The University of New Haven football team scored touchdowns on its first four drives and never looked back en route to a 42-14 win over visiting Merrimack on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers picked up their fifth consecutive victory before a Homecoming crowd of 4,358.Tweet
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
The Saints finally looked like the team people have come to know them by the last few years. They played well on Sunday Night Football and took down the Packers in convincing fashion. A win by the Saints in this game would catapult them into the division lead. The Panthers lead the division with a sub .500 record and have played inconsistent at times. Expect the Saints to carry their momentum from last game over to this Thursday Night Football game and win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns
The Browns bounced back after an embarrassing loss to the Jaguars last weekend and took down the Raiders. They currently sit last in the division at 4-3, but have the potential for a playoff run. The Browns should be able to knock of the Buccaneers at home. Tampa Bay is 1-6 after an overtime loss on Sunday to the Vikings. Look for the Bucs to be competitive in a loss to the Browns.
Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are arguably the best team in the NFC and even in the NFL right now they sit at the top of the NFC East after an Eagles loss to the Cardinals last weekend. The Cardinals have their hands full with the Cowboys but have proved they can play with anyone in the league. Dallas will have to protect the deep pass in order to beat the Cardinals. Expect a great game between two of the best teams in the NFC.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston Texans
The Eagles will have to bounce back after blowing a late lead to the Cardinals. They sit at 5-2 and will now have to look up at the Cowboys in the division. The Eagles need to be better on defense if they want to compete come playoff time. Meanwhile, Houston is coming off a win and sits at 4-4. They are in the middle of the pack in the AFC and need a win against the Eagles. Expect a close game with a win from tthe Eagles.
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are above .500 for the first time this season and have won four out of their last five games. Kansas City welcomes a New York Jets team that has played poorly all season. Expect a change in quarterback after Jets’ starter Geno Smith threw for three interceptions on Sunday. Expect the Chiefs to get ahead early and stay ahead.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are the clear favorite here. They are one of the better teams in the AFC and are coming off a good win over the Ravens. Jacksonville has only one win and can only play spoiler at this point. They have shown improvements and could build momentum going into next season. Expect the Bengals to blowout the Jaguars.
San Diego Chargers @ Miami Dolphins
Both these teams have probably exceeded expectations to start the year. San Diego currently sits in a wild-card position and Miami is right there in the playoff mix behind just a few other teams. The Dolphins look to win their third straight game by using their top ten rushing game to take down San Diego. The Chargers are coming off a loss to the Broncos and will need to bounce back and focus on the Dolphins. San Diego needs to win as other teams are on the heels of the Chargers for a playoff spot. Expect a close, hard fought game.
Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings
Neither of these teams have proved anything this season. They both sit in last place in their respective divisions. Minnesota has a top ten rushing game and has allowed the ninth fewest passing yards. The Redskins are fourth in passing yards. This game is a toss up and could go either way.
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are coming off a bye week and should be well rested. They have work to do the rest of the season to make the playoffs. A win over the Rams will surely improve their chances. San Francisco sits two games back of the Cardinals in the NFC West. St. Louis had been playing well until their loss Sunday to the Chiefs. The Rams beat the 49ers three weeks ago at home. Expect a different outcome this time.
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
This is probably the game of the week. Both quarterbacks go way back, which creates an added rivalry between the teams. The Patriots have been playing well the last few weeks but only lead their division by a game. Denver has been lights out, currently sitting at 6-1 and they lead their division by two games. Both these teams can score a lot of points. Expect a shootout in New England with the Broncos emerging as the winners.
Oakland Raiders @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has had a rough start to this season despite their 4-3 record. They barely escaped the Panthers on Sunday. Amid personnel issues, the Seahawks will need to focus on football. The Raiders are 0-7 and don’t have a chance against Seattle. Oakland has not found an answer for anything this season. Expect the Seahawks to settle down and take care of business at home.
Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons
Detroit came from behind after being down by 13 points to the Saints and pulled out a victory. They look to win their third straight game and hold their lead in the NFC North. The Falcons have struggled mightily this season. They have lost four straight games and hope to end that streak. Expect the Lions to go to Atlanta and take care of business.
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is officially the all time leader in passing touchdowns in the NFL. He led his team to an easy win over the 49ers. The Broncos continue to be one of the teams to beat in the league. San Diego saw its win streak come to an end with a loss to the Chiefs. The Chargers trail the Broncos by just one game in the AFC West. Expect the Chargers to make this a good game, but the Broncos will be too powerful.
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Vikings just missed out on beating the Bills on Sunday. Instead they gave up a last second touchdown in the loss. Expect the Vikings to bounce back and win their third game of the season. Tampa Bay is coming off a bye. Expect the Vikings to win a close game.
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Despite the Jets’ awful record, they have played their last two opponents (Broncos and Patriots) very well. They are last in the AFC East and most likely will only be able to spoil other teams’ playoff hopes. The Bills stand at 4-3, good enough for one game behind the Patriots for the division lead. Expect the Jets to get over the hump and take down a surprising Bills team.
Chicago Bears @ New England Patriots
The Patriots are on a roll after a slow start to the season. New England has won three straight games and looks to make that four straight. They survived a close game against the Jets on Thursday Night Football, blocking a last second field goal attempt. Meanwhile, the Bears are 3-4 and still in the mix for a postseason start. They need to string a few wins together first. Expect the Patriots to win a close game at home.
Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Seattle has lost two straight games and looks nowhere near the dominant team that won the Super Bowl last year. They suffered a loss to the Rams Sunday after the Rams pulled off two trick plays in the win. Seattle has the ability to bounce back and become dominant again. Carolina suffered an embarrassing loss to the Packers. However, they still lead the division as the rest of the teams lost or had a bye. Expect the Seahawks to pull away with a win and get back above .500.
Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Dolphins are at .500 and are in the middle of the pack in the AFC. They hope to win their fourth game of the season when they take on the Jaguars. The Jaguars won their first game of the season Sunday against the Browns, which could be considered an upset. Expect this game to be close with the Dolphins coming away with a victory.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens are on a hot streak right now, and they hope to continue that streak against the Bengals. Baltimore has a hold on the division lead. The Bengals meanwhile have lost two and tied once in their last three games. Expect both teams to have a good game, with strong showings from their quarterbacks. The Ravens should win this game and stretch their division lead over the Bengals.
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has been awful this year and couldn’t close out a win over the Redskins on Sunday. The Titans are at 2-5 after somewhat high expectations this season with quarterback Jake Locker. The Texans have the ability to make the playoffs despite being near the back of the pack in some offensive and defensive categories. The Texans hope that a win over the Titans will improve their chances on making the playoffs.
St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Rams are coming off a huge upset over the Seahawks, using their special teams to come away with the victory. In prior weeks, they came close to beating high-caliber teams. The Rams are underrated and look to win a second straight game. The Chiefs pulled out a win over a very good Chargers’ team. Kansas City probably has the upper hand in this game, but it is hard to pick against the Rams after their last few games.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals
The Eagles are having a good year and sit at 5-1. They are coming off a bye week and should be ready to go against a Cardinals team that has been good the last two seasons. The Cardinals also sit at 5-1, their lone loss coming to the powerful Denver Broncos. Expect this game to be exciting and close. The Eagles high-powered offense should prove too much for the Cardinals.
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The Jets have lost five straight games and this week wont be any easier. The Jets did play the Broncos well and gave them a run for their money. New England is coming off two straight wins after a slow start to the season. Expect Tom Brady to follow up his four-touchdown performance with another good outing in New England.
Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is having a good season after a down year last season. He has the Ravens in prime position to qualify for the playoffs this year. He threw for five touchdowns in the Ravens’ easy win Sunday against the Bucs. Atlanta fell to 2-4 with a loss to the Bears at home. The Falcons need to figure something out fast or they will miss the playoffs again this year. Expect the Falcons to put up a fight, but the Ravens should win.
Tennessee Titans @ Washington Redskins
Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Titans are coming off a win over the lowly Jaguars. Meanwhile, the Redskins are 1-5 and sit at the bottom of the NFC East. Expect this game to be sloppy on both sides of the ball. The Redskins should escape with the win.
Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Seattle suffered another setback Sunday against the Cowboys. Seattle is normally unbeatable at home, and currently sits at 3-2 overall on the season. They look to get back to their winning ways, starting with the game against the Rams. St. Louis had a bye and should be well rested to try and pull off the upset over Seattle. Expect the Seahawks to come away with a win.
Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland is proving that they could potentially contend for a playoff position come December. They sit at 3-2 and have played well in most of their games. A win over the Jaguars would improve their chances. Their defense is ranked next to last, however their offense makes up for their lack of defense. The Jaguars are 0-6 and have the worst record in the league. Expect the Browns to win big in Jacksonville.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are back to playoff form after two tough losses to open the season. They are winners of four straight and Andrew Luck continues to rack up the touchdowns. He leads the league in touchdowns and passing yards. Cincinnati was involved in a tie Sunday, a rarity in the NFL. They failed to make field goal in the closing seconds of overtime. Expect a very good game between the first place teams in their respective divisions.
Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo Bills
Buffalo sits at 3-3 and needs a win to keep pace with the Patriots in the division. The Bills will most likely go with Kyle Orton again after benching EJ Manuel a couple weeks ago. Minnesota appears doomed this year, especially playing in a tough division. Expect a close game between two mediocre teams.
Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears
Chicago looks to get over .500 with a win over the Dolphins. Jay Cutler has been playing well, sitting at eighth in passing yards on the season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins suffered heartbreak Sunday to the Packers. The Packers scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than ten seconds left. Expect the Dolphins to put up a fight, with the Bears winning.
New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions
Detroit leads the NFC North and looks to hold on to that lead with a win over the struggling Saints. New Orleans sits at 2-3, a surprising record for a team that usually wins a lot of games every season. The Lions are coming off a win over the Vikings and look to win their fourth game in their last five attempts.
Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers went with the fake spike to get the Packers close and eventually score Sunday in a last minute win over the Dolphins. The Packers are second in the AFC North by virtue of a tiebreaker. Green Bay has struggled at times but with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback they are always a threat. The Panthers were involved in a tie Sunday. They remain in the division lead despite the tie and hope to build on that lead with a win over the Panthers. Expect a good game with the Packers coming away with the win.
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Kansas City is well rested after a bye week and will look to get back to .500 with a win. The Chargers have struggled despite winning the last few weeks. They need to regroup and start playing better defensively if they want to continue their winning ways. Expect a close game, with the Chiefs coming away with the win.
Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland Raiders
The Cardinals are probably the most surprising team in the NFL this year. They are 4-1 and lead the AFC West. They have a good record despite a mediocre offense and defense. They simply have been able to get ahead and hold on for wins. Look for them to get another win Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders played better Sunday against the Chargers behind Blake Bortles’ good day. However, they have yet to record a win this season. Expect an easy win for the Cardinals.
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are playing their best football in years. They are 5-1 and remain at the top of the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys took down the Seahawks Sunday in Seattle. Whatever the critics were saying, they put behind them. The Giants looked awful on Sunday Night Football. They struggled to get anything going. Lots penalties did not help either. Expect the Cowboys to win easily in this division battle.
San Francisco @ Denver Broncos
Denver didn’t play all that well last week despite a win and scoring a lot of points. They struggled in the early parts of their win over the Jets. Look for Peyton Manning and the Broncos to fix any kinks in their game plan and come out strong against the 49ers. The 49ers have struggled at times but have been playing good football the last few weeks. Expect a great matchup on Sunday Night Football.
Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston is a game behind the Colts for first place in the AFC South. The Texans most likely need a win to keep pace with the Colts. Expect the Texans to come out strong after a long week due to their Thursday Night Football game last week. Houston will look to use their intimidating defense to shut down the Steelers. The Steelers can’t seem to find a rhythm. They have had a win one week, lose the next week pattern all season. Expect that to end as they will lose two straight after a loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football.
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
The Colts have won three straight games and are now above .500 after starting the season off poorly. They are surging behind Andrew Luck’s stellar quarterback play. The Texans dropped to 3-2 with a loss, and now only lead the Colts due to a tiebreaker for the division lead. This game will be a pivotal turning point in the division. Expect a very competitive game.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Tennessee blew a 25-point lead to the Browns and will have to bounce back. They stand at 1-4 and desperately need a win to stay alive this season. They should pull out a win over the Jaguars, who have still failed to get anything going through the first five games of the season.
Baltimore Ravens @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Ravens didn’t play well on offense Sunday against the Colts and settled for a loss. They look to get back to their winning ways against the Buccaneers. The Bucs almost beat the Saints Sunday, having had a lead for most of the game. Teams need to take the Bucs more seriously as they hope to play spoiler the rest of the season.
Denver Broncos @ New York Jets
The Denver Broncos looked very good against the undefeated Cardinals and were able to pull away for the win. Peyton Manning threw for his five hundredth career touchdown. Meanwhile, the Jets still haven’t won since the first week and need a major change at quarterback, coaching positions, or in the front office. Expect a blowout win for the Broncos.
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
Detroit stands at 3-2 after failing to hold on for a win against the feisty Buffalo Bills. The Lions need a boost in their offense if they want to compete for the division title down the road. Minnesota looked terrible on Thursday Night Football against the Packers. Expect the Lions to blow out the Vikings in Minnesota.
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
The Patriots made a statement that they were still a relevant football team as they handled the previously undefeated Bengals. The Patriots will look to build on this win amid distractions. Buffalo is having a good season and is currently tie for the division lead with the Patriots. The winner of this game will take sole possession of first place in the division. This game should be close with the Patriots coming out on top.
Carolina Panthers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Despite the Bengals’ setback on Sunday Night Football, they are still a good football team and should be able to handle the Panthers. However, the Panthers lead their division by one game and hope to stay atop the division. This game should be close with the Bengals edging out a win.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
This game is a complete toss-up. Cleveland has played just about every opponent down to the wire and has come back a few times this season. Pittsburgh is coming off a loss to the lowly Buccaneers and just won by a few points over the Jaguars. Expect the Browns to win a close game in Cleveland.
Green Bay Packers @ Miami Dolphins
Green Bay is looking to win their third straight game. The Green Bay offense has been really good, scoring a combined 80 points in their last two games. If they continue that offense, there are not many teams that will stop them. Miami is coming off a bye week and will turn to their sixth ranked running game to try and beat the Packers. Expect the Packers to win, but not without a good effort from the Dolphins.
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
The Chargers continue their hot start and sit at 4-1, leading the tough AFC West. The Chargers are currently fifth in the league in passing yards per game and will use their pass game to handle the Raiders. The Raiders have yet to win a game this year and will desperately pull out any stops to try to get one in the win column. Expect an easy win for the Chargers.
Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
Both these teams are coming off losses. The Bears have struggled and rank outside the Top 15 in passing and rushing yards allowed per game, which doesn’t fare well for the Bears since the Falcons have a good passing offense. Expect a close game, with the Falcons winning at home.
Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is just way too good at home to even pick against them at home. The Seahawks are poised for another long postseason run this year. However, Dallas has been impressive in the first five weeks and is hoping to silence critics after a tough last three years. Expect a close game with the Seahawks coming away with the win.
Washington Redskins @ Arizona Cardinals
Washington has the edge in the game due to the uncertainty of the quarterback position for the Cardinals. Two of their quarterbacks are hurt and may need to start their third string quarterback. The Cardinals lost their first game Sunday to the Broncos, but look to bounce back. Washington is having another bad season, but could use this game to turn their season around.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Despite the 4-1 and record by the Eagles, their season hasn’t exactly been pretty. Their running game has been poor, as well as their offense at times. The Eagles special teams has kept them around and in contention this year. The Giants are only a game back of the division lead and are coming on strong, having won three games in a row. This game should be exciting to watch.
San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams
San Francisco has found their winning way after a slow start. They can continue their hot streak when they face the Rams on Monday Night Football. Expect the 49ers to blow out the Rams. The Rams played a decent game against the Eagles last week, but have still struggled mightily this season.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers looked good in an easy win over Chicago. Aaron Rodgers came alive in their big win. Meanwhile, the Vikings played well offensively to get by the Falcons. Look for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to build on their win and roll over the Vikings at home in Green Bay.
St. Louis Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia played poorly on offense in their first loss of the season against the 49ers. The offense only had one drive where they got into opponents territory. Their special teams were the only bright spots in the game. The Rams are coming off a bye week and will need to be prepared for the Eagles. Expect the Eagles to bounce back with an easy win.
Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers
The Bears look to bounce back after a blowout loss Sunday to the Packers. Chicago sits at 2-2 and is tied with two other teams in the NFC North. The Bears need a win to keep pace in the division. Carolina is atop the NFC South, despite losing two straight games. Expect this game to be close, with the Bears emerging with the victory
Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans
The Browns record doesn’t show how well they have started the season. They are coming off a bye week and hope to get by the Titans. Tennessee hasn’t played well since Week One. They have given up a lot of points on defense and haven’t scored a lot of points on offense so far this season. Expect the game to be close with the Browns pulling out a win.
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants
Atlanta has been inconsistent in their first four games. They have either scored a lot of points or given up a lot of points. However their offense has looked better than most teams’ offenses. The Giants have won two straight games after starting the season with two losses. Eli Manning has limited his interceptions during their current win streak. Expect a high scoring game with the Falcons winning.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
The Saints have failed to show that they are a contender this year. The first four games of the season have been a disaster for New Orleans. Expect them to rebound and gain some momentum over the Bucs. However, the Bucs have momentum of their own after getting an upset win over the Steelers for their first win.
Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has been impressive and is currently silencing critics. Both teams have a 3-1 record, but the Cowboys have the better team. The Cowboys’ rush attack is tough to stop. They currently lead the NFL in rushing yards per game. Expect the Cowboys to win easily.
Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions
Detroit pulled out another close win on Sunday and their 3-1 record shows their hard work. They hope to run their win streak to three with a win over the Bills. The Bills started the season with two wins but have lost their last two. They hope to put up a good fight against the Lions. Expect a close game with the Lions improving to 4-1.
Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming on strong after a slow start to the season. Luck has thrown for four touchdowns in each of the last two games. Expect the Colts to continue their win streak against the Ravens. The Ravens are 3-1 and lead the AFC North, but they haven’t played an overly impressive team to date. Expect a competitive game in Indianapolis.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Pittsburgh has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. They have played well some weeks and very poorly in others. They look to end their poor streak and rebound with a win over Jacksonville. The Jaguars looked improved with Blake Bortles at quarterback, but still need work. They are winless and look for their first win of the season. Expect Pittsburgh to come away with the much-needed win.
Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos
Despite the Cardinals’ 3-0 record the Broncos have the better team. Both are coming off a bye and should be well rested. Peyton Manning is as good as other years and is tough to beat. Arizona is shaky at the quarterback position and doesn’t know who will start at this point. The Cardinals should compete but the Broncos will pull out a win in a tough, competitive game.
Kansas City Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were able to end their losing streak Sunday against the Eagles. They played well on defense and moved the ball effectively on offense. They hope to build off their last game and beat the Chiefs. Kansas City isn’t off to the start they were last year. Expect the Chiefs to put up a good fight, but the 49ers should prevail at the end.
New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers
The Chargers are 3-1 and off to their best start in recent years. Look for San Diego beat the Jets at home. The struggles of the New York Jets continue. Expect a major change in the coaching staff at the end of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots
The Bengals are having another good season and hope to become 4-0 with a win over the Patriots. Andy Dalton is leading the way for the Bengals. New England doesn’t look like New England teams of the past, but their defense has played well. They lead the league in opponent passing yards per game. This game should be close, with the Bengals escaping with a win.
Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins
Seattle is coming off a huge win over the Broncos and a bye week. They are well rested and ready to start their stretch of games against NFC East opponents. Washington had a horrible Week Four, getting blown out by the Giants on Thursday Night Football. Washington has a little quarterback controversy, which they hope doesn’t come to a big distraction. Expect a Seahawks win on Monday Night Football.
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins
The Giants finally got their first win of the season over the Texans on Sunday in what was probably a must-win game. The Giants will need a strong showing on defense since Washington has put up a combined 75 Points in the last two games. Kirk Cousins has proven that he should be the starter for the Redskins. Expect a good game on Thursday Night Football between the NFC East rivals.
Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers
The Eagles’ defense has been very shaky in the early part of the season, but the offense has been able to overcome the poor defense. Meanwhile, San Francisco has lost two straight games and hasn’t looked like the same team that has been to three consecutive NFC Championship games. Expect the 49ers to look improved, but the Eagles high-powered offense should be too much to handle. Expect the Eagles to improve to 4-0.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Both teams haven’t looked very impressive in the early going, especially the Packers. An Aaron Rodgers led team hasn’t looked this bad in a few years. Expect them to battle to stay afloat in the division. Chicago has been inconsistent in the early going but look to beat their division rival. Expect a good, competitive game in Chicago.
Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans
Both these teams are 2-1 to start the season, however neither team has played a tough opponent. Houston lost a game they should have won against the Giants. Both teams surprisingly sit atop their divisions and one of these teams will stay on top with a win. Expect the Titans defense to be too much for the Bills.
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finally found the win column after their blowout win over the Jaguars. Andrew Luck has found his form and looks to use the momentum to take down the Titans. Tennessee hasn’t looked good since their upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Look for the Colts to down the Titans at home.
Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are 2-1 to start the season, but it hasn’t been entirely easy. They needed a last second field goal to down the feisty Browns. Baltimore’s offense hasn’t been up to par and will need to turn that around to compete in the tough AFC North. Carolina joins a long list of inconsistent teams despite their 2-1 record. Look for the Panthers to get better and compete for the division crown. This game should be close with the Ravens coming out on top.
Detroit Lions @ New York Jets
The Lions have been up and down to start the season. They played extremely well in their two wins and will look to put together a win streak against the Jets. The Jets are not a bad team this year and have had bad breaks. Expect the Lions to improve to 3-1 with a win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers made a statement on Sunday Night Football that they are a true contender in the NFL. Roethlisberger didn’t throw for many yards but he was effective. If the Steelers continue to have a good running game, they will be tough to stop. The Bucs are 0-3 and looked bad against the Falcons. Expect the Bucs to change their game plan to compete, but the Steelers should win easily.
Miami Dolphins @ Oakland Raiders
Neither of these teams have started the season well, but one team has a chance to turn things around. The Raiders continue to struggle early in the season and need a big change if they want to compete in their division. The Dolphins haven’t impressed since coming from behind against the Patriots in Week One. They are ranked twenty-ninth in passing yards and need to better that to have a balanced attack against opponents. Expect the Dolphins to rebound and beat the Raiders.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers
San Diego has looked extremely well in the first three games and was only a two points away from a 3-0 start. Instead they are 2-1 and look to continue their hot start against a Jaguars team that hasn’t played well since the first half of their season. Expect the Chargers to blow out the Jaguars.
Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings
The Falcons are looking strong this year, despite their one lopsided loss. They have scored a lot of points in their two wins behind quarterback Matt Ryan’s stellar play. Minnesota has to turn to backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, after starter Matt Cassel went down with a broken foot. The rest of the season will be a glimpse into the future of the Minnesota Vikings. Expect the Falcons to win on the road.
New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys made history Sunday by having the biggest regular season comeback in team history. They were down 21 points to start the game against the Rams. Expect the Cowboys to have a much better start on Monday Night Football. The Saints got their first win of the season after having tough luck in their opening two games. Expect the Saints to put together a streak and climb back to .500. This game should be a good game on Monday Night Football.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta looked awful against the Bengals after having a record day against the Saints just a week before. The Falcons’ defense has given up an average of 29 points over the first two games. They need to limit that to start a win streak. Meanwhile, the Bucs have lost both their games by a combined eight points. The Falcons should come away with the win.
Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia will look to use their high-powered offense to outscore the Redskins. Washington could be without RGIII but that could be a good thing as Kirk Cousins has filled in nicely the last few years for Washington. Expect this to be a high scoring game with the Eagles pulling out a win.
San Diego Chargers @ Buffalo Bills: Buffalo has started the season off well. They hope to continue their good start and move to 3-0. The Chargers have other plans though. San Diego will use the momentum they gained by knocking off the Seahawks and beat the Bills in Buffalo.
Dallas Cowboys @ St. Louis Rams: Dallas bounced back to reach .500. Tony Romo played significantly better and the defense was strong against the Titans. The Rams are coming off a comeback win over the Bucs. Look for the Rams to compete early, but the Cowboys will ultimately be too much for St. Louis.
Houston Texans @ New York Giants: Houston is 2-0 for their fifth straight season. They have taken care of business against their two opponents so far this season. The Giants continued their struggles losing Sunday to start the year 0-2. Eli Manning needs to regroup his team to save their season. Expect the Texans’ defense to shut down the Giants.
Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints:New Orleans was upset in Cleveland on a last second field goal and currently stands at 0-2 on the season. The Saints will look to climb out of the hole and they will need Drew Brees to be more consistent and the defense to make stops. Minnesota is coming off a brutal loss to the Patriots and will need to play around distractions off the field. Expect the Saints to pick up the first win of the season in their home opener.
Tennessee Titans @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are a tough team to beat at home. They won all eight of their home games last season and opened this year with a win. Quarterback Andy Dalton is proving he was worthy of a contract extension. Tennessee played poorly against the Cowboys after upsetting the Chiefs a week before. Cincinnati’s offense should to be too much for the Titans.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns: Cleveland has played been surprising in the early going. They have hung with both their opponents and pulled out a late win over the Saints. Brian Hoyer needs to continue his magic for the Browns to make some more noise this season. The Ravens are looking okay on both sides of the ball, but the off-field distractions could eventually take a toll on the team. This game should be close.
Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions: Green Bay’s offense finally came alive against the Jets. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson looked sharp and hope they can have a repeat performance next week in Detroit. The Packers’ defense is a weak point and needs to limit scoring by the opponent. Detroit looked horrible against the Panthers. Their offense didn’t amount to much. They will need to average more points to win and keep afloat in a tough division.
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars: This game should be a blowout. The Colts can beat anybody when Andrew Luck is on his game. The Jaguars have scored 10 points in their last 4 quarters of football and don’t appear poised to win many games this season.
Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots: This is a new season but fans have seen the same Raiders team. Oakland is 0-2 and hasn’t even looked ready to compete. They have a young quarterback in Derek Carr trying to revamp the franchise. Oakland is still a few years away from contention. New England is back to 1-1 after a convincing win with superb offense and defense against the Vikings. Expect the Patriots to blow out the Raiders at home.
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals: Despite a 2-0 start by the Cardinals, their run ends there. The 49ers will look to rebound after a loss to the Bears after being up by 17 points to start the game. Arizona has looked good to start the year but this will be a big test to see where they stand in the NFL. Expect a good game.
Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks: The Broncos got out to a big lead again and held on for the win. They need to get ahead of teams and stay far ahead to keep on winning. Seattle hasn’t looked overly impressive so far this season on offense and will need to regroup their defense after a poor showing against the Chargers. Expect the rematch of last year’s Super Bowl to be entertaining, with the Broncos bringing home the win, on the road in front of the loud Seattle fans.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins: Kansas City is in a 0-2 hole to start the 2014 season. They played better Sunday but still need more work to compete for a playoff spot. Miami was shut down by the Bills to fall to 1-1. The Chiefs should get their first win of the season on the road against the Dolphins.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Carolina Panthers: The Panthers got Cam Newton back and played well to knock off Detroit and open the season with two straight wins. Pittsburgh played poorly against the Ravens Thursday night. Expect the Panthers to beat the Steelers in a close game.
Chicago Bears @ New York Jets: Chicago has come alive after six quarters of poorly played football to start the year. The Bears were able to pull off an upset over the 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Expect the Bears to use that momentum to beat the Jets. The Jets have proven they can compete with the best of teams, but need improvements. Expect a close game with the Bears coming out of the game with a win on Monday Night Football.Tweet
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Before a crowd of 3,291 fans at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium, the University of New Haven football team was edged in its season opener, 35-30, by No. 10/11 nationally-ranked West Chester. Joey Bradley (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah / University of North Dakota) went 32-for-48 for 311 yards with one touchdown in addition to a rushing touchdown in his first career start for the Chargers. The outing marked the first game at the helm for Head Coach Chris Pincince.
Following the narrow defeat, the Blue and Gold start the 2014 campaign at 0-1. West Chester, which reached the NCAA National Semifinals last season and is picked by the conference’s coaches to win the PSAC East this fall, moves to 1-0. The Chargers maintain an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series. Today’s contest was the ninth meeting between the two clubs to be decided by one possession (eight points or fewer).
The game also featured a 75-minute weather delay at the tail end of the third quarter as a severe storm passed through New Haven County.
Bradley’s 32 completions and 48 passing attempts are the most by a New Haven quarterback since Ryan Osiecki went 37-for-61 at Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 2, 2009. DeeJay White (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay / Bowling Green State University) was the recipient of seven balls for 83 yards, while Henry Adegunle (Rockaway, N.Y./Channel View) reeled in six passes for 54 yards and a score. Also on the outside, Ty Headen (Newark, N.J./American History) snagged five passes of 44 yards.
Brandon Fowler (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional / Connecticut) added three receptions, and Isaiah Austin (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) and Roshawn Wilson (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge) each caught two. Rounding out the action for the receiving corps was Courtney Moshood (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) with a 16-yard catch.
Out of the backfield, Andre Anderson (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and Trevor Officer (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had three grabs apiece for 34 and 30 yards, respectively. Officer was New Haven’s leading rusher with 42 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson picked up 32 yards and a score on the ground and Moshood scampered for 14 yards on an end around.
Defensively, three players making their New Haven debuts led the way. Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City, Mich./Saint Francis / Indiana) made a team-best 10 tackles to go along with a fumble forced and recovered. Tarik Pusey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln / Rhode Island) also pounced on a pivotal fumble in the fourth quarter, and Matt Olivo (Carteret, N.J./Saint Joseph) reeled in an interception.
Tyler Condit (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added eight tackles from the linebacker position, and Dave Calderon (Neptune, N.J./Neptune) picked up a sack.
For West Chester, quarterback Sean McCartney went 17-for-31 for 262 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Golden Rams’ defense was led by D2Football.com Preseason All-America Al-Hajj Shabazz, who had an interception, recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and later blocked a second punt.
The Golden Rams got on the board first, opening a fast-paced first half with a six-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. McCartney hit Mike Doty with a 38-yard strike to stake the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.
The Chargers responded in kind with an eight-play, 61-yard march to paydirt. A Bradley screen to Anderson for 26 yards was the big play on the drive, which ended with Bradley sneaking the ball over the line from one yard out.
After New Haven came away with the first defensive stop of the contest, the Blue and Gold scored again for the first of six lead changes in the game. The Chargers stormed into the red zone once again but, after a holding call erased a touchdown, settled for three points as Anthony Greenfield (Bloomfield, N.J./Paramus Catholic / Wagner) split the uprights on a 32-yard field goal to put the Blue and Gold on top, 10-7, with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter.
Olivo’s interception squashed the ensuing West Chester drive, but New Haven went three-and-out on its next possession and the snap on the punt attempt sailed over Greenfield’s head to put the Golden Rams in business at the New Haven eight-yard line as the first quarter expired.
After the squads moved to the other end of the field, McCartney connected with Shawn Driggins for a four-yard touchdown to put the visitors back in front, 14-10.
Each offense would stall in its next three possessions before New Haven took the lead once again. This time the drive consumed 3:34, spanning 10 plays and 80 yards, as the Chargers picked up five first downs through the air before Anderson finished off the march on the ground from three yards out. The Chargers did not convert the extra point but remained in front, 16-14.
West Chester would take a lead into the locker room, however, as McCartney hit Tim Brown with a 31-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the half. At the whistle, the visitors held a 21-16 advantage.
New Haven went three-and-out to open the second half, and West Chester’s Jeremy Irving broke through the line and blocked the ensuing punt from the Chargers’ end zone. Shabazz fell on the loose ball and, following the extra point, West Chester held the contest’s largest lead at 28-16.
The Chargers were undaunted by the special teams miscue, as they immediately set off on a 75-yard drive to paydirt. Bradley completed his final five passing attempts of the march, capped by a 29-yard hookup with Adegunle for a touchdown.
West Chester appeared poised to return the favor, as a McCartney scrambled would have set the Golden Rams up with a first down inside the red zone. However, Zakrzewski stripped the ball from the West Chester signal caller and recovered it to give possession back to the Blue and Gold.
The New Haven offense capitalized on the turnover, as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the visitors at the end of the possession change. The Chargers would benefit from a second unsportsmanlike conduct flag and a 15-yard pass interference call on the march, capped by a three-yard plunge from Officer. After the extra point, New Haven grabbed a 30-28 lead with 2:41 to go in the third quarter.
The Golden Rams responded quickly on their next drive as a 44-yard McCartney bomb to Erick Brundidge put West Chester back in front, 35-30, with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.
At that point, inclement weather halted the contest for 75 minutes.
Neither team would score again when action resumed, but the final 15 minutes of play were not lacking for drama. The period began with a Shabazz interception, but New Haven held on third-and-two from midfield to regain possession.
The Golden Rams, however, would get a stop and blocked another punt – this time with Shabazz getting his mitts on the ball – to set themselves up with a first down at the New Haven 21-yard line. West Chester would surge to a first-and-goal situation at the two-yard line before a big goal-line stand for the Chargers.
The defensive line stepped up to stifle Eddie Elliott in the backfield for a loss of three and, on the next play, Pusey jumped on an Adam Dempsey fumble to give New Haven another chance on offense.
The New Haven offense marched back down the field with 6:35 left and 94 yards away from paydirt. Bradley would connect on four straight passes to move toward midfield, but the Chargers soon faced a fourth-and-eight situation at their own 45-yard line. Adegunle was unable to haul in a ball dropped in between a trio of West Chester defenders, and the visitors reclaimed possession on downs.
The Chargers defense would hold on the next drive, using their timeouts and forcing a punt. The boot off the foot of Rich Bruno settled again at the six-yard line, forcing New Haven to once again drive 94 yards – and this time with just 69 seconds to play.
A series of short completions moved the Blue and Gold as far as their own 32-yard line before Drew Formica came up with a strip and recovery to end the drive with just 28 ticks left. West Chester took one snap in victory formation to escape DellaCamera Stadium with a 35-30 decision.
The Chargers return to the gridiron next Saturday, Sept. 13 to open the Northeast-10 Conference slate at LIU Post. The Pioneers also stand at 0-1 after ceding 20 unanswered points to fall to East Stroudsburg, 43-35, in their home and season opener this afternoon.
New Haven returns to the Blue and Gold turf on the following Saturday, Sept. 20, to welcome Assumption for a 1 p.m. kickoff.Tweet
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers escaped last week with a win over the Browns after blowing a 27-3 lead. The defense has to improve next week to down the Ravens. Baltimore attempted a comeback against the Bengals but fell short. The Ravens need to play all-around better football this week to beat the Steelers. Expect a close game with the Steelers using their high-powered offense to start the season 2-0.
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills. Miami played with lots of energy Sunday in their upset win over the Patriots. The Dolphins should use that momentum and their running game to rack up another win. Buffalo had their own upset win over the Bears in overtime and should put up a fight. Expect a close game with the Dolphins taking home the win.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Redskins. Jacksonville played the Eagles well in the first half last week. The Jaguars need consistent play though for all 60 minutes to win. Expect the Jaguars to overcome a Redskins team that still has plenty of questions surrounding them.
Dallas Cowboys @ Tennessee Titans. The Titans pulled out a win in Week One over the Chiefs. If QB Jake Locker stays healthy, they could have a good year. Tony Romo threw three interceptions for the Cowboys in a dismal opening day performance. Expect Romo to make corrections next week, but fall to 0-2 with a loss to the upstart Titans.
Arizona Cardinals @ New York Giants. Arizona just missed the playoffs last year. Expect them to have another good season and fight for a playoff spot. The Giants were improved toward the end of last season after a bad start but will need strong play this year from Eli Manning to contend in the NFC. Expect the Cardinals to shutdown the Giants.
New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings. Tom Brady should have his team ready this week after falling apart in the second half against the Dolphins. The Patriots failed to score in the second half last week. Expect the Patriots to win big over the Vikings, who played well in an opening week win over the shorthanded Rams.
New Orleans Saints @ Cleveland Browns. The Saints need to put last week behind them after losing in overtime to Atlanta and come out and shut down the Browns. The Browns fell short in coming back against the Steelers, after being down 27-3 at halftime. Expect the Saints to take care of business in Cleveland.
Atlanta Falcons @ Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Ryan had a career game throwing for 448 yards in Week One for the Falcons. The win was much needed for the Falcons after a down year. Atlanta needs an improved defense if they want to build a winning streak. Expect a close and exciting game with the Falcons coming out on top.
Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers. With or without Cam Newton under center for the Panthers, the Lions should escape with a win. The Panthers won their first season opener since 2008 Sunday, but will need to execute better against a tough Lions team. The Lions should handle the Panthers easily.
St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This could be a sloppy game. Both teams didn’t play entirely well to open their seasons. Without Sam Bradford again, the Rams don’t have much of a chance this season. Expect the Bucs to win the game.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Diego Chargers. Seattle picked up opening night against the Packers where they left off last year when they won the Super Bowl. They handled Aaron Rodgers and the Packers nicely. The defense lived up to expectations. Expect the Seahawks to go on the road and beat the Chargers in San Diego.
Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders. The Texans snapped a 14-game losing streak by beating the Redskins last week. However, they did lose Jadeveon Clowney to a possible torn meniscus; he could miss some time. The Raiders didn’t show a whole lot in their loss to the Jets. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr was the only bright spot for Oakland. Expect an easy win for the Texans on the road.
New York Jets @ Green Bay Packers. Green Bay looks to rebound after an opening loss in Seattle to the defending Super Bowl Champions. Aaron Rodgers struggled at times with the offensive line failing to provide proper protection. The Packers should make adjustments and come ready to take down the Jets. The Jets played well enough to win in their opener at home against the Oakland Raiders.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos. Kansas City played poorly to start the season after last year’s incredible season. They were outplayed all game by the Titans. Peyton Manning and the Broncos looked good in their first game since their disastrous Super Bowl showing. Peyton Manning has his same form and worked well with his new receivers. Denver should win easily at home.
Chicago Bears @ San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco took care of business of in their season opener in Dallas. They played well on both sides of the ball. Look for more of the same against the Bears. Chicago lost in overtime to a Bills team, a team the Bears should have beat. The 49ers look to make their fourth straight NFC Championship game this season.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis tried to mount a big comeback against the Broncos in their opener on Sunday Night Football, but fell short. Andrew Luck looked good in the latter parts of the game. Expect him to be even better against a shaky Eagles’ defense. Philadelphia had to rally against the lowly Jaguars to pull off a win. Expect the Eagles to play better, but Andrew Luck and his offense will be too much for the Eagles and their defense to overcome.Tweet