No time for an introduction this week. We are way too busy right now and it’s only week two! What the hell are we going to do when things get really crazy in just over a month?
We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it………
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams Of The Week
Kansas City Chiefs: For the second week in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs make this list. No one in the NFL has the resume that the Chiefs have so far this year. Beating New England in New England was a fantastic win and a lot of people were expecting a let down in this game. After all, Philly is a good team and these two head coaches are extremely familiar with each other. Plus, NFL teams tend to have a let down following an explosive emotional win. However, Andy Reid has been absolutely amazing in the regular season in his tenure with the Chiefs so far and that continued with a win over his former team this week. The Chiefs are for real people. And I’m not just saying that as a fan.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Minnesota Vikings are a good team and the Steelers went out and put a whooping on them this weekend. There aren’t a whole lot of teams that scare me in the AFC right now, but Pittsburgh puts the fear of God into me. I’m just not sure how you stop a team with this many offensive weapons. It’s just not possible.
New England Patriots: After last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, I think we all kind of expected this, right? It’s very rare to see the Patriots struggle and when they do, they usually come out the next week and remind the NFL why they have been the best team in the league for almost 20 years now. Anytime you start to shovel some dirt on the Patriots grave, they instantly remove the dirt and throw it back into the face of the person who tried to bury them in the first place. If that loss to the Chiefs did anything to the Patriots, it probably lit a fire under their ass. We saw that this weekend when the Pats housed the Saints in New Orleans.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers and their fans were pretty upset when the first game of their season was cancelled and they were forced to have a bye week in week one. Do you think the Bucs fans are still upset with the bye week? Obviously Tampa Bay was ready to play this week as they came out and put a beat down on Chicago. This one was over from the minute it started. Tampa Bay looked like a team that’s been sitting on their ass waiting to make some noise and that’s exactly what they did. Chicago never stood a chance in this one. Not only did the Buccaneers look like they could potentially be the best team in the NFC South, but they looked like they could potentially be one of the best teams in the NFC.
Baltimore Ravens: Is the Ravens defense really this good or are they a product of having played the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns in back-to-back weeks? We’ll find out in two weeks when the Ravens play the Steelers, but as of right now….Baltimore looks scary good.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans bounced back from an awful loss against the Raiders last week and got a big division win on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. I’ve said it once and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times, but anytime you get a division win on the road, you earn yourself a spot in this list.
Oakland Raiders: I mean, they did play the New York Jets….but still….you have to give Oakland credit for the show they put on this weekend. Anytime you score 45 points in an NFL game, it’s a good weekend.
Denver Broncos: Well, who saw that one coming? Perhaps the most impressive showing of this past weekend came from the Denver Broncos. They played an absolutely fantastic all-around game against a very good Dallas Cowboys team. Denver’s defense was outstanding. They held Ezekiel Elliott to only 8 rushing yards on 9 attempts. That’s an average of 0.9 yards per carry. With Zeke shut down, the Cowboys were forced to try and have Dak beat the Broncos through the air. Putting Dak in a spot where he’s forced to do way too much against the NFL’s best secondary is a receipe for disaster. And if that wasn’t enough, the Broncos also looked exceptionally good on offense. Trevor Siemian channeled his inner-John Elway and threw 4 passing touchdowns and C.J. Anderson ran for over 100 yards as Denver decimated the Cowboys. This was a huge statement win for Denver as the rest of the league is officially paying attention now.
Most Disappointing Teams Of The Week
Cincinnati Bengals: I picked the Cincinnati Bengals to make the playoffs in the pre-season. Apparently I’m a freaking dumbass. The Bengals are not making the playoffs this year. Hell, the Bengals may not even score an offensive touchdown this season. Will that result in Marvin Lewis finally getting fired? I doubt it. He would probably end up getting some kind of ridiculous contract extension because it’s the Bengals and these jackasses don’t know how to run a football team. With all apologies to my good buddy Steve Cook…your favorite NFL team is a dumpster fire.
Minnesota Vikings: Sam Bradford is a good NFL QB. The guy gets a lot of disrespect around the league, but when you break it all down…he’s a pretty damn good QB. I had no idea however that he was THAT important to this Minnesota team though. With Bradford out, the Vikings looked like trash against the Steelers. They had a tough time getting into the end zone against Pittsburgh and when you’re playing a team that has “Big Ben”, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell….well, you’re going to have to score some damn touchdowns to stand a chance. The Vikings failed this week, but that’s what happens when you have Case Keenum at QB.
Chicago Bears: The Bears didn’t look like much of an NFL team when they played the Bucs this weekend. Hell, they barely even looked like much of a CFL team if you really want to break it down. These guys suck.
New York Jets: Speaking of teams that are barely NFL teams, the NEW YORK JETS EVERYONE! The Jets got their asses handed to them by the Raiders this weekend in Oakland and it’s not going to get any easier when they have to play Miami next week. Part of me really wishes the Jets would play the Bears on Monday Night Football just to see what the ratings would be. I bet they would be astronomical.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills were an offensive nightmare against the Carolina Panthers. I mean, the Panthers weren’t much better, but the Bills were just downright atrocious. LeSean McCoy had 9 rushing yards on 12 carries. NINE RUSHING YARDS ON TWELVE CARRIES!!!! That’s disgusting! And if that wasn’t bad enough, Tyrod Taylor was just 17 of 25 for 125 yards. Carolina is a really good defensive team and they held the Bills in check this weekend. This game was tough to watch and a lot of it had to do with how awful the Bills are.
Dallas Cowboys: What in the hell happened to the Cowboys this weekend? A lot of people feel as though Dallas is the most talented team in the NFL. From top-to-bottom, they have a loaded roster and the only thing that could get in their way is themselves. The Denver Broncos just put a beatdown on them. The Broncos are known for their tremendous secondary, but what was most impressive was Denver’s ability to shut down Ezekiel Elliott and force Dak Prescott to beat them in the air. If that happens, that’s bad news for the Cowboys. I like Dak, but he’s not good enough to beat you by himself. And as for the defense? Yikes. Anytime Trevor Siemian tears your secondary apart and C.J. Anderson runs all over your defense, it’s not a good week. This was an ugly game for Dallas all-around and something tells me Cowboys fans aren’t feeling very good about their team following that performance.
Players Of The Week
*These are the top fantasy football players of the week
1. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
3. Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders)
4. Trevor Siemian (Denver Broncos)
5. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
1. C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos)
2. Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers)
3. Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams)
4. Chris Thompson (Washington Redskins)
5. Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs)
1. Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders)
2. J.J. Nelson (Arizona Cardinals)
3. Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos)
4. Jermaine Kearse (New York Jets)
5. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers)
1. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
2. Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs)
3. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys)
4. Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans)
5. Benjamin Watson (Baltimore Ravens)
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Baltimore Ravens
3. Denver Broncos
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Kansas City Chiefs
NFL Head Coach Stock Watch
Being an NFL head coach is one of the toughest jobs in the world. When your team is winning, everyone loves you. When your team is losing, everyone wants your head on a stake placed in front of the stadium for everyone to spit on. This section of the column will keep tabs of which coaches stocks are exploding and who’s stocks are dropping at a significant rate….
Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs)
Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Vance Joseph (Denver Broncos)
Dirk Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders)
Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills)
Doug Marrone (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Anthony Lynn (Los Angeles Chargers)
Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)