The NFL season is now 12 percent over, and we're coming to see that some of the things we expected this season are probably not going to come to pass.
We also had some bounce-backs, beat-downs and let-downs in a week that provided a little bit of everything.
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N.Y. Jets 37, Buffalo 31
The Jets' defense is nasty, though it could use better play from Darrelle Revis. And so long as Ryan Fitzpatrick stays upright, he has the weapons around him to put up points. That makes the Jets a scary team.
Rex Ryan’s time in Buffalo is going to end soon, but the Bills ownership is keen to prolong the inevitable.
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Carolina 46, San Francisco 27
The 49ers’ offense is going to be able to put up more points than last year, which isn’t saying all that much — but stop me if you’ve heard this before: it’s probably going to come at the expense of its defense, which was clearly gassed halfway through this contest.
The Panthers’ passing game is at a different level with Kelvin Benjamin in the picture. Considering the team’s defensive woes at cornerback, it’s vital that Carolina puts up big points this year.
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Baltimore 25, Cleveland 20
The Ravens are good enough to make the playoffs. Joe Flacco is one of the best in the league, whatever title you want to put on that. But it’s hard to see the exceptional characteristics of a Super Bowl contender with that defense or running game. You can’t spot teams like the Browns a 20-2 lead every week.
Josh McCown is one of the toughest dudes in the league, and Corey Coleman, the rookie wide receiver, has all the characteristics of an elite receiver in the NFL. The Browns won’t be an easy out this year, and you can see the formation of something in Cleveland. They just have to stop imploding.
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Tennessee 16, Detroit 15
There were 29 penalties in this game and 31 total points. The Lions had three touchdowns called back because of penalties. The sooner we all forget about this game, the better. (Oh, and Marcus Mariota is really good and surrounded by not-so-great receivers.)
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Houston 19, Kansas City 12
The Chiefs offense isn’t broken, it just shouldn’t fumble so much. You have to chalk it up to bad luck on Sunday. We’ll consider it a trend if it keeps up. The defense was good enough to win.
The Texans need Brock Osweiler to be more judicious with his passes. Two interceptions kept this game in play. The Texans’ defense, on the other hand, remains exceptional.
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New England 31, Miami 24
The Dolphins can’t stop anyone on defense and need to prove that they can score points in a situation that matters. The Dolphins offense looked good when the game was out of reach though…
The Patriots never had a quarterback controversy, but man did Jimmy Garappolo look good before he was injured. The Patriots are hoping that he can play the next two games (though unlikely) — rookie Jacoby Brissett didn’t look nearly as impressive.
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N.Y. Giants 16, New Orleans 13
The Saints were able to play some defense, but the offense wasn’t able to do anything — what a strange reversal.
The Giants’ defense has shown a lot to begin the season — it might be good enough to get New York over the 8-8 mark that seemed inevitable this year. Maybe.
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Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 16
The Bengals are fine and one of the AFC’s best teams, but you couldn’t help but notice that they looked a class worse than Pittsburgh Sunday.
The Steelers’ defense matched the offense’s level Monday. This team should scare everyone looking to win a championship. They’re really good.
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Dallas 27, Washington 23
Dak Prescott didn’t look like a rookie Sunday, and that Cowboys’ defense played with some extra something, too. You have to like what the Cowboys have done — considering the circumstances — in the first two weeks.
Kirk Cousins isn’t a good quarterback, and he’s certainly not one to build a franchise around. You can’t convince me differently. Washington has an excellent offensive line and a strong defense, but Cousins remains the weak link on a team that should have a lot of promise.
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Arizona 40, Tampa Bay 7
A whooping. Arizona is who we thought they were — an elite team, while Tampa Bay is still a work in progress. It’ll be fascinating to see where the Bucs go from here.
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L.A. Rams 9, Seattle 3
Seattle has skimped on the offensive line over the last few years, and sure enough, it’s starting to show. OL coach Tom Cable might not have a job in a few weeks.
The Rams’ defense, when clicking, is really, really good. The offense, even at its best, is quite terrible. #FreeGurley.
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Denver 34, Indianapolis 20
The Colts are not good. Andrew Luck might be, but the roster construction of this team is poor. They’ll be lucky to get five wins this season.
Trevor Siemian isn’t going to hold his job all year — he looked decidedly average Sunday against a bad defense. He only threw two passes of more than 20 yards and both were incomplete. His inability to convert on intermediate-to-deep routes will be exploited soon. Luckily he has a great offensive line, strong offensive weapons, and the best defense in the game around him.
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Atlanta 35, Oakland 28
Matt Ryan was really good on deep throws and that covered up for some questionable play by the Atlanta defense. Atlanta, like Baltimore, is good — perhaps good enough to make the playoffs — but there’s something missing so far this season. It'll be interesting to see how the Falcons play over the next few weeks.
Oakland’s offense is as good as any in the league, but that defense can’t stop anyone. The Raiders will continue to be a what-if team if the linebacker corps and secondary remain poor.
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San Diego 38, Jacksonville 14
The Jaguars might be the worst-coached team in the NFL, and that’s saying something considering the team they played Sunday and that Tennessee is in their division. Phillip Rivers wasn’t even particularly good Sunday — the Jaguars were just exceptionally poor. Is Jacksonville a fraud? We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks, but early returns are poor.