Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones were huge factors in the Green Bay Packers 27-16 triumph over the Denver Broncos:

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We need to start off by giving the Green Bay Packers defense some love for holding Denver to 16 points in their win over the Broncos. However the offense wasn’t too bad either and Green Bay got a big day from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones. Valdes-Scantling was Aaron Rodgers’ top receiver in this contest finishing with 99 yards and a touchdown grab.


Teams are doing everything they can to take away Davante Adams and Valdes-Scantling is thriving against single coverage. Collectively this group has much more talent than in the past but they’re also deeper from a weapons standpoint as well. Rodgers finally has the support he needs and the results are showing on the field. Then there was Aaron Jones and he did his part by scoring 2 touchdowns. All of these contributions start to add up and it’s why this offense has the potential to consistently score 30 points per game. That’s the next step and then in the off-season we could see them add even more pieces and turn into a juggernaut. Kansas City did this same exact thing from last year until now. First it’s about laying a foundation and then getting a couple more playmakers later on. At least the Packers are heading in the right direction, they’re still undefeated.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Aaron Jones were both huge factors in the Packers win over the Broncos.

The King of New York. Daniel Jones claimed his throne in the New York Giants 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

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There’s a lot of great athletes playing in New York right now. Kevin Durant is on the Brooklyn Nets and Aaron Judge is still belting home runs for the New York Yankees but nothing is like football. It just feels different when you see a star quarterback lighting it up for the New York Giants and that’s exactly what Daniel Jones did in his first regular season start.


You’d think Jones would’ve had a learning curve before finding his stride but he was dominant from the moment he stepped on the field. Along the way the former Duke signal caller would rack up 4 touchdowns and rallied the Giants to a late 4th quarter victory. They say every day a star is born and Jones certainly won over the fanbase with this upset. Remember everyone in New York overlooked Daniel Jones when the team drafted him but now it feels like the pendulum is swinging the other way and all that resentment is quickly turning to admiration. New York also looked better with the youth movement they opted to go with. Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton all have fresh legs and Jones was the final piece to the puzzle. Todd Bowles didn’t make it easy for the rookie either. The Buccaneers were blitzing on just about every snap but this guy has exceptional poise in the pocket. The other thing that stood out was his athleticism and his 2 rushing TDs were plays that Eli Manning can’t make. Everything looked good and you couldn’t ask for a better start to a player’s career. Crown him because Daniel Jones is officially the King of New York.

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Reinvigorated. Whitney Mercilus is starting to look like a younger version of himself and it’s uplifting the Houston Texans:

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One of the more compelling storylines of the 2019 season has been the resurgence of Whitney Mercilus. The Houston Texans took a big risk when they traded away Jadeveon Clowney but they got lucky because Mercilus has really stepped up. Through two games he has 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles.


Proving Mercilus is finally getting back up to the speed he was at before tearing his pectoral in 2017. Last year that injury was lingering a little bit but now it’s clear this guy is good to go. One other thing that’s somewhat surprising is J.J Watt has been a little quiet this season. Houston needs him to get going and be Mercilus’ wing-man. So you can begin to see how much the 29 year outside linebacker (Mercilus) means to this defense. He’s taken it upon himself to be the tone setter for this group. Clowney’s gone that’s fine. Watt hasn’t recorded a sack that’s fine. Someone has to step up and make a play. Up to this point Whitney Mercilus has shown that’s not a problem for him and it’s good to see him turn the clock back. This is actually the final year of his contract and obviously there’s a big opportunity to cash in if he can continue playing at such a high level.

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Whitney Mercilus is starting to look like a younger version of himself.

John Ross is past all of his struggles and it’s safe to say the Cincinnati Bengals have had the best receiver in football through the first two weeks:

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If you exclude D.J Chark who played in Thursday night’s match-up then John Ross has been the best receiver in football. While Chark has played in three contests and has 277 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ross has racked up 270 yards and 3 touchdowns in only two games and that’s the most yards by anyone at this position. Obviously it’s been a huge jump for Ross because at one point people were wondering if he was a bust? We know now that isn’t the case John Ross is just a late bloomer.


Cincinnati contemplated moving on from the former first round pick but Zac Taylor decided to keep him. Obviously that was the right move because Ross has been very explosive in Taylor’s offense. Keep in mind all of this was done without A.J Green in the lineup who is out with an ankle injury. It almost feels like the Bengals should consider trading Green and sticking with Ross as their number 1 pass catcher. Because if Green comes back and Ross’ production declines then the team will be giving a key role to an aging player. Not only does Ross deserve to be the alpha of this group he’s also younger and is still developing. If this front office can get a 2nd round pick for Green then it’ll set them up with an even brighter future. Cincinnati is better off sticking with what’s been working through the first two weeks and they should let John Ross lead them into the future.

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Mason Rudolph is ready to step into the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in bad shape but Rudolph is hoping to salvage the situation:

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Everyone reacted to Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury the same way. All of the media and the press said the Pittsburgh Steelers are done for and they’re probably right. The problem with that statement is it implies that a lack of quarterback is the reason this team will fail and that’s simply not the case. Mason Rudolph is more than ready to step into this lineup but he’s dealing with a watered down roster that couldn’t make the playoffs last year when Roethlisberger was healthy.


So if Pittsburgh wants to give Rudolph a fair chance they need to work a few trades and bring in some better weapons. Because if they do that then there’s a real possibility their backup quarterback could make a little magic happen. If Rudolph is better than Roethlisberger at anything it’s definitely his energy. While one guy is an aging player who’s already done it all. The other is an up and coming talent who is out to make a name for himself. You can see Mason Rudolph’s enthusiasm every time he’s on the field and his teammates typically respond well to that. It’s the same reason he was able to win 10 games three years in a row at Oklahoma State. Then when you watch Rudolph throw the football it becomes obvious he can get the vertical passing game going and create some plays that other quarterbacks can’t do. Meaning the ship hasn’t completely sank yet and maybe, just maybe, Pittsburgh can salvage the situation.

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There’s no doubt that Mason Rudolph is ready to step into the spotlight.

Taysom’s time? The New Orleans Saints have to be tempted to start Taysom Hill after he outperformed Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason:

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Drew Brees is out of action for at least the next six weeks with a thumb injury and now the New Orleans Saints have to decide who will be their starting quarterback? Teddy Bridgewater is who came in for relief of Brees against the Los Angeles Rams but you know Sean Payton is tempted to go with Taysom Hill.


The former BYU signal caller has been a favorite of Payton’s ever since the Saints signed him as a free agent back in 2017. That’s why you always see Hill implemented into the team’s offensive game plan and it also lets you know that Payton is a firm believer in Hill’s potential. So when Taysom Hill outplayed Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason one could foresee how things would play out and now Sean Payton is dropping hints that a change might be in the works. Based off some of his comments to the media it feels like Bridgewater will be benched if he doesn’t play well against the Seahawks on Sunday. It’s a very thin ice situation and it’s even possible that New Orleans will start Hill against Seattle this upcoming week and expedite the process. Basically this is the direction things are heading in the Big Easy and it’ll be exciting to see if Bridgewater can step up and hold off Hill? The pressure is definitely on.

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Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints have to be tempted to start Taysom Hill.

Calais Campbell is taking his game to the next level and because of that the Jacksonville Jaguars defense is more dangerous than ever:

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If anyone took over in the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-7 win over the Tennessee Titans it was definitely Calais Campbell. The veteran defensive linemen was nearly unstoppable recording 7 tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 TFLs.


Because of that the Titans were only able to get in the end zone once and there’s no doubt Campbell is the centerpiece of this group. It all starts at the line of scrimmage with the pass rush up front and Campbell had to be double teamed often in this matchup. It still wasn’t enough and it’s hard to beat a team when one player has such a big impact. By playing at such a high level Campbell can command an overwhelming amount of attention. Ultimately that frees up the other defenders to get in on the action. Which is exactly why the Jaguars had 8 sacks all together and they can suffocate even the better offenses in the league. The addition of Josh Allen has supercharged this pass rush and now there’s so many guys that can get to the quarterback. Don’t get it twisted though Campbell is still the alpha in Jacksonville and he sets the tone week in and week out.

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Calais Campbell is stepping up and that’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars defense is more dangerous than ever.

Gardner Minshew is taking the world by storm after leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 20-7 win over the Tennessee Titans:

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Getting quality quarterback play from the guy under center is never easy. Even the best QB’s in the NFL tend to struggle at times because the competition is so stiff. But for the Jacksonville Jaguars Gardner Minshew has looked the part anytime he’s on the field. Against the Tennessee Titans Minshew threw for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns showing that he can carry the torch with Nick Foles sidelined with a fractured clavicle.


Minshew’s arm talent was on display with several big time throws. On one pass the former Washington State alum was able to fire a perfect strike to Dede Westbrook near the right sideline. It was one of those plays where you go “whoaaa this kid is for real.” Most back ups in the league aren’t going to come in the game and give you the kind of production that Gardner Minshew does. This is one of the greatest stories in sports right now because this is an individual who went from being an overlooked 6th-round pick to a rising star. Minshew mania is literally sweeping through America and it all started in Jacksonville, Florida. Everyone in that organization knows they can compete when this guy is back there in the pocket and it’s been awesome to watch up to this point. You can’t over look what Jacksonville did as a team in this game either. The Titans never stood a chance and it’s a big win over an AFC South rival.

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Gardner Minshew is officially taking the world by storm.

Mark Andrews is quickly becoming one of the best tight ends in the league. Which is playing a big part in the Baltimore Ravens revamped offense:

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When everyone thinks about the Baltimore Ravens offense Lamar Jackson comes to mind. The second year quarterback is electrifying but he also has a much better cast around him. Two of the biggest pieces are Mark Andrews and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Obviously Brown has been great because he takes the top off the defense but Andrews has been special himself.


After turning heads as a rookie and showing that he can be another reliable pair of hands. Andrews is now taking the next step and he’s recorded back-to-back 100 yard games. It’s funny too because there’s some similarities between Rob Gronkowski and Andrews. Both guys are a little bit slower than say George Kittle but they get the job done with precise route running. It takes incredible agility to be able to do that when you’re 6’5” 256LBS. Not to mention Andrews has also been very good in the red zone hauling in 2 touchdowns so far. All of this is somewhat surprising considering that Hayden Hurst was the tight end Baltimore drafted in the first round in 2018. The team then selected Andrews in the third round of that same draft but Andrews is the one who would go on to become a star. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon and right now this guy is certainly making a name for himself.

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Mark Andrews is one of the best tight ends in the league right now.

Love him or hate him Kyler Murray has been impressive through the first two games. The Arizona Cardinals will improve if Murray can keep it up:

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Before we start this article understand that the Arizona Cardinals are 0-1-1 right now. They haven’t won a game and It’s been a struggle up to this point but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has shown a lot of promise after throwing for over 300 yards in back-to-back games.


The Cardinals haven’t been able to stretch the field and create plays through the air like this in a while. Yeah Carson Palmer had a couple of big seasons in 2015 and 2016 but he was near the end of his career and he didn’t have the magnetism that Kyler Murray has. All of the other players in that locker room are optimistic after seeing what the young signal caller is doing and it trickles all the way down to the 53rd man on the roster. Once Arizona starts to add some more weapons around Murray that’s when you’ll see this offense come full-circle. Kliff Kingsbury went all in on Murray and clearly it was the right decision. Which just goes to show how much drafting the right quarterback can do for a team. In time the Cardinals are going to start to climb the rankings because they appear to have the cornerstone of their franchise. Meaning their gamble on the former Heisman winner may have payed off.

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The Arizona Cardinals will start to improve if Kyler Murray can keep it up.

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