Top 5 Super Bowl Contenders After NFL Week 2
These 5 Teams Have Stood Out After Two Weeks of Play
Several teams thought to be surefire Super Bowl XLVII contenders have fell on their faces through two weeks of NFL play. During that time, a few teams have seized the opportunity to stake their claims among the league's elite, but if Weeks 1 and 2 were any indication, no one is safe until there's only one team left standing. The crazy stats and records that were set and/or broken during the 2011 season were only a taste of what might happen in 2012. This year might see the single most evenly matched field across the board than any previous season. There might not be a team to win more than 11 games and the possibility of an 8-8 or worse team in the Super Bowl is a real possibility. So what are you waiting for? Let's dive in!
The Houston Texans haven't faced much competition in the first two weeks of the season, but they're 2-0 and have a new balance to their offense thanks to the emergence of backup running back Ben Tate. The Texans gave Arian Foster and Tate a combined 40 carries and the duo produced 184 yards and three touchdowns. This kind of offensive balance, combined with Houston's solid defense, will be the Texans' key to postseason success.
The Kansas City Chiefs were steamrolled in Week 1 by the Atlanta Falcons' offense and then the Dirty Birds' defense took care of business the following Monday night. This Atlanta team has more balance than any other in recent memory and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has taken his game to another level. If they can keep up the this pace, the Falcons will be playing well into January if not farther.
Yes, the Falcons beat the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but Peyton Manning and company could not have possibly played any worse and still lost by less than a touchdown. This came just eight days after the Broncos are literally perfect in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Sheriff is back in town and Denver's defense and running game are ready to follow his lead to a division title and much more.
This team got shafted by the replacement refs in a Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Baltimore Ravens aren't worried. The Ravens have a dynamic offense for the firs time in franchise history (at least since they moved to Baltimore and changed their team name). That takes pressure off Baltimore's still stifling defense and, with a playmaker like Ray Rice, to lean on in crunch time, this could easily be the year of the Raven.
San Francisco 49ers
No team has looked more unbeatable through two weeks of play than the San Francisco 49ers. In Week 1, they stuffed the seemingly unstoppable Green Bay Packers offense and then did the same thing to the Detroit Lions' potent attack in Week 2. Their defense isn't the only 49ers unit that's playing great; quarterback Alex Smith and the offense have made huge strides since losing in the NFC title game a year ago. San Francisco will likely win a sixth ring this season.