Through the first two games, the defense of the Miami Dolphins has left much to be desired as they were unable to stop Cam Newton from running at will in Week 1, while Josh Allen passed for over 400 yards in Week 2. Gardner Minshew has been the magic man for the Jacksonville Jaguars as he has had two impressive games as the Jaguars split the first two games. Thursday night may be an excellent time to get Tua Tagovailoa some action as it will be a primetime audience. The Dolphins would need to show they can play on defense if they were to have a chance to win, and that will take a remarkable turnaround on a short week.
The Atlanta Falcons are reeling at 0-2 after one of the most inglorious second-half collapses in NFL history against the Cowboys. As fans call for Dan Quinn to be fired, there may be nothing that can save the Falcons coach’s job. The Chicago Bears nearly had their own second-half collapse in Week 2, as they failed to score after leading the Giants 17-0 at the half. The Bears had a comeback win in Week 1 and could begin to gain momentum and confidence for Mitch Trubisky. It is hard to imagine the Falcons recovering from their collapse, especially with a defense that has given up 78 points in the first two games.
The Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams have both been impressive, winning their first two games. Josh Allen is the top-rated quarterback in the first two games. The Rams have played strong defense in shutting down the Cowboys and Eagles. The Rams are unbeaten under Sean McVay in the early start window, but the Bills are a hungry team looking to prove themselves with a strong defense in their own right. The Rams were forced to go back and forth to the east coast as COVID hotel restrictions made staying east impossible. This will not help the Rams, as Buffalo shuffles to 3-0.
The Cleveland Browns got their season on track last week with a solid win over the Bengals. Washington meanwhile, stumbled in the desert as they had no answers for Kyler Murray. Facing another Heisman winning quarterback from Oklahoma that was the first pick in the NFL draft, the WTF’s will once again be left with no answers as Cleveland fans get to enjoy their team being above .500 for a change.
The Tennessee Titans were fortunate to win their first two games. The Minnesota Vikings are in need of good fortune after losing their first two games. Kirk Cousins is the worst-rated quarter through two weeks as fans in the Twin Cities had grown tired of his inconsistent play. Cousins has always been an NFL survivor, coming up with big games when things look bleakest. After an 0-2 start, things could not be bleaker for the Vikings.
The New England Patriots are coming off a hard-fought Sunday night loss in Seattle, while the Las Vegas Raiders won their first game in Sin City on Monday night against the Saints. As Bill Belichick’s new fashion consultant, I know he is focused on getting his team a rebound victory at home. The Raiders usually struggle when they play in the early window on the east coast. After a feel-good home win, they are due for a letdown in Foxboro. Look for Cam Newton to have another solid game as the Patriots get an easy win.
It is the second week in a row that the San Francisco 49ers are playing in the Meadowlands. Last week their win against the Jets came with a high price as they suffered a score of injuries. None of the injuries were bigger than Nick Bosa, who is lost for the year with a torn ACL. Jimmy Garoppolo was also hurt last week and is questionable to play in Week 3. The New York Giants had their own significant injury as Saqoun Barkley tore his ACL. The Giants have played better than their 0-2 record indicates. Look for them to pull this one out at home, as Daniel Jones takes advantage of the Niners’ banged-up defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles are fortunate that the COVID pandemic has left the stands at Lincoln Financial Field empty as they would be growing in a sea of boos. After an awful loss in Washington, the Eagles failed to take flight against the Rams in their home opener. The Cincinnati Bengals are also 0-2 but have played well with Joe Burrow. The Eagles cannot leave the field with another loss. If they do, the fans may greet them outside the Linc with pitchforks and torches. The Eagles will win, but the Bengals will again get a backdoor cover.
It will be a Watt Family reunion, as the three Watt Brothers will be in action at Heinz Field. The Houston Texans after been given a brutal start to the season, opening against the defending Super Bowl champions and the team that had the best record in the regular season in 2019. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, are 2-0 after wins against the Giants and Broncos. The Steelers have done just enough to win each game, as their defense has been ravaging the other team’s quarterbacks led by T.J. Watt. The Steelers have two Watts to the Texans one, and two Watts will be the difference as the Steelers improve to 3-0.
Things are getting ugly for the New York Jets as gang green has looked like the worst team in the NFL in the first two games. The Indianapolis Colts have had their ups and downs but sit at 1-1. The Jets are a complete mess on both sides of the ball, as nobody likes coach Adam Gase. Fans have even begun to turn on quarterback Sam Darnold, as they have visions of Trevor Lawrence in green. The Dolphins know what this is like, and Gase is a team wrecker, and things will not improve until the Jets brain trust realizes that. Look for another pathetic performance by the Paper Airplanes as the Colts gallop to an easy win.
The Carolina Panthers limp into Week 3 at 0-2 with star rusher Christian McCaffery sidelined with a high-ankle sprain. Justin Herbert made his debut last week as the Los Angeles Chargers battled the Chiefs into overtime. As long as the Chargers’ team doctor stays away, team players can play and win. The Chargers defense was able to keep Patrick Mahomes under 30 points, and the Panthers without McCaffery should not pose a big threat. The Panthers’ defense has struggled and will have a tough time again as the Chargers get their first win at SoFi Stadium.
Fans in the desert are all aflutter as the Arizona Cardinals have been impressive while winning their first two games. Meanwhile, in the Motor City, the Detroit Lions are back at the shop, sitting at 0-2. The Lions have lost four straight games in which they had a double-digit lead. The Lions are doomed for more mediocrity, while Kyler Murray, last year’s Rookie of the Year, looks to be even better in his second season. Look for the Cardinals to keep playing well as they move to 3-0 in an NFC West that suddenly may be the best division in the NFL.
Tom Brady got his first win with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Look for him to continue to get better as he learns his new teammates. The Denver Broncos have played well but lost each of their first two games. Now they will be without quarterback Drew Lock for at least three weeks. This would have been a difficult task for Denver if Lock and Von Miller were healthy; without them, the Broncos stand no chance.
After their miracle comeback win against the Falcons, the Dallas Cowboys could get to their next game in Seattle without an airplane. While the win over Atlanta could be season defying, there is much concern over the Dallas defense after allowing 39 points to the Falcons. The Seattle Seahawks avoided their own collapse with a stop of Cam Newton at the one, but Russell Wilson is off to a great start with nine touchdowns in the first two weeks. This one could be a shootout, with the Seahawks slipping by with Wilson again having a big day.
There has been some concern for the New Orleans Saints as Drew Brees has struggled in the first two games. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have their offense clicking on all cylinders. Brees is due for a good game, and Aaron Rodgers is due for a clunker. Look for the lights of Sunday night to help energize Brees to a big game at the Superdome as the Saints rebound off their loss in Vegas.
This may be the best game on Monday Night Football in the last ten years. The Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs against the Baltimore Ravens, who went 14-2 last season. It was the game that we did not get in the AFC Championship after the Ravens stumbled in the Divisional Round. The Chiefs have beaten the Ravens in thrillers in each of the last two seasons. Expect this game to be great, as Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson will shine under the lights. The Ravens will get the win, and it could go to overtime as these are perhaps the best two teams in the NFL.