NFL Season Story Lines Begin to Unfold
As we look forward to Week 3 in the NFL -- with one of the highlights being Andy Reid's return to Philadelphia -- there have been some interesting occurences in the first two weeks of action.
The Seattle Seahawks look to be the class of the NFC after their loud and proud blowout win against San Francisco, but then again, they were lucky to beat winless Carolina the week before. The Seahawks will be 3-0 on Sunday after they put away the lowly Jaguars. The 19-point spread for this game -- shown in the Bovada data tool on our Home page -- is the fourth-largest in NFL history, and it still might not be enough.
Denver could be the class of the AFC as they now own two blowout wins over two good teams. Peyton Manning has been on fire, but the injury to Ryan Clady will hurt.
The Houston Texans are 2-0, but boy, have they been lucky! After beating the Chargers on the last play of that game, the Texans scored eight points in the final seconds to tie Tennessee and then beat them in overtime. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-2, losing both games on the last play. The Bucs have beaten themselves in both losses, and now there are rumors that the players have had enough of coach Greg Schiano.
The Bears and the Chiefs are 2-0, and Chicago is lucky both games were at home. They came back to beat Cincinnati in Week 1 and scored with ten seconds to go to beat the winless Vikings in Week 2. Kansas City has matched its win total from last year and hopes to add to that tonight when Reid travels to Philadelphia for his homecoming. The Eagles are still smarting from a tough loss to San Diego, even though Micheal Vick had a great game.
New England will have to improve if they want to move on, even though they are 2-0 and Tom Brady usually makes sure that happens. The Giants, on the other hand, are 0-2, and Eli Manning has seven interceptions in two games. New York needs to improve its running attack, but the signing of over-the-hill and overrated Brandon Jacobs will not help. The other New York metro area team -- yes, the Jets -- could be 2-0, and if Geno Smith keeps his mistake count down, the Jets should beat the Bills this week.
Already in Week 3, there are coaches on the hot seat. Ron Rivera and the Panthers had better beat the Giants at home this week, while it would help Leslie Frazier if the Vikings could get their first win against the lowly Browns. Schiano is in deep trouble in Tampa and facing New England on the road this week probably won't improve his situation.