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The Story So Far in the NFL Season’s Biggest Questions

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If you aren’t close with your team’s quarterback, you know them and you know the debate, or don’t. Andrew Luck didn’t do much against the Packers, nor was Russell Wilson quite as good as he was against the Rams. Carson Wentz played well but Philadelphia had nothing to show for it. You may feel confident in your man.

This article is from the archive of our partner . If you aren’t close with your team’s quarterback, you know them and you know the debate, or don’t. Andrew Luck didn’t do much against the Packers, nor was Russell Wilson quite as good as he was against the Rams. Carson Wentz played well but Philadelphia had nothing to show for it. You may feel confident in your man. Whether or not your QB can win in the NFL is only part of the battle. Most of the questions about the league’s biggest stars this offseason have actually centered around how efficient their offense is, where the game falls on their shoulders, the clutch gene, the leadership skills they have left. If you’re only interested in your quarterback’s ability to win this game, some of those things are irrelevant, while others are key. Quarterbacks are the bedrock of NFL football. They do all the things your team’s other skill players don’t. For us, specifically, this means they make a difference in the biggest games of the year. It’s weird to think that, but it’s true. Here’s what we learned from the first quarter of the NFL season.

Jacksonville has potential. Somehow the Jaguars kept things interesting against Seattle in Week 1. Quarterback Blake Bortles, strangely, led his team to some decent drives. He had a down year in 2016, but the Jags were winning games the last few weeks, and they’re definitely better than your average collection of lesser-known teams. They also have some really good defensive talent. Turnovers do kill the Jaguars. They’ve got a lot of offensive talent, but they’ve got to figure out the ways to score without turnovers. Team knows how to get to the playoffs. It wouldn’t be the offseason for a smart NFL team not to. It’s Week 1 and the Rams are still a long way from figuring out how to win. For weeks now, it has looked like L.A. might be good enough to reach the postseason. There was reason to think the Rams could, but it was tough to rely on them. They had to focus on the interior pass rush, which they didn’t do against the Jaguars. The Rams still have several holes, and the offense had multiple wasted chances. But, through two weeks, they know how to get in the playoffs. Andre Iguodala showed why he’s dangerous. He’s been inconsistent at times, but he is certainly a threat every time he’s on the court. He’s the star of the Golden State Warriors, and in the NBA Finals, he’s becoming the star of the new Nike commercial. In Week 1, he filled his usual stat line, but against San Antonio, he showed a new weapon. He basically grabbed the defense by the throat, applied extra contact (which looked a little painful), and made quick work of the guy. This guy wasn’t at his best, but this dude doesn’t play all that often. Is it just coincidence? We’ll find out.

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