According to this week’s rankings, they are the league’s worst undefeated team. Cam Newton was still way off against Buffalo and now has to deal with no Greg Olsen. Their defense looks very good, but there needs to be more proof against a legitimate offense, which they will see in their second home game.
Jameis Winston didn’t need to do much after finding Mike Evans for six, as the running game and defense took over nicely for the Bucs. That’s a terrific delayed start, making us believe Tampa Bay will live up to the Hard Knocks hype.
Only eight teams got through the first two weeks of the season undefeated, not including the two teams (Dolphins and Buccaneers) that weren’t able to play two games in the first two weeks. So consider yourselves lucky that two of those eight play each other in Week 3, the Falcons and Lions in Detroit, a couple teams that could very well still be around in January.
At the other end of the standings, the nine 0-2 teams will be sweating it out. And �� oh joy �� two of them face each other, too, the Browns and Colts. Four of those teams face opponents that haven’t lost yet: the Jets, Chargers, Bears and Saints. An 0-3 start is tough to sell, even for teams that aren’t really trying to win, not to mention any AFC East teams based in East Rutherford, in particular.
Meanwhile, the first of five international games arrives, with the Ravens and Jaguars meeting in Wembley Stadium. Ready for the season’s first 15-hour viewing day?