Two weeks of the 2023 NFL season have passed, and the league is starting to determine which teams are early playoff contenders while others are looking to get out of the doldrums. Seven teams enter Week 3 with a 2-0 start while eight teams are 0-2.
No team is going to the Super Bowl after two weeks, and no team is considered the worst after Week 2 either. There are plenty of observations for each franchise through two weeks, trends that could repeat over the course of the season.
What did the league find out about each team after Week 2? There’s a reason why teams have the record they possess through two weeks.
Jonathan Gannon’s halftime speeches aren’t inspirational: The Cardinals are not a second-half team, allowing 20.5 points and 217.5 yards in the final 30 minutes. They allow 6.4 yards per play, 138 passing yards and 79.5 rushing yards in the second half. Arizona allows 133 yards per game in the fourth quarter — and this is after allowing just 51 yards in the fourth quarter in Week 1. Arizona blew two halftime leads in two games under Gannon. At the very least, the Cardinals should be 1-1.
Bijan Robinson is already a top five RB: Robinson’s impact was felt in Atlanta’s comeback victory over Green Bay, rushing for 124 yards and totaling 172 yards from scrimmage. The Falcons faced two fourth-down attempts and gave Robinson the ball, and he rushed for 20 yards on two carries (10 yards per carry) — including a 7-yard run on fourth-and-1 with the Falcons in field goal range. Robinson also was targeted once on third down and had a 10-yard completion that moved the chains. Four touches on third/fourth down — three were for first downs. Already third in the NFL in rushing yards, Robinson is already amongst the best in the league.
Lamar Jackson is settling into his new offense sooner than we thought: Jackson threw two passes that demonstrated he’s thriving in Todd Monken’s…
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Author : Jeff Kerr
Publish date : 2023-09-19 13:50:21
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