They say it takes a quarterback and a defense to win championships. Philly is starting to be in great hands.
What was that? As good as the Giants’ defensive line, run stopping, pass rush and coverage units are, it seems like they have the equal and opposite problems on offense. To overcome, they need a less injured Odell Beckham Jr. and a less shaky Eli Manning.
The Panthers opened the season with a 20-point victory, a positive beginning considering they went 1-5 to start last season. Possible overreaction: They beat the 49ers in Week 2 last season, so let’s not read too much into this victory. Cam Newton failed to complete at least 60 percent of his passes for the eighth straight game, and his accuracy will matter more going forward.
Sam Bradford posted the best Total QBR in Week 1 (94), and running back Dalvin Cook had the second-most rush yards (127). Possible overreaction: The run-pass balance is exactly what Bradford needs to finally flourish in the NFL. Watch out for Minnesota, NFC.
The Buccaneers make their season debut in Week 2 after scoring the fewest PPG (10.8) this preseason. Possible overreaction: Preseason doesn’t matter, but if Jameis Winston doesn’t cut down on the picks (he had 18 in 2016), the Buccaneers’ offense might not be as high powered as one would think, even with the additions of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard.
The Ravens rushed for 157 yards and pitched a shutout on defense in Sunday’s opener against the Bengals. Possible overreaction: Rushing and defense is the formula the Ravens need to Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA follow, especially if quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t healthy enough to post Cheap Lions Jerseys more than 121 yards on 9-of-17 passing.