Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree took care of most of the business against the Jets, but Marshawn Lynch had plenty of fun running and dancing, too. They are balanced, dangerous and explosive in every way.
Trevor Siemian and C.J. Anderson are delivering the necessary complementary football for their defense, which has a whole new brand of energy under Vance Joseph and Joe Woods. This is a more complete contender, one season removed from the Super Bowl hangover.
Alert, alert, Andy Dalton rationalization coming: He faced a pair of very tough defenses in his first two games, one on a short week, in Baltimore and Houston. The Packers should not be confused with either defense. On the other hand, Dalton should not be confused with Matt Ryan, who lit the Packers up Sunday night. If Dalton is to get on track and end questions about whether he should be benched, he has to start this week. There’s no way they outgun Rodgers, but the Bengals have to show up on offense.
Either the Chargers are unlucky, or they still are poor closers. Neither is going to help against a Chiefs team that is off to a smoking-hot start. To the Chargers’ credit, though, the odds are good that they can’t lose three in a row the same way, so doing what they’ve done to stay close to three decent-to-good teams in Denver and Miami could get them over the top against a Kansas City team that can’t be stopped on offense so far.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Benjamin left the game during the first quarter as his left leg was bent back awkwardly. He walked off the field under his own power and was examined on the sideline before heading back to the locker room. He was ruled out for the rest of the game. Benjamin came into the game leading Carolina in receiving yards with 102 on seven catches.