The Seahawks offense has been nonexistent over the first 2 weeks:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Seattle Seahawks lost a lot of key offensive lineman the last couple of off-seasons and now the results are really starting to show in the team’s offensive production. Over the last two weeks the Seahawks have only scored 15 points and when you average 7.5 points a game offensively that is a bad indication of the offensive talent on your roster. The Seahawks have started to regress ever since they alienated Marshawn Lynch and passed the torch to Russell Wilson. Lynch used to be the heart and soul of this team but they thought Wilson could handle that responsibility. Now the Seahawks don’t have Lynch’s game changing ability to keep them in football games and Lynch clearly wanted the Seahawks to know his worth. That is why he chose to retire and now the truth is coming to light who really was the most important player on Seattle’s offense. The other big factor for this team is the fact that players like Max Unger and James Carpenter were lost through trades and free agency. That has caused Seattle to look alarmingly unimpressive in the first 2 games and it looks like it’s going to be a long year for Russell Wilson. Seattle’s defense is still good they have only surrendered 19 points in both those games but if Wilson and company don’t get it going they will have no shot in the NFC West. Seattle is on verge of really sinking to the bottom of that division and now they will take on the San Francisco 49ers this week in another in-division contest. The 49ers are trending upward with new Head Coach Chip Kelly at the helm, while the Seahawks are trending downward and are beginning to look like ruins of the former Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks desperately need this win for morale reasons and things could really get ugly if they lose this game. Wilson is also playing through an ankle injury so that complicates things, so it’s essentially gut check time for Pete Carroll and the troops.

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NFL Patriots: New England’s defense blanks the Texans in a 28-0 win:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New England Patriots defense was the story of Thursday Night Football as the Patriots improved to 3-0 with a win over the Houston Texans. New England shut the Texans out and when your defense doesn’t give up any points it’s impossible to lose the game. It’s very rarely that we see professional football teams shut out with all the talent on the field but the Patriots rattled Brock Osweiler and everything fell into place from there. Jamie Collins led the way defensively for the Patriots he recorded 14 total tackles and an interception. Collins was everywhere defensively for New England and was by the biggest contributor in New England’s dominant defensive showing. Jabaal Sheard also had a big night for the Patriots the defensive end was able to record 2 sacks along with 3 tackles. Most of the pressure on Osweiler came from Sheard and that also made life much easier on the Patriots. The other big story for New England was rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett getting the win in his first ever start. Brissett looked solid for the team and the Patriots didn’t skip a beat starting their 3rd string quarterback. On one play Brissett scrambled for a 27 yard touchdown and you could almost feel Bill Belichick smirking as he unleashed a mobile quarterback for the first time since coaching the Patriots. Clearly there is nothing the Patriots can’t do on the football field and they can win no matter who is in the line up. For the Texans, Lemar Miller had a decent game recording 80 rushing yards. While DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 56 receiving yards on the night. New England will take on the Bills next week and the Texans face off against the Colts.

Note* LeGarrette Blount also had a huge night rushing for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Matt Forte is flourishing in his role with the Jets:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New York Jets were upbeat when they landed Matt Forte to replace the Chris Ivory departure and so far Forte has been living up to expectations. The Jets offense looked extremely well last week in a win against the Bills and a lot of that was due to Matt Forte’s efforts. In that match up Forte rushed for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns giving the Jets offense everything it needed to handle the Bills defense. In a game in which the Bills won both times last year the Jets got their revenge and look like they could be a dangerous team the rest of the season. If this offense can keep performing at the level they did against the Bill that will be a lot for opposing teams to handle. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looked great against Buffalo and was slinging the football all over the place. Fitzpatrick clearly got a huge boost from having Forte run the ball so effectively so clearly those two players benefit one and other. If Fitzpatrick can consistently complete passes that causes the defense to back up a little bit and opens running lanes for Forte. On the other hand if Forte can run the ball effectively that causes defenses to creep up and that is when Fitzpatrick will be able to find more windows to throw to. So far that has been the story on the field for New York and give credit to Matt Forte for rising to the occasion with his new team. 196 yards and 3 touchdowns are great stats over the first 2 games and if Forte keeps at this pace he will certainly be heading back to the Pro Bowl and maybe more importantly the Jets could be heading back to the playoff. Before that happens the Jets will have to win a lot of football games starting with the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. Not an easy task especially since the Chiefs lost last weekend and will be hungry for a win.

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Browns rookie receiver Corey Coleman will be sidelined for an extended period of time with a hand fracture:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Cleveland Browns had a major letdown today at practice when standout rookie Wide Receiver Corey Coleman went down with an injury to his hand. X-rays later revealed that Coleman’s hand had been fractured and that is about the worst news possible for Cleveland. Coleman was sensational in the Browns last game hauling in over 100 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Coleman was on his way to becoming a star in this league even as a first year player but now it appears those plans will be halted until he can get back on the football field. Losing Coleman means the Browns will lose their most productive wide receiver and it’s been a rough start to the season for Cleveland. First Robert Griffin was sidelined with a shoulder injury and then back up quarterback Josh McCown also got banged up. Then 2 days ago the Browns were also notified that starting Defensive End Carl Nassib also broke his hand. So the Cleveland Browns are battling a lot of injuries to key players and the last thing they wanted to happen was have their 1st round pick from this off-season also go down. Head Coach Hue Jackson is certainly facing some challenges in first year at the helm with the Browns, and it won’t get easier now that players are starting to drop left and right. Jackson is learning first hand just how tough it is to win in Cleveland but many still feel he is the right guy for the job. Jackson is facing a string of bad luck but the owners and front office still expect him to win football games and keep this team competitive. Which means Jackson has to impress us in some ways before the end of the year to avoid the pressure from building up against him. No coach wants to be on the hot seat after just 1 season with a team.

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The New York Giants are looking like the team to beat in the NFC East right now:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The NFC East seems to be completely different from last year when the Washington Redskins were the team to beat. In this new season the Redskins haven’t even won a game and the Giants look like the front-runner of the division with a 2-0 record. It’s no surprise to see considering the Giants made several huge acquisitions in the off-season and they vastly improved their defense. The Giants defense hasn’t given up 20 points in a single game this year and that is really helping them win those close scoring football games. As stellar as the new offense has been with the addition of Sterling Shepard and the rebirth of Victor Cruz, the defense is still the real underlying factor why the Giants will go back to the postseason this year. They held Drew Brees to 13 points last week and that isn’t a very easy thing to do at all. In fact the Saints scored 34 points the week before against the Raiders so that tells just how effective New York’s defense really is. On offense New York has been much more dynamic than a season ago as well because they have more playmakers who can make an impact. Last year only Odell Beckham could make opposing teams pay. Now Shepard, Cruz, and Beckham are taking it to opposing defenses and Eli Manning has done a tremendous job of distributing the football. Manning has 3 touchdowns and only 1 interception on the year so he is cutting down on turnovers and when you add that in with the great defensive play you can see why this team is so dangerous. New York will take on the Redskins this week in a good old fashion NFC East grudge match. The Redskins are desperate for a win coming into that game with an 0-2 record so this very well could be a trap game for the Giants. It will up to New York to continue to do what they’ve done all year and that is play fundamental football. If they do that this very well could end up being the Giants 3rd win of the season.

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Marcus Peters is showing last season was no fluke for him:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters led the National Football League with 8 interceptions last year and now Peters is picking up right where he left off. 2 games into the new season Peters has already recorded 2 interceptions which means the defensive back has already put up 25% of production he had in his stellar rookie campaign. Now there is possibility that Marcus Peters could be even better this year and truthfully even if he was near the same numbers he put up last year it would have been a good year for Peters. To think that this guy could actually be better is insane and Marcus Peters is quietly becoming the best cornerback in all of football. So many times we give that award to guys like Patrick Peterson, Richard Sherman, and Darrelle Revis but if you look at the stats from last year and this season alone, Marcus Peters has been hands down the best out of all those players and you have to remember this is a young man’s game. Peters is the youngest out of Peterson, Sherman, and Revis and that means Peters isn’t losing a step like those other guys are. In fact it’s really quite the opposite Marcus Peters is trending upward while all those other top tier cornerbacks are trending downward. Give Andy Reid credit he landed an elite talent in Peters via the draft and then he developed that talent into an effective player immediately. Now Peters is the standard for rookie cornerbacks but it won’t be easy to find another Marcus Peters, he is a very rare caliber of player and what he did is not easily emulated. Kansas City will be get a whole lot of interceptions from number 22 before his playing days are over. Now lets see if the Chiefs can get back to the postseason and put together a deep playoff run. That is the next step for this football team.

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Carson Wentz has the Eagles soaring with a 2-0 record:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Carson Wentz was all business last night against the Chicago Bears. The rookie signal caller helped lead Philadelphia past the Bears to a 29-14 victory and looked years beyond his experience. Wentz finished the game with 21 completions out 34 attempts for 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions on the night. Maybe the thing most impressive about that stat line is the fact that Wentz didn’t turn the ball over all night. Most rookie quarterbacks struggle with turnovers but Wentz has yet to throw an interception all season. That means Carson Wentz never shoots himself in the foot and that has been the formula for success so far. Ryan Mathews also had big day for the Eagles the running back scored 2 touchdowns against the Bears and has a total of 3 touchdowns already this season. It’s certainly a good start to the season for Mathews and this guy could end up with a boatload of touchdowns by the end of the year. That is great for this Eagles offense and Doug Pederson has done a tremendous job with this team so far. On the opposite side of the ball Jim Schwartz’s defense looked great for the Eagles. Brandon Graham and Malcom Jenkins both had a sack, while Nigel Bradham had an interception. The most notable performers for the Bears were Eddie Royal who returned a 65 punt return to the house for a touchdown. Alshon Jeffrey also contributed 5 receptions for 96 yards to the Bears offense. The other Bears touchdown came from Jeremy Langford on a 1 yard run but at the end of the day the Bears didn’t have enough talent to get the win. It will be a long season for Chicago unless they make some moves on the other hand the Eagles are trending upward and are definitely heading in the right direction.  The Bears will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys this Sunday,  Philadelphia will be at home against the Steelers.

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Chargers offense surges past the Jaguars for a 38-14 victory:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

To say the San Diego Chargers had a good offensive day against the Jacksonville Jaguars would be a complete understatement. The Chargers scored 38 points in this match up and had a number of notable performances from several different offensive players. Philip Rivers led all participants with 17 completions out of 24 passing attempts for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. That set the pace for San Diego in this match and any time your quarterback has a game like Rivers did good things tend to happen for your football team. Rivers wasn’t the only Charger to light up the Jaguars defense either, running back Melvin Gordon also had a great game rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown himself. The former Wisconsin Badger running back is looking like a much improved player in his second season and the Chargers have gotten a huge boost from his gain in production. With Danny Woodhead going down with an ACL injury the Chargers will need Gordon to get the ground game going. That will ultimately make life easier for Philip Rivers and will give the Chargers a much better chance to have success than they had a season ago. The third Charger to have a huge day for San Diego was Travis Benjamin. Benjamin has seen an increased workload after teammate Keenan Allen also went down with an ACL injury. Benjamin finished the Jaguars contest with 115 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns and the duo of Rivers and Benjamin should be a dominant tandem for the rest of the year. For the Jaguars they were led by Blake Bortles who finished the match up with 329 yards and 2 touchdowns but in the end the Jaguars just couldn’t get the job done. Jacksonville was heavily praised for all their off-season roster moves but so far that hasn’t translated to wins on the field. The Jaguars head into week 3 with an 0-2 record while the Chargers improve to 1-1 on the year.

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The Ravens surprisingly improve to 2-0 on the year with a 25-20 win over the Browns:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Baltimore Ravens really struggled last year but this year is a fresh start for this Baltimore team. After going 5-11 last season the Ravens start off the 2016 season with a 2-0 record. That has been largely because of several small additions to this roster that ended up having a big impact. Baltimore added talented players like Mike Wallace and Eric Weddle for a bargain price rather than overpaying for top dollar players. Those decisions have been instrumental in the Ravens newly found success and now Head Coach John Harbaugh has a better overall squad to work with. Flacco was impressive in the win over the Browns throwing for 302 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Flacco connected with Wallace 4 different times and 2 of those strikes went for touchdowns. Tight End Dennis Pitta also had a big day for the Ravens hauling 9 receptions for 102 receiving yards. So the additional weapons around Joe Flacco are giving the Ravens starting quarterback a much greater chance to succeed and it appears the Ravens are becoming the team we thought the Jaguars or Raiders might be this year. Baltimore quietly improves to 2-0 on the year but they won’t be flying under the radar for too much longer. On the opposite sideline the Browns started off red hot in this game scoring 20 first quarter points. However Cleveland wouldn’t find the end zone for the rest of the game. Rookie Corey Coleman was Cleveland’s top performer, the wide receiver hauled in 5 catches for 104 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Showing just why the Browns decided to take him in the 1st round of the 2016 Draft. Isaiah Crowell also had a big day for the Dog Pound he finished with 133 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. In the end Cleveland couldn’t hold of the Ravens and Baltimore made the necessary adjustments to recover and ultimately win this football game. The Ravens will take on the Jaguars next Sunday while the Browns will head to Miami to take on the Dolphins.

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Dallas gets their first win of the season with a 27-23 victory over the Redskins:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Dallas Cowboys got their first w in the win column with a 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins. In a back and forth contest it was Dallas in the end who made the necessary plays to come out on top. Dak Prescott led the charge for the Cowboys throwing for 22 completions out of 30 passing attempts for 292 passing yards. He didn’t throw a touchdown or an interception but Prescott was good enough to get the job done and he made sure sure he got Dez Bryant more involved this week. Bryant finished the game with 7 receptions for 102 yards and that is the way it has to be if Dallas wants to compete week in and week out. One thing that really stood out in this game was the fact the Cowboys were able to get some significant contributions from their running game. Both Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris were able to find the end zone for Dallas and that was because the Cowboys offensive line were opening up holes upfront. If the Cowboys can keep that hard nosed two running back system going that gives them the best chance to compete so expect that to be the formula for this team moving forward. For the Redskins Kirk Cousins finished the day with 364 passing yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception. That 1 interception however did come in the 4th quarter with the game on the line and they hardly look like the team that won the NFC East just a year ago. Even though Washington has some good defensive players they need to get more stops if they want to get back on track. 38 points last week against the Steelers and 27 points today against the Cowboys is just too much. So far the addition of Josh Norman has not yielded enough results for Washington and the Redskins have yet to hold the opposing team’s number 1 receiver to under 100 yards this year. The Cowboys improve to 1-1 on the year and the Redskins fall to a lackluster 0-2.

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