Coming into the weekend, most analysts considered the 2020 Broncos’ schedule among the toughest in the league. With Patrick Mahomes and the NFC South looming, it looked like the Broncos would need to grow up fast if they wanted to chase a playoff berth.
One of my favorite weekends of the year is nearing its end. Now that the majority of the week one NFL slate has been played, we can all draw ironclad conclusions based upon limited action with even less preparation.
What’s especially great about overreacting this year is how it could directly benefit the Broncos. Let’s take a look starting with week three since the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Monday.
Before Tom Brady found Mike Evans for a garbage time touchdown to pad his stats, he’d completed 22 of his 35 passes for 234 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. Beyond the numbers, his performance did nothing to quiet the questions about his arm that began to hang over the 43-year-old last year.
Jameis Winston watching Tom Brady today pic.twitter.com/aQ9MTvloLD— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 13, 2020
If Adam Gase is still coaching the Jets in week four, New York is openly tanking for Trevor Lawrence.
After today, as a head coach, Adam Gase has won 30 games, and lost 28 games by double digits.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) September 13, 2020
Did anyone think they’d be good to begin with?
Wanna see what it looks like when an offense targets a specific player?— Taylor Kyles (@tkyles39) September 13, 2020
Watch 55. Same game plan as week 17 last season. pic.twitter.com/PrZJQ2dYZ1
I mean, if David Johnson could run on them, they can’t be that good, right? Maybe Ryan Pace was right to grab Mitch Trubisky?
Mitch Trubisky has more touchdown passes in 2020 than Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. pic.twitter.com/412QXL6hYS— Dhruv Koul (@DhruvKoul) September 13, 2020
New threads, same dread. The Falcons’ secondary is so bad that guys like Freddie Swain, Will Dissly, Sum Gai, and Travis Homer had receptions against them. Only three of those people are real. Russell Wilson only missed four passes all day.
Until the Carolina Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater, most NFL analysts expected them to chase the top of the 2021 draft order. There’s questions all over their defense and the offensive line is shaky on their best days. Vegas needed a fourth down fullback carry to bring home the victory.
Jon Gruden seems to be handling living in Vegas about as well as the rest of us would pic.twitter.com/g1NYgH3vGD— Clem (@TheClemReport) September 13, 2020
Los Angeles Chargers
Speaking of fortunate, the Chargers were locked in a nail biter with the team who flubbed their way into Joe Burrow last year. If not for kicker luck, they’re 0-1. Tyrod Taylor completed just over half his passes.
FWIW: #Chargers QB Justin Herbert was just throwing behind the bench.— Jeff Miller (@JeffMillerLAT) September 13, 2020
Are we sure Jameis Winston isn’t the best quarterback on the 2020 Saints?
every time Brees throws it more than ten yards downfield my teeth clench— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) September 13, 2020
Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns on them. This will be a good week to start Phillip Lindsay or Melvin Gordon. Heck, maybe both.
The #Raiders have scored on five straight possessions. Three of those drives went 73 yards or longer.— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) September 13, 2020
Josh Allen threw for 300+ yards for the first time in his NFL career and only the third time if you go back and count games against FCS schools. At this point, even his best days are funny to me.