Okay... I am sure most of us would look at the season before it even started and not find ourselves being 0-2 after week #2. We knew there was a chance that we may or may not beat the Saints (We just all wanted to start off winning via revenge, no doubt!).... But after we saw our offensive performance in New Orleans, we knew the Dolphins were going to be tougher than we originally expected.
More after the jump.
Okay! So as we were doing our daily football on Sunday watching all the teams, we knew that the Dolphins were pretty stout on defense, but could not pull of anything offensively. This past Sunday game, if we were to subtract out the first TD the Dolphins had, due to our defense not being so prepared, the game could of swung a different way. The same thing happened in New Orleans, the defense gave up points early, but buckled down afterward. With close games, that was our only flaw defensively. This time, our offense gave up points in a crucial position.
But, we have yet to end week #2 and over 75% of teams have lost one game (at least).
Here is a list of the 2-0 teams
Chicago: They had the Lions & Dallas, both somewhat close games, and some may argue that the Lions deserved that win.
Green Bay: We have all argued that GB has a pretty simple/easy schedule to start off with. They are in the position we were in last year. Easy start....
Miami: They're in our similar situation.. But they came away with the wins.... Close games, but barely edging them out and getting a little lucky. I don't think Miami will continue to do "that" well. You need points to win games, but the Dolphins only scored 1 point offensively.
Pittsburgh: Defensively, they're doing great. Who would of thought they'd have such success w/o big Ben. Will Big Ben take the reigns back upon his return? Who knows... But one win alone was in OT
Houston: I think this team is a for-real team... They're like the Vikings of last year w/ a 1-2 punch. Great run/pass game. They play Dallas next week, and Dallas is another 0-2 team in dire need of a win. They were predicted to be in the superbowl after all. Ha!
Kansas City: That Chargers game was crazy, but they nearly came back. Rain may have been a factor and its hard to win on the road.
Tampa Bay: Wow, a team that was a bottom feeder last year starting out good. Another good defensive team, but, I think some of these defensive teams are taking full advantage of a slow starting offense for opposing teams.
NO: Currently 1-0 & plays tonight... Slow start on offense, does not seem to threatening.
But, lets look at some of the 0-2 teams:
Bills: They're not really a team to be scared of (luckily we get to play them this year
Browns: They finished last the year before, not much improvement
Cowboys: Here is more of a shocker.. A team that was a playoff team last year is now starting 0-2 (Similar situation as Vikings)
Rams: #1 pick for 2010 looking like a potential #1 pick for 2011.
Detroit: Should of had a win versus the Bears. Staged a come-back w/ the eagles.
And our very own Vikings are currently sitting at 0-2. But both games had great play from the defense, but the offense couldn't get much going.
My reasoning: We abandon the run-game in NO when it was working. Our play-calling is not all that great at the moment... Someone made a point of not as many screen passes, which I found odd considering the media used to think all we ever did was screen-passes and were a team that was best known to execute it well. Our receiving core is weak, so we can't check down the field so likely.
Okay, so lets say we played 2009 all over again and put some of the harder teams in our first two games.... Probably the Steelers & Cardinals... (AFC/NFC champs right off the bat), would you think we would have won those games? Likely not. Okay, so we started slow, but had the chance to play bottom feeding division teams last year. This year, we lost that luxury. However, we need to get the offense clicking in the pass-game. Why? Because defensives will assume we will lean on the run and hope it gets us by, but we need to pass it.
Optimistic out-look for game #3:
1) Another home-game....
2) Weak secondary
3) Another week for Camarrilo to learn the playbook better
4) Hopefully no more BB returning Punts
5) Favre won't give another poor performance, not saying it isn't possible, but he would look unbeliable bad if that was the case. Last year it was game #3 he started to throw more and did better.
6) Lions are 0-2, Vikings are 0-2... One of the two teams is walking away with a win that day.
7) They're likely to be w/o their starting QB. Unless Stafford is cleared to play
8) Some of our injured players (i.e. Cedric, C. Cook, etc) may be returning
9) Maybe BB / Harvin will finally SHOW up.