rookie Quarterback Jameis Winston the key is to get in front early. Winston coming off his first career win is facing a ferocious defense for the first time and could be in for a long day. Meanwhile, the Texans offense needs to get going as neither Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett have been good enough to earn Coach Bill O’Briens confidence at quarterback.
The Vikings after an ugly loss in Week 1, came home and played a strong game all around to beat the Lions. They likely are not as good as they looked last week, nor are they as bad as they were in opener, but with Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater coming off strong games fans in Minnesota believe they have a contender. This week they should be sharp again as they face a Chargers team playing the early window games once again. As mentioned earlier those California teams often are groggy for the early games and trying to catch talented players like Peterson and Bridgewater it is essential to be wide awake.
This game is the equivalent of Ohio State hosting Western Michigan. The Patriots have gotten off to a fast start, winning the opener against the Steelers and rolling over the Bills on the road. Coming home they face a Jaguars team that has not been relevant in years. The Jaguars last week beat the Dolphins benefiting from 15 penalties, the referees will never throw that many flags on the Patriots in a month. Meanwhile, the Jaguars can’t afford a padlock and the Patriots will easily find their playbook and get control of the game early and only allow points late for cosmetic purposes.
If you did not thing the Jets defense was for real, Monday Night was a big eye opener as they made Andrew Luck look down on his luck, forcing five turnovers on Monday Night in Indianapolis. Heading home with a 2-0 record Jets fans are feeling sky high, the Eagles fans are green for another reason as they have lost their first two games. DeMarco Murray has a grand total of 11 yards in the first two games. The Eagles offense is only confusing its own players so far as Coach Chip Kelly is quickly learning that the NFL is long way off from Eugene, Oregon.
The Rams are a strange team, one week they look like Super Bowl contenders, stunning the Seahawks in overtime. The following week the look awful in a loss to the Redskins. From week to week you just never know which team will show up. The Steelers coming off a 49 point explosion at home can sometimes be the same way. There is no question that the Steelers have a strong offense, but their defense may be somewhat suspect. Logic says the Steelers will win, but the Rams are highly illogical and that is why they will win this one just to keep us on our heels.
The Colts are in a familiar position, sitting at 0-2 as they face a division foe on the road. Last year in this spot the Colts jumped all over the Jaguars early and never looked back. The Titans tough could be a much tougher task as Marcus Mariota makes his home debut. One concern for the Colts has to be the play of Andrew Luck, who looked awful in the first two weeks. The Colts are also have some turmoil off the field as Coach Chuck Pagano is feuding with Ryan Grigson. A loss here and the Colts season could come apart at the seams.
Carson Palmer is back and the Cardinals offense is firing on all cylinders. Coming off a 48 point performance in Chicago, the Cardinals look like the team that started last year with a nine wins in their first ten games. The Niners defense was flat out embarrassed in Pittsburgh last week, and with John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald provide deep threats. Meanwhile their secondary will make a few big plays of their own, as Colin Kaepernick trying to keep up will make the big mistake.
Once again the Miami Dolphins have proven to be a stuck in serial mediocrity with their loss in Jacksonville last week. Players are already questioning Coach Joe Philbin’s play calling and making their own calls. What is sad is Ndamukong Suh seems to be making better decisions than Defense Coordinator Kevin Coyle. Even worse their offense line still looks like Swiss cheese. Facing an aggressive defense like the Bills in the home opener that can only bring more bad news. Look for their celebrity honorary owners to be the only ones cheering as frustration continues to mount.
The Seahawks are 0-2 and somebody is going to pay. Both Seattle losses have come on the road and in places that are hard to win. Coming home they get an extra boost with Kam Chancellor ending his holdout. After a Super Bowl loss, an overtime loss and a Sunday Night loss they are mad and they are going to take it out on what might be the worst team in the NFL. This game will get ugly fast and the Seahawks will continue to pound the helpless Bears who so far have allowed 79 points in the first two weeks and will be without QB Jay Cutler.
Two teams that show the difference between winning and losing is often slim, meet on Sunday Night Football. The Broncos are lucky to be 2-0 as they got a game saving interception from Darian Stewart in Week 1, while Bradley Roby scooped up a gift fumble to win in Kansas City last week. The Lions meanwhile blew a 21-3 lead in San Diego in Week 1 and were flat in Minnesota last week. Coming home and playing a rare Sunday Night game brings out the best in Matthew Stafford who is able to out play Peyton Manning and lead the Lions to an upset win at home.
Another week and another primetime game at Lambeau Field for the Packers, who host the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl I. The Packers have done everything needed so far to win their first two games, beating the rival Bears on the road, and avenging their NFC Championship loss against the Seahawks. The Chiefs are coming off an absolute gut wrenching loss to the Broncos and get no favors in facing the Packers top notch passing game. The Packers defense has also been solid as the Chiefs continue to have their issues in the passing game.