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The NFL has been was on its head.
Week 2 saw a pair of Gargantuan Bowl-hopeful groups shuffle up in smoke thanks to excessive accidents to their giant name quarterbacks.
In Los Angeles, Drew Brees of the Recent Orleans Saints suffered a thumb damage that can sideline him as a minimum six weeks. The knowledge is even worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who broke the data that Ben Roethlisberger will moreover require surgical treatment—surgical treatment that can reside his season.
To sing these accidents sent shockwaves across the league is an underestimation. The NFC South is now huge start. The Baltimore Ravens stumble on to be the determined class of what is now a two-team speed in the AFC North—supplied the Cleveland Browns get their act collectively.
Those accidents—and the remainder of the happenings in another wild week of NFL soccer—absorb moreover shaken up the energy rankings here at Bleacher File. The Saints are barely aloof internal the tip 10. The Steelers are barely internal the tip 20. And groups are ping-ponging up and down at dizzying bustle.
Properly, moreover for the tip house, that is.
As they produce every week, Bleacher File NFL analysts Brad Gagnon, Gary Davenport and Brent Sobleski absorb joined forces to form by intention of another week of NFL motion and slot the groups from worst to first.
Those groups on the reside are about all that did now not substitute.
Show camouflage: “Excessive” and “Low” signifies one of the best and lowest individual rankings in a given week.
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Closing Week: 32
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Recent England 43-Zero
There’s no backside with the 2019 Dolphins. No nadir. It wasn’t unreasonable to mediate last week’s Fifty 9-10 loss to the Ravens at dwelling was once as gross as things would possibly maybe maybe get. But it was once moreover substandard.
The Dolphins in a intention managed to stumble on worse in opposition to the Patriots in Week 2 than they did in losing by seven touchdowns the week sooner than. The Dolphins had supreme 184 yards of entire offense and eleven first downs. After giving up a pair of defensive ratings in the 2nd half of, the Dolphins had been outscored for the season by opposing defenses.
Miami has been outscored 102-10 in two video games to start the season.
That’s no longer a typo. And the team continues its roster purge, with safety Minkah Fitzpatrick the most up-to-date first-round utilize sent packing.
“The 2008 Detroit Lions were a dreadful soccer team,” Davenport stated. “So were the 2017 Cleveland Browns. Both of those woeful squads went Zero-Sixteen. However the 2019 Miami Dolphins are revolutionizing unpleasant. Atmosphere a contemporary gold long-established in suck. It’d be perversely droll if it wasn’t so painful to survey.”
“The 2019 Dolphins can be one of the most worst groups in NFL history,” Gagnon added. “They’re most attention-grabbing the 2nd team in contemporary league history to be outscored by better than Ninety facets of their first two video games, and it is exhausting to stumble on any mild on the reside of the tunnel. And they’ll be OK with that, which makes it even worse.”
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Closing Week: 31
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Buffalo 28-14
As Steve Serby reported for the Recent York Publish, despite a unlucky outing in a 14-level loss to Buffalo, Giants quarterback Eli Manning insisted he’s no longer listening to the footsteps of rookie first-rounder Daniel Jones.
“If you happen to would possibly also be Zero-2, there’s stress with all people, that’s supreme the approach it goes,” Manning stated. “But you would possibly maybe maybe presumably no longer absorb that affect you, you would possibly maybe maybe presumably no longer let that substitute the approach you prepare, the approach you play. I gotta diagram better throws and better choices and safe methods to noticeably change on third downs. That’s a quarterback’s job.”
We would roar Manning’s kidding himself, but that looks to be going round with Massive Blue—despite the truth the Giants are going nowhere hasty, the team continues to explain that pulling Manning in prefer of Jones is now not in the works.
“The sooner the Giants accept they’re dreadful and scrutinize what they absorb got in the teen,” Davenport stated, “the earlier they originate the climb support to respectability in the NFC East.”
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Closing Week: 27
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. San Francisco Forty one-17
The Cincinnati Bengals gave the Seattle Seahawks all they would possibly take care of in Week 1, limiting them to supreme 232 yards and elevating as a minimum the possibility that the NFL’s worst defense a year previously had improved.
So unprecedented for that notion.
San Francisco absolutely shredded the Bengals in Cincy’s dwelling opener to the tune of Forty one facets and a jaw-shedding 572 entire yards. That explosion included a staggering 259 yards on the bottom and nearly 8.5 yards per play.
That makes the 2018 Bengals defense stumble on supreme—and that’s the explanation subsequent to very unlikely to provide.
It doesn’t even topic what the offense does in a sport love that. A team can no longer permit upward of 600 yards of offense and effectively over eight yards every time the opponent snaps the ball and aloof question to defend shut.
“The droll legend was once on all of us,” Sobleski quipped. “The Bengals regarded love an improved team in Week 1. Cincinnati traveled to Seattle, performed in one of the most toughest venues and held its have in opposition to the Seahawks most attention-grabbing to existing its appropriate colours a week later in opposition to the 49ers. A 24-level dwelling loss (and it wasn’t even that shut) in opposition to a West Hotfoot team making support-to-support Jap Time Zone toll road trips showed why many to begin with believed the Bengals are counted among the league’s worst.”
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Closing Week: 23
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Cleveland 23-3
The Recent York Jets desire a hug.
No kisses. Just appropriate the hug.
Oh yeah. No longer even five groups in and we’re making mono jokes.
It is no longer gross adequate that the Jets blew a Sixteen-Zero lead of their season opener. Or that initiating quarterback Sam Darnold is out indefinitely with mononucleosis. In Monday’s lopsided loss to the Cleveland Browns, the Jets moreover lost backup Trevor Siemian, who was once compelled from the sport with an grotesque-taking a stumble on ankle damage.
That approach 2nd-year knowledgeable Luke Falk will all but undoubtedly be below center Sunday when the Jets hit the toll road—to Gillette Stadium to play the Recent England Patriots.
Severely. They desire a hug.
It is no longer the Jets’ fault their season is in a loss of life spiral. There would possibly be now not any longer a lot you would possibly maybe maybe presumably also produce with a third-string quarterback who supreme acquired to city.
But any optimism there was once surrounding the 2019 Jets has been replaced by an all-too familiar feeling for followers of Gang Inexperienced.
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Closing Week: 26
Week 2 Result: Lost Sixteen-14 vs. Denver
The Vic Fangio abilities in Denver looks a lot love the Vance Joseph abilities in Denver.
That’s no longer a supreme thing.
Sunday’s dwelling loss to the Bears was once a killer—Denver took the lead on a two-level conversion with much less than a minute left in the sport, most attention-grabbing to permit the Bears to get shut adequate for a last-2nd arena-purpose try.
That kick sailed by intention of, and Denver fell to Zero-2.
An argument is also made that Denver should not had been that shut. The Broncos offense struggled over again, averaging supreme 3.8 yards per follow it the bottom. Denver’s odds of winning video games in which Joe Flacco makes an try 50 passes (as he did in opposition to Chicago) don’t seem to be especially supreme.
Now, with the Broncos in sole possession of last relate in the AFC West sooner than a day out to Lambeau Field to face the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Denver’s odds of doing anything else in 2019 are even worse.
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Closing Week: 28
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Dallas 31-21
On some level, the Redskins deserve a cramped bit credit. The team has as a minimum been competitive with two NFC East foes that made the playoffs last year.
Finally, we’re talking about an offense that has already lost its initiating tailback and has a journeyman quarterback with per chance the weakest cadre of receivers in the NFL. The team’s easiest offensive lineman (address Trent Williams) is some distance from the team and has reportedly vowed he’ll never play another down for Washington.
The defense is now not exactly brimming with skill, especially after losing defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. And it shows—the Redskins absorb now surrendered over 30 facets in two weeks.
Long legend fast, the Redskins supreme don’t seem to be a supreme team. They’ll squeak out a defend shut here and there (Recent York in Week four and Miami in Week 6 are chances), but Washington’s season was once effectively over sooner than it started.
No longer easy to specialise in after 9 video games last season they were in first relate in the NFC East.
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Closing Week: 24
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Kansas City 28-10
For one quarter in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs, it regarded love the Oakland Raiders were going to defend over the momentum from their season-opening defend shut over the Denver Broncos.
Unfortunately, NFL video games absorb four quarters.
Alternatively, despite the truth the Raiders were outscored 28-Zero after constructing a 10-Zero lead, there had been aloof some positives for the stopping Grudens in Week 2.
Rookie tailback Josh Jacobs had another supreme sport, coming up supreme timid of One hundred speeding yards and averaging over eight yards a carry. So did huge receiver Tyrell Williams, who stumbled on the reside zone for the 2nd week in a row. Tight reside Darren Waller persevered to be a fundamental section of the passing sport. And edge-rusher Benson Mayowa accrued 1.5 sacks after notching a pair in the opener.
The Raiders aloof absorb a intention to shuffle.
But by intention of two weeks, the team looks to be headed in the acceptable course.
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Closing Week: 25
Week 2 Result: Lost at Baltimore 23-17
Via their first two video games, the Arizona Cardinals absorb shown indicators of life—and given followers of the team trigger for as a minimum some optimism concerning the lengthy streak.
The arena is the Cardinals haven’t been displaying those indicators of life except the fourth quarter, when they’ve fallen in the support of.
Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray got here up supreme timid of 350 passing yards, but he did now not throw a touchdown shuffle. The Redbirds made it internal the 10-yard line four instances Sunday in Baltimore, but they did now not safe the reside zone except the fourth quarter.
Murray’s been enjoyable to survey, and each and each Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald topped One hundred receiving yards in opposition to the Ravens.
However the Cardinals don’t seem to be a supreme adequate team to rebound from so many squandered red-zone alternatives.
Till Arizona turns into more setting obliging in that regard, victories are going to be exhausting to return by.
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Closing Week: 22
Week 2 Result: Lost thirteen-12 at Houston
There was once supreme knowledge and gross knowledge for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.
Sadly, most of stated knowledge fell into the latter class.
Making his first NFL start, rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew truly performed rather unprecedented. His 23 completions in 33 makes an try for 213 yards with a touchdown was once a better stat line than Houston’s Deshaun Watson posted. So was once Minshew’s Fifty six speeding yards.
Alternatively, that stat line went for naught. After Minshew stumbled on teen D.J. Chark with 30 seconds left to get the Jaguars internal a level, head coach Doug Marrone made up our minds to shuffle for two and the defend shut. A Leonard Fournette streak got here up in want of the reside zone, and ideal love that, the Jags were Zero-2 to start the season.
Add in a heated sideline confrontation with giant name cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first quarter (and Ramsey’s subsequent substitute ask), and it wasn’t essentially the most efficient day for Jacksonville’s third-year coach.
Given how the season’s progressing to this level, the potentialities of a fourth year are dwindling.
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Closing Week: 15
Week 2 Result: Lost 20-14 vs. Tampa Bay
The Carolina Panthers are in valid effort.
Losing at dwelling by three facets to the defending NFC champions in Week 1 was once one thing. Falling by six to a so-so (at easiest) Buccaneers squad four days later is another. That’s two straight losses at Bank of The US Stadium to start the year—and 9 losses in Carolina’s last 10 video games relationship support to last season.
It is no longer exhausting to pinpoint the motive in the support of the tiresome start, either.
Cam Newton regarded dreadful Thursday. The long-established NFL MVP misfired on better than half of of his passes in opposition to Tampa, missing start receivers badly downfield on better than one occasion. He was once moreover a total non-part working the ball—over again.
“The Panthers can roar that Newton’s wholesome except they’re Carolina blue in the face,” Davenport stated. “But actions talk louder than phrases. No longer trusting your 245-pound quarterback to succeed in half of a yard on fourth down with the sport on the line was once a deafening bid concerning the Panthers faith (or lack thereof) of their giant name label-caller.”
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Closing Week: 29
Week 2 Result: Won 20-14 at Carolina
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had been competitive in each and each their video games in 2019. Were it no longer for a pair of Jameis Winston utilize-sixes in Week 1, the Buccaneers would possibly also effectively be 2-Zero.
It is been taking place in a extremely un-Buccaneers approach—as a minimum relative to last season.
In 2018, the Buccaneers led the NFL in passing offense and ranked third in entire offense but fielded the league’s sixth-worst defense. Via two video games in 2019, the Bucs are averaging over a hundred and twenty yards fewer offensively—but moreover giving up nearly Eighty fewer yards on defense.
It is nearly as if Todd Bowles knows a cramped bit bit about being a defensive coordinator.
Tampa hasn’t exactly performed any powerhouses but, and a day out to MetLife Stadium in Week 3 presents an opportunity for one more winnable sport.
Then we’ll discover if the Buccaneers absorb if truth be told improved, as Tampa faces the Los Angeles Rams and Recent Orleans Saints on the toll road in successive weeks.
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Closing Week: 30
Week 2 Result: Won vs. Los Angeles Chargers thirteen-10
The Detroit Lions would possibly also simply aloof be 2-Zero.
Had the Lions no longer choked away a fundamental lead slow last week in the barren house, Detroit would possibly maybe maybe be 2-Zero. As it stands, the Lions reside undefeated after pleasing the Los Angeles Chargers in Motown.
Admittedly, the Lions did now not pile up the vogue facets in the defend shut. Detroit was once outgained by the Chargers by Eighty five yards. Detroit managed most attention-grabbing 3.four yards per carry and had effort transferring the ball unprecedented of the afternoon.
However the Lions made performs when they needed to, performed effectively defensively and bought supreme efforts from young tailback Kerryon Johnson and big receiver Kenny Golladay.
The Lions don’t seem to be a Gargantuan Bowl contender. Or a playoff contender. With video games upcoming in Philly and at dwelling in opposition to the Chiefs, that first loss is coming—rapidly.
However the Chargers stumbled on out the exhausting approach what happens if you happen to underestimate them.
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Closing Week: 14
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Seattle 28-26
The Pittsburgh Steelers are officially in effort.
One week after getting waxed on the toll road by the Recent England Patriots, the Steelers fell to Zero-2 after losing a nail-biter to the Seahawks at dwelling. Losing two in a row to start the year is no longer regularly ideal, but two groups made the playoffs last year after initiating Zero-2.
The Steelers lost better than supreme the sport, even though. Ben Roethlisberger spent the 2nd half of as a spectator after injuring his elbow slow in the first half of. Tailback James Conner left in the 2nd half of with a knee damage.
Oh, and the Ravens won to transfer to 2-Zero.
And Antonio Brown scored a touchdown in his debut with the Recent England Patriots.
The Steelers are now in elephantine-on desperation mode sooner than a day out to San Francisco to play a Niners team that supreme racked up 572 yards of offense in a blowout defend shut over the Bengals. They’ll be playing San Francisco without Roethlisberger, whose season is reportedly over.
Serene, despite all that’s long gone substandard in the Metal City, Gagnon tried to safe a silver lining to all of the shaded clouds.
“Would per chance presumably Mason Rudolph truly be the acknowledge? It is too early to speak, but Pittsburgh’s season is headed in a course that would possibly give Rudolph an opportunity to stake his claim to the inheritor obvious role. And desirous about how Ben Roethlisberger regarded even sooner than getting effort, it is good to surprise if he’s initiating to specialise in how unprecedented more straightforward his life would possibly maybe maybe be as a retired man.”
And not using a sign of ending the optimist, he is.
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Closing Week: 19
Week 2 Result: Won at Recent York Jets 23-3
Given the closing procure of Monday’s sport between the Browns and Jets, one would possibly also mediate Cleveland had righted the ship and shaken off last week’s dwelling beatdown by the hands of the Tennessee Titans. Even presumably specialise in they earned a bump in these rankings.
One would possibly maybe maybe be substandard.
There had been fascinating spots for the Browns, determined. Defensive reside Myles Garrett was once a power, and Baker Mayfield stumbled on Odell Beckham Jr.r for an 89-yard scoring strike that blew the sport start.
But this result had more to provide with the Jets being dreadful than the Browns being supreme. Garrett moreover tallied a pair of deepest noxious penalties. Mayfield was once unsuitable unprecedented of the night and threw a utilize.
“The Browns won a sport they needed to defend shut in opposition to an overmatched team,” Davenport stated. “But an offense that some built up as potentially being one of essentially the most efficient in the league is aloof transferring in suits and starts. The next sport is presumably no longer in opposition to Luke Falk and the Jets. It’ll be Jared Goff and the Rams. And I absorb never considered anything else from this team to level to it is up to that venture.”
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Closing Week: 20
Week 2 Result: Won 24-20 vs Philadelphia
Via two video games, the Atlanta Falcons are one of the most more difficult groups in the NFL to resolve out. In Week 1, the Falcons regarded dreadful in a lopsided loss to the Minnesota Vikings in which Matt Ryan and Co. did subsequent to nothing offensively.
Sunday night in opposition to the Eagles, Ryan threw three touchdown passes, each and each Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley topped One hundred receiving yards, the Falcons piled up 367 yards of offense, and Atlanta earned a badly needed defend shut.
The victory did now not fix all that ails the Falcons—Ryan moreover was it over three instances and the streak sport is aloof caught in neutral. But Atlanta’s defense performed severely better than in Minnesota—especially alongside the entrance four.
With the Saints reeling after Drew Brees’ damage and the Panthers supreme flailing about, Sunday’s victory would possibly also simply absorb completed better than get the Falcons support heading in the appropriate course.
It would possibly maybe also simply absorb effect Atlanta in the motive force’s seat in the NFC South.
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Closing Week: Sixteen
Week 2 Result: Lost vs. Indianapolis 19-17
Week 2 was once the Tennessee Titans in a nutshell—and no longer in a supreme approach.
The Titans tend to stumble on love gangbusters one week and defend shut working away, after which come out flat the next week and lose to a team that (on paper) they would possibly also simply aloof be in a earn 22 situation to take care of.
That was once the case in opposition to the Colts. One week after blowing out the Browns in Cleveland, the Titans did now not generate even 250 yards of entire offense in opposition to their AFC South competitors. The defense deserves section of the blame too, allowing Indy to pressure the scale of the realm and snatch the sport out from below them.
On the reside of the day, the Titans are who we thought they were. They don’t seem like going to lose eleven video games—but they’re no longer winning eleven either.
And in some respects, there’s nothing worse than being caught in the heart—no longer supreme adequate to diagram a deep playoff streak, but no longer gross adequate to diagram a high draft utilize.
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Closing Week: 21
Week 2 Result: Won at Cincinnati Forty one-17
It’ll be time to start taking the San Francisco 49ers severely.
Granted, the 49ers haven’t exactly confronted the league’s two easiest groups to this level this season, but after drilling the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, the Niners absorb peeled off two straight toll road wins to start the year.
Sunday’s Queen City evisceration was once particularly impressive. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers offense was once an absolute buzzsaw, churning out 572 entire yards and 8.four yards per play. San Francisco did now not omit a beat on the bottom despite losing tailback Tevin Coleman last week, averaging over six yards a carry and piling up 259 speeding yards.
The 49ers will start their dwelling slate subsequent week in opposition to Pittsburgh sooner than getting an early week off.
Given Pittsburgh’s struggles this year and now the absence of Ben Roethlisberger, it is miles a valid possibility the 49ers would possibly maybe maybe hit their bye week at 3-Zero.
Just appropriate love absolutely nobody predicted.
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Closing Week: 18
Week 2 Result: Won at Recent York Giants 28-14
All hail the kings of MetLife Stadium.
For the 2nd straight week, the Buffalo Bills performed on the toll road in Recent Jersey. And in beating the hapless Recent York Giants by two touchdowns, the Bills moved to 2-Zero on the season and opened a pair of eyes across the NFL.
“Of their last seventy six minutes of soccer, the Bills absorb outscored the Jets/Giants 45-14,” Gagnon stated. “They would maybe now not be a Gargantuan Bowl team, but they’ve acquired the weapons on each and each facets of the ball to effect up a fight in January. They’ll be a no longer easy out all year. It is supreme a shame their ceiling is a wild-card house.”
Week 3 will carry the dwelling opener in opposition to the Zero-2 Cincinnati Bengals and a valid shot to start the 2019 season with three straight victories. Then we’re going to discover supreme how supreme Josh Allen and these Bills are.
In Week four, Tommy Terrific and the large gross Recent England Patriots come to city.
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Closing Week: 12
Week 2 Result: Lost at Inexperienced Bay 21-Sixteen
In Week 1, the Vikings rode their streak sport to a decisive defend shut over the Atlanta Falcons. Tailback Dalvin Cook dinner was once immense over again in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Sunday, piling up over a hundred and fifty yards on the bottom.
However the Vikings got here up fast after falling into a 21-Zero hole early—largely since the team’s $28 million quarterback attempted 32 passes.
For lack of a better notice, Kirk Cousins was once dreadful in opposition to the Packers. Of those 32 shuffle makes an try, supreme 14 were accomplished for 230 yards.
OK, Sixteen if you happen to depend the two interceptions—one of which was once an absolute support-breaker slow and a ball that ought to never, ever had been thrown.
Cousins’ passer ranking for the sport was once fifty two.9.
When the Vikings signed Cousins last year to a truly assured three-year, $Eighty four million pact, he was once speculated to lead Minnesota to the Gargantuan Bowl.
He has but to prove he would possibly maybe lead the Vikings to the playoffs.
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Closing Week: 17
Week 2 Result: Won at Tennessee 19-17
If you happen to love nail-biters, the Indianapolis Colts are the team for you in 2019.
One week after falling in additional time, the Colts over again went down to the wire in Nashville. But this time it was once the Colts who got here out on high, with Jacoby Brissett discovering T.Y. Hilton for a sport-winning touchdown shuffle in the fourth quarter in Nashville.
Brissett’s numbers were removed from notice-popping—he threw for below a hundred and fifty yards in the defend shut. But Brissett moreover tossed three touchdown passes, and ideal as he did in opposition to the Chargers, Brissett kept the Colts in relate to defend shut the sport slow.
When Andrew Luck called it a career, better than a pair of different folks wrote the 2019 Colts off as any produce of part in the AFC South.
But nobody’s working away with the division but, and if the Colts capture inserting in video games, they would possibly also simply loaf round in the speed a lot longer than of us expected.
“Jacoby Brissett is now not a hindrance,” Sobleski stated. “He’s no longer supreme a backup who was once thrust into a initiating role; he’s a talented young label-caller marvelous of leading a playoff-caliber roster previous quality opponents, as considered Sunday during Indianapolis’ 19-17 victory over the rival Tennessee Titans. A sixty 9.1 completion percentage and 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio to this level is unprecedented desirous concerning the circumstances.”
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Closing Week: 8
Week 2 Result: Lost at Detroit thirteen-10
Sunday’s loss to the Lions in Detroit was once a extremely Chargers sport. This is a franchise in the Philip Rivers abilities that has excelled in an house nobody needs to excel in—losing video games the team is speculated to defend shut.
This was once a Lions team that blew a fundamental lead slow in a tie with the Cardinals in Week 1. It was once a sport where the Chargers averaged 5.5 yards a carry, huge receiver Keenan Allen had his approach with Detroit cornerback Darius Fracture unprecedented of the afternoon, and the Lions managed supreme six facets by intention of three quarters.
But despite outgaining the Lions by a huge quantity and controlling the motion heaps of the afternoon, the Chargers aloof stumbled on a intention to lose. The offense squandered more than one alternatives. Los Angeles dedicated 9 penalties for 70 yards. The defense faltered slow. And Rivers sealed the Bolts’ destiny with a slow interception that killed a likely sport-tying pressure.
It will get worse. Safety Adrian Phillips, who was once himself filling in for the injured Derwin James, is out indefinitely after breaking his forearm in the loss.
“The Chargers are a supreme team,” Davenport stated. “But it looks love yearly they come out flat and lose a sport love this supreme to remind us all that they are no longer a immense one.”
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Closing Week: 9
Week 2 Result: Won Sixteen-14 at Denver
An grotesque defend shut beats a moderately defeat—especially when a team lost the week sooner than. So when Eddy Piniero knocked by intention of a sport-winning fifty three-yard arena purpose as time expired, there was once trigger for a cramped bit celebration on the Chicago sideline in Denver.
Puny or no.
The Bears would possibly also simply absorb gotten the W in opposition to the Broncos, but this team looks cramped love the 12-four squad that won the NFC North in 2018. For the 2nd week in a row, the Bears did now not tally even 275 yards of entire offense. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for supreme a hundred and twenty yards.
And were it no longer for a questionable roughing the passer call on Bradley Chubb slow, the Bears should not had been in relate to diagram that sport-winning kick.
Luckily, the Bears aloof absorb time to resolve things out. Chicago’s subsequent three video games are all in opposition to groups that omitted the postseason in 2018, and the toughest contest of the three (vs. Minnesota in two weeks) is at Soldier Field.
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Closing Week: 3
Week 2 Result: Lost at Los Angeles Rams 27-9
Here on the Bleacher File NFL energy rankings, we produce no longer specialise in in curses. It is superstitious hooey.
Apart from in the case of the Recent Orleans Saints, who’re absolutely cursed.
In 2017, the season ended with the “Minnesota Miracle.” The 2018 advertising campaign resulted in the heartbreak of the worst non-call in postseason history. And the 2019 season did now not even diagram it to October sooner than destiny thumbed the Saints appropriate into the bathroom.
The 2nd Drew Brees left the realm, unable to even grip a soccer after hitting his throwing hand while following by intention of on a first-quarter shuffle, any probability the Saints had of repping the NFC in the Gargantuan Bowl evaporated. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Brees will omit as a minimum six weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb.
Teddy Bridgewater is now not taking the Saints to Miami except he buys everyone a attach. With Bridgewater below center, the Saints would possibly also simply omit the postseason altogether. He would possibly also be one of the most perfect-paid backups in the league, but he did now not play effectively in opposition to the Rams.
It is a devastating blow that leaves the Saints in tatters—and makes the Falcons the team to beat in the NFC South.
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Closing Week: eleven
Week 2 Result: Won vs. Jacksonville thirteen-12
Of all of the groups who won in Week 2, the Houston Texans absorb the least to be at liberty about.
Particular, Houston acquired a defend shut it badly needed after losing a heartbreaker in Recent Orleans in Week 1. But start air the closing procure, there weren’t a ton of positives to level to.
Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson barely cleared a hundred and fifty passing yards and was once outplayed by Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew. Houston managed supreme 263 yards of entire offense and 17 first downs. And Houston’s allegedly re-tooled offensive line gave up four more sacks.
That line is truly on a tempo to permit more sacks than a year previously—and in 2018, they gave up sixty two.
Had Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone no longer taken travel of his senses on the reside of the sport, the Texans would had been headed to additional time for a 2nd week in a row.
There was once no shame in that in Recent Orleans. But at dwelling in opposition to a gross Jaguars team, it is another legend.
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Closing Week: 5
Week 2 Result: Lost 24-20 at Atlanta
The Philadelphia Eagles absorb concerns on the support reside of the defense. In Week 1, Philly allowed 380 passing yards and three touchdowns to Case Keenum in a defend shut over the Washington Redskins. Sunday night, it was once 320 yards and three more ratings to Matt Ryan—and this time, the Eagles got here up on the fast reside of the closing procure.
Add in accidents that hit the offense exhausting, and in Sobleski’s understanding, there was once cramped alternative but to fall the Eagles several spots on this week’s rankings.
“A shut to-miraculous comeback by the Eagles simply approach the team aloof lost. The Falcons huge receivers uncovered Philadelphia’s secondary, and the Eagles’ talented defensive entrance did now not dominate a rebuilt Falcons entrance five. On high of that, questions on Carson Wentz’s durability all over over again got here to the forefront. Philly has but to effect all of it collectively, and its fall in the rankings judge its present location.”
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Closing Week: thirteen
Week 2 Result: Won at Pittsburgh 28-26
The Seattle Seahawks won their season opener in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals, however the team did now not stumble on especially supreme doing it. It was once going to defend shut a better effort to stable a victory on the toll road in opposition to a Steelers team that was once supreme blasted by the Patriots.
The Seahawks acquired it.
It did now not effort that Ben Roethlisberger spent the 2nd half of on the sidelines with an elbow damage, but Seattle’s defense performed severely better in Week 2, keeping the Steelers to supreme 261 entire yards and 81 yards on the bottom. Seattle’s streak sport, on the opposite hand, rumbled for 152 yards on 33 carries. The Seahawks moreover acquired a 300-yard, three-procure effort by intention of the air from quarterback Russell Wilson.
The agenda doesn’t get any more straightforward for Seattle; over the next five video games Seattle will welcome in the Recent Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens.
However the Seahawks—love unprecedented of the NFC West—are off to a hot start.
“Gotta give this to the Seahawks: They continuously fight,” Gagnon stated. “They’ve lost by four-plus facets supreme twice of their last 21 video games, and so they got here up with a fundamental toll road upset over a determined opponent Sunday. Pittsburgh’s quarterback yell is now not an excuse, either, because Mason Rudolph performed effectively. Seattle will likely be in the hunt all season.”
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Closing Week: 10
Week 2 Result: Won vs. Arizona 23-17
As early-season schedules shuffle, you would possibly maybe maybe presumably no longer question for a better first two video games than what the Baltimore Ravens kicked off 2019 with. After demolishing the worst team in the NFL this year, the Ravens hosted the worst team in the league in 2018.
The Arizona Cardinals are admittedly an improved team relative to last year’s 3-thirteen mess, however the Ravens took care of substitute at dwelling to transfer to 2-Zero and potentially establish an early chokehold on first relate in the AFC North.
The legend of those two victories has been 2nd-year quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has been nothing in want of infamous. No longer most attention-grabbing did Jackson pile up over One hundred yards on the bottom, but he was once over again efficient throwing the ball, passing for 272 yards and two ratings without an interception.
“A team can most attention-grabbing beat other folks who’re placed sooner than it, and the Ravens did exactly what they’re speculated to provide by handling their substitute in opposition to the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals,” Sobleski wrote. “In the intervening time, Lamar Jackson is developing into a essential individual sooner than our very eyes. The Ravens’ subsequent matchup in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs will likely be appointment viewing.”
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Closing Week: 7
Week 2 Result: Won vs. Minnesota 21-Sixteen
The Pack is support, toddler!
After keeping off the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the Packers are the last last unbeaten team in the NFC North. Propelled Sunday by a fundamental day from young tailback Aaron Jones, the Packers absorb now opened the season with wins over their two good competitors.
After last year’s disappointing advertising campaign, it is miles a welcome start to the Matt LaFleur abilities in Titletown.
But there was once as a minimum one trigger for venture for the Packers in Week 2. This was once a sport the Packers led 21-Zero early in the 2nd quarter, but Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay offense did now not arrange a single level the remainder of the approach.
“After a hot start in Week 2,” Davenport wrote, “the Inexperienced Bay offense was once ice-cool the remainder of the approach in opposition to the Vikings. This was once a sport where Minnesota piled up substantially more offense, most attention-grabbing to be completed in by four turnovers. Inexperienced Bay’s defense has been a fulfilling surprise this year, however the offense hasn’t been what now we absorb come to query from a Rodgers-led squad.”
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Closing Week: 7
Week 2 Result: Won at Washington 31-21
Perchance the Cowboys did now not want Ezekiel Elliott after all.
To be good, Elliott performed a piece in the Cowboys 10-level defend shut in Washington Sunday, posting his first One hundred-yard sport of the season and discovering the reside zone.
No longer gross for a guy who hasn’t been with the team two elephantine weeks but.
But for the 2nd week in a row, the giant name for The Massive name was once quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott omitted on supreme four of his 30 shuffle makes an try, throwing for 269 yards and three ratings. He’s regarded every bit an elite quarterback in Kellen Moore’s offense.
The Dallas defense did its section as effectively, keeping Washington to 255 entire yards in a sport where Dallas nearly doubled up their competitors in yardage.
Via two video games, Prescott looks love a essential individual, and the Cowboys stumble on love the class of the division.
And Dak’s contract is rising by the week.
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Closing Week: four
Week 2 Result: Won vs. Recent Orleans 27-9
It befell below gross circumstances, but Sunday’s decisive defend shut by the Rams over the Saints in a rematch of last year’s NFC title sport was once a tone-setter. A message-sender.
With Drew Brees on the shelf indefinitely, one of the most Rams’ good challengers in the NFC is accomplished. The Rams absorb over again established themselves (alongside with the Dallas Cowboys) as the class of the NFC.
Worthy as with last week’s defend shut in Carolina, the Rams did now not submit gaudy numbers in opposition to the Saints. Jared Goff threw supreme one touchdown shuffle, and as a team, the Rams averaged fewer than four yards a follow it the bottom. L.A.’s 380 entire yards of offense was once a supreme outing—but no longer a immense one.
But it was once a businesslike effort in which the Rams performed efficiently in all phases. The team had supreme one turnover and held the Brees-much less Saints out of the reside zone and below 250 entire yards.
“Considerations over Todd Gurley’s lingering knee concerns, a rebuilt offensive internal and the lack of Ndamukong Suh are hasty fading, since the Rams are clearly counted among the NFC’s easiest after a formidable 2-Zero start,” Sobleski stated. “The roster is loaded, especially on offense. Gurley and Malcolm Brown produce one of the most league’s easiest backfield duos. More importantly, Brown effectively spells Gurley when head coach Sean McVay needs to offer his lead support a atomize. With Cooper Kupp support and wholesome, the Rams’ trio of huge receivers would possibly be very unlikely to quilt without note.”
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Closing Week: 2
Week 2 Result: Won at Oakland 28-10
On the initiating of the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s sport in Oakland, the Raiders held a 10-level lead and had kept the high-flying Chiefs from scoring a single level.
Then Patrick Mahomes made up our minds playtime was once over and proceeded to single-handedly kill the Raiders.
In the 2nd quarter alone, Mahomes threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns. It was once essentially the most yardage any player has thrown for in 1 / four since Drew Brees posted 294 in 2008.
And that can now not even be the scariest thing that befell in the sport.
“After allowing a 10-house in the first quarter, the Chiefs defense absolutely clamped down on the Raiders,” Davenport stated. “Every person knows that Mahomes and the offense are going to get theirs, but if the KC defense truly starts stopping other folks? That’s how this team beats the Patriots and claims the tip house in the AFC.”
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Closing Week: 1
Week 2 Result: Won at Miami 43-Zero
It is exhausting to discover a lot from what the Patriots did to the hapless Dolphins in Week 2. It is the NFL an identical of Clemson playing Northeastern Montana Tech.
However the Patriots moreover did now not play a sloppy sport in South Florida—a relate where they absorb got struggled in the previous. There wasn’t any taking of feet off gasoline pedals. The Pats got here to city, annihilated the ‘Fins and left.
In two video games this season, the defending champions absorb outscored Pittsburgh and Miami seventy six-3. Tom Brady and the offense had been lethally setting obliging. The defense has two more touchdowns than it has allowed this year.
Oh, and in his Patriots debut, Antonio Brown led the team in receiving yards and stumbled on the reside zone.
It is a foregone conclusion that the Patriots will defend shut the AFC East for the 43rd year in a row in 2019.
The ask now is with the Pats playing this effectively, can somebody beat them?
It is potentially no longer taking place anytime rapidly. Recent England doesn’t play a team that made the 2018 postseason except November.
“These Pats are initiating to truly feel love the 2007 team that went Sixteen-Zero and won 12 video games by double-digit margins,” Gagnon stated. “They’re supreme to this level previous the competition. They’re one of most attention-grabbing four groups in NFL history to outscore their opponents by a combined 70-plus facets in the first two weeks of the season, and the opposite three all did so in the Sixties and Seventies, when a 20-level margin was once thought to be a nail-biter.”