jimmythegreek Posts:11204 Followers:382
On 09/16/2012 09:55 AM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 2

NYJ +6 over Pittsburgh (bought half):
With Darrelle Revis ruled out, the Jets look for another dynamic performance from Mark Sanchez and the offense as a much tougher test awaits at Pittsburgh versus the Steelers on Sunday. New York spent the majority of the preseason as one of the NFL's hot topics, but for the wrong reasons. The team failed to get in the end zone until the fourth and final preseason game, and that touchdown came from its reserves. Guess that's why they call it the preseason, because in week 1 the Jets proved that none of that lack of execution ever mattered in the first place. The Jets reached the end zone on the first three scores and comfortably beat Buffalo 48-28 to open the season in impressive and surprising fashion.

Sanchez was a big part of last week's outburst, completing 19 of 27 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns while tossing his only interception on the opening drive. Two of his scoring throws went to rookie Stephen Hill, who had five catches for 89 yards despite getting sick on the sideline during the game. Revis won't get a chance at another pick just yet. The All-Pro cornerback will miss this game due to a concussion, suffered last week when he was accidentally kicked in the head by teammate Bart Scott while attempting a tackle. Revis will not make the trip to Pittsburgh, and Kyle Wilson will start in his place.

It's anybody's guess, but Tim Tebow, who gained 11 yards on five carries while being used twice in the wildcat and in nine total offensive plays last week may see a bit more action this time around. The wildly popular backup quarterback burned the Steelers for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime in last season's wild-card matchup. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 316 yards and two scores, while adding 50 rushing yards on 10 attempts in the matchup. Pittsburgh now welcomes back safety Ryan Clark, who sat out the opener due to a sickle cell trait that flares up at high altitude, but two other defensive standouts are questionable. Linebacker James Harrison (knee) hasn't played since the playoff loss to Denver, safety Troy Polamalu is nursing a strained calf and neither player has practiced this week.

Pittsburgh was held to just 284 yards of total offense in week 1 vs. Denver including only 75 on the ground. Rashard Mendenhall was inactive as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Mendenhall practiced this week but is listed as doubtful. Last week, Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of 40 passes for 245 yards with two touchdowns and an untimely INT, which was returned 43 yards for the game's final score with 1:58 left.

The key to the Jets winning is going to be what happens in their defensive backfielld. Wilson is going to have to step in and play the game of his life helping Antonio Cromartie lockdown the Steelers speedy wideouts. As long as Wilson is able to do that then the Jets front seven should be able to put plenty of pressure on the Steelers causing them to make mistakes which could lead to turnovers and additional opportunities for the Jets offense.

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09/16/2012 10:03 AM

Baltimore +3.5 over Philadelphia (bought half):
Michael Vick ould be facing an unfriendly home crowd if his performance is much like the season opener, and Philadelphia Eagles fans would only be more temperamental if Flacco and the new-look Baltimore Ravens offense have another big game Sunday. Limited to 12 snaps in the preseason due to injuries, Vick looked rusty last Sunday as he tied a career high with four interceptions in a 17-16 victory at Cleveland in a game many expected the Eagles to win easily. Vick had to march them 91 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:18 to play.

Twitter and sports radio that Vick should have been pulled for rookie backup Nick Foles, who impressed in the preseason. Vick's attempt and turnovers were both career highs. LeSean McCoy should have gotten more involved early in the game despite the Pro Bowler touching the ball 12 times three quarters, followed by eight more in the fourth finishing with 110 yards. One of the biggest knocks on Vick is he doesn't take better care of the football - or himself - after missing seven games over the past two seasons due to injuries. He fumbled twice last Sunday - neither was lost - and continued to take many hits, whether when dropping back to pass or scrambling.

While Vick emerged with the NFC's lowest passer rating, Flacco was named AFC offensive player of the week after a 44-13 rout of Cincinnati on Monday night. Flacco finished 21 of 29 for 299 yards with two TDs and no turnovers. Baltimore debuted its new no-huddle offense, a scheme Flacco seemed to relish. He hit Torrey Smith with a 52-yard pass on the game's first offensive play and would lead the Ravens to points on all but two of their possessions, excluding a kneeldown to end the first half. Ray Lewis led a Baltimore defense that had a solid debut under new coordinator Dean Pees despite the absence of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, out until at least November with a torn Achilles. The Ravens had four sacks and forced two turnovers, one a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ed Reed.

Philadelphia's defense also played well last Sunday but was facing a Cleveland team relying on rookies at quarterback and running back. Facing Flacco and Ray Rice, who had 68 yards and two TDs on 10 carries in Week 1, will surely be a stiffer test. Both teams are fairly healthy, but the Ravens probably have the edge here because Philly is so banged up in one particular spot. In the end I like Baltimore’ should shut down Philly in this one and I expect Flacco to put together another fine game as well as the Raven defense.


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09/16/2012 10:10 AM

San Diego -6 over Tennessee (bought half):
While Ryan Mathews' possible absence may still plague the San Diego Chargers' rushing attack, another turnover-free effort by Philip Rivers could again help them overcome it. San Diego opens its home schedule Sunday seeking an eighth consecutive victory over the Titans, who could have Matt Hasselbeck back at quarterback if Jake Locker isn't healthy enough to go. With Mathews sidelined by a broken collarbone, the Chargers (1-0) ran 20 times for 32 yards in Monday's 22-14 victory at Oakland. Rivers settled for short passes - 30 of his 33 attempts went fewer than 20 yards - and completed 24 for 231 yards and a touchdown. The four-time Pro Bowler did not commit a turnover, which is a good sign after he had 25 last season, including a career-high 20 interceptions.

The bolts are 36-11 during that stretch when allowing fewer than two sacks of Rivers, and he was sacked once Monday. Undrafted rookie left tackle Mike Harris had a strong game against the Raiders, according to coach Norv Turner, and could make a second straight start for Jared Gaither (back spasms). The team also signed guard-tackle Reggie Wells on Tuesday for depth. The only AFC team with fewer rushing yards in Week 1 than San Diego was Tennessee, which ran for 20 in a 34-13 home loss to New England.

Locker is questionable after hurting his left shoulder in the fourth quarter Sunday. Locker, who completed 23 of 32 for 229 yards with a TD and an INT in his first NFL start, had an MRI on Monday and is expected to split reps in practice with Hasselbeck this week. Hasselbeck, who went 6 for 11 for 43 yards after Locker left, started all 16 of the Titans' games in 2011, but Munchak's plan is to give the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft another start if he's healthy. Locker or Hasselbeck could benefit from having Kenny Britt back from a one-game suspension following an offseason DUI, and fellow wideout Nate Washington should be good to go. Washington, who caught a 29-yard TD from Locker in the opener, suffered a bruised leg after a hard hit, but Munchak didn't think he had any concussion-like symptoms.

The biggest concern for Tennessee is Chris Johnson, who rushed for just four yards on 11 carries. It’s true that the Titans had to abandon the running game with the large deficit, but that is an abysmal stat line for your offensive star. If the Chargers can continue to be efficient on both sides of the ball sustaining long successful drives, they should be able to wear down Tennessee, who due to injuries and inefficiency cannot match weapons with the bolts.

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09/16/2012 10:15 AM

Kansas City/Buffalo over 44:
Buffalo (0-1) was overmatched in a 49-21 loss at New England in the 2011 season finale, and few - if any - offseason improvements were evident in last week's 48-28 road defeat to the New York Jets. The defense, despite adding prized defensive end Mario Williams in the offseason, couldn't defend against shorter fields following two Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions - he finished with three total - and the special teams unit allowed a punt return before the Bills were able to get points on the board. Making matters worse, starting running back Fred Jackson, who missed the last six games of 2011 with a broken leg, went down with a sprained knee ligament after only six carries for 15 yards. Wide receiver David Nelson then tore a right knee ligament in the fourth quarter. C.J. Spiller proved up to the task of replacing Jackson, running for a 56-yard touchdown for Buffalo's first score and finishing with a career-high 169 yards.

Spiller scored a touchdown for an offense that shined in Buffalo's 41-7 win over Kansas City in last year's season opener. Fitzpatrick threw for 208 yards and a career high-tying four touchdowns, including two to tight end Scott Chandler, who caught one of three Fitzpatrick TD passes against the Jets. The KC offense played well at times last week, converting 11 of 16 third downs and hitting the 20-point mark after being held to 19 or less in its final nine games last season. Jamaal Charles seems fully recovered from a torn ACL that kept him out of the final 14 games of 2011, rushing 16 times for 87 yards. Matt Cassel finished 21 for 33 with 258 yards and hit Kevin Boss with a 22-yard touchdown pass, but he also threw two interceptions.

Ryan is a legit quarterback but the defense of Kansas City made the Falcons look like Joe Montana the late 80s of San Francisco. Certainly this offense is capable of getting an inch of the achievements as those historic teams, but Buffalo has ways to go in terms of just getting a victory. Spiller filled in admirably for Jackson, and he should be the focal point of an offense that will utilize his durability and capability in a high scoring affair.

Best of luck to all in week 2!


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raizencane Posts:70 Followers:1
09/16/2012 10:59 AM

Good Luck Today JTG!!

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"It's A Canes Thing, You Wouldn't Understand"
marksmoneymakers Posts:17476 Followers:141
09/16/2012 11:25 AM

I am on board with Baltimore winning this game Jimmy.

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