After two weeks of NFL action in 2017, there’s one clear takeaway that won’t go away: The AFC West is the best. Three of its teams are among the eight that have started 2-0.
Backup defensive end Noah Spence hurt his shoulder but finished the game. Standout defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was limited this week in practice by an ankle injury, limped off twice in the second half before returning from each absence.
Then linebacker Lavonte David was lost in potentially the biggest blow. He had the back of his ankle rolled on inadvertently by a Vikings player during a scrum around the ball in the fourth quarter and left the field on a cart.
The Buccaneers host the New York Giants on Sunday before the New England Patriots visit on Oct. 5, with two games in the next 11 days making the injury recovery more difficult.
The Vikings stay at home to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, starting a stretch of three straight games against division opponents.
Seattle’s offense fell apart on every level in Green Bay, so here comes an ideal get-well game in the friendly confines of their loud home crowd. San Francisco will be overwhelmed and will give up big plays early, and the ‘Hawks will find some positives from their offensive backfield. New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will need to accept his offense taking a few more lumps with a tough early sschedule. Seahawks win 27-10 and cover the spread.
Matthew Stafford has been a lot better in adjusting to a more efficient, quick-passing offense than Eli Manning has in recent seasons. Manning wasn’t good last year, and no Odell Beckham Jr. early this season has made him even worse. Good for Manning, though, that the defense is already in midseason form. Expect Beckham to suit up and help New York steal a close one. Giants win 23-20 and cover the spread.