Has lost the last four times that the team has played the Broncos in Denver. The Broncos had a tough home page time last year adjusting to the post-Peyton Manning era. A year after winning the Super Bowl, the Broncos failed to reach the postseason. Quarterback Trevor Siemian won the job again after battling second-year pro Paxton Lynch in the offseason. Lynch injured a shoulder and will miss four to six weeks so the Broncos brought back former QB Brock Osweiler, who was released in Cleveland. If not for the Cleveland Browns being on the schedule in Week 3, the Indianapolis Colts would likely be 0-3 entering their Sunday night game with Seattle.
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Hilton is the Colts leading receiver and the NFL’s No. 2 with 1,248 yards. Frank Gore leads a ground game that is suspect at times with 891 yards. Two of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL will meet for the NFC Championship on Sunday when Green Bay, upset winners of top-seeded Dallas, travels to Atlanta. The Falcons and their fans get one more game in the Georgia Dome before they move to Mercedes Benz Stadium where they will begin playing their home games next season. Atlanta will try to send their fans off with a victory over one of the hottest teams in football right now. What Super Bowl 51 comes down to though, is exactly how the previous 50 were decided – defense.
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The Saints top receiver led the NFL in receptions with 125 and the running back tandem of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram accounted for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. New Orleans finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in run defense allowing just 80.2 yards per game. Mike Tomlin has to be a grumpy dude this week as his Steelers have crumbled on their way to an 0-3 record over the past three weeks, leaving all Pittsburgh fans flummoxed. With under 20 points in all three games, the team’s poor offensive line and run game, as well as inconsistencies from Ben Roethlisberger, have reared their ugly heads.
Royce Freeman and Peyton Lindsay were held to 40 combined yards last week, which forced Keenum to throw the ball 41-times. Despite Deshaun Watson’s classy season, there’s also no denying just how poor the Texans’ offensive line has looked at times. The Colts’ pass rush is among the best in the league, so with a 7-1 record in their last eight home games, back Indianapolis to win this one. Speaking of running, that’s exactly what we should expect from both sides this week. Jacksonville and Cincinnati both rank Top 10 in rushing yards allowed, which should provide plenty of opportunities for Joe Mixon to get his season back on track.
The duo have picked up right where they left off in college as a dangerous tandem. First year head coach Robert Saleh will have to come up with some defensive magic if he has any hope of stopping the potent Bengals offense. The Saints opened as a little big bigger favorites, and you can see why.
Cleveland beat in-state rival Cincinnati last week to sweep the season series and make Sunday’s game with Baltimore that much more exciting. The Ravens can win the division with a victory over Cleveland. Pittsburgh, a loser last week at New Orleans, needs the Browns to beat Baltimore in order to have a shot at the postseason. Chicago’s defense ranks in the top-5 in most statistical categories. They are first in scoring defense allowing 17.7 points per game. They are also No. 1 rush defense allowing just 80 yards per game on the ground.
The Cowboys ran for 126 yards in a win over Oakland last week. The ground game has helped the Cowboys score 98 points in its last three games, wins over Washington, the Giants, and Oakland. Now, Seattle heads to Dallas to take on the Cowboys who are also 8-6 but have won three straight and welcome back RB Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension. Playing at home on Christmas Eve with their star running back, the Cowboys are going to be tough to beat. Like Seattle, Dallas must win to have any chance at making the postseason.
And though Sam Darnold has struggled lately, he should connect with DJ Moore against the Giants’ secondary. Chuba Hubbard has filled in admirably for CMC, and this week he gets a soft NYG run defense. Carolina is scoring an average of 24 points per game to New York’s 19, and the Carolina defense is allowing only 20 points per game to New York’s 29.5.
The LA Chargers are sitting at 1-1 after the first two weeks of the 2021 season. After an impressive win in week 1 over the Washington Football Team, Justin Herbert and the Chargers fell to a Dallas Cowboys team on the road in week 2. They’ll be traveling on the road again this week to Kansas City to play their AFC informative post West rival Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are coming off a crushing defeat late to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football, and will look to get back over .500 as they head back to Arrowhead Stadium. On the other side of the coin, the Arizona Cardinals lead by second year quarterback Kyler Murray are one of the more impressive teams from the first two weeks of the 2021 season.