Brees, Saints both down

The Morning Call - - VARSITY - By Brad Biggs

1. Pa­tri­ots 2-0 (Last week: 1): An­to­nio Brown made his de­but with a touch­down, but the big story is a de­fense that has al­lowed only three points through two games.

2. Chiefs 2-0 (2): Pa­trick Ma­homes is off to an in­sane start, and while that is not a sur­prise, he’s on pace to pass for 6,568 yards — nearly 1,100 more than the NFL record.

3. Rams 2-0 (4): Of­fi­cials cost the Saints a touch­down in the re­match of the NFC cham­pi­onship game, but this time it wasn’t the dif­fer­ence in an­other Rams vic­tory, 27-9. 4. Cow­boys 2-0 (7): The Cow­boys opened as a 20½-point fa­vorite over the Dol­phins, the most they have been fa­vored by in more than 30 years. 5. Ravens 2-0 (8): After two weeks, La­mar Jack­son leads the NFL with a 145.2 passer rat­ing and is tied for first with seven touch­down passes. He is av­er­ag­ing 10.5 yards per at­tempt.

6. Ea­gles 1-1 (6): Re­ceivers Al­shon Jef­fery (calf ) and DeSean Jack­son (groin), tight end Dal­las Goed­ert (calf ) and de­fen­sive tackle Tim Jerni­gan (foot) all were hurt Sun­day.

7. Saints 1-1 (3): New Or­leans suf­fered a ma­jor loss when Drew Brees went out with a torn lig­a­ment in his right thumb in Sun­day’s loss. Brees is ex­pected to miss about six weeks.

8. Pack­ers 2-0 (10): The Pack­ers’ im­pres­sive start has given them a leg up in the NFC North as they fol­lowed a vic­tory over the Bears with an­other against the Vik­ings.

9. Sea­hawks 2-0 (11): No com­plaints in Seat­tle after the Sea­hawks earned nar­row vic­to­ries over the Ben­gals and Steel­ers to open the sea­son 2-0 a year after they started 0-2.

10. Charg­ers 1-1 (5): Adrian Phillips, the re­place­ment for tal­ented safety Der­win James, was lost to a bro­ken arm, chal­leng­ing the Charg­ers’ se­condary depth even more.

11. Vik­ings 1-1 (9): A bad of­fen­sive pass-in­ter­fer­ence penalty wiped out a Vik­ings touch­down, but the re­al­ity is they didn’t do enough to win on the road at Lam­beau Field.

12. Fal­cons 1-1 (20): Des­mond Tr­u­fant had two in­ter­cep­tions and pass rusher Vic Beasley had a sack and three quar­ter­back hits to steady the Fal­cons in a win Sun­day.

13. 49ers 2-0 (22): With the 49ers start­ing the sea­son in Tampa Bay, fol­lowed by a trip to Cincin­nati, coach Kyle Shana­han made the de­ci­sion to spend the week in Ohio pre­par­ing.

14. Bills 2-0 (18): It could be a while be­fore the Jets or Gi­ants have more wins at MetLife Sta­dium this sea­son than the Bills. That’s be­cause the Bills com­pleted a New York sweep.

15. Bears 1-1 (13): Eddy Pineiro was the hero of the week for the Bears as he nailed three field goals, in­clud­ing a 53-yarder on the fi­nal play in a win in Den­ver.

16. Tex­ans 1-1 (14): The Tex­ans strug­gled pro­tect­ing quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son — what else is new? — in a 13-12 vic­tory over the Jaguars as he was sacked four times. 17. Browns 1-1 (21): The Browns cleaned up their act after an em­bar­rass­ing ef­fort in the opener, con­trol­ling Mon­day night’s win over the Jets from start to fin­ish.

18. Colts 1-1 (15): The Colts hung on for a vic­tory over the Ti­tans and did so de­spite Adam Vi­natieri miss­ing two ex­tra points.

The 46-year-old is strug­gling badly.

19. Ti­tans 1-1 (12): The Ti­tans are 3-for-20 on third down after two games, and what’s worse is that 13 of those third-down sit­u­a­tions have been third-and-10 or more. 20. Li­ons 1-0-1 (26): Matthew Stafford was not sacked in a 13-10 home win over the Charg­ers, who have a pair of tal­ented pass rush­ers in Joey Bosa and Melvin In­gram.

21. Steel­ers 0-2 (17): What started as a sea­son in tran­si­tion for the Steel­ers takes on a whole new di­men­sion as quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger has been lost for the sea­son.

22. Buc­ca­neers 1-1 (30): The big­gest de­vel­op­ment for coach Bruce Ari­ans has been the im­prove­ment of a de­fense that was the worst in the league last sea­son.

23. Jaguars 0-2 (19): Gard­ner Min­shew’s first start wasn’t a smash hit, but on the road against a tal­ented Tex­ans de­fense, he di­rected a touch­down drive in the fourth quar­ter.

24. Pan­thers 0-2 (16): The Pan­thers have some prob­lems as they lost at home for the sec­ond time in five days, fall­ing to the Bucs on Thurs­day night.

25. Car­di­nals 0-1-1 (27): The Car­di­nals played the Ravens closer than ex­pected and per­haps got a glimpse of things to come with rookie Kyler Mur­ray.

26. Raiders 1-1 (25): If you’re look­ing for progress, mea­sured in baby steps, the Raiders put to­gether three re­ally nice quar­ters against the Chiefs on Sun­day.

27. Ben­gals 0-2 (24): Zac Tay­lor’s new of­fense was im­pres­sive in a sea­son-open­ing loss. His de­fense was hideous in the home opener.

28. Bron­cos 0-2 (28): Von Miller and Bradley Chubb are both without sacks through two games. It won’t get eas­ier this week with a trip to Lam­beau Field.

29. Gi­ants 0-2 (23): Pat Shur­mur didn’t crack open the door to the pos­si­bil­ity of bench­ing two-time Su­per Bowl MVP Eli Man­ning. He kicked it open. It’s Daniel Jones time.

30. Red­skins 0-2 (31): They have lost six straight NFC East games and are 3-12 in their last 15 divi­sion games after be­ing soundly beaten by the Cow­boys.

31. Jets 0-2 (29): Sam Darnold is side­lined with mononu­cle­o­sis and Trevor Siemian went down with an ugly an­kle in­jury Mon­day night, leav­ing the Jets with Luke Falk at quar­ter­back.

32. Dol­phins 0-2 (32): The Dol­phins aren’t con­tent with just watch­ing this sea­son swirl down the drain. They want to do it with some style and panache.

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