Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars (Wembley Stadium in London)
The Colts and Jaguars are facing off this week in London and both teams need the win. Jacksonville has looked worse and worse with each passing week. Blake Bortles has regressed this season and is still throwing a large number of interceptions that is hampering this team. TJ Yeldon has rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown this season and needs to get more involved in their game plan. If they are able to establish the run then Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Julius Thomas will be more open and Bortles won’t have to take as many chances and won’t hurt his team. The Colts were improved last week against the Chargers. Andrew Luck has thrown for 913 yards, six touchdowns, and only two interceptions. A three to one ratio will almost always keep a team in a game. Frank Gore has looked good so far as well as he has rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown to help Andrew Luck as he is transition back. The Colts defense has been poor so far giving up 401 yards per game and nearly 32 points per game. They need to start playing better than that if they want to get back into the playoff picture. Ultimately, Andrew Luck should be able to lead his team to a victory in London.
IND 28 – 25 JAX
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
The Tennessee Titans have been more competitive than a lot of people thought that they would be, but Marcus Mariota hasn’t made a big jump from year one to year two. He has thrown for 723 yards, four touchdowns, and four interceptions. Tennessee has been able to run the ball effectively and DeMarco Murray had looked good with 245 yards and a touchdown this season. Derrick Henry has run for an additional 88 yards, but is able to watch and learn from a good veteran. The Texans have had troubles as well offensively and the investment in Brock Osweiler hasn’t really paid off for Houston yet. He has only thrown for 695 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions through three games. Lamar Miller, however, is showing what he can do by rushing for 269 yards so far, but hasn’t had a touchdown yet. Luckily, they aren’t facing a top defense this week and the extra days should be able to help them out a little bit. Houston should be able to win this game and get back on track.
TEN 17 – 20 HOU
Cleveland Browns @ Washington Redskins
Cleveland and Washington have both looked bad this year, but looked better this past week. Cleveland has had troubles getting their offense going with injuries to Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor had his best game as a pro last week and was the reason that this team was competitive and even make it to overtime. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson have combined for a good running back tandem as they have combined for 377 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. They are probably going to alternate between Pryor and Kessler again this week, but that will eventually run thin when they face a decent defense. Kirk Cousins looked a lot better this past week and was able to lead the Redskins to their first win of the season. He hasn’t been able to connect with Jordan Reed as much as he should have. Reed was a major redzone threat last season, but has a total of 190 yards and no touchdowns through the first three games of this season. They should also look to focus more on the run and not put everything on Cousins. Matt Jones only has 150 yards and one touchdown for the year, but has looked good at times. This is a winnable game for the Browns, but they will probably lose to the Redskins.
CLE 21 – 24 WAS
Seattle Seahawks @ New York Jets
The Seahawks and the Jets are two teams that have underperformed this season. Seattle should be scared about Russell Wilson and his ankle injury. He missed some action last week and has only been able to throw for 755 yards and two touchdowns so far this season. Their offense has only averaged 17.3 points per game and fortunately their defense has been as good as advertised. Their defense has only had one takeaway this season, but they have been able to restrict those offenses. They have held opposing offenses to only 12.3 points and 250 yards per game. The Jets have had trouble on both sides of the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick had the worst game of his career last week and threw six interceptions. They have averaged 20.7 points per game and their defense is currently allowing 26 points per game. The Jets have had two interceptions this year and need to be more aggressive to help their offense out. Seattle should be able to win this game in a fairly close game in New York.
SEA 22 – 17 NYJ
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Buffalo got their first win of the year last week and the Patriots were able to win their third straight game in a unique fashion. Tyrod Taylor has not been all that good and seems to be holding this team back and has averaged a mere 175 passing yards per game. He has turned the ball over four times so far and has only thrown for three touchdowns. He doesn’t have any really big targets now that Sammy Watkins is out with his foot injury. LeSean McCoy just showed back up last week and needs to continue to play well if this team wants to succeed. The Patriots have been the most consistent team so far this year and has averaged 27 points per game and 15 points allowed per game. There is uncertainty regarding who is going to play quarterback for them this week. Jimmy Garoppolo is still recovering his shoulder and Jacoby Brissett has a thumb issue. There is currently no other quarterback on the roster and that means that Julian Edelman is the next man up. No matter who the quarterback is, they will have the leading rusher in the NFL with LaGarrette Blount. Blount has rushed for 298 yards, four touchdowns, and has kept this team in all three games so far this season. The Patriots should win this game fairly easily, despite the quarterback situation.
BUF 18 – 24 NE
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons
The Panthers and the Falcons have been complete opposites so far this season. The Falcons weren’t expected to be that good, but have been one of the top offenses in the league to this point. Matt Ryan has thrown for 907 yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception. The strength of their offense has been their two headed monster running the football. That should be the matchup to watch because the strength of the Panthers is their run defense. The team that wins that battle could end up winning the game. The Panthers have underperformed to their talent and needs to turn things around quickly. Cam Newton hasn’t played his best football and needs to turn it around. Fozzy Whittaker has been a good compliment to Jonathan Stewart and created a good tandem of their own. The Carolina defense should be able to slow down the Falcons offense enough to let the offense win the game.
CAR 27 – 24 ATL
Oakland Raiders @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are undefeated so far this season and the Raiders have underperformed so far this season despite their two wins. Derek Carr hasn’t been bad this season and has only thrown one interception to his five touchdowns. Their running situation has been unique as Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington, and Jalen Richard split 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. The problem has been the defense and have been prone to opposing passing attacks. Joe Flacco hasn’t done a very good job throwing the ball so this matchup should be interesting. Flacco has thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions and the Ravens have only scored 19 points per game. The reason that they have won all of their games so far has been their defense. They have only given up 14.7 points per game and restricted opponents to 254.3 total yards per game. This should be a pretty good game with some an intriguing matchups, but the Raiders should be able to hand the Ravens their first loss of the season.
OAK 23 – 21 BAL
Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears
The Lions and Bears are facing off in a divisional matchup that should be a fairly one-sided affair. The Lions have lost two games this season, but they have been able to score 27 points per game through this point of the season. Matthew Stafford has been able to throw 985 yards and seven touchdowns through three games and Marvin Jones has become a top target in the league. They had trouble running the ball last week, but they were playing from behind the entire game and shouldn’t have that situation this week. The Bears are still dealing with a plethora of injuries and they are hampering this team’s chances to win a game. Jay Cutler, Danny Trevathan, and Jeremy Langford will all be out among others. Alshon Jeffrey was able to play last week and should play against Detroit, but has still been limited in practice. The injuries to this Chicago team will be the downfall again this week and the Lions should walk away with this one.
DET 27 – 17 CHI
Denver Broncos @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Broncos have been one of the best teams in the league so far this season and the Buccaneers haven’t lived up to their potential so far. The Broncos defense is still one of the best and their offense seems to be clicking as well. CJ Anderson has been able to run for 203 yards and three touchdowns so far this season, and he should be able to have another good game this week against a subpar Tampa Bay defense. Trevor Siemian played the game of his life last week and people shouldn’t expect that to be a regular thing. If Tampa Bay wants to win this game, they are going to have to do it on the ground. Denver has an excellent defense again this season, but their one weakness has been against the run. They have allowed 127 rushing yards per game and they are averaging just below fifty percent when it comes to third down conversions. That gives the Buccaneers a chance if Charles Sims can run effectively and put Jameis Winston in a good spot to make some key throws. Ultimately, Denver is still really good and should come out of this game with a win.
DEN 30 – 24 TB
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
The Rams have been a team that has over performed so far this season and the Cardinals are a team that has underperformed. Case Keenum and Todd Gurley were able to both have good games last week that helped them get their second win and it is hard to believe that Keenum would be able to do that two weeks in a row. Gurley might be able to have a pretty good game, but it is hard for him to be the only real offensive threat. If Arizona is smart then they will stack eight in the box and make Keenum beat them through the air. The one matchup that should be interesting in this game will be David Johnson against the Los Angeles defensive front. Johnson has been one of the best backs in the league and if he can take over the game on Sunday then the Cardinals should be able to win this game pretty easily.
LA 10 – 21 ARI
New Orleans Saints @ San Diego Chargers
Drew Brees is heading back San Diego for the first time since they let him walk after the 2005 season. He has looked really good on a bad team so far this season. One of his top targets, Willie Snead, missed the last game with a toe injury, but looks like he should be a go for this week. Mark Ingram has been efficient, but hasn’t blown anyone away and probably won’t this week either. The Saints defense hasn’t been very good either and have allowed 32 points per game and been able to run on fairly easily. That is a good sign for Melvin Gordon fans. He is becoming the running back that people were expecting when he came into the league last season. He should be able to have a big game and take the pressure off Philip Rivers. The Chargers should be able to pull this game away and get their second win of the season.
NO 24 – 31 SD
Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers
The Cowboys have been able to rely on two rookies to run their offense and win two of their three games and they are facing a familiar coach this week as they take on Chip Kelly and the 49ers. Dak Prescott has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league so far even though he is a rookie. He has been able to throw for 767 yards and a touchdown without any turnovers. His running back, Ezekiel Elliott, is the second leading rusher in the league with 274 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys also have the fortune of having a quality veteran backup in Alfred Morris that has been able to compliment Elliott really well. The Cowboys running game should be able to take advantage of San Francisco’s run defense that is allowing 123 rushing yards per game. The 49ers are going to need Carlos Hyde to take advantage of the average Dallas defense. Blaine Gabbert might get a few looks, but they probably won’t beat the Cowboys that way. Dallas should be able to win this game pretty easily.
DAL 27 – 17 SF
Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Chiefs and Steelers matchup could very well be an AFC playoff preview. Kansas City has been efficient offensively and hasn’t made a lot of mistakes. Alex Smith has thrown three touchdowns to one interception. They are averaging 332 total yards and 23 points per game so far. Jamaal Charles is still limited at practice, but Spencer Ware has been able to make up for that loss. Their defense has been able to hold opponents to 16.3 points per game, but they haven’t faced an offense as dynamic as the Steelers. The Steelers had a hiccup last week, but they have their main back, Le’Veon Bell, coming back from his suspension this week. DeAngelo Williams has done a really good job in Bell’s absence and should provide a good dynamic for this offense and open up Antonio Brown for a couple big plays. The Steelers should come out on fire and return to their winning ways.
KC 21 – 23 PIT
New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings
The Giants and the Vikings should have a pretty good defensive battle on Sunday. The Giants fell in a tough division game, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get some key stops. They have held other teams to 20 points per game and has kept their team in all three games so far this season. They need to figure out ways to get turnovers, they only have one for the entire season and need to set up their offense better. Now that both of their running backs are injured, someone needs to step up this week to relieve Eli Manning and the rest of the offense. The Vikings have had one of the best defenses in the entire league so far this season. Their nine turnovers and three touchdowns should scare most offenses in the league. Sam Bradford looks rejuvenated and has played some of the best football of his career so far. Ultimately, the Vikings should be able to take win this game and rely on their defense again.
NYG 13 – 20 MIN
Bye Week – Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles
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Another week in the NFL has come and gone and there were certainly some interesting things that happened this past weekend. Philadelphia made a giant leap in the rankings after their dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers took the biggest plunge of the week after losing another game in an ugly fashion.
1.New England Patriots (3-0; Prev. 1)
New England won another game without Tom Brady, this one with Jacoby Brissett leading the charge. He missed some key throws, but their defense was able to shut out Brock Osweiler and the Texans. LeGarrette Blount was able to take advantage of the Texans defense for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Bill Belichick is defying the odds and taking advantage of other teams like only he can. This team will only be scarier once Tom Brady comes back. The Patriots have the Bills coming to town this week and shouldn’t have a problem getting their fourth win.
2. Denver Broncos (3-0; Prev. 3)
Trevor Siemian played the game of his life on Sunday against a good Cincinnati defense. He threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns and didn’t have to rely on the run for the first time this season. Both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas combined for 217 yards and three touchdowns allowing Siemian to look as good as he did. Von Miller was able to add to his sack total and this defense is making this team a threat in the AFC. They are going to Tampa Bay this week and should be interesting against a young quarterback that can move.
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-0; Prev. 4)
The Vikings have become the team to beat in the NFC with Sam Bradford as their quarterback and Jerick McKinnon as their running back. They have been able to beat two of the top contenders in two consecutive weeks and they just look better and better. Their defense has averaged three takeaways and a touchdown per week. Mike Zimmer has made this defense one of the best in the NFL and is able to put their offense in positions to make plays. This week they have another tough challenge as the Giants come in for a big game.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1; Prev. 2)
The Steelers had a terrible game all around on Sunday. Antonio Brown was able to go for 140 yards on twelve catches, but they were unable to do anything else in this game. Ben Roethlisberger only threw for 257 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. DeAngelo William only ran for 21 yards after being the league leader for the first two weeks of the season. Their defense allowed 34 points, two of the touchdowns through the air and the other two were on the ground. Their defense wasn’t regarded as the strength of this team to begin with, but they shouldn’t have allowed the Eagles to do what they were able to do. The Steelers have the Chiefs coming to town this week and need to play better if they want to win this game.
5. Green Bay Packers (2-1; Prev. 7)
The Green Bay Packers looked good early against the Lions, but they allowed Detroit to get back into the game towards the end. Aaron Rodgers was able to throw for 205 yards and four touchdowns and it looks like Jordy Nelson is back. Nelson accounted for 101 yards and two of Rodgers’ touchdowns. Eddie Lacy had his biggest game by far as he got his first 100-yard game of the season. They have a much needed bye week this week and they need to figure out how to live up to their potential.
6. Seattle Seahawks (2-1; Prev. 10)
The Seahawks had their breakout game this past Sunday against the 49ers. The Russell Wilson injury is very troubling because Treyvon Boykin showed that he is not ready for the NFL as he threw for an interception. Christine Michael broke out in this game when he rushed for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jimmy Graham also looked really good as he caught for 100 yards and a touchdown. Their defense was able to pick off Blaine Gabbert and hold him to 119 yards. They have a tough game this Sunday as they travel to New York to take on the Jets.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1; Prev. 12)
The Chiefs completely dominated the Jets on defense. They were able to get six interceptions against a pretty good receiving unit and were able to force two fumbles. They were able to convert two of those turnovers for touchdowns and that was all that they needed to win the game, but they were able to get a field goal and another touchdown from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce. They probably won’t be able to play like that every week, but it does give hope that this team might be able to make a good run. This week they are going up against a good Steelers team in Pittsburgh.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0; Prev. 17)
The Eagles played their best game on both sides of the ball on Sunday against a good Steelers team. Carson Wentz looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now and is able to make his receivers open. He was able to get Darren Sproles involved for 128 receiving yards and a touchdown and was able to connect with Jordan Matthews for a touchdown as well. This also opened up the running game for another two touchdowns and 135 yards. The other thing that was impressive was their defense. Fletcher Cox was able disrupt the offense with two sacks and a forced fumble and Rodney McLeod was able to get his second interceptions of the game. They were able to hold the Steelers to three points as he helped them to their big win. The Eagles have the week off this week, but are going up to Detroit in week five.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2; Prev. 5)
The Bengals had a rough week against the Broncos. They gave up 312 yards and four touchdowns to Trevor Siemian and couldn’t make a stop or get a turnover when they needed it. Andy Dalton was only able to throw for 206 yards and an interception. Jeremy Hill was able to rush for 97 yards and two touchdowns, but that was all that the Bengals could do offensively. They have the Dolphins coming in next week and they should be able to get their second win of the season.
10. Houston Texans (2-1; Prev. 8)
The Texans looked really bad against a team with a rookie quarterback that couldn’t throw the ball very far. The injury to Brian Cushing seems to be hurting them more than anyone thought that it would, Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t an impact and JJ Watt has been fighting with his injury. Watt has only had 1.5 sacks, eight tackles and no turnovers through three games and could miss the rest of the season with his reinjured back. One has to wonder if his back is affecting him in a bad way. Brock Osweiler could only manage 196 yards and an interception because the Patriots eliminated any possibility of big plays. Lamar Miller was able to rush for 80 yards, but couldn’t get in the end zone. They should be able to turn it around this week with some extra rest when the Titans come to Houston.
11. Arizona Cardinals (1-2; Prev. 6)
The Cardinals followed their amazing performance in week two with major loss in Buffalo. Carson Palmer did not look good, throwing four interceptions and no touchdowns. David Johnson had a really good game rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough to overcome their woes. Their defense limited Tyrod Taylor to just 119 yards passing with zero touchdowns and an interception, but he was able to rush for 76 yards and a touchdown. They also allowed LeSean McCoy to rush for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals need to play better in those two facets of the game if they want to survive in their division. The Rams are coming to Arizona this week and the Cardinals desperately need this division game.
12. Oakland Raiders (2-1; Prev. 13)
The Oakland Raiders won their second game in a close matchup against the Titans. Derek Carr was efficient and their running game was good as a combination with DeAndre Washington and Latavius Murray. They combined for 94 yards and a touchdown. The one good thing about this team was that their defense showed up for the first time this season. They did give up 181 total rushing yards and a touchdown, but they were able to force three turnovers and limit Marcus Mariota to only 214 yards passing. They need to continue to improve if they want to make a run at the playoffs. This week they are traveling to Baltimore to face the Ravens.
13. New York Giants (2-1; Prev. 11)
The Giants finally fell this week and it was to the Kirk Cousins led Washington Redskins. The Giants were able to get one turnover and two sacks, but gave up 29 points to a team that had been having trouble scoring touchdowns. Eli Manning was able to throw for 350 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two crucial interceptions. They also got some bad news when their leading rusher, Shane Vereen, went down with a torn triceps and will miss at least the next eight weeks. They need Rashad Jennings to get back as soon as possible or they are going to have to rely on Orleans Darkwa. They need to figure things out quickly as they go to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1; Prev. 16)
Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like the number four pick in the draft pick when he hurdled for 140 yards. Dak Prescott was able to complete his first passing touchdown to Dez Bryant with another 248 yards passing. Prescott then ran for 36 yards and a touchdown. These two rookies are leading this team like ten year veterans and will only get better. The thing that should scare Dallas fans is the injuries along the offensive line. Tyron Smith missed the game and La’el Collins will be out for at least the next eight weeks. Ronald Leary is a starting caliber guard that will replace Collins, but beyond that, this line doesn’t have a lot of depth. This week this team will go into San Francisco for another game that they should be able to win.
15. Baltimore Ravens (3-0; Prev. 18)
The Baltimore Ravens haven’t lost yet, but they also haven’t face any fierce competition and they haven’t won any of their games decisively. Joe Flacco has thrown three touchdowns to four interceptions and their running game has averaged 82.3 yards per game and combined for one touchdown. Their defense was good this past week when they picked off Blake Bortles three times and were able to sack him four times. They have a challenge this week when the Raiders come to town for a pretty good matchup.
16. Carolina Panthers (1-2; Prev. 9)
The Panthers seem to have fallen off early this season and hasn’t looked particularly good so far. They haven’t been terrible to this point statistically, but Cam Newton seems to play poorly against good defenses. Against Denver and Minnesota, he threw for a combined 456 yards one touchdown and four interceptions. He has to play better going forward if this team has any chance at turning everything around. This week they are going to Atlanta and they need this win so they can be back in the driver’s seat for the NFC South.
17. New York Jets (1-2; Prev. 14)
The Jets got beat up on Sunday by a good Chiefs team. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 188 yards and six interceptions. It is hard for any team to overcome that many interceptions, no matter what everyone else does. Matt Forte was only able to rush for 65 yards and couldn’t get the ball moving. Their defense only gave up one touchdown and a combined 315 total yards, but they just couldn’t overcome the Chiefs’ defense playing out of their minds. They have another tough matchup this week when the Seahawks come to town.
18. Atlanta Falcons (2-1; Prev. 25)
The Falcons have been able to play really well on offense all year long, even in week one when they lost. Matt Ryan has thrown for 970 yards, seven touchdowns, and only one interception threw three games this season. Their running back tandem might be the best in the league and the receiving squad is really good thanks to Julio Jones taking pressure off the rest of the team. Their defense has been troubling and will lose games for them if their offense isn’t on the entire time. They have allowed an average of 30 points per game and have been fortunate to come away with some wins despite that. This week they have a Panthers team coming in that has something to prove.
19. Washington Redskins (1-2; Prev. 21)
The Redskins won a must win game against the Giants. Kirk Cousins was able to throw for 296 yards and two touchdowns. DeSean Jackson had 96 yards and a touchdown, but limped off the field at one point and came back on to finish the game. That generally means that he is ok, but if it is a lingering issue, then that could cause concern. Their offensive line took two hits when Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger both had lower leg injuries, but both won’t miss a lot of time. The secondary also took two pretty big hits when DeAngelo Hall was lost for the season and Bashaud Breeland looks like he will miss a game or two with a high ankle sprain. These injuries loom over this team despite their win. They have the Browns coming to town this week and will hopefully be able to squeeze out the win.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2; Prev. 15)
The Buccaneers lost a home game against the Rams in a high scoring matchup. Their defense gave up 37 points to a team that had only scored nine points in the previous two weeks. They didn’t allow a lot of yards in the game, but they did give up four touchdowns to a team that had not scored a touchdown going into this game. Jameis Winston looked a lot better and threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns last week. Chris Sims was able to rush for a touchdown, but was only able to run for 55 yards. This week they have a tough matchup when the Broncos come into town.
21. Indianapolis Colts (1-2; Prev. 22)
The Colts were able to squeeze out a victory against the Chargers on Sunday. Andrew Luck was able to throw for 331 yards and a touchdown and TY Hilton had his best game of the season. Hilton was able to get 174 yards and a touchdown and really helped Andrew Luck out. Frank Gore was able to rush for 82 yards and a touchdown to help compliment the passing game. Defensively, they were able to cause three turnovers and two sacks. They need to keep it up offensively to take advantage of a bad division. This week they are going to play the Jaguars in London and should be able to pull out another win.
22. Detroit Lions (1-2; Prev. 23)
The Lions got themselves into a big hole on Sunday against the Packers and when into halftime with a score of 31 – 10. They were able to climb back in the second half to make the score respectable, but fell short towards the end. Matthew Stafford was able to throw for 385 yards and three touchdowns, but that wasn’t enough to over come their deficit. Marvin Jones had the game of his life as he was able to catch for 205 yards and two of Stafford’s touchdowns. They weren’t really able to run the ball all that much because they were playing from behind for most of the game. If Abdullah had been in the lineup then this team might have been able to rush better, but it might not have made a large difference. The Lions are going to Chicago this week for a tough divisional game.
23. Los Angeles Rams (2-1; Prev. 28)
The Los Angeles Rams finally broke through offensively and was able to score four touchdowns. Todd Gurley was able to rush for 85 yards and two of the touchdowns. Case Keenum only threw for 190 yards but was able to complete two touchdown passes. Their defense was poor again and gave up 32 points to the Buccaneers. Jameis Winston was able to throw for 405 yards and three touchdowns on the Rams defense that had done so good the week before. The Rams have another tough divisional game this week when they travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals.
24. San Diego Chargers (1-2; Prev. 19)
The Chargers lost a tough game in Indianapolis on Sunday. Philip Rivers was unable to score a passing touchdown against a poor defense, but was able to throw for 326 yards. Melvin Gordon was only able to rush for 35 yards with a touchdown. They fumbled the ball three times between Rivers, Travis Benjamin, and Hunter Henry. Anytime an offense turns the ball over that many time it puts too much pressure on their defense. Andrew Luck was able to throw for 331 yards and a touchdown against this defense. Joey Bosa still hasn’t been able to get on the field yet and it is hampering the defense. They have the Saints coming into town this week and need the win to keep up with the rest of their division.
25. New Orleans Saints (0-3; Prev. 24)
The New Orleans Saints have looked good at times, but have lost all three of their games so far this season. Drew Brees was able to throw for 376 yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons despite Willie Sneed being out with a toe injury. The problem with this team was the defense. They gave up 45 points to the Falcons and allowed Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman run and catch for a combined 296 yards and four touchdowns. They can’t let the running backs beat them up or they will lose a lot more games. Next up they go to San Diego to face a Chargers team that they could beat, but can’t let Melvin Gordon run on them like the Falcons backs did.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3; Prev. 20)
The Jaguars had another tough week when they lost to the Ravens. Blake Bortles seems like he has regressed this season and threw for only 194 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Bortles has one of the best receiving squads and is currently unable to take advantage of that. TJ Yeldon and Chris Ivory combined for a grand total of 31 yards and no touchdowns. They need to turn this around quickly before they end up with another top five pick in the draft. The Colts are coming to town this week and the Jags need to win this game.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-2; Prev. 26)
The San Francisco 49ers have dropped off significantly since their week one victory. Blaine Gabbert threw for 119 yards, an interception and no touchdowns against the Seahawks last week. People are wanting to see Colin Kaepernick, but Chip Kelly has said that he isn’t physically ready to be the starter. Carlos Hyde has been one of the bright spots of this team and rushed for 116 yards this past week with a touchdown. With them being so one sided, it will be interesting to see if other teams attack the run and make Gabbert beat them with his arm. Their defense has really fallen off in the last two weeks after shutting out the Rams in week one. They have allowed an average of 41.5 points per game, not including the game against the Rams. No team can win when they are allowing that many points, especially when they can’t score in the air. This week they are facing the Dallas Cowboys in San Francisco and will have to figure out a way to stop their rookie tandem of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
28. Tennessee Titans (1-2; Prev. 27)
The Titans were unable to do a whole lot through the air against the Oakland Raiders last week. Marcus Mariota threw for 214 yards, two interceptions and had one lost fumble. He needs to progress more before this team is able to take a step forward. DeMarco Murray was able to rush for 114 yards and his first touchdown as a Titan, but that would be the only touchdown for the Titans on Sunday. Their defense actually did a pretty decent job as they held the Raiders to 17 points and caused an interception against Derek Carr. This week, they go to Houston to face a rested Texans team.
29. Buffalo Bills (1-2; Prev. 31)
The Buffalo Bills finally got their first win of the season at home against a good Arizona team. The Buffalo defense was able to force four interceptions and a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. LeSean McCoy had his best game as a Bill when he rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and helped lead his team to their victory. This win may have cooled Rex Ryan’s seat a little bit, but they need to keep winning for it to cool off completely. They have a tough matchup this week as they travel to New England, but they need to capitalize if they want to have a chance this season.
30. Miami Dolphins (1-2; Prev. 29)
Miami got their first win last week in overtime against one of the worst teams in the league. Their defense allowed Terrelle Pryor to throw for 35 yards, rush for 21 yards and a touchdown, and receive 144 yards. Ryan Tannehill was able to throw for 319 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions and allowed the Browns to stay in the game. Nothing about this team was really impressive other than the fact that they won. They have a tough challenge this week as they will be going to Cincinnati to face a desperate Bengals team.
31. Chicago Bears (0-3; Prev. 30)
The Bears looked bad again this week against another rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. They weren’t able to sack him or cause any turnovers in the game. They need Danny Trevathan to come back as soon as possible before the ship is completely sunk. Chicago also suffered another blow when Jeremy Langford left in the third quarter due to an ankle injury. At this point, it doesn’t look like the Bears will be able to turn things around anytime soon. They have the Lions coming to town, and they will have a hard time against their receiving corps.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-3; Prev. 32)
The Browns certainly tried to get their first win this week, but ended up falling short in overtime against the Dolphins. Terrelle Pryor played out of his mind and might just be the best quarterback on the roster, despite the fact that he is supposed to be a receiver. The problem with this is that Pryor is the team’s best receiver at the moment with Corey Coleman out because of his injury and Josh Gordon still serving his suspension. They are traveling to Washington this week to face the Redskins.
Week two was exciting and showed the true colors of a lot of teams. There should be some good matchups this week with some potential playoff previews. After this week there should be a clearer picture on who is a contender and who is a pretender in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
The Cardinals seem to be back on track and need to take advantage of a poor Buffalo defense. Buffalo’s defensive strength is their secondary and they let the Jets take complete advantage them. The Cardinal’s have a better receiving squad and they can utilize the run as well with David Johnson. Tyrod Taylor shouldn’t scare the Cardinal defense especially now that Sammy Watkins looks like he will be out for this game. The Bills need LeSean McCoy to step up or this game could be ugly. Arizona should win this game pretty easily.
ARI 27 – 10 BUF
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
This is a game with one team that outplayed themselves last week and another that vastly underperformed. The Raider defense was supposed to be one of the strengths of this team and they have been one of the worst in the league to this point. They have to learn to stop the run this week as that is the strength of the Tennessee offense. DeMarco Murray seems to have revitalized his career. Oakland’s offense should be able to beat up on the Titans’ defensive unit. Derek Carr has averaged 309 yards and two touchdowns per game so far, and there is no reason he shouldn’t be able to hit those numbers again this week. The Raiders should win a pretty decent offensive battle.
OAK 27 – 21 TEN
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
This is should be an interesting matchup between two NFC East teams. The Redskins have lost both games this season due to Kirk Cousins not playing his best football and questions surrounding their defense. The Giants have won both of their games so far this season thanks to an improved defensive front and an improved receiving corps for Eli Manning to play with. The Redskins are desperate for a win and can’t lose two divisional games this early in the season without there being a lot of panic to follow. The Giants should be able to take advantage of the second and slot receiver matchups and end up with a win in a close game.
WAS 17 – 21 NYG
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins
Cleveland has looked like most people expected they would, bad. Then they had injuries to their top two quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown, and have to rely on rookie Cody Kessler without their number one weapon, Corey Coleman. Miami has had a tough first two weeks losing to the Patriots and Seahawks in two good efforts from the Dolphins. Luckily for them, the Browns aren’t even close to the level of those other two teams and the Dolphins should be able to win this game pretty easily.
CLE 10 – 17 MIA
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars showed some promise in week one, but looked like the old Jacksonville team last week. Baltimore has looked better this year than they did last year, but they haven’t been overly impressive so far. Joe Flacco is still trying to find his rhythm and has thrown two interceptions to his three touchdowns through two games. He did look better than Blake Bortles did last week. Bortles has the potential to be really good with a powerful arm, but he has just made some bad decisions that helped Jacksonville lose. They will win eventually and they should be able to do so this week at home against an average Baltimore team.
BAL 14 – 20 JAX
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Neither of these teams were very impressive last week and they both need a win to keep up with the Vikings. The Lions gave up last week’s game against the Titans and the Packer looked poor against a good Minnesota defense. The Lions should be able to take advantage of the Green Bay secondary, but there are questions around the running game with Abdullah out for the foreseeable future. Aaron Rodgers is bound for a big game and this could very well be that game. The Packers should be able to pull out a win at home this week.
DET 17 – 21 GB
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Broncos seem to be better than a lot of people thought that they would be this season. Trevor Siemian has looked admirable against some good competition with a really good running game and one of the best defenses in the NFL. Von Miller has looked like an MVP candidate while just punishing opposing offenses. Cincinnati has not looked like the team that they were last year with the absence of Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert and will have trouble this week. Cincinnati should put up a good fight, but will ultimately lose to a better team.
DEN 24 – 20 CIN
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
The Vikings and Panthers have been two of the best teams so far this season, but the Vikings have lost two of their key offensive pieces in Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Carolina has done a good job getting Kelvin Benjamin involved and has been able to capitalize on their running game with Fozzy Whittaker and Jonathan Stewart. The Vikings have shown up on defense and are arguably the best unit in the league through two games so far. Good defenses have been able to get to Cam Newton recently and Minnesota should be able to affect the game a little bit, but their offense will prevent them from winning this game.
MIN 13 – 17 CAR
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Rams got their first win in Los Angeles last week, but the game was very ugly. Tampa Bay showed a few of their flaws last week when they got beat up by a good Arizona team. The Rams have shown that they are able to get to young quarterbacks and disrupt an offense, but that is pretty much all that they can do. Jameis Winston is better than he showed last week and probably won’t have another four-interception game again this week. Todd Gurley should be able to get the Rams’ first touchdown of the season, but they won’t be able to outplay Tampa Bay’s offense.
LA 10 – 20 TB
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco has looked better than they were supposed to and Seattle has kept their annual tradition of looking poor at the beginning of the season and looking bad against the Rams. San Francisco hasn’t faced a complete defense like Seattle so far this season, and Seattle hasn’t looked good on offense at all this season. Seattle is bound to break out eventually and Russell Wilson needs to show that he is the leader that the Seahawks need. Blaine Gabbert will have trouble against the legion of boom and will cost his team the win.
SF 17 – 24 SEA
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Jets have looked really good so far this season and the Chiefs haven’t. The interesting matchup will be the Jets’ receivers versus the Chiefs’ secondary. The Chiefs were beaten by DeAndre Hopkins last week and will have their hands full with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The Chiefs do have Jamaal Charles coming back and should be able to cause some trouble against the Jets’ good defensive front. This will be a hard-fought defensive battle and the Chief should come out on top.
NYJ 16 – 20 KC
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts
The Chargers have been one of the more surprising teams so far this season and the Colts have vastly underperformed. Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck are two of the best quarterbacks in the league, but Rivers has learned to do more with less whereas Luck is still getting back into the rhythm this year. The Chargers are still without Keenan Allen, but Travis Benjamin is showing what he can do with a good quarterback. Luck is going to play to the best of his ability for the Colts to win, but they will fall short this week.
SD 21 – 17 IND
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Steelers might have the best offense in the NFL. Even when Ben Roethliberger isn’t playing that well, they are still able to move the ball and score 24 points. Philadelphia has played really well so far, and Carson Wentz looks like an early rookie of the year candidate, but they have faced two of the worst teams in the league so far and the Steelers are their first real test. The Eagles need to make this game competitive at home or they will get blown out by a better team. Pittsburgh should be able to win this game pretty decisively.
PIT 31 – 17 PHI
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys
The Bears have looked bad through two weeks and things seem to be getting worse. Jay Cutler looks like he will miss this week and there is uncertainty with the health of Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey has been a notorious Cowboy killer whenever these two teams matchup. Dak Prescott has been one of the most impressive players so far this season and has broken Warren Moon’s record for most consecutive passes without an interception by a rookie through his first two games. He should be able to play well again this week against a beat up Chicago defense. The Cowboys should be able to capitalize on the Bears’ weaknesses and win this game fairly easily.
CHI 17 – 27 DAL
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
This is the ten year anniversary of when the Saints returned to New Orleans and beat the Falcons on Monday night football. This game should be fairly similar to that game. New Orleans has looked pretty good so far, despite their two losses, and the Falcons haven’t looked good with the exception of Matt Ryan playing the best football of his life. His best weapon, Julio Jones, should play, but it is uncertain how much. New Orleans should be able to win this big game at home and build some momentum going forward.
ATL 13 – 23 NO
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Week two of the NFL season changed the perception of a lot of teams and strengthened the perception of others. With some interesting matchups this weekend, there should be some excitement from NFL fans for some good football.
1. New England Patriots (2-0; Prev. 1)
The New England Patriots showed that they are still they team to beat in the NFL. Jimmy Garoppolo was excellent until his injury, but the Patriots still pulled out a win against the Dolphins. Jacoby Brissett looked competent at the position and did enough to maintain the Patriot’s lead. It looks like Brissett is going to have a tough game this Thursday when he takes on JJ Watt and the Houston Texans.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0; Prev. 4)
The Steelers pulled out a win against a tough division rival in the Cincinnati Bengals, despite Ben Roethlisberger being a little off. DeAngelo Williams had another nice game, Antonio Brown didn’t have his best game, but the emergence of Sammie Coates has to have the Pittsburgh fans really happy. They aren’t feeling the losses of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant and seem to only be getting better. They have a tough week this week when they travel to Philadelphia to face their instate rivals.
3. Denver Broncos (2-0; Prev. 8)
The Broncos are still really good. Their defense will win games as long as their offense stays competent. CJ Anderson showed that he is a good running back as he ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Trevor Siemian didn’t throw a touchdown, but he has done enough for this team to win the game. Von Miller is really contending for the best defensive player in the league as he was able to sack Andrew Luck three times. They have a tough challenge this week in Cincinnati against the Bengals.
4. Minnesota Vikings (2-0; Prev. 9)
The Vikings won a big game on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. This defense is one of the best in the league and made Aaron Rodgers look like he was just another quarterback. They were able to force two fumbles this week and an interception for the second week in a row. Sam Bradford looked like the quarterback that everyone was expecting when he came into the league. It helps that he has a weapon like Stefon Diggs that can go for 182 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, it seems that Adrian Peterson could be out for a while with a torn meniscus. They have another tough game this week as they go to Carolina.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1; Prev. 3)
The Cincinnati Bengals played a good game against a good Steelers team in Pittsburgh. Andy Dalton was able to throw for 366 yards and a touchdown, but that wasn’t enough for the win. Giovanni Bernard was able to go for a combined 117 yards and a touchdown, but 100 of those yards and the touchdown came through the air. They need to learn to run the ball better if they want to be successful. They have a tough challenge this week as the Broncos and their powerful defense come into Cincinnati.
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-1; Prev. 6)
The Cardinals bounced back from their disappointing loss with a statement win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carson Palmer looked really good as he passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Their defense was able to take advantage of Jameis Winston with four interceptions and held the Buccaneers to only a touchdown.
7. Green Bay Packers (1-1; Prev. 2)
The Packers did not look good against their rivals, the Vikings, even after Adrian Peterson went down with his torn meniscus. Aaron Rogers hasn’t looked like himself this season and threw for an interception and had a lost fumble. Their running game was fairly poor too as Eddie Lacy hasn’t been able to get anything done. The Packers need to figure something out soon as the Lions come to town.
8. Houston Texans (2-0; Prev. 12)
The Texans look like they are real contenders in the AFC. Brock Osweiler hasn’t been great so far, but Lamar Miller has looked pretty good. DeAndre Hopkins has looked just as he did last season and should continue to make Osweiler look good. Their defense was able to cause three turnovers against the Chiefs and look to take advantage of a rookie quarterback against New England this week.
9. Carolina Panthers (1-1; Prev. 11)
The Panthers bounced back from a disappointing loss against the Broncos to just dominate the 49ers. Cam Newton looked like the MVP that he was last year when he threw for four touchdowns. Kelvin Benjamin is reminding everyone what Newton was missing last season and Greg Olsen is showing that he is still a top tight end in the league. They have a tough challenge against the Vikings this week and need to win to show that they are still the favorites in the NFC.
10. Seattle Seahawks (1-1; Prev. 5)
The Seahawks have not looked good in either game this season and have only scored one touchdown so far this season. Russell Wilson is still hampered with the ankle injury and their offensive line is very troublesome. If the line doesn't defend Wilson better than the Seahawks could be looking at Treyvone Boykin starting and that should frighten Seattle fans. Luckily, they are facing a weak pass rush this week when the 49ers come to Seattle.
11. New York Giants (2-0; Prev. 13)
The New York Giants’ defense might be one of the most underrated in the league. They held Drew Brees to 263 yards and a touchdown. Compared to last year, this Giants defense should give their fans some hope going forward. The other thing that should be exciting to this fan base is the receiving corps. Sterling Sheppard looks like the real deal with 117 yards, Victor Cruz is back with 91 yards, and Odell is still Odell with other weapons to take pressure off of him. They have to take advantage of this division and bring a win against the Redskins this week.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1; Prev. 7)
The Chiefs fell to a good Houston team this past weekend. Their defense was good as they got two interceptions, but their offense was unable to capitalize on those turnovers. This offense needs a shot in the arm, they only threw for 186 yards, rushed for 119 yards and had zero touchdowns. Fortunately, they might get that shot this week when Jamaal Charles returns. They need to get him included early as they are facing a good front seven this week against the New York Jets.
13. Oakland Raiders (1-1; Prev. 10)
Oakland did not look good against an average Atlanta team. Their defense allowed Matt Ryan to throw for 396 yards and three touchdowns while allowing Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman to rush for a combined 139 yards and another touchdown. Derek Carr was able to throw for three touchdowns as well, but it wasn’t enough. The Raiders have to travel to Tennessee this week to face a team that is coming off of a big win against Detroit. If the Raiders aren’t careful, they could lose their second game in a row.
14. New York Jets (1-1; Prev. 15)
The Jets looked really good against Buffalo. Matt Forte was able to rush for 100 yards and three touchdowns, showing that the Bears made a big mistake by letting him go. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have been really good for Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the emergence of their third receiver Quincy Enunwa should have Jets fans excited. This week they need to stay sharp as they travel to Kansas City for a tough AFC matchup.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1; Prev. 17)
Tampa Bay had the misfortune of facing an Arizona team that was angry coming off of their loss to New England. Jameis Winston threw four interceptions and the Cardinals were able to score 40 points against Tampa. Winston was able to connect with Mike Evans for a touchdown, but that was the only score for the Buccaneers all day. They get a break this week as they welcome the Rams into town and should be able to squeeze out a win.
16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1; Prev. 20)
Dak Prescott continues to impress through his second game of his career. Dez Bryant was able to get more involved in the game to open up the running game and the other receivers. It is concerning that the number four pick, Ezekiel Elliott, dropped the ball twice in the game, but the defense was able to hold the Redskins to only 23 points. The Cowboys should be able to continue their good play and win against a weak Bears team.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0; Prev. 24)
Carson Wentz is living up to the hype of the number two pick in the league. He only threw for 190 yards and a touchdown and should have had more, but his receivers had some key drops. The Eagles defense was impressive on Monday. They were able to hold the Bears offense to only one offensive touchdown and they caused one interception and two fumbles. The Eagles two wins have come against two bad teams, but they are still producing at a high level and winning the games that they need to win. They are not so fortunate this week as the Steelers are coming to Philadelphia this week.
18. Baltimore Ravens (2-0; Prev. 18)
The Ravens have squeezed past two subpar teams in their first two weeks of the season. They were able to shut out Cleveland for the last three quarters of the game after giving up 20 points in the first. Joe Flacco was able to throw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, both to Mike Wallace and 102 of the yards went to tight end Dennis Pitta. They did have a little bit of trouble running the game averaging three yards per carry and ending up with a total of 80 yards as a team. They have more of a challenge this week against the Jaguars, but they need the win to keep up with the rest of their division.
19. San Diego Chargers (1-1; Prev. 25)
The Chargers looked good against the Jaguars last week, but more specifically Philip Rivers showed that he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league without his top weapon, Kennan Allen. They would then go on to lose Danny Woodhead to an injury in the game as well. They are going to Indianapolis this week to face the Colts in a matchup that the Colts need to win.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; Prev. 14)
Jacksonville followed up their good performance against the Packers with a poor performance against the Chargers. Blake Bortles threw two interceptions and they were only able to get 69 yards rushing. Their defense was supposed to be better this season, but they let Philip Rivers throw for four touchdowns without his top target on the field. They also let Melvin Gordon torch them for 102 yards and a touchdown. If this Gus Bradley lead defense doesn’t turn around quickly, the Jags could be destined for another top five pick in next year’s draft. They do have the Ravens coming into town this week and could finally get their first win of the season.
21. Atlanta Falcons (1-1; Prev. 23)
Atlanta was able to beat the Raiders in Oakland with a 35 – 28 victory. Matt Ryan has looked really good so far this season. He has thrown for 730 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception. It will be interesting to see if Julio Jones will miss time due to a nagging calf injury, if he does, then there might be an impact on Matt Ryan going forward. They should look to lean more on the running game with two competent runners in Coleman and Freeman. They are going to travel to New Orleans this week to face the Saints in what should be a pretty good matchup.
22. Washington Redskins (0-2; Prev. 16)
Kirk Cousins has not looked like the quarterback that the Redskins fans saw last season. He underthrew a couple of times and an interception that hit Barry Church right in the chest. If he doesn’t figure out how to use his incredible weapons, he could be out of Washington next season. They desperately need a win this Sunday in New York against the Giants to avoid a three game hole in the NFC East.
23. Indianapolis Colts (0-2; Prev. 19)
Things are not looking good for the Colts so far this season. With the exception of Andrew Luck, no one has looked particularly good. They gave up fifteen points on turnovers against the Broncos and that proved to be the difference in the game. They were able to score 20 points on the Denver defense, but they only had 243 yards on offense. They have a must win scenario this week when the San Diego Chargers come to town.
24. Detroit Lions (1-1; Prev. 22)
The Lions had two bad things happen to them this week. The first thing was they lost to the Tennessee Titans, and the second was the loss of Ameer Abdullah for at least the next eight weeks. Marcus Mariota was able to throw for two touchdowns on the Detroit defense. Their defense was able to cause a safety that then lead to a touchdown from Stafford to Boldin. They have a tough matchup this week as they head to Green Bay for a date with the Packers.
25. New Orleans Saints (0-2; Prev. 21)
The New Orleans defense did an admirable job on Sunday against an above average Giants team. Eli Manning was able to throw for 368 yards, but there were no offensive touchdowns for the Giants. The only touchdown for the Giants came off of a blocked kick that was returned for a touchdown. The Saints were able to score a touchdown from Drew Brees to Willie Snead, but that wasn’t enough to win the game. This week will be tough as the Falcons come to New Orleans, but should provide a good Monday night game.
26. Tennessee Titans (1-1; Prev. 30)
The Titans surprised some people last Sunday when they were able to overcome the Detroit defense. DeMarco Murray has looked much better than he did last season with the Eagles and should continue to help Marcus Mariota improve. Once they can get Derrick Henry more integrated in the Tennessee offense, the Titans running attack could be really scary. They have a tough matchup this week when the Raiders come to Tennessee.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-1; Prev. 27)
The 49ers looked good early against the Panthers, but their defense ended up letting the game get away from them. They allowed Cam Newton to throw for 353 yards and four touchdowns and Fozzy Whittaker to rush for 100 yards. Teams don’t win very often when their defense allows those type of numbers. San Francisco has another big challenge this week as they take on the Seattle Seahawks.
28. Los Angeles Rams (1-1; Prev. 31)
The Rams have still not scored a touchdown so far this season and rank last in almost every offensive category. Todd Gurley hasn’t been able to get anything going, but he seems to be the only good thing about their offense. Their defense, however, was able to get to Russell Wilson and hold the Seahawks to three points. Their offense needs to step up to help the defense because scoring only nine points isn't going to win a lot of football games. This week they have to go to Tampa Bay and face a good offensive unit.
29. Miami Dolphins (0-2; Prev. 28)
The Dolphins looked poor against a back up quarterback and improved as Jacoby Brisset came in for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Ryan Tannehill was able to throw for 387 yards and a pair of touchdowns against a good New England secondary. Miami is going up against a beaten up Cleveland team and should be able to get their first win of the season.
30. Chicago Bears (0-2; Prev. 29)
The Chicago Bears are going down fast. Jay Cutler looks like he will be out this week, Danny Trevathan is still out and now it looks like Alshon Jeffrey could be out this week with a knee injury. If the Bears don’t figure out a way to turn it around quickly, then they could be competing for the number one pick in next year’s draft. They travel to Dallas next and will face a rising Cowboys’ team.
31. Buffalo Bills (0-2; Prev. 26)
The Bills looked somewhat competent against the Jets, but they just didn’t have enough firepower on offense or defense to get the win that they needed. Tyrod Taylor was able to throw for 297 yards and three touchdowns, but the defense gave up 37 points, most teams can’t win giving up that many points. With each passing week, Rex Ryan’s coaching seat gets hotter and hotter and if he doesn’t turn this team around quickly, he could be out of Buffalo next season.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-2; Prev. 32)
Cleveland had their best first quarter in a game in over 50 years, unfortunately, the rest of the game was terrible. The one bright spot of this team is Corey Coleman. He was able to go for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and has shown that he can be a top receiver in the NFL, but he will be out for the next few weeks with a hand injury. They lost Josh McCown for this upcoming Sunday due to an injury to his shoulder. That means that Cody Kessler needs to step up against a good Miami front and hopefully lead this team to their first win.
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After one week of really good football, this week should be pretty good too. There should be good games for everyone to watch all day on Sunday. It should also be interesting to see how good teams that lost last weekend will bounce back and if the winning teams are actually as good as they looked.
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
The Jets looked really good defensively last week when they sacked Andy Dalton seven times. Tyrod Taylor is more mobile than that, but they should be able to get to him a few times because Buffalo’s starting left tackle, Cordy Glenn, has been ruled out for the game. The Bills are going to have to rely on LeSean McCoy if they want to have any chance at winning this game. Matt Forte should be able to break off a few good runs and open up the passing game for Ryan Fitzpatrick and allow big games for Brandon Marshall and Erick Decker. Look for the Jets to take advantage of a week Bills team and win their first game of the season.
NYJ 24 – 10 BUF
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
This has the chance to be the game of the week, that could have division implications at the end of the season. Andy Dalton got hit a lot last weekend against the Jets, but is facing a defensive front that isn’t quite as frightening. AJ Green should be able to burn the weak Pittsburgh secondary and make a difference in this game. Pittsburgh looked really good last week as well, and has one of the scariest offensive units in the league. Antonio Brown has certainly taken Calvin Johnson’s “Best Receiver in the NFL” title and is going to be hard for anyone to stop. DeAngelo Williams looked really good as well, thanks to the fear of Antonio Brown. They should be able to take advantage of the Cincinnati defense and lead this team to a big win.
CIN 27 – 28 PIT
Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions
The Titans looked really bad on Sunday against the Vikings. They gave up three key turnovers, but performed admirably on defense. They held Adrian Peterson to 31 yards in 19 carries. They were playing against a Shaun Hill lead team, but they won’t have that luxury this week against Detroit. Matthew Stafford looked good against the Colts and was able to get the ball around to all of his weapons. He should be able to do the same this week as the Lions win pretty easily.
TEN 17 – 27 DET
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
The Ravens looked good against a bad Buffalo team last week and is facing an even worse Cleveland team this week. Joe Flacco is back and should be able to dominate the Browns defense with Steve Smith and Justin Forsett. Cleveland got beat by Philadelphia pretty convincingly and lost Robert Griffin in the process. Josh McCown should be able to get the ball out to Coleman and Pryor, but it won’t be enough to overcome the Ravens.
BAL 24 – 10 CLE
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
The Dallas Cowboys looked good for the most part against the Giants, but the Redskins looked bad against the Steelers. Dak Prescott had a good game, but couldn’t get Dez Bryant involved. Bryant is going against Josh Norman again and Bryant was pretty much shut down when they matched up last season. Ezekiell Elliott did not look like the number four pick, but he should be able to do better against a weaker defensive line. Kirk Cousins should be able to find his receivers against the Cowboys secondary, but it won’t be enough for the win.
DAL 23 – 21 WAS
New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants
This game last season was an exciting offensive shootout last season. Drew Brees can still sling the ball around to all of his targets. Eli Manning has two weapons that he didn’t have last season in Sterling Sheppard and Victor Cruz. Both of them looked to be effective against the Cowboys and should be even better this week. The Giants were also able to run the ball effectively last week and should be able to control the ball a little bit better this week. This should be another high scoring game, but the Saints will come out on top.
NO 37 – 34 NYG
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers
The Panthers underperformed in the season opener, and some think that the 49ers over performed on Monday night. San Francisco was able to stop Case Keenum, Todd Gurley and all of the Los Angeles offense, but Carolina is a lot better. Cam Newton should be able to take advantage of the San Francisco defense and allow Jonathan Stewart to have a good game. The Panthers defense should be able to force Blaine Gabbert to make some mistakes and lead them to a decisive victory.
SF 17 – 30 CAR
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
Both of these teams looked pretty good last week, but New England looked like the best team in the NFL without their two best players. The Dolphins defensive front looks to be really good and should be able to beat up on Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. The Patriot defense is really good though and should be able to take advantage of the Dolphins offense a bit. If Rob Gronkowski is going to play then New England should be able to win convincingly and if he doesn’t then they should still win, but it will be a closer game.
MIA 6 – 20 NE
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans
This should be one of the better matchups of the week. Kansas City had to battle back last Sunday from a large deficit to comeback and win against the Chargers in overtime. Spencer Ware looked good in Jamaal Charles’ absence and Alex Smith was able to play really well also. They have a tougher challenge this week when they face the JJ Watt led defense. The Texans held Chicago to only 14 points on their way to a win. Houston did score 23 points in their win last week, but the Kansas City defense is significantly better than Chicago’s and should lead them to victory.
KC 17 – 14 HOU
Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams
Seattle seemed to continue their trend of starting slow at the beginning of the season as they barely beat Miami last week. Los Angeles looked a lot like they did when they were still in St. Louis, possibly even worse. Anytime a team is shutout and allows 28 points, there is trouble. With that said, the Rams have given the Seahawks some trouble in the last two seasons, as the Rams have won three of their last four encounters. This is mostly because the Rams defensive line is one of the best and the Seahawks offensive line is one of the worst in the league. This matchup might hinge on the health of Russell Wilson. It seems like Wilson should play and even if he is hampered, their defense should be able to take care of Case Keenum and the Rams.
SEA 17 – 10 LA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals
Tampa Bay seems to be a dark horse in the NFC and will have a big challenge this week in the form of the Cardinals. Arizona was caught off guard last week by a hindered New England team, but this team is too talented to lose like that again. Their secondary is one of the best in the league and should give Jameis Winston some serious problems. David Johnson should have a big game this week and lead the Cardinals to their first win of the season in a good matchup.
TB 21 – 24 ARI
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
Jacksonville and San Diego both looked good last week. Jacksonville’s defense held Aaron Rodgers to 199 passing yards and has another good quarterback this week against Philip Rivers. Rivers will have the challenge of facing this defense without his number one target, Keenan Allen. Melvin Gordon needs to have another good week if the Chargers stand a chance at winning. The Charger defense will have some trouble with Blake Bortles and the Jaguar offense. They allowed Alex Smith to throw for 363 yards and Bortles has a bigger arm and more weapons to play with. Jacksonville should be able to win this game in a fairly good game.
JAX 31 – 24 SD
Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders
The Falcons aren’t a very good team beyond Julio Jones and they showed that last week against a team with an average defense. Jameis Winston was able to pick them apart and give their team the win, and Derrick Carr should be able to do the same. Amari Cooper and the Raider running attack should be able to have a big game against the Falcon defense. The Falcons will also have some problems with the Raider defense and Khalil Mack should have a monstrous game to help the Raiders win without a last minute two-point conversion.
ATL 17 – 24 OAK
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
Andrew Luck looked like his old self last week, unfortunately, the rest of the Colts didn’t. They face the challenge of going up against one of the best defenses in the league when they travel to Denver this weekend. The Broncos were able to come out of the Super Bowl 50 rematch with a win thanks mostly to their defense and running attack. CJ Anderson was able to torch the Carolina defense and should be able to do the same to the Colts. Denver also had more time to rest and prepare and should cause them to win this game at home.
IND 14 – 21 DEN
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
This is another intriguing matchup between two really good teams. Aaron Rodgers showed last week that he is still the best quarterback in the NFL against an above average Jaguars defense, but has a huge challenge against the Minnesota defense. Their defense scored two touchdowns on three turnovers last week and will look to hold Rodgers down this week. The Vikings will need to get Adrian Peterson going if they have any chance at making some noise against the Packers this week. Ultimately, the Packers should win in a close low scoring game.
GB 17 – 14 MIN
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears
The Eagles beat up on the Browns last week and get another easy opponent on Monday against the Chicago Bears. Chicago certainly has a better offense than the Browns and will need to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the Eagles. Carson Wentz will have a good second game as he gets more adjusted to the NFL against another subpar defense. This should be a rather high scoring game with the Bears barely coming out on top at home because of their extra weapons offensively.
PHI 26 – 27 CHI
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