NFL Expert Picks - Week 2
Enjoy how they made Atlanta look so bad in the red zone so often, but also stop letting teams get into the red zone so often. For one thing, red-zone scoring was not an issue for the Fitzmagic-led Bucs offense last week — they just flung it up and down the field. That's easier said than done, though, against a Browns defense that keeps showing signs of being the real thing. With that, though, there's no way the Browns' offense can keep up with Drew Brees no matter what that defense accomplishes.
A bunch of defensive or special-teams scores, maybe? The upside is so high for the Jets in this. Their memory of the win they turned into an excruciating loss in Miami last year is still fresh in their minds. The Dolphins are merely decent, nothing special. The Jets need to take advantage of a great early opportunity.
Is Adrian Peterson really still that good? Is Jordan Reed that healthy? Is Alex Smith that efficient? The Colts will test all of that. The annual drama of seeing how much Cam Newton looks like Cam Newton continues. Yes, yet another vengeance angle: In their season finale last year, the Falcons rose up to clinch a playoff spot, and the Panthers fell flat and blew the NFC South title.
The worries in Nashville about Marcus Mariota, over his elbow and his inconsistency, are real. Share your thoughts on all my prognostications: HarrisonNFL is the place. Elliot Harrison went on his predictions for Week 7 , giving him a record of thus far this season. How will he fare in Week 8? His picks are below: Playing on the road, in a charged-up environment, Jones must eliminate his fumbling woes and produce another yard game. Give Kirk Cousins , who has been playing well, the time to throw by providing a balanced attack.
Also, Chris Thompson is even more effective as the change-of-pace back when Jones takes the reins. The Bengals finally got off the schneid schnide? Both of these defenses have had difficulty winning the line of scrimmage with the front seven this year, as Cincy is 24th in run defense and Washington's 26th.
Going with Andy Dalton and crew in this game -- the QB's passer rating at home is The same two quarterbacks -- Alex Smith and Andrew Luck -- will be facing off again this time, although methinks the K.
Meanwhile, Indy's front seven has been destroyed this year. The Colts are allowing a whopping 4. Indy has recorded all of 11 sacks in seven games. Erik Walden owns five of those, so that means everybody else has six.
Easy math, cruddy football figures. Think Spencer Ware and the Chiefs run for a buck fifty -- at least. Who knows what to expect from Cardinals at Panthers? Carson Palmer and the Arizona offense couldn't buy a touchdown last Sunday night. And if you've seen the Panthers ' secondary this season, you might wonder if touchdowns only cost 50 cents in Carolina.
What a ridiculous sport we watch. These were the two combatants in the NFC Championship Game nine months ago -- the best teams in the conference -- and now they sport a combined record of Despite the poor records, the David Johnson- Luke Kuechly matchup will be top-shelf. The thinking here is that Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will show up this week. The Panthers are allowing opposing passers a Why did the pirate say he liked the Raiders more than the Bucs? How about the 13,th best pirate joke: Who was the pirate's favorite player?
Because he played for both teams, of course. I can go all day, babe. My colleague, MattMoneySmith , called Bucs-Niners on the radio last weekend, and he implored me to take notice of a healthier, more active defense.
Sounds like an endorsement for probiotics, but Money is especially high on rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves. That lineup sure doesn't hurt when it comes to making your pass defense look better.
The Bucs are since when they don't win the turnover battle. Oakland is plus-eight in that category this year -- tied for second in the league.
The craziest number as it pertains to this matchup, though? First, the unit will have to produce favorable field position for a dysfunctional offense that needs all the midfield starts it can get.
Second, look for a big takeaway somewhere in the middle of this contest. I realize Seattle didn't produce one in Arizona last Sunday night , but anyone who watched that game had to come away impressed with the Seahawks ' intensity on that side of the ball.
Will New Orleans rookie Michael Thomas be ready for this kind of challenge? The Saints have leaned on him, as Willie Snead has been so-so of late. If not a massive disappointment, Mark Ingram and the ground game should certainly be deemed subpar.
The Brandin Cooks- Richard Sherman matchup fascinates. Drew Brees and the offense will have to earn this win, should they get it, due to the fact the Seahawks have allowed the fewest yard rushing plays -- and big pass plays -- in the league.
So why am I picking Detroit? Many of you probably assume it's because of Brock Osweiler 's play. But you know what they say about assuming Sometimes you're exactly right! It's because of Brock Osweiler 's play. That being said, the Falcons seem intent on fixing their mistakes against a Jets team that allows 23 points per game.
If the Falcons stay committed to the running game coach Dan Quinn wants high 20s in rushing attempts , fix their third-down woes, score touchdowns in the red zone and keep the Jets under rushing yards, they should get back on a winning track. Falcons 23, Jets 17 —- Vaughn McClure.
What happens when two teams that can't hold a lead face each other? It could get wild at MetLife Stadium. The Falcons are in a serious offensive funk, but they still have enough playmakers to win this game.
The Jets struggle against elusive runners such as Devonta Freeman , and their corners will have trouble with Julio Jones. The Jets have allowed passing yards and six touchdown in the past two games. Falcons 31, Jets 24 -- Rich Cimini. The Niners have lost 10 consecutive games in the Eastern time zone and are coming off a point loss while Philadelphia is riding the wave of a five-game winning streak. Beyond that, the Eagles have a dominant defensive front 3.
Beathard making his first road start in the NFL. Even history is against the Niners, who at are trying to become just the second team in 16 tries to beat a team that's or better in the Super Bowl era.
Eagles 34, 49ers 13 -- Nick Wagoner. The forecast in Philly calls for heavy rain Sunday, with 1 to 2 inches expected. Depending on the accuracy and timing of the predicted weather, it could make for a sloppy game. Perhaps that would benefit the 49ers, who enter as heavy underdogs and could use the help of outside elements to topple the Eagles. Otherwise, it could be a long day at the office for a winless team that will be facing MVP candidate Carson Wentz and the third-ranked offense in football.
Eagles 30, 49ers 16 -- Tim McManus. It's not that the Panthers have been stagnant offensively the past two weeks. They just keep having turnovers and negative yardage on key situations to stop long drives. The Bucs, meanwhile, aren't stopping anybody, allowing The lack of pressure on quarterback Cam Newton should allow him to get back on track. Panthers 23, Bucs 20 -- David Newton. The Bucs are at home since Week 10 of last season, tied with the Packers for the best home winning percentage during that span.
But they're struggling big time on defense right now. They can't get off the field on third down, they can't pressure the quarterback and they surrendered rushing yards to LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor last week and yards to Adrian Peterson the week before. That doesn't evoke much confidence with Cam Newton coming to town. Panthers 27, Bucs 24 -- Jenna Laine. Watson has thrown for 12 touchdowns in three games but faces the No. It will be a close one -- and Watson will keep the Texans in the game -- but Houston will lose its fifth consecutive game to an NFC West opponent.
Seahawks 20, Texans 14 -- Sarah Barshop. Watson has looked like the real deal, but he faces a tough challenge on the road against a Seahawks defense playing as well as it has in recent memory. The Seahawks have allowed only 33 points during their three-game winning streak, elevating them back into their familiar place as the NFL's top scoring defense.
Seahawks 27, Texans 21 -- Brady Henderson. Three of the four games have been decided by eight total points. Over the past four seasons, the Cowboys are away from home, including this season. Their offense has traveled well. In their eight road wins over the past two seasons, the Cowboys have scored touchdowns on 21 of 27 red zone possessions. This season, Washington has allowed touchdowns on 11 of 17 red zone possessions. Only three teams are worse. Cowboys 27, Redskins 23 -- Todd Archer.