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Sept. 20, 2015

NFL Week 2 Predictions

by Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor, Sandeep David, Online Opinions Editor, Lauren Frost, Online Entertainment Editor and Charles Lott, Online Features Editor
Standings:
1. Bobby: 11-5
2. Sandeep: 11-5
3. Charlie: 9-7
4. Lauren: 8-8

Broncos at Chiefs
Bobby: Broncos
Sandeep: Chiefs
Lauren: Chiefs
Charlie: Chiefs

Bobby says: Despite last weekís struggles, Iím still sticking with my love for Peyton Manning. The Broncos are still one of the best teams in the NFL and they will roll in Kansas City on Thursday night.
Sandeep says: The Broncos are having trouble coming together as a unit and just barely edged out the Ravens last week. The Chiefs on the other hand looked crisp as they defeated the Texans who have one of the best defenses in the league.
Lauren says: Last week Manning made it clear that he was struggling, If the Chiefs defense plays well and their offense is able to come up with a few big plays they will be able to win the game.
Charlie says: In Week 1, Manning looked terrible, as did Demaryius Thomas and CJ Anderson. The Chiefsí Alex Smith had a great Week 1, and the whole team looks ready to go for Week 2.

Texans at Panthers
Bobby: Panthers
Sandeep: Panthers
Lauren: Panthers
Charlie: Panthers

Bobby says: If the Panthers offensive line can hold off JJ Watt, the Panthers take this game no problem.
Sandeep says: I have the Panthers D on my fantasy team so they better win this one.
Lauren says: The Texans have very limited offensive weapons, though they have a strong D (mostly JJ Watt) they wonít be able to overtake the Panthers offense.
Charlie says: The Texans only have one offensive threat in DeAndre Hopkins, at least until Arian Foster gets back. Their defense is pretty tough, but unless JJ Watt finds the endzone as a tight end, they wonít win this game.

49ers at Steelers
Bobby: Steelers
Sandeep: Steelers
Lauren: Steelers
Charlie: Steelers

Bobby says: Pittsburgh is still awaiting the return of LeVeon Bell, but Antonio Brown will help them push past San Francisco this week.
Sandeep says: The 49ers exceeded expectations last week, but the Steelers are the better team in this matchup due to their explosive offense.
Lauren says: The Steelers, though losing last week, showed their offensive power, and will be able to overcome the 49s defense.
Charlie says: The 49ers looked great against the Vikings, but the Steelers have a much better offense. Big Ben and Antonio Brown should connect for multiple touchdowns, and DeAngelo Williams should have another great game.


Buccaneers at Saints
Bobby: Saints
Sandeep: Saints
Lauren: Saints
Charlie: Saints

Bobby says: Jameis Winston looked terrible last week. With an injured Mike Evans, the Bucs donít stand a chance in this one.
Sandeep says: The Bucs gave a dismal showing last week with Jameis Winston looking like a bust. Though they're coming off a tough loss, the Saints will take this one easily.
Lauren says: The Saints looked pretty good last week and definitely looked better than the Bucs who played awfully last week.
Charlie says: The Buccaneers look like one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this year, and against Drew Breesís receiver corps they will likely lose big.


Lions at Vikings
Bobby: Vikings
Sandeep: Vikings
Lauren: Lions
Charlie: Lions

Bobby says: The Vikings disappointed me last week with a pitiful performance in San Francisco. Teddy Bridgewater and Co. get back on track this week.
Sandeep says: Teddy Bridgewater let me down last week but I'll take Adrian Peterson against the Lions defense any day.
Lauren says: The Lions defense needs to shut down Adrian Peterson in order to win this game but as long as they do that the Lions should be able to win this game.
Charlie says: Ameer Abdullah looks like the real deal, unlike Teddy Bridgewater. Adrian Peterson could save this game for the Vikings, but Matthew Stafford and Megatron have this one in the bag.


Cardinals at Bears
Bobby: Cardinals
Sandeep: Cardinals
Lauren: Cardinals
Charlie: Cardinals

Bobby says: Carson Palmer is reinventing himself as a reliable quarterback. He showed no signs of trouble last week coming off the ACL injury, and he will continue the trend this week.
Sandeep says: The Cardinals defense is daunting and with Carson Palmer back and better than ever, the Bears look to be outmatched.
Lauren says: The Cardinals have the stronger offense in this match up and will win because of that.
Charlie says: Carson Palmer looks great, and despite the loss of Andre Ellington, he should have the upper hand over Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte with nobody to throw to them.


Patriots at Bills
Bobby: Bills
Sandeep: Bills
Lauren: Bills
Charlie: Patriots

Bobby says: The Bills are my upset bid for the week. In my opinion Tom Brady should still be suspended this week, and I think karma will catch up with him this week.
Sandeep says: I cried a little bit after that pitiful showing by the Colts last week but the Buffalo defense is the real deal. Tom Brady won last week (he probably cheated again), but the Bills defense should suffocate his offense.
Lauren says: The Bills had an incredible showing last week against Luck and the Colts, who looked like one of the premier teams for this year, if the Bills play the way they did last week they will be able to upset the Pats.
Charlie says: The Bills might be able to fend off Andrew Luck and the Colts, but any team led by Bill Belichick will have some tricks up its sleeve. Nobody, not even the Billsí defense, can stop Gronk in the redzone.

Chargers at Bengals
Bobby: Bengals
Sandeep: Chargers
Lauren: Bengals
Charlie: Chargers

Bobby says: This game could fall either way, but Philip Rivers historically plays better in San Diego. Heís also still missing tight-end Antonio Gates due to suspension. Bengals roll.
Sandeep says: I have faith in Philip Rivers to rack me up more fantasy points.
Lauren says: The Chargers are missing a key point in Gates, the Chargers are also away giving the Bengal an advantage.
Charlie says: Philip Rivers has Keenan Allen and emerging Stevie Johnson to throw the ball to, and the one-two punch of Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead should be effective against the Bengalsí defense.


Titans at Browns
Bobby: Titans
Sandeep: Titans
Lauren: Titans
Charlie: Titans

Bobby says: How can you not pick the Titans after last week? Marcus Mariota will certainly be given much more of a game, but he and Tennessee keep rolling.
Sandeep says: The Titans are coming on hot, with Marcus Mariota having an incredible NFL debut against the Bucs. The Cleveland Browns still haven't gotten it together so it should prove an easy win for the Titans.
Lauren says: The Titans, and Mariota, had such a strong showing offensively last week I have to pick them this time.
Charlie says: Johnny Manziel against Marcus Mariota? I donít care who Mariotaís throwing to, heíll be able to win this one with ease.

Falcons at Giants
Bobby: Giants
Sandeep: Falcons
Lauren: Giants
Charlie: Falcons

Bobby says: Eli Manning certainly wonít be telling Rashad Jennings to not score this week.
Sandeep says: Julio Jones is a top tier receiver and has been playing incredibly well, even for his standards. Matt Ryan is much better this season and will tear apart the Giants defense.
Lauren says: The Giants performance last week showed how strong they can play, they'll be able to overcome the Falcons.
Charlie says: Matt Ryan is on the verge of one of the best seasons in his career, and Julio Jones is firing on all cylinders. Eli Manning cannot succeed until Odell Beckham gets his game together, which he wonít do against the Falcons defense.


Rams at Redskins
Bobby: Rams
Sandeep: Rams
Lauren: Rams
Charlie: Rams

Bobby says: Rams took down the Seahawks last week. This game is practically a bye week for St. Louis.
Sandeep says: The Redskins have had some quarterback controversy and have still not come together as a unit. The Rams are coming off of a win against the Seahawks and will take the lowly Redskins with ease.
Lauren says: The Rams beat one of the best teams in the league last week, one of the worst should be no problem.
Charlie says: Tre Mason and Todd Gurley are likely to be back, and the Skins gave up over 100 rushing yards last game. Rams by double digits.

Dolphins at Jaguars
Bobby: Jaguars
Sandeep: Dolphins
Lauren: Dolphins
Charlie: Dolphins

Bobby says: Despite the win, the Dolphins didnít look good last week. While the Jaguars arenít much better, Iíll take them at home.
Sandeep says: The Dolphins got off to a troubled start, but the nerves should have subsided by now. If Tannehill is cool and collected, the Dolphins have this one in the bag.
Lauren says: If the Dolphins fix some of the easy mistakes they made last week they should prevail over the Jags.
Charlie says: Tannehill should have his sea legs by Week 2, and the Dolphins defense is better than the Panthers, who shut down the Jags last week. If Lamar Miller actually shows up, the Dolphins should grab their second win.

Ravens at Raiders
Bobby: Ravens
Sandeep: Ravens
Lauren: Ravens
Charlie: Ravens

Bobby says: Despite losing Terrell Suggs and several other key players to injuries, the Ravens shouldnít have trouble getting by Oakland.
Sandeep says: Oakland is not a team able to compete with the likes of the Ravens defense. Flacco and the Ravens will stomp all over the Oakland defense.
Lauren says: Though losing to the Broncos last week the Ravens had a very good defensive showing and should be able to do the same again against a much weaker Raiders offense.
Charlie says: The Ravens shut down the Broncos, a better offensive team than the Raiders. Look for Justin Forsett to have a big game.

Cowboys at Eagles
Bobby: Cowboys
Sandeep: Eagles
Lauren: Eagles
Charlie: Cowboys

Bobby says: The Cowboys defense looked very impressive last week in New York. If they can put the same pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford, they should be able to come away with a win in Philadelphia.
Sandeep says: Bradford and Kelly's West Coast offense had some trouble last week, but without Dez Bryant the Cowboys are just above pitiful. If the Eagles hit their stride, they will fly high against the Cowboys.
Lauren says: Dez Bryant is a huge loss for the Cowboys and I think they will struggle offensively because of this, though the Eagles didnít play amazingly last week I expect them to step up in this game.
Charlie says: The Cowboys didnít look great last week, and now theyíre playing without Dez Bryant. However, the Eagles looked even worse. This could turn into a defensive battle, which the Cowboys will win.

Seahawks at Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sandeep: Packers
Lauren: Packers
Charlie: Packers

Bobby says: I would never expect the Seahawks to start the season 0-2, but I think itís going to happen. Green Bay is going to make the Seahawks miss Kam Chancellor more than ever.
Sandeep says: The Packers are arguably the best team in the NFL this season and the Seahawks did not look too good against the Rams last week.
Lauren says: The Seahawks loss to the Rams last week showed some of their weak spots, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers will be able to expose these weak points even more and will come up with the win.
Charlie says: Aaron Rodgers is doing what he does best, which is scoring touchdowns. Heís got all the personnel to dismantle the Legion of Boom, so all they need to is keep Jimmy Graham from scoring.


Jets at Colts
Bobby: Colts
Sandeep: Colts
Lauren: Colts
Charlie: Jets

Bobby says: The Coltsí offensive line should improve and allow Andrew Luck more time in the pocket to ultimately find the end zone.
Sandeep says: My Colts really disappointed me last week but with T.Y. Hilton practicing after his knee injury, Andrew Luck will have his #1 receiver back. The Colts will get it together this week and show us that offensive powerhouse that was so successful last year.
Lauren says: The Colts offense though shaky last week will hopefully return to their former dominance and be able to overtake the Jets.
Charlie says: This will be the upset of the week, with T.Y. Hilton out and Chris Ivory and Brandon Marshall starting off the season with a great Week 1. Andrew Luck canít carry the team on his back, and Frank Gore wonít help much.



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  • nfl on September 21, 2015 at 8:09 AM
    texans, one of the best defenses? lol
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