PFT’s 2021 MVP watch, Week Four

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Three weeks in, the MVP field has yet to take shape. But it’s getting there.

Here are our list of finalists and others, based on odds from the PointsBet sportsbook.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (+800, last week +750): The team is undefeated, and Murray continues to be the most exciting player to watch in the entire league.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (+800, last week +1000): Win the top seed in the NFC, win the MVP award.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (+700, last week +550): Losing to the Rams hurts his case, for now.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (+1500, last week +2000): Carr’s odds keep improving as the Raiders keep winning.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (+2000, last week +1500): Some value creeps in for a guy who continues to be one of the favorites.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen (+900, last week +1400): Here he comes, as expected. He could be at the top of the list, before too long.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (+1000, last week +1200): Week One keeps fading into the rear-view mirror.

Others to watch: Dak Prescott (+1500), Russell Wilson (+1600) Patrick Mahomes (+700), Teddy Bridgewater (+4000), Kirk Cousins (+4000).

Ignore for now: Joe Burrow (+5000), Baker Mayfield (+3300), Ryan Tannehill (+3300), Justin Herbert (+1500), Jameis Winston (+5000), Jalen Hurts (+7000).

Major value plays: Derrick Henry (+8000), Sam Darnold (+8000).

PFT’s Week Four 2021 power rankings

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1. Rams (3-0, Last week No. 2): Based on Sean McVay’s reaction to taking the lead at halftime on Sunday, a Super Bowl win might cause him to spontaneously combust.

2. Buccaneers (2-1, No. 1): As they proved last year, there’s nothing like a regular-season loss (or two) to set the stage for a postseason reversal.

3. Bills (2-1, No. 5): How did this team lose to the Steelers?

4. Ravens (2-1, No. 3): The team that used to be the Browns is becoming the Kardiac Kids all over again.

5. Raiders (3-0, No. 8): September wins are money in the bank. And the Raiders are already operating on house money.

6. Cardinals (3-0, No. 7): It may not last, but it will be fun while it does.

7. Packers (2-1, No. 11): Sunday night’s win doesn’t erase Week One, but it makes it more of an aberration.

8. Panthers (3-0, No. 10): They can win without Christian McCaffrey, even though it obviously would be better to not have to try.

9. 49ers (2-1, No. 6): The 49ers concluded in March that Jimmy G isn’t the answer. Maybe they want to completely convince the rest of us before moving on to Trey Lance.

10. Browns (2-1, No. 12): They could be one of the most balanced teams in the league. If so, the wins will keep coming and the climb will continue.

11. Chargers (2-1, No. 16): It’s only pass interference if they call it. And, yes, they should have called it.

12. Chiefs (1-2, No. 4): They’ve lost their mystique, and it could take some time to find it.

13. Saints (2-1, No. 14): Given everything they’ve been through, two wins in three games counts as a great start to the season.

14. Cowboys (2-1, No. 15): They’re clearly the best team in the division. The question is how they stack up against the other good teams in the NFC.

15. Titans (2-1, No. 17): They may clinch the division by Halloween.

16. Broncos (3-0, No. 18): Want more respect? Beat a team that otherwise has won a game.

17. Bengals (2-1, No. 23): With the Steelers left in the dust, the playoffs are a real possibility.

18. Vikings (1-2, No. 24): The win over Seattle means nothing if they don’t give the Browns everything they can handle.

19. Patriots (1-2, No. 13): All that money spent on free agents and not much to show for it, so far.

20. Seahawks (1-2, No. 19): I had thought Russell Wilson would renew his desire to be traded in March. Maybe it’ll happen by late October.

21. Dolphins (1-2, No. 20): Jacoby Brissett could end up taking the starting job from Tua Tagovailoa.

22. Steelers (1-2, No. 9): I predicted that both the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger would regret the decision to give it another go by November. Chances are that they’re already there.

23. Washington (1-2, No. 21): They aren’t who we thought they were.

24. Falcons (1-2, No. 30): The Giants let them hang around long enough to do that which no one expected them to do.

25. Eagles (1-2, No. 25): They’re clearly not on the same level as the Cowboys.

26. Bears (1-2, No. 22): I’d say they’re tanking, if they hadn’t already given up their first-round pick.

27. Lions (0-3, No. 29): If only someone had bitten Justin Tucker‘s kneecap when they had the chance.

28. Giants (0-3, No. 26): They’re now 0-3 in games during which they retire the number of one of their Super Bowl heroes. Next up, November 28 vs. the Eagles, on Michael Strahan day.

29. Texans (1-2, No. 28): They’ll win just enough games to blow the top pick in the draft.

30. Colts (0-3, No. 27): If you blinked, you missed the Carson Wentz honeymoon.

31. Jaguars (0-3, No. 32): The coach who feels like he’s playing Alabama every week nearly pulled off a win with an Iron Bowl play.

32. Jets (0-3, No. 31): The Zach Wilson mafia is already getting stronger than the North Jersey mob ever was.

FMIA Week 3: Sean McVay Has Killer Headache. Plus 50 Hours In Heart Of New England As Tom Brady Returns

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Now that was one crazy Sunday. But aren’t they all? Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes lost NFL games on the same day for the first time ever. Two of the nuttiest special-teams plays of all time happened 90 minutes apart—longest field goal ever (with a shtoink included for extra drama), and a tie for the [more]

NFL Week Three early inactives: Joey Bosa set to play for Chargers

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa didn’t practice at all this week due to ankle and foot injuries, but that’s not going to stop him from trying to chase Patrick Mahomes down on Sunday. Bosa is active for the Chargers after being listed as questionable on Friday.

The Chiefs had injury concerns at defensive end as well. As expected, Chris Jones is in the lineup and Frank Clark, who was listed as doubtful, is out.

Chargers at Chiefs 

Chargers: CB Chris Harris, DL Justin Jones, RB Joshua Kelley, TE Tre' McKitty, OL Brenden Jaimes, QB Easton Stick, LB Amen Ogbongbemiga

Chiefs: DE Frank Clark, CB Charvarius Ward, C Austin Blythe, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, WR Daurice Fountain.

Falcons at Giants

Falcons: WR Russell Gage, WR Frank Darby, CB A.J. Terrell, RB Wayne Gallman, DL John Cominsky, TE Parker Hesse

Giants: RB Devontae Booker, S Nate Ebner, LB Justin Hilliard, CB Josh Jackson, CB Sam Beal

Colts at Titans

Colts: T Braden Smith, WR Mike Strachan, RB Marlon Mack, CB BoPete Keyes, OL Will Fries, DE Isaac Rochell, DT Taylor Stallworth

Titans: CB Caleb Farley, TE Anthony Firkser, LB Derick Roberson, WR Josh Reynolds, FB Khari Blasingame, OL Dillon Radunz, DT Naquan Jones

Ravens at Lions

Ravens: T Ronnie Stanley, DE Derek Wolfe, S Ar'Darius Washington

Lions: LB Jamie Collins, LB Trey Flowers, RB Jermar Jefferson WR Tom Kennedy

Cardinals at Jaguars

Cardinals: QB Chris Streveler, WR Andy Isabella, RB Eno Benjamin, CB Luq Barcoo, CB Tay Gowan, DL Victor Dimukeje, RT Kelvin Beachum

Jaguars: CB C.J. Henderson, CB Tre Herndon, EDGE Jordan Smith, DL Roy Robertson-Harris, DT Jay Tufele

Saints at Patriots

Saints: C Erik McCoy, QB Ian Book, DT Albert Huggins, DB Desmond Trufant, WR LJ Humphrey

Patriots: T Trent Brown, TE Devin Asiasi, RB Rhamondre Stevenson, DB Shaun Wade, LB Ronnie Perkins, LB Josh Uche

Bears at Browns

Bears: QB Andy Dalton, NT Eddie Goldman, S Tashaun Gipson, CB Artie Burns, TE Jesper Horsted, WR Breshad Perriman

Browns: T Chris Hubbard, LB Sione Takitaki, S Richard LeCounte, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, G Michael Dunn, DT Tommy Togiai

Washington at Bills 

Washington: DT Matt Ioannidis, CB Darryl Roberts, DL Shaka Toney, OL Saahdiq Charles, TE Sammis Reyes

Bills: RB Matt Breida, T Tommy Doyle, DL Efe Obada, DL Carlos Basham, DT Harrison Phillips

Bengals at Steelers

Bengals: CB Trae Waynes, WR Tee Higgins, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL Fred Johnson, DT Tyler Shelvin, CB Nick McCloud

Steelers: LB T.J. Watt, WR Diontae Johnson, DT Carlos Davis, LB Alex Highsmith, QB Dwayne Haskins, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, OL Rashaad Coward

NFL Week Three injury report roundup: Quarterback injuries will impact several games

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Week Three of the 2021 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by Carolina and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Dolphins at Raiders

One of the themes of this week’s slate is quarterback injuries and this game featured questions on both sides this week. Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) has been ruled out, which means Jacoby Brissett will be getting the start in Las Vegas. He’s the only player on Miami’s final injury report.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle) was called questionable by head coach Jon Gruden early in the week, but he practiced fully all week and is set to play. RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is set to miss another game after being listed as doubtful. G Richie Incognito (calf), S Dallin Leavitt (concussion), and CB Roderic Teamer (ankle) have already been ruled out.

Colts at Titans

QB Carson Wentz (ankles) practiced on Friday for the first time all week and the team listed him as questionable. T Braden Smith (foot, thumb) is the only other player with an injury designation and he has been ruled out.

CB Caleb Farley (shoulder), TE Anthony Firkser (knee), and LB Derick Roberson (knee) are out for the Titans while LB Bud Dupree (knee) is listed as questionable.

Bears at Browns

Bears QB Justin Fields is set for his first start with Andy Dalton (knee) ruled out this weekend. S Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) isn’t expected to play after drawing a doubtful tag. LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), DT Eddie Goldman (knee), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), DT Akiem Hicks (illness, knee), S Eddie Jackson (toe), WR Darnell Mooney (groin), and DE Bilal Nichols (back) make up a sizable questionable contingent.

WR Odell Beckham (knee) is off the Browns injury report and ready for his 2021 debut. T Jedrick Wills (ankle) practiced Friday and is listed as questionable. C J.C. Tretter (knee) is also questionable while T Chris Hubbard (triceps) and LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring) are out this week.

Ravens at Lions

The Ravens practiced without QB Lamar Jackson (illness) on Thursday, but he was back on Friday. He is listed as questionable along with LB Chris Board (other), WR Marquise Brown (ankle), S DeShon Elliott (concussion), LB Daelin Hayes (knee), QB Lamar Jackson (illness), LB Pernell McPhee (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle), and CB Tavon Young (knee). They ruled T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and DE Derek Wolfe (hip, back) out and they’re also set to play without EDGE Justin Houston, DL Justin Madubuike, NT Brandon Williams, and EDGE Jaylon Ferguson after placing them on the COVID-19 reserve list.

LB Jamie Collins (not injury related – personal matter) won’t play as the Lions work to trade him. DE Michael Brockers (shoulder), LB Trey Flowers (shoulder, knee), LB Julian Okwara (neck), LB Romeo Okwara (shoulder), WR Kalif Raymond (thigh), DE Kevin Strong (concussion, thigh), and RB D'Andre Swift (groin) are listed as questionable.

Bengals at Steelers

The Bengals are set to play without WR Tee Higgins (shoulder), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee), and CB Trae Waynes (hamstring) after listing them as doubtful.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral) missed practice on Wednesday, but returned on Thursday and didn’t get an injury designation. LB T.J. Watt (groin) is listed as questionable after a week of limited practices while DT Carlos Davis (knee), LB Alex Highsmith (groin), and WR Diontae Johnson (knee) will all sit out this week.

Saints at Patriots

C Erik McCoy (calf) is the only Saints player on the injury report. He’s been ruled out.

T Trent Brown (calf), S Adrian Phillips (not injury related – personal matter), and LB Josh Uche (back) are listed as questionable for the Patriots.

Washington at Bills

DT Matt Ioannidis (knee) is listed as questionable, but everyone else on Washington’s active roster is expected to play.

The Bills listed CB Dane Jackson (knee) and CB Levi Wallace (knee) as questionable.

Chargers at Chiefs

Chargers LB Joey Bosa (foot, ankle) is listed as questionable after missing practice all week. CB Chris Harris (shoulder) has been ruled out and DT Justin Jones (calf) is listed as doubtful.

DE Frank Clark (hamstring) was added to the Chiefs’ injury report on Thursday and he’s set to miss the game after being tagged as doubtful. DE Chris Jones (wrist) and CB Charvarius Ward (quad) are listed as questionable.

Cardinals at Jaguars

The Cardinals listed WR DeAndre Hopkins (ribs) as questionable despite missing practice all week. T Kelvin Beachum (ribs), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), CB Byron Murphy (ankle), and CB Marco Wilson (ankle) are also in that category. They ruled out T Joshua Miles (ankle) and G Brian Winters (not injury related – personal matter).

Jaguars CB C.J. Henderson (groin, illness), CB Tre Herndon (knee), and DT Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) are all considered questionable for Sunday.

Falcons at Giants

The Falcons ruled WR Frank Darby (calf), WR Russell Gage (ankle), and CB A.J. Terrell (concussion) out for their trip to New Jersey.

TE Evan Engram (calf) is questionable for the Giants after missing the first two games of the season. WR Kenny Golladay (hip) and S Nate Ebner (quadricep) drew the same tag while LB Cam Brown (hamstring) has been ruled out.

Jets at Broncos

Jets head coach Robert Saleh called WR Jamison Crowder (groin) a game-time decision on Friday, but he’s listed as doubtful so he’s expected to miss the game. RB Tevin Coleman (illness) won’t play and DE John Franklin-Myers (calf) is listed as questionable.

G Graham Glasgow (illness) and DT Mike Purcell (knee) are considered questionable to play for the Broncos.

Buccaneers at Rams

Buccaneers LB Jason Pierre-Paul (hand, shoulder) will not play this week. WR Jaydon Mickens (abdomen) is also out.

TE Jacob Harris (hip) and RB Darrell Henderson (rib) are questionable for the Rams. Head coach Sean McVay said pain tolerance will be the key to Henderson getting into the lineup.

Seahawks at Vikings

Seahawks WR D'Wayne Eskridge (concussion), RB Rashaad Penny (calf), and T Brandon Shell (ankle) won’t play in Minnesota. LB Benson Mayowa (neck) is listed as questionable.

RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) didn’t practice this week, but is listed as questionable and head coach Mike Zimmer said his condition has improved in recent days. LB Anthony Barr (knee), T Christian Darrisaw (groin), and CB Harrison Hand (hamstring) are all out this Sunday.

Packers at 49ers

The Packers said they’d give OL Elgton Jenkins (ankle) all week to show he’s well enough to play, but they listed him as doubtful so his chances of playing aren’t looking good. TE Dominique Dafney (hip) has been listed as questionable.

49ers General Manager John Lynch called RB Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) “very questionable” to play on Sunday night and he’s officially listed as doubtful. DT Kevin Givens (ankle) and RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) have been ruled out while DE Arik Armstead (adductor), DT Javon Kinlaw (knee), and CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee) make up the questionable contingent.

PFT’s NFL Week Three 2021 picks

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Two weeks down, sixteen weeks to go, and it’s still as wide open as it could be.

After scoring a 9-7 to 7-9 in in Week One, I blew Week Two to MDS, 11-5 to 10-6.

For the season, I’ve got a one-game lead, 19-13 to 18-14.

Our Week Three picks appear below. I’ll still lead by one game a week from now, because we agree on all 16 games.

For the selections, scroll away.

Panthers (-8) at Texans

MDS’s take: This would be a close game with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback for the Texans. Not with Davis Mills.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 30, Texans 20.

Florio’s take: Short week. Backup quarterback. Undefeated team with a great defense. Long night for the Texans.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 24, Texans 14.


Cardinals (-7.5) at Jaguars

MDS’s take: I still think Trevor Lawrence has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s been way too inaccurate so far. Kyler Murray, meanwhile, is one of the most exciting playmakers in football.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 27, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: The Cardinals have plenty of things that they need to clean up. It won’t take much to clean things up to win easily against the overmatched Jaguars.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17.


Colts (+5) at Titans

MDS’s take: The Titans’ defense can give up points to anyone, but the Titans’ offense can score on anyone.

MDS’s pick: Titans 27, Colts 24.

Florio’s take: With a healthy Carson Wentz, the Colts would be in a tough spot. Without a healthy Carson Wentz, the Colts have a huge problem.

Florio’s pick: Titans 30, Colts 21.


Ravens (-7.5) at Lions

MDS’s take: This game will be closer than people are expecting, but in the end the Ravens will grind out a win in the fourth quarter.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 27, Lions 24.

Florio’s take: The Ravens got a signature win on Sunday night against the Chiefs. The worst thing they could do is to fall flat on their faces the following week.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 34, Lions 14.


Washington (+8.5) at Bills

MDS’s take: It’s hard to know what to think of either of these teams given the way they’ve played in their first two games, but I see Buffalo winning a close one.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Washington 17.

Florio’s take: The Bills are back on track. But that point spread seems a little bit too large for this one, especially with Washington having extra rest.

Florio’s pick: Bills 28, Washington 22.


Saints (+3) at Patriots

MDS’s take: Are we going to see the Week One Jameis Winston or the Week Two Jameis Winston? I think Bill Belichick will have a good game plan for him.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 14, Saints 13.

Florio’s take: Stop the run, and it’s easier to short circuit Jameis Winston. Bill Belichick will draw it up and make if work.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 22, Saints 16.


Chargers (+6.5) at Chiefs

MDS’s take: Patrick Mahomes will lead the Chiefs to a victory, but a suspect Kansas City defense will give up plenty of passing yards to Justin Herbert.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 31, Chargers 28.

Florio’s take: A huge early-season AFC West game. The loser lands in last place. Kansas City should win, but the Chargers should keep it interesting.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 34, Chargers 28.


Falcons (+3) at Giants

MDS’s take: Both of these teams have looked pretty terrible this year, but I see the Giants as slightly closer to turning it around.

MDS’s pick: Giants 21, Falcons 20.

Florio’s take: The Giants finally get on track.

 Florio’s pick: Giants 24, Falcons 17.


Bears (+7) at Browns

MDS’s take: Justin Fields appears likely to start in place of the injured Andy Dalton. He may turn out to be a great quarterback, but I’m not convinced he’s ready just yet.

MDS’s pick: Browns 27, Bears 17.

Florio’s take: The Browns have underachieved. They should be good enough to finagle a win, even if it’s not pretty.

Florio’s pick: Browns 23, Bears 20.


Bengals (+4) at Steelers

MDS’s take: Ben Roethlisberger is struggling mightily and appears to be well past his prime, but the Steelers’ defense will shut Joe Burrow down.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 17, Bengals 10.

Florio’s take: The Steelers are vulnerable, but the Bengal aren’t ready to take advantage of it.

 Florio’s pick: Steelers 20, Bengals 14.


Dolphins (+4.5) at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders keep winning close ones, and I think that’s going to continue.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 24, Dolphins 20.

Florio’s take: Without Tua, the Dolphins don’t have much of a chance. (With him, they wouldn’t have had much of a chance, either.) Just win. Baby.

Florio’s pick: Raiders 27, Dolphins 17.


Jets (+10.5) at Broncos

MDS’s take: Teddy Bridgewater has been one of the most pleasant surprises of this NFL season, while Zach Wilson has a lot of work to do.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 28, Jets 20.

Florio’s take: The Broncos half-assed their way through the Week Two win over the Jaguars. For their home opener, the Broncos finally hit their groove — and move to a surprising 3-0.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 27, Jets 13.


Buccaneers (+1) at Rams

MDS’s take: In one of the marquee games of this young season, the Buccaneers will remind everyone who the top team in the NFC is.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 24, Rams 21.

Florio’s take: The Bucs could lose focus on this one, with New England showdown looming. With Tom Brady on the team, it likely won’t.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Rams 23.


Seahawks (-2) at Vikings

MDS’s take: Two teams coming off heartbreaking losses will play one down to the wire, with the Vikings getting the close win this time.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 21, Seahawks 20.

Florio’s take: Minnesota needs this one, badly. They finally get a home crowd. That will give the defense the boost it needs.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 27, Seahawks 24.


Packers (+3.5) at 49ers

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get to play the Lions every week.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 21, Packers 14.

Florio’s take: The Packers beat the 49ers last year, but the 49ers had too many injuries. This year, the Packers have too many holes — especially on defense.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 27, Packers 20.


Eagles (+4) at Cowboys

MDS’s take: Dak Prescott makes one more big play than Jalen Hurts in what should be an exciting NFC East rivalry game.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 31, Eagles 28.

Florio’s take: Dallas is hitting an early-season groove. The Eagles will be hitting an early-season wall.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 28, Eagles 20.

PFT’s Week Three 2021 power rankings

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1. Buccaneers (2-0, Last week No. 1): The defense isn’t where it needs to be. But it doesn’t need to be there if the offense keeps doing what it’s doing.

2. Rams (2-0, No. 3): They get a shot to take over the top spot, with the Bucs coming to town for Tom Brady‘s first-ever L.A. game.

3. Ravens (1-1, No. 11): After one of the most deflating losses of the Harbaugh/Lamar era, the Ravens get their signature win.

4. Chiefs (1-1, No. 2): Wake them up when September ends.

5. Bills (1-1, No. 6): Which Bills are the real Bills, Week One or Week Two?

6. 49ers (2-0, No. 9): It’s running back by Congressional committee for the 49ers, but they’re winning.

7. Cardinals (2-0, No. 14): It’s better to be lucky than good. It’s even better to be both.

8. Raiders (2-0, No. 17): The NFL is always better when the Raiders are good.

9. Steelers (1-1, No. 5): They’re now 2-6 in their last eight games against the Raiders, dating back to 2006.

10. Panthers (2-0, No. 20): With everyone wondering whether Urban Meyer can be the next Jimmy Johnson, Matt Rhule is moving in that direction.

11. Packers (1-1, No. 15): With the 49ers and Steelers coming up, we’ll find out whether the Packers are ready to put Week One in the rear-view mirror.

12. Browns (1-1, No. 7): If Tyrod Taylor doesn’t get injured, the Browns could be 0-2.

13. Patriots (1-1, No. 13): Bill Belichick makes more people see ghosts than Oda Mae Brown.

14. Saints (1-1, No. 4): Jameis Winston isn’t Patrick Mahomes. Sean Payton needs to get Winston to stop trying to be Patrick Mahomes.

15. Cowboys (1-1, No. 16): Mike McCarthy manages the clock worse than a drunken horologist.

16. Chargers (1-1, No. 8): The new-look Chargers looked like the same-old Chargers on Sunday. Maybe they are.

17. Titans (1-1, No. 19): Better late than never. Better not late at all.

18. Broncos (2-0, No. 18): They looked sluggish against a team they should have beaten more easily than they did.

19. Seahawks (1-1, No. 10): Pete Carroll-coached teams aren’t supposed to blow big leads.

20. Dolphins (1-1, No. 12): Tua or no Tua, the Dolphins aren’t ready to compete at a high level, yet.

21. Washington (1-1, No. 22): Taylor Heinecke has a long way to go to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick on the bench after he’s healthy.

22. Bears (1-1, No. 26): They should have beaten the Bengals a lot more easily than they did.

23. Bengals (1-1, No. 21): They’re still better than they were supposed to be. If they were just a little bit better, they’d be 2-0.

24. Vikings (0-2, No. 23): The best 0-2 team in the league is still 0-2.

25. Eagles (1-1, No. 25): The season really starts on Monday night against the Cowboys.

26. Giants (0-2, No. 27): Dexter Lawrence wasn’t offside.

27. Colts (0-2, No. 24): Carson Wentz is injured so often because he so often puts himself in position to be injured.

28. Texans (1-1, No. 28): To their credit, they are much better than the complete and total mess we thought they’d be.

29. Lions (0-2, No. 31): They’ll win just enough games to blow their shot at one of the best quarterbacks in the draft.

30. Falcons (0-2, No. 29): Some potentially winnable games are coming. Let’s see if they can win any of them.

31. Jets (0-2, No. 30): Zach Wilson will be fine. He’d be even better if he never had to face Bill Belichick again.

32. Jaguars (0-2, No. 32): The 1976-77 Buccaneers should start thinking about putting some pink champagne on ice.

FMIA Week 2: No Way Oweh! Rookie Helps Ravens Burn Chiefs And More Moments That Defined NFL Sunday

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After enduring a horrible loss last Monday in Las Vegas, and landing in Baltimore at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and adjusting to more devastating injuries, and having a short week of prep for the toughest team on the schedule, and taking a 36-35 lead late in the Sunday night game against mighty Kansas City, the Ravens [more]

NFL Week Two early inactives: No Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims for Jets

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

A report early Sunday morning indicated wide receiver Jamison Crowder would be in the Jets’ lineup against the Patriots after being listed as questionable with a groin injury. That turned out to be incorrect.

Crowder is inactive for the AFC East matchup. He missed the first game of the season while on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Wide receiver Denzel Mims is also inactive for the Jets. It’s a healthy scratch for the 2020 second-rounder.

Patriots at Jets

Patriots: LB Kyle Van Noy, T Trent Brown, RB Rhamondre Stevenson, LB Ronnie Perkins, DB Shaun Wade, TE Devin Asiasi.

Jets: LB Jamien Sherwood, WR Denzel Mims, WR Jamison Crowder, RB Josh Adams, RB La'Mical Perine, CB Jason Pinnock, DL Jonathan Marshall

Broncos at Jaguars

Broncos: G Graham Glasgow, DL McTelvin Agim, TE Andrew Beck, S Jamar Johnson, T Cam Fleming, RB Nate McCrary, CB Kary Vincent Jr.

Jaguars: CB Tre Herndon, EDGE Lerentee McCray, OL Walker Little, TE Jacob Hollister, EDGE Jordan Smith, DT Jay Tufele

Texans at Browns

Texans: QB Deshaun Watson, WR Anthony Miller, DL Jonathan Greenard, DL DeMarcus Walker, TE Brevin Jordan, CB Jimmy Moreland, RB Scottie Phillips

Browns: WR Odell Beckham, T Chris Hubbard, S Richard LeCounte, LB Tony Fields, DT Tommy Togiai

Bengals at Bears

Bengals: CB Trae Waynes, WR Trenton Irwin, CB Nick McCloud, OL D'Ante Smith, OT Fred Johnson, DT Tyler Shlevin

Bears: DT Eddie Goldman, QB Nick Foles, WR Breshad Perriman, OL Alex Taylor, LB Trevis Gipson, TE Jesper Horsted

Saints at Panthers

Saints: C Erik McCoy, LB Pete Werner, CB Marshon Lattimore, DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, QB Ian Book, DL Montravius Adams

Panthers: WR Shi Smith, DT Phil Hoskins, G Michael Jordan, G Deonte Brown, T Trent Scott, TE Colin Thompson, DE Darryl Johnson

Bills at Dolphins

Bills: T Tommy Doyle, DE Efe Obada, DE Carlos Basham, DT Harrison Phillips, LB Andre Smith

Dolphins: WR Will Fuller, CB Trill Williams, CB Noah Igbinoghene, DB Elijah Campbell, T Greg Little, TE Hunter Long

49ers at Eagles

49ers: G Aaron Banks, DE Zach Kerr, DB Emmanuel Moseley, CB Ambry Thomas

Eagles: S Rodney McLeod, QB Gardner Minshew, CB Mac McCain, OL Brett Toth, DT Marlon Tuipulotu

Raiders at Steelers

Raiders: RB Josh Jacobs, G Richie Incognito, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, CB Roderic Teamer, TE Nick Bowers, DT Damion Square, G Jordan Simmons

Steelers: DT Carlos Davis, QB Dwayne Haskins, CB Joe Haden, LB Devin Bush, DL Carlos Davis, OL Rashaad Coward

Rams at Colts

Rams: QB Bryce Perkins, DB Juju Hughes, OL Alaric Jackson, WR Ben Skowronek, TE Brycen Hopkins, DL Bobby Brown III

Colts: T Braden Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes, WR Parris Campbell, OL Will Fries, DL Isaac Rochell, DL Chris Williams

NFL Week Two injury report roundup: A lot of question marks for the Ravens

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Week Two of the 2021 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by Washington and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

Chiefs at Ravens

The Chiefs have no players on their final injury report of the week.

The Ravens aren’t having that kind of luck on the injury front. T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) missed practice all week and WR Marquise Brown (ankle) missed the first two days of work. They join WR Devin Duvernay (groin), LB Daelin Hayes (knee), CB Marlon Humphrey (back), and CB Jimmy Smith (ankle) with questionable tags for Sunday night. DE Derek Wolfe (back, hip) is out again this week.

Raiders at Steelers

The Raiders’ bid for a 2-0 start will take place without the help of G Richie Incognito (calf), RB Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (concussion), QB Marcus Mariota (quadricep), and CB Roderic Teamer (ankle). DE Carl Nassib (pectoral, toe), DE Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring), and DT Darius Philon (knee) are still in play after being listed as questionable.

DT Carlos Davis (knee) is out for the Steelers. LB Devin Bush (groin), TE Zach Gentry (ankle), and CB Joe Haden (groin) have been given questionable tags.

49ers at Eagles

The 49ers know they won’t have LB Dre Greenlaw (groin) after ruling him out and they don’t expect to have CB Emmanuel Moseley (knee) after listing him as doubtful. DE Arik Armstead (adductor), LB Marcell Harris (oblique), and DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) make up the team’s group of questionable players.

Eagles S Rodney McLeod (knee) won’t play this weekend. S Marcus Epps (concussion) is their only player with a questionable listing.

Patriots at Jets

The Patriots won’t have K Quinn Nordin (abdomen) or LB Kyle Van Noy (throat) this weekend. T Trent Brown (calf), T Yodny Cajuste (hamstring), LB Ronnie Perkins (shoulder),  and TE Jonnu Smith (hip) are all listed as questionable.

LB Jamien Sherwood (ankle) is the only Jets player ruled out. WR Keelan Cole (knee), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), CB Isaiah Dunn (shoulder), and T Chuma Edoga (illness) will be later calls as they were all deemed questionable on Friday.

Broncos at Jaguars

G Graham Glasgow (illness) is doubtful for the Broncos and LB Bradley Chubb (ankle) is listed as questionable after he missed Week One. LB Jonas Griffith (back) is their only questionable player.

CB Tre Herndon (knee) will not play for the Jaguars. Defensive ends Lerentee McCray (hamstring) and Jordan Smith (knee) drew questionable tags.

Rams at Colts

No Rams players were given injury designations.

The Colts ruled CB Xavier Rhodes (calf), and T Braden Smith (foot) out on Friday. S Julian Blackmon (back), WR Parris Campbell (abdomen), T Eric Fisher (Achilles), G Quenton Nelson (foot, back), DE Kwity Paye (hamstring), WR Michael Pittman (ankle), and S Khari Willis (illness) make up a large questionable contingent.

Bengals at Bears

The Bengals will head to Chicago without S Ricardo Allen (hand, hamstring) and CB Trae Waynes (hamstring). Allen is set to go on injured reserve. LB Markus Bailey (knee) and CB Darius Phillips (thigh) drew questionable listings.

Bears DT Eddie Goldman (knee) is unlikely to play after being tagged as doubtful. T Larry Borom (ankle) has been ruled out and the Bears list WR Marquise Goodwin (quadricep), LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe (shoulder), WR Darnell Mooney (back), T Jason Peters (quadricep), LB Robert Quinn (back), and WR Nsimba Webster (hamstring) as questionable.

Texans at Browns

Texans QB Deshaun Watson (not injury related – personal matter) remains out. TE Pharaoh Brown (ankle, shoulder) and LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (illness) are listed as questionable.

The Browns ruled WR Odell Beckham (knee) and T Christopher Hubbard (triceps) out for this weekend. G Michael Dunn (back), CB Troy Hill (hamstring, foot), WR Anthony Schwartz (knee), C J.C. Tretter (knee), and T Jedrick Wills (ankle) are all listed as questionable.

Bills at Dolphins

Bills WR Gabriel Davis (ankle), DT Star Lotulelei (calf), and DE Efe Obada (calf) are all listed as questionable for the AFC East clash.

WR Will Fuller (not injury related – personal matter) missed Week One while suspended and he will miss Week Two as well. WR Preston Williams (foot, knee) is listed as questionable after missing the opener.

Saints at Panthers

LB Chase Hansen (groin), C Erik McCoy (calf), and LB Pete Werner (hamstring) are out for the Saints this weekend. S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (knee), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon (calf), CB Marshon Lattimore (hand), and S P.J. Williams (back) were tagged as questionable.

The Panthers did not hand out any injury designations this week.

Falcons at Buccaneers

WR Frank Darby (calf) is out for the Falcons this week, but the 53-man roster is otherwise healthy.

Buccaneers LB Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is set to play after missing practice time this week, but CB Carlton Davis (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Vikings at Cardinals

LB Anthony Barr (knee), T Christian Darrisaw (groin), DE Everson Griffen (concussion), and CB Harrison Hand (hamstring) are all out for the Vikings this weekend. LB Eric Kendricks (quadricep) has been listed as questionable.

The Cardinals ruled LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) out and listed T Kelvin Beachum (ribs) as questionable.

Cowboys at Chargers

Cowboys T Ty Nsekhe (illness) is out after being taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion on Thursday. Safeties Damontae Kazee (thigh) and Donovan Wilson (groin) make up the questionable contingent.

The Chargers will play without CB Chris Harris (shoulder) and DT Justin Jones (calf) is considered doubtful to play. S Nasir Adderley (groin) is the lone Charger in the questionable category.

Titans at Seahawks

Titans CB Caleb Farley (shoulder) is out this Sunday. Four players — LB Jayon Brown (hamstring), LB Bud Dupree (knee), TE Anthony Firkser (knee), and LB David Long (hamstring) — are deemed questionable to play.

WR D'Wayne Eskridge (concussion) and RB Rashaad Penny (calf) are not likely to play for the Seahawks after being listed as doubtful. There’s more hope for G Damien Lewis (groin), DT Bryan Mone (elbow), and CB D.J. Reed (calf) after they were listed as questionable.

PFT’s 2021 hot-seat watch, Week Two

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I’m trying to be a little more positive. And I’m currently positive that, when the 2021 regular season ends, coaches and General Managers will be fired. Usually, it’s more than a few.

Every Friday, we’ll look at the guys who are, who may be, and/or who are believed to be in danger, grave or otherwise. I’ll also apply a number to each one, on a scale of one to 10. The higher the number, the greater the heat.

Here we go, in no particular order.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor: Going for it on fourth and short from his own 30 while up by 14 points was not wise. Giving Joe Burrow the freedom to change an overtime fourth-down run to a pass saved the day. Hot-seat rating: Four.

Texans coach David Culley: The top candidate for one-and-done entering the 2021 season got it done in Week One. While reality may set in soon, the vibe is currently as good as it likely will get. Hot-seat rating: Two.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer: Based on Sunday’s loss to the Texans, there will be more of the same. Through Week Nine, he may match his total number of losses during his time at Ohio State (also nine). The talk of him possibly leaving has started. The possibility that Jaguars owner Shad Khan will decide to make a change after one season can’t be ignored, especially without knowing more about Meyer’s contract. Hot-seat rating: Four.

Raiders G.M. Mike Mayock: He’ll be the 2021 scapegoat, if the Raiders fail to make it to the playoffs. Week One win notwithstanding, the Raiders have a long way to go to get to the postseason — especially since everyone else in their division won, too. Hot-seat rating: Seven.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio: New G.M. George Paton may want his own coach. Fangio’s team started strongly enough to stave off that talk, for now. Hot-seat rating: Three.

Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman: It’s on Roman to make the offense more versatile. Early in Week One, it was. As the game moved toward crunch-time, Roman reverted to a Madden-style handful of bread-and-butter plays. For Baltimore, that’s usually Lamar Jackson running. The clock is already ticking on Roman. Hot-seat rating: Eight.

Giants G.M. Dave Gettleman: The offensive line played a lot better on Thursday night, four days after the Giants barely looked like an NFL team. The end result is 0-2, and the Giants need to turn it around quickly, or the chatter will increase. Hot-seat rating: Five.

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy: They had the best loss of Week One. For now, it looks like they’ll be good enough to keep McCarthy from being in real trouble. But there’s still a long way to go. Hot-seat rating: Two.

Everyone in Chicago: Many believe that G.M. Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy, and possibly even team president Ted Phillips are on the hot seat this year. This ignores the fact that the team has been to the playoffs twice in the last three years. It also overlooks the reality that the decision to send next year’s first-round pick to the Giants in order to trade up for quarterback Justin Fields automatically gives everyone at least two years. Hot-seat rating: One.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer: Zimmer boasted about his defensive acumen before Week One, after repeatedly saying the team will be pretty good. Sunday in Cincinnati was pretty bad. Undisciplined play, inconsistent offense, and, ultimately, a misguided decision to treat midfield like the goal line with 50 seconds left in overtime — coupled with the failure to call time out when it was obvious that Joe Burrow had changed the play. With upcoming games against the Cardinals, Seahawks, and Browns, an 0-4 start is realistic. Which, obviously, would be even worse than last year’s 1-3. Hot-seat rating: Five.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury: It’s playoffs or bust in 2021. The Cardinals, who have been around for over 100 years, have never had a coach longer than six. Failure isn’t an option. So far, it’s been anything but failure. Hot-seat rating: Two.

PFT’s NFL Week Two 2021 picks

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Week Two is here. It can’t get here soon enough.

We got off to a rough start in Week One. I got only nine of the games right straight up. MDS was 7-9.

This week, we have only one disagreement in our straight-up competition. Scroll for our picks as to all of the Week Two games.

Giants (+3) at Washington

MDS’s take: I’d feel better about this pick if Ryan Fitzpatrick were healthy, but given how bad the Giants’ defense looked on Sunday, I think Taylor Heinicke should be able to put up good numbers on Thursday night as well.

MDS’s pick: Washington 24, Giants 17.

Florio’s take: Washington needs to hold serve at home, or a promising season could quickly be on the ropes. They’ll do just enough to make it happen.

Florio’s pick: Washington 21, Giants 16.


Saints (-3.5) at Panthers

MDS’s take: The Saints turned in a shockingly strong performance in Week One. The Panthers looked pretty good, too, but I think that will prove to be mostly a function of playing the Jets.

MDS’s pick: Saints 28, Panthers 20.

Florio’s take: The Panthers may soon regret that they didn’t give Jameis Winston a longer look, either in 2020 or 2021.

Florio’s pick: Saints 30, Panthers 21.


Texans (+12.5) at Browns

MDS’s take: The Browns let one get away in Week One against the Chiefs. That won’t happen against the Texans.

MDS’s pick: Browns 30, Texans 20.

Florio’s take: When the Browns build a 22-10 first-half lead this week, they won’t blow it.

Florio’s pick: Browns 34, Texans 24.


Bengals (+2.5) at Bears

MDS’s take: I think the Bears are in for a long year if they don’t build their offense around Justin Fields. And so far they’re still trusting Andy Dalton.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 17, Bears 14.

Florio’s take: This could get ugly at Soldier Field, where the Bengals may be the better team on paper. The fans will be throwing something other than paper onto the field if they don’t see more of Justin Fields.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 20, Bears 17.


Raiders (+5.5) at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Steelers’ defense is going to win a lot of games for them, even if Ben Roethlisberger is way past his prime.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 17, Raiders 13.

Florio’s take: The Raiders have won five of the last seven against the Steelers, and Las Vegas still leads the all-time series. However, a physical game that went nearly 70 minutes with a long flight and a short week doesn’t bode well for the road team in this one.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Raiders 17.


Bills (-3.5) at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Dolphins could make a huge statement in the AFC East with a win, which would make them 2-0 in the division and give them a two-game lead over the Bills. I don’t see that happening, though.

MDS’s pick: Bills 23, Dolphins 20.

Florio’s take:  It’s too early for any game to be regarded as huge. This one, in the AFC East, is huge. Buffalo got a wake-up call in Week One, and Miami escaped with a game it should have lost. Things get corrected quickly.

Florio’s pick: Bills 27, Dolphins 20.


Rams (-4) at Colts

MDS’s take: Matthew Stafford easily outplays Carson Wentz. This one won’t be close.

MDS’s pick: Rams 31, Colts 14.

Florio’s take: The Colts continue to take early-season body blows.

Florio’s pick: Rams 34, Colts 20.


49ers (-3.5) at Eagles

MDS’s take: I loved how Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts played in Week One, but that will prove to be a lot harder against the 49ers than it was against the Falcons.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 23, Eagles 21.

Florio’s take: The Eagles are better than we realize. The 49ers are still pretty good. Kyle Shanahan will make sure they hear it all week long after they tried to blow the Week One blowout of the Lions.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 30, Eagles 20.


Broncos (-6) at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars looked like a mess in Week One, a mess that’s going to take Urban Meyer a long time to clean up.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 28, Jaguars 17.

Florio’s take: There’s “no chance” Urban Meyer will coach USC. There’s only a slightly better chance his overmatched Jaguars will cover the spread against the Broncos.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 31, Jaguars 20.


Patriots (-6) at Jets

MDS’s take: Mac Jones vs. Zach Wilson may be a close call, but the Patriots vs. the Jets is an easy one.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 31, Jets 20.

Florio’s take: Patriots quarterback Mac Jones studied Jets film after losing to the Dolphins. It’s important to sometimes get a little break from watching real NFL football. (I’m kidding, Jets fans.)

Florio’s pick: Patriots 24, Jets 14.


Vikings (+4.5) at Cardinals

MDS’s take: Kyler Murray will have his second consecutive big game as the Cardinals improve to 2-0 and the Vikings fall to 0-2.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 30, Vikings 27.

Florio’s take: Arizona looks to be better than we thought they’d be. Minnesota looks to be worse.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 27, Vikings 20.


Falcons (+12.5) at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Falcons looked like a disaster in Week One. The Bucs should win easily, with a second consecutive home game and three extra days to prepare.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 30, Falcons 14.

Florio’s take: The Buccaneers got three extra days to prepare for Tom Brady’s third game against the Falcons as the Tampa Bay quarterback. The Falcons will be lucky to win three games this year. This one will be over by the third quarter.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 28, Falcons 3.


Titans (+5.5) at Seahawks

MDS’s take: I don’t think the Titans can possibly be as bad as they looked in Week One, but I do think their defense is going to let the Seahawks put plenty of points on the board.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 35, Titans 31.

Florio’s take: Russ will cook. Ryan will cook. Russ will cook a little more.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 33, Titans 27.


Cowboys (+3) at Chargers

MDS’s take: The Cowboys played well against the Buccaneers in Week One and I think they’re going to continue to play well in Week Two, this time earning a hard-fought win.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 21, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys have a bunch of injury issues, already. The Chargers, for a change, don’t.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 27, Cowboys 23.


Chiefs (-3.5) at Ravens

MDS’s take: The Ravens are going to fall to 0-2, with their secondary unable to keep up with the Chiefs’ passing game.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Ravens 20.

Florio’s take: There’s never a good time to play the Chiefs. Six days after losing a physical overtime heartbreaker in Las Vegas is not a good time to play the Chiefs.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Ravens 23.


Lions (+11) at Packers

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers can’t possibly look as bad against the Lions as he did against the Saints.

MDS’s pick: Packers 30, Lions 23.

Florio’s take: Green Bay’s Week One no-show raises the stakes for this one, considerably. Even with the various distractions created by the quarterback’s tenuous status, Green Bay should win this one easily — and then the Lions could finagle another back-door cover.

Florio’s pick: Packers 34, Lions 24.

PFT’s 2021 MVP watch, Week Two

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It’s time for a new in-season feature, given the constant interest (especially from a wagering standpoint) in the annual NFL MVP award.

Every Wednesday, we’ll list our current favorites for the ultimate prize in the NFL, along with the PointsBet odds for the finalists, those on the watch list, and those whom we regard as having no chance — at least for now.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (+1100): Spectacular in Tennessee, Murray remains in the conversation as long as he stays healthy. The Cardinals also need to be at or close to the No. 1 seed when it’s all said and done for him to have a real chance to win it.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (+1000): The best keeps finding a way to get better. If the Bucs emerge as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, he’s the guy with the inside track.

Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (+2800): A great value pick at this point. With Sean Payton keeping Winston from trying to do too much, Winston could be better than ever.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (+1000): So far, so good for his change of scenery, team, and offense.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (+4000): He leads the league with 435 passing yards (pace = 7,395 yards), and he led the Raiders to a stirring win. If he can keep it up, he can make noise as a, for now, 40-1 long shot.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (+1100): Russ is cooking, like he was last year. The question is whether it’s sustainable, like it ultimately wasn’t last year.

Others to watch: Dak Prescott (+1500), Josh Allen (+1500), Patrick Mahomes (+500), Joe Burrow (+5000), Justin Herbert (+2200).

Ignore for now: Aaron Rodgers (+1600), Lamar Jackson (+1600), Baker Mayfield (+3300), Ryan Tannehill (+5000).

PFT’s Week Two 2021 power rankings

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1. Buccaneers (1-0, Last week No. 1): The Bucs should abandon the blitzes and revert to the true Tampa Two scheme.

2. Chiefs (1-0, No. 2): For the Chiefs, it’s never over until it’s over.

3. Rams (1-0, No. 5): It will get harder and harder for Sean McVay to praise Matthew Stafford without necessarily throwing shade at Jared Goff.

4. Saints (1-0, No. 9): Death, taxes, and the Saints under Sean Payton having a damn good football team.

5. Steelers (1-0, No. 14): The names of the players change. The identity of the coach doesn’t. Barring injury, we should never assume the Steelers won’t be good enough to win most of their games.

6. Bills (0-1, No. 3): They need to shrug Week One off quickly; a dangerous Miami trip is looming.

7. Browns (0-1, No. 6): You can’t consistently single cover Tyreek Hill and expect to beat Kansas City.

8. Chargers (1-0, No. 8): Brandon Staley checks the first box on his way to a potential coach of the year award.

9. 49ers (1-0, No. 11): The Trey Lance train continues to be derailed.

10. Seahawks (1-0, No. 12): Copy and paste Steelers entry here. Change name of team.

11. Ravens (0-1, No. 7): “The Browns is the Browns” no longer applies. “The Ravens is the Ravens” possibly no longer applies, either.

12. Dolphins (1-0, No. 16): Victory from the jaws of defeat is still victory.

13. Patriots (0-1, No. 10): Defeat from the jaws of victory is still defeat.

14. Cardinals (1-0, No. 25): They’ll go as far as Kyler and Chandler will take them.

15. Packers (0-1, No. 4): When playing games in California and Florida, this team fails to show up, far too often.

16. Cowboys (0-1, No. 17): It was the best loss the Cowboys have had in years.

17. Raiders (1-0, No. 21): The reward for beating the Ravens? A one-way ticket to Pittsburgh, with Jon Gruden taking on his former pupil, Mike Tomlin.

18. Broncos (1-0, No. 23): They may not be ready to be contenders, but they’re on their way to being relevant, for the first time in a long time.

19. Titans (0-1, No. 13): Aberration or trend? A trip to Seattle will shed more light on that one.

20. Panthers (1-0, No. 24): Sam Darnold was once again on the field for the latest Jets loss. For a change, he wasn’t one of the people sulking.

21. Bengals (1-0, No. 29): If Joe Burrow stays healthy, the AFC North will be the best division in football.

22. Washington (0-1, No. 15): Fitzmagic or Fitztragic; there’s no middle ground.

23. Vikings (0-1, No. 18): It could be another long year for the Vikings, who seem to think they’re better than they really are.

24. Colts (0-1, No. 19): They’ve got four more tough games before they get any type of a break.

25. Eagles (1-0, No. 28): Jalen Hurts looks good so far. We’ll see if he can sustain it against better defenses.

26. Bears (0-1, No. 20): Chicago’s plan for keeping Justin Fields under wraps would work way better if they had no home games.

27. Giants (0-1, No. 22): Same as it ever is.

28. Texans (1-0, No. 32): Tyrod Taylor, when healthy, is a much better quarterback than widely believed.

29. Falcons (0-1, No. 26): It absolutely, positively won’t get there overnight.

30. Jets (0-1, No. 30): They need to do everything they can to protect Zach Wilson. Even that may not be good enough.

31. Lions (0-1, No. 31): They showed remarkable resilience after falling behind 38-10. Let’s not let that obscure the fact that they fell behind 38-10.

32. Jaguars (0-1, No. 27): Jimmy Johnson or Steve Spurrier? Suddenly, some are wondering whether Urban Meyer will be the next Bobby Petrino.

FMIA Week 1: Cheese, Decisions And Dreams—Jameis Winston Gets The ‘W’ In Saints’ Statement Rout Of Pack

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In many ways, Sunday was the biggest game of Jameis Winston’s athletic career. At 27, he has plenty of NFL life left, but only if he cuts out the turnovers that were so ruinous in his five Tampa seasons. He didn’t try to make the day too big, but three hours before the Saints played [more]