2008 NFL Season Analysis After Week Two
Even with Tom Brady injured, the Patriots have found a way to be 2-0. However, keep in mind that they also only beat the Chiefs, who were destroyed by the Raiders in Week Two, and the Jets, who, even with Brett Favre, make mistakes.
The Green Bay Packers also have managed to be 2-0. Packers fans also have to keep in mind that they only beat the Vikings and Lions. Don't get me wrong, the Vikings are a good team. However, they have a crappy quarterback.
Either the Colts are really bad this season, or the Vikings' defense was really good. Either way, in the end, the Colts made the Vikings 0-2. Is Aaron Rodgers the real future for the Green Bay Packers?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking good again. They started off with a 2-0 record as well. First they beat the Houston Texans, and then they went on to beat the Cleveland Browns.
Of course, the Texans don't look too good this year, even if they have only played in one game, and the Steelers only beat the Browns 10-6. What the hell? That is a low scoring Sunday Night Game if you ask me.
Undefeated Teams (Alphabetical Order)
Arizona Cardinals (2-0) - NFC
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - AFC
Buffalo Bills (2-0) - AFC
Carolina Panthers (2-0) - NFC
Dallas Cowboys (2-0) - NFC
Denver Broncos (2-0) - AFC
Green Bay Packers (2-0) - NFC
New England Patriots (2-0) - AFC
New York Giants (2-0) - NFC
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) - AFC
Tennessee Titans (2-0) - AFC
Playoff Bound (undefeated teams)
Mike Craig's Power Rankings (1-16)
1. Dallas Cowboys (2-0) - What doesn't look nice about this team? Tony Romo, Marion Barber, and T.O. Don't forget to mention they have Jason Witten. They are starting to look pretty dominant, I am not going to lie. Of course, they looked pretty dominant last year. Will this team ever win a playoff game again?
2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) - Aaron Rodgers is beginning to look like he was the answer the Packers needed to get to the Super Bowl. I know I know, Brett Favre had them one game away from the Super Bowl.
Wait a minute. Wasn't there a play in overtime that led to a Giants field goal to win the game? Oh yeah, Brett Favre threw and\ interception. Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception at all this season in his first two games.
He also has four passing touchdowns on the season. Mr. Favre only has three passing touchdowns and an interception. Will Green Bay get the other No. 4 that they needed, as in their fourth Super Bowl ring?
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) - Look at this team! I mean seriously! First they destroy the Texans, which some might still say is amazing, considering the Texans were expected to do really well this season. Then they beat the only team that is going to give them a challenge in the AFC North. The game was only 10-6; however, just think about that for a minute.
That means the Steelers defense was able to hold the Browns to only two field goals. Could they be the team to beat in the AFC this year?
4. New York Giants (2-0) - The defending Super Bowl Champions find themselves at No. 4 on my list. They haven't really shown me anything that I am impressed about just yet. And after Week Three, if they win, I still won't see anything.
Because they had a really boring showing against the Redskins. Then they destroyed the disgrace of the NFL, the St. Louis Rams. Now the go on to play the Bengals. Again, no challenge. Somebody better throw these boys a challenge soon, or otherwise they might just think they are the shit. Do you think if Eli throws it left-handed he will complete even more passes?
5. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) - They may be 1-1; however, this is one of the better 1-1 teams. They destroyed the Rams in Week One, nothing big. But then they hung with the big dogs in their division and it looked like they were going to beat them. A healthy McNabb is showing us what this Eagles team is like when it's rolling on all cylinders. Will they make it back to the Super Bowl?
6. Buffalo Bills (2-0) - Yes, the Bills are starting too look like a playoff-bound team, and with Tom Brady injured, the Patriots are not the favorites to win the AFC East anymore. Will it be the Jets or Bills? Well, the Bills sure do have the edge...For now.
7. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) - So is this the year the Cardinals finally stop falling short of the playoffs? They are now 2-0, now common for this Arizona team. Kurt Warner is looking amazing as well. Can we possibly see a new face in the playoff picture?
8. Denver Broncos (2-0) - The Denver Broncos got lucky during Week Two when the ref made a really bad call. The Chargers had that game won. However, like any team should do, the Broncos took advantage of the bad call and won the game. They even went for a two-point conversion, which was successful. Will Denver make their absence from the playoffs a short one?
9. Carolina Panthers (2-0) - Jack Delhomme seems like he is himself again. Wait, no, that is wrong. He doesn't seem anything like himself. He seems 10 times better. The NFC is starting to look strong, and I hope I'm not the only one noticing this. Is the balance of power between the NFC and AFC switching?
10. New England Patriots (2-0) - Without Tom Brady, the Patriots' defense is picking it up. However, this is a team that also almost lost to both the Jets and the Chiefs. They only beat the Chiefs by seven, and the Jets by nine. It is only going to get harder for this team.
Of course, in Week Three they only play the Dolphins, so it isn't hard there. But after Week Three, expect to see this team to start going down hill. I can't see them going to the playoffs without Tom Brady, can you?
11. Tennessee Titans (2-0) - Okay, so with Vince Young, they are okay, but without Vince Young, this team seems better. So, as long as they keep Vince Young on the bench, then the Titans might be able to continue their winning ways. The real question here is: How good will they be when Vince Young comes back?
12. New York Jets (1-1) - Brett Favre has helped this team look better. Now, I don't want to blame it mainly on Mr. Favre, or Lord Favre, or whatever-the-hell people like to call him in the media. This team has kicked it up a notch for the 2008 season. They beat Miami with style, and they even almost beat the Patriots in Week Two.
However, like I have been saying before, this team needs some work. Alan Faneca can't be the whole offensive line. If they don't get their line figured out, will they be able to make it to the playoffs?
13. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) - What is going on here? Will someone please tell me? You are the Indianapolis Colts. You won Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, the same team that beat you in Week One.
Then all you could do was score a bunch of field goals against the Minnesota Vikings in Week Two. However lucky you, all the Vikings had to rely on was Ryan Longwell's leg as well. If this team picks it up, the AFC South wont look horrible this year.
14. San Diego Chargers (0-2) - We all know you should be 1-1 right now. Wait a minute, but you are the Chargers, shouldn't you be 2-0? So perhaps if you had played better against the Broncos in Week Two, you would have still won, regardless of the bad call by the ref.
Oh, and what about Carolina beating you in the last second of your Week One game? Bad defense. If L.T. is down for a while, can the Chargers pick their electricity back up still?
15. Washington Redskins (1-1) - Where did you come from?! I mean, didn't this team play in that boring season opener against the Giants? Oh yeah, that's right, they did. But wait, what was up with that surprising win. Nice throw Jason Campbell. Perhaps the NFC East is going to be the strongest division this year...Or perhaps not.
16. Minnesota Vikings (0-2) - You know, before the Monday Night game against the Green Bay Packers, I saw a bunch of pro-football analysts and predictors behind this team. Now, when I look, I see nothing but a bunch of empty seats where they used to be. NFC North Champions? Ummm...I don't think so. Maybe, just maybe this team still has it in them to make it to the playoffs. We will see.
Week One & Two's Disgrace to the NFL
St. Louis Rams - I am hoping they win a game this year. There is WAY too much talent on this team for them to be losing like they do. What was up with Steven Jackson tripping himself?! Or how about the big margins they lose by all the time. They were actually keeping it close with the Giants. Of course, that is until after half time.
Division Predictions After Week Two
AFC EAST: New York Jets
Buffalo Bills (2-0)
New England Patriots (2-0)
New York Jets (1-1)
Miami Dolphins (0-2)
AFC NORTH: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)
Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Cleveland Browns (0-2)
Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
AFC SOUTH: Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans (2-0)
Indianapolis Colts (1-1)
Houston Texans (0-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
AFC WEST: Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos (2-0)
Oakland Raiders (1-1)
Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
San Diego Chargers (0-2)
AFC Playoff Seeds
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Denver Broncos
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. New York Jets
5. Buffalo Bills
6. San Diego Chargers
NFC EAST: Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys (2-0)
New York Giants (2-0)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Washington Redskins (1-1)
NFC NORTH: Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Chicago Bears (1-1)
Detroit Lions (0-2)
Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
NFC SOUTH: Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
New Orleans Saints (1-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
NFC WEST: Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
St. Louis Rams (0-2)
NFC Playoff Seeds
1. Green Bay Packers
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. New York Giants
6. Philadelphia Eagles
AFC - Colts over Chargers
Jets over Bills
NFC - Eagles over Panthers
Giants over Cardinals
AFC - Colts over Broncos
Steelers over Jets
NFC - Giants over Cowboys
Packers over Eagles
AFC - Steelers over Colts
NFC - Packers over Giants
Steelers over Packers
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