There’s still the Monday nighter but other than that, Week 2 is in the books. Here’s what we learned from the action and NFL odds from this past Sunday.
The 49ers Are Flawed
Coach Jim Harbaugh is in the last year of his deal and rumor has it he’s gone…there’s a new stadium with a crappy field to get used to…there’s the losses on defense like Aldon Smith (suspension), NaVorro Bowman (linebacker), to off-field distractions with linemen Ray McDonald and Alex Boone…to Colin Kaepernick proving that he’s good but not worth $126 million…this team just doesn’t look like a Super Bowl contender.
Geno Smith Still Sucks
Whether you want to pin it all on Smith or share some of the burden with the rest of the Jets offense, the bottom line is this: he’s barely a starting-caliber quarterback, he’s not much better than last season and the Jets are a borderline playoff contender because of how the offense is playing. Smith and the Jets were up 21-3 in Green Bay but were outscored 28-3 the rest of the way. Much of that was because the Jets couldn’t make first downs to sustain drives in the second half. Smith was 16-of-32 for just 176 yards and that’s with the help of a running game that produced 146 and two touchdowns on the ground.
Cousins Is A Better Fit Than RGII In The Redskins New Offense
It looked like it was going to be another rough outing for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins offense. In the team’s first possession, they couldn’t get much done and went three-and-out – similar to Week 1. Then RGIII gets injured, Kirk Cousins steps in and throws a touchdown on his first play from scrimmage. The Redskins go on to score 41 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars. RGIII is out for at least a month but he might not get his job back when he’s healthy. As many experts have been saying all along, Cousins is a better fit.
Tom Coughlin Era In New York Is All But Over
The Giants are a complete gong show right now. They hosted the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, who were without starting quarterback Carson Palmer, on a short week after playing on Monday Night Football, and were traveling across the country into the Eastern Time Zone. Still, the Cardinals led almost the entire game. Big Blue coughed up the football four more times and now have six through two weeks. The updated passing game isn’t functional and it’s looking more and more like this team is tuning out Coughlin.
Saints Can’t Make A Playoff Run Without Home-Field Advantage
For two weeks in a row now, we’ve been reminded that the Saints are not the same team on the road as they are at home. They’ve lost six of their last 12 away games, including Sunday’s pathetic 26-24 failure in Cleveland. We’ll see if the Saints defense can play any better at home but so far through two weeks, they’ve been 2012-bad. They’ve given up 892 yards and 60 points. The bottom line is if they can’t win in Atlanta or Cleveland, they won’t be able to win multiple road games to win a Super Bowl. Unless they have home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs – and they are already behind the eight-ball – then don’t bet their Super Bowl or NFC futures.