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The Buffalo Sabres have not reached the Stanley Cup playoffs in the past five seasons. Joc Pederson Jersey . But the organization made important moves this offseason that could propel them into the postseason next spring.General manager Tim Murray brought in veteran forward Kyle Okposo and talented young defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, both of whom should be solid additions to the roster.?Coach Dan Bylsma enters his second season behind the Buffalo bench and expects much more from his team in 2016-17.Best new facesThe Sabres acquired Kulikov via trade from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mark Pysyk on June 25. Buffalo also signed Okposo, who was an unrestricted free agent. The Sabres also acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson from the?St. Louis Blues?for a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft. Okposo, the former?New York Islander, should add a much-needed offensive punch and could prove to be a perfect linemate with Jack Eichel. Even though the Sabres lost Pysyk in the deal, Kulikov should be a great addition to Buffalos top defensive pairing. He adds a physical presence.Biggest unknownsEichel, 19, enjoyed a successful rookie season in 2015-16. He registered 24 goals and 32 assists for 56 points in 81 games. The talented young forward played in every situation. He also played for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey in September, but didnt have the best tournament.Will Eichel suffer a sophomore jinx in 2016-17? He shouldnt. He likely will build off his World Cup experience, which put him at a pace higher than a normal training camp would have. He needs to feed off that experience and get off to a fast start with the Sabres. After his successful rookie campaign, opposing teams have the book on Eichel, so hell face more challenges in his second season because teams no doubt will focus on him. How he handles that extra burden will be critical to his success.?Once again, goaltending could be an issue for the Sabres. If starter Robin Lehner, 25, can remain healthy and have a breakout season, it could mean the difference between a playoff spot or another losing season.Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen remains unsigned as a restricted free agent. After playing for Team Finland at the World Cup, however, he has taken part in training camp for the Sabres but is not able to play until the sides agree on a deal.Evander Kanes status remains uncertain. The forward was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and five noncriminal counts of disorderly conduct and harassment stemming from an incident at a Buffalo bar this summer.?He is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.Sure thingsDepending on the Kane situation, expect Eichel, Okposo, Ryan OReilly and Sam Reinhart to lead the charge offensively. OReilly, 25, helped Team Canada to a World Cup championship, and that experience also should help him get off to a strong start. He registered 21 goals and 39 assists for 60 points in 71 games last season.Okposo, 28, had 22 goals and 42 assists for 64 points in 79 games for the Islanders last season. The addition of his offense will be a significant upgrade for the Sabres.PredictionThe Sabres will contend for a playoff spot for the majority of the season but will fall just short in the end. Seventh in the Atlantic. Enrique Hernandez Jersey . -- Ryan Blaney provided more evidence that Penske Racings No. Kenta Maeda Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. http://www.authenticdodgersgear.com/dodgers-maury-wills-jersey/ . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Through Week 2, the Patriots look like the leagues best team, and their fill-in quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, ranks No. 1 in Total QBR. The Seahawks, meanwhile, have scored just 15 total points and have issues along the offensive line.NFL Nation reporters pick the biggest surprises?so far for each team.NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC WestNFC EASTDallas CowboysThe play of quarterback Dak Prescott.How can I not go with?the rookie? Although he doesnt have a?touchdown pass, he has not had a pass intercepted in 75 attempts. He delivered a game-winning, fourth-quarter drive last week against Washington and nearly had the Cowboys?in position for a game-winning field goal attempt in Week 1 against the Giants. Prescott has made it clear that the Cowboys are still Tony Romos team, but he is doing what he can to make sure its in good condition when Romo returns. -- Todd ArcherNew York GiantsThe Giants havent been just competent defensively -- theyve been good.The leagues 32nd-ranked unit from last season ranks in the top 10?in just about every category through two weeks, despite playing the high-octane Saints in Week 2. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins dominance has been a major part of the resurgence. He has outplayed his large contract ($62.5 million) the first two games, as he ranks as Pro Football Focus No. 4 cornerback. -- Jordan RaananPhiladelphia EaglesCoach Doug Pedersons debut.Sure, rookie quarterback?Carson Wentz is a great answer, but as the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, Wentz came in with some high expectations. Pederson -- not so much. He was a high school coach as recently as 2008 and an offensive coordinator with limited playcalling responsibilities while with the Chiefs, so there were some concerns about whether he was ready to be a head coach. Not all those concerns have been assuaged in two weeks time, but the Eagles have been sharp out of the gate under Pedersons command. -- Tim McManusWashington RedskinsQuarterback Kirk Cousins unsteady start.I did not think he was a budding star ready to elevate into a top-10 quarterback. I felt hed be in that middle range, a guy capable of really good games but who needs help from those around him. Cousins, however, has struggled more in two games than I would have anticipated, especially because the throws he has missed have often been to open targets. The Redskins need him to start hitting more of these throws, and if he does, they can recover from an 0-2 start to be much more competitive. But Cousins struggles also highlight the lack of help from other aspects, namely the defense. It has struggled for far too long, due in part to some neglect, and its inexcusable. -- John KeimNFC NORTHChicago BearsThe offense is worse than expected.Chicago has surrendered eight sacks and converted only eight of 23 third-down attempts (34.8 percent) in two games. Losing running back Matt Forte, tight end Martellus Bennett and playcaller Adam Gase in the offseason hurt, but no one thought the offense would completely tank. Factor in quarterback?Jay Cutlers right thumb injury, and things are about to go from bad to worse. -- Jeff DickersonDetroit LionsDefensive tackle Kerry Hyders immediate impact.While the Lions run game has surprised, the biggest shock has to be?Hyder. The defensive lineman was not expected to make Detroits roster, but he played well enough during training camp to force his way onto the 53-man roster. Then he had two sacks of Colts quarterback?Andrew Luck in the season opener and picked up a third sack last week. Hes tied for second in the NFL with three sacks and could be in line for a?starting spot if Ezekiel Ansah is unable to play because of a high ankle sprain. Hyder is one of the best stories of this young NFL season. -- Michael RothsteinGreen Bay PackersA stellar run defense.A year ago, the Packers had the NFLs second-worst run defense. Two games into this season, theirs is the best. After holding running back?Adrian Peterson to just 19 yards rushing and the Vikings to only 30 yards as a team, the Packers rushing average dropped to just 39 yards allowed per game. Last year at this time, they were giving up an average of 154 yards rushing per game. Led by defensive tackle Mike Daniels, defensive coordinator Dom Capers finally appears to have his run defense fixed. -- Rob DemovskyMinnesota VikingsFew open holes in the running game.The Vikings have leaned on their running game for years, constructing a run-first offense even as many of their counterparts shifted away from a heavy ground game. The inability of the Vikings retooled offensive line to open holes for Adrian Peterson, however, has the running back sitting with just 50 yards through two games. With Peterson in danger of missing time because of a torn meniscus, the Vikings will have to try to improve their running game with different pieces. -- Ben GoesslingNFC SOUTHAtlanta FalconsPass-rusher?Vic Beasley Jr. still hasnt played up to his potential.The eighth overall pick in 2015 was credited with the teams only sack this season, but that came as a result of Raiders quarterback Derek Carrs running out of bounds for no gain. After a lackluster preseason, the expectation was for Beasley to flash more often once the regular season started. Well, it hasnt happened, so there has to be an extreme amount of concern within the Falcons organization. -- Vaughn McClureCarolina PanthersWide receiver?Devin Funchess hasnt produced.If you recall, I said right here that the second-year wide receiver was playing so well that he might have a better season than Kelvin Benjamin. Through two games, Funchess has three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin has 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Funchess touchdown came late against San Francisco, when the outcome had been decided. That isnt to say his production wont pick up, but so far, it has been less than imagined. -- David NewtonNew Orleans SaintsInjuries have decimated the cornerback group.The Saints top three cornerbacks right now are Sterling Moore,?who signed two weeks ago, and undrafted rookies DeVante Harris and Ken Crawley. Nobody could have imagined that two months ago. But that was before injuries knocked Keenan Lewis and Damian Swann off the roster this summer and sidelined Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams?over?the past two weeks. Almost as surprising is how well the Saints makeshift secondary played last week at New York. Theyll need to keep holding things together until Breaux and Williams come back. -- Mike TriplettTampa Bay BuccaneersWide receiver Vincent Jacksons poor start.The veteran?has been the most consistent and reliable target for the Buccaneers since he arrived in 2012. But through two games, he has managed just six catches for 62 receiving yards, and quarterback?Jameis Winston has been picked off in back-to-back weeks on passes intended for him. Coach Dirk Koetter even acknowledged that their chemistry is off. Is it lack of chemistry or the beginning of a steep decline for Jackson, now 33 and in his 12th season? He might hit his stride a few games into the season, but given his importance to this offense the past four years, his struggles are startling. -- Jenna LaineNFC WESTArizona CardinalsThe rise of cornerback?Marcus Cooper.Earlier this month, the Cardinals gave up a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick to acquire Cooper, and he already has a two-interception game. A former seventh-round pick by the 49ers who didnt make the team out of training camp, Coopers recent history didnt suggest hed be an impact performer. He played a combined 362 snaps for the Chiefs?the past two seasons, so there was?some skepticism surrounding the deal. But the Cardinals needed a cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, and Cooper has shown that he can fit well in the Cardinals defensive scheme. -- Josh WeinfussLos Angeles RamsRunning back Todd Gurleys struggles.Its hard to turn anywhere besides Gurley here. He is the star of the Rams, a player?who was expected to solidify himself as one of the games most dominant rushers, thanks to a full, healthy training camp. But Gurley has gained only 98 yards on 36 carries through his first two games, and the problem lies mostly with what surrounds him. The Rams simply dont possess the passing threat that would keep opposing defenses from focusing almost solely on Gurley. He has averaged only 0.89 yards before contact, which ranks third-worst in the NFL. -- Alden GonzalezSan Francisco 49ersThe O-line has been better than expected.Much about the 49ers offense has gone as expected, but theres a notable exception to be made in the form of the offensive line. Getting a healthy Daniel Kilgore back at center, adding Zane Beadles at left guard and another offseason to develop right guard Andrew Tiller and right tackle Trent Brown have given rock-solid left tackle Joe Staley the requisite help to put together a solid unit. The Niners have allowed just two sacks through the first two game. Although the run blocking could be more consistent, this is clearly a better group than it was a year ago, when the 49ers were plagued by injuries and departures. -- Nick WagonerSeattle SeahawksThat the offense has been this bad.The Seahawks generally struggle early in the season, but 15 total points in two games against the Dolphins and Rams is a surprisse, especially considering that this unit averaged 31. Fernando Valenzuela Jersey. 3 points per game in the second half of 2015. Quarterback?Russell Wilsons high ankle sprain has been a factor, and the offensive line struggles were to be expected. History shows that the Seahawks usually figure out solutions, but theyre dealing with a hobbled Wilson for the first time and face several Super Bowl contenders (Patriots, Panthers, Packers and Cardinals) in the second half of the season. In other words, they need to take care of business against the 49ers and Jets the next two weeks. -- Sheil KapadiaAFC EASTBuffalo BillsThe struggles of cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby.A national television audience watched Gilmore and Darby, a duo Pro Football Focus considered one of the NFLs best?last season, get torched by the Jets?Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa to the tune of 193 receiving yards. Maybe it was an aberration, or perhaps coach Rex Ryan can no longer rely on what he thought was the strength of his defense. -- Mike RodakMiami DolphinsThe running game has stalled.Behind a revamped offensive line, it is surprising that Miamis running backs cant get anything going and are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Starter Arian Foster is the main culprit. Hes averaging 2.9 yards per carry and is already dealing with a groin injury.?Quarterback Ryan Tannehill leads the team in rushing with 52 yards and a touchdown, which sums up the current state of the Dolphins?running game. -- James WalkerNew England PatriotsThe play of quarterback?Jimmy Garoppolo.The past two offseasons, questions swirled about what the Patriots had in Garoppolo, and even though it has been only six quarters of play in the 2016 regular season, that has been enough to make the decisive statement that Garoppolo is a worthy starter in the NFL with growth potential. As for what this means for the future, Tom Brady is 39 and under contract through 2019, while Garoppolo is 24 and under contract through 2017. How do the Patriots proceed at QB with those dynamics in play? Its one of the more fascinating storylines in the NFL. -- Mike ReissNew York JetsCornerback?Darrelle Revis has struggled.That isnt surprising; its stunning. At 31, he isnt expected to be the shutdown corner he was in 2009, but no one expected him to get burned for 54- and 84-yard touchdowns in the first two games. Hes giving too much cushion, perhaps because hes concerned about getting beaten deep. But on deep balls, he has lacked catch-up speed. -- Rich CiminiAFC NORTHBaltimore RavensNeither running back has been explosive.Justin Forsett and Terrance West were supposed to have a heated competition. Two games into the season, they have become a concern. Forsett and West havent broken a run longer than 11 yards. Forsett is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, and West has struggled just as much at 3.2 yards per carry. Baltimore ranks 29th in the NFL with a 3.0 yard per carry average. -- Jamison HensleyCincinnati BengalsIssues with the ground game.The Bengals running backs have gone nowhere through two games, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry and 51.5 yards per game. With two talented running backs in Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, its surprising they arent moving the ball better on the ground. Perhaps theyve faced dominant defenses through two weeks -- with the Broncos up next -- but the plummeting numbers are still head-scratching. -- Katherine TerrellCleveland BrownsInjuries to two quarterbacks.The Browns have had more than their share of misfortune, but not even they could have expected the calamity they have encountered with the QB position. First,?Robert Griffin III and then Josh McCown were lost to left shoulder injuries, which put rookie Cody Kessler on the field. Meanwhile, every good pass that No. 2 overall pick?Carson Wentz throws is like fingernails on a chalkboard to Browns fans. -- Pat McManamonPittsburgh SteelersThe improved play of the secondary.Weve been hard on the Steelers pass defense in this space, but the defensive backfield deserves props here. Holding the Bengals to one touchdown and wide receiver?A.J. Green to 38 yards is progress. The Steelers have one sack in two games, yet the coverage has held up. Ross Cockrell is making a move into stardom, and the addition of former special-teamer Robert Golden into a starting safety spot has paid dividends thus far. The Steelers have been effective in a third-down dime package with safety Mike Mitchell directing traffic on the back end. This group looks more cohesive than it did a year ago. -- Jeremy FowlerAFC SOUTHHouston TexansThe play of rookie wide receiver?Will Fuller.Although the Texans?had high expectations for their first-round pick, it was a pleasant surprise for Houston that he had back-to-back games of more than 100 receiving yards to open the season. Fuller?is the first player in franchise history to do that. Although his issues with drops are still concerning, Fuller is a legitimate threat alongside Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. -- Sarah BarshopIndianapolis ColtsThe number of injuries on defense.Heres the list of projected starters who have missed one or both of the first two games: defensive lineman Henry Anderson, cornerback Vontae Davis, cornerback Patrick Robinson, safety T.J. Green and safety Clayton Geathers. The high number of injuries on defense means the Colts?probably wont have an idea how theyll be as a unit until later in the season when everybody is healthy. -- Mike WellsJacksonville JaguarsWheres the run defense?The Jaguars have been unable to stop the run, which had been the defenses strength the past several seasons. The Packers and Chargers combined to rush for 245 yards. Nose tackle Roy Miller is healthy and defensive end Jared Odrick has played well against the run, but the Jaguars have been gashed by both Eddie Lacy and Melvin Gordon. If the Jaguars dont get better against the run this week against the Ravens, itll be hard for them to snap their losing streak. -- Mike DiRoccoTennessee TitansThe scoring defense.The Titans defense has given up one touchdown and six field goals through two weeks. The offense killed the Titans in Week 1, with an interception returned for a touchdown?and a fumble returned for a touchdown. The Titans havent covered very well, but Tennessee has clamped down at the right time and has the second-best red zone TD defense in the league. The Raiders could change things. Quarterback?Derek Carr threw for 330 yards in a win in Nashville last season,?and all three of his TD passes?were?inside the red zone. -- Paul KuharskyAFC WESTDenver BroncosA rookie has steadied the offense.The Broncos had high hopes for fullback Andy Janovich from the moment they made him a sixth-round draft pick in April, and those hopes nudged a little higher as they watched Janovich work in the offense in training camp. But now a team that planned to use a two-back set more than it did last season -- the Broncos were in two-back sets just 25 snaps all of 2015 -- has already made it one of the mainstays, which has helped new quarterback Trevor Siemian in the process. Janovich has been highly effective as a lead blocker, has a rushing touchdown and will be more involved as a receiver as the season progresses. -- Jeff LegwoldKansas City ChiefsBack-to-back slow starts.?The Chiefs deserve credit for their comeback in beating the Chargers in the season opener, but otherwise, they havent been very competitive, which is a surprising thing for a team that won its final 10 regular-season games (and a playoff game) the past season. The Chiefs had a 3-0 lead for 3:24 in the first quarter against the Chargers before eventually falling behind by 21 points. They didnt lead against the Chargers again until the game was over, and they didnt play with the lead last week against the Texans. The Chiefs need to start games more quickly so they arent always in desperation mode. That way they can play more to their strengths. Despite having a running game that is fourth in the NFL in yards per carry (5.3), the Chiefs have fewer rushing attempts than all but six teams. -- Adam TeicherOakland RaidersThe shockingly poor?defense.Sure, management retooled the unit in the wake of retirements by Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck by signing purportedly quality free agents such as?Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and Reggie Nelson. But there are some serious growing pains in the way of more than 1,000 yards of offense surrendered in two games, Irvin having only one sack, Smith getting torched and Nelson often being out of place. Coach Jack Del Rio said players eyes are not in the right place on defense. Indeed, all eyes are on the defense two weeks in. -- Paul GutierrezSan Diego ChargersThe run defense is much better.The Chargers gave up 125 yards per game last season, which ranked 27th in the NFL. Through two games this year, San Diegos defense is allowing just 76 rushing yards per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Free-agent addition nose tackle Brandon Mebane has helped plug the middle for the Chargers defensively. San Diego has trailed for only a little more than half a quarter in two games this season, which has made teams more inclined to throw the football. -- Eric D. Williams Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' ' 
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