We’ve reached the end of the unofficial first quarter of the 2017 NFL season, and two teams have gotten out of the gate a little faster than the rest in the race to Super Bowl LII.
One is obvious. The Chiefs haven’t looked back after dusting the Super Bowl LI-champion Patriots in New England in Week 1 to remain the only undefeated team in the league after Week 4. Because it plays in the AFC and has beaten the best there (so far), Kansas City needs an early NFC opponent.
That team is Green Bay, the best overall of the 3-1 teams in that conference. The Packers have been playing well through injuries and still have the game’s most transcendent quarterback.
Kareem Hunt has taken a talented offense into overdrive, and the defense keeps bringing it in key spots without its leader, Eric Berry. Coach Andy Reid might finally have his most special team.
The Chiefs are undefeated because Alex Smith is dealing at a whole new level, pushed by Patrick Mahomes. The Texans finally have a legitimate athletic passer of their own in Deshaun Watson. It should be a fast-paced game full of big plays, so it comes down which team has the trusted pass rush to take advantage of the other’s shoddy pass protection. Advantage J.J Watt and Jadeveon Clowney over Justin Houston.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee was walking around in the locker room on Wednesday Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys with a wrap on his ribs, which he injured during last week’s loss to the Jets. He didn’t practice Wednesday, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to do anything the rest of the week. Not having Lee against Pittsburgh Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys on Sunday would be a massive loss given that the Jaguars are already down Allen Robinson (torn ACL). That would leave Allen Hurns as the No. 1 receiver and little-used veteran Arrelious Benn, rookie Keelan Cole and first-year player Max McCaffrey as the rest of the crew. — Mike DiRocco