I've posted overrated and underrated NFL teams on my NFL Picks
page for a while, but I thought it deserved its own section. I'll update this page every week during the season as well as periodically during the offseason. Follow me @walterfootball
Updated Sept. 20, 2021
NFL Overrated Teams:
The Panthers are 2-0, but they beat two bad teams at home. Victories over the Jets and coach-less Saints shouldn't impress anyone. I'm not a believer in Sam Darnold or Carolina's offensive line.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are 2-0, but they could easily be 0-2. Lamar Jackson imploded in the opener, while the Pittsburgh defense looked helpless once T.J. Watt and Tyson Alualu left a group that was already missing Joe Haden and Devin Bush. I don't trust Derek Carr, and I hate the Raider offensive line. The defense shouldn't be very good either.
Mike Zimmer often wins in the preseason, but he came away with zero victories in August because his dreadful offensive line couldn't block anyone. Minnesota used its first-round pick on Christian Darrisaw after losing Riley Reiff, but Darrisaw hasn't been able to practice very much because of an injury. Thanks to the blocking issues, they lost their opening-week game to the Bengals, one of the worst teams in the NFL. They nearly beat the Cardinals, but only because Kyler Murray gifted a couple of interceptions to them in the second half.
Despite losing to the Raiders, the Steelers are overrated because of their Week 1 victory at Buffalo. Their offensive line is a disaster, and now Diontae Johnson is injured. T.J. Watt's injury hurt Pittsburgh's chances against the Raiders, but it's not like the offense was doing much anyway.
NFL Underrated Teams:
Beating the Giants and Jaguars aren't impressive feats, by any means, but Denver won both games in blowouts. People need to start taking the Broncos seriously as a playoff contender. They boast an elite defense, a solid offensive line, talented play-makers and stability at quarterback.
The Colts are 0-2, but they played better than the Rams this past week. They should be getting Xavier Rhodes and Braden Smith back from injury soon. Having them available will be enormous as they try to crawl out of their 0-2 hole.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints looked helpless battling the Panthers, but they were playing without most of their coaching staff. The eight missing coaches, who weren't available because of minor illnesses, will return for Week 3.
San Angeles Chargers
The Chargers would've won a fair game against the Cowboys, but horrible officiating seemed to negate all of their big plays. They'll be getting Chris Harris back from injury soon, which will help matters.
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