With the NFL’s opening week in the rearview mirror, we look ahead to Week Two. We also look forward to Armchair Media’s newest weekly feature Pick Six. Armchair’s Pick Six will be a weekly piece in which Armchair Media’s David Barr will highlight 6 interesting games on the NFL schedule, and give his predictions.
Whether you take our picks and head over to Betonline.ag to make some wagers is your choice, but here is our look ahead to Week Two of the NFL Season.
Los Angeles Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles (-1)
A tale of two games for the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles watched a 17-0 lead dwindle to a 27-17 defeat to division rival Washington on Sunday. Carson Wentz looked shaky all day struggling with ball control for most of the day.
In Los Angeles, the Rams opened their extravagant new stadium on the first Sunday Night Football of the new NFL season. The Rams narrowly held on to a Week One victory on the back of stifling defense and a steady run attack. The Rams dominated the time of possession and kept Dallas’ new high powered passing attack at bay to squeak out the win.
A Look Ahead to Week Two
The Eagles open as a 1 point favorite. They will look to limit turnovers and move the ball down the field better than they did in Week One. While Los Angeles will look to maintain their steady defense and get their offense to provide a little more punch than they did in Week One.
The Rams possess the ability to keep the Eagles rushing attack in check in order to force Wentz to make plays with his arms. If Jalen Ramsey and the rest of the LA secondary can force Wentz into some of the same bad mistakes that Washington was able to, they can force the Eagles into another long day on Sunday
Barr’s Prediction: Rams over Eagles
Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-8.5)
Coming off a disappointing begin to the Tom Brady regime in Tampa Bay, the Bucs look to rebound against the Panthers. Tom Brady showed a few flashes of brilliance in Tampa Bay’s 34-23, unfortunately he showed more flashes of struggle and disconnect. Brady threw two picks on the day, the first on a broken off route by Mike Evans, the second being an inexplicable forced throw to the sideline. While Brady’s struggles outshined his brilliance, Rob Gronkowski looked like a guy retired because of health issues. Seriously, you can’t look much worse physically as a professional athlete than Gronk did on Sunday.
The Panthers showcased a revamped offense as well in Week 1. With new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady in tow, the Panthers hung 30 points on the board against the Raiders. While somethings have changed, the focus of the Panthers offense remained the same, a heavy dose of Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey surpassed 135 all purpose yards on 25 touches, although he was limited in the pass game only hauling in 3 grabs on the day. While the offense thrived, the defense for the Panthers struggled giving up 35 points in the loss, and over 350 yards of total offense.
Looking Ahead to Week Two
As Tampa looks to get it’s potentially deadly offense kickstarted, the perfect opponent arises. A defense that allowed Derek Carr to get whatever he wanted for most of the day should be a welcome sight for Tom Brady and Bruce Arians. Another week in the partnership should show visible growth from the Bucs.
From a Panthers point of view, this is a game to get Christian McCaffrey more involved into the passing game. Tampa Bay was stout in the run game in New Orleans, only giving 82 yards on 34 carries. They did allow Alvin Kamara to get loose for 5 receptions, gaining about 10 yards per reception and a receiving touchdown on the day.
At the end of the day, I believe the Buccaneers get things to start clicking against a weak Carolina secondary. On the defensive end, they do just enough to contain Christian McCaffrey, and force Teddy Bridgewater to beat them with his arm.
Barr’s Prediction: Buccaneers over Panthers
Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-8)
The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the weekend as 8 point favorites in a battle of two of the participants in the Monday Night Football doubleheader.
In the Monday opener, the Steelers controlled the entire ballgame against the New York Giants despite an early loss to Running Back James Conner. The return of Big Ben (3 TDs), and Pittsburgh high potency pass attack got a lot of the attention Monday night.
Under the radar, the Steelers picked up right where they left off last season and shut down the Giants. They forced two interceptions from Daniel Jones, and held Superstar Back Saquan Barkley to only 6 yards on 15 carries.
In Denver, the Broncos lost a heart breaker after Stephen Gostkowski finally remembered how to kick a football in time to nail a game winner with seconds remaining. Despite the loss, the Broncos had some things to be encouraged by. Drew Lock showed poise and presence in the loss, proving that last years late season run was no fluke. Lock may not wow you with arm strength or highlight throws but protects the ball and manages clock well. Some might call him a Swaggy Alex Smith (Thanks Chris).
On the defensive side of the ball, the showed that they have enough talent on the front seven to survive the loss of Von Miller. Derrick Henry gained 116 yards against them, but he had to rush the ball 31 times to do so.
Denver gave up 249 yards in the air to Ryan Tannehill, who had no issue spreading the ball on Denver’s secondary. The Titans had 6 guys rack up multiple catches on the night, and new addition AJ Bouye struggled to contain Corey Davis (7 catches, 101 yards).
A Look Ahead to Week Two
The Steelers will look to expose the Broncos’ secondary further. Roethlisberger spread the ball to 8 different targets on his 21 completions on Monday night. The Steelers passing attack may prove just too much for the Broncos’ secondary, and I just don’t see the Denver offense being able to win a shootout.
Barr’s Prediction: Steelers over Broncos
Minnesota Vikings @ Indianapolis Colts (-3.5)
Both teams in this one are coming off divisional losses.
The Vikings ran into a pissed off Aaron Rodgers coming off an off-season in which the Packers disrespected him any chance they got. Their offense kept the game manageable but Rodgers was just too much as they lost 43-34.
The Vikings main concern is obviously 364 yards through the air, with an additional 158 on the ground. The offense held its own, scoring 34 points despite not getting a huge performance from Kirk Cousins. Dalvin Cook picked up right where he left off last season with two touchdowns the day.
The Colts on the other hand found a way to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars team that is actively trying to lose football games. Jaguars fans aren’t supposed to be enjoying this season, their sole source of entertainment is supposed to be next door at Daily’s Place with All Elite Wrestling. The Colts lost to a team that’s full set on Tanking for Trevor.
Phillip Rivers threw for 364 yards but his two interceptions cost him team the ball game. Classic Phillip Rivers.
A Look Ahead to Week Two
The Colts defense allowed Gardner Minshew to make the easy throw all day. You know who loves making the easy throw? Kirk Cousins. Cousins will be able to throw all over this Colts secondary, with a real chance of Dalvin Cook getting loose as well.
The Colts are 3.5 point favorites in this one. An upset is brewing.
Barr’s Prediction: Vikings over Colts. Take the Vikings at +3.5
Baltimore Ravens (-7.5) @ Houston Texans
Bill O’Brien traded DeAndre Hopkins. 7.5 isn’t enough.
Ravens Over Texans
New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks (-4.5)
The Seattle Seahawks rode a near perfect performance from Russell Wilson (31/35, 322 Yards and 4 TD’s) to a 38-25 opening week victory in Atlanta. Seattle took a 14-3 in the 1st quarter and didn’t look back.
In the first season opener since 1999 without Tom Brady on the active roster, the new look New England Patriots controlled clock for four quarters in route to a 21-11 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots’ new look offense built around former league MVP Cam Newton dominated Miami on the ground. Newton carried the ball a career high 15 times, including two touchdowns on the ground. Newton should have had a passing touchdown had it not been for a boneheaded fumble by N’Keal Harry at the goal line.
A Look Ahead to Week Two
Seattle enters Sunday Night as 4.5 point favorites. The key for Seattle is to force Cam Newton to throw the football all night. Newton wasn’t forced to make any tough throws in week one, as Miami neglected to crowd the box and force him to throw. They allowed Newton to run all day long. You’d have to think Seattle’s faced Cam Newton Panthers teams enough to know how to game plan for him.
The Patriots receivers are suspect, Seattles best strategy would be to force those guys to beat them on Sunday.
From a New England standpoint, all eyes are on how they will be able to adjust their offense when teams take away the run. We got to see what Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels were able to draw up in the run game on sunday. They were able to put Newton in the best position to succeed in drive by drive basis. How do they respond, when Seattle takes away the run?
Barr’s Prediction: Seahawks over Patriots. Patriots Cover.
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