Ryan L. Fox
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Week 2 is in the books and so far my legs aren’t broken and Uncle Roger hasn’t suspended me or docked a draft pick from WBOB. This could mean one thing and one thing only: It's time to make my Week 3 Pick’ems. There are a few games that are of interest that you should checkout and invest some time in, including an ongoing feud with some bad blood between the two players. What feud is this? Find out.
LAST WEEKS RECORD: 3-1
Not bad. I would have had the clean sweep but Green Bay forgot they had an offense (You're killing me Rodgers!).
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.
The good news for Bengals fans is that this is the last game LB Vontaze Burfict will miss due to suspension. This will surely boost a defense that has given up 138.0 rushing yards per game the first two weeks (dead last in the NFL). However they will be facing off against a Broncos team that is 5th in the league in rushing (141.0 yards per game).
It also doesn’t help the Bengals that they’re gonna be facing a smothering defense led by LB Von Miller, who may make a run for league MVP at the level he’s playing at.
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. ET
This match-up was circled on the calendar for one reason and one reason only: Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Josh Norman. Leading up to it, they traded barbs through the media and twittersphere, calling each other out. That storyline sells newspapers and all but…this is football, a team game.
While Norman was busy being a ‘shutdown’ corner to the Steelers and Cowboys WR2 & WR3, you had Antonio Brown go off with 8 catches for 126 yards & 2 TDs and then Dez Bryant go off with 7 catches for 102 yards. Both were matched up against Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland. The Giants have two stellar WRs in the reborn Victor Cruz and the up-and-coming Sterling Shepard that can both stretch the field and work the slot, thus stretching out that porous Redskins secondary. Norman may win his fight against OBJ, but the Redskins will still lose the war.
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts
Sunday @ 4:25 p.m. ET
It’ll be interesting to see how these two teams match up. The Chargers have lost their two top offensive weapons (WR Keenan Allen & RB Danny Woodhead) to season ending injuries and will be without TE Antonio Gates. Still, the Colts’ secondary has been ravaged by injuries in just the first two games and will be without starting CB Patrick Robinson (concussion) as well as CB Darius Butler (hamstring).
More than not, this will probably turn into a little shoot out when you have Phillip Rivers and Andrew Luck under center. But what will ultimately decide victory is the ground game, something that the Colts (Frank Gore 103 yds in 2 games anyone) doesn’t have.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
Monday @ 8:30 p.m. ET
This game has a little more meaning to it than any other Falcons/Saints matchup. It was 10 years ago when the Saints reopened the Super Dome after Katrina and played the Falcons for their first home game of the 2006 season. A blocked Falcons punt by Saints DB Steve Gleason ignited the crowd as the home team cruised to a 23-3 win.
On Monday night, the Super Dome will have an electric atmosphere as the spectators will be treated to perhaps an aerial shootout between two of the top 5 passing offenses in the NFL right now (355.5 ypg for Falcons (1st overall) & 333.0 ypg for Saints (4th overall)). If you’re a fan of defense, this is one game you don’t want to watch.