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Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the NFL Season So Far

The NFL season is finally back, and it has not disappointed. The first two weeks have been full of drama, chaos, and comebacks, leaving people across the nation glued to their screens. Although it is still early, fans have learned a lot about their teams, which has left some hopeful and others questioning what has gone wrong.

The storyline of week one was revenge, as many notable star players faced off against their former teams in some new threads. However, star quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield both fell short in their attempts as they lost to their former teams despite being favored going in. In fact, the only “revenge” game that ended in favor of the player was Von Miller's win over the Rams on Tuesday night, although there did not appear to be any animosity between the two sides as they all hugged after the game concluded.

Week two saw some great comeback stories as both the Jets and the Dolphins defied all odds and fought back from win probabilities as low as .3% to secure victory. It also gave us a second look at what the league's teams are really made of, and with that, it's time to look at some of the most surprising and disappointing teams so far. 

Surprises

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0):

The Philadelphia Eagles have come out of the gates hot, tallying wins over a frisky Lions team and the Vikings on Monday Night Football. The offense, with the addition of A.J. Brown, has been firing on all cylinders as the team has averaged 31 points over the first two games. After week one, people questioned their defense after allowing 35 points to the Lions. However, those questions were quickly shot down as they locked down the Vikings with the help of veteran cornerback Darius Slay. The roster for the Eagles is one of the strongest in the league and with the development of quarterback Jalen Hurts, it appears that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC.

Miami Dolphins (2-0):

Moving from the NFC East to the AFC East, the Dolphins are looking good with wins over the Patriots and Ravens. This offseason was a busy one for the Dolphins as they acquired superstar receiver Tyreek Hill and hired a new head coach in Mike McDaniel. The new acquisitions have paid off, seeing as the new age offense has been very impressive. The other story of this team has been their quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who had some questions to answer regarding his future with the team. While that question is still up for debate, Tua’s six touchdown game gave some reassurance to the fans as the team hopes to push through a tough AFC East. 

Buffalo Bills (2-0):

Saying the Buffalo Bills have been a surprise so far may be a stretch, as the team came into the season as the favorites to win the Super Bowl. However, the team has been noticeably dominant in their first two games. In week one the Bills faced the reigning Super Bowl champion, the Los Angeles Rams, and completely ran through them to come out with a 21 point win. Week two was much of the same as the Bills steamrolled the Titans 41-7. Watching the Bills play almost does not seem fair, for they look far superior to any other team in the league—which is practically the equivalent of a varsity team playing against JV every Sunday. At this point, it does not seem like any team can beat Josh Allen and the Bills. 

Disappointments

Bengals (0-2):

The Cincinnati Bengals are sick in bed with the Super Bowl hangover. The team has had two embarrassing losses to Mitch Tribisky and the Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys led by backup quarterback Cooper Rush. The offense that terrorized the league last postseason has fallen flat and has yet to manage scoring over 20 points in either of their games. Quarterback Joe Burrow has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns so far this season. However, the blame cannot be placed entirely on him since his offensive line has not been providing any support. Burrow has been sacked a whopping 13 times this season and appears to be running for his life in the backfield. The offensive line of this team needs to pick it up if they want any chance of repeating last year's success, but that hardly seems promising as of now. 

Denver Broncos (1-1):

The playoff-hopeful Broncos have been off to a slow start this year with a bad loss to the Seahawks and a pitiful win against the Texans. New quarterback Rusell Wilson has not looked like his normal self, and much of the team's failure has been placed on their new head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Although it has only been two weeks, the hot seat is already warming under coach Hackett as his indecisiveness has cost the team numerous times. In week one, the Broncos were down by one and driving against the Seahawks. After a short pass, the Broncos had 4th & 5 on the Seahawks' 46 yard line with 1:11. Instead of leaning on their new Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Hackett elected to kick a 64 yard field goal which missed, costing them the game. These issues carried over into week 2 when, on multiple occasions, the team received delay of game penalties when Hackett couldn't decide whether to kick or push through the fourth down. The Broncos' next game will be a good test as they play the 49ers this Sunday night and hope to turn their season around. 

With 15 games remaining for each team, there is still much to change for better or worse. Week three poses another chance for teams to rewrite their narratives.

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