NFL Midweek Review and Week Two Predictions
NFL Midweek Review and Week Two Predictions
With the opening week of the 2018 NFL season finally in the books it’s time to take a look back at some of the most intriguing storylines moving forward, make week two game predictions, and identify some underrated fantasy players you need to pick up.
The first game of the season was the Thursday night-er which featured the reigning super bowl champion Philadelphia eagles playing host to the Atlanta falcons. considering that this was a Thursday night game with a final score of 12-18 in favor of the eagles you might think this was an all too typical snoozer of a Thursday game, and you’d be partially right, there wasn’t much scoring going on here, but the game did see a lot of offense between the end zones. The falcons were able to move the ball seemingly at ease that is, until the made it into their red zone. There they failed to convert time and time again. what makes this a notable storyline is that the play calling made absolutely no sense to me at all, when you consider that Julio Jones and Matt Ryan where able to connect TEN times for 169 yards you’d think that he would be a major factor in the red zone offense, but that’s where you’d be wrong kid. See the thing that offense coordinator Steve Sarkisian knows that the average Joe does not know is that you don’t want to make an effort to get the ball to one of the three best receivers in the league when you’re on the doorstep of scoring. That’s why he gets the big bucks. Unfortunately, things don’t get much easier moving forward as they will play host to the 1-0 Carolina Panthers next week, let’s hope for the sake of falcon fans everywhere that Sark does not forget Julio is pretty good at catching touchdowns next week.
Speaking of the Panthers, they hosted the Dallas Cowboys in Charlotte in “Americas Game of the Week.” even for football guys’ guy this one was a bit of a snooze fest for a good three quarters of the game. The first half had a few good drives by Carolina, but they were only able to turn one into a touchdown and went into the half with a 10-0 lead. The panther played well-enough in the game, this one was really on how lethargic and flat out bad the cowboys played for almost all of the game. Dak looked like a newborn deer who had know idea where he was or what he was doing. The offensive line and lackluster receiving core certainty didn’t help him ease into the game it must be noted that the offense was pretty offensive. This is something to keep an eye out for moving forward, expect a lot of Zeke moving forward. on to the game of the week.
If you went to bed at the half of the Sunday night game you by now know what an incredible performance by Aaron Rodgers you missed. If like me, you stayed up to watch what was looking like a blowout because, “at least its football” you know about Rodgers game because Chris Collinsworth simply could not stop gushing over the performance, move over Danica, you have some new competition for you man. While the on field action was awesome the action on twitter was better. in the first half bears fans where flying as high as they could go, thinking super bowl contenders and a brand spanking new Kahlil Mack statue in Chicago before their home opener. Then Rodgers walked out of the tunnel at halftime, looking like Christ resurrected and tore the still beating heart out of every bears fan. It was glorious to watch the meltdown as Rodgers marched up and down the field, eventually take the lead a win a game that they had absolutely no right winning.
Week Two Predictions
Ravens v Bengals- both teams looked well in week one and came out with a win, but I believe the hype surrounding Cincinnati this year. I have the Bengals winning.
Panthers v Falcons- because of the suspect play calling for the falcons and the panthers run thwarting front seven I’ll take the Panthers in this one.
Chargers v Bills- sorry bills fans, you’re in for a long season, and the Chargers are winning this one.
Vikings v Packers- I think that Rodgers will be healthy and ready to go for this game but the Minnesota defense will be too much for even him to overcome. Vikings will win.
Texans v Titans- both teams lost their season opener, neither one looked very convincing either, but I think that Watson and the Texans offense will have a better week and carry Houston to their first win of the season.
Browns v Saints- Cleveland finally did it, they didn’t lose! Sorry browns fans your undefeated streak will come to an end this week. New Orleans wins big.
Dolphins v Jets- the jets new look, high flying offense will keep rolling. New York will win and move to 2-0.
Chief’s v Steelers- Mahomes looks like the real deal after one game, but I think that his first trip to Heinz field will prove difficult. Pittsburgh will pick up their first win.
Eagle’s v Buccaneers- Tampa Bay’s offense looked unstoppable last week, I think they will take down the eagles and move to 2-0.
Colts v Redskins- Andrew Luck is finally back and Adrian Peterson found a fountain of youth in Washington, but I feel like the Redskins are frauds. Colts win.
Cardinal’s v Rams- outside of David Johnson Arizona is not good. Rams win easily at home to stay undefeated.
Lion’s v 49ers- Stafford will play better; San Francisco looks a few years away from being legit, ill take Detroit getting a nice bounce back wins.
Raider’s v Broncos- I want to believe in Gruden and the Raiders, but I’m just not there yet. Denver Wins.
Patriot’s v Jaguars- Jacksonville is a legit super bowl contender this year. They will beat New England at home.
Giant’s v Cowboys- the way Dallas played last week was awful, I don’t expect much improvement. New York will leave Texas with a win.
Seahawks v Bears- this one is a toss-up, ill ride with the better quarterback. Wilson and Seattle find a way to get it done and grab a win.
Five fantasy standouts that might just be available in your league
James Conner (Pittsburgh)
Emmanuel Sanders (Denver)
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City)
Desean Jackson (Tampa Bay)
Joe Mixon (Cincinnati)
Honorable mention- Kenny Stills (Miami)