Perception vs. reality: Preseason expectations that aren't playing out
Two weeks into the NFL schedule and already some preconceived notions and preseason perceptions are dying off one by one, or rapidly becoming out of date. Harsh reality has begun setting in on any number of fronts. What we thought we knew has been replaced by what we've seen so far.
The Jaguars ranked second in the league in rushing in 2007 with 149.4 yards per game. But there has been no room for the team's top two backs to run this season.
Cleveland appears to greatly miss injured veteran receiver
In fairness to the 1-1 Saints, they're battling a wave of injuries on defense early on. But so far, the results look too familiar for comfort. They're ranked 28th against the pass (256 yards per game) and they've given up six pass plays of 20-plus yards (3.0 per game), none bigger than Moss's back-breaker.
The Panthers own a pair of fourth-quarter comeback wins, getting it done on the game's final play in Week 1 at San Diego and rallying from a 17-3 third-quarter hole at home against the plucky Bears on Sunday. Carolina quarterback
Boldin had six receptions for 140 yards against the Dolphins, with scoring plays of 79, 5 and 8 yards. It was his 22nd 100-yard receiving game as a Cardinal, setting a franchise record. Combined with his eight second-half receptions in Week 1 at San Francisco, Boldin has made all 14 of his 2008 catches in Arizona's past six quarters.
With Hester now nursing sore ribs and his status somewhat uncertain for Week 3, Chicago needs its early season play-makers to continue to fill the void on offense.
The Chargers defense has been horrendous through two games, giving up 32.5 points per game to rank 29th in the NFL. Five of the six touchdowns San Diego has allowed have come via the air, which is tied for the second-most passing touchdowns in the league. Already two games behind first-place Denver in the AFC West, the Chargers better start finishing their work, beginning with Monday night's showdown at home with
New York dumped Washington's
Cleveland couldn't slow down the Cowboys at all on opening day, and in Sunday night's ugly 10-6 loss to the visiting Steelers, the Browns couldn't stop Pittsburgh and get the ball back late in the game, when it really mattered. And things might be about to get worse before they get better, because defensive end