As much as it pains me to go against the terrific one in Tom Brady, the New England Patriots is the worst undefeated team among the few, all because Brady has no one to help him in the receiving game.
But that can change with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are solid defensively. The Pats were able to take advantage of two rookie quarterbacks in their wins over the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.
What was discovered in their close wins is the speed from Pats’ receivers in rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. When these guys complete their catches, the Pats will secure unquestioned wins.
The worst 2-0 team is the Miami Dolphins. Their defense is better than people think, and Ryan Tannehill has noticeably improved this year, but I still have them has the weakest of the undefeated teams. These Dolphins remind me of the Bengals of 2011 with a young QB, one great wideout and a young defense. The AFC is weak enough for the ‘Fins to make the playoffs, but a wildcard birth is their absolute ceiling. Winning their first two games on the road is no small feat (that Colts win could have playoff implications), but I think they come down to Earth and lose to Atlanta and New Orleans at home to fall to 2-2.
Totally New England. Although defense wins football games, it is the offense that scores points. With this New England team, their offense for the most part is in trouble. Their only WRs other than Julian Edelman are rookies who have dropped as many passes as AT&T drops calls. As well, the Patriots primary back Stevan Ridley has only averaged 43 yards per game in his first two games. If the Jets offense hadn’t been so horrendous last Thursday Night, the Pats would have lost that game. Also if Tom Brady and his receivers can’t connect, they are going downhill in a hurry. There is only so far you can stretch a defense and this defense is about to snap. If it wasn’t for some clutch Gowstowski field goals, the Pats would be 0-2. Not to be pointing any fingers at Bill Belichick, but you can’t always rely on Julian Edelman to give you 13 receptions every single game. I understand that TE Rob Gronkowski will be coming off multiple surgeries and will be well rested, but just how effective will he be? Could we have another RGIII incident on our hands where Gronk will be playing at the game, but at the same time be the ball-spiking, pass-catching, touchdown-having Gronk that we have always known? I’m not so sure.
Regardless, when I look at the 2-0 teams, I can see that their offenses or defenses have super-star caliber and pro-bowl potential players. The Chiefs are a solid ball club with consistent QB Alex Smith and absolutely dynamic RB Jamaal Charles and the always exciting WR Dwayne Bowe. As well, their defense held both the Cowboys and Jaguars offenses to under 17 points a piece (although that’s not really a challenge with the Jags). I can see them doing well, as long as they stay healthy and their defense doesn’t fail them.
The Broncos are Super Bowl or at least AFC Championship bound, I can almost guarantee that.
The Bears have been scoring points like nobody’s business, although their defense is giving me some worries. RB Matt Forte and WR Brandon Marshall look better than ever.
The Texans have a great mix of young and old with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. As well it doesn’t hurt to have J.J. Watt on that defensive line.
Seattle looked a bit shaky in the first game but pulled it off as well as a great Sunday night stomping against the Niners.
And finally the Saints actually have somewhat of a defense this season and their old Head Coach so with that in mind, overall the Patriots are the worst 2-0 team.
This is easy—Miami is far and away the worst undefeated team. When compared to the other undefeated squads, Miami simply doesn’t compare from a talent perspective. The team is playing a bit above its head right now but will come back to Earth at some point. Ryan Tannehill is playing amazing—which won’t change. What’s interesting about the list overall is each team looks like a playoff contender, as does Miami. The Dolphins have emerged as a team that can run with anyone, but it’s a few years out from making a serious push.
I still have my questions with the Kansas City Chiefs. They still may end up with a better record than the other teams on this list, but I don’t know if they are as good as the other teams. They have an easy schedule and could definitely change my opinion on them. They have beaten the Jacksonville Jaguars (worst team in the league) and the Dallas Cowboys.