Carr draws a defense this week that is giving up an average of 290 yards and two touchdowns to opposing QBs. With Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett out today for the Chargers secondary, Carr should have a field day. He is coming off a four TD performance against the 4th ranked Baltimore defense a week ago.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears – $7,200
In his first start of his career, Jordan Howard rushed for 111 yards and caught another 21. This week, he remains the starter and goes against an Indianapolis Colts defense that ranks 18th in the league against the run. With better QB play for the second straight week, Howard will be a threat in both phases of the game.
Ryan Matthews, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – $6,300
The first hurdle Matthews had to overcome was staying healthy, and he has done that. With Carson Wentz playing great and having a successful passing game, Matthews has been able to flourish with the run. Detroit is up this Week for the Eagles and Ryan Matthews. Going against a team that is ranked 22nd against the run will bode well for Matthews.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – $8,700
Adriel Jeremiah Green has been on fire this year. Take out a sloppy week two because of weather, and Green is averaging 10 receptions, 143 yard, and a TD per game this year. Going up against the 19th ranked team defending the pass in Dallas won’t scare him.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders – $7,200
I went over Derek Carr earlier. He and the Raiders have a favorable matchup against a depleted chargers secondary. Cooper is Carr’s favorite target over the past two years.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants – $6,900
The Giants have a trio of WRs that can make you pay. The most consistent has been Sterling Shepard. After being targeted 26 times so far this year, Shepard has caught 20 of those passes. With much of the attention on OBJ tonight for the 10th ranked Green Bay secondary, number 87 should put up great numbers.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans – $6,400
Last year there was nobody Marcus Mariota liked to throw to more than Delanie Walker. 41% of Mariota’s completions were to Walker. With Delanie getting his feet wet last week after missing the previous three games, he is primed for a good game against a suspect Miami secondary.
Dan Carpenter, K, Buffalo Bills -$4,600
When it comes to kickers, you want to find one accurate, but also one that plays on a team that can get down the field, but stalls in FG range. Buffalo should be able to move the ball well against the Rams, but a lot of drives will stall close to the end zone. Carpenter should come in and clean that up for three.
Eagles D/ST – $4,600
This Eagles defense, led by Coordinator Jim Schwartz, is only allowing nine points per game. Factor in that they are averaging two turnovers a game and playing a turnover prone QB in Matthew Stafford, and the Eagles should once again play lights out.
With a quarter of the season through, two teams that started in the top five have completely fallen down the rankings, as a few teams who started mid pack or further, have moved into the top 10. Where do they stack up? Let’s find out.
1. Denver Broncos
Paxton Lynch came in and played well for injured Trevor Siemien. As long as Thomas and Sanders are getting the ball and this defense forces turnovers, Denver will continue to win.
2. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings did a good job shutting down Odell Beckham Jr and the Giants offense. Bradford seems to be a perfect fit for Norv Turners offense.
3. Green Bay Packers
A BYE week and still able to move up in the power rankings? Green Bay has a Sunday Night date with the banged up and “distracted” Giants. Who knew you could draw two BYE weeks in a single season.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles had a week off to rest up and prepare for the lowly Lions. Jim Schwartz will have a chip on his shoulder this week going against his former team.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers
The sky was falling in Week 3 as the Steelers got destroyed by the Philadelphia Eagles. A week later and the Steelers are back on top after a 43-14 win over Kansas City.
6. New England Patriots
For the first time in over three decades, the Patriots were shutout. To make it even worse, it was to Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills. There’s good news for everybody in Patriot Nation. Tom Brady is back!
7. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle seems to have knocked the rust off and are in a groove now. With a BYE week this week, Russell Wilson will be able to get some much needed rest to heal up.
8. Oakland Raiders
This young team is finding ways to win. If they can continue to stay level headed and work together, this won’t be the highest they go in the rankings.
9. Houston Texans
After being blanked a week ago, Houston put up 27 points against a good defense in the Tennessee Titans. Houston is starting to run away with this division.
10. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore fought back but it wasn’t enough last week against Oakland. With games against Washington and both New York teams in the next three weeks, Baltimore will get back to winning.
11. Atlanta Falcons
Out of nowhere, the Falcons are exploding on offense, Matt Ryan is protecting the ball, and they have a two game lead on everybody in the NFC South. Didn’t we see this movie last year though?
12. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals got relentless pressure on Ryan Tannehill Thursday night. They just have to get better on offense.
13. Dallas Cowboys
They may have been in a tough battle with the downed 49ers, but Dallas got the job done. Dak Prescott has yet to turn the ball over and Ezekiel Elliott has posted yet another 100 yard game. You know that Dallas defense that is supposed to be horrible? Well they have a bend don’t break style and rank 11th in the NFL in points allowed per game.
14. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are 3-1 and 99% of the world didn’t see that coming. The defense is playing good and Case Keenan is doing just enough.
15. Kansas City Chiefs
One week Kansas City’s defense looks like the best in the league. The next week they look like the worst. With Denver and Oakland winning, the Chiefs are falling behind in the AFC West.
16. Buffalo Bills
You know Rex Ryan partied hard after his defense blanked the Patriots last week. Two straight wins has this team feeling good.
17. Washington Redskins
Another team with two straight wins is the Washington Redskins. The offense seems to be in sync and the running game is coming alive. The true test will be this week against Baltimore this week.
18. Carolina Panthers
Carolina has three losses to teams with a combined 11-1 record. The reality of this is they are 1-3 and fading fast. With games left on the schedule against Oakland, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Atlanta agin, the Panthers need to do some soul searching and get this turned around soon.
19. Arizona Cardinals
Nobody saw this coming from a team that seemed to be loaded both offensively and defensively. A 1-3 start will have Arizona playing catch up with Seattle all season long.
20. New York Giants
Another week of tirades by OBJ and costly turnovers for the New York Giants. In two weeks they have gone from division leaders to basement eaters. McAdoo seems to be losing control of this team so early on in the season.
21. New York Jets
Is it time for a change at QB for the Jets? Ryan Fitzpatrick as thrown nine interceptions in the past two games, and the Jets are struggling to score points. This may be Todd Bowles last season as head coach.
22. New Orleans Saints
A win finally came for the Saints in impressive fashion as Drew Brees came from behind to defeat the San Diego. Chargers. They are clinging to life to stay relevant in the NFC South.
23. Miami Dolphins
The offensive line is horrible in Miami. Ryan Tannehill is horrible in Miami. The defense isn’t what they expected it to be in Miami. Adam Gase is probably wishing he chose another team.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If Jameis Winston could protect the ball, Tampa Bay could win some games. It’s looking like a long season for the Buccaneers.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
They still haven’t won in America, but Sunday’s win in London had flashes of what most people thought the Jaguars would look like. Maybe this young team can build on that and get back into the thick of things.
26. Chicago Bears
Brian Hoyer came in and shows the Bears that Jay Cutler is the problem. Chicago got their first win of the season, and with more of those without Cutler, he may be cut after this year.
27. Tennessee Titans
They played the Texans hard but ultimately came up short. Parrish Cox is an absolute liability and Andre Johnson can no longer catch the ball.
28. Detroit Lions
Detroit had many believing in them after week 1. Since then, it’s been all downhill. Once this organization puts an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball is when Detroit can make some noise in this league.
29. Indianapolis Colts
Speaking of putting an emphasis on defense, Indianapolis once again shows us that you can have all the weapons you want on offense, that still won’t win you games. They are allowing 28 points per game. That won’t get it done.
30. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers blew it once again this week. In their three losses this year, San Diego has lost by a combined 11 points. They are in all the games they’ve played, San Diego just has to learn how to close it out.
31. San Francisco 49ers
A huge loss to the defense was sustained last Sunday as LB Navarro Bowman ruptured his Achilles. This 49er team has fight in them, but losing the heart of their defense may be to much to overcome.
32. Cleveland Browns
Cody Kessler is playing well, other than that late interception thrown last week. The Browns running game is thriving as well. If this defense could make some stops, Cleveland could win some games.
There were big jumps this week, and huge falls *cough cough* Arizona. With almost a quarter of the season down, let’s see where the 32 franchises stack up.
1. Denver Broncos
The Defense has been the story this year, but the offense is playing steady. With a quality performance by rookie QB Trevor Siemian, Denver is getting stronger each week.
2. New England Patriots
The Patriots are out of QBs. That hasn’t stopped The Hoodie from winning his first three games. With Brady coming back next week, New England will look to go 4-0 this week against Buffalo before his official return.
3. Minnesota Vikings
This is the best defense in the league. Green Bay was held to 14 points two weeks ago and Cam Newton was unable to give his offense any spark as ten points were all they could muster. No AP doesn’t seem to be slowing down this team.
4. Green Bay Packers
Panic erupted after Green Bay dropped a divisional game to Minnesota two weeks ago. With a dominant performance by Aaron Rodgers against Detroit, the twelve year QB is telling everybody to R-E-L-A-X.
5. Philadelphia Eagles
This may possibly be the best team in the NFL. The offense is averaging 31 ppg as the defense is only giving up nine ppg. With this type of balance on both sides of the ball, Philadelphia is a threat to everybody.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
I haven’t seen the Steelers play like they did Sunday, since the played the Eagles in 2008. We all know what went on to happen that year though.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Maybe the game against San Francisco is what the team needed. Only one offensive TD was scored in the first two weeks. Seattle exploded for four Sunday afternoon. Russell Wilsons injury may be more than what they are telling us though.
8. Baltimore Ravens
They haven’t won impressively this year. In fact, they’ve won all three games this year by a combined 13 points. The key thing is this team is winning. Can they continue this success and shock the AFC North?
9. Carolina Panthers
They may be 1-2, but the Panthers two losses have come to top three defenses this year. They have all the tools needed for a run.
10. Houston Texans
After starting 2-0, many believed Houston had put it all together. Then they ran into the New England Patriots and put ZERO points on the board. In fact, Houston didn’t get into New England territory until the end of the third quarter.
11. Arizona Cardinals
No words can really describe what is going on in Arizona. A team with so much promise was just blown out by a so-so Buffalo squad. In a division that has Seattle and the up and coming Rams, Arizona needs to get it together soon.
12. Oakland Raiders
Don’t let their defensive performance fool you, Oakland still has major holes. They may have only giving up ten points, but they were gashed in the run game.
13. Kansas City Chiefs
What a performance by the Kansas City defense. Eight turnovers were forced and two defensive TDs were scored. The offense is on existent though.
14. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati is a missed FG away from being 0-3. I said it last week and I’ll say it again, AJ Green can’t do it by himself. With Baltimore and Pittsburgh ahead of the Bengals, Cincy will need to dig deep if they want to stay in contention for the AFC North.
15. Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott continues to show his poise and Ezekiel Elliott finally topped his first 100 yard game. This young movement in Dallas has rejuvenated this team.
16. New York Giants
A horrible performance by Eli Manning and the Giants. Manning may have thrown two interceptions, but another three passes should’ve been picked off. Can OBJ contain his emotions this week?
17. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta has produced each game this year on offense. The Dirty Birds lead the league with 35 ppg scored. The defense though is another story. The name of the game is to outscore your opponent, but it would be great to have some help by your defense.
18. New York Jets
EIGHT TURNOVERS! Six interceptions thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick. I’ll be the first to admit I thought Fitzy would have a great game against Kansas City after his performance against Buffalo the week before. With no consultancy on either side of the ball, New England can have this division sewn up by Week 10.
19. Washington Redskins
Washington dig themselves a deep hole in the first quarter and a half Sunday against New York. They never gave up though and made plays they had too. Can this be the game that gives the defending NFC East Champions confidence for the rest of the season?
20. Buffalo Bills
This was a team Sunday that seemed to be playing for their coach. Or maybe they were just playing an overrated team. Either way, Buffalo showed this team can put all facets of the game together.
21. Los Angeles Rams
They may have only beating the Buccaneers, but for this young team to travel 3,000 mikes across country and do that is impressive. They now head to Glendale and take on the desperate Cardinals. Is it ok to say this may be a trap game for LA?
22. Miami Dolphins
A check in the win column finally for Adam Gase and the Miami Dolphins. It might’ve been ugly, but a win is a win right? Let’s see if this offense can put up points against Cincinnati Thursday night, like they did Cleveland Sunday.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay has many jumping off of the Band Wagon after dropping two straight. Jameis Winston has to do a better job of protecting the football if he wants to lead this team in the right direction.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Finally, Andrew Luck has his first win in almost a year. In a division with no clear cut favorite, Indy still has a pulse.
25. Detroit Lions
Marvin Jones has been the lone bright spot for this team. The former Cincinnati Bengals WR leads the league in receiving yards by almost 100 over second place, Stefon Diggs. The defense has been ignored for a decade by management and that won’t win you any games.
26. San Diego Chargers
San Diego is kicking themselves after another close loss. The injury bug attacked them for the third straight week as LB Manti Te’o suffered a torn Achilles. If they can go a week without losing a key player, Sam Diego might consider that a win.
27. Tennessee Titans
If the Titans had an offense they could be 3-0 right now. This defense has only giving up three offensive TDs this year. Marcus Mariota has hit the sophomore slump and it’s hurting this team.
28. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees can’t do it all by himself. The New Orleans defense has giving up 32 points per game this year. Even the most powerful offenses cant keep up with that. Sean Payton may be staying in Louisiana as a coach after this year, but at the college level. LSU?
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville played Baltimore hard the whole game last Sunday. If they want everybody to believe in them, those are games they have to win. Jacksonville looks like the same ole Jaguars.
30. San Francisco 49ers
This is the second straight year the 49ers have fooled me. Last year they started the season off with an impressive win against the Vikings. This year the same thing was done as they shutout the Rams. Now three weeks later and San Francisco are who we through they were. It’s time to put in Kaepernick.
31. Chicago Bears
Another week, another loss for the Chicago Bears. He may only be in his second year, but this might be John Fox’s last year at the help for Chi-Town.
32. Cleveland Browns
This was the second straight week that Cleveland played tough but came up a tad short. Terrell Pryor was a jack of all trades. The Browns will need a little more of that if they want to win some football games this year.
Week 2 record: 11-5
ATS Week 2: 7-9
Record to date: 21-11
ATS to date : 16-15-1
Houston Texans @ New England Patriots EVEN
Having a third string QB starting might be too much for the hoodie and the Patriots to overcome. Behind a two TD performance by Deandre Hopkins, Houston will start 3-0.
Outcome: Texans 27 Patriots 20
Arizona Cardinals(-4) @ Buffalo Bills
The Cardinals are out for blood and that was apparent by the 33 point whopping they laid on Tampa Bay a week ago. After his defense gives up 30+ points for the second consecutive week, I wonder who Rex Ryan fires next?
Outcome: Cardinals 31 Bills 17
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans(-1.5)
Oakland is looking to get back on track after losing to Atlanta last week. Too bad for them they are facing a pretty stout defense. After daring Derek Carr to throw all game, Tennessee will force a few turnovers and be over .500 for the first time in forever.
Outcome: Titans 23 Raiders 16
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins(-9.5)
Miami has the pieces on defense to succeed. With Cleveland starting a rookie QB this week, watch for the Dolphins to unleash relentless amounts of pressure on Kessler.
Outcome: Dolphins 24 Browns 16
Baltimore Ravens(-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The hype has died down over Jacksonville just two weeks into the season. Lucky for Baltimore, they face a QB that loves to turn the ball over.
Outcome: Ravens 27 Jaguars 17
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers(-7.5)
Last year, it was a Hail Mary thrown by A-Rod that won this game. This year, it won’t have to come to that. After dropping a game to Minnesota last week where Green Bay played horrible, look for McCarthy and company to get back to their winning ways.
Outcome: Packers 34 Lions 20
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals(-3.5)
In a battle between two good defenses, field position will be key. A late Andy Dalton interception in Cinncy territory will set up Trevor Siemian and this Broncos offense for a game winning drive.
Outcome: Broncos 17 Bengals 13
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers(-7)
Minnesota is on a high after starting 2-0 without their starting QB for two games and their workhorse RB for half a game. That workhorse back is out for several months, so the Vikings hopes rest on the arm of Sam Bradford. With Carolina next on the schedule, reality may set in earlier than expected.
Outcome: Panthers 23 Vikings 10
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants(-4.5)
The matchup between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. overshadows the actual matchup of the teams. With the Redskins having to worry about Victor Cruz and Sterling Sheppard as well, it will be too much to contain.
Outcome: Giants 27 Redskins 21
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers(-5.5)
If the Rams defense can play like they did against Seattle every week, they would have many chances to win games this year. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Jameis Winston will turn the ball over a couple times this week, but Tampa Bay will come through defensively to catapult them to a win.
Outcome: Buccaneers 21 Rams 10
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks(-9.5)
Only one offensive TD will be scored this game as Blaine Gabbert will turn the ball over a few times, once deep in 49er territory. This game will be ugly, but somebody has to win right?
Outcome: Seahawks 20 49ers 9
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs(-3)
Kansas City’s defense looks nothing like past years. With Ryan Fitzpatrick coming off of a near 400 yard performance, Kansas City will struggle to put out the fire Fitzy is burning.
Outcome: Jets 23 Chiefs 21
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts(-3)
After the beatdown San Diego put on Jacksonville, Rivers may feel they have something even if it’s without Keenan Allen. Look for the Carolina native to light up the Colts secondary.
Outcome: Chargers 34 Colts 23
Pittsburgh Steelers(-3.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz has showed the poise you want in a young franchise QB. That will be tested this week as Pittsburgh comes to town. Wentz will play a decent game, but the veteran, Big Ben, will lead his team to yet another victory.
Outcome: Steelers 27 Eagles 17
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys(-7.5)
The Bears are awful. With Jay Cutler out, Dallas’ defense should put in a nice performance. This is the week Dak throws his first TD pass.
Outcome: Cowboys 24 Bears 13
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints(-3)
New Orleans has lost their first two games of the season by a combined four points. If they want to have a shot at the division, they need this game against Atlanta. Behind a big performance by Mark Ingram, New Orleans will get it done.
Outcome: Saints 24 Falcons 20
Setup Game of the Week:
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins(-9.5)
Five Team Parlay
New York Giants(-4.5)
New York Jets(+3)
Philip Rivers – $8,000
David Johnson – $8,400
Tevin Coleman – $6,400
Dez Bryant – $7,900
Jarvis Landry – $7,000
Sterling Shepard – 6,500
Dwayne Allen – $6,100
Matt Prater – $4,600
Panthers D/ST – $5,000
Week Two gave us a lot of action as teams that seemed down like the Vikings and Chargers proved to us they still have a pulse. Where do all 32 teams stack up after Week Two? Let’s find out.
1. Denver Broncos E
Denver hasn’t really lost much at the QB position. Last year Peyton Manning was basically a game manager and that’s exactly what Trevor Siemian is doing. The defense won the game on Sunday. That won’t be the last time I say that this season.
2. New England Patriots E
Jimmy G went out and threw for three TDs on Sunday, then he went out…literally. That didn’t stop Jacoby Brissett from coming in and going an efficient six of nine passing for almost 100 yards. Don’t let the score fool you, the Patriots/Dolphins game wasn’t anywhere near close.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers E
The Steelers defense was a big question mark coming into the 2016 season. Through two weeks, this group has forced four turnovers and allowed just 16 points in each game. Behind an already powerful offense, this recipe could spell trouble for the rest of the league.
4. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona redeemed themselves on Sunday after stomping Tampa Bay by 33 points. That might’ve been the game this defense needed to get back on track.
5. Carolina Panthers
Carolina put up 46 points on a defense that was coming off of a shutout. This offense has only gotten scarier with the return of Kelvin Benjamin (13 receptions, 199 yards, and three TDs on the season)
6. Minnesota Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson are injured, but that didn’t stop Minnesota from beating a rival foe in the Green Bay Packers. Behind Stefan Diggs and this defense, Minnesota is clicking.
7. Green Bay Packers
As said above, Green Bay took an L to the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers is starting to show he is mortal after having more turnovers than he has TDs on Sunday.
8. Houston Texans
The Texans have the pieces to make a lot of noise and they are showing it. This was the second straight week the defense allowed 14 points or less.
AJ Green is the heart of this offense. He was bottled up all game against Pittsburgh, and it was evident Cincinnati couldn’t move the ball. Somebody else has to step up to take the pressure off of AJ and Andy Dalton.
10. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has looked bad two straight weeks. The offense has only scored one TD. If not for a great defense, Seattle could have a top 10 draft pick this year.
11. New York Jets
After a heart breaking loss in Week 1, New York came out and took care of business in Buffalo. They may want to add some extra “security” on Revis Island as it looks like it is constantly being intruded upon.
12. New York Giants
Two weeks in a row the Giants defense held their opponent to teen points. An even better sign is that they held Drew Brees under 300 yards passing and one TD.
13. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore looked horrible early on against Cleveland after being down 20-0. They fought back and scored 25 unanswered points to stay undefeated on the season.
14. Oakland Raiders
A big win last week against New Orleans had this team feeling good. That was short lived. They didn’t protect their house well as they let Atlanta travel 3,000 miles across country and beat them in the black hole. Oakland has work to do, especially on defense. Earth to Khalil Mack!
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Jim Schwartz really has this defense looking good. You know who else looks good? That D-II rookie QB by the name of Carson Wentz. The biggest stat for this young QB so far is he has not turned the ball over in a game yet.
16. Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City didn’t score a single TD Sunday against Houston. If they want to keep up with Denver, points other than field goals have to be scored.
17. Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott once again came out cool, calm, and collected Sunday against Washington. He looked like he found a new favorite target in Dez Bryant as well. If these two can get on the same page, coupled by a run game, Dallas looks to be back on track.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A huge performance by Jameis Winston in Week One had many thinking he would take the league my storm this year. Those thoughts were put to rest after His pathetic performance against Arizona. Winston had a reverse game from last week. He threw four INTs and one TD on Sunday.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta lost a tough divisional game in Week 1, and asking them to travel from coast to coast seemed like a tall task. Behind Matt Ryans three TDs, Atlanta took care of business and is showing the league this offense can be very scary.
20. San Diego Chargers
San Diego is a play or two away from being 2-0. After giving up a huge lead to Kansas City in Week One, the Chargers made sure they kept the pedal to the metal against Jacksonville. Melvin Gordon is starting to show this team why they used a first round pick on him a year ago.
21. Detroit Lions
Detroit lost to Tennessee Week Two, but they moved up two spots this week because teams that were in front of them look a lot worse. If Stafford can control his turnovers, Detroit can win some games this year.
22. Washington Redskins
No run game for Washington on top of red zone turnovers by Kirk Cousins is what has Washington at 0-2 this season. If the trend holds true for the Redskins not being able to beat a winning team, Washington will be 0-3 after Week Three.
23. Buffalo Bills
The offense scored 31 points on Thursday against the Jets, but were unable to get the win. A few days later, the offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, was fired. If Rex Ryan doesn’t stop using scapegoats and turn this team around, especially the defense, he will be the next coach on this staff to go.
24. New Orleans Saints
For just the third time since 2012, Drew Brees was held to under 300 yards passing and only one TD. The Saints defense stepped up against New York, but not when it counted.
25. Indianapolis Colts
After a heart breaking loss in Week One, Indianapolis faced off against a terrific Denver defense. Andrew Luck was unable to continue his dominance over the Broncos as he turned the ball over twice.
26. Miami Dolphins
Miami has no identity. Their Week One performance seemed promising after almost beating Seattle, but they were brought back down to reality after being spanked by New England. The final score may have been 31-24, but we all know the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill specifically, are the kings of garbage time stats.
27. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has only allowed one offensive TD this year and Demarco Murray has given this team a legitimate threat in the backfield. If Marcus Mariota can get in rhythm, Tennessee has a chance to take the AFC South. For now, let’s take it one week at a time.
28. San Francisco 49ers
The game was close for a half, but San Francisco was unable to keep up with Carolina in the end. Like Washington, San Francisco has to get a consistent running game to help out Blaine Gabbert.
29. Los Angeles Rams
I would say this is a big win for Los Angeles, but they seem to have Seattle’s number. This is the fourth win in five games against the Seahawks. Will this be the win to spark this team?
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
Is it a little drastic I dropped Jacksonville nine spots? Maybe, but they will only go as far as Blake Bortles takes them and with his turnover problem, that won’t be far. They made some moves on defense but they look like the same Jaguars we’ve known for years.
31. Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler has to be the worst QB in the NFL. Not only his physical traits as a QB but his mentality as well. I see zero effort from him and he is holding Chicago back.
32. Cleveland Browns
A QB that is the complete opposite of Jay Cutler is Josh McCown. He almost lead Cleveland to win over Baltimore even after being hurt. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and wants to be out on the field fighting with his teammates. Unfortunately it was the same outcome as always for the Browns, a loss.
Week 2 should give us a lot of great games as seven of the 16 slated are divisional. Who will be able to pull it out? Let’s take a look.
Week 1 record: 10-6
ATS Week 1: 9-6-1
Record to date: 10-6
ATS to date : 9-6-1
New York Jets(-1) @ Buffalo Bills
The Bills struggled offensively against Baltimore last week. Things won’t get any better as the Jets head to town coming off of a SEVEN sack outing against Andy Dalton. Advantage New York.
Outcome: Jets 23 Bills 13
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers(-3.5)
Speaking of Andy Dalton, he might’ve been sacked a plethora of times, but he was deadly accurate against a good Jets defense. Pittsburgh though, is coming off of an offensive showcase where Deangelo Williams and Antonio Brown had two TDs a piece. More of the same will happen for Big Ben and company this weekend.
Outcome: Steelers 27 Bengals 23
Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions(-6)
Tennessee faced a tough defense in Week 1. My how things change from week to week. Against a weak defense and a big game by Demarco Murray (135 yards rushing and two TDs), Tennessee will bring the Detroit Lions down to reality from their victory last weekend.
Outcome: Titans 27 Lions 21
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Cleveland struggled to put double digit points on the board last week against Philadelphia. A lot of the same will happen against Baltimore this Sunday. Four turnovers forced by the Ravens defense will have this game out of reach early.
Outcome: Ravens 31 Browns 13
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins(-3)
Dallas showed a lot of heart in Week 1. Washington on the other hand did not. Look for an elusive Dak Prescott and chip on the shoulder Alfred Morris to control the clock and wear down the Redskins.
Outcome: Cowboys 27 Redskins 24
New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants(-5)
Last year when these two teams met, Eli Manning and Drew Brees combined to throw 13 TDs. Those numbers won’t be quite that high this weekend, but lead behind a five TD game by Brees, New Orleans will do something they didn’t do last weekend…hold on.
Outcome: Saints 38 Giants 34
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers(-13.5)
At one point Monday night, it looked as if the Carolina Panthers defense were disguised in 49er uniforms. San Fran pitched a shutout against LA, but the competition gets much tougher in Week 2. Chip Kelly has this team clicking and believing. Can they pull off the upset? It’ll be a lot closer then many may think.
Outcome: Panthers 28 49ers 24
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots(-6.5)
A statement win by Jimmy G and the New England Patriots against Arizona last week has this team believing another undefeated regular season can happen. Miami may have something to say about that after being 31 seconds away from pulling off an upset against Seattle.
Outcome: Patriots 23 Dolphins 17
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans(-2.5)
For 45 minutes last week, Kansas City looked horrible on both sides of the ball. A better offense and defense hosts Alex Smith and the Chiefs this week. Look for Lamar Miller to total 150 yards and two TDs to help Houston pull off the win.
Outcome: Texans 24 Chiefs 23
Seattle Seahawks(-6.5) @ Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles always plays Seattle tough. Over the past two years, LA is 3-1 against the Seahawks and is averaging 23 points against a defense that has ranked first over the last three years in points allowed. The Rams will stick with the Hawks for the first half, but won’t be able to keep up when it matters.
Outcome: Seahawks 24 Rams 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals(-6.5)
Will the Cardinals really start the 2016 season 0-2? Another offensive performance like last week by Jameis Winston and the Bucs, and it could happen. Look for Arizona to force a costly turnover late in the game to seal the deal.
Outcome: Cardinals 31 Buccaneers 23
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers(-3)
San Diego lost their biggest play-maker last Sunday when Keenan Allen went down with an ACL tear. Travis Benjamin will step up, but he won’t be enough. The Jags, behind a four TD game by Blake Bortles, will keep the Chargers winless.
Outcome: Jaguars 38 Chargers 24
Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders(-5)
Oakland draws another NFC South team this weekend, and if the game mirrors last weeks, we are in for a show…but it won’t. Atlanta started off slow against Tampa Bay in Week 1, and will start and end slow against Oakland at the black hole.
Outcome: Raiders 28 Falcons 17
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos(-6)
Peyton Manning faces the his former team again…..uh? Oh he retired? Well it looks like the Broncos can actually beat the Colts now. Against a very vanilla defense, look for Trevor Siemian to triple his TD performance from a week ago.
Outcome: Broncos 24 Colts 20
Green Bay Packers(-2) @ Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota may put up a fight, but it doesn’t look promising for a win in their stadium opener Sunday Night.
Outcome: Packers 30 Vikings 13
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears(-3)
Things aren’t going to get any easier for Jay Cutler as another good defense comes to town. Chicago won’t stand a chance behind the four turnovers Philly creates.
Outcome: Eagles 31 Bears 17
Setup Game of the Week:
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers (-13.5)
Five Team Parlay
New Orleans (+5)
Green Bay (-2)
Last Week: 111.6 points (Will do better)
Drew Brees – $9,200
Lamar Miller – $7,700
Demarco Murray – $7,400
Kelvin Benjamin – $7,500
Desean Jackson – $6,600
Sterling Shepard – $6,200
Colby Fleener – $5,600
Nick Novak – $4,600
Seahawks D/ST – $5,200
Eight of the sixteen games Week 1 provided us with were won by four points or less. There were a lot of surprises and many disappointments. Where do the teams rank after Week 1? Let’s find out.
1. Denver Broncos
A lot was lost in defense in the offseason, but Von Miller and company stepped up to the plate with a bend but not break attitude. QB Trevor Siemian wasn’t to shabby either in his first career start.
2. New England Patriots
A win over a lot of people’s Super Bowl favorite, without the best QB and TE in the game? Yeah, New England did that.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
No Le’Veon Bell? No problem. DeAngelo Williams totaled for over 170 yards and two TDs. I would’ve harped over Antonio Brown but what’s the point? The performance he displayed Monday night has become expected. Anything less is considered a bad game.
4. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers and company got into a cat fight with the Jaguars. Having Jordy Nelson back has opened this offense back up. Nothing to panic about over here.
5. Arizona Cardinals
“This defense is going to be one of the best this year.” That wasn’t on display Sunday night. Arizona lost to a backup QB that was missing it’s best target.
6. Carolina Panthers
It’s nothing like ending your season last year and opening your season this year, in the same fashion. Losing to a great defense is acceptable, even though there were many missed helmet to helmet calls on Cam Newton. Carolina will bounce back, especially with a healthy Kelvin Benjamin.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Speaking of panic, if you would’ve told me the Seahawks were going to beat the Dolphins by two measly points in Seattle, I would’ve called the insane asylum. Seattle needs to get that offensive line straightened out ASAP.
8. Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton had a helluva game against the Jets completing 77% of his passes for over 350 yards. More performances like that could lead Cinncy into the top 5 of this list in the future.
9. Kansas City Chiefs
Many have this team as the AFC West favorite. If not for Chargers WR Keenan Allen going down with an ACL tear, Kansas City might’ve been booed out of Arrowhead Stadium.
10. Oakland Raiders
Go for two when you can just kick the XP and force OT? Hell yeah! Jack Del Rio lives on the wild side. These are the games Oakland has to win to be considered a threat.
11. Minnesota Vikings
The offense played horrible, but the defense stepped up and held Tennessee under 17 points. They have to get AP going to be successful offensively this year.
12. New York Jets
Apparently A.J. Green has bought Revis Island because he absolutely owned DR Sunday afternoon. This secondary can’t have QBs like Andy Dalton slanging the ball wherever he wants if they want to compete this year, even if the front seven sacked Dalton seven times.
13. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore did a good job of containing Lesean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor. Mike Wallace is proving he can still take the top off of defenses as well that could lead to one on one matchups for other WRs.
14. New York Giants
The Giants Run Defense looked really good, being able to get off of blocks against the best OL in the league and make tackles. The Run Offense looked pretty good as well.
15. Houston Texans
Brock Osweilers first career throw as a Houston Texan resulted in an interception. He was able to settle in after that. How about that Lamar Miller guy? Over 110 yards in his Texan debut.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis “The Great” Winston is starting the season off with a bang. Four TDs against a “new and improved” Falcons defense. The Tampa Defense was good last year and will do the same this year. If this offense plays like that every week, watch out!
17. Dallas Cowboys
A tough divisional loss to start the season is pretty devastating, but with a rookie QB that showed poise and a backup RB that was very efficient, Dallas shouldn’t hang their heads to low. With a little more patience from Ezekiel Elliott behind that massive line, Dallas will win games this year.
18. Philadelphia Eagles
Yeah, it may have been the Browns, but a very efficient first drive by rookie QB Carson Wentz that lead to his first career TD set the tone for the Philadelphia Eagles. That defense looked good with Jim Schwartz at the helm as Defensive Coordinator.
19. Buffalo Bills
Would’ve expected a better offensive showing from Tyrod Taylor and company. The defense played well, but the offense has to put up more than single digits to win these type of games.
20. Washington Redskins
This game had the feel of a playoff atmosphere. And by that I mean the Redskins start off well and have all the momentum against a good team, only to self-destruct and have the game out of reach. Kirk Cousins threw at least one TD in every game last year. He started this season off with a goose egg against an average, at best, defense.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
Another game that came down to the final minutes, Jacksonville wasn’t able to complete the comeback against Green Bay. This team won’t be an easy out on the schedule.
22. New Orleans Saints
Up 14 in the fourth quarter just to give up 22 points and lose by a late two point conversion? Yeah, that’s the summary for the Saints last weekend. The offense is there, but the defense has to get better to at least competed for a Wild Card spot.
23. Detroit Lions
Theo Riddick came through for Detroit. Ameer Abdullah didn’t look bad either. Offensively this team doesn’t look like they miss Calvin Johnson. Shootouts will be the only way the win games this year.
24. Miami Dolphins
Many believed it would be a blow out , but Miami had other plans. Even though they didn’t win the game, this team showed a lot offbeat and played one of the NFC’s toughest teams right down to the end. This type of game can give a team a lot of confidence.
25. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday was filled with comebacks. That’s exactly what Indianapolis allowed Detroit to do to them. Like the Saints, the Colts offense is basically there, but the defense is a liability.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones was kept in check for most of the game, and Devonta Freeman looks to have lost his hold as the number one back in this offense.
27. San Diego Chargers
Losing Keenan Allen for the season is a huge blow to this San Diego Offense. Before he went down, they were clicking on all cylinders being up 27-10. After though, KC went on to score 23 unanswered points.
28. San Francisco 49ers
Chip Kelly’s offense looked good Monday night against a decent Rams defense. The defense was what everybody was talking about though, as they pitched a shutout.
29. Chicago Bears
Jeremy Langford showed this team will be able to manage some without Matt Forte and Kevin White will help take pressure off of Alshon Jeffery . Outside of that, nothing has changed for Chicago
30. Tennessee Titans
This defense played well against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Not one offensive TD was allowed and AP was bottled up. If this offense can match the effort put up by the defense, Tennessee can surprise many in the AFC South.
31. Los Angeles Rams
Zero points in offense and 28 points allowed on defense is a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, the player that LA drafted number one overall, wasn’t even active. On the bright side, the Rams were able to showcase there punter many, many times…..It’s going to be a long season in LA.
32. Cleveland Browns
RGIII on I.R. after the first game of the season? Nothing will ever change. The end.
It seemed as if it was moving at a snails pace, but football is finally back. With a lot of interesting matchups in Week 1, we may find out quickly who is a contender, and who is a pretender. Which teams take home the W? Let’s check it out.
Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos
Since the NFL moved the first game of the season to TNF with the host being the defending Super Bowl Champions in 2004, the team that held up the Lombardy Trophy seven months prior are 10-2. Make that 10-3 after the Carolina Panthers beat the Denver Broncos in a nail bitter thanks to Cam Newtons two passing touchdowns.
Outcome: Panthers 20 Broncos 17
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers
Many believe the Jaguars can be a playoff contender in 2016. They will be tested early, especially this week. Behind Eddie Lacys 120 yards rushing and one score, the Jaguars will have to build on something come week 2.
Outcome: Packers 28 Jaguars 24
Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens
This game will be all about the defense. With a healthy Joe Flacco though, Baltimore squeezes out a win over the Rex and Rob Ryan led Bills.
Outcome: Ravens 17 Bills 13
San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chargers come in the healthiest they have been in years, as the Vhiefs limp along missing a few pieces to that defense. In somewhat of a shootout look for the Chiefs defense to make a critical stop late in the 4th.
Outcome: Chiefs 31 Chargers 27
Minnesota Vikings @ Tennessee Titans
No Teddy Bridgewater? No problem for Minnesota….at least in week 1. Look for the Minnesota Vikings defense to stop almost everything Tennessee throws, or runs for that matter, at them.
Outcome: Vikings 24 Titans 9
Chicago Bears @ Houston Texans
A new signal caller and healthy running back has Houston feeling good about their chances this year. A matchup against Chicago in week 1 is exactly what the doctor prescribed. Behind Lamar Millers two rushing touchdowns, Houston will start the season off in a positive way.
Outcome: Texans 24 Bears 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
A great divisional matchup to start off the season will let us know if Tampa Bay is who we think they are. Thanks to the leg of second round pick Aguyo, Tampa Bay starts 1-0 on both the season and in the division.
Outcome: Buccaneers 23 Falcons 20 OT
Cleveland Browns @ Philadelphia Eagles
The RGIII era has begun in Cleveland. So has the Carson Wentz era in Philadelphia. Thanks to a better defense, look for the Eagles to apply an ample amount of pressure on Griffin and force a total of four turnovers.
Outcome: Eagles 23 Browns 10
Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints
Oaklands defense will be great this year. It just won’t be on display in week 1 as Drew Brees and his new weapons light up the scoreboard.
Outcome: Saints 31 Raiders 23
Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets
With no weapon outside of AJ Green in the receiving corps, the Jets defense won’t have to game plan too hard. Behind a defense that will cause three turnovers and a QB that will throw two touchdowns, the Jets will take care of Cincinnati.
Outcome: Jets 24 Bengals 16
Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck is back and healthy. Can he return to form from two years ago? With a game against a soft Lions defense, Luck should be able to get back on track and lead his team to a W.
Outcome: Colts 27 Lions 24
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Throw out the records and what each team looks like on paper when these two meet up. With a rookie quarterback starting, the Giants will be able to force a couple of turnovers and pull this game out at the end.
Outcome: Giants 31 Cowboys 20
Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks
It’s hard to play in Seattle, that much we know. It’s harder to play in Seattle when traveling 3,000 miles across country. Seattle will have this game won at halftime when the score is 24-3.
Outcome: Seahawks 31 Dolphins 10
New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals
No Tom Brady? A BIG problem for the New England Patriots. Jimmy Garoppolo won’t have an easy night against this fire powered defense. Will we see NC State alum, Jimmy Brissett, sometime during this game? It may run across Bill Belichicks mind when Garoppolo has three interceptions by halftime.
Outcome: Cardinals 27 Patriots 16
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins
Josh Norman has his work cut out for him in the first three weeks of the season. Just focusing on week 1, be prepared to see Antonio Brown dominate him when the two are matched up. Big Ben will find Brown for two touchdowns and lead the steelers to a W.
Outcome: Steelers 27 Redskins 17
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
I guess the NFL struggled to pick a second MNF game during week 1. Les by a better defense, the Rams will pull off the win and spoil Chip Kelly’s first game with the 49ers.
Outcome: Rams 20 49ers 13
Carson Palmer – $7,900
David Johnson – $8,800
Latavius Murray – $6,800
Deandre Hopkins – $8,400
Golden Tate – $6,900
Travis Benjamin – $5,600
Travis Kelce – $6,400
Roberto Aguayo – $4,500
Eagles D/ST – $4,800
We head to the mountains this week as forty NASCAR drivers compete at the Tricky Triangle. Given its name because of its triangular shape, Pocono Raceway is a unique track.
In 1990, the race track was revised. The three turns that make up Pocono were inspired by three different race tracks. Turn One is modeled after Trenton Speedway, Turn Two is inspired by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Turn Three is a replica of The Milwaukee Mile.
With speeds hitting close to 200 mph on the two long straightaways Pocono holds, who will be able to control their car all the way to Victory Lane? Let’s find out.
This 12 year veteran has had a lot of success at the Tricky Triangle. He brought the brooms out in 2006 by winning both Pocono races, and has four total at the two and half mile track. Hamlin has been very consistent in his last four races here with one top 5 and three top 10s. Before it’s all said and done Sunday afternoon, Hamlin will make sure his presence is felt amongst the leaders.
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Just like Hamlin did in 2006, Dale Jr swept Pocono just two years ago. Junebug has been in a slump the past month and a half, but if there is a track to propel him this year, it’s Pocono. In his last five races here, Earnhardt Jr has four top 5s and an average finish of fourth. He typically has success on the two and a half mile tracks so be prepared to see the 88 Chevrolet jockeying for position in the lead group Sunday.
Many would think I’d have Lasron as my wildcard pick, but this three year veteran has shown he has what it takes to compete with the best. A win by Larson should not come by surprise if he takes the checkered flag this weekend. Kyle has raced at Pocono Speedway four times in his career, and he hasn’t finished worse than 12th. As a matter of fact, his average finish at the Tricky Triangle is ninth. He is waiting to breakthrough and capture his first win of his career, and Pocono looks to be a great chance for the young Phenom.
Some may be scratching their heads after seeing the name, but don’t be fooled. Greg Biffle has struggled the past three years, I’ll give you that, but Pocono has been the lone track he’s had success. Two top 5 finishes in his last three races here and a win in 2010, will give this team hope for a solid finish Sunday Afternoon.
It’s been eight races since the number 48 Chevrolet has visited victory lane. Johnson is itching to get more “W’s” in the win column so he can enter the Chase with a little cushion over the fifteen other drivers. There are many tracks that Johnson dominates, and Pocono is near the top of the list. In his 28 starts there, “Six Time” has eleven Top 5s, nineteen Top 10s, and three wins. This track treats Johnson well but he won’t be returning the favor as he does burnouts all over it Sunday afternoon after he takes home the checkered flag.
The NASCAR schedule takes us to the longest race of the season, The Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Many drivers consider this the third most important race of the season, behind the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. With speeds hitting in the high 190s and the bottom, middle, and top grooves all being in use, it’s sure to be fireworks from start to finish. Which driver is going to be able to fend off their competitors for 400 laps at the mile and a half speedway? Let’s find out.
After winning the All Star Race last week, Joey Logano is looking to put his Shell Penzoil Ford in Victory lane for the first time this year in a points event. Since the All Star Race began in 1985, only seven drivers have completed the sweep, the last being Kurt Busch in 2010. Logano has his work cut out for him if he wants to outlast the other 39 drivers for 600 miles, but with a starting spot on the front row, “Sliced Bread” will be hard to beat.
Mr. Six Time hasn’t had great success in recent years at the Coca Cola 600. Take out a first place finish in 2014, and Johnson has an average finish of 25th in his last four May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Did you read his nickname though in the first sentence? Johnson is a six time champion and a four time Coca Cola 600 winner. You can never count him out. Watch for this team to be consistent all night on pit road and the track.
His first year with Joe Gibbs racing was shaky, but Edwards has turned it around in 2016. With two wins already in the bag, Cousin Carl is setting his sights on a second career and straight Coca Cola 600 win. Over the past five May races at CMS, no one has had better success, besides my race winner (Wait for it), than Edwards. That dominance looks something like this: one win, two top 5s, and three top 10s with an average finish of 8th. The number 19 Arris Toyota will be a top three car Sunday night.
A three time winner of this prestigious race, Kasey Kahne will be looking to jumpstart his 2016 year in the right direction. While he has not been talked about a lot over the past few years, this race track, let alone this race, is one of the best in Kahnes career. With two top three finishes in the last four years here, watch for Kasey to battle up front all night long.
It’s no disputing that almost every track on the NASCAR Circuit could be won by Kevin Harvick each and every weekend. If he wants to add a third Coke 600 win to his resume, Harvick will have to pep talk his pit crew so no mistakes happen like they have been the past two seasons. With a top 10 starting spot for Sunday’s race, and an average finish of 4th in his last five races at CMS, be prepared to see Kevin Harvick and his number 4 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet in Victory Lane.
Draft Kings NASCAR Lineup
1. Kevin Harvick ($10,500)
2. Carl Edwards ($10,300)
3. Kyle Larson ($8,400)
4. Jamie McMurray ($7,300)
5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ($6,900)
6. Paul Menard ($6,500)