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On 09/15/2013 08:11 AM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 2

Denver -4 over NYG:
It's the battle of the Manning brothers late this afternoon at MetLife Stadium as 'Manning bowl 3" features the Denver Broncos at the NY Giants. Kind of ironic that both of these warriors let it all out on the field in week 1 matching completions for attempts only separated by 12 total passing yards. Peyton however became just the 6th QB in NFL history to throw for 7 TD passes in a 49-27 whitewashing of Baltimore in a rematch of last seasons wildcard round in the 2013 Thursday night opener. Eli though was not as lucky notching 4 TD passes but also responsible for 3 INT as big blue fell short in Big D 36-31 last Sunday night.

Denver did fumble three times, losing two, but its turnover problem paled in comparison to that of New York. David Wilson lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and had 6 overall. The Giants earlier this week brought back power runner Brandon Jacobs after spending last season seemingly lost in San Francisco. Although the Giants got a big effort from the passing game - receivers Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle each finished with more than 100 yards - they'll have to be even better defensively this week in addition to taking care of the ball. The Giants on offense need to take better care of the ball in order to pull off the upset at home. Eli will likely connect with Cruz for ample yardage and receptions. With Champ Bailey likely out at CB this week nursing his injured foot, Chris Harris will likely be up to the challenge to contain.

New York held Dallas to 331 yards but got only sporadic pressure on Tony Romo, sacking him twice. It will almost certainly need the pass rush to generate more heat on Peyton Manning to have a chance to slow down the Broncos. If the Broncos are able to protect Peyton then the Broncos could very well duplicate game 1's explosive output largely in the second half and pull away. The Giants secondary is challenged with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas. Eric Decker could have a huge advantage Giants. Look for the defense to roll their coverage towards Thomas and Welker leaving Decker in one-on-one situations with a nickel back. Peyton will take that matchup all day long and feast on the opposition that led him to record numbers against one of the league's top defenses last week.

Both teams will have numerous possessions and opportunities to let their offense march down the field in a toe to toe matchup. If you like finishes where the last team to have the ball will likely emerge victorious, we lean to experience over youth this afternoon as Peyton will outlast Eli in a high scoring battle.


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09/15/2013 08:30 AM

Oakland -6 over Jacksonville:
Terelle Pryor kept the Raiders around last week in a tough 21-17 loss to Indianapolis in the opener completing 19/29 passes for 217 yards and a TD. He also displayed his versatility and ability to keep the football eluding a Colts pass rush by running for 112 more on just 13 carries (8.6). Pryor beat out Matt Flynn despite not practicing as much with the first team offense. Oakland has a chance to even their record in their home opener against lowly Jacksonville in a late afternoon tilt at the O.co Coliseum.

Pryor had a chance to put Oakland ahead in the final two minutes when he led the team to the Colts' 8-yard line, but he took a bad sack and threw an interception on third-and-goal from the 24 with 31 seconds remaining that sealed hopes of an upset. He also had a chance to lead Oakland to paydirt at Indy's 32 yard line only to throw another pick. Pryor looked poised at times and even followed the play calling scheme, but will have to be more disciplined in the pocket which will prosper from experience and protection from the front 7.

Meanwhile Blaine Gabbert is seemingly playing on borrowed time these days in North Florida. Gabbert sliced open the back of his throwing hand while scrambling in the closing minutes and needed 15 stitches to close the wound. This injury comes after he missed two preseason games last month with a hairline fracture in his right thumb and sat out the last six games in 2012 due to a forearm injury. Last week in an embarassing 28-2 loss at home to Kansas City, Gabbert completed 16 of 35 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions. One of those was returned for a touchdown and he also got sacked 6 times. Chad Henne came on in relief and completed 3 of 6 passes for 36 yards, and he should feel comfortable stepping in after starting the final six games last season.

The Jaguars defense struggled to stop the run in the first week of the season, conceding 121 yards to the Kansas City Chiefs. Because of this, the Raiders will rely on running back Darren McFadden to carry his share of the offensive load with a surplus of touches. Between him and Pryor, the Raiders have a formidable rushing attack. If they can get that attack going, it will open up some passing lanes for Pryor to find wide receivers Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. The Raiders defense will focus on stopping Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is a bay area product. Jones-Drew struggled in the opener, rushing 15 times for only 45 yards. The Raiders will stack the box to prevent Jones-Drew from finding running lanes and gaining confidence.

This may turn out to be a close game early, but as it progresses on you have to believe Pryor will be more in sync with his receivers. Pryor must capitalize however this time around deep in the opposition's territory avoiding miscues. Oakland's defense should have no trouble stopping an anemic Jaguars offense to begin with.

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09/15/2013 08:56 AM

Detroit -2 over Arizona:
Reggie Bush had a strong week 1 performance in a home opening win against Minnesota rushing for 90 yards. It could be just what Detroit needs if they look to return to the postseason in 2013 after finishing just 23rd in the league in rushing last season. Combine that with Matthew Stafford and an offense that clicked late in a come from behind triumph, the Lions could look to set their sights to a second straight win when they take on Arizona this afternoon at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

It should also be noted that Bush also caught a 77 yard TD pass from Stafford becoming just the third Lion in history to run for 90 yards and catch another 100 in the same game. Detroit's formation of 5 and 6 man fronts took a more aggressive approach then the time he spent in Miami. Stafford wound up throwing for 357 yards last week and their receiving core led by Calvin Johnson looks poised to attack once again. The likes of Nate Burleson and Joique Bell gives Stafford numerous options in an offense that has the ability to strike quick. Bush might be able to do more damage as a receiver than as a runner Sunday, as Arizona held St. Louis to 2.8 yards per carry but surrendered 299 yards through the air and was one of three teams failing to record a sack

Carson Palmer finished 26/40 with 329 yards throwing for 2 scores while picked once. in a tough 27-24 loss to St. Louis in week 1. Acquired in a trade from Oakland, Palmer appears to have finally brought the stability the Cardinals have sought since Warner retired after the 2009 season. They started four different quarterbacks last season, combining for an NFL-worst 63.1 passer rating and 21 interceptions compared to 11 TDs. To say Arizona's QB situation in 2012 was a joke is an understatement given the combination of Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. After the Cards started out winning their first 4, they dropped their next 9 en route to a disappointing 5-11 campaign. Last week Larry Fitzgerald caught 8 of Palner's completions for 80 yards. Andre Roberts also turned in one of his best games with eight receptions for 97 yards and Michael Floyd added 82 on four catches. Detroit's secondary will have to play some tough man to man coverage if they look to contain a capable Arizona passing attack.

The running game is still an issue as Rashard Mendenhall rushed for just 60 yards on 16 carries (3.8ypc). Another issue is the offensive line, which is a not a new concern. Left tackle Levi Brown surrendered three of four the four sacks against Palmer, who also lost a fumble. Defensively, Arizona could use a big game from cornerback Patrick Peterson, who will likely defend Johnson. Defensively, the Lions allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for a 78-yard touchdown on his first touch. After that, he had just 15 yards on 17 carries.

Revenge will be on the line this afternoon as the Lions are hungry to avenge last season's 38-10 humiliating loss to Arizona. Stafford and company have too many weapons and should enjoy another big day in the passing game rolling to a decisive victory in Glendale.




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09/15/2013 09:12 AM

Washington/Green Bay over 52:
While the Packers focused on keeping Colin Kaepernick in the pocket after he torched them for an NFL quarterback-record 181 rushing yards in January's NFC divisional playoff loss, Kaepernick was busy throwing for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns - while totaling just 22 yards on the ground - to help San Francisco beat Green Bay 34-28 last Sunday. Robert Griffin III didn't take any preseason snaps and looked rusty n Monday night's 33-27 loss to Philadelphia. A fumble, an interception and a botched pitch that led to a safety on the first three possessions forced Griffin to throw a career-most 49 passes while rushing for only 24 yards. He set career highs of 30 completions and 329 yards passing while tossing two touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions for the first time as a pro.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, while Jordy Nelson (130 yards) and Randall Cobb (108) each caught seven passes and a TD in a losing effort. Eddie Lacy ran 14 times for only 41 yards, though, as the Packers totaled 63 on the ground.Green Bay's no-huddle offense was somewhat inconsistent as their 4 TD drives were offset by 5 that resulted in three and outs. Rodgers, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb and company can certainly put up the points through the air. However the cheese will need a lot more from the running game to take some of the pressure off of Rodgers. Philadelphia confounded the Redskins with the Chip Kelly Oregon-style attack, and, while the Packers might not reach that level of offensive plays, they're certainly capable of getting up and down the field quickly. Washington defensive backs DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson will be challenged, and Brian Orakpo will need to get his pass rush on to harass Rodgers.

While Griffin needs to add consistency to his mobility if the Redskins hope to be successful, adding a more efficient running game also wouldn't hurt. Their 74 rushing yards were far below last season's average of 169.3 that led the NFL. Alfred Morris carried 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, fumbling on the first offensive play and combining with Griffin on the botched pitch in the end zone that led to a safety on the team's third possession. Leonard Hankerson and Pierre Garcon are Griffin's main targets and they are up against a Packers pass rush that looks extremely vulnerable early.

This looks to be another close one with once again the team possessing the ball and tempo last emerging victorious. With Rodgers and Griffin at the helm of two offensively minded teams, the final tally could soar into the 60's. Both teams may be driving up and down the field, and if Griffin can bounce back he could wind up going toe to toe with Rodgers, who will look to give the no-huddle offense a fighting chance.

Best of luck to all in week 2!
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