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Bears Fans Take a Breath


by Peter Bobrinskoy

I woke up this morning pretty depressed. My Bears just got killed on Monday Night Football last night by the Philadelphia Eagles. The offensive line could not block, Jay Cutler was turning the ball over left and right, injuries were piling up, Jeremy Langford ran for only 28 yards… It was a brutal night. The Bears were three point favorites against a rookie quarterback and a head coach who was coaching high school football eight years ago, and got completely out played. It was a tough night.

This mourning I put on Chicago sports radio, read the Chicago Tribune sports section, read Twitter, and looked at NFL power rankings and everybody was down on the Bears. People have the Bears season over already after two games. Chris Simms of Bleacher Report, had the Bears ranked as the 32nd team in the NFL. Dan Bernstein declared the season over and was thinking about firing General Manager Ryan Pace and Head Coach John Fox already.

And here is what Bears fans need to hear… This team is going to be fine. Last year the Houston Texans started their season 0-2 then 1-4. Their starting quarterback Brain Hoyer got pulled at halftime in the first game of the season. Their team looked like a complete dumpster fire after getting killed by the Atlanta Falcons on a Thursday Night Football game in Week 4. However the Texans finished their last eight games 6-2 and made the playoffs. Last year the Kansas City Chiefs started their season 1-5, lost their star running back Jamaal Charles to an ACL tear and still made it to the AFC Division Round.  And the biggest example of all is the 2014 New England Patriots. The Patriots were 2-1 going into Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The Chiefs beat the Patriots 41-14 and everybody overreacted. Boston fans were thinking about trading Tom Brady and going with Jimmy Garoppolo. Trent Dilfer an ESPN analyst said after the game, “We saw a weak team. The New England Patriots, let’s face it. They’re not good anymore.” The Patriots ended up winning the Super Bowl that year. You get the picture. Fans and analysts, especially in big sports towns, love to overreact.

Have the Bears looked bad the last two games? Yes. Is the season over? No. John Fox is a good coach. Vic Fangio is one of the best defensive coordinators in the league. This team needs time to figure it out. Their offensive line was reshuffled and two players switched positions five games before the season. The 2014 Bears season was one of the worst years of my life. That team had playoff and Super Bowl expectations and completely faltered. However, this team is not going to crumble like that one. John Fox is a way better coach than Marc Trestman and Vic Fangio is on a different planet than Mel Tucker.

It does not look good right now but it’s better that what happened last night happened in Week 2 rather than if it happened in Week 11.

Maybe I’m wrong and the Bears go on to win three games this year and compete for the #1 draft pick. However, do not call a season “over” after just two games because previous years of the NFL have proved that to be an overreaction.

Jeremy Sneed’s NFL Week 3 Picks


Thursday Night Football @ 7:25

Houston Texans (2-0) @ New England Patriots (2-0)

-Considering that Gronkowski still might play, and that 3 rd Round draft pick Jacoby Brissett

might be starting, many people might think the Pats are going to lose. I am not one of them. Bill

Belichick knows how to win no matter who is starting behind center and I think this week will be

no different.

Final Score: 23-17

Sunday Noon Games

Arizona Cardinals (1-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-2)

-The Bills have underperformed through their first two games this season leading to their 0-2

record. It doesn’t get any easier for them as they host the Cardinals who are coming off of a 40-

7 beat down of the Bucs. I think the same thing happens to the Bills this week as the Cardinals

improve to 2-1.

Final Score: 41-12

Oakland Raiders (1-1) @ Tennessee Titans (1-1)

-The Raiders offense has been dynamic but their defense has been dismal to say the least. With

that being said, I think the Raiders offense will be able to carry them to a victory this week

against the Titans.

Final Score: 37-27

Cleveland Browns (0-2) @ Miami Dolphins (0-2)

-I wish I could say that I think the Browns will upset the Dolphins, but I just can’t do that. I

think that Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins will pick up their first win of the season this week.

Final Score: 24-12

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

-The Baltimore Ravens are 2-0? The only thing that seems crazier than that is saying they will

be 3-0. Well I’m a believer that they will be 3-0 after this game. I think the Jaguars are too

inconsistent on both sides of the field.

Final Score: 26-17

Detroit Lions (1-1) @ Green Bay Packers (1-1)

-I am taking a huge risk in fantasy by not stating Rodgers this week because I think he is going to

torch the Lions in this game. The Lions are dealing with some key injuries and I think the

Packers D-Line will smother Matthew Stafford.

Final Score: 31-10

Denver Broncos (2-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

-This game should be a very entertaining one between the Broncos and Bengals. When it comes

to predicting who will win I believe in Trevor Siemian! The Broncos are 2-0 with the Rookie

QB and I believe they will improve to 3-0 this week.

Final Score: 24-20

Minnesota Vikings (2-0) @ Carolina Panthers (1-1)

-The Vikings are planning to be without Adrian Peterson for this game. But, they are 2-0 with

virtually no productivity from AP in the first two weeks. I do think though that the Panthers are

going to be good for the Vikings in this game and get the easier victory at home.

Final Score: 42-21

Washington Redskins (0-2) @ New York Giants (2-0)

-Josh Norman will cover Odell Beckham Jr. in their first matchup since their infamous fight in

week 7 of last year. The Redskins though have more to worry about than OBJ. There is an

apparent divide in the locker room with Kirk Cousins, Jay Gruden and the rest of the team. I

think the Giants will take advantage of that and improve to 3-0.

Final Score: 35-27

Sunday Afternoon Games @ 3:05

Los Angeles Rams (1-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

-The Rams were able to upset the Seahawks in one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. But I

think the magic will run out this week when they travel to Tampa Bay. I think Jameis Winston

will bounce back from his career-high 5 turnovers last week to lead the Bucs to victory.

Final Score: 37-17

San Francisco 49ers (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

-The Seahawks were upset by the Rams last week in one of the worst NFL games in the past

decade. I think they will bounce back and get a much needed victory over their divisional rival

49ers.

Final Score: 21-10

Sunday Afternoon Games @ 3:25

New York Jets (1-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

-This might be the hardest game to predict this week. I am going to put my money on the New

York Jets as long as Matt Forte can keep finding the end-zone. I think he will and that will help

the Jets lock up an important second win.

Final Score: 19-16

San Diego Chargers (1-1) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

-The Chargers offense has been electric so far this season and has lead them to their 1-1 start.

The Colts are struggling on all aspects of the game. In my upset of the week, I think the

Chargers will get their second win of the season because of the emergence of Travis Benjamin

and Melvin Gordon.

Final Score: 30-20

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) @Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)

-This game will be much more entertaining than we thought coming into the season because of

the play of Carson Wentz. I still think that the Steelers are too good though and will win this

game. I do think that the Eagles will keep it close throughout most of the game.

Final Score: 31-27

Sunday Night Football @ 7:30

Chicago Bears (0-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

-The Chicago Bears looked downright horrible in Monday Night’s loss to the Eagles. Following

that, Jay Cutler will miss 2-3 weeks, Danny Trevathan had surgery and Lamarr Houston will be

sidelined for a while. I think that the Cowboys will shutout my Bears… I am not happy

predicting that but I am trying to be realistic.

Final Score: 37-0

Monday Night Football @ 7:30

 

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-2)

-The last time the Saints hosted the Falcons on Monday Night Football was when Steve Gleason

blocked the punt for a touchdown in the Saints return from Hurricane Katrina aftermath. That

moment was so historic that they even built a statue to commemorate that moment. With that in

mind, I think the Saints will pick up their first win of the season in what should be an

emotionally driven contest.

Final Score: 34-21

Daniel Hartmann’s NFL Football Week 2 Picks


By Daniel Hartmann

Jets (0-1) vs. Bills (0-1)

The Bills offense was awful last week. Ditto for the Jets. Tyrod Taylor has potential to break out in a hurry. Ryan Fitzpatrick is average in every sense of the word. Both teams have solid defenses, but the Jets have the edge in both departments. A motivated Rex Ryan against his old team is cause for concern for Jets fans, but the Jets pull out a win in a low scoring game.

 

FINAL- Jets 17- Bills 10

 

Bengals (1-0) vs. Steelers (1-0)

A matchup of two super bowl contenders. A matchup of two of the top three receivers in the game. Two high powered offenses. Two stingy defenses. I think this one gets decided by the running games. Deangelo Williams is better than Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. And Ben Roethlisberger is better than Andy Dalton. Steelers win by at least a touchdown.

 

FINAL- Steelers 31- Bengals 20

 

Lions (1 -0) vs. Titans (0-1)

Matthew Stafford could have taken the year to mourn Calvin Johnson’s retirement. Instead he threw for 340 yards and led a touchdown winning drive in the fourth quarter. The Thunder and Thunder duo of the Titans didn’t get off to a great start, and the Titans only scored 10 points last week. Stafford has a typical Stafford outing and throws for 350 yards with 2 picks.

 

FINAL- Lions 24- Titans 21

 

Ravens (1-0) vs. Browns (0-1)

The Browns make me sad so I won’t talk about them. The Ravens have already figured out how to use Mike Wallace; run him 40 yards downfield and throw him bombs. Luckily Joe Flacco can do this.

 

FINAL- Ravens 20- Browns 7

 

Cowboys (0-1) vs. Redskins (0-1)

I believe in Dak Prescott and in Ezekiel Elliot. The two rookies have the skills to make this a good game, not to mention the Cowboy’s stellar line. The Redskins are coming off a big loss to the Steelers, and will be playing on short rest.

 

FINAL- Cowboys 20- Redskins 16

 

Saints (0-1) vs. Giants (1-0)

This game alone might be worth getting NFL pass for. WE could see a combined 80 points and I wouldn’t even bat an eye. Brees and Manning are both healthy, as are their weapons. Expect to see a five minute highlight reel in this one, and hope you don’t face any of these guys in your fantasy league.

 

FINAL- Giants 48- Saints 42

 

49ers (1-0) vs. Panthers (0-1)

The 49ers were much better than expected against the Rams. But there were some who said all along that San Francisco could be good this year. I just don’t see it happening again against the Panthers in Cam Newton’s revenge game. He’s angry about two straight defeats and repeated shots to the head. You don’t make Superman angry without consequences.

 

FINAL- Panthers 35- 49ers 14

 

Dolphins (0-1) vs. Patriots (1-0)

The Dolphins defense looks scary this year. Obviously the Seahawks aren’t on the Patriots level, even without Brady and Gronk, but still. If Tannehill can connect on some shots, this could be a better game than expected. Garroppolo could have Gronk back this week though, and he showed a lot in his first game as a starter. The Patriots are the best team in the league.

 

FINAL- Patriots 24- Dolphins 13

 

Chiefs (1-0) vs. Texans (1-0)

Both teams are coming off impressive wins in week one. The Texans started slow and then held off the Bears in the second half, while the Chiefs pulled off a historic come back against the Chargers. A rematch of last year’s playoffs, this could well come down to a healthy JJ Watt. If he’s not full speed, expect a high scoring game. If he is, the Texans win big.

 

FINAL- Chiefs 30- Texans 27.

 

Seahawks (1-0) vs. Rams (0-1)

Hey LA fans, feel our pain. I’ve been watching the Rams for 15 years now, and that game still hurt me to watch. Imagine if you’re not used to it. The Seahawks are the Seahawks. The Legion of Boom is back, and Russell Wilson makes magic. No upsets for the Rams this time.

FINAL- Seahawks 31- Rams 12

 

Buccaneers (1-0) vs. Cardinals (0-1)

Jameis Winston is not a star in the making. He’s a star right now. He has weapons in Doug Martin, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and Mike Evans, and this is a playoff team. Unfortunately for them, so are the Cardinals. Yes, the Cardinals lost at home last week. But that was to a Patriots team loving the underdog role. Carson Palmer has more weapons than he knows what to do with and they want to get back to their winning ways. Cardinals in a shootout.

 

FINAL- Cardinals 42- Buccaneers 35

 

Jaguars (0-1) vs. Chargers (0-1)

The Jaguars are the bandwagon team of the year. Get on now, or there will be no space. They just gave the PACKERS and ARRON RODGERS everything they could handle. This is a good, young football team. The Chargers on the other hand, most likely just crashed their bandwagon with that horrible loss to the Chiefs last week. I don’t care how good Phillip Rivers is, or how good Melvin Gordon can be.

 

FINAL- Jaguars 35- Chargers 21

 

Falcons (0-1) vs. Raiders (1-0)

Remember when everyone said Matt Ryan was the future of the NFL? Hey everyone, meet Derek Carr. He is what people thought Ryan could be, and he’s only in his third year. The Raiders have weapons on both sides of the ball, the Falcons, only on one. The defenses make the difference in this game.

 

FINAL- Raiders 23- Falcons 16

 

Colts (0-1) vs. Broncos (1-0)

Here’s a “what if” for you. What If Andrew Luck had the Broncos defense? That team would go 15-1 at the least. As it is, we get to watch the Colts struggle even with a generational talent at QB, while Denver is going to win a lot of close games with a former 7th round pick starting for them. That being send, here is my upset pick of the week. Luck does Luck things, and Semien shows a few cracks.

 

FINAL- Colts 24- Broncos 20

 

Packers (1-0) vs. Vikings (1-0)

The Monday Night Football game could well be the best game of the week (Either this or Steelers-Bengals). The best quarterback in the game goes against the best defense in the game. And yes I think the Vikings have a better defense than the Broncos, Patriots, or Seahawks, or whoever else you want to argue. On the other side of the ball, the Packers D is good, not great, and Adrian Peterson is still Adrian Peterson for the Vikings. This one could go either way, but I’m going Packers on the road in this one. Ask me again later if I think the Vikings would have won with Bridgewater instead of Bradford or Hill.

 

FINAL- Packers 17- Vikings 14

 

Jeremy Sneed’s Week 2 NFL Picks


by Jeremy Sneed

Thursday Night Football 7:25 Jets (0-1) @ Bills (0-1)

-The Bills offense performed very poorly against the Ravens in week 1.  The Jets offense looked pretty good, but just got out performed by AJ Green and the Bengals in week 1.  I think the Jets will bounce back and be victorious against the Ryan brothers and the Buffalo Bills.

Final Score: 32-27

Sunday Noon Games

Bengals (1-0) @ Steelers (1-0)

-Besides the Saints-Giants game, I think this will be the second most entertaining game because of defense.  The Saints-Giants game will be offensively driven, while Bengals-Steelers will be low scoring and defensively driven.  In this hard fought matchup, I think the Bengals pull off the upset on the road.

Final Score: 17-16

Titans (0-1) @ Lions (1-0)

-The Lions were able to defeat the Colts in week 1 thanks to a game-winning field goal from Matt Prater.  I predict that the Lions will have an easier time in winning this week against the Titans.

Final Score: 37-23

Ravens (1-0) @ Browns (0-1)

-Now that RG3 has been placed on IR, I think the Browns have less of a chance of being competitive this season.  So, I think the Ravens will improve to 2-0 in what should be a pretty easy victory this week.

Final Score: 25-13

Cowboys (0-1) @ Redskins (0-1)

-The Cowboys are coming off a game that they should have won.  All Terrance Williams had to go was get out of bounds and Dan Bailey would have won the game.  The Redskins, on the other hand, got torn apart by Antonio Brown and Big Ben.  I think the Redskins will bounce back successfully with a key divisional matchup home win.

Final Score: 36-26

Saints (0-1) @ Giants (1-0)

-Let’s go back to last season: Saints 52 Giants 49.  Drew Brees threw for 505 yards and 7 touchdowns while Eli Manning threw 6 touchdowns of his own.  This year should be now different and I think the emergence if Willie Snead will solidify another victory for the Saints over the Giants.

Final Score:     55-48

49ers (1-0) @ Panthers (0-1)

-The 49ers were lucky in week one to face the LA Rams at home.  They were able to shutout the Rams 28-0, but didn’t look very impressive in doing so.  I think the Panthers will bounce back from a tough week 1 loss to an easy home win against the Niners.

Final Score: 48-14

Dolphins (0-1) @ Patriots (1-0)

-This is another game that I think will be a blow out.  While the Dolphins did contend throughout their week 1 matchup against Seattle, it will be a different story in week 2.  I think Garoppolo and Gronk will own the Dolphins defense in a blowout victory at home.

Final Score: 52-20

Chiefs (1-0) @ Texans (1-0)

-While the Chiefs looked horrible through the first half against the Chargers, they were able to come back from a 27-9 deficit to win.  The Texans also came back from a half-time deficit to defeat the Bears.  JJ Watt wasn’t much of a factor in week 1, but I think he will make an impact in week 2.  With his impact, I think the Texans pull out a huge home victory against the Chiefs.

Final Score: 23-19

Sunday Afternoon Games

3:05 Seahawks (1-0) @ Rams (0-1)

-This game will not be close as the Seahawks will dominate the Rams.  It is simple as that.  Final Score: 49-7.

3:05 Buccaneers (1-0) @ Cardinals (0-1)

-The Cardinals suffered a tough loss last Sunday night because that was a game they should have won.  A bad snap lead to a missed game-winning field goal from Chandler Catanzaro.  I do believe in the Cardinals this week at home against the Buccaneers.  However, I do think the Buccaneers will contend for most of this game.  The main difference will be the Cardinals defense being clutch down the stretch.

Final Score:     30-22

3:25 Jaguars (0-1) @ Chargers (0-1)

-In the battle of two of the worst teams of the last decade, this is a hard one to predict.  The Jaguars nearly defeated the Green Bay Packers in week 1.  On the other hand, the Chargers blew a 27-9 lead in Kansas City!  With that being said, I think the Jaguars will be victorious in this game because their loss was less traumatic because they didn’t blow the game.

Final Score: 27-16

3:25 Falcons (0-1) @ Raiders (1-0)

-The Raiders offense proved they could put up big numbers by scoring 35 points in week 1.  I think this week is no different as this game should be very entertaining.  I am confident that the Raiders offense can outshine Matt Ryan and their dangerous offense.  The Raiders will be victorious and improve to 2-0.

Final Score: 38-31

3:25 Colts (0-1) @ Broncos (1-0)

-The Colts were one of many teams that suffered heart-breaking losses in week 1.  The Broncos were not one of those teams as they made quick work in defeating the Panthers.  The Broncos is insanely good right now and I think that Andrew Luck and the Colts offense struggle mightily in this game and the Broncos get an easy victory to improve to 2-0.

Final Score: 45-14

Sunday Night Football 7:25 Packers (1-0) @ Vikings (1-0)

-The Vikings defense saved the game last week against the Titans forcing two turnovers for touchdowns.  The Packers though got lucky as well, for if it wasn’t for a dropped touchdown by Allen Robinson, the Packers would be 0-1.  The Packers dominate inside their own division and I think this game will be no different as the Packers roll over the Vikings.

Final Score:42-20

Monday Night Football 7:30 Eagles (1-0) @ Bears (0-1)

-Rookie QB Carson Wentz looked pretty damn good in the opening week against the Cleveland Browns.  Meanwhile, the Bears defense didn’t look very good at all against Houston.  In what I think will be a very entertaining game, Carson Wentz gets the job done again.  If the Bears defense can make Brock Osweiler look good, then Wentz should look like a Hall-of-Famer.

Final Score: 31-27