Well Worth My Time
This was the first game of the season that I can honestly say I could rewatch and look forward to it. While it wasn’t what their Divisional Round matchup was last year it didn’t disappoint. The Buffalo Bills have earned the early edge of being the best team in the AFC after their win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bills QB Josh Allen threw a dart to TE Dawson Knox for the game winning touchdown and he solidified himself as an early favorite for the MVP award. Health is always going to be a concern for any contender, but it especially will factor in for Buffalo. Their defense is without Micah Hyde and Tre’Davious White, although White should be returning at some point this season. Hyde was lost for the year a few weeks ago. Kansas City was in it the whole way, but the turnover bug bit them with Patrick Mahomes throwing two interceptions and they never established the running game once again. This could be a rematch later in the year in January, but for now Buffalo showed they are going to be a tough team to beat.
I assumed that the New York Jets would be a better team this year than they were last season. I didn’t have them in second place in their division at any point in the season. Neither did any self-respecting Jets fan (be honest). Yet, they are showing that they are no pushovers it showed in their dominant win in Green Bay against the Packers. QB Aaron Rodgers was under duress all day and was sacked four times. Green Bay’s special teams had a punt blocked and it was returned for a touchdown. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the worst possible way. The Jets are taking after their head coach Robert Saleh and the energy that he brings from the sidelines on almost every play, especially on defense. This could be a huge step forward for this franchise that has had so much misery for most of its history.
They Are Good
The only undefeated team in the NFL resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You could argue that their schedule has been relatively easy thus far. Three wins against Detroit, Washington and Jacksonville. This past Sunday night they played host to their division rival the Dallas Cowboys. The expectation was that the Eagles would be tested the entire game. The Cowboys boast one of the better defense’s in the league and could stymie their offense better than most opponents have this season. That was working in the Cowboys favor, but with QB Cooper Rush throwing three interceptions that didn’t go according to plan for Dallas. Even though QB Jalen Hurts didn’t have his best statistical game of the season, he did throw two touchdown passes and the Eagles defense played well for three quarters with the exception coming in the 3rd quarter when Dallas mounted their charge to get back in the game. Barring catastrophe, the Eagles will be playing football in January. The question is how deep of a playoff run will they be able achieve?