Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) runs for yardage after recovering a fumble from Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (25) (not pictured) during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest NFL Week 2 Overreactions


Another week of NFL action in the books, another helping of overreactions on what we just saw. After having three games on Sunday decided by a single point, there aren’t many overreactions happening but there definitely are a few. When it comes down to it; it’s better to overreact in the NFL than to under react. If they’re not talking about you, something is probably wrong.

All of the 2-0 teams are playoff contenders

No season is won or lost after just two games but that doesn’t stop some NFL pundits from jumping the gun on teams when they surprisingly impress or disappoint to start the season. In the case of the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, their stock has risen with their impressive starts but to call them legit playoff contenders already is a tad bit too much.

The Dolphins have been impressive for their first two wins, which happen to have been both on the road, this season but face a brutal stretch of games coming up. They’ll host Atlanta this weekend, and then travel to New Orleans before coming back for the Baltimore Ravens. If they end up 5-0 after that, you can sell me on their playoff chances.

Andy Reid has the Chiefs off to a 2-0 start but are he and Alex Smith enough to turn around a 2-win team from a year ago into a playoff team? Two games just isn’t enough to be convinced, in my opinion.

All of the 0-2 teams are in trouble

While there is often the case of premature jubilation for teams who have surprising starts in the NFL season, the dial can swing just as far in the opposite direction for teams who disappoint to start the year. Some of the 0-2 teams are bad, and will remain bad for the rest of the year.

Those teams are fairly obvious because they lack the personnel and opportunity to improve within the season. No one’s expecting the Jags to make a magnificent turn-around and contend for the AFC South title after their 0-2 start, for example. The Giants, Redskins, and Steelers are all winless so far in 2013 and there are varying degrees of panic within each team. The Giants have shown themselves to be a sloppy, turnover-prone mess in their first two outings while the Redskins have allowed themselves to be scored on early and often so far.

The Steelers have lost two more-or-less winnable games, but their lack of a running game is painfully obvious and the defense is still without a turnover and has only 1 sack through the first two weeks. While it’s never fun to lose games no other 2-game losing streak is more obvious than when it’s the first two games. If these three teams each went on a 2-game skid during the season there wouldn’t be the same level of panic displayed but each starting as poorly as they have, fans are sweating under their collars. The Steelers haven’t started 0-2 in over a decade so this is unfamiliar territory for both Tomlin and Roethlisberger.

The Redskins started last season 3-6 before all the working parts came together for their playoff run. If they can stop teams from scoring a gazillion points on them in the first half of games, they stand a chance. The Giants are already coming off of a disappointing season, and were already facing questions about their offensive line and the defense.  Still, all three of these teams have some serious talent on their rosters. It’s not completely out of the question for a turn around. Too early for them to be “Clowning for Clowney”.

Seahawks doubters are “idiots”

After the Seahawks gave the 49ers a sound beating at home on Sunday night, the always outspoken defensive back Richard Sherman spoke with NBC’s Michelle Tafoya.

“There are a lot of pundits and ignorant idiots who thought, ‘Oh, the Seahawks are gonna lose this game.’ Well, please, please don’t doubt us again. Every time you doubt us, you look stupid.” – Richard Sherman

Slow down there cowboy.  I’m not one to underestimate Sherman by any means, I’m a fan of a good trash-talker just as much as the next gal, but please don’t take one win to mean that anyone doubting your team is of lesser intelligence. That makes you look stupid. Granted, his comments are probably more of a case of Richard Sherman wanting to bait ESPN’s Skip Bayless than anything else.

The Seahawks clearly have the 49ers number, going back to last season, but just at home. The 49ers took care of the Seahawks in San Fran in a low scoring fare early last season. There’s no reason to think that might not be the case again. The Seahawks are a most impressive team, don’t get me wrong, but they’re far from perfect. They will most likely top most of the “Power Rankings” for the week, and rightfully so, going on a week by week basis, they were the most impressive team of Week 2. Doesn’t guarantee they’ll remain that way.

That kind of cockiness could spell for a “trap game” against Jacksonville this Sunday.

Tags: Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins New York Giants NFL Week 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Richard Sherman San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Washington Redskins

  • Jason Shields

    The Dolphins have to go 5-0 before your sold they are a playoff team? Way to go out on a limb. Why not what until week 17 before you decide?

    • tubbs45

      LOL… Waiting until week 17 should make it easier!

    • loverpoint

      Pretender 2-0 team would be New England, it could have been said that Tampa Bay might give New England a run for their money, but the NFL tilted the game in favor of New England by suspending Dashon Goldson, they will get a rude awakening in week 4 when they play @ Atlanta. The Patriots will be no better than 3-3 after week 6 and they might be 2-4 depending how Tampa Bay does this week. No other team in the NFL has an easier 3 games to start the season, especially for a playoff team. So far I would have to say the worst division in football is the AFC East, followed by the AFC North.

      • skeletony

        Yeah I think that Tampa’s head coach’s days are numbered. That team has too much talent to be doing what they are doing now.

  • skeletony

    Sherman was specifically addressing those pundits (Skip Bayless, Steven A. Smith, numerous others…maybe a dozen or more on the major networks) who declared the Hawks would lose to the 49ers (some even made asinine assertions about Seattle not being in the same caliber as San Francisco). So try and hold off on the knee jerk reactions of calling him arrogant/cocky and such. I think when analysts go overboard with their geographic biases and start disrespecting our team then Sherman has every right to say what he says.

    • loverpoint

      I’m glad you were able to interpret that Shermans comments were directed at Bayless and Smith, I don’t watch those 2 on ESPN. Let me guess, evangelical Bayless is still praying to Baby Jesus aka Tim Tebow to lead him to the promised land.

      • skeletony

        Predictably Bayless blames short-sighted coaches and GMs for not seeing the greatness of Tebow. Steven A. Smith was the jolliest man on earth when New England cut Tebow.

  • wamo

    A trip game against Jacksonville? Really?

    • Doug Chivers

      do you not see (sarc) GO HAWKS!!!!!

  • Johnny

    I was expecting the Dolphins to go into their bye at 2-3, which then I still think they have good shot at the playoffs!!! I will be really happy if the Fish win 1 of the next 3 to go 3-2 into the bye!!!
    And again.. NE played Buff, NYJ, and now Tampa??? And hardly beat the first 2??
    If they would have played anyone else (including the Dolphins) they’d be 0-2!!!
    No, but the NFL is up Bilacheat and Brady’s Ass!! And give them scrub games to get warmed up and start to gel… So Gronk will be ready… It’s ridiculous!!! It’s like college, where a top 25 team will play a nobody to get going… It’s ridiculous!!!

    • loverpoint

      All they have to do in order to make the playoffs is win their division. None of their first 5 games is a divisional game, and they have won their first 2 games which happened to be on the road, and one of those teams was a playoff team last season.

      Atlanta will be a good Barometer Game for the Dolphins to see where they stand in power rankings.

  • loverpoint

    All Seattle had to game plan for in their first 3 games was the 49ers, Maybe that is why they did so poorly in Carolina.

    I hope the Seattle 12th man shows up for the Jacksonville game, they are going to need him/her. [sarc]

  • loverpoint

    I see Kansas City being no worse than 8-8 and no better than 10-6. Maybe I was the only one to pick them to beat Dallas, of their next 2 NFC East teams @Philadelphia and NYG’s, they should be happy to win one of those 2 games.

    • skeletony

      I don’t know. I think they will beat NYG handily (may be a blowout) and the Eagles are not as tough as they appeared after week one, so I can easily see them at 4-0. I would not put their final record at better than 11-5 though but 10-6 is a pretty fair assessment I think.

  • Calibandawg

    Did she say ‘Trap game’? I think the biggest question here is whether the Seahawks second string can keep the Jags offense out of the endzone while Sherman sits on the sidelines and sips champagne and dances with the Seagals.

  • Jacob

    All I can do when I read sh!t like this about the Dolphins is smile. Every week same down on the Dolphins BS. Then for the week following the wins, the media either ignores the Miami win so that they don’t have to admit that they were wrong in predicting a loss or they say that it was a fluke. We do have three tough games ahead of us and I’m anxious to see how Miami handles those games but win or lose, they are going to show up and they will be tough games for both teams. I’ve been a Miami fan for 33 years. The lack of respect is nothing new and it won’t change anytime soon because these writers only regurgitate what each other say.

  • Doug Chivers

    UUMM Kim, The HAWKS have POUNDED 9ers 71-16 last 2 games, pretty sure one was in WHINER country!! GO HAWKS!!

  • http://www.amazon.com/Avoid-Huge-Ships-John-Trimmer/product-reviews/0870334336/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 Joseph Wilson

    My condolences to the Jacksonville Jaguars fans. All 36 of you.