Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
With Week 2 in the books, nine teams remain unbeaten in the NFL. They are the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Cincinnati Bengals. That doesn't necessarily mean all of those teams will crack the top 10. Speaking of the top 10, who are the top 10 teams in the NFL entering Week 3?
10. Green Bay Packers (1-0-1): The _**_Packers would have beaten the Vikings if field goal kicker Mason Crosby was not frozen. Meaning that the Vikings called a timeout before the field goal. He missed the ensuing attempt. Aaron Rodgers continues to spark this team. He completed 71 percent of passes for 281 yards and one touchdown. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0): The Bengals currently lead the AFC North right now. They are one of the most surprising teams in football so far, but Cincinnati has the talent to make the playoffs. Andy Dalton has been very good for the first two games of the regular season. He threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns, in Cincinnati's 34-23 win at home on Thursday night against AFC North opponent the Baltimore Ravens. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
8. New England Patriots (1-1): The Patriots offense was particularly quiet in a 31-20 loss on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was held in check for two receptions for 15 yards receiving. Chris Hogan scored both Patriots touchdowns. New England's defense was surprising torched by quarterback Blake Bortles. Last week's ranking: 4.
7. Denver Broncos (2-0): Brandon McManus drilled the game-winning 36-yard field goal for the Denver Broncos against the Oakland Raiders with six seconds left in a 20-19 win. The defense looks better than it did last season. Case Keenum made the plays we he need to the most. He had a rushing touchdown in the fourth-quarter and he also had a big completion to wide receiver Tim Patrick to set up the field goal. Keenum completed 54.3 percent of his passes for 222 yards and one interception. Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay is becoming a solid running back tandem in the backfield. Lindsay rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries. Last week's ranking: 10.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0): I wasn't buying into the Jaguars hype from last season and they continue to prove me wrong. Blake Bortles might have had the best game of his NFL career with completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 377 yards four touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 35 yards on six carries. Running back Leonard Fournette did not play and T.J. Yeldon played in his place. Wide receiver Keelan Cole had a fantastic game with seven receptions for 116 yards receiving and a touchdown. The Jacksonville Jaguars defense was fundamentally sound the entire game. Last week's ranking: not ranked.
5. New Orleans Saints (1-1): New Orleans didn't look exactly impressive in their 21-18 at home on Sunday afternoon against the Cleveland Browns, but they found a way to get it done. Michael Thomas had another big game for the Saints offense with 12 receptions for 89 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He continues to be their only main receiving weapon on offense. They are still a top five team in the league because of how talented they are. Last week's ranking: 6.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1): Philadelphia will be getting quarterback Carson Wentz back this week against the Indianapolis Colts at home. This will be his first game since he tore his ACL last season in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams on the road. The Eagles have the 23rd ranked offenses in the NFL and maybe it will look better with Wentz coming back. Nick Foles has played good, but not great in the first two games of the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles were once down 27-7 in the second-half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road on Sunday afternoon, but they lost the game six points. The defense is good, but the secondary needs to be better. Last week's ranking: 1.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0): Patrick Mahomes is already taking the league by storm. **He already has 10 touchdown passes in two games this season. The Chiefs looks so much better with Mahomes compared to Smith and they are the best team in the AFC right now. Kansas City won both games on the road and they will have their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Travis Kelce are all get involved offensively. The defense still has its issues but it will get better at some point. Last week's ranking: 5.
2. Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1): Kirk Cousins was clutch for the Minnesota Vikings in a 29-29 tie on Sunday afternoon on the road against division rival, the Green Bay Packers. He threw for 425 yards four touchdowns and one interception. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both had over 100 yards receiving. The defense made the stops they needed to down the stretch. Kicker Daniel Carlson missed three field goals and two in overtime and because of it, they released him and signed kicker Dan Bailey, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys for the season began. Last week's ranking: 2.
1. Los Angeles Rams (2-0): The Rams have dominated the first two weeks of the NFL regular season. They have outscored opponents 67-13 so far this season. The Los Angeles Rams will have a showdown this Sunday afternoon at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. The offense looks flawless with Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. The defense continues to make plays left, right, and center. They have one of the best rosters in the NFL and the Rams are well coached by Sean McVay. Last week's ranking: 3.