There have been some significant surprises to start the 2016 NFL season, and along the way there have been questions regarding the play of some of the more prominent teams. Where has the Seahawks offense gone? Can the Packers go far with a weak secondary? Do the Chiefs have enough of a passing attack to win the AFC West? How successful will the Vikings be without star running back Adrian Peterson? How much longer can the Broncos win with rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian?
Week two meanwhile did not go as predicted. I admit that I took some gambles and it did not pay off. The Browns almost beat the Ravens as they had a 20-0 lead before losing 25-20. Other teams that did not come through for me included Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Green Bay and Indianapolis. So, I went 7-9 for the week and am 17-15 overall.
In week three, stay away from picking the games featuring Denver and Cincinnati as well as Atlanta and New Orleans, unless you have to. The Bengals and Falcons are very unpredictable, however I still give them the slight edge in their respective games.
One team that looked horrible in week two both on offense and defense was the Jacksonville Jaguars. Expected by many to make improvements in 2016, they completely underperformed against the Chargers in a 38-14 loss. The Chargers were actually leading 35-0 at the time. The Jaguars are capable of beating the Ravens, but the question one must ask is how high is Jacksonville’s confidence at the moment? Due to the Ravens’ experience factor, I like Baltimore.
My guarantee of the week is the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers will have great interest among fans in survivor pools, but should face a tough opposition from Detroit. The Steelers have looked great it wins against Washington and Cincinnati to date. Yes, I know the Eagles are 2-0, but have played very soft teams in Cleveland and Chicago. They are also coming off a short week as they only played Monday night.
In fantasy football news, Peterson is expected to miss the next two months with a torn meniscus. However be cautious in picking up another Vikings running back. Do not be surprised if you see some sort of time share between Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and the newly acquired Ronnie Hillman, who was recently released by the Broncos.
It is also expected that Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will miss Sunday because he is still not healthy from last season’s ACL injury. The Chiefs are expected to continue a time share between Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware in Charles’ absence. After being held to one negative yard against the Chargers in week one, West led the Chiefs with 61 yards rushing in week two.
This week expect significant performances from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry and Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Expect the Monday nighter between the Falcons and Saints to be very high scoring. A combined total of 65 points is very possible.