by Greg Talcott
Last week was an absolute train wreck for my predictions, for fantasy owners, and NFL teams alike. When the Browns, Buccaneers, Jets, and Jags win on the same weekend, you know your survivor pool players have been decimated and are questioning why do they even bother playing each year. Fantasy owners of players like; anyone on the Colts roster, Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, the list goes on. There are 0-2 teams who are not as bad as their record, just as there are 2-0 teams that aren’t as good their records would indicate. By the end of the season, who is more likely to have a better record; the 2-0 New York Jets or the 0-2 Indianapolis Colts? Sure, some expectations coming into this season have yet to develop, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. I was favored (in some cases heavily) in three leagues last week and went 1-3, including a blowout loss to a 22-point underdog. Seriously? Unless the Pope’s visit to the US includes a blessing of all the NFL’s worst teams, I wouldn’t count on the same thing happening again this week.
The Rams must have had a hangover from their big win against Seattle because they made Washington look pretty good. The offensive bright spot for Washington was Matt Jones who I mentioned in my preseason review of the Redskins as someone to watch. Jones had a great game against a tough St. Louis defense; 19 carries for 123 yds. and 2 TD’s easily outperforming Alfred Morris (18 carries for 59 yards). Jones is hardly an every week play based on one game, but may be worth adding if he is available in your league. The Giants MUST win this game at home and that is why I don’t think Washington is going to pull it out. The Giants are not a 0-3 team with two division losses; I just don’t see it. I don’t think the Giants are playing up to potential and could easily be 2-0 at this point. Then, we would be debating them being a weak 2-0 team. I picked the Giants to win this division and it starts here with a win over the Redskins. Giants 31-14.