Conclusions of the 32 NFL franchises


The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers each scored more than 40 points on the way to starting the season with a 2-0 mark.

Lamar Jackson had another great game to keep the Baltimore Ravens undefeated.

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys arrive at Week 3 with ample chances to start the season with a 3-0 record. AP Photo

For their part, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars were among the teams that tripped again and fell to 0-2.

Here are the conclusions of Week 2:


After two games, Jerry Jones said he hadn't seen Dak Prescott play better. The Cowboys quarterback has seven touchdown passes and has completed 82.2 percent of his passes in the first 2-0 start of Dallas since 2015. "He's playing at a very high level right now," he said. head coach Jason Garrett. "He has a good command of what we are trying to do and I think he is comfortable. And I think the boys are playing well around him. The offensive line has been outstanding in the first couple of weeks, very comfortable in the protective bag And the boys around him are making plays. He and (offensive coordinator Kellen Moore) are certainly on the same page as to what we want to achieve and how we want to get there. " The next game is against a Miami defense that has allowed a full pass rate of 80 percent with eight touchdown passes and no interception. Prescott's quick start might not lose speed next week, either. – Todd Archer

Week 3: vs. Miami Dolphins, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

Frustration is starting to increase for the Giants after their sixth 0-2 start in seven seasons. The defense has allowed nine touchdowns in two games, including three in the first half on Sunday. "When you have time and you don't have pressure, I can't cover anyone for 10 seconds," cornerback Janoris Jenkins said. "Who can cover someone for 10 seconds?" When outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter was asked that rival quarterbacks have plenty of time and that complicates the work of the high school, he replied, "M (…), it's true. All 11 (players) are required." Some players mentioned that it is early, however, star runner Saquon Barkley does not believe that much. He wants the problems resolved immediately. – Jordan Raanan

Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CT

The Eagles were beaten from Atlanta. Philadelphia returns home not only with a 24-20 loss, but with several injuries that could affect them as they focus on Week 3 against the Lions. Open receivers DeSean Jackson (groin) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) were injured in the first half and no longer returned to the game. The tight end Dallas Goedert did not participate in any play after spraining his ankle before the game. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (foot) and runner Corey Clement (shoulder) couldn't finish either. This is the second oldest team in the NFL. Talent is not the question with the Eagles, but if they can reach the goal. Sunday's game will only increase that concern. – TimMcManus

Week 3: vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

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The pressure is increasing on defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The Redskins were close to firing him last season and in two games, his group has allowed 63 points and 911 yards. If things don't improve for your defense, it's easy to ask yourself about your future. Washington has many young people on its defense and did not have two of its three best cornerbacks, in addition to defensive end Jonathan Allen on Sunday. But as linebacker Jon Bostic said, "We will never use that as an excuse … Everyone is in this league for a reason." The Redskins have not had a defense that ends in the top-10 of yards or points allowed since 2009. They can blame Manusky or the players, but the organization has failed in his part, too. – John keim

Week 3: vs. Chicago Bears, Monday, 7:15 p.m. CT


The Bears are lucky to be 1-1 this season. Chicago's last-second victory over the Broncos cannot hide the serious problems it has on the offensive, starting with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who despite completing a 25-yard pass to Allen Robinson to prepare the field goal Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard line that sealed the victory ended the game with 16 full passes in 27 attempts for 120 yards. The Bears are struggling to find rhythm on the offensive. Chicago may beat bad teams because of its superior defense, but its schedule becomes more complicated starting next month. – Jeff Dickerson

Week 3: at Washington Redskins, Monday, 7:15 p.m. CT

How the Lions straightened their course. It was a performance that many Detroit players said it was not the best, but after last week's draw against the Cardinals in which they wasted an 18-point lead, the Lions will take this victory. On the offensive, there were some things for the Lions. Open receiver Marvin Jones said the formations they saw of the Chargers on Sunday were worked during the week, giving them comfort in situations where they should have it. "That's the way it is all week," Jones said. – Michael Rothstein

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

"We have a lot of work to do." At some point, the Packers are going to need a good performance in a full game of their offense. Perhaps they will find her next Sunday against the Broncos in the second of three consecutive home games. But due to the way the defense appeared once again in Sunday's victory over the Vikings at Lambeau Field, it was not necessary on the way to a 2-0 start under the direction of first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. "We are proud of how we started, but we are not proud of how we ended," said runner Jamaal Williams, whose 15-yard touchdown in the first series turned on the Packers to take a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. As Aaron Rodgers said: "We've had a couple of good quarters of eight. We have a lot of work to do." – Rob demovsky

Week 3: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

In retrospect you always see the full picture, especially when it comes to the call of plays. Should Minnesota have sent a first-run carry from the 8-yard line in the last quarter after six previous carries prepared what would have been the touchdown of the lead in the penultimate series of the Vikings? Sure, but, although the ground attack was effective and worn out to the Packers defense, Kirk Cousins ​​has to make a smarter decision than the launch that cost the Vikings their chance to beat the Packers. The biggest blow to Cousins ​​has been the inability to appear consistently at important times and that great red flag could certainly stand in the confidence that Minnesota has in its quarterback. Cousins ​​needed to throw that ball away instead of trying to complete a pass through a narrow window with Stefon Diggs at double coverage. The decision making on your part was inexcusable. – Courtney Cronin

Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT


The Falcons appeared on the defensive. From the two interceptions of Desmond Trufant, to the capture of Vic Beasley, to the arrest of Isaiah Oliver and Keanu Neal on Zach Ertz in their quest to get the first attempt to seal the victory, the defense played with much more energy and effort than against the Vikings. Atlanta forced Carson Wentz to finish with a pin rate of 61.3. Of course, the Falcons benefited from the injuries of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, but the effort cannot be ignored. Now they have to keep that same energy to travel to Indianapolis. And they will have some challenges against mobile quarterbacks ahead with Deshaun Watson and Marcus Mariota. – Vaughn McClure

Week 3: vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

Carolina has big problems. The Bucs arrived with a defensive plan that worked perfectly. Pressing Cam Newton with loads and stopping Christian McCaffrey knowing that Newton is no longer a threat to run in the zone reading. Newton did not complete any of his 10 passes under pressure with three catches. McCaffrey had 53 yards from the hit line a week after he was 209. He couldn't win a yard from the wildcat in a trick play from yard 2 that could have given them the victory. Carolina has many problems heading to his away matches against Arizona and Houston. Expect some jolts this Monday. – David Newton

Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. CT

Problems for the Saints, who were "whipped." With quarterback Drew Brees wasting significant time for a thumb injury, the Saints will have to do a better job playing in their absence than they did in their Sunday crash in Los Angeles. The Teddy Bridgewater reserve was ineffective as its replacement. Head coach Sean Payton, however, expressed his confidence in Bridgewater and said he needed more support from an offensive line that was "whipped" by the Rams (the Saints ran for just 57 yards), and committed many punishments that slowed their series. There were also many tackles failed by the defense in a game that really could not have been worse for New Orleans. – Mike Triplett

Sigh of relief for Tampa. The Bucs ended a streak of seven consecutive losses away from home and managed to do something they have not often done in the last 10 years: overcome a disadvantage. From 2009 to Week 1 of 2019, they were 36-105 when they were down on the scoreboard at any point in the game. Okay, they only fell by 3 points – when the Panthers connected their second field goal to get 6-3 in the second quarter – but for a team that has had those problems, this was an important step. And the Bucs needed a victory with visits to the Rams and Saints peeking after their appointment at the home of Week 3 against the Giants. – Jenna Laine

Week 3: vs. New York Giants, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. CT


As in Week 1, the Cardinals offense did not find its rhythm until the last quarter. This time, however, it was too late. On Sunday, the magic that Kyler Murray showed a week earlier didn't work against the Ravens. Arizona could not find the diagonals by three quarters despite arriving within the 5-yard three times, these visits produced three field goals. The air offensive led Murray to pitch for 349 yards and included 100-yard games for catchers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, which kept the Cardinals in a game they could have won until the final minutes. – Josh Weinfuss

Week 3: vs. Carolina Panthers, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. CT

Slow start for the Los Angeles offensive. The Rams defense began and ended quickly against the Saints, but for the second consecutive week, the attack took some time to find pace. With the exception of a 57-yard pass to wide receiver Brandin Cooks, quarterback Jared Goff had trouble connecting to his trio of receivers in the first half and the Rams couldn't score a touchdown. Goff, however, made adjustments in the second half and finished with 283 aerial yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a 1-yard score on a direct play. Goff and the Rams must find a way to start fast and find pace soon in Week 3, as they prepare to face the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday night. – Lindsey Thiry

Week 3: at Cleveland Browns, Sunday, 7:20 p.m. CT

Cautious optimism for San Francisco. For the first time since 2012, the 49ers are 2-0 and they did so by playing away from home in Eastern time and winning a couple of games for a combined total of 38 points. It's too early to start announcing these Niners as playoff contenders, but they needed a quick start to get there. Since the current playoff format began in 1990, teams that start 2-0 reach the postseason 61.3 percent of the time. That drops to 41.4 percent for 1-1 teams. "I felt we really needed to start this season with a good start," said fullback Kyle Juszczyk. "If we can go out and get another one next week, we will go to the 3-0 rest week, there really are no words for that. That's something important." If the Niners can beat the hit Pittsburgh, they will be 3-0 for the first time since 1998. – Nick Wagoner

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. CT

The Seahawks are 2-0 for the first time since their 2013 Super Bowl season. That is more important than how ugly those victories over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh were at times. They beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday despite committing 10 penalties, four catches in the first half to Russell Wilson and two lost loose balls, one of which left the table set for a simple touchdown. No team should make a habit of trying to win games like that, but it is a good sign that the Seahawks have been able to score two wins without being close to their best level. – Brady henderson

Week 3: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. CT


The triumphs as visitors of the Bills prepare them to fight. The first team in NFL history to play against the Jets and Giants in consecutive away games at the start of the season is now the first team to beat the Jets and Giants as a visitor in consecutive weeks at the start of a season , since the Bills matched their total victories as visitors from last season. Most importantly, the Bills came out unharmed from an adverse situation and face a favorable period in the next month and a half. They receive the Bengals in Week 3, starting a series of five home games and a break in the next seven weeks. "It's special because we have a young team and it's hard to win in this league," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "We are in a season where we can experience some adversity." – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Week 3: vs. Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

The Dolphins offensive was on the way to the worst statistical performance in franchise history before junk weather statistics will help them avoid the record. There is not much hope that in the future the offensive could take a turn, but after three interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick (including two returns for touchdown), it is worth asking if the team should make a quarterback change to Josh Rosen. Coach Brian Flores said Fitzpatrick is the headline "right now," but Miami's offense has been bad and needs someone's spark. – Cameron Wolfe

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

The New England Patriots were placed with a 2-0 record after beating at home to the Miami Dolphins. AP Photo

The New England defense has dominated so far. Most of the reflectors will be with the debut of Antonio Brown with the Patriots, but that should not overlook the way the team's defense continues to be built in a way that could make him a contender to be the best unit in Bill Belichick's 20 years as head coach. A week after stopping the Steelers and limiting them to 3 points, the defense bleached the Dolphins while returning two interceptions for touchdown. While the Dolphins are not an offensive power, the speed with which the Patriots defense has been established is impressive. The whole offseason, the question was which coach would send the calls after Greg Schiano unexpectedly resigned in March. Now that seems like an occurrence as they shift their attention to next week's game against the Jets without Sam Darnold. "They were spectacular. They played fantastic all the preseason," said quarterback Tom Brady. "It takes some pressure off the offensive." – Mike Reiss

Week 3: vs. New York Jets, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT


The Ravens a good kind of "riddle." In the words of head coach John Harbaugh, quarterback Lamar Jackson's ability to produce big plays with his arm and legs presents a "riddle" for defense. Jackson sets a new standard for double-threat quarterbacks, producing the most land yards (120) for a pitching player for more than 250 yards in the same game. He finished with 24 full passes in 37 attempts for 272 aerial yards and two touchdowns, including a 31-yard shipment to Marquise Brown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. When asked how he prefers his success, Jackson replied, "I'd rather throw than run. I'd rather win, too." Jackson became the No. 12 quarterback in the Super Bowl era that begins his career with an 8-1 mark or better in his first nine starts. Jackson returns to Kansas in Week 3, the place of his only loss in the regular season. – Jamison Hensley

Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

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The Bengals defense "can't stop the bleeding." A week after a solid debut, Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo will understandably be scrutinized after a historically bad performance in which the Bengals allowed 572 yards of total offense, the fifth most in the history of the franchise. The poor tackling and execution were two of the problems of the defense. The defensive wing of the Bengals, Carlos Dunlap said they had problems with the movements and changes of direction that the 49ers used and did not do what was necessary in the line of hitting. It was one of the factors that caused the defeat by 24 points. "We played in his game plan and never stopped the bleeding, never," Dunlap said. – Ben baby

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills, Sunday, 12:00 p.m.

Big Ben and Conner suffered injuries with Pittsburgh. The Steelers lost more than one game against Seattle on Sunday afternoon, they also lost two offensive and defensive injury holders. Pittsburgh finished with five injured players, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger – for the entire season – and runner James Conner. Although the holes created were significant, head coach Mike Tomlin said: "We lost several players in this game, but that was not the reason we did not win this game. We were completely capable with the boys we had on the field. No We made enough plays, to be honest with you. We don't play well enough, especially in some moments. We have to improve. We accept responsibility. We are not looking to make excuses. " – Brooke Pryor

Week 3: at San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. CT

The Colts can no longer sweeten things. They have a legitimate problem in the kicker's position. Veteran Adam Vinatieri missed two extra points on Sunday against the Titans. Now an extra point has failed in three consecutive regular season games going back to last season. That is the longest streak of his 24-year NFL career. He has also missed an extra point in four of the last five games, including playoffs, and has failed a total of seven kicks in the last three games. Vinatieri left the dressing room without talking to the press. "They will hear it from me (Monday on the players' rest day)," he said. – Mike Wells

Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

Houston's offense is not constant … yet. The Texans scored 13 points on Sunday and quarterback Deshaun Watson said the offense "is still joining the pieces" after acquiring left tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills and runner Carlos Hyde before the start of the season . "It's going to take some time," Watson said. "The whole offseason we were working with other guys. Things are still connecting and will fit once the time is right." The next opportunity for the Texans to have a more united offensive will be next week against the Chargers, who allowed 13 points on Sunday in their loss to the Lions. – Sarah Barshop

Week 3: at Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. CT

If you thought the Gardner Minshew Mania was crazy last week, wait for this one. The rookie quarterback guided the Jaguars to a late touchdown series and although the Jaguars' 2-point conversion attempt fell short, the franchise must be ecstatic with what Minshew showed Sunday at NRG Stadium. After a performance full of ups and downs in the first three-and-a-half quarters, Minshew went on at the end of the last quarter and led the Jaguars in a 68-yard touchdown series that included an 18-yard break in fourth and 10. The Jaguars They will not have Nick Foles until November 17 at least for a broken collarbone, but Minshew (23 full passes in 33 attempts for 213 yards) showed that he is more than capable of not only keeping Jaguars hopes afloat in the division but possibly steal some games. – Mike DiRocco

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, Thursday, 7:20 p.m. CT

The Titans received a scoop of their own medicine from a physical defense of the Colts. It was complemented by a powerful Indianapolis ground attack that produced 167 yards. The Titans had problems on the third occasion (they converted one of 10 attempts) despite having Adam Humphries, an addition to the free agency that was supposed to help. Field Marshal Marcus Mariota said he has to take the ball to Humphries, so expect it to be a factor against Jacksonville. The defense allowed the Colts to convert seven of 14 third attempts and accepted a touchdown in the first possession for the second consecutive week. The Titans will need a better start against Jacksonville. – Turron Davenport

Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, 7:20 p.m. CT


Start 0-2 for Denver. The Broncos scratched and scratched him, but left his stadium on Sunday night with a 0-2 mark with nothing to show. And if they lament for a long time, their trip to Green Bay will only increase frustration. As head coach Vic Fangio said: "They are 2-0 and they have one of the best quarterbacks of all time, we have to go back to work and look for him." The dramatic defeat on Sunday will test the determination of a young team and a new body of coaches and the Broncos must turn the page quickly. In the last two years, they have had difficulties losing losing streaks and both seasons escaped them. Fangio's challenge this time will be to recover a dressing room that is feeling the pain of consecutive disappointing defeats. – Jeff Legwold

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

The Chiefs don't need to score much to win every week. They controlled the second half against the Raiders with their defense, which seemed to have significant progress after the Week 1 game against the Jaguars. Between its best forward pressure and hedge to the bottom, Kansas City eliminated all Oakland opportunities to return to the game. Perhaps the most encouraging statistic for the Chiefs was that they allowed 5.2 yards per Oakland pass attempt. If that remains, they will improve significantly compared to last season. – Adam Teicher

Week 3: vs. Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

Why could Los Angeles have more problems. Chargers' injury problems did not affect the outcome of their loss, but could have an impact in the future. They are already playing without four starters in the deep Derwin James (foot), tight end Hunter Henry (knee), left tackle Russell Okung (pulmonary embolism) and runner Melvin Gordon (boycott). They lost another key player on Sunday with defensive back Adrian Phillips, who is out indefinitely for a forearm injury. When faced with a contestant at the AFC playoffs in Houston in Week 3, the Chargers will have to figure out how to fix things and be healthy enough to be back in the win column next week. – Eric D. Williams

Week 3: vs. Houston Texans, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. CT

The Raiders fought … for a quarter. Few outside the walls of the Silver and Black Kingdom expected the Raiders to really beat the fired Chiefs on Sunday. But after the exciting victory over the Broncos in "Monday Night Football" and a good practice week, it seemed feasible to scare the current Most Valuable Player in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, and company. That was the case … for 15 minutes. After Oakland took a 10-0 lead, the wheels stopped spinning and Mahomes took off in the second quarter, destroying a secondary Raiders defensive suspect. That left a bad taste in Oakland fans, as the Raiders will not play again in Oakland until November 3. – Paul Gutierrez

Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, 12:00 p.m. CT

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