Week one of the NFL provided tons of surprises as expected. Now as the league moves forward to week two, expectations have begun to settle down amongst teams and fans. Our NFL analysts have listed out their hot takes that go against grain and public sentiment:
Falcons take down Los Angeles, sends Rams into panic mode
This is the game the Falcons will finally finish in the end. The Rams as a team are much weaker than they were last year and it was made clear in their week one game against the Bills. On the other hand, the Falcons in their week one matchup against the Saints, who many believe to be a Super Bowl contender, proved to be dominant for the first three quarters. I believe the Falcons defense is much better than rankings say, and that they’ll be able to create a handful of turnovers to keep their offense in the game. While many are choosing the Rams in a blowout, I believe It’ll be a scrappy game that the Falcons will win in a “the better team lost the game” fashion.
Vikings blowout Eagles by three scores on Monday night, establish full control of NFC
The Minnesota Vikings looked great in their week one opener against the Green Bay Packers and made life difficult for Aaron Rodgers and company. While Philadelphia does sport a more complete, cohesive offensive unit, we have yet to see Jalen Hurts prove himself as a quarterback capable of making big time throws through the intermediate part of the field. The Vikings superstar pass rush along with a much improved secondary should make life hard on Hurts and I don’t believe the Eagles will be able to consistently move the ball throughout the entirety of the game. On the flip side, expect to see a lot from the Vikings usual playmakers; Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson should have a large role in their week two matchup, with many of their yards coming from their runs after catch. Cook and Alexander Mattison should also have a field day on the ground against a shaky Eagles run defense which allowed a whopping six and a half yards per carry and three touchdowns against the Lions in week one.
The New York Jets will beat the Cleveland Browns
The New York Jets come into Cleveland on Sunday and I think they can stomp all over the Browns. The Jets are coming off a very bad 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On the Browns side, they beat the Carolina Panthers by just two points with a 26-24 final. Despite the win, the Browns did not play well outside of their run game where Nick Chubb totalled over 140 rushing yards. There is no reason the Jets should be six and a half point underdogs against the Browns. This will be a bounce back game for Joe Flacco and continued troubles for Jacoby Brissett. The Jets are going to show they are a better team than most people give them credit for. The Jets are going to have a much better time moving the chains and throwing down field and win this game.
The Denver Broncos will beat the Houston Texans by over 30 points
This game isn’t going to be close. The Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans are meeting each other for the first time since 2019 and a lot has changed since then. The Texans were starting Deshaun Watson and Drew Lock was under center for the Broncos. Now we get to see Russell Wilson crush Davis Mills and the Texans. In the Texans week one game, it was hard to tell whether they were playing up to their competition of the Indianapolis Colts or the Colts were playing down to the Texans. I think it was a little of both. The Texans are a really bad team on paper and the odds that we see something similar twice in a row is little to none. On the Broncos side, they could not get any rhythm going on offense or defense which resulted in loss to Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are hungry and their struggles will not continue. This is a get right game for them and it starts by beating the Texans by over 30 points.
The Saints continue to have Tom Brady’s number
Tom Brady is 0-4 against the New Orleans Saints in the regular season since he has been with Tampa Bay. Definitely an unusual stat for the G.O.A.T, but he has a ratio of 6:8 for touchdowns to interceptions. The Buccaneers will be without Chris Godwin, while Mike Evans, Russell Gage, Julio Jones are listed questionable. Left tackle Donovan Smith is also listed as doubtful, which definitely hurts with an already okay offensive line. A unique stat for this matchup is, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not beaten the Saints in New Orleans since 2017, in which seven consecutive losses the Bucs have been outscored 210-108 according to ESPN. Yes the Saints do have players also listed as questionable, many key players as well, but it seems like the Saints always have a way to rattle Tom Brady, which is exactly why I advise those who also have Brady in fantasy to perhaps pick up a new option for this week. I expect the Saints to get to Brady a lot this week, as we did see the Dallas Cowboys get to him a bit last week, but I think this time it will definitely be different without their key left tackle. I also predict that the Saints take the win this weekend and go on to be 2-0.
Vikings defeat Eagles
Last week I predicted the Minnesota Vikings would win big time against the Green Bay Packers, which of course they did. This week I have the Vikings going into Philadelphia and beating the Eagles. This will definitely be a “salt into the wound” towards the Eagles if the Vikings win, as they have Justin Jefferson and now Jalen Reagor. In 2020 the big shock after the first round was when Philadelphia drafted Reagor with the 21st pick when Justin Jefferson was still on the board. Last week Jefferson put up 184 receiving yards, a career high, and a franchise record of 158 receiving yards in the first half alone. Now Jefferson really made the Packers defense look silly last week, and I doubt the Eagles, specifically Darius Slay, will let him go off for a second week in a row, but I still think Kirk Cousins and Jefferson’s chemistry will be hard to break on Monday. Now Jalen Hurts and A.J Brown will be an electric duo to watch as well, especially with the corners that the Vikings have, which is why it is a fair matchup on offense. Now the Eagles do have a slightly better defense, but ESPN currently gives the Eagles a 65.9% to win the game on Monday. I definitely think it should be a lot closer, and that the Vikings offense will show up big again to rally past the Eagles. I do think the Vikings will win this game, mainly due to their offense, but also without Andrew Booth Jr, the defense will need to step up big to help out their offense.
Chicago Bears will beat the Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best in the NFL at his position, but he can’t do it alone. The Green Bay Packers struggled to find any offensive success during week one as Rodgers did not throw a touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings. While Green Bay is learning how life is without Davante Adams, the Chicago Bears excelled week one against the San Francisco 49ers. Justin Fields did not have a great game, but made game winning plays when needed by throwing and running the ball for crucial conversions to give Chicago a new set of downs. I believe the Bears will carry on their momentum and beat the Packers 20-17.
Cincinnati Bengals will score 35 points against the Dallas Cowboys.
Joe Burrow struggled tremendously during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one as he had three interceptions. Mike Tomlin had an impressive game plan that limited big play opportunities for the Bengals offense. Burrow and the Bengals will have a point to prove to themselves in “Jerry World”. The Dallas Cowboys will turn to Cooper Rush to take over the quarterback responsibilities as Dak Prescott suffered a thumb injury last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cincinnati’s defense had a high level performance against Mitch Trubisky and should replicate that performance against Cooper Rush. Micah Parsons will be the focus of the Bengals game plan to prevent him from wrecking the game. Joe Burrow will bounce back from last week’s performance and have a big day as he has constantly learned from mistakes throughout his career. Fantasy owners of Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon will enjoy the show today as Cincinnati will put up big scoring numbers against Dallas in a multitude of ways.