Week One of the best sport on earth has ended, and to be honest, it was very exciting. Even if you were a fan of the Jaguars who blew their 17-0 lead, or the Rams, who were routed by the Vikings, who, not too long ago, were thought of as one of the worst teams in the NFC, you had to admit, this week was very exciting. A lot of upsets, and a lot of close games, this is the definitive opening week for the NFL. I am going to change up how these picks are structured, so that they are more structured toward the overall team performance rather than specific player performance. I predicted pretty well last week, going 11-5, which is about 69% for those of you who like percentages, me included. So I look to continue my good prediction record with this next week.
Pittsburgh Steelers VS Baltimore Ravens
Winner: Baltimore Ravens.
Last week definitely looked bad for the Ravens. They were down by 15-0 at one point and ended up losing due to Joe Flacco being sacked. Twice! I think that last week was definitely a learning experience for the Ravens, and especially Flacco, who decided to scramble with mere seconds left in the half, in field goal range. As a Justin Tucker owner in my fantasy football league, I was definitely angered by this. But Flacco looked truly upset with himself, and I am willing to bet that after that game they definitely want a win. The Steelers looked good last week- at first. Soon after the second half ended the Browns started racking up points, and soon caught up to the Steelers. I really think the victory would have gone to whoever had the last possession. The Reasoning why I chose the Ravens is mainly due to, Flacco wanting revenge for basically single-handedly losing the game for the Ravens, and the fact that after Justin Forsett’s great game, the backfield in Baltimore seems a lot brighter, and ready to run. This week’s biggest performance should go to Justin Forsett. However, if the Ravens get behind early, Flacco could be in for a killer game.
Miami Dolphins VS Buffalo Bills
Winner: Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins really impressed me last week. I thought that the running game would be awful but it seems the opposite was so, and to be completely honest, I expected the Dolphins D to be quite bad, but, as I said before, they impressed, and most importantly, surprised me. The Bills, however, didn’t impress me nearly as much. I’ll admit, I thought E.J. Manuel was trash, and he proved that he wasn’t, or at least he wasn’t against one of the worst defenses in the league. I think most of the Bills win was due to the Bears constantly shooting themselves in the foot with interceptions and anything involving the god-awful, disgusting play of safety, Chris Conte. Expect the Dolphins to win by a double-digit margin, and if you’re looking for some fantasy advice, START MORENO.
New Orleans Saints VS Cleveland Browns
Winner: New Orleans Saints
While the Saints did lose last week, I was surprised by two players: Mark Ingram and Brandin Cooks. I never believed that Ingram had the talent to be a good running back in the NFL, and unlike seemingly everyone else, I didn’t jump on the Brandin Cooks hype train. But I was proven wrong by both of them. The Browns, on the other hand, did nothing of the sort. They performed about how I expected them to last week, and I expect them to perform that way once again. Yes, I think that they will do terrible in the first half, and start an unsuccessful comeback attempt, in which the play by pretty much everyone improves. One major difference though: The game won’t be nearly as close.
Detroit Lions VS Carolina Panthers
Winner: Detroit Lions
The Lions Defense looked a lot better than I thought they would last night, and so did the offense. I now expect the Lions to be better than they have ever been before. The Panthers went along the same lines on Sunday, except that they won’t be as good. While Derek Anderson did thoroughly impress me, it’s not like that’s really going to matter in this game, or even in the long run. Expect Joique Bell and Golden Tate to have surprisingly good games in the win over Carolina.
Atlanta Falcons VS Cincinnati Bengals
Winner: Atlanta Falcons
The prediction I am most proud of from last week, the Falcons OT win against New Orleans. As I have told everyone who have doubted Atlanta’s production this season, this is not the same team from last year. This is a team with All-Star Julio Jones, an uninjured Roddy White and a overall improvement of last year’s team. I expect this game to be similar to last week’s game with Atlanta but this time, I say that the Falcons and the Bengals stay pretty even the whole time, but in the second half, Cincinnati brings their game up a notch and the Falcons have to come back from a deficit to win the game, and they will- no Overtime for Atlanta this week.
Dallas Cowboys VS Tennessee Titans
Winner: Tennessee Titans
This is the season where the Titans finally step away from their mediocre status and step up to become one of the biggest surprises of the year. Speaking of surprises, I was quite surprised by the awfulness of the Cowboys offense, or I guess you could say “Awfense”. All terrible jokes aside, I expect the Cowboys to have an unspectacular season at best. This game includes two of my least favorite teams so I couldn’t bare to speak any more of this matchup, other than saying, Kendall Wright will have a great game.
Jacksonville Jaguars VS Washington Redskins
Winner: Jacksonville Jaguars
Bold Prediction: The Washington Redskins will be the worst team in the NFL this year. That is, unless Freshman year RG3 comes back and shows us what we have been expecting from him for almost 2 years. The Jaguars really made an impact last week. They did lose, but they proved that their team can be as strong as at least an average NFL team at times. The Redskins have proved no such thing and in fact further proved that their offense and defense, well, stink. Expect this to be a relatively close game but with the Jaguars winning comfortably. And, by the way, Allen Hurns is not going to repeat that performance.
New England Patriots VS Minnesota Vikings
Winner: Minnesota Vikings
I guess you could call this the surprise of the week, but I have a good feeling about the Vikings after they ripped apart the supposedly great Rams D. The Patriots Defense wasn’t as good as expected so I expect a similar offensive performance out of Minnesota. Expect this to be a complete shootout, but the X-Factor for the Vikings is none other than, one of my favorite NFL players, Cordarelle Patterson. His speed alone, could beat anyone on the Patriots, and after seeing Grantland’s “Need For Speed” article, which can be found here: http://grantland.com/features/fastest-teams-nfl/ , I discovered that the Patriots are the slowest team in the NFL. Now with Cordarelle Patterson facing that slow D, expect him to have a monster game.
Arizona Cardinals VS New York Giants
Winner: Arizona Cardinals
Do I need to explain this pick? Really, that’s a serious question, because The Giants look about as ridiculous as ever, with one of the worst defenses in the NFL, and one of the biggest falls a Super Bowl MVP will ever have. When I think Giants, I think one word: Ew. They are as disgusting to watch as a bug is to look at. You might as well call them the New York Gnats. In all seriousness, the Giants are one mess of an offense, and with Andre Ellington’s soft workload yesterday to prepare him for future games, the Giants could be in for a beating.
Seattle Seahawks VS San Diego Chargers
Winner: Seattle Seahawks
Bold Prediction: The Seattle Seahawks will be the Super Bowl XLIX champs. Their team is basically the same as last year, except Russell Wilson has more experience under his belt, and from the result of that, he is a better quarterback. While the Chargers are certainly a good team, they are no match for the defensive juggernaut that is the Seattle Seahawks.
St. Louis Rams VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Or I guess you could say: “Oh how the average have fallen”. The Rams definitely went from a potential playoff team to one of the worst teams in the NFC. Especially with the Rams being in the NFC West, they will not end up with a great record at all. And with an injured backup quarterback, there is no reason to expect the Rams to win this game.
Kansas City Chiefs VS Denver Broncos
Winner: Denver Broncos
The Chiefs have nothing close to a good defense without Derrick Johnson, and that’s what their working with against the Broncos offense. To make matters even worse the Broncos Defense is most certainly better than the Titans, and this game ain’t in Kansas anymore. Or I guess you would say Kansas City, since Kansas does not have Kansas City in it. Anyways, expect this to be the biggest blowout of the week.
New York Jets VS Green Bay Packers
Winner: Green Bay Packers
One of the worst secondaries against one of the best passing attacks? This game will be a nightmare for the Jets, which really hurts me because the Jets are one of my favorite teams. While New York’s offense may be more than competent, that will be nothing compared to Aaron Rodgers and his receiving corps. Nevertheless, expect this to be a relatively close game.
Houston Texans VS Oakland Raiders
Winner: Houston Texans
The Raiders proved only one thing last week and that is Derek Carr is better than Matt Schaub. A lot better. But that’s not saying much as every other starting quarterback in the NFL is a lot better than Matt Schaub. This game won’t be a good one, in that it will most certainly not be a close one. There is one thing i am absolutely sure of, and I think that my Fantasy RB rankings show this: Arian Foster will dominate this game, and dominate it hard. The Raiders will stand no chance against my nominee for Comeback Player of the Year.
Chicago Bears VS San Francisco 49ers
Winner: San Francisco 49ers
While I do love my Chicago Bears, I will not allow that bias to cloud my judgment. The 49ers will destroy the Bears. An good offense against an amazing defense and a good offense against a terrible defense. A pretty obvious choice for the winner here. Even with the probable contributions of Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall, the Bears won’t stand a chance.
Philadelphia Eagles VS Indianapolis Colts
Winner: Indianapolis Colts
Probably one of the closest games of the week, and such a good one for Monday night. However, once you compare the offense and defense of the Eagles and the Colts, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Colts are overall a slightly better team. Expect this to be a really close game with a lot of passing and usage of LeSean McCoy by the Eagles. In the end though, it really won’t matter because as everyone knows, the Colts are the Comeback Kings. I suppose you could call this match, the Comeback Kids VS the Comeback Kings. Both staged comebacks last week. One was successful, one wasn’t. Although the defense of the Jaguars are certainly worse than the defense of the Broncos.
And that’s all folks! Hope you all have a great fantasy week, and I hope my great predictions continue!