The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 2

Michael Lipscomb

My weekly review of the games around the league. Recognizing greatness and talking a little trash! Got a problem with it? Hit me up on Twitter: @TheAceWriter or tweet at the website’s page @TFINS_

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Check out the Underrated Performance of the Week at the bottom of the page too!

The Good – The San Francisco 49ers execution on both sides of the ball

San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals. 49ers win 41-17.

Photo: Bobby Ellis / Getty Images

The 49ers are sitting at 2-0. When’s the last time you heard that? The Niners beat up on the Bengals on Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was dialing it up on offense. Calling great plays and keeping the Bengals defense confused.

Quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo looks okay in his first two games back from injury, and the offense has been moving the ball well. They have big time speed at their skill positions, and a very nice flow to their offense. Matt Breida was getting busy too, that dude is quick, man.

The defense brought it as well against Cincy. Their run defense remained stout. The defensive backs were sound as well, communicating and flying to the football. 49ers fans should be excited! *IF* they can stay healthy (which has been a huge problem in the past), they could be a sleeper team for a playoff berth in the NFC.

Quick shoutout to inside linebacker Kwon Alexander (@kwon on Twitter), that guy was hellacious on Sunday. I see you!

The Bad – Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense.

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets. Browns win 23-3.

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Browns came away with the win on Monday Night Football, but it wasn’t a clean win whatsoever. The Browns’ defense did their part, holding Le’Veon Bell and the Jets to a measly 3 points. But what’s up with this offense?

Mayfield ended the night 19 for 35 on passing attempts, for 325 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That doesn’t look too bad at first glance, but that also accounts for an 89 yard touchdown to Odell Beckham Jr. when Beckham ran for about 75 yards AFTER the catch.

Mayfield and the Browns should have looked more precise against a wounded Jets team. A lot of analysts are starting to question whether the Browns can win games relying off of big, chunk plays. Time will tell, but the Browns need to get it together, quick. They face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.

The Ugly –  The Miami Dolphins… AGAIN..

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins. Patriots win 43-0.

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Well, we all saw this one coming. After losing by 49 points last week, the Dolphins proceeded to get annihilated again. There’s a different level of embarrassment when you get blown out, and don’t even get on the scoreboard.

The Patriots defense was lights out once again while Fitzpatrick and the guys looked like a college team. That’s not even my personal opinion on the Dolphins, it’s my twitter followers’ opinion! Take a look at my twitter poll here.

A decent amount of people thought the Clemson Tigers could beat the Miami Dolphins in a head to head matchup. That tells you all you need to know about how Miami’s season is going. This may be one of the last times I reference them as The Ugly because ugly, is going to describe their entire season.

Underrated Performance of the Week – Shaquil Barrett, Edge Rusher, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 tackles, 3 sacks. A dominant performance to lead this defense to a division win. Ball out Shaq!

Back to back sacks at 1:10 of the video!

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