Matt’s Mind: NFL Week 2 Reactions

 

by Matt Fischer

I was very impressed by Seattle’s blowout win over San Francisco Sunday night.  They stifled the Niners everywhere.  They bottled up Colin Kaepernick and took away his passing targets.  It was a tight first half but the adjustments made at the half allowed Seattle to dominate the second half and win convincingly over a great team.

We’re two weeks in and some fans are ready to hit the panic button.  Teams in DC and Pittsburgh are disappointed with their teams 0-2 starts and understandably so.  The Redskins have had dismal starts both week not having an offensive touchdown in the first half of either game.  Pittsburgh has only put up 19 points total this season.  That’s not worst in the league though.  Cleveland and Jacksonville have scored fewer.

RG3 is struggling mightily out there for the Redskins.  Perhaps he should have been all in for week 5 and taken the first month of the season off.  He clearly isn’t moving well and has poor footwork.  Albert Morris is playing well but without defenses fearing RG3 beating them down the field, his lanes are going to start to close up.

Cleveland has to make a move at QB.  They’ve got a solid defense but an offense that just can’t put points on the board and puts that defense in terrible positions with turnovers.  Something has to get shaken up on the offense.

The Chiefs have already equalled last year’s win total.  I’m a diehard Chiefs fan so this is great to see.  They are playing with confidence and purpose.  Last year they looked lost and didn’t seem to have the fire.  It’s there this year.  A big test is just a couple of days away now as they travel to play Andy Reid’s former team in Philly.

The Giants are off to another horrid start.  They’re turning the ball over and allowing a lot of points.  Bad starts are nothing new for them.  Luckily the rest of the division isn’t off to a hot start so they’re not in too bad of shape.

The Broncos have scored 90 points in just two games.  They’re looking like they could challenge some offensive records this season.  Receivers are running wide open and Peyton Manning knows how to deliver the ball to them.

The Bears had a huge come from behind win over division foe Vikings on Sunday.  Jay Cutler shouldn’t be feeling the heat he was getting in the preseason now.  That all could change in a few weeks but the Bears have started the year with wins over two 2012 playoff teams.  That’s a good sign.

The Tennessee Titans are only 1-1 but have to be encouraged with their play.  The smothered Pittsburgh in their opener and went to overtime at Houston this week.  Mike Munchak’s team will not be an easy W for anyone this season.

The most intriguing game of the weekend was San Diego at Philadelphia.  We were all watching to see if the Eagles could have the offensive explosion like we saw last Monday night and if San Diego could recover from blowing their big lead at home that same Monday night.  Well yes to both.  The Eagles put the points up but the Chargers were too much as Phillip Rivers made the plays late to get his team a big win on the road.

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Model v. Machine – NFL Week 2

 

So Nicolette Shea really showed us up last week as she went 6-0!  Impressive start to the season.  Will she do it again this week?  Or will we have a new queen of Model v. Machine as new models join the competition?

Here’s how the models measure up after week 1:

Nicolette Shea 6-0
Kaylia Cassandra 4-2
Jenni Burns 3-3
Berlin Scott 3-3
Sarah Clayton 3-3
Amanda Craven 3-3

SportsFormulator was a dismal 2-4 on those six games.  Like college football though we will bounce back with a very strong week 2 performance so watch out.  Let’s see who the ladies pick this week:

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Nicolette Shea (reigning MvM Champion)

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Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Giants

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Jenni Burns

jennilynn1

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: COWBOYS

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: PACKERS

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: COLTS

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: GIANTS

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: SAINTS

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Jessica Storie (and commentary)

JessicaSide

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys. They didn’t do too bad against last game lol.

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: praying for the Redskins! RG3 was just a little rusty, but I think he’s got it in him.

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos. Peyton’s been kicking some serious @ass lol

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Sarah Clayton

SarahClayton

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Chiefs

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: Seahawks

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Berlin Scott

Photo by @FotobyDre (Instagram)
Photo by @FotobyDre (Instagram)

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Chiefs

Redskins at Packers
The Pick:  Go pack go

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Who Dat (Saints)

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Amanda Craven

AmandaCSide

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Colts

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Broncos

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ers

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Kaylia Cassandra

kayliaSide

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: Cowboys

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: Packers

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: Dolphins

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: Giants

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: Saints

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: Seahawks

NFL Week 2 Predictions from Kimberley Jade

KimberleyJade5

Cowboys at Chiefs
The Pick: COWBOYS

Redskins at Packers
The Pick: PACKERS

Dolphins at Colts
The Pick: COLTS

Broncos at Giants
The Pick: BRONCOS

Saints at Buccaneers
The Pick: BUCCANEERS

49ers at Seahawks
The Pick: 49ERS

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2013 NFL Week 2 Matchups

 

NFL Week 2 is approaching and it’s time to examine this week’s matchups.  We have predicted scores for every game listed below plus 3 premium recommended plays in our NFL Week 2 Predictions!  Last week our premium plays we 2-1 (67%) so join us this week (for just $5) or for the rest of the season ($50) by signing up here.

Here are our winning percentages for all 16 games in NFL Week 2:

TEAM WIN %
Jets 48%
Patriots 52%
Chargers 50%
Eagles 50%
Browns 47%
Ravens 53%
Titans 46%
Texans 54%
Dolphins 52%
Colts 48%
Panthers 52%
Bills 48%
Rams 47%
Falcons 53%
Redskins 47%
Packers 53%
Cowboys 49%
Chiefs 51%
Vikings 48%
Bears 52%
Saints 53%
Buccaneers 47%
Lions 50%
Cardinals 50%
Jaguars 48%
Raiders 52%
Broncos 52%
Giants 48%
49ers 49%
Seahawks 51%
Steelers 47%
Bengals 53%

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Matt’s Mind: NFL Week 1 Reaction

by Matt Fischer

And we’re down to only 240 NFL games remaining in the regular season.  Week 1 had a few surprises and a few confirmations.  Some teams will look back to week 1 and see it could have been the difference between a playing in the playoffs or watching them on TV.  Others will see it could have been the springboard to a big season.  See how all 32 teams rank in our Week 2 NFL Power Rankings.

Here’s what I saw in 2013 NFL week 1:

-LaVonte David may have cost the Bucs a playoff spot.  His personal foul penalty gave the Jets an extra 15 yards for a game winning field goal.  In a very competitive NFC South, that one game could prove to be the difference in the Bucs making the playoffs or staying at home come January.  That also led to Geno Smith getting his first win and basically ending Mark Sanchez’s career with the Jets.  I don’t think he’ll get dealt by the deadline but Cleveland sure could use him.

-The Browns’ defense has to be getting tired of the terrible situations their offense keeps putting them in.  The Browns have played well defensively for a few years now but an offense that is plagued with turnovers continues to make them defend a short field.  If the Browns can cutout multiple turnover games they could have a good season.

-The Eagles are fun to watch.  Chip Kelly’s wide-open attack fits the personnel in Philly very well.  The speed of the Eagles is very dangerous when the defense is spread out like it was last night in DC.  How long until the NFL adjusts and slows it down?

-The Saints defense is much improved.  They made a stand to seal the win against the Falcons, holding Atlanta to just 17 points.  That’s a big improvement over last year’s team.

-The Chiefs dominated in Jacksonville nearly pitching a shutout if not for a blocked punt that caused a safety.  Andy Reid’s offense is working well but the defense can rush the passer and that’s going to be the big difference for KC.  The D-line is stout and allows Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston to go after the QB.

-Jacksonville is in disarray.  They’re banged up and just look destined for a season of struggling for one victory.

-Many were excited over the Cowboys 36-31 win over NFC East rival Giants on Sunday night but to only beat a team by five when they turn the ball over six times isn’t too impressive.

-The Steelers not scoring on offense until almost 2 minutes left in the game has to have alarms going off in Pittsburgh.  Maybe we’ll see Tennessee’s defense is that good but I think it’s more of Pittsburgh being out of sync.  They’re in a tough division and have to get it together if they’re going to vie for a playoff spot.

-The Bears were better than what I was expecting.  That was a good win for them at over the Bengals.  They made the plays in a tight game to get the win.

-Can’t forget about Peyton Manning’s seven TD performance last Thursday.  Baltimore’s defense got worn out chasing the Broncos’ receivers.

Some important games this week that’ll show us who’s legit playoff contenders headlined by 49ers at Seahawks.  This could be the game of the year.  Both teams know the winner becomes the Super Bowl favorite.

Check back tomorrow for our NFL Week 2 Predictions.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft

 

It’s never too early for a mock draft!  We’ve gone ahead and predicted the 2014 NFL Draft based upon our final standings from our preseason predicted records for each team.  Here is our first mock for the 2014 NFL Draft:

1.  Buffalo Bills – Jadaveon Clowney (DE – South Carolina)

2.  Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater (QB – Louisville)

3.  Oakland Raiders – Jake Matthews (OT – Texas A&M)

4.  New York Jets – Marqise Lee (WR – USC)

5.  Arizona Cardinals – Taylor Lewan (OT – Michigan)

6.  San Diego Chargers – Cyrus Kouandjio (OT – Alabama)

7.  Philadelphia Eagles – Louis Nix (DT – Notre Dame)

8.  Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Barr (LB – UCLA)

9.  Chicago Bears – C.J. Mosley (LB – Alabama)

10.  Tennessee Titans – Sammy Watkins (WR – Clemson)

11.  Dallas Cowboys – Will Sutton (DE – Arizona State)

12.  New Orleans Saints – Bradley Roby (CB – Ohio State)

13.  St. Louis Rams – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – Washington)

14.  Detroit Lions – Cameron Erving (OT – Florida State)

15.  Miami Dolphins – Jason Verrett (CB – TCU)

16.  Baltimore Ravens – Anthony Johnson (DT – LSU)

17.  Washington Redskins – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (DB – Alabama)

18.  Carolina Panthers – Stephon Tuitt (DE – Notre Dame)

19.  Minnesota Vikings – David Yankey (OG – Stanford)

20.  Cleveland Browns – Tahj Boyd (QB – Clemson)

21.  Green Bay Packers – Cyril Richardson (OG – Baylor)

22.  Kansas City Chiefs – Donte Moncrief (WR – Ole Miss)

23.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB – Oregon)

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Antonio Richardson (OT – Tennessee)

25.  New York Giants –  Gabe Jackson (OG – Mississippi State)

26.  New England Patriots – Ryan Shazier (LB – Ohio State)

27.  Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Matthews (WR – Vanderbilt)

28.  San Francisco 49ers – Timmy Jernigan (DT – Florida State)

29.  Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Van Noy (LB – BYU)

30.  Denver Broncos – Brandon Coleman (WR – Rutgers)

31.  Houston Texans – James Hurt (OT – North Carolina)

32.  Seattle Seahawks – Dominique Easley (DT- Florida)

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Model vs. Machine – NFL Week 1 Predictions

 

So some models think they can do a better job predicting games than the formula.  Well we’re here to prove them wrong.  This is week 1 of Model vs. Machine.  The models will pick six games each week so check back to get their predictions every week.

NFL Week 1 Picks from Nicolette Shea

nicoletta2Saints at Falcons
The Pick: Saints

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: Bears

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: Dolphins

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: Chiefs

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: 49ers

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: Cowboys

NFL Week 1 Picks from Jenni Burns

JenniBurns

Saints at Falcons
The Pick: SAINTS

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: BEARS

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: BROWNS (my home state!)

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: JAGUARS

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: 49ERS (hard one!)

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: GIANTS (another hard one!)

NFL Week 1 Picks from Berlin Scott

Photo by Willie Toledo
Photo by Willie Toledo

Saints at Falcons
The Pick: Saints

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: Bears

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: Browns

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: Chiefs

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: that’s a hard one- gotta go w my fav.. Packers

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: Giants

NFL Week 1 Picks from Kaylia Cassandra

kayliaSide

Saints at Falcons
The Pick: Saints

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: Bears

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: Dolphins

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: Chiefs

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: Packers

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: Giants

NFL Week 1 Picks from Sarah Clayton

Photo by Robert Bossinger
Photo by Robert Bossinger

Saints at Falcons
The Pick: Saints

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: Bengals

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: Browns

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: Chiefs

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: 49ers

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: Giants

NFL Week 1 Picks from Amanda Craven

AmandaC3

Saints at Falcons
The Pick: Falcons

Bengals at Bears
The Pick: Bengals

Dolphins at Browns
The Pick: Dolphins

Chiefs at Jaguars
The Pick: Chiefs

Packers at 49ers
The Pick: 49ers

Giants at Cowboys
The Pick: Giants

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2013 NFL Playoff Predictions

 

So we’ve given you our AFC and NFC Previews and we’ll recap with our playoff seedings:

AFC Playoffs
1.  Houston Texans
2.  Denver Broncos
3.  Cincinnati Bengals
4.  New England Patriots
5.  Pittsburgh Steelers
6.  Kansas City Chiefs

NFC Playoffs
1.  San Francisco 49ers
2.  Atlanta Falcons
3.  New York Giants
4.  Green Bay Packers
5.  Seattle Seahawks
6.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wildcard Playoffs
AFC – Cincinnati Bengals (3) over Kansas City Chiefs (6)
AFC – New England Patriots (4) over Pittsburgh Steelers (5)

NFC – New York Giants (3) over Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6)
NFC – Seattle Seahawks (5) over Green Bay Packers (4)

Divisional Playoffs
AFC – Houston Texans (1) over New England Patriots (4)
AFC – Denver Broncos (2) over Cincinnati Bengals (3)

NFC – Seattle Seahawks (5) over San Francisco 49ers (1)
NFC – Atlanta Falcons (2) over New York Giants (3)

Conference Championships
AFC – Houston Texans (1) over Denver Broncos (2)

NFC – Seattle Seahawks (5) over Atlanta Falcons (2)

Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawks (NFC) over Houston Texans (AFC)

Check back in February to see how we did!

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