NFL playoff chances: Cowboys, Giants trending in opposite directions in Week 2
This and more in his week two NFL tips includ The Steelers could be undervalued after a disappointing opener in Cleveland, while Kansas City's big plays masked their shaky defence, says Mark Kirwan as he After a solid start to the column last week, Mike Carlson returns to preview the week two NFL action, hopeful of spotting some value where markets have overr Offense is the buzzword in Kansas City and Tampa Bay but if you have Dallas skill players, you aren't feeling so good.
Neil Monnery assesses the fantasy NFL Thursday Night football is a proper divisional match-up this week as Baltimore head to Cincinnati.
Both sides enjoyed big wins in their opening games, so who Romilly Evans previews a tight tandem of live TV games for the opening Monday Night Football of the regular season, where he expects Todd Gurley to pick up w The waiting is finally over. The reigning Super Bowl champs found a way to hold off Atlanta on Thursday night but what about the other 15 games? Read on for all the detail In a new weekly column for betting.
The NFL is back and with it comes Betting. Betfair American football expert Mike Carlson as he kicks off week one of the new season with bets on Cincinnati, D OK, I get it. Brady to feel the heat in Sacksonville The Patriots go to Jacksonville in week two and Neil Monnery thinks the Jaguars' defense can be the difference. View market Neil Monnery 14 September Leave a comment.
Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers: The Vikings posted their best regular season since the group. Like that team, this Minnesota group is lit. Sorry, trying to cater to all my readers who are having to go back to Physics Mechanics and Special Relativity after a long winter break with co-eds and Franzia. Also like that Vikes squad from ' Case Keenum might not do either, but don't laugh at the second notion.
His play this year vaulted him to an honorable mention, at least. He's also thrown three times as many touchdowns as interceptions, without all of the dink-and-dunk-until-you-drop we saw from Sam Bradford last year.
The real matchup to watch will not be Keenum taking on the New Orleans defense, or even Adam Thielen vs. Marshon Lattimore not sure how often Lattimore will see Thielen across from him Sunday. Rather, it's Brees against Mike Zimmer's defensive unit. The Saints ' franchise quarterback set an NFL record for completion percentage this season at a whopping Minnesota set the pace for all scoring defenses , giving up a scant That means Keenum is used to going out there with the thought bubble We score 20 on O, we win.
Can Brees generate five quality drives, enough to produce two touchdowns and three field goals? Not only will that be challenging against this Vikings pass rush especially with the Saints missing parts on the offensive line , but Minnesota also boasts quality on the back two levels of the defense. Brees should dispatch Alvin Kamara outside and over the middle of the field.
Xavier Rhodes should shadow Michael Thomas. Mark Ingram will be hard-charging into the league's second-ranked run defense. The RealJackAndrade found that, since Week 10, Keenum and Brees have been two of the top three quarterbacks in the league by passer rating, with Keenum posting a Only Matt Stafford I am trying to get him to create a Bumble account, ladies. So much is being made of Nick Foles ' presence in this game that you'd think people want the Eagles to just go on Well, actually, that might not be such a bad idea -- in spirit, anyway.
Philadelphia would be wise to employ its cadre of backs, running right at the Falcons ' front. Bear in mind that what was once deemed a weakness for this Eagles team morphed into a strength, even before the midseason acquisition of Jay Ajayi. Consider also that Philly's defense essentially will have been on break since Christmas Day, given how little the 1s played against the Cowboys in Week And when I say Philadelphia would be well-served running right at Atlanta's front, I mean straight forward -- not laterally, to the edges -- as the speed of Deion Jones , De'Vondre Campbell and Keanu Neal might be unrivaled in these playoffs.
None of this is to say Nick Foles can't make a few chunk plays downfield off play-action, but the Eagles ' prescription for a win is: If Fletcher Cox goes off, getting in Ryan's face, Foles could be the beneficiary of short fields off turnovers.
Another reason Philly should be aerial averse? Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant match up just fine with Philadelphia's talent outside. The whole secondary hits -- and finishes tackles. The front four will turn the Eagles ' quarterback into Fole-iage right quick if Ajayi and Leggie Blount can't get rollin'.
You're welcome for that last line. Ryan owns a streak of five consecutive postseason games with a passer rating in the triple digits. He's currently tied with Troy Aikman a better quarterback, admittedly for second-longest such run of all time. He's three behind a better, better quarterback in Joe Montana.
I surmise that the run stops here, but the winning doesn't for the ATL. Can Tennessee give New England a game in Foxborough? Will this be a Harlem Globetrotters vs. Notice I gave them all equal due, so as not to add to any drama. In the recent vintage, there was Tim Tebow read-optioning his way into a football-optional offseason , Leggie Blount running for a buck-sixty-six and four tuds on the Colts and, of course, the shellacking of the Steelers in last season's AFC Championship Game.
If Tennessee is to pull off a stunner, the offense must keep Tom Brady off the field. The simple solution there is to give Derrick Henry enough carries to blow by the NFL record for carries.
OK, maybe that isn't feasible, but 30 carries is. As is having Marcus Mariota playing fast. Don't let New England sub -- pick up the pace with the no-huddle.
You can still run the ball out of that kind of offense. Like I discussed in the intro to this piece, this matchup brings back memories of the Divisional Round game in the bitter, bitter cold.