We had another fun week of NFL action…..
Let’s recap the big talking points coming out of week 2.
Cincinnati and Burrow Stumbles at Home to Baltimore:
When you have made the AFC Championship the past two seasons and been to a Super Bowl in that time you expect to start a season well.
Welp, Cincinnati is now 0-2, Joe Burrow, the franchise quarterback whom they paid $275 million has looked poor through the first two games and may now be out injured for the next game (and maybe beyond).
Clearly not things are less than ideal in Cincy.
So how do they salvage this?
One way is to remind themselves that they have dug holes like these before and gotten out of it – the past two years they have started the season poorly only to rally and make a run to the postseason.
Secondly is to make sure Joe Burrow is healthy.
A significant portion of Cincinnati’s success will be based around how Burrow performs, so it is imperative that he remains healthy.
Next up is a Monday Night Football game against the Rams.
This is a Super Bowl rematch from two years ago, and the Bengals opened as -6.5 favorites but are now down to -1.5 favorites following the injury to Burrow…… good luck Cincinnati!
The Miami Dolphins could be Super Bowl Contenders:
Miami handled a tricky game as against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football from start to finish.
Miami closed as -2.5 favorites, and what was most impressive about the performance was the defense.
In a tricky game against a well coached New England team the Dolphins only allowed 3 points through the first three quarters.
If the defense can continue that level of play then watch out.
We know the offense will be electric (assuming Tua Tagovaiola stays healthy which is a big if) with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Don’t look now because the Dolphins could be playing for the Super Bowl come February.
Cleveland vs Pittsburgh Has Everything but Same Story for Cleveland:
The first play of the game was a pick 6 for the Steelers, and the drama did not stop there.
There were 6 turnovers in the game, 2 defensive touchdowns for Pittsburgh, a 71 yard touchdown for George Pickens, a Nick Chubb injury, and more.
Perhaps the best part of the game was the intensity – you can tell that these two teams DO NOT like each other.
Ultimately, the Browns may have the better team (they were -2.5 favorites) but Pittsburgh’s defense carried the Steelers to a win, and the streak of Cleveland not winning a regular season game in Pittsburgh grows to 20.
Kansas City Gets Back on Track vs Jacksonville:
After the Chiefs stumbled in week one it was important for Kansas City to get their first win of the young season.
Playing against a Jacksonville team with playoff aspirations meant that this game was going to be tricky hence the reason for Kansas City only being a -3 favorite.
The returns of Travis Kelce and Chris Jones worked wonders for the Chiefs, Kelce scored a touchdown, and Jones had 1.5 sacks.
Next up for Kansas City is a home game vs the Bears.
Dallas Continues Their Hot Start vs the Jets:
With the injury to Aaron Rodgers this was always likely to be a much easier matchup for Dallas.
Still, the Cowboys were able to control the game throughout with their great pass rush and efficient offense.
It will be interesting to see how Dallas does against better competition, but so far they have been excellent in the first two weeks.
And, despite closing as a -8.5 favorite the Cowboys were able to easily cover moving their ATS record to 2-0.