It was two thumbs up across the board for Philly’s Carson Wentz in his NFL debut.
It was a great day for two quarterbacks in the NFC East despite different results. Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has the opportunity to ultimately win the starting job from veteran Tony Romo as he heals from injury (Back). In Sunday’s 20-19 heart breaker against the Giants, the rookie was 25 of 25 for 227 yards. Prescott failed to pass for a touchdown, but was also turnover free. If not for Terrence Williams’ failure to get out-of-bounds in the game’s final moments the Cowboys could be one up in the win column.
The Eagles moved up several spots in the draft to select quarterback Carson Wentz. Last week as the team prepared for their home opener against the Cleveland Browns, starting quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, opening the door for the young signal caller from North Dakota State. Wentz didn’t disappoint going 22 for 37 for 278 yards and two touchdowns for a QB Rating of 101.0 in the Eagles 29-10 over the Browns. Ironically, it was the Browns who traded their No. 2 pick to the Eagles largely in part because the team acquired veteran quarterback Robert Griffin III in the off-season. Griffin was injured in Sunday’s game and will miss several weeks.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1) – Two things you won’t see in this game are the Bills scoring seven points and Darrelle Revis having his lunch taken by Sammy Watkins. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the loser of this game is in a deep hole when it comes to the post-season.
Prediction: Jets 20 – Bills 17 (OT)
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) – I’m not a big fan of teams of this caliber meeting up so early in the season. However, after watching both teams work themselves up into such a quick lather in Week 1 — not to mention the bad blood that is still simmering since the last time these two met — I’m up for this one.
Prediction: Bengals 24 – Steelers 21
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1) – The Niners better enjoy last week’s stomping of the Rams because the rough sledding and countdown to Colin Kaepernick taking over the starting job will begin this week. The Panthers have had ten days to get over their loss to the Broncos, don’t expect Cam Newton & Co. to hold anything back on Sunday. Curious to see and hear the pre and post-game interaction between Kaepernick and Newton.
Prediction: Panthers 31 – Niners 13
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0) – The Titans could have something special once they work out the offensive kinks, I believe Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray will be great together. Thirty-one of Matt Stafford’s completions went to eight different receivers. The ground game still needs to sort itself out.
Prediction: Lions 31 – Titans 17
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1) – This is a gift from the scheduling gods for the Ravens, who know they need every advantage possible to keep pace with the Bengals and Steelers this season. With Robert Griffin III out for possibly the rest of the season, they have to be kicking themselves for not taking Carson Wentz, let alone keeping the pick.
Prediction: Ravens 26 – Browns 9
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Washington (0-1) – Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott played well enough to give fans in Big D some hope in the shaky NFC East. I liked what I saw out of Washington’s passing attack, the soon-to-be thirty year-old DeSean Jackson is still a problem on the outside.
Prediction: Washington 27 – Cowboys 21
New Orleans Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0) – Rarely will you see two Saints receivers have over 100 yards in a loss. Mark Ingram should have a good day against a Giants defense I think will be preoccupied with getting to Drew Brees. Odell Beckham Jr. goes for 9/125/2 in this one.
Prediction: Giants 34 – Saints 30
Miami Dolphins (0-1) at New England Patriots (1-0) – No Deflategate, no Spygate, just Bill Belichick and the undermanned Patriots rising to the occasion once again. The Dolphins let a winnable game slip away against Seattle, but they have to be encouraged by the play of their defense.
Prediction: Dolphins 23 – Patriots 17
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0) – Will Fuller and Lamar Miller who each went over 100 yards receiving and rushing, respectively in their Texans debut. The Chiefs are in capable hands with Spencer Ware (199 total yards against the Chargers) until Jamaal Charles returns.
Prediction: Chiefs 27 – Texans 21
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-1) – Although unlikely, I wouldn’t be surprised if the nicked up Russell Wilson takes a seat in favor of rookie Trevone Boykin just because it’s the Rams. The Rams brass met the #FireFisher hashtag with a reported three-year extension amid reports he was not in favor of draft No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff. Haven’t we heard this from Fisher before?
Prediction: Seahawks 27 – Rams 9
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – This will be a good early season test for the Buccaneers who are coming off a big division win over the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals have to find a way to shake off last week’s disappointing loss to an undermanned Patriots squad.
Prediction: Cardinals 24 – Buccaneers 20
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (0-1) – The Bolts will be without top wide receiver Keenan Allen for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. It didn’t help matters that second year running back Melvin Gordon is still struggling to kick his game into gear. The Jags had the Green Bay Packers right where they wanted them last weekend, but failed to score in the game’s waning minutes. T.J. Yeldon has to give Jacksonville something out of the backfield.
Prediction: Jags 28 – Chargers 19
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-0) – The Dirty Birds could only muster 52 total yards on the ground at home against the Bucs last week — that has to change against an aggressive Oakland pass rush. The Raiders have receivers coming out of their ears, they lull you to sleep with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and kill you with guys like Seth Roberts.
Prediction: Raiders 25 – Falcons 21
Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0) – The last time Andrew Luck faced the Denver Broncos, he ended up in the hospital with a lacerated kidney. Luck will need to get rid of the ball quickly as well as trust his check downs to keep the Broncos defense guessing.
Prediction: Broncos 22 – Colts 17
Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0) – Not sure what to expect from the Packers this week, they won a game in Jacksonville that should’ve gone the other way. I say the Vikes ride with Shaun Hill until they’re completely sure Sam Bradford can run the show.
Prediction: Vikings 27 – Packers 23
Monday, September 19, 2016
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Chicago Bears (0-1) – Carson Wentz going 9 for 13 on first down was just one example of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson putting Wentz in comfortable, low pressure situations in Sunday’s victory. Wentz will have to be patient if plays don’t develop to his liking and the Eagles defense has to be patient knowing Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will ultimately do Jay Cutler things.
Prediction: Eagles 22 – Bears 17
Last Week: 10-6
2016 Season: 10-6