NFC North

The Vikings have a ferocious defense. Never mind Adrian Peterson only rushed for 31 yards on Sunday. Never mind Sam Bradford will only have been in the playbook for two weeks when he starts next week. They have an outstanding defense which terrorized Marcus Mariota all day long. They’re solid at every level, with Linval Joseph up front, Eric Kendricks in the middle, and Harrison Smith, arguably the best safety in the league. They are the real deal and I expect them to terrorize Aaron Rodgers in prime time on Sunday.

NFC South

It’s a good job Drew Brees equalled Peyton Manning’s record for most 400+ throwing games (15) while the Saints gave up 35 points in a home loss to the Raiders.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Raiders offense, but the Saints have absolutely no shred of credible defense. Brees is going to have to keep throwing passes because you just can’t trust the defense to make a stop. The Raiders even decided to go for a 2 pt conversion with under a minute on the clock and a point down on the scoreboard. Add now the fact that the Saints' best player in the secondary Delvin Breaux has broken his leg and you have the recipe for potentially the worst defense the NFL has ever seen.

NFC East

Carson Wentz. What a debut. What a decision from Eagles Coach Doug Pederson to start a rookie QB this having only played in one preseason before exiting with a broken rib. Yes, it was only against the Browns, but 22-37 for 278 yards and 2 TDs are very good stats anywhere in this league.

He showed beautiful touch on both TD passes, recognized blitzes well, and checked into more suitable plays and stood tall in the pocket and threw well under pressure.

NFC West

How bout them…49ers? Nobody expected San Francisco to shut out the Rams, the team with a stud running back and one of the better defensive lines in the league.

But Carlos Hyde and the 9'ers defense put the Rams to the sword. Two really fun stats came out of this game.

The last two teams to get shut out in Week 1 were the 2009 St Louis Rams and the 2016 LA Rams

The LA Rams haven’t scored an NFL point since December 21st 1994.

AFC North

Barring the Browns, this looks set to be the most competitive division in Football.

Again. The Steelers offense is so explosive. If they can firm up their defense, they will be prime Superbowl contenders. If DeAngelo Williams can get 143 yards on the ground, imagine what LeVeon Bell can do when he comes back. And no more needs to be said about that Big Ben – Antonio Brown connection.

AFC South

The Colts are in a similar position to the Saints; in that they have an elite QB who will make any receiver look good (apart from maybe Kenny Stills), but they have no defense to rely on in close games. Even when the Lions channelled their inner Andy Reid and forgot how to manage the clock, Matt Prater still managed to kick the game winning field goal. Their divisional rivals have been much improved and if the Colts can’t shore up their D, they will struggle to reach the post season.

AFC East

TheBuffalo Bills look poor. Really poor. Tyrod Taylor could only muster 7 points and 160 yards of total offense against a Ravens defense which is looking more and more like the Ravens of old. LeSean McCoy was unable to deliver on the ground, getting only 59 yards. Things are getting worse for Buffalo, with Sammy Watkins struggling with his surgically repaired foot and a divisional showdown against the Jets this week, who are looking to bounce back from a Week 1 defeat themselves.

AFC West

TheBroncos defense is nasty. In every sense of the word. Their speed off the edge is frightening, as were some of the headshots Cam Newton took in the Broncos 21-20 opening night win. But they also did a superb job in the second half of getting after Newton.

Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware made things miserable for the Panthers offensive tackles. Even with Trevor Siemien at the helm of the offense, this team will still win games.

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