Week 2 of the NFL season has wrapped up. Ten teams remain unbeaten after the first two games (Dolphins and Buccaneers have each played one) while nine others search for the first win of the year.
Week 2 was not filled with much drama as no game was particularly close and the nationally televised games disappointed with blowouts or sloppy play.
Trevor Siemian – Quarterback – Denver Broncos
Siemian was not guaranteed a starting position when training camp opened. The Broncos were rumored to be interested in a veteran quarterback to take advantage of the NFL’s most stout defense, When no move was made, Siemian was left battling Paxton Lynch (2016 first round pick) for the starting job. Instead, Siemian look poised in the preaseason and has carried it over in Denver’s first two wins.
Want to know who’s tied atop the lead in touchdown passes? That’s right Siemian with 6 touchdowns thrown already on the year. Siemian has completed 65% of his passes and has thrown for 450 yards in the two games. If he keeps up the strong play, the Broncos may have found the QB of the future as well as a QB to lead them back to the playoffs.
Kareem Hunt – Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs
Through the first two games, is there a better running back in the league apart from Kareem Hunt? Hunt, against a very talented Eagles front 7 ran for 81 yards on 13 carries. Hunt scored two touchdowns and added three receptions for 28 yards. He is a do it all play maker for the Chiefs.
Hunt is explosive and dynamic in the open field and is looking like the Chiefs found their replacement for Jamaal Charles as the next franchise running back.
The Falcons showed on Sunday night they are still the class of the NFC and the road to the Super Bowl still goes through Atlanta. The Falcons offense was again too much for the Green Bay defense in what was a rematch of the NFC championship a year ago.
Matt Ryan through for 252 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones had 5 catches for 108 yards. Mohammed Sanu added 5 for 85 yards. Devonta Freeman had 19 carries for 84 yards and two scores.
The biggest win might have been the Falcons showing off their new stadium for the first time. A beautiful new complex that is likely to be hosting a playoff game or two this year.
The Bengals are a franchise in turmoil. The offense was horrific yet again and have failed to score a touchdown in their two home games. Offensive coordinator Ken Zampese has been fired and has been replaced with Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. Dalton play needs to improves. He has only completed 54.5% of his passes for 394 yards with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. It does not get easier in week 3 with a matchup at the Packers.
The NFC East
The NFC East as a whole came in with high expectations for the 2017 season and so far has been fairly disappointing throughout the first two games. The Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles have all spilt their first two games while the Giants are in the basement with an 0-2 record.
The Cowboys were humiliated by the Broncos in Denver. Elliot ran for 8 yards on 9 carries and looked to have quit on his team in the second half. An ugly scenario for a guy who will still be eventually 4-6 games for domestic violence. Not really sure how Elliot still has supporters anymore. Dak Prescott was horrible and showed he could not handle a game without the support of a running game. Prescott looked out of place knowing he could not turn around and hand the ball off for manageable second and third down situations. The game in Denver proved Dak is not quite ready to win games with his arm.
The Eagles offensive line looked like the Giants line and that is an awful thing to say. The Eagles could not handle the Chiefs pressure as Wentz was sacked 6 times in the game. Wentz tossed an interception and should of had two if not for a lucky break off a defenders chest that deflected to Ertz for a 53 yard gain at the end of the first half. Jake Elliot followed up the mayhem by missing a 30 yard field goal to tie the game at the half. The playcalling for the Eagles was bad in week 2 and the run game is still questionable. Where was LeGarrette Blount the whole game? Could not get a single carry? The final score of 27-20 was closer than it looked due to a garbage time touchdown. The positive for the Eagles is that Wentz looks significantly improved this season.
The Giants could not be worse at the moment. Actually you can argue the Jets look better and that’s saying something. The Giants have no creativity in the offensive plays, the offensive line is a joke, special teams gave up a punt return for a touchdown, the running backs can’t average even three yards a carry, Brandon Marshall is dropping key passes in the biggest moment of the games and Eli looks like he’s constantly under duress. Not even the return of Beckham, who was clearly playing injured last night, could save the pathetic offense. Up next a trip to Philadelphia in a must in game. Philadelphia is a house of horrors for the Giants so an 0-3 start very well is in play. You start 0-3 in the NFL and your season is over.
New Orleans Saints
Are we getting to a point where Sean Payton has become overrated as a coach? Yeah, his passing offense is still tops in the league but how much is that to due with Drew Brees and playing in a dome? Payton can’t manage the running backs properly as Peterson and Ingram each got 8 carries each against New England. The Saints defense is a total disaster and Payton can’t figure out a way to stop an opponent or even limit them to a field goal.
The Saints are coming off three straight seasons in which they finished 7-9 and with an 0-2 record to being 2017, Payton is now 21-29 in his last 50 games. Not really hard to understand why teams are rumored to be interested in hiring Payton but are reluctant to make him the highest paid coach or give him a first round pick for the Saints to release him from his contract. The NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league and right now Payton has not done a whole lot.