10 Teams will enter the third week of the season with an undefeated 2-0 record. While by all means it is better to be undefeated than winless, it does not give you a free pass to the playoffs. Here we will breakdown the 10 unbeaten teams and their outlook for what lies ahead.
New England Patriots – A team that looks to be the class of the league, scoring 38 points in each of their first two games. If “Spygate” is going to be an issue, the players didn’t seem like it would on Sunday night vs San Diego.
Pittsburgh Steelers – They have played two cupcake teams in the Browns and Bills, but the team looks a ton more focused already this season, and the players that they needed to step up (Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker) have so far. We’ll see how good they are when they play better competition.
Indianapolis Colts – The Colts are once again looking super, as they overcame a hurdle over the weekend in winning a road game vs an AFC South opponent. Bob Sanders is possibly the best player in the league you’ve never heard of, and Joseph Addi is running as well as anyone in the first two weeks.
Houston Texans – For the first time in franchise history, the Texans are 2-0. Matt Schaub has added leadership and confidence to the QB spot, and Andre Johnson is a stud at WR. The D-line has also played well in their first two games. Johnson’s injury and a game vs the Colts may stop their streak this weekend.
Denver Broncos – Two game winning field goals from Jason Elam keeps the Broncos undefeated. They won a tough game at Buffalo, then used a sneaky timeout vs the Raiders to eventually take home a win there. Jay Cutler is the best QB the team has had since John Elway – by far.
Dallas Cowboys – Jason Garrett will be a head coach within two years in the NFL. You heard it here first. The Cowboys offense is going to give teams nightmares this season, and Jerry Jones better ante up for Tony Romo and a new deal before his stock goes any higher. So far, so good for Wade Phillips and Dallas.
Washington Redskins – Jason Campbell has managed the game well for two weeks for the Skins, and their power running game and solid defense led by coordinator Gregg Williams have them 2-0 with two close, but hard fought wins. If they play within themselves this week, they should go to 3-0 vs the awful Giants.
Detroit Lions – Remember when Jon Kitna said they would win 10 games? Well, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, but the Lions are playing well, and the offense is playing a lot better. The key will eventually be the defense, which gave up way too many yards last year on the ground. They have to continue to improve to keep the Lions winning games.
Green Bay Packers – Brett Favre has finally brought into the system, and is playing exactly the way the team needs him to – mistake free. The running game is still in flux, but the defense has been the story, playing tough vs the Eagles and Giants. This week vs San Diego is going to be a tough test.
San Francisco 49’ers – Two close wins for the 49’ers has them gaining confidence heading into Pittsburgh this weekend. Alex Smith and Frank Gore lead the offense, while rookie Patrick Willis and the seconday have been tested, but have held up. Even allowing a ton of yards to the Rams last week, the 49’ers were able to hang on for a tough road win.