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Sept. 12, 2012

NFL Week Two Predictions

by Jacob Buchholz, Online Sports Editor, Jack Estrin, Online Editor-in-Chief, Michael Gerbasi, Online Sports Editor and Josh Schmidt, Print Sports Editor
A lot happened week one, but the question is what was a predictor of things to come and what was a result of a lot of luck (Kevin Ogletree) or not enough luck (Eli Manning). For one, Robert Griffin III had arguably the best game ever for a rookie quarterback in the season opener as he outdueled Drew Brees and the Saints. Meanwhile, the other four rookie quarterbacks combined for eleven interceptions and a 48.5 completion percentage. Also while the Redskins pulled off a major upset, and the Browns and Rams nearly did as well, four of last year's playoff teams began the season 0-1.

Griffin III led the Redskins to a big win over the Saints week one. Courtesy of the NY Daily News
Griffin III led the Redskins to a big win over the Saints week one.
Jacob jumped out to an early lead while Jack and Josh just barely stayed above the .500 mark and Michael failed to impress.


Standings:
Jacob: 12-4
Jack: 9-7
Michael: 6-10
Josh: 9-7


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Jacob: Packers
Jack: Packers
Michael: Bears
Josh: Packers

Jacob says:
The Packers inability to make any progress against the 49ers came as a surprise for the NFL's top offense, but this week they will leave nothing to chance in another tough matchup.
Jack says:
This divisional showdown has potential to be the game of the week. The Bears looked sharp as they dismantled the Colts last week while the Packers looked like mortals in their crushing loss to San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers had a subpar game by his lofty standards, so look for him to bounce back nicely and return to MVP form. The Bears could easily win this game with the renewed combo of Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, but look for the Pack to pull out a nail biter in this one.
Michael says:
After seeing the Packers struggle last week I believe their struggles will continue. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will be too much for the weak Green Bay defense. Also, the Chicago defense should be good enough to keep their offense in the game.
Josh says:
The Pack are coming off a disappointing loss to San Francisco while the Bears are coming off a dominating win against Indianapolis. But still, Aaron Rodgers will rally the troops and get the offense that struggled mightily into motion for this big game. If Greg Jennings and Donald Driver can improve on their poor games from Sunday, Rodgers will have enough support to down their hated rivals.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Jacob: Raiders
Jack: Raiders
Michael: Raiders
Josh: Raiders

Jacob says:
Both teams are coming off week one losses but they came in very different ways. The Dolphins saw the Texans walk all over them in a 30-10 blowout while the Raiders played it close on Monday Night Football against a strong Chargers team.
Jack says:
Carson Palmer looked solid in the Raiders week one defeat to the Chargers and Dolphins' rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not look good in his NFL debut, throwing three picks. The Raiders should take this one.
Michael says:
The Dolphins are likely the worst team in the NFL. The Raiders' defense is improved and they have a few offensive weapons that should get the job done and handle Miami.
Josh says:
If the Raiders could just get a punt off then maybe they would have had a chance to win their Monday night showdown against the Chargers. Luckily the Dolphins wonít put up much of a fight against the Raiders and theyíll be able to improve on their fundamentals.

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacob: Texans
Jack: Texans
Michael: Texans
Josh: Texans

Jacob says:
The Jaguars took the Vikings into overtime in week one but I have yet to see proof that Blaine Gabbert can run an NFL offense. Matt Schaub can however, especially with Arian Foster in his backfield.
Jack says:
A much improved Blaine Gabbert should keep this game closer than many would think, but the overwhelming talent of the Texans offense should keep the Jaguars away from the upset.
Michael says:
The Texans have a great QB, RB and WR in Schaub, Foster and Andre Johnson. Expect them to tear up the Jaguars sloppy defense.
Josh says:
Even with Maurice Jones-Drew having a full week of practice the Jaguars really donít stand in the way of the Texans. The Texans could go with T.J. Yates here and probably still win.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Jacob: Browns
Jack: Bengals
Michael: Bengals
Josh: Bengals

Jacob says:
The Browns gave the Eagles all kinds of fits defensively as they nearly pulled out a major upset. If they were able to hold the Eagles offense to 17 points and four picks then the Bengals offense should have serious trouble.
Jack says:
Although they were almost able to pull off a stunning upset against Philly last week, rookie QB Brandon Weeden looked flat out awful. After throwing four picks and having a QB rating of 5.1, Weedenís confidence canít exactly be sky high going into this one. The Bengals will be looking for someone to beat up on after receiving an absolute spanking from the Ravens on Monday night.
Michael says:
I look for Andy Dalton to bounce back and take care of the Browns. The Browns will have a tough season.
Josh says:
While the Bengals got demolished by the Ravens, the Browns were playing the Eagles closely. But still, the Bengals will win in this battle of Ohio. Relying on two rookies in Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson will doom the Browns as Andy Dalton will lead the Bengals to victory.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
Jacob: Chiefs
Jack: Bills
Michael: Chiefs
Josh: Bills

Spiller broke out week one for 169 yards on the ground in Fred Jackson's absence. Courtesy of Mel Evans/AP
Spiller broke out week one for 169 yards on the ground in Fred Jackson's absence.
Jacob says:
The Chiefs gave up 40 points week one, which looks pretty bad until you see that the Bills gave up 48. Unless CJ Spiller is able to repeat his performance from week one, the Bills will lack the offensive punch to beat the Chiefs.
Jack says:
Losing Fred Jackson to injury could have been a blessing in disguise for Buffalo. Backup C.J. Spiller accumulated 169 rushing yards and a score in last weekís loss to the Jets. With the explosive Spiller and Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the way, the Bills should be able to win their home opener.
Michael says:
The Chiefs played the Falcons close for a while last week and the Bills got wrecked by a lesser team. The Chiefs should win this game.
Josh says:
Losing Fred Jackson is a big loss for Buffalo, but C.J. Spiller ainít too shabby as a back up. Spillerís electric speed helped him pile up 194 yards from scrimmage after coming in for Jackson against the Jets. Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick should air the ball out and open up the running lanes for Spiller as the Chiefs fall to 0-2.

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
Jacob: Ravens
Jack: Ravens
Michael: Ravens
Josh: Ravens

Jacob says:
The Ravens had as good a performance as anybody week one. They were clicking on all cylinders as Joe Flacco put up a 95.1 Quarterback Rating (QBR), Ray Rice ran for two touchdowns and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed combined for 13 tackles, a sack, a pick and a forced fumble.
Jack says:
If Eagles QB Mike Vick threw 4 picks against the Browns, then what will he do against the stout Ravens D? Look for the Ravens to overwhelm the Eagles in the battle of the birds.
Michael says:
With all of the Eagles' problems going back to last season, the Ravens will dominate this game. The Ravens' offense has a lot of firepower and their defense still gets the job done.
Josh says:
If Michael Vick continues to turn the ball over even half as much as he did on Sunday then the Eagles season will be a long one. After having thirteen tackles on Monday night, Ray Lewis will wreck havoc on Vick and show once again that father time isnít something that affects him.

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts
Jacob: Vikings
Jack: Vikings
Michael: Vikings
Josh: Colts

Jacob says:
Luck struggled in his season opener and the Colts defense left much to be desired in a 41-21 drubbing at the hands of the Bears. Meanwhile the Vikings pulled out an overtime win on the back of a healthy Adrian Peterson.
Jack says:
The Colts and super rookie Andrew Luck were blown out in their season opener against the Bears. With A.P. looking strong in his return from injury the Vikings should be able to hold on for the win.
Michael says:
With Adrian Peterson back in action the Minnesota offense is greatly improved. The Colts defense does not have enough to stop them and Andrew Luck is not yet reliable running the offense.
Josh says:
Here comes Andrew Luckís first career win. Luck played a solid game against the Bears, but turned the ball over way too much. Luck will learn from his mistakes and be able to adjust as the Vikings defense isnít nearly as intimidating as the Bears. Luck will get the game ball as he leads the Colts on a late rally to beat a healthy Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
Jacob: Giants
Jack: Giants
Michael: Giants
Josh: Giants

Jacob says:
Neither team will score much in a battle of good defenses and terrible offenses but the Giants have the stronger wide receiver corps and a more accomplished running back which will give them the advantage while Josh Freeman fails yet again to show any sign of his 2010 self.
Jack says:
I just canít go against the Giants in this one. Although they are notoriously slow starters, this game is a must have for them as they go on the road to face the Panthers and Eagles in the next two weeks respectively. Eli Manning will right the ship and show the world why the Giants are the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Michael says:
Look for the Giants to bounce back after their week one loss to the Cowboys. As long as Eli Manning and the offense is focused they should take care of the Bucs.
Josh says:
Thereís just no way the defending Super Bowl Champs start off the season 0-2. The Giants dropped too many good passes to win the game against the Cowboys, but after some extra practices and time to yell, Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning will have the receiving corp whipped into shape and ready to win.

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Jacob: Saints
Jack: Panthers
Michael: Saints
Josh: Saints

Jacob says:
RG3 came into New Orleans and absolutely unleashed on the defense and Cam Newton will have similar success against the Saints' D. But Drew Brees is not about to start the season 0-2, regardless of what his defense does.
Jack says:
Both teams were upset last week. The Saints let RG3 walk all over them while Cam Newton and the Panthers were not able to do much on offense against the Bucs. Itís hard to believe, but the Saints will start the season 0-2 as Cam Newton will bounce back strongly from his lackluster performance last week and return to his form of last season.
Michael says:
The Panthers got dominated last week and I think Drew Brees will be back at the top of his game. I like the Saints to win this game.
Josh says:
The Saints will get into their second shootout of the season as Cam Newton and the Panthers will revive their big play offense that they lost last game. Drew Brees vs. Cam Newton. Expect lots of yards and points racked up here.

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots
Jacob: Patriots
Jack: Patriots
Michael: Patriots
Josh: Patriots

Jacob says:
The Patriots are the best team in the league. The defense is much better than in years past, the running game may finally come alive and Tom Brady is still Tom Brady. The Cardinals, with Kevin Kolb or John Skelton at quarterback, do not stand a chance.
Jack says:
Lets be honest. The Cardinals are going to get flat out Gronked.
Michael says:
Although Kevin Kolb led his team to victory last week he can't keep up with the high octane Patriot offense and Tom Brady. The Patriots should take this one relatively easily.
Josh says:
Is there really any doubt with this one?

Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Jacob: Redskins
Jack: Rams
Michael: Redskins
Josh: Redskins

Jacob says:
Both of these teams were week one surprises but the Redskins managed to squeak out the win while the Rams got beat on a late score by the Lions. RG3 will not have as easy going as he did against the Saints, but he is ready to show us what more he can do.
Jack says:
The Rams were shockingly able to compete with the heavily favored Lions, losing on a last second touchdown pass by Matt Stafford. Although RG3 and the Redskins looked great in the season opener against New Orleans, expect the Rams to play them tough all the way through and eke out a close one.
Michael says:
I see no reason why RGIII can't repeat his performance. The Rams played the Lions tough week one so look for it to be close but I give the edge to the Skins'.
Josh says:
RG3 proved to the world that heís ready to win. Now. And Alfred Morris looks like a running back that fits Shannahanís system pretty well. Even the Redskins pass rush played up to its potential. Jeff Fisher will have to wait another week before getting his first win as a Ram.

Romo and the Cowboys had an impressive victory over the Giants on opening night. Courtesy of Bill Kostroun/AP
Romo and the Cowboys had an impressive victory over the Giants on opening night.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
Jacob: Cowboys
Jack: Cowboys
Michael: Cowboys
Josh: Cowboys

Jacob says:
The Cowboys took down the Giants on opening night and now they will take down the Seahawks. Russell Wilson may have a bright future ahead of him, but right now he still has a lot to learn and it will not be easy going against the Cowboys.
Jack says:
Even a "put the team on the back though" performance from Mr. determination wonít stop the big D from blowing past the Seahawks in week two.
Michael says:
Tony Romo lit it up last week against the Giants and expect him to do so again. The Cowboys have a chip on their shoulder after last season's disappointments.
Josh says:
Kevin Ogletree probably wonít break the decade mark this game, but Romo should be able to utilize enough weapons at his disposal to put the ĎBoys up big. One the other side of the ball Rob Ryan has the Cowboys' D playing well. Not sure if Russell Wilson can keep up in this game.

Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers
Jacob: Chargers
Jack: Chargers
Michael: Titans
Josh: Chargers

Jacob says:
Ryan Mathews is expected to play and Phillip Rivers is working his way back to his 2010 form. The Titans don't stand a chance.
Jack says:
Philip Rivers and the Chargers should be able to improve to 2-0 and win their home opener against the Titans, who were flattened in their season opener against the Patriots.
Michael says:
After being practically blanked in week one I think Chris Johnson will be back for revenge and run all over the San Diego defense. The Chargers offense also does not have the same explosive offense as they have had in the past.
Josh says:
Phillip Rivers has a chance to finally win a few games before December and not have to rally the team to make a final push. Instead Rivers may have the team motivated and ready to win now. The Titans arenít the best measuring stick, but weíll still see how the Chargers play.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
Jacob: Jets
Jack: Steelers
Michael: Jets
Josh: Steelers

Jacob says:
Tebow had nothing to do with it, but the Jets won big. Mark Sanchez had the best game of his career as they demolished the revamped Bills defense. A repeat of last week for Sanchez is unlikely but the Jets are a contender once again.
Jack says:
The Steelers will be out for blood after losing a Sunday night showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Expect them to respond to this loss nicely in their home opener and shut down the Jets.
Michael says:
The Jets looked really good last week. I don't see any reason why they can't outscore the very mediocre Pittsburgh offense.
Josh says:
Thereís just simply no way that Mark Sanchez throws for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns in back to back games. Especially now with an angry Steelers team ready to rebound from a loss. Look for the Steelers to take out their anger on the Jets.

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers
Jacob: 49ers
Jack: 49ers
Michael: 49ers
Josh: 49ers

Jacob says:
The 49ers did everything right against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and Matthew Stafford was way too mistake prone. The 49ers' defense will be too much for him to handle as they continue just where they left off at the end of last year.
Jack says:
This game could go either way, but I have to say, the 49ers look like the team to beat after knocking off Green Bay at Lambeau last week. Look for Alex Smith and the crew to stay hot and knock off Megatron and the Lions.
Michael says:
Alex Smith is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the league. He should torch the Lions' weak defense. The 49ers defense can take care of the Lions' potent offense.
Josh says:
Itís the rematch of the handshaking scandal of 2011. Who cares about the match up between two great defenses and young quarterbacks? Make sure to watch the post-game shake.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
Jacob: Broncos
Jack: Broncos
Michael: Falcons
Josh: Broncos

Jacob says:
This will be the best matchup of week two. Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning were on top of their games week one and both teams have great wide receivers to help them out. Defensively the Falcons have the advantage but with Peyton Manning in his groove it will not be enough to stop Denver.
Jack says:
Peyton Manning had the Broncosí no huddle offense clicking on all cylinders Sunday night against Pittsburgh. Look for Manning to keep the Broncos rolling and take down a very good Falcons team.
Michael says:
Matt Ryan, "Matty Ice," was exceptional for the Falcons last week. Atlanta also perhaps has the best offensive trio in Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White. Although the Broncos defense is tough, the Falcons' offense is too explosive.
Josh says:
Peyton Manning proved last week that heís healthy and gunning for a title. His supporting cast is one of the best heís ever had. One the flip side Matt Ryan proved heís elite and gunning for a title. His supporting cast is one of the best heís ever had. The difference here is the Broncos defense. People like Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, Tracy Porter and Champ Bailey help down Atlanta.



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  • yeah on September 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM
    I SEE YOU JACOB
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