NFL Week 2 Bold Predictions
Gardner Minshew ll Continues to Find Success
The 6th round rookie quarterback was thrown into the fire last Sunday, after a collar bone injury sidelined Nick Foles. With Foles being out for the foreseeable future, it is now Minshew's responsibility to keep Jacksonville's playoff hopes alive. Gardner Minshew is already a fan favorite, after his solid performance in week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The young signal caller threw for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in three quarters of football, with only 3 incompletions on 25 attempts. Setting a record for the highest completion % of any player in NFL history making their debut (minimum 15 attempts.) Many fans who did not watch this game would probably figure that Minshew was hitting short routes or check downs to put up these numbers. Reality is this, Minshew actually slung the ball all around the field, according to Pro Football Reference, Minshew averaged 6 air yards per attempt, which was third highest in the league last Sunday. Although Kansas City is a bottom tier defense, the rookie did an excellent job of taking what they gave him, while occasionally throwing the deep ball. Expect Gardner Minshew and that Jaguars offense to keep on rolling, as they take on another inferior defense in week 2. The Jaguars will travel to Houston to play a Texans team that just gave up over 500 yards of total offense Monday Night. With Houston struggling defensively, this is a perfect opportunity for Gardner Minshew to make an impact in his first NFL start.
New Orleans Fails to Get Revenge
In the last matchup between these two teams, a missed pass interference call helped send the Los Angeles Rams to Super Bowl 53. The city of New Orleans, along with their players were not shy in expressing feelings towards that call. Now, a season later, the Saints are seeking revenge. Coming off a thrilling Monday Night victory, New Orleans looks poised for yet another strong year. Today, the Rams will play host to the Saints in America's game of the week. Los Angeles is also (1-0) and many believe are the favorite to win the NFC again in 2019. Although New Orleans will be playing for something a little extra today, expect the Rams to yet again prove to be too much for the Saints. Los Angeles plays home to one of the best aerial attacks in the league. With the Saints continued struggles in the secondary, Jared Goff and company should be in for a big day. This will be a high scoring affair that should come down to the final seconds. Expect the Saints defense to fold once again down the stretch, as the "revenge" game does not go as planned for New Orleans.
Odell Beckham Jr. Lights Up Monday Night Football
It has been a wild start for Odell Beckham as a Cleveland Brown, as he has seemed to be in every news story throughout this week. With all eyes on him Monday Night against New York, expect Odell to perform at his highest level. Odell Beckham called out Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Thursday for teaching his players to take cheap shots. There is obviously bad blood between the two individuals, making Monday night's matchup even more interesting. Beckham Jr. wants nothing more than to have a career game against William's defense. Expect the Browns to take advantage of a banged up New York defense, and find Odell in the end zone twice. Although Cleveland had a disappointing week 1, Beckham Jr. was still targeted 11 times. It is clear that the connection with quarterback Baker Mayfield is alive and well. CJ Mosley and Quinnen Williams will both be sidelined in week 2, which should result in ample time for Mayfield to sit in the pocket and find his playmakers. Expect Odell to put up 100+ yards in a Cleveland victory.