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NFC East Predictions Week 2

Steve Shoup

By Guest Writer Nick Clarke:

 

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans, Sunday, September 14 1:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Tennessee to try and flip the script on their nightmarish week one performance.  The Titans on the other hand, will try to continue their spectacular play from week one.   The Cowboys’ defense, which actually played a respectable game in week one, will have their hands full with another talented mobile quarterback in Jake Locker and a group of young speedy receivers, led by Nate Washington and Kendall Wright. On the other side of the ball, Dallas looks to be good enough to move the ball against this solid defense, but again they have to bounce back from last week’s offensive woes to even consider success against the tough Titans’ defense.  I’d look for Dez Bryant to have a fantastic day and put week one behind him, much like he did last year.

Final Prediction: Tony Romo will look more like himself in a total bounce back game for the Cowboys.  The Titans won’t play poorly, but just won’t be able to keep up with Dallas’ offense.  Cowboys, 28-20.

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins, Sunday, September 14 1:00 PM

The Washington Redskins, who looked poor in every facet of the game in week one, will look for some positive signs in their home opener against a sub-par opponent.  RGIII and Desean Jackson look  to ignite some life into the Redskins’ offense, while Brian Orakpo and DeAngelo Hall look to continue their defensive success from week one.  The Redskins defense will have to focus their attention on rookie wideout Allen Hurns, who scored on his first two catches last week.    Look for Alfred Morris to have an explosive day as the Jaguars defense will focus more on containing the Redskins’ passing game.

Final Prediction: RGIII will look much improved and earn Jay Gruden his first win as a head coach.  The Jaguars offense will make this game a lot closer than most expect.  Redskins, 23-16.

 

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants, Sunday, September 14 1:00 PM

 

The New York Giants look to be in hot water offensively as they are set to go against a much tougher defense than they saw in week one in the Arizona Cardinals.  Eli Manning and Co. will try to establish the run early to open up some sort of passing game against the Cardinals’ shut down secondary.  The Giants’ defense will focus their secondary on the uber-talented Michael Floyd, and not the aging superstar Larry Fitzgerald.  Also, Andre Ellington, the young Cardinals’ running back, poses a huge challenge for the Giants’ front seven to contain.  Look for the Giants’ defense to make a sizable improvement over week one, but don’t expect much from their offense.

Final Prediction: The Cardinals’ defense is too much for the mistake prone Giants.  Manning throws three interceptions. Cardinals, 23-13.

 

Courtesy of ICON SMI

Courtesy of ICON SMI

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts, Monday, September 15 8:30 PM

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts are coming off games in which they scored nearly all their points in the second half.  The Eagles, coming off a scare against the Jaguars, will try to continue their late game offensive surge against a mediocre defense, while Andrew Luck and the Colts offense will look to expose the Eagles’ weak secondary.  Nick Foles and Chip Kelly cannot wait until the second half this time around, as they are playing a much better team than they did in week one.  Look for both offenses to move the ball prolifically and score in the 30’s in what is sure to be a primetime shootout.

Final Prediction: Andrew Luck will use his magical late game powers to engineer a game winning drive in the final two minutes pulling both teams even on the season.  Colts, 34-31.

 

 



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