Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why the 49ers need to re-sign Anquan Boldin

After reaching the NFC title game for the third year in a row, the 49ers will be sitting home watching the Super Bowl.  While they did not make the "Big One" for a second year in a row, the 49ers had a fairly successful season.  With Colin Kaepernick entering his first complete year as a starter, the 49ers needed to provide him with more offensive firepower for the 2013 season.

Anquan Boldin proved to be the weapon the 49ers were looking for.  In his 19 games with the 49ers this season, Boldin caught for 1406 yards and 8 touchdown passes, giving his team the leadership they needed after losing the Super Bowl in the 2012-2013 season.  Boldin and Vernon Davis helped Kaepernick for the first half of the season while Michael Crabtree recovered from injury.  Without having a "security blanket" like Bolin, the 49ers might not have made the playoffs.

So why does that make re-signing Boldin crucial to the 49ers success next year?  Boldin will be needed because of the lack of depth at the wide receiver position.  Currently, the 49ers receivers include Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, and Anquan Boldin.  Manningham, who didn't contribute significantly this year, is also a free agent this year and will probably not re-sign with the 49ers.  As a result, if the 49ers pass on re-signing Boldin and Manningham, they will be left with Crabtree (whose contract ends next year), Patton (a sophomore receiver), Jon Baldwin (a recent addition from Kansas City), and Osgood (a special teams ace whose contract is also ending).  Without retaining Boldin, the 49ers passing game will suffer even more after finishing 30th in the league.  The 49ers will also lose leadership, a "go to" receiver, and one of the most physical players in the league.

Although Bolin is aging (he is currently 33), he remains one of the most physical, experienced, and talented wide receivers in the league.  If the 49ers want to return to the Super Bowl they must re-sign Boldin or find another way to add more weapons to their offense.  Otherwise these 49ers could end up like the Philadelphia Eagles of the early 2000s without a single Lombardi trophy in five NFC championship appearances.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NFL Week 13: Thanksgiving Day Predictions

Happy Thanksgiving!   Today November 28th, three NFL games will be going on throughout the day. These games include a crucial divisional game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, a cross conference game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, and an AFC North matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And without further ado, here are The Rishab Report's predictions for today's games.

I. Green Bay Packers 5-5-1 @ Detroit Lions 6-5

Without Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have been a putrid 0-3-1, almost eliminating them from the playoffs.  However, Matt Flynn took the Packers from a 23-7 deficit to a 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week.  If Matt Flynn can improve upon his performance, he may lead the Packers to their first victory in almost a month.  This Packers team has too much talent, and this is a divisional game they have to win.
Packers Quarterback Matt Flynn

Meanwhile, the Lions have continued their inconsistent play throughout the entire season.  This is a team that has beaten the likes of Chicago twice, Dallas, Washington, Cleveland, and Minnesota.  On the other hand, this team has lost to other teams like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Arizona, and Green Bay.  If the Lions are to take a step forward in the division, they must win against Green Bay at home.  The Lions haven't won a game on Thanksgiving in ten years. 

The Packers will be more hungry for a win than the inconsistent Lions.  If the Packers' defense and Matt Flynn preform well, The Lions will continue their losing streak on Thanksgiving.

Packers 33
Lions 28

II. Oakland Raiders 4-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 6-5

After a solid win against the Giants last Sunday, the Cowboys return home to face the Raiders.  The Cowboys looked rested and prepared against the Giants, and should fare well against the inconsistent Raiders.  This might be the year that Tony Romo gets to the playoffs and wins a game or two.  Despite injuries all across the board, the Cowboys have persevered to win six games this season and defeat all divisional opponents so far.

Is Tony Romo the new Mr. Clutch? 
On the other hand, the Raiders have been wildly inconsistent.  They have beaten some fairly good teams like San Diego and Pittsburgh.  This is a team that is likely to finish with six to seven wins by the end of the season.  With the right quarterback (not Terrelle Pryor nor Matt McGloin), this team could have the potential to win a division crown in the next couple of years.  Look at how the Chiefs went from 2-14 to 9-2, tied for first with the Broncos in the AFC West.   The talent is there, all is needed is a quarterback.  With next year's quarterback heavy draft, the Raiders might surprise some folks next year or the year after.

Nevertheless, the Cowboys are at home for a Thanksgiving and should come out of this one with another win in their hopes to win the NFC East.

Raiders 20
Cowboys 29

III. Pittsburgh Steelers 5-6 @ Baltimore Ravens 5-6

With both team coming off victories last week, this game does have some serious playoff implications. The Steelers are coming off a crucial victory against their division rival, the Browns.  Meanwhile, the Ravens beat the Jets at home to remain in the playoff race.

The Steelers have been on a roll, winning their last three games.  This is the longest winning streak any AFC team has in the league.  With that in mind, the Steelers should be taken very seriously with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the way.  Roethlisberger has thrown six touchdowns without any interceptions in his last two games.  The Steelers are finally starting to coalesce around each other and are winning games after starting the season 0-4.

Ben Roethlisberger
Like the Steelers, the Ravens are finally starting to return to their winning ways.  Last week, Joe Flacco dismantled Rex Ryan's tout defense in a 19-3 victory.  The Ravens are 4-1 at home this season and are looking to return to the playoffs.

Despite the Ravens' solid effort in the last couple of weeks, I'm going to give this one to the Steelers. They seem like a very focused and concentrated team.  With that level of confidence, the Ravens will have a hard time stopping the Steelers.

Steelers 20
Ravens 13

We'll post our other predictions for Sunday on Friday.

Monday, November 25, 2013

NFL Week 12 Prediction: San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins

Tonight, November 25h, the 49ers travel to Washington to take on the Redskins.  The 49ers, coming off consecutive losses to the Saints and Panthers, are trying to stay alive in the playoff picture with a win in Washington.  Meanwhile, the Redskins' season is over with a putrid 3-7 record.

Robert Griffin III, quarterback for the Redskins, has been a shell of what he was as a passer last year.  Last year, Griffin threw for twenty touchdowns and only five interceptions.  This year, he has thrown for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.  In his amazing rookie year, Griffin balanced his passing and running games to help the Redskins win a division crown.  This year, Griffin has tried to be something he is not: a pocket passer.  As a result, he has doubled his interceptions from last year and is on pace for 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.   I think we'll see Robert Griffin improve his performance next year.

Like Griffin, Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the 49ers, is also having a rough year.  After getting his team to the Super Bowl last year, Kaepernick has faced many problems in his third year in the NFL.   He has thrown too many forced throws into double coverage, resulting in too many incomplete passes. Additionally, he has also had only one game other than the season opener in which he threw for more than 200 yards.  If he is to get his team into the playoffs, he must improve his game.

While both quarterbacks are having issues in their second years as starting quarterbacks, I'm going to give this game to the 49ers who have a great run defense.  The 49ers have crushed all teams with losing records, and I don't see any resurgence coming from the Redskins.  Look for Kaepernick to throw for about 250 yards passing and a touchdown or two.

Final Prediction:
49ers 30
Redskins 14

Saturday, November 23, 2013

NFL Picks Week 12

With just six weeks left in the regular season, many teams are struggling to get into the playoffs.  In the NFC, there are seven teams that could make a legitimate run into the playoffs.  In the AFC, mediocrity is commonplace with eight teams competing for one wildcard spot.  If the playoffs were held today, this is how the seeding would look like:

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. New Orleans Saints
3. Detroit Lions
4. Philadelphia Eagles
5. Carolina Panthers
6. San Francisco 49ers

1. Denver Broncos
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. New England Patriots
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. New York Jets

With that in mind, let's begin the picks!

New Orleans Saints 9-2 @ Atlanta Falcons 2-9
The Rishab Report was correct on this selection, check out our official prediction here for more details.

Carolina Panthers 7-3 @ Miami Dolphins 5-5
One of my favorite games of the week:  the Panthers look to keep up their winning streak in Miami on Sunday.  Cam Newton has been playing "lights out" as of late and continues to impress.  Additionally, the Dolphins Offensive Line does not match up very well against Carolina's dominating defense.  I think the Panthers should win here.

Panthers 27
Dolphins 19

Chicago Bears 6-4 @ St. Louis Rams 4-6
The Bears are winning important games with Josh McCown at quarterback.  However, the Rams Defense is truly spectacular.  I think we'll see Zac Stacy plow his way through the Bears' Defense in a very close game.  Note that the Rams are coming off a bye week and will be well rested and ready for Chicago.

Bears 17
Rams 23

New York Jets 5-5 @ Baltimore Ravens 4-6
After getting blasted in Buffalo, the Jets look to win in Baltimore to stay alive in the playoff race. While the Jets are at an even 5-5, the Ravens need to win this game to stay in the mix or risk going 4-7.  In another low scoring affair, the Jets squeak out again...

Jets 17
Ravens 13

Jacksonville Jaguars 1-9 @ Houston Texans 2-8
I don't know what to say about this game except for one thing: If the Texans lose this game, head coach Gary Kubiak will be fired at the end of the season.  There is too much talent on this team for this team to lose to the Jaguars.

Jaguars 20
Texans 33

Minnesota Vikings 2-8 @ Green Bay Packers 5-5
This game is a must win for Green Bay.  This team needs to win several games before Rodgers gets back so it can get into the playoffs.  There are no excuses for this Packers offense against the Vikings. If the Packers don't win at home, count them out of contention for the playoffs.  I think Eddie Lacy and Scott Tolzien will have great performances in a home win. 

Minnesota 17
Green Bay 31

Pittsburgh Steelers 4-6 @ Cleveland Browns 4-6
Talk about another must win game.  If the Steelers or the Browns are to make a playoff run, either of the two teams has to win this critical divisional game.  I'm giving the edge to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers as they have been 4-2 in their last six games.  Momentum is key towards getting in the playoffs, and I think the Steelers are on a roll.

Steelers 30
Browns 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-8 @ Detroit Lions 6-4
This is a trap game for Detroit.  After coming up short in Pittsburgh, the Lions need to beat the Bucs to remain on top of the division.  If the Lions win here, they may have a one to two game lead in the highly competitive NFC North.  I'll give it to the Lions at home.

Buccaneers 14
Lions 33

San Diego Chargers 4-6 @ Kansas City Chiefs 9-1
After losing to the Broncos, the Chiefs are looking to get back on top of the AFC West and the #1 seed in the AFC Playoffs.  Meanwhile, the Chargers, led by Phillip Rivers, are looking to get back in the mix with an upset victory on the road. I'm going to give this one to the Chiefs, who'll get back to rushing the quarterback on Sunday.

Chargers 13
Chiefs 21

Tennessee Titans 4-6 @ Oakland Raiders 4-6 
Both of these teams have not maintained their starting quarterbacks, resulting in inconsistency for both of these teams throughout the season.   The Raiders should win this one at home, sending them to 5-6 for the season.  Not having Jake Locker will really hurt the Titans.

Titans 20
Raiders 28

Indianapolis Colts 7-3 @ Arizona Cardinals 6-4
Andrew Luck and his Colts have had almost two weeks to prepare for this game, while the Cardinals are coming back from a nice win over the Jaguars.  I'm going to give this one to the Cardinals in the first matchup between head coaches Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano.

Colts 20
Cardinals 24

Dallas Cowboys 5-5 @ New York Giants 4-6
The Giants have won four straight games, getting them back into the playoff mix.  Eli Manning looks comfortable in the pocket, and the defense has returned to a respectable form.  With the Cowboys struggling on defense, I'm giving this one to New York in a closer than expected game.

Cowboys 17
Giants 26

Denver Broncos 9-1 @ New England Patriots 7-3
Manning VS Brady XIV: This is going to be a great one folks.  Two of the NFL's best quarterbacks face off in their 14th matchup in a huge game that will have major playoff implications.  I'm giving this one to the Broncos who have a significantly better receiving corp.  I can't see the Patriots defending against Eric Decker, Demariyus Thomas, Julius Thomas, and Wes Welker.  This game will be one of the best of the season.

Broncos 28
Patriots 27

We'll post our Monday Night Football predictions on Monday.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NFL Week 12 Prediction: New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons

          Tomorrow, the New Orleans Saints travel to Atlanta to take on Falcons in what looks to be a disappointing matchup.  Before the season began, the Falcons were expected to possibly reach the Super Bowl and represent the NFC South in the playoffs.  Those high expectations are gone as the Falcons are 2-8 and the Saints are riding high at the top of the NFC at 8-2.  New Orleans has won all of its divisional games so far, so a victory tomorrow seems almost certain in the resurgence of Drew Brees and Sean Payton.  

          Brees, who has 26 touchdowns this season, is going up against the NFL's 22nd ranked pass defense.  As a result, Brees should add three to four touchdown passes to his total for the season. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan, the quarterback of the Falcons, is going through a down year.  Ryan has thrown only 18 touchdowns with a staggering 12 interceptions.  If Ryan is going to lead the Falcons to victory, he'll need to overcome the deadly Saints defense which has helped the Saints win eight games just 12 weeks into the season.  With a banged up Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Tony Gonzalez, Ryan will have a hard time.
         When we'll look back at how bad the Atlanta Falcons were in 2013, this loss will symbolize the entire season as a whole: a missed opportunity.

Final Score:
Saints 30
Falcons 16

Monday, November 18, 2013

NFL Power Rankings and Playoff Predictions: Who are the Contenders? Who are the Pretenders?

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
       As the NFL regular season is beginning to reach a close, the playoffs are becoming more and more important.  However, compared to last year, this year's playoffs look to be much different, at least in the NFC.   

         Last year's division champions, the Redskins, 49ers, Packers, and the Falcons, have all taken steps backwards in the 2013 season.  For the Redskins, a conflict between the coaching staff and the players has begun to have an effect on the performance of this team.  Look for Mike Shanahan and his staff to be fired at the end of December.   Meanwhile, the 49ers are struggling in the passing game, thus making them one dimensional.  The 49ers, who have lost to good teams, are out of the race for the NFC West crown, but remain in the hunt for the wildcard.  While the 49ers remain in the hunt, the Packers are losing momentum with the loss of Aaron Rodgers.  If the Packers can work together to earn several victories before Rodgers comes back, then they'll stand a good chance at another playoff appearance.  While the 49ers and Packers are still competitive, the Falcons are counting the days until the season ends.  In what was supposed to be their Super Bowl season, the Falcons have crashed to a 2-8 record.  

Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
      While last year's NFC superpowers fall, new ones are rising.  Seattle, 10-1, has a firm grasp over the NFC West and possibly home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.  In the NFC South, Drew Brees and Sean Payton have returned the Saints to stardom with an 8-2 record.  The Lions, led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson Jr., look like a lock for the NFC North crown.  While the other three divisions are somewhat solidified, the NFC East is extremely fluid.  While Philadelphia is in front with Nick Foles running Chip Kelly's offense, the New York Giants have won their last four games, resulting in an interesting race for the NFC East crown.  

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning
In the AFC, Denver, New England, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis rule supreme.  The Broncos look like a team headed for success with Peyton Manning at the helm of a 8-1 team.  In the AFC East, Tom Brady has turned rookie wideouts into stars, resulting in a 7-2 record.  Replacing the Houston Texans in the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts have beaten the best of teams including San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver. With Andrew Luck at the lead, this team looks to have great success in the coming years.  Like the Colts, the Bengals are also beating elite teams including the Patriots, the Packers, and the Lions.  While Andy Dalton may not be the "guy", he has led his team to seven wins and a coming division title.
Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady

If the playoffs were held today, this is how I believe they would play out:

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. New Orleans Saints
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Detroit Lions
5. Carolina Panthers
6. San Francisco 49ers

1. Denver Broncos
2. New England Patriots
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Indianapolis Colts
5. Kansas City Chiefs
6. Pittsburgh Steelers

Wild Card:
49ers @ Eagles
Panthers @ Lions

Wild Card: 
Steelers @ Bengals
Chiefs @ Colts

49ers @ Seahawks
Panthers @ Saints

Chiefs @ Broncos
Colts @ Patriots

Saints @ Seahawks
Patriots @ Broncos

Super Bowl:
New Orleans Saints @ Denver Broncos

Here are my NFL Power Rankings for this week. 
Average grade: 72.75
Bold Indicates 1st Place in Division
Italics Indicate 2nd Place

1. Seattle Seahawks 97            
2. Denver Broncos 96            
3. Kansas City Chiefs 95            
4. New Orleans Saints 95             
5. Carolina Panthers 90             
6. New England Patriots 93
7. Cincinnati Bengals 89            
8. Detroit Lions 87                        
9. Indianapolis Colts 86             
10. San Francisco 49ers 84              
11. Philadelphia Eagles 83 
12. Dallas Cowboys 82             
13. Arizona Cardinals 79             
14. New York Jets 78                        
15. Chicago Bears 78                        
16. Miami Dolphins 77             
17. New York Giants 75            
18. Baltimore Ravens 73^           
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 69^          
20. San Diego Chargers 69             
21. Oakland Raiders 67            
22. St. Louis Rams 67             
23. Tennessee Titans 65            
24. Cleveland Browns 65^           
25. Green Bay Packers 64             
26. Buffalo Bills 64                        
27. Minnesota Vikings 64            
28. Washington Redskins 62 
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 60 
30. Houston Texans 59 
31. Atlanta Falcons 56 
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 55 

^Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are all currently tied for second place in the AFC North.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

2013 NFL Picks Week 2

After a stunning first week of the 2013 season, The Rishab Report will unveil its week 2 predictions!  This coverage will have no bias towards any team and will take place every week during the regular season.  This year, my associate Mr. Skylar Darel will be joining me in predicting to see who does better at the end of the year.  Last week we both tied in predicting at 10 correct and 6 incorrect (63%).   We both selected New England to defeat the Jets on Thursday Night Football. With that in mind, let the predicting begin!

Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers Quarterback-Aaron Rodgers
Rishab- After seeing Robert Griffin III start to get his "groove" back late in the game last week, I have confidence in his ability to preform this week.  However, Washington's secondary is a much different story.  With Aaron Rodgers launching rockets down the field, the Redskins start the 2013 season 0-2.
Washington 27
Green Bay 35

Skylar- The Redskins and Packers are both elite teams, but they are also both 0-1.  The Packers are at home so expect them to have a great game against Washington.
Redskins 14
Green Bay 38

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco
Rishab- Although the Ravens lost on the road to Denver, they should pick up an easier divisional win at home.  The Ravens have had more time (10 days) to ready themselves for this game compared to the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns looked horrible in their home opener against Miami last week.  Joe Flacco should have a nice game against Cleveland on Sunday.
Cleveland 9
Baltimore 26

Skylar- The Ravens were obliterated in the 2013 opener and will use this game to prove they can contend.  Joe Flacco throws three touchdowns in a Baltimore Blowout.
Cleveland 13
Baltimore 30

Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan

St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons
Rishab- The Falcons got off to a rough start against New Orleans last week.  Fortunately for them, they face the Rams at home.  The Rams came off a closer than expected victory against Arizona so they really need to prove themselves against a Super Bowl contender this week.
Rams 24
Falcons 27

Skylar- The Falcons find themselves in a must win situation after a disappointing game at New Orleans last week.  Steven Jackson runs wild on his former team and the Birds even themselves at 1-1.
Rams 14
Falcons 31

San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly
Rishab- Wow! I was extremely impressed with Chip Kelly's dynamic offense on Monday Night Football.  The Chargers have lost all of their confidence after losing their massive lead against the Texans last week.  Look for the Eagles to have total dominance in their home opener.
Chargers 20
Eagles 39

Skylar- Chip Kelly's dynamic offense makes its home debut.  The Chargers are reeling after letting them come back on Monday Night.  Michael Vick impresses again as the Eagles start undefeated.
Chargers 10
Eagles 45

Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith
Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs
Rishab-After beating the Giants at home for the first time in their relatively new stadium, the Cowboys are looking to continue their progress in 2013 with a win against the Chiefs.  This matchup will be a defensive game with many turnovers from both sides.
Cowboys 17
Chiefs 15

Skylar- The Cowboys didn't play well against the Giants, but they still won because of turnovers.  The Chiefs will have their first real test under Andy Reid against his former divisional opponent.
Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck
Cowboys 21
Chiefs 27

Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts
Rishab- Sorry guys, no Luck puns this week.  This is one of my favorite games of the week as it features two quarterbacks selected in the 2012 draft.  Andrew Luck has done very well at home in his career so far and should win this one against the Dolphins.  While Ryan Tannehill does have the potential to be a top five quarterback in the future, he really needs to have a solid year two.
Dolphins 21
Colts 26

Skylar- In a matchup of the second year QB's, Andrew Luck outlasts Ryan Tannehill in a surprisingly defensive game.
Dolphins 13
Colts 17

Titans Running Back Chris Johnson

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Rishab- The Texans came back from a 28-7 deficit to win their road opener 31-28 against San Diego.  Houston has much better wideouts than Tennessee does, which will help Matt Schaub and the Texans start 2-0 in 2013.
Titans 21
Texans 35

Skylar- The Titans shocked the world by beating the Steelers last week.  The Texans are an elite team at home and they won't lose to Chris Johnson this week.
Titans 13
Texans 23

Carolina Panthers @ Buffalo Bills
Rishab- The Panthers stood their ground against Russell Wilson and only gave up a total of 12 points against one of the best in the NFL right now.  Cam Newton should blaze through the Bill's depleted secondary to run and throw for several touchdowns to win his first game of the 2013 season.
Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton
Bills 18
Panthers 27

Skylar- The Bills lost a tight one against New England, and now have to face Cam Newton and the Panthers.  Expect Steve Smith to have a huge game and the Panthers to make the Bills start 0-2.
Panthers 28
Bills 20

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler
Rishab-Jay Cutler and the Bears started off the season on a high note against the Bengals in their opener.  Expect them to continue their momentum in a good game against the Vikings to remain undefeated at 2-0.  The Chicago defense will create several turnovers and will get to Christian Ponder in this one.
Vikings 6
Bears 24

Skylar- The Bears impressed Week 1, while the Vikings looked flat.  Adrian Peterson will have his usual big game, but the Bears secondary will dominate, and Jay Cutler will do so as well.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Vikings 21
Bears 28

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rishab- The New Orleans Saints have Sean Payton back, and that itself will help Drew Brees and the Saints Defense defeat Tampa Bay.  The Buccaneers look very divided as there appears to be a quarterback controversy with Josh Freeman.
Saints 40
Buccaneers 10

Skylar- My upset pick of the week comes in Tampa, where Doug Martin will have a huge game against the high flying Saints.  The much improved Bucs secondary will minimize Drew Brees, and the Bucs will restore their playoff hopes.
Saints 21
Buccaneers 24

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals
Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford
Rishab- The Cardinals may be lacking the best receiver in the league, Larry Fitzgerald, for this game. With the Cardinals lacking Fitzgerald, the Lions should control this game from an offensive standpoint.  In Bruce Arian's "pass down the field" offense, the Cardinals lack their best weapon, which will help the Lions win a close one on the road.  
Lions 28
Cardinals 22

Skylar- The Lions had a stunning first week performance against the Vikings.  Expect more exciting things from Megatron and company this week.
Lions 31
Cardinals 17

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders
Rishab- After watching the Raiders make last week's game watchable, I'll go with them in a battle between the NFL's two worst teams.
Jaguars 6
Raiders 14

Skylar- Honestly speaking: Who cares about this game?  Whoever loses this will be the defacto worst team in the NFL. The Raiders are at home and Terrelle Pryor is promising, so I'll give the Raiders the win in this ugly game.
Jaguars 9
Eli Manning
Raiders 21

Denver Broncos @ New York Giants
Rishab- Eli and Peyton Manning face off in their third matchup in the NFL in Week 2 of the regular season. The Broncos won a convincing game against the Super Bowl Champions and have had almost ten days of rest.  Meanwhile in New York, Tom Coughlin is bringing the Giants back to the basics to prevent turnovers and to score touchdowns.  In the biggest upset of the week, the Giants defeat the Denver Broncos in a total shootout.
Peyton Manning
Broncos 38
Giants 41

Skylar- Manning Bowl 3.0.  A must win for the Giants, but unfortunately for them, they will lose.   Peyton will out last Eli in a thriller and the Broncos improve to 2-0.
Broncos 35
Giants 31

San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks 
49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick
Rishab- I am so excited for this game! Featuring the NFL's two best teams, the Seahawks and the 49ers, this game will help decide the NFC West division winner.  Russell Wilson v.s. Colin Kaepernick.  Marshawn Lynch v.s. Frank Gore.  Pete Carroll v.s. Jim Harbaugh.  I'm putting the 49ers up in what might be the best game of the season.
49ers 23
Seahawks 20

The game of the younger quarterbacks and the best rivalry in football at the moment.  The Seahawks are at home, but they didn't look so good last week against the Panthers.  Still, the home crowd will lead the Hawks to victory in a defensive slugfest.
Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson
49ers 16
Seahawks 20

We will post our Steelers @ Bengals Predictions on Monday.