The Jets have been burned by workhorse and speed backs early, and Jay Ajayi is both of those rolled up into one premier package. While Jay Cutler won’t need to do much and will keep it simple playing off Ajayi, Josh McCown (Cutler’s former backup in Chicago) will have trouble doing much with limited time on the field.
Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford are well-paid friends because of their current and past ties to the state of Georgia. Ryan has already reached MVP level, and Stafford is making his case to get there �� minus a playoff win and a better track record against good teams. Stafford will play well here, but the Falcons will player better around Ryan. Devonta Freeman will keep chugging at a high level, and Julio Jones is overdue to bust out and get the best of Darius Slay. The Lions can move the ball often with shorter throws to their backs and Golden Tate, but eventually, they won’t be able to keep pace with how Ryan rolls on the road.
Weeks 1 and 2 have been brutal for the game picks. As teams are still forging identities, it takes about a month to gauge just how good or bad they are.
With some separation thanks to several 2-0 and 0-2 teams, it should get easier �� in theory �� to predict and prognosticate. In reality, the teams in the muddled middle make it a lot harder to make some calls.
Sure, they were playing the Jets, but Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy kept it simple, and let the Bills’ defense had an easy first day at the office for new coach Sean McDermott. Now comes the hard part of playing competitive NFL teams.
It was a rough start for Joey Bosa and the defense, and not so great for Philip Rivers in the offense until it was too late. New coach Anthony Lynn wil try to get his first win in their new (temporary) home.