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NFL 2019: Week 2 Predictions

Houston Texans v New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees and the Saints will be looking for revenge this Sunday in LA.

By: Elias McMillan

 

Last Week: 10-5-1

Season: 10-5-1

Top Five Games of the Week

Minnesota @ Green Bay– Green Bay’s defense had a surprising, dominating performance Week 1 in Chicago. Either that or Chicago was having major issues on offense. I think it was a little bit of both. Minnesota’s defense was equally impressive at home, nearly shutting out an Atlanta team with a usually explosive offense. I think both defenses will bring it on Sunday in this key, early season, divisional matchup. I think the difference in this contest will be the Vikings offense. RB Dalvin Cook had a productive season opener and the Packer secondary will face a stiffer challenge in Kirk Cousins and the Vikings passing game. Prediction: Vikings over Packers

Seattle @ Pittsburgh – After an offseason of headlines and controversy, I thought Pittsburgh would come out last week playing with their hair on fire. Instead, it was New England who lit them up to the tune of a 30-point victory. But fearless leader and father of 52 grown men, Ben Roethlisberger, alerted the masses this week saying that there is no need to panic. And he’s right. 0-1 is just that. But judging from what I saw last week, this Steelers team better start turning it around soon. The home opener against Seattle could be a good start but it will be a challenge. Seattle struggled at home last week against Cincinnati but they were bailed out once again by the usually suspects, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defense. If Roethlisberger can’t find success against this stingy Seattle defense, Pittsburgh could be in trouble. Mainly because the Steelers defense looked like they couldn’t stop anyone last week. I’m not expecting Wilson to attack the defense like Brady did in Week 1 but he might if he feels that he can find success. I could see Seattle jumping out in front in this one before Pittsburgh mounts a second half comeback. But then, it will be Wilson who will put his team in position to close this one out on the road. Prediction: Seahawks over Steelers

Dallas @ Washington– The Cowboys were as impressive as any team in the NFC last week. I was sort of surprised because though the Giants aren’t very good, they always seem to give Dallas a game usually. Washington looked great early in Philadelphia before completely falling apart. Despite their collapse, Washington should feel good about their passing game as Case Keenum threw for 400+ yards. For Washington to get the win over the rival Cowboys on Sunday, they must be able to attack on offense for 60 minutes. Dallas has struggled against the run recently and that issue has seemed to follow them into this season. Barkley had some huge gains last week and veteran RB Adrian Peterson will be looking forward to similar success. What helped the Dallas defense last week was how the offense was able to control game. Dak Prescott looked really comfortable going down the field last week as he posted a perfect passing rating. I think he could see similar success against Washington but only if his offensive line can protect him. RB Ezekiel Elliott isn’t back to his old self just yet but that will change as the season goes along. Dallas’ balanced attack will be key this Sunday in terms of controlling the clock and keeping the defense fresh. This one will probably be tougher than last week but starting 2019 2-0 in the division would be huge for Dallas. On the other hand, Washington does not want to start this season 0-2 in the division. Prediction: Cowboys over Washington

New Orleans @ Los Angeles Rams – No doubt that the Saints have had this date circled when the schedule came out. On Sunday, the Saints will be looking for a huge road victory against the team they should have beaten in last year’s NFC Championship. New Orleans showed real mettle last week at home, winning on a late field against Houston. The look just as good as they did last season and maybe even better. The offense can still put up big numbers and that defense seems to get by with that “bend but don’t break” mentality. The Rams won a physical battle in Carolina Week 1. I think their defense will face a greater challenge this week. The Rams struggled against the run in Carolina and I think RB Alvin Kamara will be used effectively in this matchup.  New Orleans will be looking to beat LA on the field on Sunday and leave the officials out of it. Prediction: Saints over Rams

Philadelphia @ Atlanta – The Eagles started last week on shaky ground, allowing Washington to get the jump on them. They eventually recovered but their pass defense still left the game looking pretty weak. It seems like the Eagles have this issue every season. At least, recently. On paper, I think Philly’s issues in the secondary should serve as an advantage for Atlanta in their home opener. The Falcons offense was embarrassingly bad in Minnesota and they should be looking to prove that they are better than what they showed. But then, I remembered this same matchup a season ago where Atlanta still struggled against this Eagles defense. I think we’ll see the same story on Sunday. Prediction: Eagles over Falcons

The Rest of Week 2

Panthers over Buccaneers – It seems like Bruce Arians has a long way to go with fixing this Tampa offense.

Bengals over 49ers – This is a toss up. I think Cincy can still be a surprise team this year.

Chargers over Lions – The way Detroit folded last week in Arizona was embarrassing.

Colts over Titans – For whatever reason, Indy has been able to own Tennessee in this divisional rivalry recently.

Patriots over Dolphins – This one will get ugly real quick. Antonio Brown might make this game watchable.

Bills over Giants – Don’t look now but maybe Buffalo can be the team to challenge for second place in the AFC East this year.

Ravens over Cardinals – I’m here for the Lamar Jackson show to takeover the league. Here for it.

Texans over Jaguars – Watson and the Texans played good enough to win last week. They’ll close out a banged up Jacksonville team at home.

Chiefs over Raiders – Kansas City is banged up but I’m not buying into Oakland.

Bears over Broncos – Denver looked better than Chicago last week. But it’s going to be tough for the Broncos to protect their statue (ala Drew Bledsoe) of a QB, Joe Flacco.

Browns over Jets – Cleveland took their lumps last week but since then, the Jets have completely imploded with multiple major injuries.

NFL 2017: Week 2 Predictions!

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Jacksonville’s defense put their stamp in Week 1 last week.

By: Elias McMillan

 

Last Week: 7-8

Season: 7-8

Big Five Games of the Week

Philadelphia @ Kansas City – The Chiefs really impressed last Thursday. I wasn’t surprised to see how their defense played. But the big surprise was the explosiveness on offense. They will receive a good test in their home opener this week against the Eagles. Philadelphia’s front seven was in full display last week as it was their defense, which allowed them to pull away for Washington. I think QB Carson Wentz will have a tougher time this week. Kansas City has one of the better home field advantages in the league. I also think Andy Reid familiarity with Doug Peterson and the Eagles will play a factor. Prediction: Chiefs 25 – Eagles 17

Minnesota @ Pittsburgh – The Steelers couldn’t pull anyway from Cleveland last week. They better have all the cobwebs shaken out by Sunday because Minnesota should serve as a tougher challenge for them. Minnesota’s strength is their defense but much like the Chiefs, their offense surprised people last week. Rookie RB Dalvin Cook had a strong first performance and QB Sam Bradford looked great going down the field. I think Pittsburgh has to find a way to get Le’Veon Bell going in this one to help solve this tough Vikings defense. I think Pittsburgh’s overall talent and being at home should be able to carry them in this one but last week’s performance worries me a bit. Prediction: Steelers 27 – Vikings 21

Tennessee @ Jacksonville – Jacksonville’s defense really impressed in Week 1. All that young talent that they’ve been drafting on that side on the ball was in full display in a game that many people didn’t pick them in. They even made Blake Bortles seem to be serviceable. Tennessee didn’t play bad in their home opener last week against Oakland but they just seemed really bland. I think Jacksonville’s defense will be the most dynamic unit in this matchup. They’ll be tested well by Tennessee’s offense but I’m going with the home underdog. Prediction: Jaguars 23 – Titans 20

Dallas @ Denver – The Cowboys had a strong performance in Week 1 especially on the defensive side of the ball. But as always the case with Dallas, I’m just waiting on that wet blanket to arrive. And that could come in the form of the Denver Broncos this week. Denver didn’t overly impress in their first regular season game but I think they will prove to be a tough out at home. The battle at the line of scrimmage between the Dallas offensive line and the Denver defensive line should be a good one. Though, Denver isn’t very strong at defending the run. The Cowboys did a great job limiting Eli Manning last week. Surely, they shouldn’t have an issue with Trevor Siemian, right? Even so, I think Denver’s defense will make this a close contest. Prediction: Broncos 28 –Cowboys 24

Green Bay @ Atlanta – Seattle’s lack of an offensive line made Green Bay’s defense look like the ’85 Bears last week. I think it is fair to say that Atlanta’s offensive line will not make it so easy for that group this week in the home opener for the Falcons. Atlanta gutted out a close one on the road last week but I expected them to play much more loose against an opponent they should be able to handle. I think Atlanta can “out-physical” Green Bay at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Green Bay will have the better QB in Aaron Rodgers but Falcons QB Matt Ryan has the better weapon in Julio Jones. Prediction: Falcons 29 – Packers 23

The Rest of Week 2

Bengals over Texans – Cincinnati was held scoreless last week. They will be hungry for some points at home against a Houston team that is going through a tough week and is rushing a rookie QB out there on the road.

Cardinals over Colts – I know Arizona lost David Johnson but did you see how bad Indy was last week?

Patriots over Saints – New Year, same defensive problems for New Orleans. New England isn’t happy about how their season started and they had extra time to prepare for this one.

Buccaneers over Bears – Tampa had an extra week to prepare. Chicago competed hard last week. Expect a let down this week on the road.

Panthers over Bills – If Carolina can limit LeSean McCoy, they should win this one easily.

Ravens over Browns – Am I crazy for thinking that Cleveland looked more impressive in their loss to Pittsburgh than Baltimore did in their win over Cincinnati?

Raiders over Jets – Oakland got a good road win last week in Tennessee. They cant have a let down against a tanking Jets team.

Dolphins over Chargers – The Chargers are addicted to losing close games. Miami is traveling a long ways but they are fresh.

Rams over Washington – Washington had a hard time protecting Kirk Cousins. The Rams don’t do many things well but they do have a dangerous defensive front seven which will be in full strength this week with the return of Aaron Donald.

Seahawks over 49ers – I don’t see how San Francisco is suppose to score points. Not just in this game or last week but for the entire season.

Giants over Lions – New York struggled mightily last week. But Odell Beckham Jr is back and that’s all they need, right? All jokes aside, if New York’s success this season is tied to one player, they are in for a long season.

Fantasy Football Picks of the Week

QB: Tom Brady (Patriots) – New Orleans’ secondary is still pretty bad and they’ll be facing a QB in Brady who isnt coming off his best performance. We’ll see some vintage Tom in this one.

RB: Jay Ajayi (Dolphins) – Is Jay Cutler ready to stand in the pocket against a good Chargers pass rush? If not, Ajayi will be ready to carry Miami’s offense.

WR: Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants) – OBJ will be ready to put on a show on Monday night.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) – Gronk only had tow catches last week. He’ll get a steady serving of passes this week against New Orleans.

DEF: Seattle – San Francisco literally has no offense.

NFL 2016: Week 2 Predictions!

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After a successful visit in New York, A.J. Green will take his show to Pittsburgh this Sunday.

By: Elias McMillan

 

Last Week: 9-7

Season: 9-7

Big Five Games of the Week

New Orleans @ New York Giants – This match up will feature two big time, scoring offenses and very little defense. The Giants offense did enough to win last week but they sort of underperformed and they know that they could have done better. I think the Giants offense will have more opportunities to produce big plays against a struggling Saints defense at home. The Saints lost a close one at home last week but their offense performed well. The Giants defense did a great job bottling up the Cowboys running game and keeping them out of the end zone on long drives. I think the Giants benefited from facing a rookie QB in his first professional start. Drew Brees will present a much greater challenge for them this Sunday. I think both passing games will light up the stat sheet but I am much more encouraged by New York’s defense than New Orleans’ right now. I’m taking the home team. Prediction: Giants 37 – Saints 28

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh – The Bengals really impressed me how they gutted out a road victory to start to the season. Now, they will face rival Pittsburgh in their home opener in a much anticipated game. This matchup will lose some of its steam without Vontaze Burfict and Le’Veon Bell but there will still be enough hatred to go around between these two rivals. Pittsburgh did pretty much what I expected them to do last week on Monday night. The Steelers look really good and they are one of the favorites in their conference. The offense is performing at a high level and the defense is over achieving. Pretty much the same story from a season ago though we have only played one game this season. I think Andy Dalton will fare better than Kirk Cousins did last week against the Steelers defense. WR A.J. Green had a monster game to start the season last week and he usually does a great job terrorizing the Pittsburgh secondary. The Bengals will do their best at controlling the clock in this game in order to limit Pittsburgh’s chances on offense. The Bengals may have a slightly above average defense but I don’t see them completely slowing down Pittsburgh offensively. Ben Roethlisberger will find Antonio Brown for some of the game’s biggest plays and DeAngelo Williams will continue his career renaissance. I think Cincy will be able to keep it close but I don’t see the Bengals offense out producing Pittsburgh’s on the road. Prediction: Steelers 29 – Bengals 23

Kansas City @ Houston – The Chiefs completed a crazy comeback last week at home. This week, they’ll go to Houston to take on the team that they easily beat in the playoffs a season ago. The Texans are retooled from a season ago and they’ll be looking to prove something at home this week. QB Brock Osweiler had a shaky start last week but he eventually got it together. I’m looking forward to the matchup between WR DeAndre Hopkins and Chiefs corner Marcus Peters. RB Lamar Miller had a successful debut for Houston last week and he’ll be facing a Chiefs run defense that was leaky at times in Week 1. Kansas City’s offense got it going just in time to force overtime and get the win last week. RB Jamaal Charles might have to miss another week due to injury but the Chiefs feel pretty confident about running the ball with their backups. Houston’s defense did a great job in the second half last week against Chicago and they could be able to carry that over in this matchup against Alex Smith. Houston will feel great about their offseason acquisitions after wrapping this one up at home. Prediction: Texans 26 – Chiefs 20

Atlanta @ Oakland – The Falcons looked like they would be able to go blow for blow against Tampa Bay at home in Week 1 but then, their defense completely fell apart. Atlanta’s defense continues to be an issue going into Week 2. Oakland is coming off a great emotional high last week after beating the Saints on a gusty, late 4th quarter call. The Raiders still have to figure out some things in the defensive secondary but their offense looked pretty good. QB David Carr played great down the stretch and he received great support from the running game. I think the Raiders will have their hands full in this matchup on defense. They will struggle to slow down WR Julio Jones and the other Falcons receivers. Atlanta will also try to get RB’s Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman to continue the success they had in Week 1. Oakland’s front seven looked very active last week and they will get after Matt Ryan in this game. Atlanta will have to use the running game to try to limit the pass rush’s affect on Ryan. But I don’t see Atlanta’s defense improving from a week ago. They need to find some consistency at pressuring the QB and making open field tackles. I think the Raiders will take advantage, the offense will make plays, and they’ll win in their home opener. Prediction: Raiders 24 – Falcons 21

Green Bay @ Minnesota – The Packers offense looked like its old self last week in Jacksonville. Aaron Rodgers played great and his receivers also brought their “A” game. Green Bay’s defense made the stop at the end of the game when it mattered but they were probably bailed out by some questionable play calling by the other team. The Packers will face a better opponent this week, as the Vikings will be making their debut in a brand new home stadium in primetime. US Bank Stadium will be loud and this Vikings team will be juiced up for this one. Minnesota was lucky to survive last week at Tennessee. The offense really struggled but their defense did a tremendous job bailing them out in the second half. Green Bay will have to know going into this one that they will be facing a much tougher defense this week. It’s going to be interesting to see if Aaron Rodgers will be able to look as spectacular as he did last week in Jacksonville. I think the Minnesota offense will fare better this week against Green Bay’s defense. Adrian Peterson had a tough day the office in Week 1 and he’ll be looking rebound in front a great crowd in the home opener. I’m getting the feeling that Sam Bradford will make his Vikings debut this week as well. That doesn’t sound very exciting but Bradford should be able to succeed in ways that Shaun Hill cannot. If Bradford can get the air attack going, that is going to open the door for more success in the running game. Green Bay will pack the box to prepare for Peterson so, I think Bradford will have the chances to find the passing windows. I think Green Bay will take a step back in this game, as Minnesota will be able to do enough offensively to win a close contest. Prediction: Vikings 30 – Packers 24

The Rest of Week 2

Jets over Bills – Buffalo beat New York twice last season so, the Jets will be out for revenge tonight. The Bills will be shorthanded offensively without Sammy Watkins. The Jets defensive line will fest tonight as Tyrod Taylor will struggle to get things going.

Ravens over Browns – Baltimore was so unbelievably under whelming last week in their victory. Cleveland really disappointed me as well in their loss. I don’t know. Both of these teams stink right now. Baltimore should be ashamed if they manage to lose this one.

Lions over Titans – I like Detroit’s defense to slow down Tennessee’s running attack. The Titans secondary will not have an answer for Matt Stafford.

Patriots over Dolphins – No Brady. No Gronk. No Problem. On the road against my Super Bowl favorite as well! Is Bill Belichick the greatest? Probably.

Washington over Cowboys – Washington looked really bad last week. Maybe Dallas has a better chance in this one than I think. I need to see it before I believe it. Kirk Cousins needs to rebound after his performance last week in primetime.

Panthers over 49ers – Cam Newton said this week that he doesn’t care about his health but only about winning. That’s kinda scary. Carolina should be able to handle San Fran at home either way.

Seahawks over Rams – The Rams have played Seattle tough in recent years but their morale has to be so low right now. Seattle should be able to roll in this one easily.

Cardinals over Buccaneers – This one should be close. Arizona’s secondary needs to improve in a hurry because Jameis Winston will air it out often as we saw last week. Expect plenty of scoring in this one.

Broncos over Colts – The Trevor Siemian hype is not real. However, Denver’s defense is very real. Andrew Luck will struggle to score late in this game and that will give Denver the home victory.

Jaguars over Chargers – Here’s an upset. After losing a heartbreaking one last week, San Diego will repeat that feat at home against a hungry Jacksonville team.

Eagles over Bears – Carson Wentz played much better than I expected last week even though it was just Cleveland. Chicago’s offense should be able to make this one interesting though.

Week 2 Fantasy Football Picks

QB: Drew Brees (Saints) – Brees will be able to test the Giants secondary in ways that Dak Prescott couldn’t in Week 1.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys) – The rookie had a tough go of it last week. He could be able to rebound against Washington’s defense.

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals) – Green has a knack for getting the best out of Pittsburgh. After his Week 1 performance, he’ll look to keep his success going on the road.

TE: Julius Thomas (Jaguars) – Thomas played well last week and San Diego has a weak secondary. Blake Bortles should be able to find him in the end zone again this week.

DEF: New York Jets – The Jets racked up a bunch of sacks last week and they’ll be facing a wounded Buffalo offense tonight. They’ll get after Tyrod Taylor and bottle up the Bills rushing attack.

NFL 2015: Week 2 Predictions!

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Rex Ryan has been looking forward to this Sunday’s matchup with New England for awhile.

By: Elias McMillan

Last Week: 11-5

Season: 11-5

Big Five Games of the Week

Denver @ Kansas City – Denver won ugly in Week 1 but it seems like not everyone was impressed with that. The headlines have been all about how shaky Peyton Manning and the offense looked and not about how Wade Phillips’ new defense helped Denver win that game. You must give Baltimore’s defense credit as well. Denver was facing a tough defense and they’ll do so again this week in Kansas City. The Chiefs were really impressive last week and the score of the game against Houston really didn’t tell the tale of the contest. Kansas City dominated and the passing offense looked improved. I’m not sure how the Chiefs offense will look this week especially through the air. Denver seems to have a better pass defense this season so I would expect Jamaal Charles to get a lot of touches tonight. The story of tonight’s game will be that Kansas City pass rush giving Manning fits. The crowd at Arrowhead will be on fire and that will help the Chiefs gain a big victory in the division. Prediction: Chiefs 28 – Broncos 20

New England @ Buffalo – Buffalo really surprised me last week with how impressive they looked against the Colts (my Super Bowl pick). I wasn’t surprised about how the defense played but the offense led by Tyrod Taylor definitely took my attention. Rex Ryan has circled this date on Sunday for a while now and it looks at least on paper that his Bills will be able to matchup well against the Patriots. New England got the victory over a short handed Pittsburgh team last week but they really didn’t blow me any with their performance. Against the Pittsburgh defense, Tom Brady really should have done more on the stat sheet. Brady will find life tough on Sunday against that Buffalo front four. New England’s running game was a nice surprise in Week 1 but they’ll face a different type of monster this week in Buffalo. The Buffalo run defense did pretty well last week even without its star, DT Marcell Dareus. The Bills secondary also did a great job last week slowly Indy’s elite passing attack. I like the matchup for Buffalo between their secondary and New England’s receivers. I wonder if Julian (Jerry Rice) Edelman will be barking after every catch this week. I know Rob Gronkowski is a beast and he’ll get his touches but him and Brady wont be able to carry this offense alone against this defense. Thinking of defense, New England’s defense is poor. Tyrod Taylor took advantage of a weak Colts defense last week and I think he’ll be able to do the same this week. I’m taking the home team. Prediction: Bills 29 – Patriots 17

San Diego @ Cincinnati – There was some preseason hype surrounding Oakland before Week 1 but that was all but ended by the Bengals last week. I gotta give the Bengals credit because it felt like last week could have been one of those classic times where they disappoint. I don’t think Cincinnati played an outstanding game or anything but it means a lot if you can take care of the teams that you are suppose to especially on the road. The Bengals now return home to face San Diego who has had some recent success in Ohio. The Chargers were indeed shaky last week but they were able to leave with a victory. San Diego has to be encouraged by the performance of WR Keenan Allen who is trying to rebound after a slow 2nd season. I think the Chargers offense will have a harder time this week. Cincinnati played well defensively last week and they can really lean on that defense especially if the offense struggles. San Diego gave up a lot of yards last week so I think the Bengals should be able to form a game plan to take advantage. San Diego especially struggles against the run so I would expect Andy Dalton to hand off to Jeremy Hill a lot on Sunday. If Cincinnati can play up to there potential, they should be able to take care of the Chargers at home this Sunday. Prediction: Bengals 30 – Chargers 24

Dallas @ Philadelphia – The Eagles really disappointed last week. I mean, it hard to follow up winning the “preseason Super Bowl” with playing in a meaningless Week 1 road matchup. But seriously, I think Philly will be okay going forward. That is if their QB Sam Bradford can stay healthy. The Eagles are pretty much the same team from last season. The thing that’s supposed to be different is their power running game with DeMarco Murray that did not show up last week. You gotta give Atlanta’s run defense credit, I guess. This week’s game against Dallas is huge. Even more so since it’s the home opener for Philly, they are winless, and their new star free agent acquisition faces his former team. The pressure will be on Philly big time on Sunday this week. But I honestly like their chances. Dallas clearly didn’t play good enough to win last week but they somehow did. Thanks to the stupidity of the Giants clock management. Dallas showed a lot of positive things last week but they also showed that a lot of the problems from last season are still there. For instance, the run defense. Chip Kelly will definitely be able to find plays for Murray this week against that Dallas front four. Dallas doesn’t have a run stuffer up front and they’ll be down a pass rusher due to injury. That should be great news for Bradford and the passing offense. For Dallas, they’ll face a tough challenge once again in Philly’s front seven. The Eagles are pretty good at stuffing the run and rushing the QB. Tony Romo was able to find the answer to Philly’s defense in their last meeting in WR Dez Bryant. Now that Bryant is out with a broken foot, Romo may struggle to find a reliable game-breaking target in the passing game. Which is a shame because the Eagles secondary is garbage. Is WR Terrance Williams ready to break out this week? We will certainly find out. I would expect Jason Witten and the RB’s by committee to receive plenty of targets in the passing game much like last week. But without Dez, the passing game wont be able to be dominant enough to take this victory away from Philly. The celebration at the end of this game will be over the top, as the media will once again proclaim the Eagles to be “Week 2 champions”. Yeah. Prediction: Eagles 37 – Cowboys 28

Seattle @ Green Bay – Seattle’s offense isnt good enough to win ball games even with new TE Jimmy Graham. That’s okay because Seattle can lean on that great defense. Oh wait, that defense isnt so great this season because starting safety Kam Chancellor is still holding out. That’s the story of this game in a nutshell, I think. Green Bay should be able to take full advantage of Seattle’s secondary issues. Aaron Rodgers will have a big game especially if the Packers offense cant get the running game going against Seattle’s front seven. Green Bay struggled defensively at stopping the run and that might serve as an advantage for Seattle. Maybe this can be a game where Marshawn Lynch can do the heavy lifting for Russell Wilson. Even if the Lynch has a good game, the offense will be “too vanilla” for Seattle to outscore the Packers at home. I’m taking Green Bay. Prediction: Packers 34 – Seahawks 25

The Rest of Week 2

Cardinals over Bears – Carson Palmer played well last week. So did Arizona’s defense. Arizona will be so slept on again this season. They should be taken very seriously.

Titans over Browns – Marcus Mariota maybe ready for the big time after all. The media wants to talk about Johnny Manziel’s turnovers last week but they don’t want to talk about how disappointing the Cleveland defense was. Hmmm.

Lions over Vikings – Maybe Detroit’s defense wont be as bad after losing all those stars on the defensive line. One thing for sure: Minnesota’s offensive line problems may haunt them the entire season.

Saints over Buccaneers – Jameis Winston will be okay. But Rob Ryan will throw some weird stuff at him this week. Also, Tampa’s defense smells bad.

Falcons over Giants – Atlanta’s defense already looks better with Dan Quinn at the helm. New York did absolutely nothing to be in that game with Dallas last week and they deserved to lose because they are idiots.

Steelers over 49ers – Did you guys stay up on Monday night? Did you see how physical San Francisco played? Pittsburgh better not sleep on this opponent.

Rams over Washington – Aaron Donald is so freaking good.

Panthers over Texans – I liked what I saw out of Carolina’s defense last week. This is why I still picked them to win the South again. Houston’s QB issues may hold them back for a second straight week.

Ravens over Raiders – Baltimore has to feel encouraged by how well the defense played last week. Oakland is a mess already. But we thought that things would be different with Del Rio. Shame. (Survival Football Pick of the Week)

Dolphins over Jaguars – Miami was suppose to dominate Washington last week. They didn’t and I’m starting to think that my preseason prediction about them will be true: they’ll under perform under Joe Philbin all season.

Colts over Jets – Indy looks the same from last season. They still didn’t get that defense fixed. They better not let Ryan Fitzpatrick embarrass them on Monday night.

Fantasy Football Picks of the Week

QB: Matt Ryan (Falcons) – Ryan’s connection with Julio Jones looked great in Week 1. New York’s secondary gave up a lot of yards last week. I like Atlanta’s passing game this week.

RB: Justin Forsett (Ravens) – Forsett gain a lot of tough yards last week. He’ll gain a lot of easy ones this week against Oakland.

WR: Odell Beckham Jr (Giants) – After a lackluster Week 1, the Giants will need a big game from their big play receiver. They’ll need a lot of points to beat Atlanta.

TE: Tyler Eifert (Bengals) – Eifert had a coming out party last week and that will continue this season as Dalton will continue to trust him.

DEF: Detroit – Minnesota offensive issues might continue this week. Detroit’s defense is very opportunistic and can create turnovers.

NFL 2014: Week 2 Predictions!

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RB Le’Veon Bell is hoping to have another big game tonight vs. divisional rival, Baltimore.

By: Elias McMillan

Last Week: 10-6

Season: 10-6

Big Five Games of the Week

Pittsburgh @ Baltimore – A big time divisional game between rivals seems even bigger than it is and it has little to do with actual football. Despite all of the outside noise surrounding the now suspended Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and the Ravens organization as a whole, there is a game to be played tonight. Baltimore didn’t play their best football last week and it was obvious. QB Joe Flacco was shaky to say the least against the Bengals defense. He will need to be sharper this week against a Steelers defensive unit that isn’t as strong as advertised. I’ll expect to see Baltimore’s offense to run the ball and run a lot of plays from the “no-huddle”. Cleveland saw some success with that strategy last week against Pittsburgh’s defense but I wont say for sure that Baltimore will be able to do the same. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a strong run defense so tonight, we’ll see how good Justin Forsett and Bernard Pierce really are. The matchup between the Ravens receivers and the Steelers secondary should be interesting but a lot will rest on if Flacco has his act together tonight. In the first half of last week’s game, Ben Roethlisberger clearly had his act together. Roethlisberger looked sharp for the majority of Week 1 but he’ll face a tougher test tonight. Baltimore’s defense knows Roethlisberger better than other QB in the league and they will make it tough for him tonight by sending tremendous pressure with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. If Big Ben does have time, I doubt that he’ll have a problem finding WR Antonio Brown behind the secondary. Brown looked as good last week as he was last season and I don’t have much confidence in Baltimore’s secondary. The Ravens should have their hands full with the Steelers running game too. RB’s LeVeon Bell and LaGarrette Blount performed well last week and they’ll continue to get important touches this week. The key for the Steelers will be if they can play all 4 quarters as this is something that they didn’t do last week. The home crowd in Baltimore will be on fire tonight but I’ll go with the more talented team in another tough, long, dragged out battle between rivals. Prediction: Steelers 20 – Ravens 16

New England @ Minnesota – I know that it was only Week 1 but the Vikings really impressed me last week especially on defense. Minnesota was able to get a good road victory without Adrian Peterson doing most of the heavy lifting. QB Matt Cassell played ok and didn’t do anything to put his team in a bad situation. WR Cordarrelle Patterson was electrifying as a receiver but especially as a runner from out of the backfield. Minnesota’s confidence should be sky high going into their home opener against New England. I kept waiting last week for the Patriots to pull away from Miami but that never happened. New England suffered on both sides of the ball in route to a shocking defeat. QB Tom Brady was under pressure for most of the game and he was able to pull off some late game heroics. The Patriots defense had its moments like week but Miami kept fighting back and were able to pull away. Going into this game, I question if Brady’s protection can perform better against another good defense and I question if the Patriots defense can stop Peterson and Patterson. I’m taking the home team in a small upset. Prediction: Vikings 34 – Patriots 28

Kansas City @ Denver – The Chiefs didn’t look good at all last week at home. QB Alex Smith made a couple of bone headed plays that really hurt his team’s chances. Last season, Kansas City’s saving grace was their defense but they didn’t look too good last week either. It might get even worst now that they lost LB Derrick Johnson & DE Mike Devito for the season due to injury. And even worst than that, they will travel to Denver on Sunday to face Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense. Considering how “neck and neck” these teams were last season, I see this as a huge divisional matchup. But Kansas City is dealing with some issues on both sides of the ball so I think Denver should be able to roll on Sunday. Prediction: Broncos 31 – Chiefs 15

Chicago @ San Francisco – The Bears really disappointed last week at home and now will face a tough test on the road, as the 49ers will be opening their new stadium on Sunday night. Chicago will really struggle defensively in this matchup as the 49ers bring a power running attack and the Bears still have holes in their run defense. The 49ers played well enough to win last week but Dallas really didnt test them. Chicago might be able to make this a game if the offense can perform at a high level. If QB Jay Cutler can avoid pressure, he should be able to hook up with WR’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffries for some huge gains. Last week, RB Matt Forte had a huge game and they’ll be looking to get him going again this week on the road. Both of these teams are very similar in how they have many offensive weapons but limited options on defense. The 49ers defense has holes due to injuries and suspensions but they still were able to come up with stops last week. Like QB Colin Kaepernick to have a huge game in his first game in Levi Stadium. Prediction: 49ers 35 – Bears 27

Philadelphia @ Indianapolis – The Eagles were able to escape from a huge Week 1 upset last week at home vs. Jacksonville. If Chad Henne gave them trouble last week, I’m thinking that they might have their hands full with Andrew Luck and the Colts offense. What really hurt the Eagles early in that game was Nick Foles and his turnovers. Look for the Colts defense to really get after Foles in this game as he does struggle when pressured. Keeping Foles out of harm’s way will be a major subplot in this game as the Eagles offensive line isnt at full strength. Head coach Chip Kelly will really have to have the no huddle, quick offense going in this game to help protect Foles. Getting LeSean McCoy going will be key as well as he was kept out of the end zone last week. For the Colts offense, Luck and the passing game will have to be the difference makers as they are currently without a running game. I would like for the Colts to be more balanced but this might not be a bad thing for them as they many great receiving options. The Eagles secondary should have a hard time keeping tabs on WR’s Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. I’ll pick the home team because I don’t think Philly will be able to stop Luck and the passing game. Prediction: Colts 31 – Eagles 21

The Rest of Week 2

Dolphins over Bills – Buffalo ended my Survival Football Picks early this year. Miami will get my revenge for me this week. The Dolphins really impressed last week against Tom Brady.

Bengals over Falcons – Was Atlanta’s win over New Orleans last week a fluke? I’m not sure but Cincinnati’s defense might be just as good as it was last season.

Saints over Browns – If Cleveland’s no huddle offense can find success against the New Orleans defense, the Browns could score a huge upset at home. It could happen but the Browns defense should have its hands full with Drew Brees.

Titans over Cowboys – As bad as Romo was last week, I know that he can bounce back and play lights out this weekend. I’m not gonna bet on it though. I’ll rather see it before I believe it. Tennessee looked like a tough team last week in Kansas City.

Cardinals over Giants – Arizona’s defense should be able to do what they do best up against Eli Manning.

Jaguars over Redskins – Has RG3 become a liability for Washington? I know that the Jacksonville defense will be dying to find out on Sunday.

Panthers over Lions – Best defense against Calvin Johnson? Tackle Matt Stafford before he can throw it to him. Carolina’s front seven might be able to handle that at home.

Seahawks over Chargers – Seattle’s defense should be able to rattle Phillip Rivers into some mistakes on Sunday.

Rams over Buccaneers – I’m looking for the St. Louis front seven to really set the tone against Tampa Bay and their struggling offense.

Packers over Jets – Aaron Rodgers should be able to have a field day against the New York secondary.

Texans over Raiders – Points might be hard to come by in this matchup but Houston is the more talented team by far.

Fantasy Football Picks of the Week

QB: Andrew Luck (Colts) – Luck has a favorable matchup this week against the Eagles secondary.

RB: Adrian Foster (Texans) – Foster will be facing a Raiders run defense that had a tough time against the Jets last week.

WR: A.J. Green (Bengals) – Green had a pretty big game last week and he should have a successful outing again this week against the Falcons secondary.

TE: Julius Thomas (Broncos) – I like Thomas to have another big game this week. Kansas City’s secondary is depleted outside of safety Eric Berry.

DEF: Arizona – The Giants offense had a poor performance a week ago and they’ll find tough sledding again this week against the Cardinals.