Thoughts from Hispandrix
NYJ@NE: The Jets managed to pull out a victory against the Bucs Sunday, thanks to a mental error by linebacker Lavonte David. The penalty was no doubt questionable, but a win is a win. I gotta say, one of my buddies informed me that the Bills could pull out a victory, and they always have that game where they play them tough right until the end. I was fortunate that they escaped with a victory for sure. This will mark meeting 105 between the two clubs (Partiots lead 54-52-1). Since the beginning of the millenium, the Patriots hold a 19-9 record over the Jets, and are winners of the last 4 contests. Despite major injuries to Amendola & Shane Vereen, there’s hardly enough compelling evidence from the Jets roster to suggest they will be able to stop Tom Brady. Pats easily.
STL@ATL: Back in the old NFC West days, this used to be a thing. Steven Jackson gets to run on his old team, always a good storyline. If you believe in any of this, the Rams hold an 8-4 record over the Falcons since 1999, however, Atlanta has won 4 out of the last 5. It’s a serious must win for Atlanta, after they are reeling from defeat at the hands of the rivaled Saints. The Rams rallied at home to win against their division rival Arizona last week. I would love to think upset here, but if Atlanta is truly making the ‘elite’ claims, they’ll pull this one out at home.
CAR@BUF: Give the Bills credit, they actually hung in with the Patriots with EJ Manuel leading the charge. The Bills had to be encouraged that Manuel didn’t throw any interceptions on the day, but their offense didn’t exactly impress on the day. We’re still trying to figure out if Carolina looked really horrible, or Seattle’s defense is just that good. Few teams ever get to say that they held Cam Newton in check, and by that I mean Newton didn’t even crack 200 total yards between passing (125) and rushing (38). I would be inclined to believe that the Panthers (mainly Cam Newton) gets back to form, and the Panthers narrowly escape with a ‘W’. Wonder what the Vegas odds are for who has the most ridiculous celebration of the day, Steve Smith or Stevie Johnson?
MIN@CHI: Meeting 106 between these two historic franchises. The Vikings lead this series 53-49-2. The Bears are actually winners 6 out of their last 7 matchups against the Vikings, and the Vikings haven’t won at Soldier Field since 2007. The Vikings are coming off a pretty disappointing start against the Lions (see 4 turnovers), and their back is against the wall with them playing a 2nd straight divisional opponent. The Bears performed well under new head coach Marc Trestman, and were able to knock off the visiting Bengals (who were favored by many to win). Can you believe Jay Cutler was not sacked against that vicious front 7 of the Bengals? Insane. AP is a beast, and he can carry the team only so much. If the Vikings are to have any chance, they have to get help from others. I like the Bears to win here, and keep their streak alive.
WSH@GB: Desperation sets in for both of these teams Sunday. The Redskins looked horrible the first half against the Eagles, and even though they were able to rally back and make it a game, they still lost. The Packers had a real opportunity to take care of the 49ers, but Colin Kaepernick & Anquan Boldin manhandled their defense all day. Look for a more focused Redskins team this week, and expect this to be a higher scoring game. Many don’t think it’s possible, but Washington will 0-2 after this one.
MIA@IND: I’ve never heard of a team winning a big game on the road, and then a receiver throwing a hissy fit like Mike Wallace did. Maybe he lost out on some sort of secret bonus that was in his contract. Who cares? Stop acting like a child who didn’t get their box of cereal from the grocery store. At any rate, the Colts escaped near disaster with the Raiders, as it was a closer game than many had ever thought it would be. Both 1-0 teams face off, and this secondary is much better, in my opinion, than the Browns. Maybe we’ll see Wallace throw stuff on the sideline and pout after this one. I’ll confidently take the Colts.
DAL@KC: It’s hard to get super excited off a win over the Jaguars, but at least it was encouraging to see a Kansas City QB come close to matching the amount of TD passes thrown by their leading QB last season. This is only the 10th time these two clubs face each other since 1970 (Dallas leads series 6-3), and if you can recall the last matchup from these two clubs in 2009, it was the Miles Austin breakout party, where he caught 10 passes for 250 yards, 2TD, and the Cowboys won in overtime 26-20. I have that Admiral Ackbar feeling on this matchup, because Andy Reid knows Dallas. Also, Dallas is banged up on both sides of the ball. I’m still inclined to pick them, but it may be a lot closer then you think.
CLE@BAL: Cleveland had a golden opportunity to start their season on the right foot for a change, but the Dolphins had other plans of their own. Jordan Cameron quickly made an impact (and all waiver wires went psycho for him, along with Julius Thomas). For the Ravens, they had everything going right for a little bit, and then Peyton Manning ‘Beast Mode’ happened. I still don’t get how baseball, especially the Orioles, takes any type of preference over a Super Bowl Champion team. If the game was in Baltimore, it may have gone differently, definitely not as many passing touchdowns from Mr. Manning. The Ravens should rebound here, but if the Browns put up any more than 24, Ray Lewis may just have to come out of retirement, or at least give this unit a swift kick in hind parts.
TEN@HOU: Former Oilers against New Oilers, still doesn’t get old saying that. They meet for the 23rd time Sunday. Houston came on board in 2002, and the Titans lead the all-time series 14-8 (thank you David Carr). Both teams are coming off wins from Week 1, with the Titans victory in Pittsburgh probably being one of the more surprising wins of the week, and the the Texans rallied to win in San Diego, after being down by a truckload. I honestly think we’ll see the Houston team everyone expected to see coming out of the gates, but as it was pointed out a million times Monday night, what is Houston going to do to solve for a good QB?
SD@PHI: It’s hard to imagine that Philip Rivers lights up the air, basically has everything go right (including sorcery where Ryan Mathews gets a receiving touchdown, and stays healthy!?), and then the Chargers blow a lead they had a stranglehold on. This is the NFL. All the Eagles did was march into rival Redskin territory, and shock everyone with their performance. Chip Kelly, we salute you. Oh yeah, this Lesean McCoy guy nearly ran for 200 yards. Philly has been picked by a few analysts to be a surprise team this season, and if they keep showing flashes of that first half performance this season, they may just be a team that sneaks in a steals the division. At any rate, Rivers will be quite frustrated with his visit to Philly, and the Eagles will walk away victorious once again.
DET@AZ: I stated it previously in another article, but the Lions scored 34 points, and Megatron only had 4 catches for 37 yards. Yup, your jaw just hit the floor, again. Reggie Bush definitely made some heads turn after his Week 1 outing, and played through a dislocated thumb & groin/hip injury. I’d say the Lions may cut back on the usage of bush for this game, but they don’t have the easiest of tasks at hand traveling to the Desert.
The Cardinals Fans Fantasy Football Players Larry Fitzgerald is just happy someone threw the ball his way. The Cardinals should have a better showing at home, and dare I say that Tyran Mathieu scores his first touchdown Sunday? I like the Cards here.
NO@TB: Analysis not found. You may just want to read: Keys to the Game
JAC@OAK: I honestly have nothing. Oakland, because Jacksonville’s 2 points and worst offense last week.
DEN@NYG: Get ready for another Manning Bowl! I would fully expect the Giants to have a much better showing than last week. I know they nearly pulled it off against the Cowboys, but the turnovers just proved to be too costly. The Broncos showed they don’t have to have players on defense (Miller, Bailey, Dumervil) to beat you. Whether it’s running back by committee, Wes Welker, Eric Decker, the Thomas Gang, or Scrappy Doo, Manning will find whoever will produce. I don’t expect a blowout. In fact, I expect a very entertaining shootout, however, the Broncos will come out on top. The fact that the Giants brought Brandon Jacobs back should have you a little uneasy as it is. Eli throwing all day isn’t going to work.
SF@SEA: In the most anticpated matchup for anyone on the West Coast, and for all the Super Bowl predictors out here, it’s the NFC Championship Game on Sunday Night Football. Far from it, but these two are humorously gaining steam as the ‘Best Rivalry in Football Today’. I guess if you don’t count the other 10 historic ones that still draw huge crowds, or the fact that these two teams have only met 28 times in history (14-14 head to head), sure. Don’t get me wrong, these two hate each other, and there’s merit to Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh feud, but aside all the trash talk, these games have been fairly one sided. The 49ers have won 4 out of the last 5, and then the Seahawks beat the drawers off the 49ers last game 42-13. Both teams are talented, and it’s all about Russell Wilson vs. Colin Kaepernick, if you want to get straight to the point. I could keep talking, but let’s just go with this….Seattle went 8-0 at home last year, and in the past 3 seasons, they are 17-7 at home. The Seahawks just held Cam Newton in check, which speaks volumes to their defensive talent and ability. I’m not knocking the 49ers, but they had a more impressive outing in my opinion. Give me the 12th man, or ‘She-Hawks’ (really? are we 10? let’s just go await the obvious, Forty-Whiners).
PIT@CIN: Week 2 concludes with a interesting NFC North clash, I mean who would have thought each of the teams would have been 0-1 after the first week, and that Cleveland still has a chance? I won’t spend a ton of time on this, because there’s little need to. The Steelers run game is absent, players are lost for the season, and they just looked awful last week. The Bengals will take this one, and we may get to see another scream off contest between Haley-Tomlin-Big Ben.