We suffered our first loss of the season. The Cardinals are better than I expected. They took this Washington Football Team seriously, and the final score and stats showed it. I saw similar issues in this game from the first half of last week’s Eagles game. This is a very young football team with lots of holes. The offense struggled, the running game struggled, and the secondary is suspect — The defensive front is as good as advertised; they bring pressure, they get sacks, but there are obvious holes in the backfield. Troy Apke continues to struggle against deep throws. Dynamic wideouts will potentially have monster games against this Washington Football Team secondary. We need Kendall Fuller healthy and available to play ASAP.
Brandon Scherff will be out for a few weeks. The OL needs to be updated and addressed next off-season. The offense overall needs to improve. Terry McLaurin is our only dangerous weapon. Our TE Logan Thomas brings good experience and seems reliable at times. Still, we need an immediate upgrade in this position to compliment what we currently have. Our running game needs to get going, and somebody has to be established as our featured back.
Going for 2 points twice in the game was not what I would’ve done. Rivera gambled twice and came up empty twice. I disagreed with the 2 point conversion attempts, but I appreciate the boldness of this coach. This coaching staff is rebuilding from the ashes Bruce Allen left behind, and this season might end up being an evaluation season for the leftover players from the Gruden/Allen era.
We have Baker Mayfield and the Browns next week. This is a very winnable game. Mayfield is not as dynamic as Kyler Murray, and I sense that our defensive front will make things difficult for him and Cleveland’s running backs.
And for the rest of the league:
BROWNS 35 — BENGALS 30:
Cleveland looked like they got their offense back on track, albeit against a young, inexperienced Bengals team led by a rookie Quarterback. This game gave us a primetime sample of Joe Burrow and what the future might hold for this young Cincinnati team. I’m still not sold on Baker Mayfield.. let’s see how he does against my Washington defense next Sunday.
BEARS 17 — NY GIANTS 13:
Barkley is done for the season, which will pretty much set the Giants back offensively. I’m still not sold on Daniel Jones, and I think this season will be a long one for the Giants. Chicago is surprisingly 2-0, but I still believe that a more competitive team has not yet tested them.
COWBOYS 40 — FALCONS 39:
The Falcons lost this game in the most idiotic way you could lose a game. Dallas got a break at the end of the game when Atlanta essentially allowed an onside kick to be recovered by Dallas when Falcon players surrounded the ball, and none of them attempted to pick it up. Dallas got lucky; they should be 0-2.
RAMS 37 — EAGLES 19:
The Rams are 2-0 by beating up on NFC East Teams, and they seem to be making an early run at the super-competitive NFC WEST. Philadelphia is a wounded team at 0-2, but they get a break next weekend against the Bengals and Joe Burrow.
SEAHAWKS 40 — PATRIOTS 30:
Terrific game. Cam Newton is making New England look more dynamic than they ever did under Brady. Cam is unleashing a run game not seen in New England in recent memory. Teams have to defend the run completely different than how they defended when Brady was at center. Seattle and Russell Wilson lookalike early contenders.
RAIDERS 34— SAINTS 24:
The new and rebranded Las Vegas Raiders opened up their brand new stadium win a colossal signature win. This Vegas team looks dangerous, and their AFC West division is ultra-competitive, which will make their divisional games against Kansas City and LA Rams must-watch games. Talking heads on sports media are already whispering about the possible end of the road for Drew Brees. It is nonsense; Brees was not the reason they lost this game.
RAVENS 33 — TEXANS 16:
Baltimore and Lamar Jackson look to be unstoppable. I’m looking forward to next week’s Monday night matchup against Pat Homes and the Chiefs. The Texans had the unlucky task to play against Kansas City and Baltimore in their first 2 games of the season. Week 3, they get a 2-0 Steelers team that seems to be a legit contender. They have a hard time beating teams with winning records, and I think it is early to say this, but Bill O’Brien’s seat is getting hot already.
CHIEFS 23 — CHARGERS 20:
This game went into overtime. LA controlled most of this game with a rookie Quarterback taking over after a last-minute Tyrod Taylor injury during game-time warm-ups. Kansas City barely pulled off the win with a game-winning field goal in overtime. The Chargers seem to be better than I expected them to be without Phillip Rivers.
BUCCANNEERS 31 — PANTHERS 17:
Tom Brady shut everybody up for at least one week. They still haven’t found ways to get Gronk involved in the offense. Fournette had a solid game running the ball. McCaffrey got injured and will be out for a few weeks. Carolina will struggle without him.
PACKERS 42 — LIONS 21:
Aaron Rodgers had another statement type of game, putting up pretty solid numbers against another divisional rival. Green Bay is now 2-0 for the year and on top of the NFC North division. Next week’s game against the Saints should be a fun one. Detroit has lost two games in a row where they had a solid lead and allowed the opposing team to catch up. Matt Patricia might be out of a job very soon if they do not turn things around pretty fast.
COLTS 28 — VIKINGS 11:
Indianapolis got things going offensively by establishing a solid running game and keeping Phillip Rivers from throwing the ball like he is known for. The Colts defense was all over Kirk Cousins, who threw 3 interceptions and could not get anything going until the 4th quarter when the game was already out of hand. The colts seem to have found a star kicker in Blankenship.
BILS 31 — DOLPHINS 28:
Josh Allen had a monster game with 4 TDs and over 400 yards. Buffalo seems to finally be in a position to take over the AFC East division reigns from New England. Miami made things competitive, and they seem to be getting better; however, they have a tough schedule ahead of them, and this season may not be their turn around season just yet.
49ERS 31 — NY JETS 13:
San Francisco looked like the 49ers of last year, albeit against a struggling Jets team that seems to be going nowhere fast. Garoppolo left the game banged up and is questionable for next week’s game against the Giants.
STEELERS 26 — BRONCOS 21:
Pittsburg’s defense was the difference-maker here. They took Drew Lock out of this game with an injury, and Denver’s backup QB Jeff Driskel did not fare any better; he was rough up throughout most of the game. The Steeler’s have a legit defense.
TITANS 33 — JAGUARS 30:
Ryan Tannehill continues to shine in Tennessee, throwing 4 TDs with zero interceptions in this game. The Titans have quietly taken control of the AFC South. Jacksonville has a tough matchup against a Miami team desperate for a win.