In 13 of the past 14 seasons, a team has rallied from a fourth-place finish the year prior to win its division. In 2017, one strong candidate to keep that trend moving forward is Philadelphia. Carson Wentz and the Eagles dispatched Washington to open the season, forcing Kirk Cousins into one of his worst showings in a 30-17 road win.
The best way to keep that momentum rolling — and prove 2017 isn’t a repeat of 2016 when the team started 3-0 and crashed to a 7-9 record — would be to beat the red-hot Chiefs in Week 2. Kansas City throttled New England on the road with 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points, making it an early team to beat in the NFL. Finding a way to beat the team the defending champs couldn’t figure out would be a statement from a team that finished dead last in the NFC East last winter.
Sometimes the hardest part about watching and evaluating a college quarterback can be parsing through blowouts to find positives that weren’t just handed to them by a bad defense. The NFL is a lot faster with a lot bigger guys, so it’s important to see players tested against defenders that are actually going to make plays.
Tom Jackson Elite Jersey Seven of Louisville’s nine wins in 2016 were by at least 30 points. The team’s two wins to open the 2017 season haven’t been as drastic a margin (35-28 over Purdue; 47-35 over North Carolina), but that’s still 82 points in two games.
After Clemson, the only other team on the Louisville schedule that’s currently ranked in the top 25 is Florida State. So there could be plenty more touchdowns and scoring for Jackson in 2017, but Saturday they could be tough to come by.
Authentic Mens Fran Tarkenton Jersey A year ago, Jackson passed for 295 yards and rushed for 162 yards, but his three total touchdowns were topped by Deshaun Watson’s five passing touchdowns in a 42-36 loss. It would take an even more heroic effort for Jackson to have the same kind of numbers this time around.