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They're a very good team and they're at the top of the league, but I felt like we were in control of that game all day. The Steelers are also fairly well in control of the AFC North at the moment, sitting as one of the division's two unbeatens. Come December, Week 2, and the slim one-game cushion it provided Pittsburgh, could wind up making all the difference.

Green destroyed cornerback Darrelle Revis and the rest of the Jets ' secondary to the tune of 12 catches for yards and a touchdown last week, but he logged just two receptions for 38 yards this time against Steelers defender Ross Cockrell. That's coming up small when his team needed him to be large and in charge.

Pittsburgh found a way to score 24 points despite Antonio Brown being limited to four catches for 39 yards, with Roethlisberger being resourceful enough to hit three other different receivers with touchdowns including the wonderfully named tight end Xavier Grimble. But negate Green, and you've got a great shot of negating Cincinnati's chance to win. The Bengals were a paltry 4 of 16 on third downs, and that's when Andy Dalton should be looking Green's way first and foremost.

That's all the New England Patriots have to piece it together in light of their latest quarterback plot twist. Then Tom Terrific returns from his four-game suspension and all will be right again in the land of Brady and Belichick.

Not to make light of Jimmy Garoppolo 's right shoulder injury, which looks plenty serious sprained AC joint. The Patriots and Garoppolo were shredding the Dolphins when he went down five minutes before the half, and New England wound up hanging on for dear life to beat the visiting Dolphins at Gillette. But adversity doesn't seem to have the same effect in Foxboro as it does around the rest of the NFL, so don't weep for the quarterback-needy Patriots just yet.

With a short week home game against Houston looming, it's almost certainly time to craft a game plan to help rookie Jacoby Brissett through this unexpected early challenge. LeGarrette Blount probably gave us a preview of that in the second half against Miami, when he hurdled Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell en route to a yard rushing day, with a touchdown on 23 carries. Then comes a Week 4 visit from the Bills , and that's not something any team would cower from about now, especially the Patriots , who have owned Buffalo for a decade and a half.

Can't you see it now? This thing is all set up for Brady to play the ultimate returning hero in Week 5 and restore order to the team's depleted quarterback depth chart, in even grander fashion than he was already expected to. Maybe the Pats are when No. Then again, given New England's winning touch, it'll probably get two very solid wins out of Brissett and find itself with enough of a quarterback surplus to flip one of them for a high draft pick from some desperate opponent.

The Patriots might yet still find the silver lining in the whole Deflategate saga. Figure out the Dolphins then let me know. The Dolphins ' offense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill were almost complete no-shows in the first half against the Patriots , then Tannehill completed 20 of his first 21 passes in the second half, cutting a deficit to with just more than six minutes remaining. You never know what you're going to get from Miami, and that's pretty much been the problem since Dan Marino was still slinging them.

The mask kind of had a spooky, evil "Chuckie" grin, and it's not even Halloween season yet. Welker's sense of humor is a little twisted though. As his subtle Rex Ryan "foot fetish" press conference of a few years back reminded us. So naturally Los Angeles won its celebrated home opener at the Coliseum, beating Seattle, its personal sparring partner, by an old-school-sounding score.

Seattle's offense so far is just a rumor of the club that ended last year averaging more than 31 points per game in the second half. But give credit to the Rams ' defense, which bounced back from its meltdown against the 49ers and held the Seahawks scoreless over their last eight possessions. The Rams have scored a measly three field goals in two weeks, but they're , and that leaves them in a four-way tie for first place and last place in the jumbled NFC West. When defensive team captain Alec Ogletree recovered the Christine Michael fumble that sealed the deal with 57 seconds remaining, he ran with the ball all the way across the field and into a tunnel to celebrate the moment with the fans, handing one lucky spectator the ball.

And then, in the pre-game, there was the sight of the shirtless Red Hot Chili Peppers introducing the team as it took the Coliseum field. That might have been an NFL first. Also, this from the first-day scene in L. For part of the first quarter, Magic Johnson folded his frame into a very cramped Coliseum seat near the yard line.

It was so small, observers say, Magic had to position his legs sideways out in the aisle. Finally, ex- Rams great Eric Dickerson came down and helped relocate Magic to a more spacious club-level seat that suited his size.

The morale of the story is clear: If you think it's uncomfortable at in the Coliseum, try in St. And while we're at it, let's back off a bit on that talk about the Bucs being ready for playoff contention, and Jameis Winston being an early-season MVP candidate.

Arizona dismantled the previously high-flying Bucs in Glendale on Sunday, and in Tampa Bay's case it was probably a matter of buying into their own Week 1 hype. Young team, lesson learned, hopefully. As for Arizona, there's too much talent in that locker room to not respond to last week's galling home loss to the Patriots without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Palmer's three touchdown passes and yard-plus passing day was sorely needed, given that we haven't seen him at his best since last December.

As for the Cardinals ' defense, picking off Winston four times had to be a boon to its confidence. Winston's day went downhill rapidly after his exquisite pre-game dance in the team huddle. Yes, it was two fourth-quarter defensive touchdowns that provided the cushion for the defending champions, but the second-year quarterback out-played Indy's Andrew Luck , just as he came away a winner against Cam Newton last week.

Not a bad way to start a career, with wins over a pair of No. Siemian picked on the Colts ' injury-depleted secondary, throwing for yards on of passing, with most of those yards coming in the first half, when the Broncos ' offense was in attack mode.

Siemian is going to keep rookie Paxton Lynch nailed to the bench and charting plays if he continues to look this rock-solid. And I'm beginning to think I erred in believing the Broncos and their elite defense would suffer something of a post- Super Bowl letdown. Cousins wasn't the only problem in Washington's loss to visiting Dallas, dropping Jay Gruden's team to both on the season and at home. But he was by far the most glaring issue, and, as a result, Washington is the league's only winless defending division champion through two weeks.

Cousins threw that horrendous and game-changing end zone interception to Cowboys safety Barry Church , and he already has two red zone picks this season after throwing 22 red zone touchdowns without an interception in He's completing just 29 percent of his passes in the red zone, and his other misfires included overthrowing a wide open Jamison Crowder near the 10, throwing into double and triple coverage trying to force the ball to Jordan Reed , and heaving the ball out of the back of the end zone on the final Hail Mary throw of the game.

He threw for yards against Dallas, but nothing about his performance was a winning one. Prescott scored on a 6-yard scramble, and threw for yards on of passing, making sure Dez Bryant got the ball this week seven catches for yards.

The Cowboys hadn't had a rookie start and finish a win since Chad Hutchinson managed it on Thanksgiving Day And don't look now, but with a home game against the Bears in Week 3 and a trip to San Francisco in Week 4, Dallas could be one of the surprises of the young season at by the time October starts to unfold.

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