Intrastate Super Bowl?

Technically there has only been one Super Bowl where both teams were from the same state. It was Super Bowl XXIX on 1/29/1995 between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers. Technically because the Bills-Giants in Super Bowl XXV does not count as the Giants are from New Jersey and the Bills from New York. What teams have a shot to make another intrastate Super Bowl a reality?

California

Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

The Rams are 2-0 and have the largest positive point differential with a whopping +54 points. They have outscored their opponents by 67 to 13. The next closest team in point differential is the Baltimore Ravens with a +33 but they have a 1-1 record.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

Quarterback Philip Rivers is fourth in completion percentage (73.1%) and also in passer rating 119.6 this season. Rivers is a seven-time Pro Bowler with 51,028 career passing yards (9th all time) and 348 passing touchdowns (6th all time).  His career passer rating of 95.1 is 8th all time and his career completion percentage of 64.4% is 9th all time.

San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

San Francisco running back Matt Breida leads the league in rushing yards (184) and in average per carry (8.4 yards) (for backs with a minimum 5 carries) and in attempts of 20+ yards (3).  The 49ers are third in rushing yards per game (140).

Oakland Raiders (0-2)

According to Pro Football Focus, quarterback Derek Carr’s adjusted completion percentage of 93.8% (accounts for drops, throw aways, etc) against Denver is the highest for any quarterback in the NFL this year. He completed 29 of 32 passes. This season tight end Jared Cook has six receptions of 20+ yards, the most by a tight end.

Florida

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0)

Ninety percent of Keelan Cole’s ten receptions this season made first down. That is fifth best among receivers with a minimum of five receptions.

Miami Dolphins (2-0)

Receiver Jakeem Grant may be the hottest kick returner in the league after two weeks. He had three kickoff returns with all three going 20+ yards and one going 102 yards for a touchdown. He has done four punt returns and has averaged 11.8 yards which includes a 22 yard return. The Dolphins lead the league in lowest opponent passer rating (56.6).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)

The Bucs lead the league in average passing yards (13.4), passing yards per game (405), passing first down percentage (55.7%), passing plays of 40+ yards (4) and in passer rating (151.5).

Maryland

Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The Ravens lead the league in lowest opponent pass completion percentage with a low 46.7%. They also lead in passes defended with 21.

Washington Redskins (1-1)

The Redskins lead the league in lowest yards per game allowed (247) and lowest passing yards per game allowed (161).

New Jersey

New York Giants (0-2)

According to Pro Football Focus, Saquon Barkley ranks 3rd in yards after contact per attempt (4.38) this season among running backs with a minimum of 15 carries.

New York Jets (1-1)

The Jets are tie for first in the league in interceptions with five.  The five interceptions are spread among the team’s defense with Darron Lee (2) , Jamal Adams, Trumaine Johnson and Morris Claiborne all getting interceptions. They are fourth in the league in passes defended (17). The Jets are third in the league in lowest opponent passer rating (64.7).

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

The Eagles are tie for first in the league in rushing touchdowns with four. Running back Jay Ajayi is tie for first among rushers with three rushing touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1)

Rookie James Connor has been a nice surprise filling in for Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers are tie for first in the league in rushing touchdowns with four. James Connor is tie for first among backs with three of those rushing touchdowns. He had one for 22 yards and the touchdown.

Texas

Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

Dallas is ranked second in the league in sacks with nine for the season. The sacks are spread across eight players. Six of those nine sacks came against the Giants.

Houston Texans (0-2)

Houston leads the league in rushing yards (315). Contributing to that total is quarterback DeShaun Watson with 84 yards rushing ad a team high 6.5 yards per carry. Unfortunately he has had two fumbles on those rushes.

The most likely candidates for an intrastate Super Bowl would be Rams vs Chargers or the Jaguars vs Buccaneers (if FitzPatrick keeps his streak alive). Those two would next be followed by Steelers vs Eagles. But for that game has a load of questions. Will Wentz be back to his old form? Will Roethlisberger and the Steeler defense improve?

Enjoy the week three games!

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