Both teams are looking way up at the Eagles in the NFC East, and the loser has a long, difficult path as midseason approaches. Knowing well in advance that Ezekiel Elliott is available will help the Cowboys. Possibly being down two key offensive linemen (Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff) does Washington no good. Neither does the fact that the Cowboys have won four straight in Washington, including Dak Prescott’s first career win last season.
The Lions are coming off a bye and two straight losses before that, during which time the Packers lost Aaron Rodgers but the Vikings shot past them both in the NFC North. The Steelers are coming off another weird week, with a win but another dose of locker-room angst thanks to Martavis Bryant. The Lions are better than how they’ve looked in their losses.
Two straight losses for both teams, but the Broncos have looked worse in theirs and have squandered a chance to join the Chiefs atop the AFC West and separate from the Raiders. The Chiefs’ issues don’t look nearly as troubling as those of the Broncos, who are a mess on offense and are 0-2 away from Mile High. They may be right that Trevor Siemian is not the problem on offense, but he has yet to look like the solution.
The Chiefs (5-2) parted ways with Charles in February, and the four-time Pro Bowler signed in May with the Broncos (3-3).
A lot of people think I’m a traitor just because I’m playing with the Broncos, but I’m just trying to get me a job at the end of the day, Charles said. I’m happy that the Broncos kept that dream alive for me. I’m happy to continue to start a legacy after … I started one with the Chiefs.
Charles is averaging eight touches per game through the Broncos’ first six contests, but coach Vance Joseph envisions an expanded role for the veteran as the season progresses.
Some of it by purpose, some of it just the games we’ve been in, but absolutely we want to get him more touches because he’s so explosive, Joseph said. I’m just waiting for him to have one of those Jamaal Charles breakout runs.