0-2 Ain't What It Used To Be...There was a time when 0-2 meant you had virtually no chance of making the playoffs. With so much parity that's no longer the case, so which 0-2 teams have the best chance of playing well into January? Tennessee is the first to come to mind. The Titans have lost two close games, including last week's 34-31 loss to Houston. While the Titans enjoyed most of the breaks last year, that's not the case now as turnovers are becoming an issue. However, with Jacksonville and Indianapolis coming up the Titans have a chance to gain some divisional ground.
Rex In Effects...Rex Ryan has brought some serious attitude to the New York Jets but more importantly he's brought a great defensive philosophy and that defense was again on display against New England. The best way to get a rookie quarterback to succeed is to have a defense that can overcome offensive mistakes. As long as Mark Sanchez plays smart football the Jets will be tough to beat thanks to a stingy defense. Meanwhile in Baltimore the Ravens are missing Ryan The Ravens are 2-0 but have given up a whopping 50 points in those first two games. By comparison, the Ravens gave up 57 points in their last 5 regular season games in '08.
Tony The Paper Tiger...For whatever reason Tony Romo can't win a huge game (other than the '07 Thursday nighter against the Packers). He has performed well on Sunday night in the past and you could not have asked for a better script for the Cowboys, who yielded just 12 first half rushing yards to the Giants. However, Romo was intercepted three times, leading to 17 New York points. Now the Cowboys will play on Monday night, another poor performance will mean fans will be on Romo all season until he wins a big game.
A Place For Ribs...Matt Hasselbeck left Seattle's game against San Francisco with a rib injury. He hasn't been ruled out for Week Three but it's clear the Seahawks need him out there. Backup Seneca Wallace did throw a touchdown, albeit a one-yarder after Hasselbeck guided the team inside the five. However from the start of the second half until the five minute mark of the fourth quarter the Seahawks picked up only three first downs, allowing San Francisco to take control of the second half. Seattle faces a fired up Chicago team Sunday and the Seahawks will need as much firepower as possible, otherwise 2009 will turn into a repeat of last year's 4-12 nightmare.
Mild, Mild West...The AFC West looks bad...scary bad. Without LaDanian Tomlinson the Chargers struggled against Baltimore, heck even with him the Chargers barely beat Oakland in Week One. Kansas City is 0-2 but what is most surprising is that the Chiefs were shredded by Joe Flacco and the Ravens in the opening week but then gave up 109 yards on just seven completions to Oakland's JaMarcus Russell. Are the Raiders that toothless through the air? Meanwhile Denver is 2-0 but after being one of the worst defensive teams in '08 the Broncos have been one of the best so far in '09. Granted Denver played Cincinnati and Cleveland but giving up only 13 points is impressive. Next up the Broncos face those same punchless Raiders.