The first two weeks have been full of upsets, and here are some locks, upsets and other scores to watch for in Week 3.
Lock Of The Week
Patriots, 37, Jaguars, 14
Tom Brady and the Patriots should have a dominant game against the Jags. On offense, they Blount Force Trauma should get more touches after a quiet week 2 return. I’d expect a TD from him. The only road blocks are star linebacker Paul Posluszny and rookie defensive lineman Michael Bennett. He can work around that. I also expect a lot of passing touchdowns. Julian Edelman doesn’t have a starting corner to watch him, so either safety James Sample or safety Jonathan Cyprien is left to guard him. With Edelman and Gronk under that pressure, expect sleepers Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Scott Chandler to show up, about a touchdown each. The Patriots can look forward to a relatively easy match.
On D, they should be all set as well. Running backs TJ Yeldon and Denard Robinson are going nowhere when the defense has Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones and Jerod Mayo to cover. Last year they also had the added pressure of Vince Wilfork and Akeem Ayers, but Mayo was hurt. I wouldn’t expect it to be much worse, especially if you put Jamie Collins and Don’t A Hightower in too. And Marcedes Lewis, who has starred to start the year, will be guarded by Devin McCourty. And Allen Robinson will have Malcolm Butler on him.
Colts over Titans, Seahawks over Bears, Texans over Buccaneers, Giants over Redskins
Upset Of The Week
Lions, 24, Broncos, 20
This might sound silly to you, but it’s not really that surprising. Peyton Manning is getting older, and at the same time, Matthew Stafford is on the uprise. Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah will get touches, but will get DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller as guards. It would be easier to throw the rock. Not just to Megatron, who will have Aqib Talib by his side, but should break through once Talib wears down, but Golden Tate. Tate, the former Seahawk, doesn’t have an amazing second string corner to guard him. Tate should see action, along with tight ends Eric Ebron, thenewly signed Tim Wright and possibly Brandon Pettigrew if he’s healthy.
While on the Lions D, it’s a better fit for the Broncos offense. DeMaryius Thomas will have Stephen Tulloch on him like white on snow. Emmanuel Sanders and Owen Daniels may get TDs, but the overall options are limited in Denver. I think Sanders’ season will be a low point in his career, and Daniels isn’t quite a perfect fit in the Denver style offense. Expect an early season loss today out of Denver. What about CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. Ngata and DeAndre Levy should be enough to hold them up. So, the Lions could have a huge win vs Denver today.
Rams over Steelers, Cowboys over Falcons
Jets, 37, Eagles, 30
Dolphins, 17, Bills, 14
Ravens, 27, Bengals, 23
Rams, 17, Steelers, 14
Browns, 14, Raiders, 9
Colts, 30, Titans, 24
Texans, 30, Buccaneers, 17
Packers, 33, Chiefs, 31
Chargers, 28, Vikings, 23
Cowboys, 27, Falcons, 10
Giants, 28, Redskins, 7
Seahawks, 33, Bears, 16
Panthers, 41, Saints, 21
Cardinals, 31, 49ers, 30
Team Of The Week
1. This team’s quarterback got severely injured last season.
2. This team has been in last in their division for the last couple years.
3. In 2013, this team’s division was the toughest.
4. This team is named after an animal.
5. This team is located somewhere in the Midwest.
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