game of the week
Tampa Bay at La Ramso
In a 2-0 team matchup, the Buccaneers are the 1 1/2-point road favorites. One of the best stories in the league is tight end Rob Gronkowski turning back the clock. Gronk leads the NFL with four touchdown catches (took him until November 15 last year to get four) and he wins the game in the final 30 seconds.
Buccaneers 34, Rams 31
lock of the week
Arizona in Jacksonville
On Jaguar’s beat back in the day, we used to look at the schedule and ask, “Who can they beat? They won’t be in favor of anyone, but where will they get the victory?” This is the current situation in Jacksonville that should have fans outraged. The Cardinals (minus-8) went 3-0 up as quarterback Kyler Murray accounted for four touchdowns.
Cardinals 41, Jaguars 20
upset of the week
Indianapolis in Tennessee
The Colts’ season is on the line after home losses to the Seattle and Los Angeles Rams. We go with the desperate team (Indianapolis Plus-6) that will rally around either dinged-up quarterback Carson Wentz (bad ankle) or fill-in starter Jacob Eason. The Titans are in despair after their miracle-gift-an-overtime-win in Seattle last week.
Colts 24, Titans 23
Brady invincible. Is It Us or is Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady on a mission to lead 17-0 in the regular season and break the single-season touchdown pass record set by Peyton Manning of the Broncos in 2013 of 55? Sure it seems. Brady has nine touchdown passes through two games, which gives him the pace for 76 1/2. Well, he won’t throw that many scores, but he doesn’t have the freedom to reach 60 touchdowns as the Buccaneers’ back pair of Leonard Fournette is running and Ronald Jones is taking the lead.
Paging Chase. Washington Defense and Chase Young, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, were the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. But it would be better if he steps up his game this year. Two games through, Young has no sacks and was nearly invisible in his Week 2 win over the New York Giants. Let’s compare them to Lawrence Taylor and Von Miller. Taylor had 23 1/2 sacks in the first two weeks of each season, in which sacks were an official statistic (except 1982–93, ’88). Miller has 19 sacks in the season he played in Weeks 1-2. Young had 2 1/2 sacks in his first two games last year.
Packers back to SF. For the fourth time since the start of 2019, Green Bay is headed to Santa Clara, California to face San Francisco. Packers coach Matt LaFleur is 28-7 (regular season/playoff) against 30 teams and 1-2 against 49 (37-8 and 37-20 losses and 34-17 wins). The 2-0 49ers host the Packers then play Seattle and Arizona. NFC West is stacked. “I know the players who are in our division, I know the coaches in our division,” said coach Kyle Shanahan.
Casey’s “D” offensive. It’s shocking how badly the Chiefs’ defense played out during their 1-1 start (win over Cleveland/lost over Baltimore). Entering Sunday’s division game against the Chargers, Kansas City scored yards per game (464.0) and rushes per game (7.6), yards per game (202.0) and rushes per attempt (6.03) and touchdowns run (seven, four any). also more than others). team) and the 28th point (32.5) is allowed. Patrick Mahomes is a magician, but he’ll also solve for certain possessions within a game. The only thing that can get in the way of defense? Takeaway (four).
Who needs a running game? Las Vegas is 2-0 and its offense is one-dimensional. In leading the league in yards per game (458.0), the Raiders are in first pass (391.0) and 31st in rush (67.0). But when Derek Carr is throwing for so many yards and making so many big plays (12 completions of at least 20 yards), why bother running it? However the Miami run could provide an opportunity to step up the game. Dolphins are 28th by run (134.0). A huge game for Las Vegas, playing 4-6 weeks at the Chargers, home of Chicago, and the Broncos.
Bengals turnaround defence. Cincinnati unexpectedly spent money in free agency during the off-season to sign defensive end Trey Hendrickson and nickel back Mike Hilton. The Bengals are leading Pittsburgh 1-1, but the figures have improved significantly. Yards per game – 26th last year (389.2) and 6th this year (304.5). Points per game – tied for 21st (26.5) last year and 10th (22.0) this year. The Bengals have six sacks and a total of 14 quarterback hits. If the Bengals can upset the Steelers, they have Jacksonville on Thursday night.