There are eight remaining undefeated teams after week two. Along with those undefeated teams are my three picks from last week. I said the Panthers would win big, the Steelers would win by a touchdown (eight points counts), and the Rams would upset the Seahawks. Unfortunately, I didn’t put any money on the line last week, but my confidence is through the roof. Let’s take a look back at week two, then preview a big week three.
Biggest Takeaway: Injuries – Danny Woodhead, Jimmy G, AP (Keenan & RGIII)
For a lot of teams, the injury bug visited in week two. The biggest loss was Adrian Peterson. After losing Teddy Bridgewater for the year, maybe more, the Vikings lost their hall of fame RB. Peterson tore his meniscus and will undergo surgery. He will likely miss 3-4 months. You have to feel for Minnesota. They have a brand new stadium and are coming off a division title. They filled the Bridgewater injury momentarily with Bradford, but you can’t replace Adrian Peterson.
The Chargers lost a unique third down work horse in the backfield for the year. Danny Woodhead tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the 2016 season. They already lost RB Branden Oliver to a torn Achilles earlier in the year, so the work load will fall on second year RB Melvin Gordon. The Chargers are believed to sign Dexter McCluster, but with the start Gordon is having, he will be expected to carry the running game on his back throughout the year.
Jimmy G, Demarcus Ware, Arian Foster and more will be missing time after week two injuries. Jimmy G looked great in the first half throwing for three TDs. He was knocked out of the game after taking a tough fall on his throwing shoulder. Looks like Jacoby Brissett, the third string rookie QB who played at Florida then NC State, will man the helm until Brady’s return. Ware will miss about a month after breaking his forearm, and who knows what the future holds for injury prone Arian Foster. All in all, you hate to see injuries happen to any organization. It was a tough week for many teams and they’ll have to make some personnel changes quickly.
Best Week 2 Win: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings opened up their beautiful new stadium for the team’s first regular season game on Sunday Night. First off, the Vikings have an incredible stadium. You get a great view of the city, the design of the stadium itself is fantastic, and this is now one of my must visit places to watch a football game. Second, how about Sam Bradford? His first start for his new team was impressive. He out played Aaron Rogers and it looked like he and Diggs have been playing together for years.
This defense is no joke either. They contained Aaron Rogers and that Packer offense. The running game was held in check and whenever you can hold one of the best QBs in the league to a little over 200 yards passing, you’re doing something right. They pressured Rogers all night. The Vikings totaled up five sacks and forced two turnovers. They could’ve had more turnovers if they knew how to recover a fumble. It was a great division win with an asterisk. Losing AP will leave a sour taste in the mouth of Vikings fans; even if their team is alone atop of the NFC North early in the season.
Worst Week 2 Loss: Washington Redskins
I said it before the season started, I don’t trust, believe, or think Kirk Cousins is a good QB. Mediocre at best if you ask me, and it looks like I’m not alone. Apparently Cousins has lost a bit of the locker room presence and definitely can’t seem to locate his confidence. In his defense, he wasn’t expected to beat the Steelers, but when your biggest rival steps into your backyard with a rookie lead backfield, you should be winning if you’re getting paid $20 million. Up 23 – 20, Cousins threw a terrible interception that seemed to change the dynamic of the game. I think a touchdown there ends the game, but a field goal would also keep the momentum on your side.
The defense looked decent and Josh Norman did force a turnover, but the offense couldn’t capitalize. They had great field position in the second half off turnovers and a questionable onside kick call that went wrong. Again, not much coming from Matt Jones to help his QB. The team looked frustrated, and now questions are looming. It’s tough to climb out of a 0-2 hole but anything is possible in the weak NFC East. Skins fans should be looking at their week threematch-upin the Meadowlands against the Giants as a must win.
Week 3 Predictions:
Can’t Miss Win: Green Bay Packers
The Lions travel to Lambeau for amatch-upof the 1-1 NFC North teams. The Packers are coming off a tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Divisional games are always a battle, but the Pack will handle the Lions this week. Aaron Rogers hates losing more than his little brother Jordan, who won the Bachelorette and had to get engaged. You should plan on seeing Mike McCarthy air the ball out this week against a bad Detroit defense. The Packers offense won’t have any problems putting up points, and Matthew Stafford won’t be able to keep up. Go Pack, go lead by Rogers three TDs.
Intriguing Matchup: Steelers vs. Eagles
Of the eight undefeated teams, there’s only one game in week three where twounbeatenwill face off. The battle of Pennsylvania kicks off during the late afternoon inprime-timeat Lincoln Financial Field. An AFC favorite, veteran Steelers team will take a bus ride into hostile Philadelphia to play against a young, surprisingly unbeaten Eagles team. Wentzylvania is real. The city is ecstatic about this rookie who has yet to throw an INT through his first two games. This will be the rookie’s toughest test yet.
The Steelers are a great football team and just need to stay healthy. This also will be their final game without Pro Bowl RB Le’Veon Bell. Many people believe the Steelers should be able to easily handle the Eagles. I disagree. This will be a hard fought game and will come down to which team can force the most turnovers. Antonio Brown should have a good game against the Eagles secondary, but will the rookie QB be able to keep his Interception-less streak going. It’ll be a fun game to watch and if you’re attending the game, expect punches to be thrown with the late kickoff. I’m hoping this is my first wrong pick of the year, but if this was a life or death pick winner scenario, I’ll have to take the Steelers by single digits.
Biggest Upset: Jets over Chiefs
I wanted to pick the Browns to beat the Dolphins but “Believeland” stops with the Browns. Arrowhead is not an easy place to play. The spread is only around three points, but I’ll take the week two AFC offensive player of the year, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his talented WRs. It’ll come down to which offense can score the most against two talented defenses. The Jets have the better offense, two great WRs, a work horse in the backfield, and consistent QB play of late. This will be one of the better games to tune into on Sunday. There are good games this weekend, but only a few that really stand out as marquee matchups. Jets in a defensive battle.
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