Booms and Busts of Week 2: Who’s for Real

Booms and Busts of Week 2 Who’s for Real

Carolina Panthers

Starting at 2-0 is a big deal for the Carolina Panthers. Sam Darnold and the Panthers looked good in week one against Darnold’s old team, the Jets, and they looked even better on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. In their 26-7 win, the Panthers defense picked off Jameis Winston twice and held them to a single touchdown just one week after Winston led the Saints to a rout of the Green Bay Packers.

Darnold has looked right at home since joining the Panthers. It seems like all he needed was a change of scenery and a fresh start. Through two games, Darnold has thrown for 585 yards, three touchdowns, and just one interception.

If Darnold, Christian McCaffrey, and the Panthers D can keep playing the way they are, things are looking up for the future.

Arizona Cardinals

I’ll be the first to admit that I was flat-out wrong about Kyler Murray coming into this season. I anticipated that he would pick up where he left off at the end of last season when he had two of the worst games in his young career. Unfortunately for everybody besides the 2-0 Cardinals, Murray has exploded for 679 passing yards and seven touchdowns through just two games.

He’s got arguably the best receiver in football with Deandre Hopkins and plenty of other help on the receiving end. The addition of A.J. Green in the offseason might’ve been one of the most underrated moves in football. They need to get better on defense and in the rushing game, but the sky is the limit for Arizona with Murray at the helm.

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland looked sharp in their opening season loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and they managed to grind out a tough win against the Houston Texans in week 2. It wasn’t pretty, and the Browns lost top wide receiver Jarvis Landry, to injury, but they did what they had to do to win the game.

Baker Mayfield has looked sharp in his first two starts of the season, and he hopes to get Odell Beckham Jr. back before too long. His return had better be sooner rather than later with the loss of Landry. The Browns have a tough matchup against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, where they will face their most formidable defense to date.

It will be a true test of where the Browns offense is.

New Orleans Saints

The season has been a tale of two weeks so far for the Saints. They looked unbeatable in week one against the Packers, and quarterback Jameis Winston was getting early MVP votes from folks around the league. Unfortunately, in week two, the other shoe dropped right on the heads of Winston and the Saints.

They got manhandled by a Panthers team that no one expected to be undefeated going into week 3, and Winston looked like the Jameis of old. After throwing for five touchdowns in week one, Jameis threw for just 111 yards and two interceptions in the Week 2 loss to Carolina. Winston will have to do much better if the Saints want to get things back to their week one status.

 


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