Week 2 has come and gone, and as always, the biggest lesson from the second week of the NFL is that …it’s really hard to predict what’s going on in the NFL in any given week, and especially early on, it’s hard to be on patterns. Some teams look really good so far, some really bad, but most teams are just somewhere in the middle and it will take some time, and more games, to separate the contenders from the pretenders.
This doesn’t mean there aren’t some lessons – so let’s go over the things we know right now, with the second week of the NFL (almost) in the books.
Don’t Count Out Any Team (Yet)
Week 2 of the NFL delivered some comebacks and some surprises. And though there are officially four 0-2 teams, and some of those (hello, Falcons) are teams that are clearly in rebuilding mode, it’s hard to count any team out yet. After all, the Broncos can’t score touchdowns, even with new QB Russell Wilson, but they still won a game! Tom Brady isn’t looking so hot, but the Buccaneers' defense bailed him out. And the Cowboys, somehow, in the last possible second, won.
But the next two weeks are crucial for some teams. No one needs to sound the alarm after two games, but things might look very different after four.
The Miami Dolphins Look Like A Real Contender
Don’t look now, but the Miami Dolphins might actually be …if not great, at least decent? Six-touchdown day for Tua Tagovailoa aside, it’s hard to fully believe in the Dolphins considering their recent (and not so recent) history. But the team that came back from three scores down against the Ravens, in a game in which they trailed from the very first play, is not just playing good, they’re looking like they believe they can put their recent troubles to rest once and for all.
Of course, this is the Dolphins we’re talking about, so the wait-and-see approach is probably a good idea.
It’s Jimmy G time, Again
Funny how things work out. Not so long ago, it seemed like Jimmy Garoppolo’s time in San Francisco was over. Then coach Kyle Shannahan suggested he stay as the backup QB to Trey Lance. Garoppolo agreed and restructured his contract to stay with the team. Now, after Lance suffered a season-ending injury, Garoppolo has one more chance to prove to the 49ers that he can indeed take them to the promised land. And, with his restructured contract featuring plenty of play-time incentives, this isn’t just a great opportunity for Jimmy G, it’s a lucrative one.
Two weeks in, a lot of surprises. The NFL being the NFL, that’s probably going to be the trend for the season to come.