National Football League
The 2-0 teams:
The Bills are 2-0 but had to pull a miracle to win vs. Oakland. They are not as good as they looked last week vs. KC because the Chiefs are TERRIBLE. They face the Pats this week.
The Pats are showing more urgency than in the last few years. They are a threat for the Super Bowl.
The Jets are 2-0 but do not look like a top team. I still don’t trust QB Sanchez in a big game. We will know more when they play
The Texans are also 2-0 but have yet to beat anyone. They will win the division but then choke as usual but this time in the playoffs rather than against the Colts.
Washington struggled to win at home vs. the Cards. They have Grossman at QB and are Wine and fools’ gold. The Skins are a mess and
HC Shannahan has made the mess worse rather than fixed it.
The Pack is 2-0 but gave up 23 points to CR. The pass D is a problem and might cost them big in the playoffs. Unless the pass D
gets better, this team will not win a 2nd consecutive title.
The Lions look like the real deal at 2-0. They have outscored their opponent by 52 points and the D is outstanding. There is one
caution. IF QB Bradford can stay healthy they will be a playoff team
0 – 2 TEAMS:
Over the last 10 years, only 12% of the teams that started out 0-2 made the playoffs. Those are not good odds.
The Dolphins are 0-2 and face a must win at Cleveland this week. The coaching staff is hanging on by a single stand of a spider web. They
have to win to keep their jobs. They will not do either.
The Colts are 0-2 and that was a bad loss for them at home last week vs. the Browns. Worse yet, they face the Steelers at home this week and go to play the Bucs next. They will be 0-4 and looking for a shot at the top draft choice (QB Luck) in the 2012 draft. It is clear that Payton is the brains behind the O and HC Caldwell should be gone along with the GM for the mess they have made of this team.
The KC Chiefs are a mess as well. When OC Weis left so did any semblance of offense. HC Haley pushed Weis out and now we see that the former is not capable of handling the job. QB Cassel has been miserable and RB Charles is out for the season with an injury. Haley
will be gone when this team takes the field next year. The only scrap of good news is that the team will play other inept organizations like
the Vikes and Colts in weeks 4 and 5.
The Vikes are looking for a QB and did not find one that works in McNabb. In recent years they could depend on wins against division foes like the Bears and the Lions. But the Lions have gotten a lot better and the Bears are fighting for their coach’s job this year. The Vikes will have a top 5 choice in 2012.
The Seahawks are also 0-2 and depending on a college coach to bail them out of this mess. He won’t and the team continues to spiral downward out of control. Any judge of talent that thought that QB Jackson could be an NFL starter should lose his job.
Two teams that are not in as bad shape as those above are the Rams and the Panthers.
The Rams have had some critical injuries but have turned the ball over too often to beat NFC East teams the Eagles and Giants. They will likely win the NFC West but are a couple of players from being competitive against the best teams in the conference.
The Panthers are breaking in a new coach and new QB. QB Newton is far from a quality NFL starter but has shown some good things. The team has some very solid players including one of the best centers in the league in Kalil, a solid RB in Williams and star WR in Smith. They have added some good defensive rookies and is turning the team around. They are in a tough division but will be better as the season wears on.
That is what I think.
Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color
on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent.
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