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Packers: Jaire Alexander looked like an All-Pro in Week 1

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Jaire Alexander had an All-Pro performance in the Packers’ season opener.

After two strong seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander is hoping to take the next step and become an All-Pro in 2020.

To do that, he’ll need to improve his consistency and also make more key plays and force more turnovers.

If Week 1 is anything to go on, Alexander is well on his way. The third-year pro stepped up when the Packers needed him against the Minnesota Vikings, making multiple game-changing plays that swung the momentum the Packers’ way.

Alexander finished the game with five tackles, one pass defense, one sack, one interception, and one safety. Not only did he make big plays, it was also the timing of them.

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After turning the ball over on downs from Minnesota’s one-yard line, the defense needed to step up and make a play to help swing the momentum back in Green Bay’s direction. Alexander did just that, rushing the quarterback uncovered to make an incredible play, sacking Kirk Cousins in the end zone for a safety.

The Packers added two points to their total and also received the ball back. Before the play, they were trailing the Vikings 7-3.

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Later in the second quarter, the Packers put together an impressive 11-play touchdown drive to take a 15-7 lead. Despite playing well, the game was still close. Alexander went a way to changing that by intercepting Cousins on the Minnesota 45-yard line with a little over 30 seconds to go in the half.

Aaron Rodgers said thank you very much, firing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Valdes-Scantling two plays later. This was a perfect example of the defense making a key turnover and the offense following it up. We didn’t see enough of this from the Packers last year.

It’s early days in the 2020 season. For Alexander to take that next step and become an All-Pro cornerback, he needs more performances like this one. We hoped to see more game-changing plays from Alexander this year, and he delivered in the season opener.

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Buffalo Bills: Predicting when they will suffer their first loss in 2020

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams lines against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Another 2-0 start to the season for the Buffalo Bills, how long can they go without losing a game?

Over the next four games for the Buffalo Bills, they will have their work cut out for them. They will be playing all 2-0 squads in the Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and the Kansas City Cheifs. It is likely that they are dealt a loss in at least one of these games and I’ll try my best to predict which one.

While the home field advantage isn’t the same without fans in the stands, the comfortability with their home environment still adds some value to each team. The Bills are at home for the Rams and Chiefs games and hit the road for the Raiders and Titans. These next four games will be arguably the toughest stretch the whole season and will be a great measuring stick for the Bills as they have to prove they can beat the top competition.

With great competition comes great quarterback play and that holds true for the most part here, Jared Goff is looking like his 2018 self that led the Rams to the Super Bowl. The Las Vegas Raiders are still riding with the seven-year veteran Derek Carr, the Titans have a revived Ryan Tannehill and the Kansas City Cheifs have former MVP and the most recent Super Bowl MVP in Patrick Mahomes. Bills quarterback Josh Allen hopes to prove himself against the best.

The Bills offense has looked exceptional this season but their defense hasn’t lived up to expectations, especially versus the Dolphins last week. This was primarily due to the injuries to Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, who both missed Week 2. Their returns would be much appreciated as they are two of the more pivotal players on the defensive side of the ball.

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Chiefs given several options in latest 2021 NFL mock drafts

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 25: General manager Brett Veach of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The Chiefs are given multiple options in the latest set of 2021 mock drafts.

For such a loaded roster, the Kansas City Chiefs are sure enjoying a lot of contributions from rookies.

When it comes to the Chiefs, the bulk of the offseason spotlight fell squarely on the team’s “run it back” campaign. General manager Brett Veach was intent on bringing back as much of the team’s Super Bowl winning roster as possible, which included nearly every starter on both sides of the ball along with numerous key reserves. From Sammy Watkins to Demarcus Robinson to Mike Pennel to Bashaud Breeland, the Chiefs came to the new year loaded with proven veterans.

It’s interesting, then, to see how many rookies are actually contributing to the Chiefs in 2020. Two games into the season and new faces are showing up strong for Kansas City on both sides of the ball. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the newest offensive sensation on the league’s most dangerous unit. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed leads the NFL in interceptions. Tommy Townsend has looked exceptional in Dustin Colquitt‘s shadow, while Mike Danna and Tershawn Wharton are instant assets along the defensive front.

It’s always fun to look ahead, so we wanted to see what next year’s class might have to offer the Chiefs. Here’s a survey of prospects linked to the Chiefs in the latest round of 2021 mock drafts from around the web.

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LA Chargers: 3 players that need to be utilized more moving forward

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers have some talent on the roster that is being underutilized.

The LA Chargers are quietly one of the most talented teams in the league. Thus far, the Bolts have proven why everyone was high on their defense heading into the season and offensively, the Chargers have multiple really talented weapons plus an offensive line that has actually looked better thus far.

That naturally is going to create talent that gets underutilized and that is the case for the Bolts through two weeks. While two weeks is a small sample size, there are certain players that we can already tab as needing more playing time/to be utilized more often.

Here are the three players that we want to see Anthony Lynn utilize more moving forward.

1. Joe Reed

Joe Reed has been really solid for the Bolts in special teams thus far. He is in the top-10 in yards per kickoff return and his 45-yard kickoff return in Week 1 led the Chargers to their only touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Aside from that, though, Reed has been kind of nonexistent. He did get one-touch in the offense against Kansas City and took the ball up the field for eight yards.

He has proven to be really good with the ball in his hands, particularly in weaving through blocks and making guys miss. Heading into the year, every Charger fan was touting his potential in being someone who could add a new dynamic to the offense in gadget plays, both carrying the ball and catching the ball.

That simply has not been the case thus far even though we have seen positive signs with his skillset through two games.

I get that the team does not want their primary kick returner to get injured but it would be nice to see Reed get at least a few more touches in the offense and actually be on the field as well. He had two snaps on Sunday.

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