Two weeks has passed since the National Football Leagues (NFL) opened its regular and after 2 weeks of intense action, only 7 teams are left with an unblemished record. Here are the strong starters of the 2011 NFL season:
- NFC East‘s Washington Redskins – The Redskins started their 2011 season with the 2 games at home and so far they rewarded the fans at FedExField with victories. They opened the season with 28-14 beating of NY Giants then followed it up with a come from behind win over the Arizona Cardinals 22-21. Their offense is led by QB Rex Grossman, TE Fred Davis, and RB Tim Hightower. They will have a big test next week against rivals Dallas Cowboys (1-1)at the Cowboys Stadium.
- NFC North’s Green Bay Packers – The defending Super Bowl champion opened the season at home by beating Drew Brees and the New Orlean’s Saints then survived a Cam Newton show to beat the Panthers at Carolina, 30-23. QB Aaron Rodgers has a NFl QB Rating of 126.4 two games into the season. RB James Starks is averaging 6.8 yards per rushing attempt. LB Desmond Bishop and Safety Morgan Burnett has over 20 tackles already while CB Charles Woodson has 2 INTs early in the season. The Packers will visit division rivals Chicago Bears (1-1) next week.
- NFC North’s Detroit Lions – Another NFC North team is on form early in the 2011 season. The Detroit is the last team to beat the Packers with Aaron Rodgers at QB. They ended 2010 with a 4 game winning streak starting with the game against Green Bay in Week 14. They extended the streak to six after winning the first 2 games in 2011. The Lions beat the Buccaneers at Tampa in Week 1 then they routed the KC Chiefs, 48-3 in Week 2 at Ford Field. QB Matthew Stafford has 7 TD passes in 2 games, 4 of which is to WR Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Chris Houston is leading the secondary with a pick in each of Lion’s first two games. The Lions will visit the Minnesota Vikings (0-2) next week.
- AFC East‘s New England Patriots – The Patriots won by a 14-point margin in their game against the Miami Dolphins and their home opener against the San Diego Chargers. As always the Patriots are led by QB Tom Brady who has 940 passing yards and 7 TDs already after Week 2. TE Rob Gronkowski has become a favorite red zone target as he has 3 TDs in the first 2 games of 2011. The passing game of the Patriots is clicking early and Brady will be taking the Patriots show in Buffalo (2-0) next week.
- AFC East’s New York Jets – The Jets so far had held serve at home winning against the Cowboys and the Jaguars. QB Mark Sanchez has accumulated 517 passing yards already with 4 TDs. TE Dustin Keller leads the team in receiving yardage (162) and touchdowns (2). CB Antonio Cromartie has 2 picks already. They will embark on a 3-game road trip starting with a game against the Oakland Raiders (1-1) next week.
- AFC East’s Buffalo Bills – The Bills is the third team in the AFC East with an immaculate 2-0 record. They routed the Chiefs in Kansas then won their home opener against the Raiders with 14 seconds left in the game. They currently have the best rushing attack in the league as they averaged 190 yards from the ground a game. RB Fred Jackson has 229 rushing yards with 2 TDs. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has 7 TDs already to match Tom Brady. Ex-Packer LB Nick Barnett leads the team in tackles with 18. For sure, there will be one less undefeated team next week as the Bills host the Patriots in an interesting Week 3 AFC East match-up.
- AFC South’s Houston Texans – The Texans opened the season with win over a Manning-less Colts, 34-7. They beat the Dolphins in Miami, 23-13 in Week 2. The Texans have limited their opponents to a league-best 162.5 yards a game so far this season. DE Antonio Smith and LB Mario Williams have 2 sacks after 2 games. RB Ben Tate is so far averaging 109.5 rushing yards per game. They will play the Saints in New Orleans next week (1-1).
- NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the NFL’s 2-0 Teams (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL Picks Week 2: Which Undefeated Teams Should Be Most Concerned (bleacherreport.com)
- 2011-12 NFL Season Preview (jmmosblech.wordpress.com)
- Don Banks: Bills show perseverance, Newton’s big follow-up, more Snaps (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)