It’s another week of football, seems like just yesterday we were waiting for the kickoff. As exciting as week one was, it’s now time to turn the page to week two. As always, week two offers no shortage of excitement. With that said, what are some of the most exciting things to look forward to as week two kicks off?
1. America’s Team
Labeled as America’s team, as many say they are, Dak Prescott and co. had a rough week one. Losing to the Carolina Panthers by a score of 16-8, the Cowboys couldn’t get anything going. Dak Prescott had a solid completion rate of 65.5 percent but failed to throw a single touchdown. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to just 69 yards rushing and scored the Cowboys only points of the day. For things to turn around quickly, it all starts with Dak Prescott. Prescott has to physically and mentally play better. It makes us wonder what the real problem in Dallas is. Was it really Dez Bryant? Or what is head coach Jason Garrett who’s failed to live up to expectations year in and year out? As of right now, it’s safe to say that Ezekiel Elliott is the one carrying this Cowboys team. With a Sunday night matchup against the New York Giants looming, will the Cowboys rise to the occasion or crash and burn, starting the season 0-2.
2. The Cleveland Browns Defense
What a week one for the Cleveland Browns. First, breaking their streak of consecutive losses (17), then, coming back late in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although they didn’t win, the Browns showed massive levels of improvement. Things are clearly changing in Cleveland. The defense had six turnovers on Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie Denzel Ward had a spectacular afternoon with two interceptions and holding Antonio Brown to just under 100 yards. While Brown did get a touchdown on Ward, it’s clear that Ward made Brown work for every single pass he caught. Former first overall pick Myles Garrett had accumulated two sacks and a strip fumble which would end up tying the game after Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass Josh Gordon in the closing moments of the fourth quarter. Up next, the Browns have a tough task in stopping offensive and defensive rookie of the year in Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore. Let’s see what this new-look Browns team can come up with.
3. Will the Mighty Bears fight back?
Week one was like a rollercoaster ride for Bears fans. The team experienced many highs and lows and ultimately ended up falling to the Green Bay Packers by just one point. Up 20-3 heading into the fourth quarter, it seemed as if the Bears were ready to start the season 1-0, that is until Aaron Rodgers came back. Rodgers and the Packers scored 21 points to defeat the Bears at home in the 4th quarter. The Bears play against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks at home and need to rebound from a heartbreaking loss.
4. Mychal Kendricks back!?
After signing a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, Kendricks was notified that he will be facing jail time for insider trading. The Cleveland Browns dropped Kendricks and not so long after the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of it, signing him to a one-year deal. While Kendricks will appear in court in January, he will most likely play the whole season. Just not postseason if Hawks do get in. Kendricks had 55 tackles and two sacks and he was ranked 9th at his position in 2017.
5. Are the Dolphins the real deal?
The Dolphins came to play on that rainy Sunday in Miami. In Ryan Tannehill’s first game back from a knee injury, he threw for an astonishing 230 yards and completed 20 of 28 passes. Although Tannehill had two disappointing interceptions, he made up for it with two touchdown passes. Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick was a monster in the backfield for the Dolphins Defense and had three tackles and locked down opposing receivers with ease. It’s going to be interesting if this Dolphins team can keep this up and manage to sneak their way into the 2019 playoffs.