Siemian threw for 276 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win over San Diego. Rookie check RB Devontae Booker ran 19 times for 54 yards and a score and wide receivers Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for over 140 yards receiving. The Raiders’ defense, while improving, gives up over 25 points per game.
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The Falcons are averaging 35 points per game mostly thanks to a passing game that features the deadly combination of QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Ryan leads the NFL with 1,740 passing yards and Jones is third with 517 receiving yards. Head coach Dan Quinn and the Falcons have proved themselves beating both of last year’s Super Bowl participants, Carolina and Denver, in successive weeks. One plus for the Raiders is that the Chiefs offense is a work in progress. QB Alex Smith is solid, but the running game is by committee again and Kansas City lacks a big-play wide receiver.
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The Patriots got off to a suspect 1-2 start losing to Jacksonville and Detroit in consecutive weeks. With wins over Miami and Indianapolis the last two weeks, the Patriots appear to have corrected some of their wrongs and are poised once again to control the AFC East. They are currently 3-2 and own the tiebreaker over the 3-2 Dolphins. An overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins took some of the intrigue away from Sunday’s New England-Chicago matchup.
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Rookie QB Mac Jones came to play against a tough Bucs’ defense and kept the game close throughout. The LA Rams are looking like one of the best teams in the league so far this season, and it’s majorly due to the offseason acquisition of Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions. The Rams sent multiple first round picks along with QB Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for Stafford, and 6 games through, it’s paid off. Goff will get a chance for redemption against a coach and team that parted with him under less than friendly terms.
The Saints defense has already shown what it can do against Philadelphia. When the two teams met at midseason, New Orleans held the Eagles to just 196 total yards in a 48-7 Saints’ victory. Carson Wentz was at quarterback then and threw three interceptions. In 2008, the Eagles were after a big loss to Baltimore on Thanksgiving. The Eagles were 4-6 after 10 games this season and won five of their last six to make the postseason. The Colts defense has been consistent especially in the last 11 games.
Green Bay has not won since October 20, a win over Chicago which is now 2-8. The Eagles aren’t much better having won just once in their last four games. Despite a Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas, the Redskins are still very much alive in the NFC wild card race. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing his way into the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the league. Cousins is second to only Drew Brees in passing yards and the Redskins are a Top 10 scoring offense averaging 25.5 points per game.
Instead, quarterback Derek Carr and tight end Darren Waller dominated the passing game all night. Tyrell Williams who was also acquired in the off season from the LA Chargers also chipped in as a big, speedy wideout on the outside who can stretch the field and open up opposing defenses. Both teams looked great in week 1, but the Chiefs will look to make pretenders out of the Raiders who were somewhat disappointing last year. Second year quarterback Josh Allen has been much improved especially in his accuracy this season as he’s completing over 60% and is still a very skilled runner, as well. The Chiefs got off to another hot start to the season this year behind their dynamic offense with stars like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, and of course, Patrick Mahommes at quarterback. Patrick once again looks like an MVP candidate in the early going of the 2019 season but the Chiefs are fresh off their first loss of the year at home to a surprisingly good Indianapolis Colts team.