The NFL played to its reputation this week with only seven teams managing to stay unbeaten (including Buffalo, Detroit, and Washington!) and teams like Baltimore and Chicago unable to duplicate their Week One success. I chuckle as the national media seems to be truly shocked by Kansas City’s rapid decline. We told you here in our NFL preview that the Chiefs were in for a tough year. Now that Jamal Charles is out for the season, you must wonder just how many wins KC can muster. Could they end up in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes?
- Cam Newton clearly has more quarterbacking talent than I ever realized. Back-to-back 400+ yard games as a rookie is hard to fathom. The Panthers host Jacksonville this week, which gave up only 182 passing yards last week. That stat looks slightly less intimidating, though, when you realize Mark Sanchez was the opposing QB.
- Tony Romo showed some real courage this week. After suffering cracked ribs in the first half, Romo led his team from behind to a huge road win at San Francisco. Given his Week One meltdown, this performance was truly impressive. It’s easy to root for a guy like Romo. It’s too bad he plays for that team in north Texas.
- Hellooooooooooooooooooooooo Bills! Buffalo was left for dead midway through the third quarter at home against Oakland before storming back in one of the most thrilling games of the week. Five second half touchdowns, including two in the final 4:58 of the game, has folks on the shores of Lake Ontario thining about the glory days of Jim “Machine Gun” Kelly. Let’s not go overboard just yet. New England pays a visit to Buffalo this week.
- Why can’t Miami win at home? The Dolphins have won just one home game in their last 12 attempts. Thankfully for Miami fans they hit the road this week, but if Miami ever hopes to compete – especially in the brutal AFC East – they have got to get a home field advantage.
- Minnesota is the early leader for the 2011 Most Frustrating Football Team title. The Vikings rank third in the NFL in rushing, but rank 31st in passing. They led against San Diego in Week One before fading quickly, and then collapsed totally last week against Tampa Bay. Donovan McNabb has got to figure it out quickly if Minnesota hopes to make a run at the playoffs.
- The NFC West is atrocious. Arizona is by far the best team in that division, and they looked pretty weak at Washington on Sunday. Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald may put up some impressive yardage, but do you trust anyone else on that team? St. Louis is clearly a year away, San Francisco simply lacks the talent, and Seattle…well….
- After two weeks Seattle ranks 28th in passing yards and 32nd in rushing yards. It’s hard to believe Seattle went to the playoffs last year – and won a game! Given that the Seahawks are banking on Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst, it clearly looks like Seattle is playing for a shot at Andrew Luck in the April 2012 draft. At this rate, it won’t be hard to “win”.
- Looking at the team right now, how could anyone pick Indianapolis to win more than 4 or 5 games this year? The Colts were humiliated in Houston before getting crushed by Cleveland last week. Okay…maybe not crushed. But they did lose at home to a mediocre football team. Indy hosts Pittsburgh and travels to Tampa Bay in the next two weeks. An 0-4 start looks quite possible for the Manning-less Colts.
- Kansas City is terrible. Awful. Hard to believe this is an NFL team. And they won the AFC West last year and hosted a playoff game! In two games this season, they have been outscored by a combined 79 points. That is not a typo. Oh…and they travel to San Diego this week. I think Chiefs families are okay to go ahead and start booking their family vacations for early January.
BK’s Picks – Week 2
I stayed on the winning side last week, but the late games and MNF ruined what could have been a great day. The Houston Texans were the only winning ticket I had in afternoon games, sending me to a 9-6-1 record on the week. I’ve already looked at the lines for this week, and I like a few plays immediately. It’s a tougher sheet this week, though, as teams have begun to show who they really are.
Week 2 Results – 9-6-1
2011 Season – 19-10-2