1. Pittsburgh Steelers– Through the first two weeks, it’s safe to say that they are the most complete team in the NFL and I won’t necessarily disagree with that statement. Ben is off to a fast start, Antonio Brown is still Antonio Brown and he will get his, but, it’s been the other guys on that offense that have been stepping it up to fill the voids left by Martavis Bryant ands Le’Veon Bell. DeAngelo Williams has really come in and provided balance with a consistent running attack and he can catch the football out the backfield too. The Steelers defense was the definition of bend but don’t break last week against the Bengals. They did give up over 400 yards of total offense to Cincinnati, but the one major positive to take away from that game was how they shut down A.J. Green who’s been known to have some big time performances against the Steelers.
2. New England Patriots– Their defense scared me in the second half of the Dolphins game and they were still able to get a win even with a third-string rookie quarterback. This past Thursday, Belichick showed once again why he’s still the best coach in the game today. The game plan was perfect. It was run-heavy and the defense fixed those issues they had in week two and came back the next week to shut out the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. It doesn’t matter who the Patriots put out there, they’ll get the job done and hand business. I was very impressed with how they played in that game on Thursday night. Now, Jacoby Brissett is injured with a thumb injury. More than likely, Julian Edelman will come in and be quarterback. After all, he played the position when he was in college before being drafted by the Patriots in 2009.
3. Denver Broncos– It’s about time we saw the defending Super Bowl champions in the mix. The only reason they are at this spot is because of their defense. Once again, they’ve proven to be the best defensive unit in all of football. I haven’t been too impressed with their offense and I know it’s still a work in progress with a young quarterback replacing a legend and a guy that went 5-2 with the team last year. Today, Trevor Siemian gets his first road test against the Cincinnati Bengals. DeMarcus Ware is injured and won’t play because of a forearm injury.
4. Minnesota Vikings– They’re 2-0 and Sam Bradford did indeed give them a boost offensively. Once he gets in stride with all those offensive weapons, he could be a very nice fit for what they do. They are coming off a huge win on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and throughout a majority of that game, they did a great job at frustrating Aaron Rodgers and taking away those big plays down the field. Now, things will get very interesting without Adrian Peterson who is out with the torn meniscus and we’ve seen how the Vikings have fared without him.
5. Carolina Panthers– They got back to the win column after losing a heartbreaker in Denver to open the season up and put up 43 points and a whopping 529 yards of total offense against the 49ers in the home opener. Moving forward, the Panthers offense will be asked to really sustain long drives because of some of the inexperience on that Panthers defense, especially in the secondary.