The NFL season is a learning experience, and each week we get a little more information about the league’s 32 teams. So what did we learn this week? Well, we learned that the landscape is changing for each of these five teams. Here are the biggest changes in team value that we saw this week.
Chicago Bears (2-3)
How about the Bears? They sent a once-promising Kansas City Chiefs team to 1-4 this weekend, and they’re now 2-0 since Jay Cutler returned. Their 2-3 record gives them a lot of catching up to do in the NFC North, but did anyone imagine that the Bears and Seahawks would have the same record after five weeks? If the Bears keep winning with Cutler under center, more people are going to have to pay attention. For now, Bears fans can just enjoy this win.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-0)
It’s no secret that the Seattle Seahawks are probably quite a bit better than their 2-3 record indicates. When they rolled into Cincinnati at 2-2, they promised to be a huge challenge to the Cincinnati Bengals. But the Bengals got their signature win and proved that they’re among the league’s elite, thanks to an incredible fourth-quarter comeback that saw them erase a 17-point deficit to force overtime. Quarterback Andy Dalton looks increasingly comfortable, even when facing an elite defense like the Seattle Seahawks’. That should scare every other team in the league.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Looks like the Eagles have finally figured out how to use DeMarco Murray. Murray had by far his best game of the season on Sunday, rushing for . That’s more than twice as many as he’s had in any other single game this season. Will the Eagles keep running the football this well? If so, then things may finally be clicking for Chip Kelly’s new offense.
Seattle Seahawks (2-3)
Well, they had to know this was coming. When one team goes up, another must go down, and the Seahawks were the victims of the Bengals’ success this week. The Seahawks loss doesn’t sound so bad at first: losing in overtime against a 4-0 Bengals team in Cincinnati isn’t the most embarrassing thing in the world. But then you look at how they did it, and you can’t help but wonder what happened to this team’s identity. The Seahawks blew a 17-point fourth quarter lead, largely because they were unable to sustain drives of their own at the end of the game. Now the Seahawks are at 2-3, a record few could have imagined in the pre-season. It’s panic time in the Northwest.
Green Bay Packers (5-0)
The tough Rams defense that upset Seattle in overtime in Week 1 was no match for the Packers at home. They put up one of their most convincing wins of the season so far, and they improved to 5-0. A few observers (us included) had Green Bay on upset alert this week – after all, this Rams team held great offenses to very low scores, and the Packers had been playing uncharacteristically low-scoring games against mediocre opposition. Forget all of that: the Packers put up a very respectable 24 points and won by two touchdowns.
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