Redskins at Steelers: I remain extremely bullish on the Redskins. Wait… let me fix that. I remain extremely bullish on the Redskins’ offense. I think Mike Shanahan and Co had some things to prove this year, whether that be an improved record, or at the very least, the ability to show that there was promise in the immediate future. To date, Shanahan’s record with the Skins is 14-25. I have no idea what record the Skins will finish with this season, but I think Shanahan is very safe. What he has done with a rookie QB and good (but certainly not great) talent around him has been impressive.
They’ll get another big test this weekend in Pittsburgh. I think this game will be like many of the other Skins games this season. They’ll run the ball effectively and they’ll score a lot of points, just not as many as the other team.
Falcons at Eagles: The Falcons are very susceptible to the run. They have a pair of corners that would prefer not to tackle running backs, and they’ve given up at least 116 rushing yards to every team they’ve faced so far this season. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of weather this game will be played in. If it’s ugly and forces the Eagles to run the ball, I think that’s their best shot. If it’s not so bad that the Eagles feel comfortable passing the ball, I can’t help but shake the feeling that Andy Reid will be saying “We thought we saw some things we could attack in the passing game” in his post-loss press conference.
For me, it boils down to one major issue: I have next to no trust in Michael Vick to stop making huge mistakes. Falcons 21-17.
Giants at Cowboys: In re-watching the Giants-Cowboys Week 1 matchup this week, I was reminded of how bad Victor Cruz was in that game:
- 3 drops. Bad ones.
- False start penalty.
- Block in back penalty (although in fairnss to Victor, that was a ticky-tack call).
- He missed a block on a screen pass in which the Giants had the perfect call for a Cowboys blitz.
Meanwhile, Hakeem Nicks didn’t look right. He still looked kind of gimpy.
Cruz has since gotten his head straight (and then some), while Nicks should be feeling better. Plus, some other players have since stepped up for the Giants’ offense. This will not be the same team this time the Cowboys saw Week 1. Not to mention, they’ll be without Week 1 stud DeMarco Murray.
I see the Giants putting 2.5 games of distance between themselves and the Cowboys in this one and evening the series. 35-20.