Two games in the books, and already we are starting to see signs as to which teams are likely to make a run at the post-season, and which are going to struggle. Of course it’s still ridiculously early in the season, but we’ve seen enough already to count a couple of teams out for the year. After week 2 eight teams are still winless; let’s take a look at which of these are likely to struggle and which can bounce back.
Jets: Okay, we saw this coming. It looks like being a long, hard season in Jersey for the fans of Gang Green.
Chargers: Is there some kind of NFL Karma at work here? The Chargers have lost two squeakers since moving to L.A., against what looks like a very strong Broncos team in week 1, and then throwing away the game at home to the Dolphins in week 2. The Chargers are going to struggle in a tremendously hard AFC West, and being unable to fill a small stadium for your first home game is a bad sign.
Bengals: Scoring a total of 9 points against the Ravens and Texans is pretty worrying for Andy Dalton and company. Next up is the Packers at Lambeau, followed by a must-win game at Cleveland.
Browns: 6 and 10 would count as a fantastic season for the Browns, so the bar is set low. Next week is @ Colts and a game they will feel they have a live chance to win. That’s followed by the Bengals and then the Jets, so things could start looking up soon.
Colts: No Andrew Luck? No post-season. Jake Brisset has been thrown into the mix after Scott Tolzien’s disastrous outing last week. This week was better, but it still goes down as a loss after being unable to handle the unimpressive Cardinals at home.
Giants: The Giants expected a whole lot more than an 0-2 start this season, especially given how unimpressive they have looked. Big game next week versus the Eagles.
49ers: Nobody expected much from San Francisco this year, and so far they are living down to expectations. A respectable performance against the misfiring Seahawks this week, but they will be targeting at home to the Rams in week 3.
Bears: After throwing away the game against the Falcons in week 1, the week 2 shellacking by the Buccs was quite a come-down. The Bears have a hellish schedule this year; before playing the 49ers in week 12 they get Steelers, Packers, Vikings, Ravens, Panthers, Saints, Packers (again), Lions and Eagles. Good luck with that.
Saints: The NFC South is another tough division. With Atlanta and Tampa Bay starting out strong, the Saints need to turn things around fast. Losing to the Vikings and Patriots is no disgrace, but they have a big game next week at Carolina.