What hasn’t changed is the fact they’re still not good defensively.
Carson Palmer is back in an interception funk. David Johnson won’t be in the backfield for a while. There’s just too much on a talented defense still giving up too many big plays.
Kirk Cousins posted a 33.8 Total QBR in Week 1, his third worst since the start of 2015. Possible overreaction: Without Sean McVay calling the plays, Cousins will have games like this more often. A third straight winning season seems unlikely.
Andy Dalton posted a 0.6 Total QBR in Week 1, the worst in the NFL. Possible overreaction: Dalton’s QBR was only slightly better than Flounder’s GPA (0.2) in “Animal House,” and that was with a healthy A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and stable of running backs. The Dalton-Marvin Lewis era could be on its last legs.
The Texans made a quarterback change after one half of play in 2017 and lost by 22 to the Jaguars. Possible overreaction: Deshaun Watson looked better than Tom Savage, but the offensive line allowed too much pressure and opened few running lanes. Houston needs to shore up its line fast to have a chance this year.
This is handed to the player who overcomes major adversity from the previous season, injury or otherwise. Recent winners have included Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski, Eric Berry and Jordy Nelson. When Watt is healthy, he throws down like few defensive players who have ever played Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids the game. While Man of the Year is a slam dunk, this would be a lay-up.
Thanks to Watt, Luke Kuechly and Khalil Mack over the past five seasons, Miller hasn’t been able to add this distinction to his Super Bowl MVP 50 honor. But you can bet he’s ready to find another gear under new defensive-minded coach Vance Jospeh, and 2017 should resemble his awesome, breakout Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered 2012 season.