Ron Glover’s NFL Predictions: Week 2

Week 2 in the NFL has as many questions as Week 1. Can the Detroit Lions come out of the chute 2-0 for the first time in forever?  How much will Michael Vick’s return to Atlanta affect his play and that of some of his former Falcons teammates? And when was the last time a Raiders/Bills matchup drew any interest?

I took a beating in last week’s 1pm games but rebounded nicely in the 4pm and prime time games to finish 9-7. I’ll continue to get a feel for team as this season rounds into shape.

 

A tribute to the great Lee Roy Selmon

Sunday September 18, 2011, 1pm:

Dwayne Bowe Of The Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0) -  The Lions are facing a Kansas City team that got rolled in their home opener by a Bills team that no one expects to do much this season.

Lions 25 – Chiefs 13

Oakland Raiders (1-0) at Buffalo Bills(1-0) – Interesting matchup here, I’m wondering if the early season cross-country flight bothers the Raiders.

Raiders 20 – Bills 16

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-1) – I remember when Ray Lewis used to lick his chops when he faced the Titans – he still is.

Ravens 24 – Titans 10

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) at NY Jets (1-0) – The Jets show the Jags how far they’ve fallen

Jets 31 – Jaguars 7

Reggie Wayne Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts makes a catch in front of Jacques Reeves #35 of the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts won 33-27.

Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1) – When was the last time the Browns beat the Colts on the road?

Browns 24 – Colts 14

Arizona Cardinals(1-0) at Washington Redskins (1-0) – Revivial of two old NFC East foes. I think the ‘Skins defense is the difference in this contest.

Redskins 23 – Cardinals 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1) – The Bucs can ill-afford to fall to 0-2 in a killer division ditto the Vikings.

Bucs 24 – Vikings 15

Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1) – The Panthers have to play small-ball in order to have a chance.

Packers 21 – Panthers 17

Chicago Bears (1-0) at New Orleans Saints (0-1) – If Brian Urlacher plays it could really inspire his teammates.

Saints 31- Bears 20

Seattle Seahawks (0-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers(0-1) – Wrong place and time to be in a Seahawks uniform.

Steelers 33 – Seahawks 9

Sunday September 18, 2011, 4:05, 4:15  and 8:20 pm:

Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at San Francisco 49′ers (1-0) – Dallas’ defense take pressure off of Romo as the Cowboys win in San Fran.

Cowboys 23 – Niners 13

San Diego Chargers (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0) – The Chargers will still find themselves unable to figure out the Patriots.

Patriots 28 – Chargers 24

Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at Denver Broncos(0-1) – In a season that many doomed from the start the Bengals will come out 2-0 as the Mile High faithful chant for Tim Tebow.

Bengals 18 – Broncos 10

Brandon Marshall Wide reciever Brandon Marshall #16 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball  against cornerback Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons during their preseason game at Sun Life Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Miami, Florida.

Houston Texans (1-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-1) – The Dolphins get one in the win column, the hard way.

Dolphins 30 – Texans 27 ot 

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1) - The Falcons could’ve brought Michael Vick back when he finished his sentence. This trumps Prime Time’s return to the ATL.

Eagles 30 – Falcons 21

Monday September 19, 2011, 8:30pm

St. Louis Rams (0-1) at NY Giants (0-1) – Sam Bradford will be knocked around for the second week in a row.

Giants 19 – Rams 13

Previous Week 9-7

2011 Season 9-7

39 Responses to “Ron Glover’s NFL Predictions: Week 2”

  1. Temple3 says:

    I think going 9-7 in Week 1 was pretty doggone good. My “crystal ball” is down until about Week 4. Good stuff. Thanks.

  2. Ron Glover says:

    Those early games were a killer.

  3. GrandNubian says:

    Good picks Ron-G. However, I think the Colts will beat the Browns, Texans will beat the ‘Phins and the Falcons will pull one out over the Eagles. If they were playing in Philly, I would ride with the Eagles. But something tells me the Eagles will not be able to contain Michael Turner and that running game. I’m just not sold on those LBs yet.

  4. Temple3 says:

    GN:

    Matty Ice is 20-2 at home and a rather pedestrian 13-12 on the road. Sounds like it might be a close one. What about Vick cutlerizing that ATL defense with D-Jax and J-Mac and Shady Mac and Ronnie B and company? 45-42 Philthy??

  5. GrandNubian says:

    T3,

    I considered all of what you stated, but I think the Falcons will focus on pounding the rock to keep the Eagles offense off the field. For the past few years the Falcons have been amongst the league leaders in TOP. I think their best chance to win is to keep Vick & co. on the sidelines.

  6. Temple3 says:

    GN:

    I’m good either way. I’m not actually rooting for either team. I’m not even necessarily rooting for Vick to win this game. He has bigger fish to fry and has won much bigger games, though he probably has never played in a more emotional game.

    You could be right on the mark. I like MT a whole bunch. Should be a classic.

  7. Origin says:

    Great picks RG.

    I like the Raiders over the Bills………I like there Defense to hold the Bills in check.

    Same with Vikings over Bucs. Originally I had the Vikings in a blowout since this will be the first regular season game since the roof fell in. But with EJ Henderson maybe missing the game it will be a close win for the Vikings.

    I like the Chargers over the Pats in an upset. If there is a team that can beat the Pats its the Chargers.

    Finally I like the Eagles over the Falcons in a shootout. If the Falcons can run the ball and keep Vick and the offense on the bench they can win this game. The most important part is if they can jump on the Eagles they can quiet that crowd that will most likely be pro Vick and Pro Eagles. I am sure the Falcons will pump music into the stadium to drown out those “We want Vick Chants”. But if the Eagles get a big league you could see those Falcon fans leaving the game early and the stadium being nothing but Vick and Eagles fans.

    Another thing can you’ll pray for Hasselbeck and TJ…..cause the Ravens and Steelers are going to kill those dudes.

  8. publius africanus says:

    I would expect this hit piece on Terrelle Pryor to be on ESPN, not a Raiders blog:

    http://tfdssports.com/2011-articles/september/terrelle-pryor-continues-his-deceit.html

  9. Origin says:

    CAM is killing fools………….dude broke Matthews ankles……….LOL!!!

  10. Ron Glover says:

    The Mass Media Crow will be #7 on the extinction list by mid-November.

  11. Origin says:

    RG- They sure will be eating crow.

    Man I hate to see the Vikings lose. Coach Frazier made a bad mistake not using any time outs to end the game. He let Tampa bay eat up the whole clock on that last drive.

  12. Cam Newton is the best quarterback ever! ;)

    Seriously, he’s going to revolutionize the game.

    If only Ron Rivera wasn’t drinking the Andy Andy juice.

    RUN THE DAMN BALL.

    I dig the 400 yard games to start a career but if Rivera runs Williams or Stewart on that 3 and 1 near the goal line Carolina might have won the game.

    Cam is a monster though. There should immediately be a website firetoddmcshay.com

  13. Miranda says:

    Calling all Cam haters….where u at?? what say you idiots now?

  14. Origin says:

    Mizzo you ain’t lying Cam is the truth. But coach Rivera…..Ditka would have had a heart attack if he knew you were going to pass the ball this much over the last 2 games….LOL!!!

    I wonder what the talking heads will say tomorrow about Cam throwing for 400 yards again. Seems to me like a perfect time to move the goal posts again.

  15. publius africanus says:

    Jason Campbell to Denarius Moore is going to bring many happy returns this year. Look what happens when you give a QB some weapons to work with. If only Chris Johnson didn’t let Stevie Johnson get in his head the Raiders could be sitting at 2-0.

  16. O there’s no way Andrew Luck is this good this soon. The best thing he did was keep his shook ass in school.

  17. Julius says:

    Cam is definitely the best winless QB in NFL history. Put him in Canton. It’s all about the yardage after all.

  18. Origin says:

    Once again Julius shut the hell up. You add nothing to the conversation here.

  19. Yo Julius…seriously. There is no way you are satisfying your woman. No way.

  20. Origin says:

    Amazing so when Vick throws an INT there is only you camera view and no close ups. Then only to find out 5 minutes later that the “NEW” camera views show there was no INT. But when Matty Ice throws a INT we get 10 different camera views instantly.

  21. Origin says:

    Dang Falcons lucky Vick got knocked out.

  22. Miranda says:

    With Vick in, the Eagles erased a 10 point lead….that defense is just pathetic.

  23. Temple3 says:

    Big wins this week for the Falcons, Buccaneers and Saints. None of those teams really need to start 0-2.

    The Week’s Biggest Losers were the Ravens, Chiefs, Vikings, and all the people who’ve been hating on Cameron Newton.

  24. Miranda says:

    The media in Atlanta thinks the Falcons won the Super Bowl last night. LMAO…..but what’s funny is how now all these people wishing for Vick to be injured now have to contend with the fact that someone like me is gonna remind them over and over that this is really the only way they COULD have won.

    Oh and I really can’t wait to see the Pats vs the Jets this season!

  25. Temple3 says:

    Michael Irvin was quick to point out that Vick was injured in the pocket.

    ATL might as well be happy. No way they win that game with Vick healthy. In fact, I think the final score might well have been exactly what I predicted earlier in the week — 45-42.

  26. Origin says:

    Yeah ATL better be happy cause Vick was going to put up 40 + points like Temple said. Heck if VY was healthy the Eagles still would have won.

    Like I said before and a million times. A QB is more likely to get hurt in the pocket then if he is running. Cunningham got his knee blown out and his leg broken over a 3 year period while standing in the pocket. Steve Young career was ending standing in the pocket. Palmer and Brady got their knees blown out standing in the pocket.

    Funny how a punk like Collinsworth can mention how Vick needs to stand in the pocket so he won’t get hurt. Then as soon as he gets hurt standing in the pocket all I hear from the punk is oh well things like that happen. Collinsworth ain’t worth spit and then to go off on his snide comment on how what Vick did was so horrible. Man I wish someone in the NFL could go off on these fools like floyd mayweather did to Larry Merchant.

    Miranda were you at the game last night? I could have sworn while looking at the game on TV folks started to leave once Vick got knocked out the game. Oh and all the defenses in the league look pathetic. This mess was looking like the arena football league during all the games on sundays. Unless your team was playing the Jags or the Colts.

    The Ravens should be ashamed of themselves with the way they played yesterday.

    Last Cam is the truth. But that team needs to run the ball and “hopefully” the owner will continue to surround him with talent and not waste his youth and have him being a one man recking crew.

  27. kos says:

    Miz, Origin -

    The reason that Cam is putting up these kind of number isn’t because the team wants him to. Instead of lecturing Cam on the evils of tattoos and piercings, Jerry Richardson should have invested some money in offensive linemen. The Panthers line does an adequate job of pass protection, but their run blocking this year has been atrocious.

    Through 2 games, the Panthers have rushed 48 times for 145 yards. That’s slightly better than 3 yards a carry. To put in in perspective:

    Newton 18-71
    Williams 17-43
    Stewart 13-31

    Cam has 3 less rushing yards than DeAngelo Williams & Jonathan Stewart COMBINED. Now I know Williams and Stewart have had their share of injuries, but that line couldn’t hold back the Cardinals or the Packers defensive line on run blocking like they should.

    I don’t know if the line has regressed or is it a function of teams daring Cam to try to beat them and blitzing more than they had in the past. It just blows my mind that two running backs that rushed for over 1000 yards a couple of years ago, are averaging 2.5 yards a carry this year.

    They averaged more than that 4 yards a carry last year with Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, Tony Pike, and Brian St. Pierre all taking turns at QB!

    Cam is the truth. He shouldn’t HAVE to be put in the position to put up Dan Marino kind of numbers this early in his career, though.

  28. kos says:

    Origin -

    How often in the pros do you see any QB getting hurt going out of the pocket? It doesn’t happen often. Yet, announcers persist with the myth that staying in the pocket lengthens careers. It’s an old way of thinking for a game that has changed, but the attitudes of those in the booth hasn’t. Of course, when a lot of the announcers are those same guys who couldn’t move out of the pocket to save their lives, it should be expected.

    The Eagles problem isn’t offense. It’s those light in the ass linebackers on defense. They’re good at the beginning of games, but they get worn down during the game.

    Matty Ice is getting all the credit this morning, but Michael Turner was the game changer last night.

  29. Ron Glover says:

    @Temple you were cruisin’ towards a perfect prediction, until Vick went down.

    Expect a phone call to sound something like this if Jacobs/Bradshaw go nuts this week:

    “Mr. Lurie, Mr. Jeremiah Trotter on line 1, and we also have an incoming from Levon Kirkland.”

    I’m sorry Kirkland is still chasing Joe Jurevicius.

  30. Temple3 says:

    @kos:

    Michael Turner is ALWAYS the game changer for the Falcons. No matter what his production looks like, his presence determines their offensive effectiveness.

    @RG:

    LOL.

    —————————————–

    Sentiment seems to be growing that defenses are put in a near impossible position. I’m not sure what a “poor defensive effort” looks like anymore. Y’day, the Chargers tried to play coverage against Tom Brady and it didn’t work — but mostly it didn’t work because Philip Rivers was either sloppy or ineffective or indecisive at critical moments in the game and because Tolbert vacillated between mauling defenders, tip-toeing and going backwards.

    How do you evaluate a defense now? Sacks, interceptions, yards allowed? Most of that seems old school. Maybe we’re down to stuff like YACA (yards after catch allowed) and PPM (points per minute) and RZD (red zone def — td% vs. fg% vs. RZ stops).

    I’m not sure that a defense can do much more than slow an elite offense down and then stop them in the Red Zone. Making a team kick a field goal, these days, is a big deal.

  31. Miranda says:

    I didn’t see the Dunta Robinson hit on Maclin. What’s the opinion of the board…dirty or just hard?

  32. GrandNubian says:

    @T3,

    It’s almost as if there has to be (or will be) another “defensive innovation” in order to balance things with the offenses in the NFL nowadays. We’ve seen this before with the ‘zone blitz’ . Maybe the Eagles have started a trend with 3 good or excellent cover DBs. Maybe we’ll start to see more LBs with the speed of Patrick Willis and Lawrence Timmons.

    ————————————-

    @Miranda,

    It was dirty….lol

  33. Miranda says:

    Oh origin, the tailgating was FIYAH yesterday. It truly was like the Bayou Classic. LMAO…it was soooooooo live…it was everything that Bill in North Georgia and Jim in South Georgia hates. It was everything the media loathes. It was Frankie Beverly and Maze blasting, fish frying, dominoes playing, bidwhist tournament going, step in the name of love partying, random stepping by Ques, bootleggers with your assorted Vick T-shirts for the low low price of $10 – it was ALL THAT. It was Negropalooza times 10. It was a reminder of why I hate the media with a passion and why I loathe with the heat of a thousand suns these local neo-cons on sports radio and their ignorant callers too. I said back in 2004 that all the Vick hate was really about THAT scene I just described. Anyone who thinks its wasn’t is just stupid and naive as hell.

  34. Temple3 says:

    It was pretty brutal. It wasn’t dirty, but it wasn’t necessary either. I would have preferred to see him have success separating Maclin from the ball. Then again, maybe that’s why Maclin dropped the last pass of the game.

  35. Temple3 says:

    @GN:

    The first wave of the innovation has been the eradication of the Strong Safety. No more Steve Atwater-types in the entire league. All guys playing that position can run. Adrian Wilson is probably the last of the “breed.”

    Teams are definitely playing more nickel and dime coverages for more of the game. But this style is going to place a premium on elite DTs. In college, the game has been dominated by teams with the best front fours — capable of holding the line. USC, LSU, Texas, Florida, Miami (not too long ago). If you look around the league, those guys are still playing. Wilfork, Hampton, Patterson…and then there are guys like Ngata and Raji.

    I think the Giants have the right idea at DE. They have lots of high motor, interchangeable guys. They ‘re having durability issues right now, but they have a deep crew.

  36. Then again, maybe that’s why Maclin dropped the last pass of the game.

    Temple3, that is it right here sir.

    I’ve told you all forever that Maclin lacks the cojones mas grande to catch anything over the middle that doesn’t induce RAC. IMO it’s Philly’s Achilles heel at the receiver position. Celek is actually their best option in that regard. Yes it has something to do with size and strength, but Maclin would get the shit smacked out of him if he was my son. Straight up.

  37. Temple3 says:

    This is one reason why coaches like Tall Quarterbacks who can throw the ball low over the middle. Of course, McNabb was as good at that as anyone who’s ever played the game and people called him inaccurate, but there are ZERO videos of Philly wide receivers getting blown up over the middle during his tenure. I’m not saying Philly wants him back, but that was one area of proficiency for 5.

  38. I’m sorry. Let me give props to Avant. When he gets the opportunity in the middle of the field, he usually comes through. Triple 5 Soul was definitely good at that because like many players, he hates getting hit himself.

    This is also why Jukebox won’t get Top Flight security of the world money. A guy like Larry Fitzgerald is more valuable and could run back kicks on a high level if he had to I’m sure.

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