Since the NFL went to 12 playoff teams in 1990, only 12 percent of teams to start the season 0-2, went on to make playoffs. For the 9 teams who are 0-2, The 49ers, Jets, Giants, Saints, Chargers, Colts, Browns Bengals and Bears, I am channeling Coach Boone from the movie, Remember the Titans. “From this point on, we will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let’s go to work.”
If only those motivational words would work on some of these teams.
5 Things The Sports Whisperer learned about week 2 in the NFL.
#5) The Giants and Seahawks have no 0… as in offensive line.
Last season the Giants spent over $200 million to bolster up their defense and it was money well spent. “Big Blue” finished 2nd in the NFL in points allowed and made the playoff. The problem now is they just don’t have enough money to go towards their offensive line and it shows. The Giants have 97 total yards rushing in two games. Their 13 points in two games is the lowest output since 1947. The offensive struggles are not something new… They have now gone eight straight games dating back to last year without scoring 20 points. Head coach Ben McAdoo said after Monday Night’s loss, “Put the blame on me.” If McAdoo doesn’t turn this offense around quickly he will not be on the sidelines with the Giants next year.
Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater has now made 12 straight kicks beyond 50 yards.
The Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the NFL but their offensive line may be the worst in the league. Seattle struggled to do anything offensively against the 0-2 49ers, winning 12-9. Last season, the Seahawks had the lowest-paid set of blockers in the league, doling out salaries that averaged just over $1 million per man. No quarterback can thrive in an offense that can’t protect him. TE, Jimmy Graham is lost in this offense. In two games, he has 4 catches for 9 yards. The former New Orleans Saints Pro-Bowl player is making $7.9 million this season.
#4) Trevor Who?!
After embarrassing the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 42-17, the Broncos are 2-0. Quarterback Trevor Siemian has been the best quarterback in the AFC West. This is a division that has Derek Carr and Philip Rivers. The former Northwestern standout has 7 total touchdowns, 2 interceptions and completed 65% of his passes. Siemian has been much more than a game manager, he has been a play maker. With C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles in the backfield, along with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders catching passes, this offense is ranked 4th in the NFL in points scored (33.0) per game. No one outside of the Denver coaching staff saw this coming.
After losing to a very good Oakland Raiders team in week, 26-16, the Titans bounced back and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 37-17. This was one of the weirdest stat lines I have ever seen. Tennessee scored 37 points with Marcus Mariota only passing for 215 yards. No wide receiver had more than 4 catches for 62 yards and three different players scored on rushing touchdowns. I wrote during the pre-season, that Mariota won’t have a lot of touchdown passes inside the Red Zone because head coach Mike Mularkey likes to pound the ball inside the opponents 10-yard line. This strategy will work against bad teams like Jacksonville but you must mix up the play calling as the competition gets better. Put the ball in Mariota’s hands and good things will happen. The Titans will host Seattle in week 3. If they can come out of this stretch 2-1 they will be playoff bound.
#2) The Saints defense is a dream come true for fantasy football fans.
The last time New Orleans’ defense finished a season ranked higher than 27th in the NFL in yards allowed or points allowed was 2013. In week one, Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for 127 yards. MN dominated the Saints 29-19. Bradford looked like Tom Brady. On Sunday, Brady looked like himself. Against the worst defense in the league the Former 6th round draft pick (199 pick overall) threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Saints defense has been the laughing stock of the league for the past few years. Their defense has allowed a league-high, 512.5 yards per game. Look for Cam Newton to put up big numbers in week three at home against New Orleans. If you play Fan Duel or Draft Kings, it is a safe bet to start whatever quarterback is going against Sean Payton’s defense.
#1) The Hunt is over… We have a rookie of the year.
In what may be considered, the best draft pick in years, The Kansas City Chiefs moved up in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft to obtain a running back, Kareem Hunt out of Toledo. They traded up from pick No. 104 to No. 86 to do so. The Chiefs were so confident in Hunt, they let the all team leading rusher, in yards per attempt (5.42) Jamaal Charles, go to Denver, their division rival. Hunt has been sensational. In 30 rushing attempts Hunt is averaging 7.6 yards per carry, has scored on three touchdowns and is averaging 15.8 yards per reception with 2 touchdown catches. Hunt has the unique running ability where he can run for power and he has hips and feet to elude darting defenders in backfield. He has been better than anyone has expected. He is the clear-cut favorite for rookie of the year and in the 1st two weeks… he has my vote for MVP of the NFL.
NFL Top 5 Teams
#5 1-1 Patriots
#4 2-0 Broncos
#3 2-0 Chiefs
#2 2-0 Atlanta Falcons
#1 2-0 Raiders
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