Khalil Mack to Record 4.0 Sacks
Mack’s prediction of a 30-sack campaign is off to a slow start. After recording a whopping zero in a match-up against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, last year’s Defensive Player of the Year will now need to average 2.0 per game to achieve his lofty goal.
With the Raiders slated to play tough offensive lines like the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys later in the season, Mack’s best chance of accruing 30 sacks is if he starts padding his numbers against weaker teams. It’s a good time to formally apologize to Josh McCown and whomever else the Jets might decide to trot out at quarterback on Sunday.
All Home Teams in the Afternoon Win
Week 1 was the week of the road team — as teams playing away from home surprisingly ended the week with a winning record. That trend is unlikely to hold up throughout the entirety of the regular season. In fact, we’ll see the averages return back to the norm in Week 2. We predict all five home teams playing in the afternoon spot (4 PM EST/1 PM PST) will take home victories on Sunday.
Predicting a Raiders victory over the Jets, and a Seahawks win versus the 49ers isn’t overly bold. However, the Chargers and Rams enter the weekend as slight favorites — while the Broncos are underdogs against the Cowboys. Coincidentally, all five of those teams are on the West Coast. They will attempt to prove that it is indeed the best coast.
Leonard Fournette Goes for 100 Yards Against Titans
Jacksonville’s rookie running back looked great in the season opener against Houston. Fournette ran with power and balance on his way to a 100-yard debut. This week, he faces the division rival Tennessee Titans and their stout defensive front.
The Titans allowed just one 100-hundred yard rusher last season (Week 9 vs. Melvin Gordon and the Chargers). Fournette will put an end to that streak by stringing together his second consecutive triple-digit rushing total. With top wideout Allen Robinson on the IR, the Jaguars are fully committed to the run game. This should allow for Fournette to use his fresh legs and immense talent.
Ben Roethlisberger Lights Up the Vikings
Something has to give in this enticing match-up between an explosive offense and a dominant defense. Minnesota put on a clinic against the New Orleans Saints last week. Historically dominant in indoor stadiums, Drew Brees struggled for most of the night against a fierce pass rush and a skilled secondary.
Roethlisberger had some issues against the Browns (except when he threw to Antonio Brown – go figure) in Week 1. Road games were an issue for Big Ben last year (Home: 102.8 QB rating, 20 TD/5 INT; Away: 80.4 QB rating, 9 TD/8 INT). The Steelers’ offensive attack will be far better this week playing at Heinz Field, and Big Ben will torch the stout Vikes to the tune of four touchdowns passes and 300-plus yards through the air.
Dak Prescott Has His Worst Game as a Pro
As mature as he’s looked over the last year, Dak is still a 24-year old quarterback. His most memorable stinker thus far came in last season’s December match-up against the Giants. The Cowboys were only able to muster 7 points in that game, and Dak posted a season-low 12.0 QBR while throwing for 165 yards, two interceptions and completed 45.9-percent of his passes. He’ll have to “best” that line if he wants a new low, and the Broncos have just the right defense to make it happen.
Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby will be all over the Cowboys’ receivers, and Von Miller will be ready to put his skills to the test against that elite offensive line.
Sources: Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports