Which winless NFL teams have reason to panic? Bengals, Colts and others analyzed

As the NFL enters Week 3, seven teams remain in search of their first victory. Five of those teams — the Bengals, Titans, Panthers, Falcons and Raiders — look to end two-game losing streaks this weekend. Meanwhile, the Texans and Colts aim to even their records at 1-1-1. Sure, we’re just two weeks in, and … Read more

Why Chris Ballard, Frank Reich share culpability for Colts’ horrendous start

Forget “all chips in.” Forget the quarterback they scapegoated to Washington, convinced the problems would follow him out east. (They were wrong.) Forget the swings they took in the offseason, sure they’d do the trick. (Wrong, again). Forget the belief in the building that the beginning of this year was going to be different, that … Read more

Why Chris Ballard, Frank Reich share culpability for Colts’ horrendous start

Forget “all chips in.” Forget the quarterback they scapegoated to Washington, convinced the problems would follow him out east. (They were wrong.) Forget the swings they took in the offseason, sure they’d do the trick. (Wrong, again). Forget the belief in the building that the beginning of this year was going to be different, that … Read more

NFL Week 2 takeaways: Colts flop again; Browns collapse; Dolphins look legit

[Follow our live blog for NFL Week 2 scores and analysis] The NFL’s Week 2 slate has featured miraculous comebacks, disappointing performances by supposed contenders and a season-ending injury to 49ers quarterback Trey Lance. The Athletic‘s Tim Graham, Jeff Howe and Dan Pompei break down what we’ve learned from another surprising Sunday: After opening the … Read more

NFL Week 2 expert roundtable: Avoiding the dreaded 0-2 start, new coaches and upset picks

Despite the fireworks of otherworldly quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (oh, man — that pass) and a dinged-up Justin Herbert (oh, man — his pass!), Thursday night’s Chargers-Chiefs tilt was decided in large part by the Kansas City defense. Early in the fourth quarter, rookie cornerback Jaylen Watson intercepted a misguided Herbert goal-line toss and returned it … Read more

NFL Week 2 injuries – Updates on Allen Lazard, Alvin Kamara, Damien Williams and others

5:13 PM ET NFL NationESPN As Week 2 of the NFL season continues, injuries have caused teams to dig into their depth charts and make a few changes to their rotations. The Dallas Cowboys suffered a massive loss in Week 1 after quarterback Dak Prescott fractured his right thumb against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Owner … Read more

How Justin Jefferson, other top receivers are becoming NFL’s new workhorse backs

Before the NFL became a pass-happy league, teams prioritized getting star running backs the ball 25-30 times a game, believing that eventually the defense would tire from punishment. There are still some workhorse backs in the league, albeit with lighter loads than their predecessors, but if Week 1 is any indication of things to come, … Read more

10 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 2

After a long offseason, Week 1 is in the books, and just like that, we’re looking ahead to Week 2. Here are some of the best additions you can make to your season-long fantasy football squads based on everything we know so far. (I’ll mostly stick to players rostered on no more than 60% of … Read more