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NFL standings, Week 1: Chiefs, rivals tied atop AFC West

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Tom Brady who made his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a loss to the New Orleans Saints. With the loss of Tom Brady, the New England Patriots showed off their new quarterback, Cam Newton, who led them to a victory over the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, the AFC West had a strong Week 1 showing with all teams except the Denver Broncos securing a victory.

The Chiefs began their “run it back” campaign against the Houston Texans with an all-around dominant 34-20 win. Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire lived up to the hype for the Chiefs as he saw 25 carries that he turned into 138 yards and 1 touchdown. The Texans scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to make the game look closer than it was, but in reality, the Chiefs dominated in every aspect of the game.

The Las Vegas Raiders snuck by the Carolina Panthers with a 34-30 win where Josh Jacobs carried the team to victory. Jacobs had 25 carries for 93 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacobs also caught 4 passes for 46 yards. Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III also looked good for the Raiders as he caught 3 passes for 55 yards.

The Los Angeles Chargers did not look good, but they managed to eke out a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals after Bengals kicker Randy Bullock missed a game tying field goal as time expired. New Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor was wayward in his passes, but managed to complete 16 of 30 throws for 208 yards but the game was unimpressive offensively. The Chargers ended up winning with a final score of 16-13.

The Denver Broncos had a relatively boring game against the Tennessee Titans until the fourth quarter when both teams seemed to come alive. The Broncos lost 16-14 to the Titans, but should have lost by a lot more. Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day as he missed two field goals and an extra point along with having a field goal blocked. However, he ultimately kicked a go-ahead 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Titans the win.

Here are the full NFL standings:

AFC East

  1. New England Patriots: 1-0-0
  2. Buffalo Bills: 1-0-0
  3. New York Jets: 0-1-0
  4. Miami Dolphins: 0-1-0

AFC West

  1. Kansas City Chiefs: 1-0-0
  2. Los Angeles Chargers: 1-0-0
  3. Las Vegas Raiders: 1-0-0
  4. Denver Broncos: 0-1-0

AFC North

  1. Baltimore Ravens: 1-0-0
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-0-0
  3. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-1-0
  4. Cleveland Browns: 0-1-0

AFC South

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-0-0
  2. Tennessee Titans: 1-0-0
  3. Houston Texans: 0-1-0
  4. Indianapolis Colts: 0-1-0

NFC East

  1. Washington Football Team: 1-0-0
  2. New York Giants: 0-1-0
  3. Dallas Cowboys: 0-1-0
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: 0-1-0

NFC West

  1. Arizona Cardinals 1-0-0
  2. Seattle Seahawks 1-0-0
  3. Los Angeles Rams 1-0-0
  4. San Francisco 49ers: 0-1-0

NFC North

  1. Chicago Bears: 1-0-0
  2. Green Bay Packers: 1-0-0
  3. Minnesota Vikings: 0-1-0
  4. Detroit Lions: 0-1-0

NFC South

  1. New Orleans Saints: 1-0-0
  2. Carolina Panthers: 0-1-0
  3. Atlanta Falcons: 0-1-0
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 0-1-0
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Buffalo Bills: 4 X-Factors in Week 3 against the LA Rams

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Mitch Morse #60 of the Buffalo Bills readies to snap the ball during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Baltimore defeats Buffalo 24-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

These are four players who could be X-Factors for the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams.

In the first two games, the Buffalo Bills have gotten big performances from key players outside of the team’s stars like Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Tre’Davious White.

In Week 1, the play of Andre Roberts as their returner helped the Bills win the position battle against the New York Jets. While in Week 2, it was a diving touchdown catch by Gabriel Davis that helped the Bills take the lead back in the fourth quarter while Tyrel Dodson had big shoes to fill replacing Tremaine Edmunds and did a pretty good job.

These are four players in Week 3 who could play a pivotal role in helping the Buffalo Bills secure a victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Mitch Morse

There is no question that Buffalo Bills starting center Mitch Morse has a tall order in front of him with Aaron Donald lining up on the other side. The Rams defensive tackle is one of the best in the league and the Bills coaching staff has likely put together a comprehensive gameplan to try and slow him down.

One of the keys is going to be double team Aaron Donald whenever possible and this will mean that Morse will likely be helping out either Quinton Spain or Cody Ford at time.

However, communication will also be a key to their success and this is certainly going to fall on the Bills’ center. The Rams will likely try to stunt Donald or send delay blitzes behind the defensive tackle to try and get after Josh Allen.

There will be plenty of pressure on the Buffalo Bills offensive line, and especially Mitch Morse, in a key game for this team.

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4 big Panthers storylines to watch at the Chargers in Week 3

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What are some of the big storylines to keep a close eye on when the Carolina Panthers travel to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 of the 2020 season?

There might not be much riding on this season for the Carolina Panthers, but they will need to pick up their first win sooner rather than later.

It has been ten games since the Carolina Panthers’ loyal fanbase got the sweet taste of victory to celebrate. They deserve better and even though the most optimistic supporter went into this campaign with a sense of skepticism, it will not take much longer for the natives to get even more restless given the way this new-look roster has performed in their opening two games.

They face another significant challenge during their longest road trip of the season at the Los Angeles Chargers, who come into the game on the back of a creditable display against the Kansas City Chiefs that eventually ended with an overtime loss to the Super Bowl champions.

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will get the start once again after Tyrod Taylor remains sidelined with a punctured lung following a procedure by a team doctor that went wrong. The former Oregon sensation showed enormous promise during an eye-catching debut and the signal-caller will be hoping for more success against a defense that has its fair share of weaknesses.

Everything will go right for the Panthers if they want to get anything out of this one. Starting the season 0-3 would be demoralizing for the coaching staff, players, and fans in equal measure and it would be a long road back to respectability when one considers the strength of opponents remaining on the schedule.

Here are some big storylines to watch from Carolina’s perspective when they take on the Chargers this weekend.

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Chicago Bears: 3 Keys to a victory over the Atlanta Falcons

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The Chicago Bears will need to rely on these three areas to beat the Falcons

It has not been pretty, but the Chicago Bears are undefeated two weeks into the 2020 NFL season. This team has had some great moments, but also some really bad ones. In Week 1 the team did not show up for the first three quarters, but then in the fourth quarter, it seemed like everyone woke up. Most hoped it was just rust from not playing in the preseason, but Week 2 did not help erase fan’s fears that this team has flaws.

The first half of the Giants game looked great, but then things slightly derailed in the second half. The offense could not seem to find its groove again. When it comes to playing the Falcons in Week 3, putting up 17 points will not be enough. The team must find a way to score more points.

Now, in the Bears defense, a blown pass interference call on Eddie Jackson negated a defensive touchdown and a perfectly thrown ball to Anthony Miller was dropped in the end zone. Had either or both of these went the Bears way, the scoreboard would have looked much different. The good news for the Chicago Bears is that the Falcons defense has allowed the most points per game in the NFL thus far this season. This will be a good test for Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy.

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