NFL Week 2 Game Previews: Early Games


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Carolina Panthers (1-0) vs. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)


Preview

It’s another NFC South divisional game, as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers weather the impending threat of Hurricane Florence to face off against Matt Ryan and the Falcons. The Panthers are coming off a narrow 16-8 win against the Dallas Cowboys, while Atlanta is looking to rebound from their opening night loss to the Super Bowl champion Eagles. The NFC South is arguably the most competitive division in the NFL today, so this game should be a barnburner with severe ramifications for the rematch in December.


Players to watch

All eyes will be on the two quarterbacks in this game, as Cam Newton can beat you with his legs, but Matt Ryan is a better thrower. If Freeman is slated to miss the game, look for Tevin Coleman to show why even when his friend isn’t available, the Falcons possess the most potent running attack in the league. Two years ago, Julio Jones burned the Panthers secondary to the tune of 12 catches for 300 yards. Carolina’s secondary is better since then, but they need to keep pressure on #11 and make Ryan throw to the other targets. The Falcons will be without star defensive players Keanu Neal (IR) and Deion Jones, so if Carolina can establish the ground game, this game could get out of hand fast.


Keys to the Game

Carolina Panthers

  • Establish a dominant running game

  • Create constant pressure up the middle

  • Don’t get burned by Julio again

Atlanta Falcons

  • Figure out the red zone struggles

  • Contain Cam Newton — make him beat you with his arm, not his legs

  • Get Calvin Ridley involved


Injury Report

Carolina Panthers

  • Damiere Byrd, WR - Knee (Out)

  • Curtis Samuel, WR - Chest (Out)

  • Trai Turner, G - Concussion (Out)

  • Greg Olsen, TE - Foot (Out)

Atlanta Falcons

  • Devonta Freeman, RB - Knee (Out)

  • Isaiah Oliver, CB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Ben Garland, G - Calf (Out)

  • Russell Gage, WR - Knee (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Julio Jones, WR (ATL)

  • Cam Newton, QB (CAR)

  • Christian McCaffrey, RB (CAR)

  • Tevin Coleman, RB (ATL)

  • Austin Hooper, TE (ATL)

Prediction

This matchup, to my best estimation, will be the most competitive game of the week because of the magnitude. Atlanta and Carolina normally have tightly-contested games, with neither side really getting a clear advantage in this rivalry. Every team in the NFC South has the potential to be 1-1 after this week, which can only further clarify why this division is the best. Look for Atlanta to figure out the red zone this week before the showdown with the bitter rival Saints.


Final Score: Atlanta 23, Carolina 17


Written by: Joe Carlino



Indianapolis Colts (0-1) vs. Washington Redskins (1-0)


Preview

This inter-conference matchup will feature a Colts team recovering from a rough loss to Cincinnati in week 1 against a Redskins unit that thoroughly dominated the Cardinals on Sunday. Andrew Luck showed a bit of rust in his first game back in a year, but he should be settled in by now. The Redskins offense was clicking on all cylinders last week and are facing an arguably worse defense in this matchup. While neither team is really known for being high-octane, this could be a high scoring affair with lots of talent on both offenses with little on the defenses.


Players to watch

The Colts were gashed by Joe Mixon last week, so if Adrian Peterson gets going the game could be over early. Indianapolis’ biggest receiving threats aside from T.Y. Hilton are their two tight ends, Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron, so linebackers Zach Brown and Mason Foster will be responsible for shutting them down. On Indy’s side, Jordan Wilkins will need to establish the run and keep the Washington offense off the field. Andrew Luck will continue to get comfortable and is the key to this game. And Colts linebackers Anthony Walker, Margus Hunt, and Najee Goode will have their hands full covering Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed.


Keys to the Game

Indianapolis Colts

  • Keep Luck upright

  • Establish the run

  • Linebackers must succeed in coverage

Washington Redskins

  • Keep Luck off the field

  • Find your top wideout

  • Shutdown T.Y. Hilton


Injury Report

Indianapolis Colts

  • Denico Autry, DL - Ankle (Out)

  • Anthony Castonzo, OT - Hamstring (Out)

  • Clayton Geathers, S - Knee (Questionable)

  • Denzelle Good, T/G - Knee/Wrist (Out)

  • Chris Milton, CB - Concussion (Out)

  • Marlon Mack, RB - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Grover Stewart, DT - Shoulder (Questionable)

Washington Redskins

  • Troy Apke, S - Hamstring (Out)

  • Maurice Harris, WR - Concussion (Questionable)

  • Morgan Moses, OT - Knee (Questionable)

  • Paul Richardson, WR - Shoulder (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Andrew Luck, QB (IND)

  • Chris Thompson, RB (WAS)

  • T.Y. Hilton, WR (IND)

  • Jordan Reed, TE (WAS)

  • Alex Smith, QB (WAS)

Prediction

While the Colts almost beat the Bengals, the Redskins are a better team. They have a much more efficient, effective offense than Cincy does and can make the Colts one dimensional in the passing game. I expect Andrew Luck to keep his team in it and put up points, but the Indianapolis defense simply isn’t good enough to slow down the multi-faceted Washington offense.


Final Score: Redskins, 34-27


Written by: Alexander Amir


Houston Texans (0-1) vs. Tennessee Titans (0-1)


Preview

Both of these teams will be looking to put their Week 1 loss in the past and avoid the dreadful 0-2 start to their season. The Texans looked shaky for a while against the Patriots and ended up falling into a hole they couldn’t climb out of, while the Titans had everything going against them between injuries and two weather delays. This is an early, important AFC South matchup that could determine playoff standings when that time comes. It will be on the two young franchise quarterbacks to play at their best to help turn things around before they fall behind.


Players to watch

Deshaun Watson didn’t look like himself last week and that will need to change if Houston wants a chance to make the playoffs. I expect him to have a bounce-back performance. With Tennessee’s offensive line banged up, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will have a chance to dominate throughout the game. Marcus Mariota looked sub-par prior to his injury and he needs to step it up this week before he ends up losing confidence in himself. Malcolm Butler had his ups and downs last week in Miami, and it will be on him to help contain DeAndre Hopkins in this matchup.


Keys to the Game

Houston Texans

  • Don’t let Mariota beat you with legs

  • Establish the run with Lamar Miller

  • Limit turnovers

Tennessee Titans

  • Contain DeAndre Hopkins

  • Get Corey Davis going early

  • Protect Mariota

Injury Report

Houston Texans

  • Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB - Back/Elbow (Questionable)

  • Sammie Coates Jr., WR - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Keke Coutee, WR - Hamstring (Questionable)

  • Christian Covington, DE - Thigh/Knee (Questionable)

  • Duke Ejiofor, OLB - Hamstring, (Questionable)

  • Will Fuller V, WR - Hamstring, (Questionable)

  • Kayvon Webster, CB - Achilles (Out)

  • DeAndre Hopkins, WR - Foot (Questionable)

  • Johnson Bademosi, CB - Knee (Questionable)

Tennessee Titans

  • Jack Conklin, OT - Knee (Out)

  • Harold Landry, OLB - Ankle (Questionable)

  • Taylor Lewan, OT - Concussion (Out)

  • Kendrick Lewis, S - Foot (Out)

  • Marcus Mariota, QB - Right Elbow (Questionable)

  • Derrick Morgan, LB - Knee (Questionable)

  • Luke Stocker, TE - Calf (Questionable)\


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • DeAndre Hopkins, WR (Hou)

  • Dion Lewis, RB (TEN)

  • Deshaun Watson, QB (Hou)

  • Corey Davis, WR (Ten)

  • Lamar Miller, RB (Hou)

Prediction

I can see this matchup going two different ways. If the Titans are who I thought they could be prior to Week 1, then they will exchange blows until a winner is determined. If they look like they did opening weekend, then I think Houston walks all over them. In the end, if Conklin and Lewan are out, the Texans front will feast on Mariota. It will be a hard fought divisional matchup that Houston ends up pulling away with in the 4th quarter.


Final Score: Texans, 30-21


Written by: Cody Manning


Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)


Preview

Coming off a major early season victory that most didn’t expect, the Buccaneers now return home to welcome in the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. Philly had a rough start to their season, narrowly defeating the Atlanta Falcons 18-12 in their opener, while Tampa looks to ride the wave of “Fitzmagic” that sparked them to a 48-40 win in New Orleans. The Eagles’ front seven is deadly, and they are looking to do to Fitzpatrick what they did to Matt Ryan — sacking him four times and not allowing a score in the final two minutes of each half. For the Bucs, this is the first of two straight home games, both against the resident teams of Pennsylvania (they host the Steelers on Monday night in week three).


Players to watch

After his career performance in week one, all eyes will be on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to see if he can duplicate that success. In said game, he had his top two receivers, Desean Jackson and Mike Evans, both rack up over 140 yards. Look for the Eagles to try and limit one, but not both. And as per usual in recent years, Bucs fans will be looking to see if kicker Chandler Catanzaro is truly the missing link they have had since losing Matt Bryant a decade ago. On the Eagles’ side, running back Jay Ajayi had the only two touchdowns for the visitors in week one and is trying to spread the wealth. It’s up to his quarterback, Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, to recreate last year’s magic and make that happen.


Keys to the Game

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Ride the Jay-Train constantly

  • Continue the usage of RPOs

  • Pressure up the middle with front seven

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Utilize play action more frequently

  • Secure tackling is crucial

  • Find a reliable kicker


Injury Report

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Alshon Jeffrey, WR - Shoulder (Out)

  • Carson Wentz, QB - Knee (Out)

  • Darren Sproles, RB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Shelton Gibson, WR - Knee (Questionable)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • DeSean Jackson, WR - Shoulder/Concussion (Questionable)

  • Jason Pierre-Paul, DE - Knee (Questionable)

  • Brent Grimes, CB - Groin (Out)

  • Vita Vea, DT - Calf (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Jay Ajayi, RB (PHI)

  • Zach Ertz, TE (PHI)

  • Peyton Barber, RB (TB)

  • Mike Evans, WR (TB)

  • OJ Howard, TE (TB)

Prediction

This game could honestly turn into a pick-em game because of each side’s strengths. Tampa was able to play to New Orleans’ weakness in their secondary, and Philadelphia will be looking to stop that passing game. The Eagles’ front seven will be a huge test for the Bucs offensive line, and if they can keep Fitzpatrick up, then this could easily get out of hand. The Bucs really have a legitimate chance to go 2-0 and put the very dominant NFC on notice. Unfortunately, this Eagles team will not allow that to happen.


Final Score: Philadelphia 27, Tampa Bay 16


Written by: Joe Carlino



Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)


Preview

This Sunday, Heinz Field will play host to two teams that came off a whirlwind first week. The Chiefs come in flying high with a dynamic aerial attack led by Patrick Mahomes, while the Steelers come limping into their home opener after an exhausting bout with the Browns that became the first tie of the season. The Chiefs are hoping to expel some of the demons of their past efforts against the Steelers and make a bold statement that they are contenders the rest of the season. The Steelers are hoping to have some of their walking wounded gut it out, and try and get back into the groove of their winning ways.


Players to watch

An uneven performance caused by injury and weather for Ben Roethlisberger in week one will leave him hungry to deliver some big throws on his home turf. Antonio Brown will look to feast upon a somewhat underwhelming defensive backfield. With Ben nursing an elbow injury, the offense should lean hard on week one standout James Conner. From the visiting locker room, Patrick Mahomes will have the single biggest impact on the game. If he can stay cool under pressure from this vaunted Steelers D, he may be able to shred their defensive secondary that will possibly be missing some key contributors. Kareem Hunt will need to grind out some tough yards inside the tackles, and will be tasked with helping keep Mahomes clean in pass protection. Tyreek Hill needs to keep his afterburners full of fuel, because there is no one in this Steelers defense who can keep up with him one on one.


Keys to the Game

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Keep the Gunslinger clean.

  • Find someone, or a group of players, to contain AB

  • Eric Fisher, time for you to step up son

  • Feed TYREEK!

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • AB, AB, AB! Need I say more?

  • Protect Big Ben

  • Make Mahomes nervous with pass rush

  • Stay gap aware and keep contain on Mahomes


Injury Report

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Eric Berry, S - Heel (Doubtful)

  • Ben Niemann, LB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Justin Hamilton, DT - Ankle (Probable)

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Ben Roethlisberger, QB - Right Elbow (Questionable)

  • Joe Haden, CB - Hamstring (Doubtful)

  • David DeCastro, RG - Broken Hand (Doubtful)

  • Cameron Heyward, DT - Knee (Questionable)

  • Tyson Alualu, DE - Shoulder (Doubtful)

  • Vance McDonald, TE - Foot (Questionable)

  • Artie Burns, CB - Toe (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Antonio Brown, WR (PIT)

  • Tyreek Hill, WR (KC)

  • Patrick Mahomes, QB (KC)

  • Kareem Hunt, RB (KC)

  • Ben Roethlisberger, QB (PIT)


Prediction

This game has all the makings of a shootout. If the Chiefs can keep Mahomes upright I believe their skills position players will be too much for the Pittsburgh secondary to keep up with. If the Steelers can pound the rock with James Conner and implement some play action downfield I can see the Steelers putting up some big plays. One of the biggest factors will be both teams’ OL play, and if they can keep that sack number at a minimum. This game will be decided by a big turnover late in the game, mark my words.


Final Score: Steelers, 34-30


Written by: Roy Countryman



Miami Dolphins (1-0) vs. New York Jets (1-0)


Preview

The Jets and Dolphins meet for the AFC East’s first divisional matchup of 2018 in New York this Sunday. The Jets and Sam Darnold look to pick up where they left off in their 38-17 walloping of the Lions. The Jets looked good in all phases of the game, taking an interception back for a touchdown and returning a punt for a score as well. They now face the Miami Dolphins, who are coming off a strange 7-hour weather delay win against the Titans. Despite the inclement conditions, Miami’s defense played well against the Titans, forcing three turnovers and actually knocking out Marcus Mariota out of the game. Miami also looked good on special teams, returning a kickoff for a touchdown, but Ryan Tannehill’s two interceptions and sloppy play could become a cause for concern. Divisional matchups are always tough, so this one will probably be a nail-biter.


Players to watch

After his stellar performance, the obvious choice here is Sam Darnold. He will have to be the deciding factor in this matchup, but he will need help from Quincy Enunwa through the air and a combination of both Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell on the ground. Darnold faced a complete lack of pressure from Detroit, so it will be interesting to see how that offensive line fairs against Miami’s freak pass-rushers Robert Quinn and Cameron Wake. If the Dolphins plan on winning, Ryan Tannehill will have to take advantage of both Jet’s cornerbacks Buster Skrine and Trumaine Johnson’s injuries by again utilizing WR Kenny Stills, who had a huge 100-yard, two touchdown game last week. And to make it easier on Tannehill, the Dolphins will have to give Kenyan Drake plenty of touches in order to succeed. Let’s not forget about the Jets defense either. Will the combination of Leonard Williams and Steve McLendon prove to be too much for a banged up Miami offensive line, who just lost Josh Sitton?


Keys to the Game

Miami Dolphins

  • Protect Tannehill

  • Utilize pass catchers and score

  • Harness Drake’s talent

  • Make Darnold uncomfortable

New York Jets

  • Protect Darnold

  • Don’t lean on him too heavily

  • Get after Tannehill

  • Establish the run


Injury ReportMiami Dolphins

  • John Denney, LS - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • William Hayes, DE - Finger (Questionable)

  • DeVante Parker, WR - Finger (Questionable)

  • Josh Sitton, G- Shoulder (IR)

  • RaShawn Scott, WR - Ankle (Questionable)

New York Jets

  • Josh Martin, OLB - Concussion (Out)

  • Marcus Maye, FS - Foot (Doubtful)

  • Doug Middleton, DB- Finger (Questionable)

  • Quinton Patton, WR- Foot (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Kenyan Drake

  • Kenny Stills

  • Quincy Enunwa

  • Isaiah Crowell

  • Sam Darnold


Prediction

Divisional games are always close and this bout will be no exception. When it all comes down to it, I think the Jets home-field advantage, stifling defense, and new-look offense will be too much for the Dolphins. The lack of offensive firepower will be too much for Miami to overcome. Tannehill will not be able to handle the pressure from the Jets defensive line and will eventually throw a game losing interception like he always does. While I don’t think the Jets blow out the Dolphins like they did the Lions, I do expect them to beat them more handily than the score reflects.


Final Score: Jets, 27-17


Written by: George Haraktsis


Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-1)


Preview

The Bills faced what, at the time, seemed like a fantastic offense in their first game against the Baltimore Ravens, who hung 47 points on them in their week 1 loss. But after seeing Joe Flacco struggle mightily against an average Cincinnati defense on Thursday, I can only imagine the shellacking Philip Rivers and company, who hung 541 yards of total offense on the Chiefs, will have in store for the Bills. Buffalo looked like the league’s worst team, and that should continue into week 2. The Chargers defense will bounce back against, statistically, the league’s worst offense and will expose the Bills’ horrendous offensive line to rediscover their pass rush that was missing in week 1. While both teams are adamantly looking for their first win in Buffalo this weekend to avoid an 0-2 hole, only one can come out on top.


Players to watch

All eyes will be on rookie first round pick Josh Allen, who will start his first professional game this Sunday. In order to succeed, Allen needs protection from his very porous offensive line to stop the likes of Melvin Ingram from completely ruining his day. The young signal caller will also need plenty of help from wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones if the offense plans on moving the ball through the air. Allen cannot get going without a run game either, so getting LeSean McCoy going has to be the Bills’ top priority. The Chargers’ fate rests solely on the shoulders of long-time QB Philip Rivers. Look for him to punish Buffalo by easily spreading the ball around through the air to pass-catchers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Antonio Gates against the struggling Tre’Davious White and company. No good offense is one dimensional, so keep an eye out for Melvin Gordon to make his mark and be the potential X-factor in this game. But if all goes well for Buffalo, promising rooking Trumaine Edmunds will have something to say about that.


Keys to the Game

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Get Melvin Gordon going

  • Rush Allen and make him feel uncomfortable

  • Protect Rivers and let him dissect

  • Expose Bill’s lack of skill positions

Buffalo Bills

  • Protect Josh Allen

  • Open running lanes for McCoy

  • Control the clock

  • Keep the Chargers offense off the field

  • Bend don’t break defense


Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Joey Bosa, DE - Foot (Out)

  • Joe Barksdale, OT - Knee (Out)

  • Craig Mager, CB - Hamstring (Out)

  • Travis Benjamin, WR - Foot (Questionable)

  • Dillon DeBoer, C- Undisclosed (Questionable)

  • Brock Hekking, LB- Foot (Questionable)

Buffalo Bills

  • Taron Johnson, CB - Shoulder (Out)

  • Shaq Lawson, DE - Hamstring (Out)

  • Ray-Ray McCloud, WR - Knee (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Melvin Gordon

  • Keenan Allen

  • Mike Williams

  • Philip Rivers

  • LeSean McCoy


Prediction

Not much needs to be said about this matchup. The question of who is the better team is as clear as day. This is going to be an easy win for the Charger’s on the road. The Bills are overmatched on both sides of the ball by a very large margin. I expect Josh Allen to struggle mightily against a very solid Charger’s defense, failing to find ways to move the ball consistently down the field. Rivers and Gordon will have their way with the Bills defense and will secure their first win of 2018, while the Bills will fall to 0-2 in Josh Allen’s first career start.


Final Score: Los Angeles Chargers, 34-7


Written by: George Haraktsis



Minnesota Vikings (1-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (1-0)


Preview

We are in for a NFC North showdown between two 1-0 teams, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. The Vikings were clicking last week as Kirk Cousins looks to be the missing piece in helping the Vikings get to the Super Bowl. The Packers are coming off a game for the ages, as they mounted a 20 point comeback against another division rival, the Chicago Bears. The win didn’t come without a cost, as Aaron Rodgers, five minutes before halftime, suffered a sprained knee.


Players to watch

Kirk Cousins is no stranger to the Packers, but now will have the Minnesota defense and a better group of weapons at his disposal. It does not appear that Aaron Rodgers is in the clear just yet for playing this game, as he has still been experiencing swelling in his knee. Harrison Smith, if he hasn’t already, is starting to truly establish himself as an elite playmaking safety that always seems to be in the right spot at the right time. If the Packers have any hope of defeating the Vikings they will most certainly need right tackle Bryan Bulaga to perform the way he did in the second half of Sundays night’s game against the Bears. With another week removed from ACL surgery, Dalvin Cook will have all eyes on him to see how he is progressing as the promising young back slowly gains more traction.


Keys to the Game

Minnesota Vikings

  • Test Aaron Rodgers movement

  • Jump out to an early lead

  • Control the time of possession.

Green Bay Packers

  • Establish a run game

  • Put pressure on Kirk Cousins

  • Protect Aaron Rodgers


Key Injury Report

Minnesota Vikings

  • Pat Elflein, C - Ankle/Shoulder (Out)

Green Bay Packers

  • Aaron Rodgers, QB - Knee (Questionable)

  • Oren Burks, LB - Shoulder (Questionable)

  • Josh Jones, SS - Ankle (Out)

  • Davante Adams, WR - Shoulder (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Kirk Cousins, QB (MIN)

  • Adam Thielen, WR (MIN)

  • Dalvin Cook, RB (MIN)

  • Aaron Rodgers, QB (GB)

  • Davante Adams, WR (GB)


Prediction

After an emotional roller coaster of a game against the Bears, the Packers are not looking forward to facing this Vikings team. The hard hitting Minnesota team has to be glad they will be playing Green Bay at less than 100%, even if Rodgers plays. This was always going to be a tough task, but with a weakened Rodgers the Packers will certainly be tested. Ultimately, the Vikings defense will show they are too much and will leave this game with a win, just as they have done in four of these last five meetings.


Final Score: Vikings 27-17


Written by: James Davis


Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (0-1)


Preview

The Browns are off to their best start since 2004 after tying the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one. Now comes arguably the hardest test on their schedule as they travel to New Orleans to face off with Drew Brees and the Saints. New Orleans is coming off a shocker in its home opener that saw its secondary give up 417 passing yards and 48 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers. Now, New Orleans seems desperate and doesn’t want to let up against another inferior opponent, as a loss here puts them at an 0-2 hole.


Players to watch

As always, the Saints are led by their leader and MVP, Drew Brees, who will be looking to add onto his passing yards total while leading his Saints to a win. Assisting him is his faithful crew of running back Alvin Kamara, who had over 130 total scrimmage yards last week, and Michael Thomas, who is his best receiver outside the numbers. On the other side of the ball, defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport will be looking to put pressure on the outside edges and force some errant throws by Cleveland. For the Browns, the connection between Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry will be crucial, as Landry can beat the Saints corners easily, but will need sufficient targets to obtain the necessary numbers. And on the other side for Cleveland, there exists Josh Gordon, and if New Orleans decides to double this man up, they’re just opening the door for Landry to “Bless ‘em!”


Keys to the Game

Cleveland Browns

  • Figure out a passing attack

  • Generate pressure on Brees

  • Stop Kamara from beating you

New Orleans Saints

  • Establish a running game with Kamara

  • Continue utilizing Brees’ accuracy

  • Fix the secondary problems

  • Generate outside pressure from the defensive ends


Injury Report

Cleveland Browns

  • Christian Kirksey, LB - Shoulder/Ankle (Questionable)

  • Emmanuel Ogbah, DE - Ankle (Out)

New Orleans Saints

  • Tyeler Davison, DT - Foot (Out)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  • Drew Brees, QB (NO)

  • Alvin Kamara, RB (NO)

  • Michael Thomas, WR (NO)

  • Jarvis Landry, WR (CLE)

  • Tyrod Taylor, QB (CLE)

Prediction

The Saints were thoroughly embarrassed last week in their home opener, and they usually bounce back when that happens. Drew Brees is the most accurate quarterback in the NFL, and he will continue to demonstrate why against a porous Browns secondary. Cleveland may have ended their losing streak with a tie, but they’re not getting a win on Bourbon Street. New Orleans will be 1-1 heading into a week three showdown with the bitter rival Atlanta Falcons, who may also very well be 1-1.


Final Score: New Orleans 30, Cleveland 18


Written by: Joe Carlino