The NFL This Week

Hey NFL fans. If you’re reading this article to get a nice balanced view on the NFL, I’m sorry, but I’m not the writer for you. Along with what seems to be at times 95% of this school, I’m a diehard Patriots fan, and as much as my editors will try to de-bias my articles, it ain’t happening (got that Kiernan?). Now I’m just gonna pretend that last week didn’t happen since I didn’t have to write about it, and dive straight in to the Pats dominant Week 2 performance against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Pats proved once again that they’re always a championship contender after defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 30-7. After a successful first drive touchdown by the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings, the Patriots defense found their rhythm and held Matt Cassel and the Vikings offense scoreless for the rest of the game, forcing 4 interceptions and returning a blocked FG attempt 58 yards for a TD (Pats D/ST on fantasy for the win). The Pats offense heavily showcased Tom Brady’s favorite target, Julian Edelman, who caught 6 passes for 81 yards, including a second-quarter TD. The 1-1 Patriots now look to improve their record against the Oakland Raiders, playing Sunday at 1 pm.

And now, the majority of my readers can now put down the paper, as I’m going to move on from the Patriots (because apparently other teams played on Sunday).

In an unfortunate trend, a number of star players across the league found themselves on the sidelines after a slew of injuries. Fantasy owners have reason to be upset as many of these players were poised to put up huge numbers. In a scary situation for Washington Redskins fans, quarterback Robert Griffin III was carted off the field in the first quarter after he dislocated his ankle. Additionally, star wide receiver DeSean Jackson was also taken out in the same quarter after injuring his shoulder. There is no set timeline for either to return, although Jackson will surely see the field before Griffin does – if he sees it at all this season.

Several high profile running backs were also sent to the training rooms a little earlier than expected. Chiefs’ running back Jamaal Charles left the game in the middle of the first quarter after suffering a high ankle sprain. He had accumulated only 4 yards rushing after 2 carries. Chargers’ running back Ryan Mathews sprained his MCL and is expected to miss a significant amount of time, while Mark Ingram of the Saints is out for four weeks after breaking his hand.

And now, time to take a look at what’s coming ahead in Week 3 with my surefire to win, toss-up game, and loser for the week. Now if you’re a betting person, I wouldn’t take anything I say into consideration, but for the casual fan, I’m pretty sure I’m 100% right.

Surefire win: The Indianapolis Colts. Despite starting off 0-2 on the year, the Colts have one of the more prolific offenses in the league under QB Ander Luck. Both losses have been duels right to the end against equally efficient offenses, and the Colts should roll right through the Jaguars defense.

Toss-up: Ravens-Browns. Both teams are 1-1 heading into this matchup. Last week, the Browns proved they’ll keep fighting after winning on a last second FG, ensuring Gus Gluek will smile all semester. That said, the Ravens always find ways to come through with a win, so you should definitely keep an eye on this one.

Loser of the week: The New York Jets (are my biases coming through at all?). Last week, the Jets jumped out to a surprising lead over the Green Bay Packers. However, they proved once again why their fans are always miserable. Unable to muster any offense past the first quarter, the Jets crumbled under Aaron Rodgers passing attack, and don’t look to fare much better against the Bears.

Ok folks, assuming I still have a job next week (apparently I’m not getting paid for this) you can look forward to reading an AFC East recap in next week’s issue.

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