Air Force vs. Nevada: Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction

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Cross Division Matchup: the Wolf Pack Come to the Springs

WEEK 4: Nevada Wolf Pack 2-2 (0-0) vs. Air Force Falcons 2-1 (0-1)

WHEN: Friday, September 23rd — 6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT

WHERE: Falcon Stadium (Colorado Springs)

WEATHER: Sunny, high of 74 degrees

TV: FS1

RADIO: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs, 104.3 the Fan in Denver; SIRIUS 388, SXM App 978

Jim Arthur (play-by-play), Jesse Kurtz (analyst)

SERIES RECORD: Air Force leads the all-time series 4-2. Last Year the Falcons Defeated Nevada 41-39.

LAST WEEK: Air Force lost to Wyoming 17-14, while Nevada was shut out by Iowa 27-0.

WEBSITES: NevadaWolfPack.com, the official University of Nevada at Reno athletics website | GoAirForceFalcons.com, the official Air Force athletics website

GAME NOTES (PDF): Nevada | Air Force

SP+ PROJECTION: Air Force by 22.2

FEI PROJECTION: (not yet released)

As the Wolf Pack and Falcons head into their Friday night matchup, both teams are coming off of disappointing losses from the prior week. Nevada was disposed of 27-0, by a largely offensively inept Iowa Hawkeyes team. Air Force on the other hand landed on the losing end of a very physical contest with Wyoming.

The major difference in these losses should be obvious though. Despite their offensive woes, Iowa is a team that was expected to beat Nevada. The Falcons however, were heavy favorites against the Cowboys, despite an extended spell of troubles when playing in Laramie. Losing as favorites and losing as underdogs bare the same consequence at the end of the day. Except that losing to a division foe has Air Force in the hole early, in Conference play.

Both teams are going to try and bounce back from week three losses, and record their first Conference wins of the 2022 campaign. If Troy Calhoun’s squad wants to even their Mountain West record, here are a few things that could go a long way in aiding them.

Three Keys to an Air Force Victory

1. REINFORCE THE TRENCHES

For the first time in a long while, the Air Force offensive line was pretty overwhelmed last week, against Wyoming. Things weren’t much better on the defensive line either. The single most contributing factor to last weeks loss was the Cowboys dominance at the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball.

Against Nevada, the Falcons have to get back to form. In particular, in the run game. Despite last weeks dreadful performance on the ground (by Academy Standards), Air Force is still the countries leading rush offense. The offensive line has to put the Conference back on notice, that this is the baddest unit in the league. They need to do so at the expense of the Wolf Pack.

2. BEWARE THE AIR

A balanced offensive attack typically makes for a long day for the Air Force opposition. That still holds true against Nevada, but this is certainly a pass at your own risk game for Haaziq Daniels and the offense.

The Wolf Pack lead the country in takeaways with 11, seven of which have come by way of a ball-hawking secondary. Daniels, nor anyone else on the offense have thrown an interception for the Falcons to date. This would not be the game to break that streak.

The temptation to pass will be there, as Nevada has surrendered 273 yards per game through the air. But Air Force is not a yard amassing pass attack. They have to pick their spots.

3. BE A LINE STEPPER

Charlie Murphy famously described Rick James as a “habitual line stepper”, in Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories skit, on the Chappelle Show. Well I’m not suggesting the Falcons should accrue a mass of offsides penalties. But they should do their best to make some plays in the Nevada backfield, whenever possible.

Moreover, they must keep the Wolf Pack out of their own backfield. Nevada has accumulated as many sacks (nine) as the Falcons have tackles for loss. In that category, Ken Wilson’s defense has recorded 26 tackles behind the oppositions line of scrimmage to date. Getting behind the sticks is not in Air Force’s best interest.

Prediction

Nevada is going to be an interesting team as the season plays out. They won their first two games to start the year, before laying an egg in a head-scratching loss to Incarnate Word of the FCS. And although a loss to Iowa is generally excusable, those two back-to-back losses haven’t exactly inspired confidence in the Wolf Pack.

This is still no layup though. Nevada is not the pass crazy offense of recent years, they actually pose quite a balanced attack. With a commitment to run the ball, the Pack’s rush yard production on a per game basis (138 yards per game) nearly mirrors exactly what Air Force has surrendered (136 yards per game).

Even more compelling to this narrative, Air Force features the top pass defense in the conference (17th in the Country), whereas the rush defense is sixth (66th in the Country). Those two rankings are typically reversed. A lot of that has to do with the level of ineptitude exhibited in their oppositions passing game the first two weeks, along with some success running the ball against Air Force. Wyoming by contrast seemed to find little resistance throwing the ball when they needed to make a play.

The relenting in the rush defense, which has been historically strong for Air Force has aided in the misleading passing statistics. In fact, Wyoming exposed what to this point in the season appears to be a bit of an unknown, in the Falcons defensive line. They are going to have to be more stout upfront to stop a physical running tandem of Toa Taua and Devonte Lee. It appears that quarterback Nate Cox will return to the lineup as well, after playing just one snap against Iowa, due to injury. He too is a capable runner.

I know this seems like a lot of buildup, to ultimately land where a vast majority of games that Air Force plays, will be decided; On the (flat) backs of their offensive line. Their underwhelming performance against Wyoming was certainly the anomaly, not the norm. This unit has earned that benefit of the doubt, with their consistently strong performances over the years. They should be able to do a better job handling Nevada’s front, even with a stalwart on the line in Dom Peterson. Frankly, I expect them to be downright nasty after last weeks display.

Air Force 38, Nevada 24

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Bowl Projections, College Football Playoff Predictions: Week 3. UNLV? Arizona? Kansas?!

What are the bowl projections and the College Football Playoff calls after Week 3 of the college football season?

It’s only the end of Week 3 in the college football season, and there are real, live, dreams that might just come true for several programs not used to being in the bowl hunt.

Could UNLV really get into a bowl? Yeah, the schedule in a mediocre Mountain West shapes up.

How about Arizona? After getting by North Dakota State, getting to six wins now appears to be possible.

Kansas?! If you’re going to do that to Houston and get to 3-0, let’s go, Jayhawks.

We’re also going with another big call – ESPN will revive its extra made-up bowl game it created last year.

Last year there were too many available bowl teams, so it created the Frisco Bowl Classic to give North Texas and Miami University a place to play. So let’s bring it back, only with two Power Five programs that could create one of the more fun early matchups.

As always, this will change wildly each week, but for now …

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All Times Eastern

HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
11:30 am, ESPN
Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
Last Year: Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs MAC
Bowl Projection: UAB vs Western Michigan

Duluth Trading Cure Bowl

Friday, December 16, 2022
3:00, ESPN
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Last Year: Coastal Carolina 47, Northern Illinois 41
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: SMU vs South Alabama 

Wasabi Fenway Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
11:00 am, ESPN
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: ACC vs American Athletic (Conference USA)
Bowl Projection: Notre Dame vs Cincinnati

Cricket Celebration Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
12:00, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Last Year: South Carolina State 31, Jackson State 10
Bowl Ties: MEAC vs SWAC
Bowl Projection: North Carolina Central vs Jackson State

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
2:15, ESPN
Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM
Last Year: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs AAC, C-USA, MAC or Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: UNLV vs WKU

Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
3:30, ABC
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Mountain West vs Pac-12
Bowl Projection: Fresno State vs UCLA

LendingTree Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
5:45, ESPN
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA
Last Year: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Sun Belt (C-USA)
Bowl Projection: Northern Illinois vs Louisiana

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
7:30, ABC
Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
Last Year: Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13
Bowl Ties: Pac-12 vs SEC
Bowl Projection: Washington State vs LSU

Frisco Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 2022
9:15, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five or Army
Bowl Projection: Houston vs BYU

Myrtle Beach Bowl

Monday, December 19, 2022
2:30, ESPN
Brooks Stadium, Conway, SC
Last Year: Tulsa 30, Old Dominion 17
Bowl Ties: C-USA, MAC, Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Tulane vs Georgia Southern

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
3:30 ESPN
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
Last Year: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38
Bowl Ties: MAC vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Miami University vs Boise State

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
7:30, ESPN
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Last Year: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38
Bowl Ties: Group of Five vs Group of Five
Bowl Projection: Marshall vs Memphis

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
9:00, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Last Year: Louisiana 36, Marshall 21
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Sun Belt
Bowl Projection: Florida Atlantic vs Coastal Carolina

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Thursday, December 22, 2022
7:30, ESPN
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
Last Year: Army 24, Missouri 22
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Conference USA (Big 12, Pac-12)
Bowl Projection: Tulsa vs UTSA 

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Last Year: UAB 31, BYU 28
Bowl Ties: American Athletic vs Army
Bowl Projection: East Carolina vs Army

Union Home Gasparilla Bowl

Friday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Last Year: UCF 29, Florida 17
Bowl Ties: ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC (AAC, C-USA)
Bowl Projection: South Carolina vs Kansas State

Frisco Football Classic*

Thursday, December 23, 2022
TBA, ESPN
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Last Year: Miami University 27, North Texas 14
Bowl Ties: None
Bowl Projection: Illinois vs Texas Tech
*We’re making the call that there will be too many available bowl teams, so – again, this is a projection – ESPN will revive the Frisco Football Classic to get a Big 12 Texas team in against an available Big Ten squad.

Easyport Hawaii Bowl

Saturday, December 24, 2022
8:00, ESPN
Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Last Year: Canceled
Bowl Ties: Conference USA vs Mountain West
Bowl Projection: Louisiana Tech vs Air Force

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Week 3 bowl projections are going to be a bit weird. We saw some interesting results like Wyoming upsetting Air Force, UNLV putting up another 50 points in a game, Colorado State is really bad and won’t sniff a bowl game this year, and a few teams were on a bye like San Jose State and Utah State which they are thankful for.

2022 Mountain West Bowl Tie Ins, Lineup

Here are the bowl lineup for the Mountain West this year.

– Cotton Bowl – at-large vs. Group of Five
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs MAC
– Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl vs Pac-12
– New Mexico Bowl vs Conference USA
– Barstool Arizona Bowl vs MAC
– EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl vs Conference USA

Back up tie-ins

– Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs Big Ten or Big 12

Other Options

Cure Bowl vs Group of Five
– RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl vs Group of Five
– SERVPRO First Responder Bowl vs Group of Five
– Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl vs Group of Five

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Game Preview

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings How To Watch

Date: Monday, September 19
Game Time: 8:30 ET
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
How To Watch: ABC/ESPN+
Record: Philadelphia Eagles (1-0), Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
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Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Game Preview

Why Minnesota Vikings Will Win

The passing game worked just fine in the dominant win over Green Bay to open the season.

The Vikings are going to open it up more under the new coaching staff, Kirk Cousins – who had almost the exact statistical season as the MVP last year, by the way – outplayed Aaron Rodgers, and Justin Jefferson went off with 184 yards and two scores.

Philadelphia wasn’t able to generate enough of a pass rush to get to Jared Goff in the 38-35 Eagle win, there was time to spread the ball around, and that was all combined by a rough day from the run defense.

Everyone will be focusing on the Viking passing attack, but Dalvin Cook ran well against the Packers, and in this, the rotation of Eagle backs – Philadelphia averaged 5.5 yards per carry against the Lions – should be effective.

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Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Win

Shhhhhhh. The Philadelphia receiving corps might be better than Minnesota’s.

Jefferson is obviously fantastic, but Adam Thielen isn’t quite the same player of a few years ago. AJ Brown was amazing against the Lions, TE Dallas Goedert was fine, and all of the production came without DeVonta Smith catching a pass.

This will be Smith’s game early on, Jalen Hurts won’t be the sitting duck for the Viking defense that Rodgers was, and the offense will keep up shot for shot with what other side is doing.

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What’s Going To Happen

It’s Philadelphia, so you know how this works.

The team will take a nap for long stretches of time, the other side will go on a big run, and then Hurts will rally everyone for a scoring burst to take over. Those points came in the second quarter against Detroit, but they’ll come in the second half at home.

Minnesota will be more steady than sensational, this will be more about Cook running than Cousins winging it around, and the O will work.

The Philadelphia defense, though, will hold firm late after struggling against Detroit in the fourth, and Hurts and Smith will be the story.

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Line

Philadelphia 27, Minnesota 24
Line: Philadelphia -2.5, o/u: 49
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills Prediction, Game Preview

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Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills How To Watch

Date: Monday, September 19
Game Time: 7:15 ET
Venue: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Tennessee Titans (0-1), Buffalo Bills (1-0)
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Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills Game Preview

Why Tennessee Titans Will Win

All of the pressure and all of the attention is on the other side of the field.

Buffalo rocked the defending Super Bowl champion in the opening night win over the Rams, everything clicked, and now it’s expected to do that again over and over again.

There are two big differences here. First, Tennessee will generate more of a pass rush than LA did. It got to Daniel Jones in the strange 21-20 loss to the Giants, and now it’ll pressure Josh Allen enough to matter.

The second part is Derrick Henry. The Rams all but ignored the running game, Matthew Stafford wasn’t on, and Buffalo took over in the second half. Henry will keep getting fed the ball, Ryan Tannehill can hit the midrange passes, and Tennessee should match power with more power.

However …

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Why Buffalo Bills Will Win

Buffalo’s defense isn’t going to allow much of anything through the air.

Stop Henry, stop Tennessee – duh, everyone tries to do that. 22 is going to do what 22 is going to do. As long as he’s not getting into a lather – and if he’s held to around four yards per carry or under – he’ll be fine.

Buffalo should be able to suffocate the mediocre Titan receivers who’ll never seem like they get open. RB Dontrell Hilliard – a key part of the Giants game – is out, and while Tannehill will spread the ball around, it shouldn’t be a problem.

If Cooper Kupp and the Ram receivers weren’t enough to bother the Bills, the Tennessee targets shouldn’t be a concern.

What’s Going To Happen

Buffalo will win, but it’s not going to be easy.

Tennessee’s defense will step up and stuff the Bill ground game, it’ll keep Josh Allen from moving around enough to make plays in space, and the secondary will keep Stefon Diggs from going off.

The Buffalo defense, though, will pitch a gem. Henry will get his yards, but the passing game won’t do enough on third downs.

Again, the Bills will get this done, but don’t expect a repeat of Los Angeles.

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Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills Prediction, Line

Buffalo 23, Tennessee 17
Line: Buffalo -10, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills Must See Rating: 4

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NFL Expert Picks, Predictions, Lines: Week 2

NFL Expert Picks and Predictions for Week 2 of the season inclduding the Chargers at Kansas City, Miami at Baltimore and Minnesota at Philadelphia

NFL expert picks, predictions, lines for Week 2 highlighted by the Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City, Miami at Baltimore, and Minnesota at Philadelphia


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* next to the pick means the team will win, but not cover.
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Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City

Line: Kansas City -4, o/u: 54.5

Evan Bredeson, CornhuskersWire.com: Kansas City
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: Kansas City
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Kansas City
Cami Griffin, LonghornsWire.com: Kansas City
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: Kansas City
Joey Ickes, AggiesWire.com: Kansas City
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Tyler Nettuno, LSUTigerswire.com Kansas City
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Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: LA Chargers
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: Kansas City
Clucko the Chicken (a coin flip), CFN: LA Chargers
CONSENSUS PICK: Kansas City

Week 2 NFL Expert Picks
Chargers at Kansas City | Jets at Cleveland
Wash at Detroit | Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Carolina at Giants | New England at Pittsburgh
Indianapolis at Jacksonville | Miami at Balt
Atlanta at Rams | Seattle at San Francisco
Cincinnati at Dallas | Houston at Denver
Arizona at Las Vegas | Chicago at Green Bay
Tennessee at Buffalo | Minn at Philadelphia
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Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Prediction, Game Preview

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Sunday, September 18

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Sunday, September 18


Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 18
Game Time: 8:20 ET
Venue: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
How To Watch: NBC
Record: Chicago Bears (1-0), Green Bay Packers (0-1)
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Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Game Preview

Why Chicago Bears Will Win

Did it look like Aaron Rodgers was having a good time against the Minnesota Vikings in the 23-7 loss?

Whine about your wide receivers without saying you don’t like your wide receivers – that’s life for 12 now without Davante Adams.

Minnesota loaded up to stop the run, but it didn’t really work – Green Bay just didn’t hand the ball off. When it did, the offense worked, but 18 carries weren’t enough. The team fell behind because it couldn’t cover Justin Jefferson, the Packer receivers weren’t coming through when they got their chances, and now the pressure is on to make the O go.

Yes, the Chicago win over San Francisco last week was played in a monsoon, but the Bear defense showed up, the secondary should be able to handle the Packer receiving corps that’s missing Allen Lazard, and …

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Why Green Bay Packers Will Win

Chicago doesn’t have Justin Jefferson.

The Minnesota receiver ripped up the Packers for 184 yards and two touchdowns, but Chicago’s offense would be happy to get that many total passing yards.

Justin Fields was able to come up with one big throw to Dante Pettis after everything else broke down, and now the Packer pass rush that wasn’t there last week will dial it up against the abysmal Chicago offensive line.

The Bears ran for just 99 yards last week averaging 2.7 yards per carry. That’s going to be the norm.

And yes, Green Bay won’t ignore the running game this week because it won’t be behind. Expect twice as many carries as there were against Minnesota, and expect the combination of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon to take over right away.

And …

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What’s Going To Happen

The Green Bay receivers are going to be fine.

There isn’t an Adams-level player around anymore, but the reigning MVP is going to spread it around, he’ll find a nice groove, and the Packers will come up with a steady-not-spectacular win.

Methodical can work, especially against a Chicago team that’s going to struggle to score. That, and Aaron Rodgers doesn’t lose to the Bears.

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Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Prediction, Line

Green Bay 26, Chicago 13
Line: Green Bay -10, o/u: 41.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers Must See Rating: 3

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New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, Game Preview

New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Sunday, September 18

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New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 18
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
How To Watch: CBS
Record: New York Jets (0-1), Cleveland Browns (1-0)
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New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns Game Preview

Why Cleveland Browns Will Win

The running game was working in the 26-24 win over Carolina.

Jacoby Brissett wasn’t bad, and the defense got the job done when it had to, but it was the 1-2 punch of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt that took over.

The Jets were able to slow down the Baltimore ground attack, but the Browns will commit to it more, they’ll turn Myles Garrett and the pass rush loose on Joe Flacco, and expect to dominate on third downs.

Flacco threw well against the Ravens, but the offense didn’t turn the drives into points. However, again …

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Why New York Jets Will Win

The offense moved.

Flacco wasn’t horrible. It took him 59 passes to get there, but he threw for over 300 yards, the ground game cranked up close to five yards per carry, and the O controlled the clock.

It might have been a 15-point loss, but the defense wasn’t bad, the run D held up against the Ravens, and now it has to lock down against Chub and Hunt.

Keep the Cleveland running game from hitting the big gashing runs, make Jacoby Brissett try to push the ball down the field, and take your chances. Cleveland only had a few big pass plays, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Can the Jets commit to the run enough make it a fight?

Flacco shouldn’t throw close to 60 times again. Cleveland might have a solid run defense, but New York has to run more than 17 times.

It will, Brissett will once again fail to generate anything down the field, and the Jets will sneak out of home with an ugly win.

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New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns Prediction, Line

New York Jets 19, Cleveland 17
Line: Cleveland -6.5, o/u: 39.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns Must See Rating: 2.5

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, Game Preview

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Sunday, September 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Sunday, September 18


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 18
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0), New Orleans Saints (1-0)
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Why New Orleans Saints Will Win

The Saints figured it out.

The 27-26 win over Atlanta was hardly pretty, but Michael Thomas looked like he might be close to form, Jameis Winston had a good day, and the coaching staff worked Taysom Hill into the mix.

It’ll take that sort of creativity to keep up with the Buccaneers.

The Saints didn’t dial up the pressure, but it has been Tom Brady’s kryptonite over the last two seasons – it really was last season – and it needs to be able to  limit the big plays. Brady didn’t go off against Dallas, but …

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Why Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win

The Buccaneer defense pitched a gem in the 19-3 win, the running game was great, and now both are going against a wounded Saint squad.

Can Winston step up with his his banged up back? Will Alvin Kamara be right with his injured ribs?

Tampa Bay has its share of injuries and concerns – mostly at receiver – but here comes the running game on a Saint defense that got ripped up by Atlanta.

If the Falcons can control the clock and bang away for over 200 rushing yards, Tampa Bay should be able to do the same.

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What’s Going To Happen

Once again, Tampa Bay will get the win without Brady throwing needing to throw 40 times.

The Buccaneers will get the job done on the lines. This will be a defensive battle, but Leonard Fournette will get a heavy workload – even with a hamstring problem – and Brady will be more than fine on the midrange throws to keep things moving.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, Line

Tampa Bay 27, New Orleans 16
Line: Tampa Bay -2.5, o/u: 44
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Must See Rating: 4

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Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants Prediction, Game Preview

Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 2 game on Sunday, September 18

Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 2, Sunday, September 18


Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants How To Watch

Date: Sunday, September 18
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
How To Watch: FOX
Record: Carolina Panthers (0-1), New York Giants (1-0)
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Why New York Giants Will Win

How did the Giants win that?

They got by Tennessee in a 21-20 thriller. Saquon Barkley was brilliant, Daniel Jones hit 17-of-21 passes, and the defense bottled up Derrick Henry and held firm in the fourth quarter.

Carolina couldn’t get the running game going in its 26-24 loss to Cleveland, Baker Mayfield was under too much pressure, and there wasn’t any hope against the run.

Barkley might not hit 164 yards again this week, but the Giants will be in great shape if they can average over five yards per carry.

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Why Carolina Panthers Will Win

As ugly as things got, there were some bright spots against the Browns.

Christian McCaffrey showed a bit of his old pop, Mayfield wasn’t awful, and the secondary didn’t allow much down the field.

The Giants might have pulled off the win at Tennessee, but the offensive line allowed Jones to get popped too easily and coming up with third down conversions was a major problem.

The Panthers have to get McCaffrey the ball in his hands more than 14 times, Mayfield has to be more consistent, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Can the Panthers hold up against Barkley and the running game?

The Giants will hold McCaffrey in check, Mayfield will be under too much pressure, and Jones will be better at moving the chains.

Once again, Carolina will get crushed in the time of possession battle, and once again it’ll lose a tough one late.

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Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants Prediction, Line

New York Giants 23, Carolina 20
Line: New York Giants -2, o/u: 42.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2

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Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants Must See Rating: 2.5

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