The defense was very good against the Bengals. It’s exactly what the Ravens envisioned when they spoke during the preseason about their infusion of young pass rushers and the depth and experience in their secondary. The running game was productive in Cincinnati but more will be needed at some point from QB Joe Flacco and the passing game.
So much so that Kizer should be the regular-season starter. Partly because he’s been the Browns’ best passer throughout the preseason, partly because the organization needs to know whether Kizer is the long-term solution at the position. And if he’s not, the team can turns its efforts to (again) finding its next franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, which could be one of the best classes to come along in a decade.
In simple terms: As long as a franchise is without its franchise quarterback, losing will become commonplace. Neither Osweiler nor Cody Kessler changes that in 2017, though Kizer might in the years to come.
Murray has already been ruled out, so Henry will get a chance to take it to the Patriots’ weak run defense. If the Titans have any hope of upsetting the Patriots, they need Henry to experience a productive outing so that they can use lengthy drives to keep Brady away from the football.
The Eagles are (historic) underdogs against the Falcons, even though they’re the top seed and they’re playing at home. They’re underdogs because Carson Wentz is out for the season with a torn ACL and as a result, their starting quarterback is Nick Foles. As a consequence of their quarterback change, Eagles WR1 Alshon Jeffery has disappeared.
In three games without Wentz, Jeffery caught five passes for 57 yards and one touchdown. Against the Falcons, the Eagles need to do a better job of getting their top receiver involved in the offense. Jeffery has always been the kind of receiver who doesn’t need to gain separation to be considered open. Foles just needs to give him a chance to come down with some contested catches, because it’s something Jeffery excels at.