By HCR Staff | Sept. 17, 2018
Here are five key observations from Week 2 in the NFL:
1. Browns are improving
The Cleveland Browns may still be seeking their first win, but it is clear the team is improving, and head coach Hue Jackson continues to put them in a position to win games.
The Browns now have enough talent to win some games, but they still do have to learn how to win. Jackson also needs to clean up a few more game management issues, but new offensive coordinator Todd Haley has called a couple of very good games and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was very impressive against the Saints Sunday.
2. Looks like a long season for Cards rookie head coach Steve Wilks
The Arizona Cardinals simply were not competitive Sunday in a 34-0 loss against the Rams.
The Cardinals simply lack personnel in some key areas (especially OL) and the defense is adjusting to a new system. Our prediction is that rookie quarterback Josh Rosen will be playing by Week 8 or 9.
3. Here come the Fish
A few years ago, Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was the up-and-coming coaching star in the NFL. But after a dismal season last year, he became a head coach that was being put on the hot seat by many observers.
Now the Dolphins are 2-0, and while the wins haven’t been pretty, Gase is off to a good start, instilling confidence in his young team.
The key will be continued Improvement by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is coming off a serious knee injury, and often it takes a bit of time before a player starts to feel confidence again in the knee. If Tannehill’s play continues to improve, the Dolphins will threaten for a playoff spot.
4. If the Chiefs can play some defense…
The Kansas City Chiefs currently have the most exciting offense in the NFL, along with the Los Angeles Rams. But perhaps even the Rams can’t score as quickly as the Chiefs from any place on the field.
The Chiefs simply have to find some semblance of defense. It’s been a while since we have seen a team run out quickly to a 21-0 lead but just as quickly let that lead dissipate.
Rookie quarterback Pat Mahomes simply has exceptional physical skills, and it appears that his mastery of the offense grows with each week. Much credit goes to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid for developing yet another quarterback talent.
5. A defense in Green Bay?
While the Packers defense relinquished a lead in the game yesterday against the Vikings, we are starting to see some positive developments.
They appear to be more physical to us, and more aggressively attacking offenses. If not for a questionable personal foul on linebacker Clay Matthews, the Packers may have won Sunday’s game with an interception of Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
New Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has had much success in the NFL previously, and we think this was a good addition for the Packers this season.