NFL Roundtable: Besides the Buffalo Bills, which 2-0 team was the most impressive?


Starting the season 2-0 is one way for NFL teams to significantly improve their postseason chances.

Since 1990, clubs that have won their first two games have advanced to the playoffs 63 percent of the time, and 11.3 percent of teams that started 0-2 have advanced.

In 2022, six teams – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants – are 2-0.

The Bills, with their two prime-time wins, appear to be the clear leaders in the AFC. Here’s why Buffalo is ineligible for this week’s roundtable:

Which other 2-0 team was the most impressive?

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Bills, Chiefs and Buccaneers should be 2-0. So are the Dolphins, but their comeback against the Ravens was much better than their blowout against the Patriots. And the Giants beat other lower-tier teams. The 2-0 team that impressed me the most is the Philadelphia Eagles. Jalen Hurts is establishing himself as an NFL starter, leading the Eagles offense and setting his team up for success in the first two weeks. Hurts helped Philly score 38 third-quarter points at Detroit in Week 1 and take a 24-7 halftime lead against the Vikings’ high-powered offense in Week 2. The Eagles have a great opportunity to dominate the NFC East and are off to a perfect start. — Safid Din

Miami Dolphins

And the Dolphins will be really impressive if they can hang one on the Bills this weekend. Regardless, Tua Tagovailoa’s breakout game that sparked a huge comeback in Baltimore was such a statement. Tua can’t shoot deep? Well, that question has been answered by Tyreek Hill and Jalen Waddle, who look to capitalize on any game. But outside of speed, new coach Mike McDaniel has shown, so far, that he is no Kliff Kingsbury. He created some serious things to create opportunities. In no way are Hill and Waddle behind the Bills’ top-notch secondary like they did against Baltimore. Leslie Frazier, Buffalo’s underrated D-coordinator, will develop some things to handle this. And it has Von Miller taking the heat. Again, nothing can be assumed. That’s why they play games. And if the Dolphins can put together the runs to go 3-0 — against Buffalo, of all foes — it will prove the new influx to South Beach is no fluke. — Jarrett Bell

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are off to their best start since 2016 and are playing like the best team in the NFC East. I’m really impressed with Jalen Hurts. He has improved tremendously since the beginning of the year. He’s more balanced in the pocket, his mechanics are much better, and he plays with a lot of confidence. You can tell he’s put in the work since he was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Hurts’ 723 total yards are the most by an Eagles player through two weeks since Mike Vick (2012). In defense, the Eagles have a differential of plus 3 losses. “Eagles” are flying high now. I’m impressed with how they played on both sides of the ball and I expect Philly to improve to 3-0 this week. — Tyler Dragon

Philadelphia Eagles

There are some good options, including the Dolphins and Chiefs, but the Eagles are off to a good start, too. They won a track meet against Detroit in Week 1 and then played a much better defense against Minnesota in a 24-7 win Monday night. Of course, most of the conversation revolves around Jalen Hurts, and rightfully so. He has completed 69.8% of his passes so far and added three rushing touchdowns. Philly also averages 5.2 yards per carry — mostly Hurts and Miles Sanders — and has a variety of offensive weapons. Not only do the Eagles already have two wins on the board, but their upcoming schedule (at Washington and against Jacksonville) suggests they could potentially keep it up for a while longer. — Parker Gabriel

Kansas City Chiefs

They still have one of their best players in Patrick Mahomes at the most important position. Mahomes and the offense were impressive in Week 1 on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. For all the concern about losing Tyreke Hill — yes, the offense won’t be as explosive as a result — Mahomes connected on nine receivers and threw for five touchdowns. He left the game five days later, but the Chiefs’ back seven pressured Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and Jalen Watson, who produced a key pick-six in a 27-24 victory over a frankly more talented team. which wants to dethrone Kansas City as the kings of the AFC West. They haven’t been as dominant as Philadelphia or as surprising (in a good way) as Miami, but the Chiefs are playing quality complementary football heading into a road contest against the Indianapolis Colts. — Chris Bumbaka

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