It’s way to early to start handicapping the NFL playoffs, however, there have been some very tell-tale signs that some teams (and players) are head in the right — and wrong — direction.
With two games in the books, the season is already 1/8th over and we can see by some of the performances over the first two weeks that it’s going to be a topsy-turvy ride to the end.
Who would have thought the Jacksonville Jaguars, with all the moves they made in free agency and the young talent assembled there, would be 0-2 (more on that later). And how about the Patriots, who are 2-0 without Tom Brady (more on them in a bit, too).
What shocks us a bit is the fact that only seven teams are undefeated at this point, which may or may not point to more of a level playing field than we thought or anticipated.
Here are 10 things we learned after the first fortnight of NFL football.
The pall cast over this team by the whole Johnny Manziel tabloid newspaper trainwreck as well as the whole GM-inspired illegal texting thing of a year ago has not dissipated in the least. Those are but two of the distractions that have stopped this team from moving forward. Cleveland, which is 0-2 to start the season, proved it on Sunday when they blew a 20-0 lead in the first quarter to the Ravens — who scored their first two points on a weird play — and lost 25-20. Josh McCown, filling in for injured starter Robert Griffin III, staked Cleveland to the 20-spot with a pair of TD tosses to rookie Corey Coleman, with running back Isaiah Crowell also reeling off an 85-yard run. The Ravens comeback, though, started on Coleman’s second score, when they blocked the extra point attempt and rookie corner Tavon Young returned the ball for a two-point safety. Joe Flacco completed the comeback with a couple of TD passes to Mike Wallace. Oh, those Browns.