After five days of competition in the NFL clear disparities are beginning to be observed. There are teams that are doing things really well and others that are starting to get into trouble, not to mention that they have dug themselves a hole from which it will be really difficult to get out. This is clearly reflected in the week’s notes. We analyze it all in El Touchdown:
San Francisco 49ers. The Californian team is in a different league right now, although their perfect 5-0 record is shared by the Philadelphia Eagles. There is no facet of the game that the Niners don’t dominate, whether it be offense, defense or special teams. Except for a tight first half in Los Angeles in Week 2, they have practically led at least two scores over their opponent all season. The demolition of Dallas, one of their biggest rivals in the conference, stunned everyone. San Francisco is so far ahead that in a super-passing league it is, after five games, the team with the fewest attempted throws in the entire NFL. Kyle Shanahan smiles.
Jacksonville Jaguars. Or rather the London Jaguars. Without a doubt, the two-week stay in English territory has been very good for Doug Pederson’s team. He first dispatched the Atlanta Falcons and then dominated what was considered the fittest team in the American Conference, the Buffalo Bills. Along the way they also found their star running back, Travis Etienne, who had barely come into play at the start of the campaign.
DJ Moore. The Bears were in a state of alarm when they visited Washington in the game that opened the day last Thursday. Eight receptions, 230 yards and three touchdowns after DJ Moore managed to put out the reactor meltdown for the moment.
New England Patriots. When in your last two games you have conceded a run of 72-3, it is an understatement to say that it needs to improve. Bill Belichick faces one of the biggest challenges of his career, a career that he is close to celebrating fifty consecutive years in the NFL. The Patriots are a bad apple on offense, in 62 drives they have scored only six touchdowns. The worst thing is that they have conceded almost the same touchdowns, four, via turnover. The last time New England looked this bad Bill Belichick wasn’t their coach. That was last century.