The reason the NFL is the superior pro sports league out there is its ability to not only have traditional powers, but also extreme parity. Don’t believe me? After two weeks we have six 2-0 teams, six 0-2 teams and a remarkable 20 teams with a 1-1 record.
There were eight games this past weekend that pitted a team that one in Week One and a team that lost in Week One. In six of those eight, the team that lost in Week One beat the team that won in Week One. Only the Texans and Chargers were able to beat their winless opponent.
Other trends and nuggets:
There have been eight games pitting an NFC team vs. an AFC team — The NFC is 7-1 with the Colts’ last-second victory over Minnesota on Sunday being the only victory for the AFC.
Two entire divisions have all four teams tied for first (and last) at 1-1 — the NFC North and AFC East.
The 0-2 Saints, Browns and Chiefs have all scored more points than the 2-0 Cardinals.
Every team in the NFC has a win except, remarkably, the Saints. The other five 0-2 teams reside in the AFC.
Only two teams (the Packers and Giants) opened the season with two home games, and therefore only two teams started the season with two road games (Cowboys, Redskins). All four teams are, what else, 1-1.
The five rookie QBs (four of whom are now 1-1) all had a pretty good day Sunday with Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson joining Robert Griffin III in the winners’ column. Only the Browns’ Brandon Weeden, who had a great statistical day, has yet to taste victory.
Of the six 2-0 teams, two more will definitely fall next week as two games feature 2-0 vs. 2-0 — Philadelphia at Arizona and Atlanta at San Diego. The other unbeatens San Francisco and Houston are at Minnesota and Denver respectively.
The team that has scored the most points is the Redskins with an average of 34 points per game. The lowest-scoring team is the Titans, averaging 11.5 points per game.
Only three days until we begin to see what Week 3 has in store as prolific quarterbacks Eli Manning and Cam Netwon face off in Carolina on Thursday night.