WHICH NFL TEAMS HAVE HELPED AND HURT THEMSELVES THROUGH TWO WEEKS?

September 18, 2019

 

During the preseason, we posted our official preseason potential order for the 2020 NFL Draft based on our proprietary formula rankings.

 

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After two weeks of play in the NFL, here are the five biggest risers in our formula rankings:

 

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens stand at 2-0, Mark Andrews has had two 100 yard games while Lamar Jackson has added tremendously to the running game by penetrating the weak spots Arizona’s defense in a series of explosive plays. Jackson's development along with the solid play of his offensive line and defensive organization helped by the inclusion of Earl Thomas have rocketed the Ravens up our rankings.

 

New England Patriots

76-3. That, my friends, is how much the New England Patriots have outscored the opposition so far this year. The Patriots have bolstered Brady’s options with the addition of Antonio Brown who finished with four catches and his first touchdown as a Patriot.

 

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks can thank Russell Wilson for their win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, making them 2-0 for the first time since their Super Bowl Appearance in 2013. Wilson was on target for 29 of 35 targets with 3 touchdowns for a pass rating of 131.0, and the strong play by receiver D.K. Metcalf and return of Will Dissly has helped them immensely. We did caveat in our preseason article that we are always seemingly low on the Seahawks every year with our rosters - that's the Pete Carroll effect.

 

Oakland Raiders

Surprised the Raiders are here despite losing Antonio Brown since our preseason rankings? Josh Jacobs has proven he can rise to the workload demanded by the Oakland Raiders. In the last two games Jacobs has averaged 5.3 yards per carry and has totaled 184 rushing yards with two touchdowns. 

 

Kansas City Chiefs

In the absence of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson have picked up much of the workload for the Kansas City Chiefs. We knew the Chiefs had one of the best offenses in the NFL, but Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes have really boosted the unit to generational status.
 

 

After two weeks of play in the NFL, here are the five biggest risers in our formula rankings:

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The good, the bad and the ugly…or maybe just bad and ugly? Let’s face it, the Jaguars are off to a nightmare start.  Nick Foles is on injured reserve, Jalen Ramsey is looking to make his escape and Leonard Fournette seems to be unable to strip a tackle or push for that extra yard. While the rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew now sits at third in the NFL for pass completion (77.6%) and seventh in passer rating (111.8), we still saw the pocket collapse leaving Minshew exposed. Please, nobody ask “how much worse can it get?”

 

Indianapolis Colts

Thanks to the unexpected retirement of Andrew Luck, the Colts now have to rely heavily on their running game. In fact the Colts have rushed for more yard (370) than they have thrown for (336) in the first two games of this season. That’s not necessarily bad, but it means going forward teams will anticipate the rushing game.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and now Ben Roethlisberger… gone. While the other two continue their careers on other teams Ben requires season ending surgery for his elbow. The 0-2 Steelers now must rely on third round pick Mason Rudolph to salvage a still very early season. At least they got Minkah, I guess?

 

Los Angeles Chargers

The 1-1 Los Angeles Chargers had a tough loss last week against the Detroit Lions. The Chargers have also had a rough go of it with TE Hunter Henry out for 4-6 weeks, safety Adrian Phillips out with a broken forearm, Derwin James on IR and Melvin Gordon still not reporting to the team. The injury bug bites again.

 

Miami Dolphins

Now reflecting on the 100-year anniversary of the NFL, let’s look at what might be one of the worst rosters in NFL history. The Miami Dolphins have lost both back to back home games and are sitting with a -92 point differential. And with Minkah Fitzpatrick now on his way to the Steelers, GM Chris Grier is going all in on tanking to build a winning team by accumulating first round picks like Thanos collecting infinity stones.

 

 

We will be using our formula rankings throughout the season whenever we post our in-season seven round mock drafts throughout the year. Every week, our staff reviews game film from all NFL games and adjust player rating scores, which in turn will affect the team formula. 

 

 

 

 

 

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