coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:10 PM

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (1-0): Denver erased a three-point deficit with a spectacular second-half performance as Peyton Manning threw for five of his seven scoring passes and finished with 462 yards overall. Free-agent signee Wes Welker had nine catches for 67 yards and two TDs in his Broncos debut and athletic tight end Julius Thomas added another electrifying dimension to an already high-powered attack with five receptions for 110 yards and two scores. The run game remains in flux but the defense had four sacks and two interceptions despite the absences of Pro Bowlers Von Miller (suspension) and Champ Bailey (foot).

ABOUT THE GIANTS (0-1): New York has serious concerns about its running game after starter David Wilson lost two fumbles and was benched and backup Da'Rel Scott was injured, necessitating the signing of former Giants back Brandon Jacobs. New York's receiving corps showed it has the requisite firepower to keep up with the Broncos, getting three touchdown receptions from Victor Cruz and five catches and over 100 yards each from Cruz (118), Hakeem Nicks (114) and Rueben Randle (101) despite the slew of turnovers. The Giants could be shorthanded in the defensive backfield after cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a concussion versus Dallas.

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:10 PM

TRENDS:

* Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
* Giants are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in Week 2.
* Over is 8-3 in the Broncos last 11 road games.
* Under is 6-0 in the Giants last six versus a team with a winning record.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. The Broncos are riding a 12-game regular-season winning streak, the longest in the NFL.

2. Eli Manning has thrown for 12 TDs and the Giants have averaged 44 points in winning their last three home games.

3. Welker has 20 catches in his last two regular-season games versus New York.

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:12 PM

The noisiest crowd in the NFL will attempt to set enter the Guinness Book of World Records for "loudest crowd roar at a sport stadium."

The Seattle Seahawks boast a raucous home crowd which gives the team a decided edge in home games and with the San Francisco 49ers in town Sunday night, they'll crank it up a notch. Or 12.

The crowd at CenturyLink Field will attempt to break the 131.76 decibel level set by fans of Turkish soccer team Galatasary in 2011.

The Seahawks were 8-0 SU at home last season and 7-1 ATS in those home games and oddsmakers believe CenturyLink Field is worth a lot to the Seahawks.

"In my opinion, four to six points," says Peter Childs of Sportsbook.com. "For teams like the 49ers, they play there every year so I would error on the low side and say four points. For a team like the Cowboys or an AFC team that only plays there once every four years or periodically, five to six points. Throw in an inexperienced QB or a young offensive line, and you could argue it’s even worth more than six. The Seahawks have the biggest home field of any NFL team, period!"

The Seahawks are currently 3-point home faves Sunday night.

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:12 PM

@JayGlazer says Danny Amendola has torn abductors. I'm told likely sports hernia, but team/Amendola are deciding treatment. Thus, 2-6 weeks

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:13 PM


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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:14 PM

Also, #Colts have promoted RB Kerwynn Williams, No. 37, to active roster from practice squad. Rookie led team in preseason rushing.

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:14 PM

The NFL Prop Shop opens its door for Week 2 of the season. Here are the best player prop picks for Sunday's action:

Most passing yards

Brandon Weeden (Cleveland Browns) vs. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens)

We cashed a Joe Flacco passing yardage prop last week, electing to support the Over, and we'll go back to the well with the Ravens QB this week as he matches up against Brandon Weeden.

In last week's analysis I mentioned that I was higher on the Ravens offense than most entering the new season. While things didn't exactly go as planned in Denver, Flacco still bombed away for over 300 yards, and I expect a similar story to unfold this week.

With Josh Gordon sidelined due to suspension, the Browns remain thin at wide receiver. I don't expect them to let Weeden loose against an opportunistic Ravens defense, instead leaning heavily on RB Trent Richardson.

Take: Flacco

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:14 PM

Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)

We might as well play this prop until the oddsmakers get caught up with their numbers. It's no secret that Chip Kelly wants his Eagles offense playing fast and that translates into more snaps for Michael Vick, and likely more passing yards as well.

Vick didn't seem to miss injured WR Jeremy Maclin in the least last Monday night and he should find continued success against a good, but not great Chargers secondary.

Philip Rivers turned some heads with a strong performance Monday night, but heading on the road on a short week is a different animal entirely. I'm expecting some regression from the Chargers offense here.

Take: Vick

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:15 PM

Most rushing yards

Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) vs. Arian Foster (Houston Texans)


Much has been made of the Texans’ decision to split carries between Arian Foster and Ben Tate. I'm not sure how long that gameplan will last, however.

Foster showed flashes of brilliance in San Diego Monday and let's face it, only flashes were expected from a guy seeing his first game action after missing the entire preseason. I do expect Foster to play a more prominent role in the Texans offense Sunday.

Chris Johnson is poised for a return to prominence here in 2013, but he faces a tough challenge in an angry Houston defense. I'm not a big fan of the Titans offense, and for good reason if you watched last week's game in Pittsburgh. Johnson will have a fine game, but won't outrush Foster.

Take: Foster

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coleryan Posts:13439 Followers:19
09/15/2013 12:15 PM

Most pass receptions

Jared Cook (St. Louis Rams) vs. Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons)


Give me the elder statesman in this matchup at the Georgia Dome.

Jared Cook was one of the breakout players of Week 1, coming up with a huge game against the Cardinals. However, he'll find the going a little tougher against the Falcons. We often see players turn in big performances in Week 1 only to regress considerably in Week 2. I see that happening to Cook.

Tony Gonzalez was fairly silent in New Orleans Sunday, outside of an early touchdown catch. Look for Matt Ryan to make a concerted effort to get the ball to his security blanket this week. The Falcons are at their best when Gonzalez is heavily involved and I expect that to be the case against the Rams.

Take: Gonzalez

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