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by jeff beyel

 

                                                          

Atlanta Falcons (0-2)                     at                     Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

Atlanta has its wings full this week and will need a near perfect game to win. They have scored just 6 points in two games and have surrendered 69 points in two defeats and now get the all-time heavyweight champion of the world in the form of the Rams.  The Rams with QB Tom Brady, RBs David Johnson and Alvin Kamara, WRs Davonta Adams and Julio Jones, and TE Travis Kelce quite frankly are near unstoppable.  Add in a defense that is allowing opposing QBs to compile a lowly 77.9 QBR and you get the picture.  Los Angeles 35-10.

                                                        

New Orleans Saints (1-1)                at                 Green Bay Packers (1-1)

Green Bay figured out its offense last week and rolled to a demolition of the Chargers.  Using the 2 TE set to near perfection, the attack ran smoothly to the tune of 172 yards rushing while carefully mixing in the passing game. New Orleans QB Andy Dalton was brilliant in his team’s win over Jacksonville.  Dalton completed 19 of 29 attempts for 306 yards and 4 TDs and pulled off a minor miracle as he found WR Chris Conley with back-to-back completions of 29 and 32 yards to complete the comeback victory!  The Packers have been a bit suspect on defense thus far and this matchup could be tighter than expected still…Green Bay 31-20

 

                                                        

Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)                 at             San Diego Chargers (1-1)          

Philadelphia has settled into a very different mode than folks had become accustomed to with head coach Rick Main running the show.  A powerful running game has emerged with RBs Devin Singletery and Miles Sanders combining for 56 carries, 360 yards, and 3 rushing TDs.  The D has been pretty good as well with a league leading 2.1 YPC versus the run. San Diego comes in averaging 166 YPG rushing at a hefty 5.9 YPC rate utilizing a dual back attack similar to the Eagles.  RBs Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery have piled up 289 yards on the ground on 48 totes.  The Bolts will need to find a way to keep their running game afloat while getting some help from QB Daniel Jones who has just a 80.4 QBR with 3 TD and 3 picks.  Philadelphia 27-17.

                                                                     

                                                        

Detroit Lions (1-1)                              at                      Buffalo Bills (1-1)

A key interception by QB Jared Goff and a failed (maybe ill-advised) fourth down attempt doomed the Lions in their week 2 loss to the Cowboys. Goff would throw for over 300 yards but had 2 picks on the day and, while the Lions are an improved club, they cannot afford miscues against top competition. Buffalo is a top tier team and is coming off a tough loss to the rival Patriots. QB Lemar Jackson has to be more consistent as his 56.9 % completion rate is second worst in the league.  Buffalo dominated the TOP versus New England and ran the ball well again but lost the turnover battle (2-0) and that sealed their fate. This is a big game for both teams.  Buffalo needs to get RB Christian McCaffrey going averaging just 3.8 YPC. Lions 5th in league in yards while Bills enter game 5th in league in fewest yards allowed.  Buffalo 24-21.

                                                                                           

Washington Redskins (1-1)               at                    Dallas Cowboys (2-0)                           

The Dallas cowboys have been playing excellent football early on. Much criticized but highly effective QB Kirk Cousins is again enjoying a stellar season coming into this one completing 82.1% of his passes with 5 TDs and 0 picks and a league best 134.6 QBR!  Washington showed some grit in their inspired win over New York, QB Case Keenum threw for 300 yards and 3 TDs while the defense sacked Giant QB Baker Mayfield 4 times. This a great rivalry that has been tilted heavily toward the Pokes and it will be a tall order for the DC gang to replicate last week’s result.  Dallas 31-17.

                                                                                      

Seattle Seahawks (1-1)                  at              San Francisco 49er’s (1-1)

Seattle followed up a tough week 1 loss to the powerful Rams with a convincing 27-14 winning effort against the Raiders.  QB Russell Wilson has notched 5 TD passes without a pick while RBs Raheem Mostert and ancient Adrian Peterson have been getting it done on the ground. They lead the AFC in YPG with 420 and doing that with a balanced approach.  The Niners can win this game but will need to do a bit better running coming in averaging just 87.5 YPG.  San Fran ranks fifth in yards allowed at 284 and their D can keep this one tight. Just feel Wilson will have just enough to pull out this important AFC West clash.  Seattle 21-17.

                                                                                       

New England Patriots (1-1)              at               Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)

The Patriots put folks on notice that they are not quite ready to relinquish their grip in the AFC East crown just yet with a big win over Buffalo. They had one of the strangest drives in league history when they settled for a field goal following a 15 play sequence that netted just 36 yards!  A crucial intereception set up another score the Pats played error-free ball.  This match features two teams near the bottom fo the league in offensive yards but the Pats have played some rugged groups.  The Steelers fell behind the Miami Dolphins and simply could not get any key stops after that in their loss.  They are last in the league against the run so that could mean a big day for Patriot back Zeke Elliott who comes in with a paltry 118 yards on the ground and an anemic 2.8 YPC average.  New England 35-10.

                                                                                  

Miami Dolphins (1-1)                     at                       Oakland Raiders (0-2)

Miami got their offense going last week and rolled over the Steelers.  When QB Ryan Tanneyhill is playing the attack has been very good but the Dolphins will need QB Jacoby Brissett to play better.  The defense has been porous but resilient to date.  RB Derrick Henry is third in the league in rushing with 210 yards. The Raiders have struggled to score mostly due to the inconsistent play of QB Mitch Tribusky. RB Marlon Mack has been a force coming in with 140 yards rushing and a 5.4 YPC average.  This one could get down to whichever team can get the other out of its comfort zone.  Miami 28-24.

 

                                                                 

 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)             at                  Tennessee Titans (1-1)

Titan QB Aaron Rodgers bounced back from his week 1 dismal outing by completing 20 of 33 passes for 243 yards and 3 TDs in an easy 3106 rout of Denver. Tennessee had a balances attack with RB Saquon Barkley posting a workmanlike effort of 88 yards rushing on 26 carries.  They should be able to handle a Jaguar team that suffered a stunning loss to the Saints last week. Jag WR Will Fuller has been tremendous and must be a concern to Tennessee.  Fuller has hauled in 12 balls at a 16+ YPC average and 3 TDs. JVille’s offense really has not played that bad at all but the defense juts has not been able to hold up and will likely have issues trying to stall Rodgers.  Tennessee 35-20.

 

                                                                                        

Denver Broncos (1-1)                 at                       Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)

This is not the first time the bengals have gotten off to a slow start but this season has a different feel to it.  The offense has been putting up solid offensie numbers but the defense has been giving up over 6 YPC and allowing teams to complete 78.1 % of their passes which is the second worst in the league.  The Broncos have become the early season yo-yo team posting 41 points in week 1 and then 6 last week.  RB Nick Chubb comes in leading the league in rushing with 280 yards and a sparkling 7.6 YPC rate.  Cinci must find a way to slow down opposing runners and this is their biggest challenge yet facing Chubb.  Cinci is still a talented team and should be able to dominate the Denver offensive line.  Cincinnati 28-14

                                                                 

Indianapolis Colts (2-0)               at                        New York Giants (0-1)                   

New York is coming off, potentially, a devastating loss to Washington and find themselves in a must-win situation.  QB Baker Mayfield has absorbed 6 sacks and has thrown just 1 TD pass thus far and must play better.  Outside of WR Cooper Kupp there really has not been much offense.  The Colts have played real well and are allowing just 2.4 YPC and have posted 6 sacks against New England and Cincinnati.  Coach Bob Durfee has his team primed for a divisional run and should push past the G-Men.  Indianapolis 28-20.

                                                                  

                                                                     

Cleveland Browns (2-0)                     at                       Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

Cleveland has been ecstatic over its great start to it season.  They enter this key game with a PAFL tops 10 sacks while also limiting teams to just 3 YPC.  The Browns’ offense has not been able to get untracked, however, averaging 15 PPG and rushing for just 60 yards.  The Vikings nearly pulled off the upset against the Bears last week but came up short. QB Philip Rivers has not thrown an INT yet and RB Kenyan Drake has powered his way to an NFC leading 224 yards rushing and 3 TDs.  Minnesota really cannot afford a loss here and always play their best in games like this but the Browns are hungry and talented. Feel Browns might not have enough firepower in this one.  Minnesota 24-21.

                                                               

                                                                                                                   

Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)                                        Arizona Cardinals (0-2)

The Chiefs have thrown the ball almost exclusively to their running backs limiting their offensive output.  Tight ends Hunter Henry, Cam Brate, and Blake Jarwin do not have a single reception between them.  RB Austin Ekeler has been, basically, the lone offensive weapon to date.  That will not get it done against a Cardinal team starving for a W.  ‘Zona has endured two tough losses losing in week one on a last play missed field goal and then blowing a 21-14 fourth quarter lead last week against the Eagles in a 35-21 loss.  While QB Patrick Mahomes has played well, the ground game has been inconsistent with the second fewest yards in the NFC.  KC will need to be diverse this game to win but feel Cards should finally break out here.  Arizona 28-17.