Week Two Predictions

matthew-stafford-nfl-new-york-giants-detroit-lions-850x560Week one is always a tough one to predict, but all things considered I was satisfied with how I fared. While I was way off on a few games such as Bills/Bears and Titans/Chiefs, I made up for it by being very close to predicting the scores for games such as Colts/Broncos, Panthers/Buccaneers and Jaguars/Eagles. After a week in which the NFL has been in the headlines for negative reasons, it will be a nice change to focus on the games this weekend.

Last week: 11-5

Last week against the spread: 7-9

Game of the weak: Rams vs Buccaneers: Who’s fired up for the possible Austin Davis/Josh McCown showdown?! Both of these teams looked like potential playoff sleepers a little over a month ago and now they’re being featured as my game of the weak. Obviously the Rams losing Sam Bradford for the season once again didn’t do them any favors, but even before Shaun Hill (who may play Sunday) went down they had a tough time moving the ball. This may be shocking, but McCown didn’t look like the same quarterback who played admirably in place of Jay Cutler last season. Granted, he played better in the second half this past Sunday but it was still a rough day. This looks like a game where you could safely start either defense in your fantasy league. Rams 13 Buccaneers (-6.5) 20

Game of the week: Lions vs Panthers: Both of these teams looked extremely impressive in week one and how they matchup against each other will be interesting to watch. Matthew Stafford looked great both physically and in terms of his play Monday night. His ability to buy time with his feet was a real added bonus that played big roles in multiple touchdown drives. Now he faces a fantastic Panthers front seven and the Lions already have some injury issues on the offensive line. This is big for the Lions as they can prove they have what it takes to win not only on the road, but a physical game. On the other side, how will Cam Newton look coming off his rib injury? Will the Panthers be able to respond if the Lions control the tempo with their offense? Along with that, we get to see the Newton to Kelvin Benjamin connection for the first time in regular season action. Lions 23 Panthers (-3.5) 26

Dolphins 24 Bills (+1.5) 20

Falcons 24 Bengals (-5.5) 27

Saints 31 Browns (+6.5) 20

Patriots 23 Vikings (+3.5) 21

Cardinals 24 Giants (+2.5) 16

Cowboys 23 Titans (-3.5) 27

Jaguars 17 Redskins (-6.5) 21

Seahawks 26 Chargers (+6.5) 17

Chiefs 20 Broncos (-13.5) 34

Jets 20 Packers (-8.5) 31

Texans 21 Raiders (+3.5) 16

Bears 23 49ers(-7.5) 31

Eagles 24 Colts (-3.5) 27

 

 

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