Defensive struggles or offensive excellence?

Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions Weblog. Ndamukong Suh (pictured above) and the Lions defense have played a large part in Detroit's exciting 2 and 0 start.

By Andrew McNeil

Week three of the NFL season approaches and I think it could be one of the defining weeks of the season. The first two weeks of the NFL season have been an offensive explosion, but should it be considered an “offensive explosion” or a “defensive implosion?” As everyone knows, the NFL suffered through a prolonged lockout, which prevented teams from going through with their customary off-season workouts. Offensive players got together and worked on things and it seems to have benefited them, but the defenses are far behind.  Teams such as the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills, who have typically been two of the bottom feeders of the NFL have become virtually unstoppable over night. It’s widely known that defenses will be ahead of offenses at the beginning of the season, but this year that has not been the case.

Defenses are struggling to tackle players in the open field, and struggling to get their defensive calls correct. There have been an extremely high number of blown coverages in the first two weeks, which have led to higher than normal offensive numbers throughout the first two weeks. Actually a number of offensive league records have been set in these past two weeks, over 15,000 yards of offense have been gained, which is the most in league history. Cam Newton and Tom Brady are leading the offensive charge currently; both have thrown for over 400 yards in their first two starts.

Now week three is upon us, teams have had more than a month of organized practices and team workouts. Now its time for the defenses to catch up to the offenses. Its time for teams like the Packers, Patriots, and others to start stopping people from moving up and down the field on them with zero resistance. I understand that the lockout coupled with the early offensive
numbers are only helping the NFL become more popular than its ever been, but if your someone who has loved the game for a long time, you kind of just want
somebody to stop somebody. Heck, even the Pittsburgh Steelers defense got lit
up in week one of the season, something that almost never happens. Defensive
guys have collected checks during the first two weeks of the season, but in
week three its time for them to start earning that paper.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

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