The Bengals Are Bad, Somehow
The reigning AFC champions have come out about as flatly as possible within the first two weeks as they possibly could. Cincinnati has looked completely out of sorts on offense through two games, and although I wasn’t willing to kill them for it last week, I certainly am now. The Bengals look like a team that’s never played together before, and I don’t understand how it’s happening. Week one, I was willing to give them a pass for being on different pages of the playbook; the Steelers have quite the defense. But against a Cowboys team quarterbacked by Cooper Rush, I simply cannot afford them that luxury.
The Bengals don’t look like the worst team of all time out there. Right now, I’m confident that they could beat the Colts and Matt Ryan. But simply put, something isn’t right along the banks of the Ohio River. Joe Burrow is part of the problem as well. Sacks aren’t always a quarterback stat, but they sure are sometimes, and I’ve seen one too many times now where Burrow could have just gotten rid of the ball and lived to see another day. I understand the need to make plays, but you have to know when to fold ’em.
The Giants Are Good, Somehow
On the other side of the spectrum, I like what Brian Daboll’s done with the place in East Rutherford! Sure, Daniel Jones still isn’t my favorite quarterback in the world. He’s far from it. But there’s something here in New York. There’s a fire that the Giants haven’t had in recent years under Joe Judge or Ben McAdoo, and the Giants are benefitting from that fire in the form of a 2-0 start in Daboll’s first year.
Big Blue pulled a rabbit out of their hat in week one against the Titans, but this week two win over the Panthers was solely a product of their effort and success. Although both offenses were bogged down by simply a lack of talent all day, the Giants have a will to win that few other teams in the league do right now. I can’t describe it, but you can clearly see that it’s there. Graham Gano was perfect on the day, helping New York to their first 2-0 start since 2016, the last time they made the playoffs.
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