The NFL closes out Week 2 on Monday evening when the Las Vegas Raiders host the New Orleans Saints in the first game at the new Allegiant Stadium. We had another wild Sunday, with a host of upsets, both outright and against the point spread.
It’s too early to draw significant conclusions about the season, but some teams are starting to emerge on our radar as teams to watch moving forward. And we’re not talking about teams like the Ravens, Chiefs, and Packers. They’re all 2-0 and seem on track to compete for a playoff berth, if not an outright division title.
The Bills are chugging along. They have let the Jets and Dolphins hang around the past couple weeks, but they’ve gotten the victories. Buffalo hosts the Rams in Week 3, which will be a huge one to see which of those two are legit. New England came up short on the road against Seattle, but Cam Newton and company should be in this thing till the end.
The Ravens are looking real good and get a huge test in Week 3 when they host the Chiefs. The Steelers haven’t exactly wow’d in their first two games, but they’ve taken care of business and will probably compete for a playoff berth all season long.
It’s hard to fault the Texans for losing to the Ravens, but they blew several opportunities. On the other hand, the Titans are trudging along just winning games, and the Jaguars are not as bad as preseason expectations.
The Chiefs are the team to beat, but the new big storyline coming out of Week 2 Sunday is Justin Herbert moving into the Chargers’ starting lineup. LA lost the game, but he looked awfully impressive in his debut.
Dallas was the only team to win this week, and they did it in spectacular fashion with a comeback from a 20-0 deficit. The Eagles are struggling big time and this looks like Dallas’ division to lose.
Before we decide if Mitchell Trubisky is awful, let’s see him face a legit team. The Lions are a disappointment through two games, looking abysmal in their Week 1 collapse, and then falling apart in the second half of Week 2.
This looks like a two-horse race for the time being between the Saints and Bucs. I’m really looking forward to the Saints Monday game against the Raiders to see if they can show a little more than they did in beating the Bucs last week. And, oh man, the Falcons....
Arizona impressed for a second straight week, handling their business against a shaky Washington team. Meanwhile, the Rams now have wins over Dallas and Philly under their belt and head to Buffalo next week. Everybody in the division won this week, capped by the Seahawks wild fourth quarter stand against the Patriots.