Better Days Ahead for Bills’ Offense, It Could Be a Two-McCown Sunday, and Washington’s Biggest Addition
2. I think, for as much of an egg that the Bills laid in their much-hyped showdown with the Patriots, next week’s game against the Dolphins is perhaps equally important. Both teams expect to contend in the AFC East, but after two games both teams are wounded, looking a bit undisciplined, and are having a hard time establishing themselves. What I’m interested to see: Jarvis Landry versus Buffalo’s secondary, and whether or not Miami’s Ndamukong Suh-led defensive line can dial up the kind of pressure the Patriots did, forcing Tyrod Taylor into indecisiveness.
3. I think when you look at Washington’s dominating run game, give credit to trusted veteran Alfred Morris and hotshot rookie Matt Jones but don’t call their success a surprise. Washington’s biggest offseason acquisition was offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who orchestrated Dallas’ run game last season.
4. I think this is an amazing stat: The last time the McCown brothers, Josh and Luke, started NFL games on the same day was Dec. 9, 2007. It could happen again nearly eight years later—or maybe not. But who would’ve thunk it would be Josh instead of Luke sitting on the bench?
• MANZIEL BEATS MARIOTA, BUT… : Despite outdueling the heavily hyped rookie on Sunday, Andy Benoit writest that Johnny Manziel still has flaws that will keep him from being a consistent quarterback in the NFL.
5. I think I’m drinking the Kool-Aid on the Jets defense. The secondary is stocked with ballhawks and the pass rush will be able to decimate offensive lines far better than the Colts—and that’s without Sheldon Richardson. Todd Bowles’ creativity has totally translated into his head coaching gig, and now he has more talent to work with than he ever had with the Cardinals.
6. I think if I’m the Cowboys, I’m in the market for a veteran quarterback to back up Brandon Weeden while Tony Romo is out. However, I think two of the names thrown out by fans (Robert Griffin III and Matt Cassel) seem silly. There’s no way Washington would trade RG3 to an NFC East rival, and I don't believe Buffalo would part ways with Cassel, even at a reasonable price.
7. I think Ameer Abdullah should watch his back, there’s another rookie running back who has emerged as a candidate for offensive rookie of the year honors: Arizona’s David Johnson. Sure, Johnson isn’t even the starter yet, but did you see his 108-yard kick-off return? And remember, Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t even play until Week 5 of last season.
8. I think this is a testament to Jared Odrick’s impressive performance in Jacksonville’s surprising 23-20 win over the Dolphins: While watching the game at a Buffalo-area bar, two men in Bills jerseys were salivating as the defensive end steamrolled Jason Fox to sack Ryan Tannehill with relative ease in the fourth quarter. “Who the hell is that?” one of the men said. “We need him!” Two notes: Relax, Bills fans, your D-line is still fine. And great work by Odrick (who deflected a pass on the next play) of not only sticking it to his former team, but stepping up when the Jaguars needed him most as they battled with a depleted secondary for most of the game.
9. I think, speaking of free-agent additions, I hate to kick a guy while he’s down. But if Byron Maxwell continues to perform this dismally (so far he has allowed 14 completions for 253 yards and two touchdowns) it isn’t only going to cripple the Eagles, but it could affect the free-agent market for cornerbacks next offseason.
• THE PULSE OF PHILLY: Jenny Vrentas on how the Eagles are coping with their disastrous 0-2 start. Players are grasping for answers as they try to figure out what has gone wrong and how they can move forward.
10. I think if Sunday’s Raiders game really was the last NFL game played on infield dirt, then godspeed. I can’t imagine many (any) players being upset about saying goodbye to oft-unpredictable, scrape-inducing surface.