September 17, 2021

5 Burning Questions Heading Into NFL Week 2

After a wild Week 1, there are a lot of questions surrounding NFL teams. While it is usually irresponsible to start questioning things after one game, there are a lot of storylines heading into the second week of the season, and who doesn't love a good storyline?

Here are five burning questions that we need answers to by the end of this week's slate of games. 

5. How Much Longer Will The Bears Roll With Andy Dalton?

Bears coach Matt Nagy stuck to his word by starting Andy Dalton over rookie Justin Fields at quarterback in Week 1. 

While Dalton was not overly atrocious against the Rams on "Sunday Night Football," he clearly can't lead this team very far. He finished the game with just 206 yards and no touchdowns. He averaged 5.4 yards per attempt, which is pretty bad. 

Justin Fields is too good to not start. He finished his first NFL game with 10 yards passing on 2-of-2 passing while adding a rushing touchdown. The Bears are probably not good enough to make some serious noise in the NFC, but the NFC North did not look good at all in Week 1.

Why not see if Fields can put your team over the top? He is clearly ready to play.

Speaking of the NFC North...

4. Can The Packers Rebound?

After an offseason full of questionsAaron Rodgers turned in a truly terrible performance in the Packers' blowout loss to the Saints.

Rodgers finished the game 15-of-28 passing for a paltry 133 yards and two interceptions. Not only did he not register a touchdown, but the Packers were also kept out of the endzone the entire game and scored just three points.

This was most likely just one of those games where the Packers were just not ready. Jameis Winston tossed five touchdown passes and made the Saints look like true contenders in the post-Drew Brees era.

The Packers take on a pretty underwhelming Lions team in Week 2. If they look bad in this game, they may have some problems.

3. Are The Jaguars an Actual NFL Team?

The Jaguars look like the worst team in the NFL (again).

Jacksonville looked like a freshman squad going up against the varsity team. What makes things worse is that the varsity team is the Houston Texans, one of the least talented teams in the league. 

In his first NFL game, Trevor Lawrence looked fine. The good news is, he is a rookie and that is expected. The stats were a little inflated because he had to throw the ball 51 times as the Jaguars trailed for the entire game, but there was a lot of promise from Lawrence's NFL debut.

Urban Meyer is already well on his way to failing in his first NFL stint as a head coach. He looked completely outmatched against a first-time head coach in David Culley.

The fact that there are already rumors flying around that Meyer might be a candidate for the USC job and that people in the Jaguars organization are already fed up with Meyer and his attitude, there could be some dark days ahead in the Sunshine State.

2. Are The Cardinals Actually Awesome?

Kyler Murray looked unstoppable and returned to his Heisman form in the Cardinals' route of the Titans. Murray finished with 289 yards passing with four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.

The biggest storyline from this game was Chandler Jones' five sacks against a good Titans offensive line. It was expected that a defensive line led by Jones and J.J. Watt would be a problem for any team, but it was shocking how easy it was for Jones. Holding Derrick Henry to 58 yards rushing was also mindblowing and another testament to how good this Cardinals' front-seven could be.

Was this a Week 1 fluke or are the Cardinals a real threat in the NFC West? That's what we need to find out as Arizona take on the Vikings this week. 

1. Is Dak Prescott a Legit MVP Candidate?

While Dak Prescott didn't quite have the foot speed or arm strength he did pre-injury, he still made the Buccaneers defense look pedestrian. That's bad news for the rest of the league as Prescott continues to return to form. 

Before the injury, the Cowboys' passer was averaging 422.5 passing yards per game, which would shatter the previous NFL record of 342.3 yards per game held by both Brees and Peyton Manning. If he would have kept pace with those numbers for a full 16-game season, he would have finished with 6,760 yards passing. That would be more than enough to pass Manning's record of 5,477 yards passing set in 2013. 

In his first game back, Prescott threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns. He looked sharp and almost spoiled ring night for Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. It will be very exciting to see if Prescott can keep up his hot streak for a full season and potentially shatter some records.

He'll need the Cowboys to win some games first, though. 

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