1) New York Jets’ defense is scary
After an effective and busy offseason, the Jets have an all new defense, especially in the secondary. In the secondary, the Jets possess the best corner in the league, Revis, along with an impressive supporting cast, Antonio Cromartie, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, and Marcus Gilchrist. However, these Jets are unlike the Jets that went to two AFC Championship Games because they have a pass rush that can rush the quarterback. On the front four, the Jets are led by Muhammed Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, Quinton Coples, and Calvin Pace. The scariest part of the Jets is that their best defensive end, Sheldon Richardson, remains sidelined due to a suspension.
2) The Philadelphia Eagles’ rushing game is an embarrassment
During the offseason, the Eagles remade their running unit by letting go Le’Sean McCoy and signing DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews. The Eagles were suppose to boast a better rushing attack because Le’Sean McCoy was coming off of a down year, Murray had one of the best running seasons in the history of the NFL, and Matthews has performed well as long as he stays on the field. During the first two weeks, the Eagles have rushed for 70 yards, which ranks last in the NFL by 37 yards, on 33 carries, 2.1 yards per carry, which ranks last in the NFL. In addition, DeMarco Murray is averaging 0.5 yards per attempt after averaging 4.7 yards per carry last season. The blame cannot lie solely on the running backs because the offensive line is failing to produce holes.
3) It is true that anything can happen on any given Sunday
This week in the NFL was one of the craziest in recent memory as the Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to win. During week one, each of these teams looked like they were vying for the worst record in the league as they lost by a total of 80 points. However, this week, each team took a step forward because of young quarterbacks. Derek Carr had one of his best games of his career, 351 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Amari Cooper showed why he was the best playmaker in the 2015 NFL draft, 109 yards and 1 touchdown. Blake Bortles was able to have an efficient game, 273 yards and a touchdown, while leading the Jags to a late game winning field goal. Johnny Manziel was given a spot start by Mike Pettine and displayed that his reckless style of play can be successful. Jameis Winston rebounded from his disastrous debut and threw the ball for 207 yards and accounted for 2 touchdowns, one passing and one rushing.
4) The Arizona Cardinals’ offense cannot be overlooked
During the 6 games that Carson Palmer played under center for the Cardinals last season, the team went undefeated and scored over 23 points in each contest. Although Palmer tore his ACL, he continued his hot play this season and the Cardinals are averaging nearly 40 points per game. The Cardinals have an abundance of offensive skill players like Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd, and David Johnson. After three straight down seasons, Fitzgerald looks to have regained his previous form, 199 yards and 3 touchdowns, which made him one of the best receivers in the league. The emergence of rookie David Johnson gives the Cardinals a home run threat out of the backfield. During his first two games, he has scored through rushing, receiving, and a kick off return.
5) Injuries may have derailed the Cowboys’ season
After two weeks, no team has been hit harder by the injury bug than the Boys. The Cowboys have lost their starting quarterback, Tony Romo, one of the best receivers in the league, Dez Bryant, one of their starting corners, Orlando Scandrick, and their starting middle linebacker, Rolando McLain. The situation has gotten so bad that even Jason Witten, who has played in 189 straight games, may miss this week’s game. Unfortunately, many of the Cowboys’ injuries are not small and will cause their best players to miss significant time. However, the Boys still have a chance because their starting offensive line is still healthy and is the best in the entire NFL.