5 Questions for Week 2 in the NFL

Gordon Robinson
September 13, 2018 - 12:16 pm
Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones and strong safety Keanu Neal

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First of all, hats off to Tyreke Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan Fitzpatrick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aaron Rodgers for winning our Week 1 Ballers on Offense Award.

As for the Defensive Week 1 Ballers, I would like to acknowledge Khalil Mack now of the Chicago Bears, T.J. Watt from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings’ Harrison Smith.

The Cleveland Browns almost won a game as they tied the Pittsburgh Steelers. It is my opinion that the Browns will win five or six games this season, but I don’t know if it will be with or without head coach Hue Jackson.

  1. Can the Dallas Cowboys' offense get back on track?

The Dallas Cowboys have to figure out how to effectively run the ball behind their offensive line. Once defenses have to put eight players in the box, the Cowboys will be able to put Dak Prescott in a position to find open receivers in one on one situations. This week they face the New York Giants whose D-line may be able to keep Ezekiel Elliot in check without having to include a    safety. If the Cowboys offense does start to see an explosion, it won’t be this week.

  1. How long will Le'Veon Bell sit out from the Pittsburgh Steelers and can James Connor continue to be an adequate substitute?

It is unknown what Bell has planned in terms of a hold out from the Steelers. I do believe that Connor is a decent fill in but only for a limited time. He will be good enough, however, to allow Ben Roethlisberger to find his groove and then he can go back to playing a limited role.

  1. Can the Atlanta Falcons lose two key defensive players and keep their playoff hopes alive?

The Falcons lost two star defenders in Deion Jones and Keanu Neal in week one. While they do have talent behind them, what remains to be seen is if that talent will be able to step up and stay up for the majority of the season. Duke Riley will be expected to come in and make some of the plays that Atlanta fans have gotten used to seeing Jones make and Damontae Kazee will be relied upon to contribute in the defensive backfield. If Atlanta’s playoff hopes are still bright, they are going to have to find a spark in their red zone offense to take some of the pressure off of the replacements.

  1. Have the Los Angeles Rams taken over for the Philadelphia Eagles as the favorite to win the NFC?

While the Rams look like the darlings of the NFC after the first week, I am still of the belief that ‘to be the man you have to beat the man.’ It is going to be interesting to see if the Rams can keep their composure when things get rough or will they turn into a group of individuals. Meanwhile, the Eagles defense appears to be strong after a win over Atlanta and the team will probably receive a boost of energy whenever young quarterback Carson Wentz jumps back into the lineup. So don’t go writing the Rams in on the Super Bowl ballot just yet.

  1. Has Ryan Fitzpatrick created a quarterback controversy in Tampa Bay?

Not just yet. One win is just one win. If Ryan Fitzpatrick wins two out of the first three games, then we might begin to talk about a QB controversy. Until that happens, Jameis Winston is still the starter for Tampa Bay.