Week 2 is in the books and there are plenty of story lines building after just two games. Are the Eagles legit? Can the Cowboys really win without Tony Romo? Will the Patriots survive the next two games if Jimmy Garoppolo is out? Seeing as the season is still young and we’re not even a quarter of the way through, there are also plenty of overreactions from the latest slate of games. Fortunately, we’re here to pump the brakes and ensure you don't lose your cool over these developments. Here are seven overreactions from the second week of football.
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The Rams are better than the Seahawks
The biggest surprise of the season so far came on Sunday afternoon, when the Rams shockingly upset the Seahawks, 9-3 (It’s OK to laugh at that score three days later.) It was by no means an offensive showcase, which wasn’t to be expected from either of these teams. However, it was worrisome to see just how inept Seattle’s offense was – especially considering the 49ers put up 28 on the Rams in Week 1.
Just don’t get ahead of yourself and go around saying Los Angeles is the better team, because it’s not. The Seahawks still have far more talent on both sides of the ball, they’re just struggling to mesh offensively without Marshawn Lynch. Thomas Rawls is injured and has gotten off to a terrible start, and Russell Wilson has an ankle sprain of his own. The Seahawks will get it going fairly soon and flex their muscles in the NFC West, and when they meet the Rams again in Week 15, expect them to win handily.
The Dolphins can hang with the Patriots
With Jimmy Garoppolo in the game, the Patriots completely dominated the Dolphins. It was after Garoppolo went down with a shoulder injury that Miami began to claw its way back into the game. Coincidence? Hardly. The Dolphins are nowhere close to being as good as the Patriots, and they still couldn’t beat New England with their backup quarterback injured for nearly half the game. Ryan Tannehill took advantage of the Patriots’ lax defense late in the game as New England was just trying to survive with Jacoby Brissett at QB.
Certainly, the Dolphins have a solid pass rush that wreaks havoc on opposing offenses, but the rest of the defense is far from threatening. Miami is 0-2, and the Patriots are 2-0. Even beyond their records, the gap between the two teams is astronomical. Had Garoppolo remained in the game for all 60 minutes, the Patriots likely would have won by at least three touchdowns.
Ezekiel Elliott has fumbling issues
The Dallas Cowboys came away with a win over the Redskins on Sunday, but the victory was nearly fumbled away by Ezekiel Elliott in the fourth quarter. The rookie, already with one fumble in the game, lost the ball during Dallas’ game-winning drive. Fortunately, Doug Free fell on the loose ball, but Zeke’s slippery hands created some concern among fans. But fear not, he’s fine.
Elliott fumbled it just four times in his entire collegiate career, posting the third-lowest rate among draft prospects in 2015. Zeke doesn’t have a problem holding onto the football, and he never has. Josh Norman made a spectacular play to punch it out despite Elliott having two hands on the football. Sure, he could stand to avoid turning the ball over in crucial moments, but to say the Cowboys should be concerned is ludicrous. The coaching staff isn’t going to let an anomaly impact his carries, as it shouldn’t. He’ll learn and improve his ball security.
The Eagles are Super Bowl contenders
After two games, we begin to see which teams are contenders and which are pretenders. The Eagles, who are 2-0, are closer to being the latterthan the former. They’ve played the worst team in the league – the Browns – and the second worst in the Bears, admittedly dominating both squads. However, the level of Philadelphia’s competition has been lower than that of any other team in the NFL.
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz still looked solid against the Bears, just as he did in Week 1, but, again, it was an injury-riddled Chicago team. His biggest test comes in Week 3 against the Steelers, whose defense is far better than the two Wentz has faced thus far. If he and the Eagles can escape with a win over one of the two best teams in the AFC, their case for being a contender will be heightened. Until then, they’re a middle-of-the-road team.
Sam Bradford is better than Aaron Rodgers
Let me get this straight. Bradford unequivocally outplayed Rodgers on Sunday night – statistically and on tape. He made better throws than Rodgers, stood in the pocket and took massive hits, and smartly leaned on his No. 1 target in Stefon Diggs. However, this does not mean Bradford is the better quarterback.
Rodgers has definitely struggled lately, and by lately I mean for the past year. In his last 14 games, he hasn’t had a single one with a passer rating over 100. This is for a guy who averages a 100-plus passer rating each year. He played poorly on Sunday and has in most of his recent games dating back to last season. It’s an ugly trend that has greatly hurt the once-explosive Packers offense. These days, Green Bay just looks mediocre and predictable.
Bradford’s Week 2 performance, his first game with the Vikings, was spectacular. It was one of the best outings for any quarterback this season, given the limited time he had to prepare and the defense he was facing. But don’t forget that it was one game, which doesn’t make him a better quarterback than a two-time league MVP.
Darrelle Revis is done
Revis was once lauded for being the greatest cornerback of this generation. He was the second-coming of a true shutdown corner, akin to Deion Sanders. Now, teams are targeting him with a great deal of success, so much so that it’s a bit startling how bad he’s been. But keep in mind that he’s been bad on paper – not necessarily on the field. On the Week 1 play in which A.J. Green torched him over the middle, Revis should have gotten safety help over the top, as he was expecting to. On Marquise Goodwin’s long reception last Thursday night, Revis was attempting to cover the fastest player in the NFL – a world-class runner.
The “old Revis” may have prevented one of these two plays, but there’s no way you can say with absolute certainty that he would have. The first was seemingly a blown coverage by the free safety and the second was a matter of trying to keep up with the fastest player in football. Revis isn’t done, so don’t be so quick to say that. Sure, he’s getting up there in age and has looked slower this season, but he’s still an outstanding cover guy and hasn’t yet hit the wall. He still has plenty to offer.
Allen Robinson was a one-year wonder
Robinson burst onto the scene last season with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. Those were All-Pro numbers by every measure as he emerged as one of the best receivers in the game. This season has been a different story. The futile Jaguars have struggled on offense, as has Robinson. In two games, he’s caught just nine passes for 126 yards. Those were numbers he put up in single games last season – not a two-game stretch.
There’s certainly reason for concern given quarterback Blake Bortles’ lack of production, but Robinson is far from a one-year wonder. Receivers go through stretches of less-stellar outings, which is what Robinson is experiencing. Also consider the fact that he’s faced the Packers’ outstanding secondary and San Diego’s solid cornerbacks in Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett. Those haven’t exactly been the most favorable matchups, but they’re definitely ones Robinson could win. Still, don’t go out and call Robinson a bust, because he’s not. He and Bortles will get back on the same page and begin hitting on deep throws regularly – something they haven’t yet done this season.