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12 Grueling Truth’s we learned during week 2 of the 2021 Season

What did we learn in week 2?
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders passes the ball in the first half of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

1) The Bengals are still in need of front office and coaching

The Bengals play calling was conservative; the clock management was an embarrassment. Unfortunately, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The scouting department is understaffed and constantly missing on. An offensive lineman is killing this organization. The sad truth is they value skill position players more than linemen, and that’s not how you win championships.

2) Lamar Jackson is Superman in the regular season

A depleted Ravens team upset the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night because Jackson is one of the most outstanding athletes to play quarterback in NFL history. He still needs to be more consistent passing the ball, which may be more of an issue with the scheme and not Jackson.

3) The Cowboys are for real

The Cowboys pissed away a chance to beat Tampa in week one; they didn’t let it happen against the Chargers. What makes this even more prominent is that they did it on the road in Los Angeles. If the defense keeps improving, they will win the NFC East easily.

4) The Chiefs have issues

There looks to be no easy fix on defense for the Chiefs, and they are going to have to score 30 points to have a chance to win games. They can do that, but a Super Bowl run is hard to imagine with this defense.

5) Week 1 is really easy to overreact to

A week ago, people were saying that the Titans had been overrated, move forward, and a win on the road has people buzzing about the Titans being a Super Bowl contender. They have Henry, Tannehill, and Julio Jones, to name a few; they were always a Super Bowl contender. A week ago, people raved about the Steelers; they followed up with a home loss to the Raiders. Week 1 is just that it’s one week, and nothing is ever decided in week 1.

6) The Cardinals are for real

Kyler Murray is playing at a Pro Bowl level so far, the defense is a huge concern, and that’s why I would say they are NOT a Super Bowl threat, but they will make the playoffs.

7) Tampa Bay is the favorite to win the Super Bowl

Tom Brady threw 5 TD passes while putting 48 points on the Falcons. A banged-up Bucs secondary missing three integral players intercepted Matt Bryan 3 times on Sunday. The Bucs barring injuries, will only get better.

8) The Jets still need a Quarterback

Now, Sam Darnold will prove that he was the right quarterback over the remainder of his career, but Zach Wilson is not. Wilson somehow threw four interceptions in his first ten pass attempts; the Jets are a poorly run organization, and picking Wilson was stupid as the kid is not an NFL quarterback.

9) Are the Denver Broncos for real

They are when playing against young quarterbacks, and with Zach Wilson and the Jets up next, the Broncos are looking at a 3-0 start. If Bradley Chubb and Von Miller get on the field healthy simultaneously, the Broncos could be a darkhorse Super Bowl contender.

10) The Rams are uneven but dangerous

The Rams struggled in all 3 phases of the game at one time or another during a 27-24 road win over the Indianapolis Colts. If they can become more consistent, the defense will be dominant, and Matthew Stafford, if healthy, can lead this team on a deep playoff run.

11) Derek Carr is severely underrated

Carr played without running back Josh Jacobs behind a banged-up offensive line and was extremely sharp, going 28-of-37 for 382 yards and two TDs. A win over the Ravens last week and a cross country trip win at Pittsburgh on a short week should prove that the Raiders are a possible playoff team.

12) Sam Darnold was the right man in New York

The Jets blew this one as the last two weeks have shown with solid coaching and a dependable line. Darnold is an NFL starting-caliber quarterback. It looks like the issue all along in New York was not Darnold; it was the Jets organization who were inept in inputting the proper pieces around Darnold.

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