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Studs and Duds: NFL Week Ten

By Brett Malamud

I was pretty impressed in many of this week’s performances. Of course, with great success from your team comes great failure from your opponent. Here’s week ten’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

Beast mode is an understatement as Lynch was phenomenal against the Giants. He had 21 carries for 140 yards and four touchdowns. His fantasy owners must have been happy as he scored 40 points this week in ESPN standard leagues.

Marshawn Lynch had a huge week against the Giants, rushing for four touchdowns (Via Getty)

Marshawn Lynch had a huge week against the Giants, rushing for four touchdowns (Via Getty)

Dud: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Dalton was awful on Thursday Night Football. He completed 10-of-33 passes and finished the night with just 86 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. He’ll try to refocus for next week’s him matchup against the Saints.

Stud: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers 

Rodgers torched the Chicago Bears on national television Sunday night. He threw six touchdowns, with all six coming in the first half. He was pulled in the third quarter.

Dud: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown’s numbers dropped off this week. He caught eight passes for 74 yards, which isn’t really that bad. Well why is he on the duds list then? Oh, that’s right. Brown had two lost fumbles, giving him just three fantasy points for the day in ESPN standard leagues

Stud: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Were you expecting anything else? Manning threw five touchdown passes in the Broncos’ rout of the Oakland Raiders.

Dud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton, who hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass since week 7, finally threw one to kelvin Benjamin for a score. The only problem? The Panthers were so far out of reach that the game didn’t matter anymore. Newton threw three interceptions and lost a fumble in a very shaky performance in week 10. He’ll return to Carolina to face a favorable matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in week 11.

Stud: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

After two straight games that had Bryant with less than 35 yards receiving, Dez came alive on Sunday in London. Facing the Jacksonville Jaguars, Bryant hauled in six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll head into the bye week this week.

Stud: New York Jets 

Finally! The Jets took it to the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers and came away with a 20-13 win for just their second win of the season. They’ll have a bye in week 11.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week Seven

By Brett Malamud

It’s pretty easy to spot out the studs for this week. With the many game changing plays this week, some of these studs were a lock for the list. Here’s this week’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos 

How can you lead off this list with anyone who isn’t named Peyton Manning? The future hall of famer reached a new plateau, becoming the NFL’s all time leading passing touchdowns leader. But he didn’t stop there, and threw another touchdown. Manning finished the day with 318 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Dud: Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

It just so happens that the Bengals were shutout but I’m blaming Bernard here, simply because of his dip in performance from the week before. A week after his 157 yard performance, Bernard could not find success this week. He finished the day with just 17 yards on the ground and without a touchdown.

Stud: Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas caught Peyton Manning’s record breaking touchdown as part of his two touchdown night. Thomas finished the day with eight catches on nine targets for 171 receiving yards.

Dud: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

Jeffery was a big disappointment this week. He had just two catches for nine yards, and that’s not acceptable, especially since the Bears were already down 14-0 and were forced to throw the football.

Stud: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson had another outstanding week. He threw for 313 passing yards and two touchdowns. Once again, Wilson proved his value to fantasy owners and added 106 rushing yards and a touchdown as well.

Dud: Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Surprisingly, Thomas had a off night on Sunday. He caught just four of his six targets, including a brutal drop. Thomas still leads the NFL in touchdowns though with nine.

Stud: Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

Sammy Watkins had a great day with a pair of touchdown catches. The highlight was his second touchdown grab, which gave Buffalo the lead with a second left on the clock.

Dud: Buffalo Bills Running Backs

The Bills had a pretty dreadful second quarter. No, it wasn’t because of the score, but rather their backfield. Both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller went down with injuries and will be out for the next few weeks. Not great for a team that is trying to compete in a competitive AFC East.

The Bills will miss CJ Spiller (Via AP)

The Bills will miss CJ Spiller (Via AP)

Stud: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Remember how I said that one play could land you on the studs or duds list? These last two studs are complete examples of just that with their trick plays. Wide receiver Antonio Brown came around the backfield to take a reverse. He curled back around to the left with the ball and fired one straight into the chest of Lance Moore. The trick play gave the Steelers the lead and eventually the win.

Stud: St. Louis Rams

The trick plays of the weekend came in St. Louis. The Seahawks, who are argued to have the top punt coverage unit in the league, were fooled multiple times by the Rams. First, they were set to return a punt as the Rams were backed up to their own 18 yard line when punter Johnny Hekker passed the ball for a first down. Then later in the game, Seattle set out to return a punt. The Rams ran back towards the left side of the field to block for return man Tavon Austin, bringing the Seahawks along with them. The punt actually came down on the opposite side of the field to Steadman Bailey, who had an almost open sideline. Bailey took the return all the way back for a touchdown. The Rams went on to beat the defending champions 28-26.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

Studs and Duds: NFL Week Six

By Brett Malamud

There was a lot of good action out on the fields this week, including many big fantasy performances. The injury bug may have ruined some fantasy owners seasons, in addition to the players’ respective teams.  Here’s this week’s edition of Studs and Duds:

Stud: Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco came out firing and finished the day going 21-for-29 with 306 yards and five touchdowns in route to a 48-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dud: Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory, New York Jets

The running duo for Gang Green were halted this week against the Denver Broncos. The pair combined for 11 carries and just 16 yards in the Jets 31-17 loss. I’d like to take this time to call out the offensive line too. They didn’t help the cause either.

Stud: T.Y. Hilton, Indianpolis Colts

Normally, you might see Andrew Luck here in the studs list, but not this week. Instead, his receiver T.Y. Hilton takes the spot after hauling in all nine of his targets for 223 yards and a touchdown.

Dud: Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

It not fun that one play can dictate whether you end up on this list or not. That’s the case here with Mike Nugent. The kicker Nugent came into the game this week for the last play of overtime between the Bengals and Carolina Panthers. Nugent kicked a 36-yard field goal wide right as the clock expired to end the game in a tie. Teammate Adam “Pacman” Jones wasn’t afraid to call out his kicker after the game.”We were in a perfect position to win the game, two seconds left on the clock, we’ve got to win the game,” Jones said. “Everybody in here gets paid to do a job and that’s what everybody needs to do.”

Mike Nugent Looked down in frustration after missing the game winning 36-yard field goal.

Mike Nugent Looked down in frustration after missing the game winning 36-yard field goal. (Via CBS Sports)

Stud: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam was the man this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The quarterback finished with 284 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air. In addition, Newton had 17 rushes for 107 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Dud: Injured Wide Receivers

Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson didn’t practice all week and missed this week’s game in Minnesota, nursing an ankle injury. Johnson was pulled just a week earlier after injuring the ankle in week five’s matchup against Buffalo. A.J. Green was taken off the practice field on a cart on Wednesday after hurting his toe. The Bengals wide receiver missed Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and will also miss this week’s matchup against the Colts. The Giants lost their top wide receiver in Victor Cruz this week after he tore his patella tendon this week in the Giants’ matchup in Philadelphia on Monday night. Cruz will likely miss the remainder of the season.

Stud: Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles headed into this one fired up. They dubbed the game “the blackout” and wore their black uniforms. Philadelphia shut out the Giants 27-0.

Dud: New York Giants

Eli Manning didn’t look great, but I don’t think that it was his fault. The offensive line looked shut down this week, much like their New York counterparts, the Jets. The Giants also lost Victor Cruz for the season. They looked flat for most of the game and in the end, the G-men were shutout 27-0.

Stud: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

There were questions headed into this week about Brady’s health, but Tom Brady shut those questions down. He stepped into the AFC East matchup against the Buffalo Bills and fired four touchdowns over 361 passing yards.

Stud: Oakland Raiders

Now I know people will look at this and say, “Hey Brett, the Raiders lost,” and I know. Look at the other side of the field though. You’ll see the San Diego Chargers, a team that shutout the Jets 31-0 last week. Many including myself would argue that the Jets are a much better team than the Raiders despite their struggles. That said, the Raiders came into this one with a new coach in Tony Sparano and came within a field goal of the Chargers, ultimately surrendering a touchdown in the final two minutes of the game to lose 31-28. The winless Raiders should be proud of their effort this week, even though the outcome wasn’t in their favor.


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week Six Predictions

By Brett Malamud

Thursday is here and that can only mean one thing. Yes, get ready for  another week of football with the week six predictions:

Byes: New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

-Colts (3-2) at Texans (3-2), Thursday @ 8:25 PM EST

Thursday Night Football this week could turn out more intriguing than not. The Texans will attempt to knock off the Colts in Houston. The Texans have the most takeaways in the NFL and have allowed the fourth fewest points in the league. Andrew Luck hopes to change that. Luck passed for 312 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions last week. With that performance, Luck passed for at least 300 yards in four out of his last five games. As he heads to Houston, I believe he’ll do just that and lead the Colts to the victory. Verdict: Colts

-Steelers (3-2) at Browns (2-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Down 28-0, the Browns stormed back to take a 29-28 shocker in Tennessee last weekend. This week they return home and turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers had a rough time in Jacksonville, barely escaping with a 17-9 victory over the winless Jaguars. Roethlisberger wasn’t anything special, throwing for less than 300 yards. This week’s matchup could pose well for Cleveland and I think they’ll get it done, disposing of the Steelers. Verdict: Browns

-Patriots (3-2) at Bills (3-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

A battle in the AFC East sees the Patriots travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. Tom Brady threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals. Brady heads into this one with a career 22-2 record as a starter against the Bills. The Bills escaped with a last second field goal in Detroit, but with Kyle Orton leading the team at quarterback, I’m not sure they’ll match up with New England. Verdict: Patriots

-Panthers (3-2) at Bengals (3-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Cam Newton has been a huge disappointment thus far for fantasy owners, more specifically in the run game. Newton has not ran the same way that he used to. Last week, he finished with six carries for nine yards. He’ll face a tough Bengals defense this week. The Bengals come off of their loss to the Patriots last week. I think they’ll bounce back though and take down Cam Newton. Verdict: Bengals

-Jaguars (0-5) at Titans (1-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Here is my Game of the Weak. How many times am I going to say that the Jaguars stink? I seem to say it each and every week, but it’s finally setting in that they’re simply put: awful. They still have yet to win a game, although they gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a run for their money last week. I’m taking the Titans, who I’ll take off of the hook this week, even though they’re not the best of teams either. Verdict: Titans

-Packers (3-2) at Dolphins (2-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Dolphins come off of their bye week and welcome the Green Bay Packers. The Packers had that huge blowout against the Vikings last Thursday and come into this one with their heads held high. The Dolphins will have a tough task in slowing down Aaron Rodgers. I’m taking the Packers. Verdict: Packers

-Lions (3-2) at Vikings (2-3)Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Lions will have a tough time if they cannot get Calvin Johnson in the lineup. The wide receiver has a high ankle sprain and has been bothered by it all week. If he can’t go, keep an eye on Golden Tate. He’ll get the majority of targets from Matt Stafford. The Vikings were embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers last week. Minnesota was without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but this week will be different. I’m expecting a close game, with the Lions taking the victory. Verdict: Lions

-Broncos (3-1) at Jets (1-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Earlier today, Dabuzzza writer Jack Allen had a piece on the Jets small chance at beating the Denver Broncos (Which you can check out here). I’m a Jets fan, and while I can relate to Jack’s optimism, I just can’t see any good outcomes this week for Gang Green. The Jets have been a disgrace this season, and that starts at the quarterback position. Geno Smith had the worst game he’s ever had in San Diego. He was 4-for-12 with 27 passing yards and an interception. Head coach Rex Ryan turned to backup quarterback Michael Vick in the second half last week, opting to pull Smith out. The Jets lost their fourth straight game and were shutout by the Chargers. Rex Ryan’s job has been put in jeopardy and if the Jets hoped that they can move past their struggles, they’ll most likely have to wait until next week. Peyton Manning comes off of a game against the tough Arizona Cardinals defense that saw him throw for 479 yards and four touchdowns. Do you really think that the Jets defense is great? Sure, they’re pretty good on the run but their secondary? There’s no way that the Broncos lose this one. They’ll send the Jets into their Thursday night matchup in New England with a loss. Verdict: Broncos

-Ravens (3-2) at Buccaneers (1-4), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Ravens took a loss to a red-hot Colts team last week. The Buccaneers kept up with the Saints for the entire game, before falling to them. But, the Buccaneers put up 31 points, much to my surprise. Doug Martin will need to take over the game to win. With that, I’m taking still Joe Flacco’s Ravens. Verdict: Ravens 

-Chargers (4-1) at Raiders (0-4), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

The Chargers come off of a 31-0 shutout over the New York Jets. Were the Chargers really good or were the Jets just really bad? I think it was a bit of both but more from the Jets being bad. Chargers rookie running back Branden Oliver ran for 114 yards and a touchdown. Oliver also caught four passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders fired their head coach and brought in Tony Sparano as the interim head coach. They’ll come off the bye, still winless. Expect that to remain the same after they host San Diego. Verdict: Chargers

-Bears (2-3) at Falcons (2-3), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

Chicago took that loss to the Panthers to drop them below .500 for the season. The Bears turned the ball over four times, an inexcusable number. Atlanta headed into MetLife Stadium ready to take advantage of Eli Manning. They headed out with a loss though, after blowing a ten point lead. Matt Ryan still looks good though, and playing in the Georgia Dome should help to propel them to a victory. Verdict: Falcons

-Cowboys (4-1) at Seahawks (3-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

This is my game of the week. Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 18-of-24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also had 11 carries for 122 yards and another touchdown. The Seahawks had two more touchdowns that were taken away by penalties in their win over Washington. Dallas escaped Houston in overtime. Can Tony Romo handle the 12th Man? I don’t think that he can, and that Seattle will defeat the Cowboys. Verdict: Seahawks

Tony Romo hopes to beat the Seahawks this week (Via AP)

Tony Romo hopes to beat the Seahawks this week (Via AP)

-Redskins (1-4) at Cardinals (3-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

The Redskins fell to the Seahawks last week, and the Cardinals to the Broncos. The Cardinals defense should manhandle the Redskins offense in route to the victory Verdict: Cardinals

-Giants (3-2) at Eagles (4-1), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

The Giants had a comeback effort against the Falcons last week. The Eagles, meanwhile, had an average game against the St. Louis Rams at home. This Sunday Night Football matchup should be a good one though, as most Giants-Eagles games are. I’m going to go with my gut and take the Eagles. It’ll be a close one though. Verdict: Eagles

-49ers (3-2) at Rams (1-3), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

The St. Louis Rams stuck with the Eagles last week, losing by just six points. Austin Davis threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, two of which to wide receiver Brian Quick. It’s safe to say that the young quarterback looks settled in. The 49ers come off of a win against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, five out of their six scoring drives only went for field goals. The offense will have to continue to work on getting into the red zone before they start running into trouble. I’m gonna pick them here though. Verdict: 49ers


Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

NFL Week Three Preview

By Brett Malamud

-Buccaneers (0-2) at Falcons (1-1), Thursday @ 8:25 PM EST

The Buccaneers travel one state over to the confines of the Georgia Dome. The Falcons come in after their offense was virtually shut down by Cincinnati last week. I think that coming home will heal the woes and that Matt Ryan will come back strong tonight. Verdict: Falcons

-Chargers (1-1) at Bills (2-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

I watched the Bills game last week and there wasn’t much excitement, other than the Sammy Watkins touchdown play and the C.J. Spiller kickoff return for a touchdown. I think that after taking down Seattle last week, the Chargers should roll through the Bills. Verdict: Chargers

-Cowboys (1-1) at Rams (1-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Cowboys beat the Titans last week and DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant looked great. The Rams third-string quarterback Austin Davis went 22/29 for 235 yards and no interceptions, as St. Louis slightly edged out Tampa Bay. If Davis continues at that pace this week, it could make for a close game, but I’m still going with the Cowboys. Verdict: Cowboys

-Redskins (1-1) at Eagles (2-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Kirk Cousins is now at the helm for the Redskins and it’ll definitely be noticeable. Cousins went 22/33 and completed his first 12 passes. Not bad for a guy coming in cold off of the bench. I don’t think they’ll get past the Eagles though, after they’ve rolled as of late. The duel back combo of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles continues to be the story and should be it again this week. Verdict: Eagles

-Texans (2-0) at Giants (0-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Giants stink. They took a loss to the Drew Stanton led Arizona Cardinals after quarterback Carson Palmer was announced as inactive for the game. The G-Men turned the ball over the ball four times, much to the disappointment of head coach Tom Coughlin. The Texans, on the other hand, won in Oakland last week. I’m gonna take the Texans here because the defense will be too strong for the Giants.  Verdict: Texans

-Vikings (1-1) at Saints (0-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Saints are 0-2. Seriously? They’re so great but have had some not so great moments. A last second field goal decided their fate last week in Cleveland. I’ve got to take them here, especially after the beat down that the Patriots gave Minnesota. Verdict: Saints

-Titans (1-1) at Bengals (2-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Titans couldn’t find a way to beat the Cowboys. Jake Locker showed some promise, throwing for 234 yards with a touchdown. The Bengals come in fresh off a win at home against the Falcons, and my belief is that they’ll stay undefeated after this week. Verdict: Bengals

-Ravens (1-1) at Browns (1-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Browns shocked the Saints last week, winning on a field goal in the final seconds. Baltimore came together after losing Ray Rice and didn’t allow a touchdown to the Steelers last week on Thursday Night Football. Still, Joe Flacco only threw for 166 yards. I think the Browns continue to shock and take this game in another close one. Verdict: Browns

-Packers (1-1) at Lions (1-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Packers were down 21-3 to the New York Jets. They came all the way back, beating the Jets 31-24. Aaron Rodgers looked pretty invisible in the first quarter and a bit of the second quarter, but powered back in the second half and finished the day off with 346 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Lions showed that Megatron was human, as Calvin Johnson could not be found in the end zone last week. Instead, the lone Lions touchdown went to Fullback Jed Collins. I think the Packers stay hot and win this one. Verdict: Packers

Calvin Johnson looks to get back in the end zone this week vs. the Packers (Via Getty)

Calvin Johnson looks to get back in the end zone this week vs. the Packers (Via Getty)

-Colts (0-2) at Jaguars (0-2), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Colts lost…to the Eagles. And I say it that way because the Eagles looked fantastic. But the Colts looked good too. They were edged out at the last second and so the loss might sting a bit, but I know they’ll come back strong this week against the Jaguars, who were slaughtered by Washington last week. Verdict: Colts

-Raiders (0-2) at Patriots (1-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

There shouldn’t be much debate here. The Patriots woke up last week, and beat down the Vikings by a score of 30-7. They’ll take on the Raiders in what could be an ugly result. Verdict: Patriots

-49ers (1-1) at Cardinals (2-0), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

I have been and am still pushing hard on this Cardinals defense. I’ve said it all along, I really like their defense. They forced four Giants turnovers last week at MetLife Stadium. This will be their toughest test yet, as they take on the 49ers. The Niners, however, didn’t look right at home in the second half of the inaugural game of their new stadium. Instead, quarterback Colin Kaepernick forced passes throughout and the Bears rallied to beat them. I think that the woes will stop and that Kaepernick will lead his team to the victory. Verdict: 49ers

-Broncos (2-0) at Seahawks (1-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

This is my matchup of the week. A rematch of last season’s Super Bowl sees the Broncos headed to Seattle to face the Seahawks. The Seahawks took a loss last week to the Chargers. Marshawn Lynch was not much of a factor, only rushing for 36 yards. Wes Welker is back this week after the NFL and NFLPA agreed on a new drug policy, freeing him from the remaining four games on his previous suspension. I think that the attention on Welker should free up Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas.  I like the Broncos this week to quiet the 12th man. Verdict: Broncos

-Chiefs (0-2) at Dolphins (1-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

The Chiefs almost took down Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos last week, but they didn’t. Instead they dropped to 0-2 and their defense has allowed 50 points through only two games. On the other side of the field will be the Miami Dolphins, who shocked everyone back in week one, when they took down the New England Patriots. Last week was a different story and they couldn’t get anything going, taking the loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs are desperate for a win in the competitive AFC West, and I think they’ll get their first of the year here. Verdict: Chiefs

-Steelers (1-1) at Panthers (2-0), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

The return of Cam Newton brought a great performance by the Carolina Panthers offense. Newton was 22/34 for 281 yards and a touchdown as he defeated “Donkey Kong Suh and [his] fellow Auburn teammate Nick Fairley.” The Panthers look ahead now to this week’s matchup at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Simply put, the Steelers couldn’t score a touchdown last week on Thursday Night Football. This week they’ll play their second game in a row in a primetime slot. I think that they’ll lose this one as well, and the nation will see the flaws of this struggling team. Verdict: Panthers

-Bears (1-1) at Jets (1-1), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

Ah, the Jets. Many of you know how much I love the Jets, and how I continue to root for them, even in the darkest of times. Well, last week was one of those times. The Jets went up 14-0 within the first seven minutes of the game. Then, the Jets were up 21-3 in the middle of the second quarter when things started to unfold. Capped off by an 80 yard laser to Jordy Nelson for a touchdown, the Jets collapsed and lost 31-24. As far as bright spots, there were not many. Eric Decker looked good, but how long until defenses double team him on every play? Chris Johnson played an awful game, and finished the day with 21 yards on 12 carries. Instead, the running back who looked the best was Chris Ivory, who had just 43 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. I’m not sure they’ll bounce back this week though, facing the Chicago Bears. The Bears had three fourth-quarter touchdowns to take down the 49ers. I don’t think that the Jets secondary can handle Brandon Marshall, who scored three touchdowns last week. Jay Cutler is 8-4 on Monday Night Football with 20 touchdowns in only 12 games. The trend of touchdowns for him should continue this week, and you can bet that Jets head coach Rex Ryan will be upset with that. Verdict: Bears

NFL Week 2 Preview

By Brett Malamud

Week one proved to be a great week of football that was full of crazy catches and games coming down to the wire. Let’s hope week two can bring the same level of excitement. Here’s my picks for this week:

-Steelers (1-0) at Ravens (0-1), Thursday @ 8:25 PM EST

The Steelers escaped a major comeback at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. Now they’ll face their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens, who were narrowly defeated at home against the Bengals, under the bright lights of M&T Bank Stadium in primetime. Crowd noise will be a factor, but I’ll take the Steelers here in a close one. Verdict: Steelers

-Dolphins (1-0) at Bills (1-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Pretty even matchup here as these AFC East foes duke it out. The Dolphins are coming in red hot after defeating the almighty New England Patriots. Buffalo is also coming in with some momentum as well, after shocking the Chicago Bears in overtime. The addition of Knowshon Moreno has proven to be great for Miami thus far, especially after he ran for 134 yards on 24 attempts with a touchdown. I’m going to take the Dolphins here. Verdict: Dolphins

-Jaguars (0-1) at Redskins (0-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

I’m going to be brutally honest, I will not tune in to this one. After watching the Texans dispose of the Redskins offense last week, I can regretfully say that I am not interested in the team, with the exception of Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson, and Jordan Reed (who has been a major disappointment to my fantasy team), as they are amongst the players on my three fantasy football teams (thankfully, each is on a different team). I’m taking the Jaguars, who took a 17-0 lead into halftime last week against the Eagles. Verdict: Jaguars

-Cowboys (0-1) at Titans (1-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Now we come to the Cowboys, who were manhandled last week when they faced the San Francisco 49ers, and at one point were down 28-3. The game included two fumbles from the Cowboys offense, one of which was taken all the way back by the 49ers defense for a touchdown. The Titans had a great showing out of quarterback Jake Locker, who threw for 266 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. I’m going with the safe bet of picking the Titans to win this one. Verdict: Titans

-Cardinals (1-0) at Giants (0-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

Both of these teams played in the Monday Night Football doubleheader in week one and each of those games was a polar opposite of the other. The Cardinals rallied late, scoring two touchdowns in the final quarter. Carson Palmer looked phenomenal, and his night was highlighted by a 63 yard bomb to Michael Floyd, who also had an impact on the game (although he didn’t score a touchdown). The other game was rather one-sided and the Giants were done from the opening whistle. Eli Manning was intercepted twice and there wasn’t much room for Rashad Jennings to run. The Giants should struggle this week against a tough defense. Verdict: Cardinals

-Patriots (0-1) at Vikings (1-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Patriots were shocked last week, taking a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins. They’ll travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings, who had an excellent game last week by shutting down the Rams in St. Louis. My gut tells me that the Patriots will come back strong and win the game. Verdict: Patriots

-Saints (0-1) at Browns (0-1), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Saints lost a heartbreaker in Atlanta after fumbling the football in overtime. Drew Brees tried out his new toy in Brandin Cooks and liked what he saw. Cooks has one less catch than Jimmy Graham, hauling in seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Browns rallied against the Steelers from a 24-point deficit but ultimately lost on a field goal as time expired. The Browns may give the Saints a run for their money at the beginning of this game, but I think the Saints pull away in the second half. Verdict: Saints

-Falcons (1-0) at Bengals (1-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

On the other end of the Saints’ heartbreaking loss was the Atlanta Falcons. Didn’t Matty Ice look great? I mean, seriously! 448 yards. FOUR HUNDRED AND FOURTY EIGHT YARDS! A Falcons franchise record for him with that, and he even threw three touchdowns. I do like the Falcons’ addition of Devin Hester, who was targeted six times and caught five of those for 99 yards. The Bengals blew a 15 point lead but scored a touchdown with just over five minutes left against the Ravens. I don’t see it shaping up that way this week, because instead I see the Falcons going up early and not looking back. Verdict: Falcons

Matt Ryan ran through the Saints defense last week and hopes to do the same this week vs. the Bengals (Via AP)

Matt Ryan ran through the Saints defense last week and hopes to do the same this week vs. the Bengals (Via AP)

-Lions (1-0) at Panthers (1-0), Sunday @ 1:00 PM EST

The Lions looked fantastic last week, but after all, they were playing the Giants, who blew coverage after coverage. It seems that nobody could stop Calvin Johnson, who made the most ridiculous catches. The Panthers will get Cam Newton back but I don’t see much changing. The Lions are just too good right now. Verdict: Lions

-Rams (0-1) at Buccaneers (0-1), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

Another boring matchup on the week two slate sees the Sam Bradford-less, touchdown-less St. Louis Rams, squaring off with the team that had the worst ranked defense in the NFL last season. The Rams might have lost their backup as well, with Shaun Hill going down last week with a strained quad. Doug Martin did nothing last week, piling up a whopping nine yards on nine carries. I’m pulling for them this week though, and this could be the week that Doug Martin comes back to form. Verdict: Buccaneers

-Seahawks (1-0) at Chargers (0-1), Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST

This seems to be one of the more intriguing battles this week. The Chargers took a loss, but looked good against the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks also looked good in their game, taking down the Packers. I’m going to take the Seahawks here, but I’m sure that San Diego will compete throughout. Verdict: Seahawks

-Texans (1-0) at Raiders (0-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

The Texans defense is electric. They were great against the Redskins. The Raiders were not, and took a loss to the Jets. I see the Texans defense as too much of a threat to the Oakland offense. Verdict: Texans

-Jets (1-0) at Packers (0-1), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

This could be a really close game, but it could also turn ugly and end up as a blowout for Green Bay. The Packers look to bounce back against the Jets after being defeated by the Seahawks last Thursday. The Jets have assembled a bit of a new offense, with Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as duel threats in the backfield. Johnson caught five passes and one touchdown out of the backfield in addition to his 68 rushing yards. Eric Decker also played nicely, racking up 74 yards on five receptions. Ultimately, I see the Packers taking this one, but not by much. Verdict: Packers

-Chiefs (0-1) at Broncos (1-0), Sunday @ 4:25 PM EST

The Chiefs weren’t themselves on defense last week. They were picked apart by Jake Locker and allowed him to drive down the field, resulting in two touchdowns. This week they’ll face an even tougher task: Peyton Manning. The 38 year old took down his former team, the Indianapolis Colts, in a showdown with Andrew Luck. Peyton found Julius Thomas in the end zone three times and utilized the acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders. The Chiefs are no match for the top team in the AFC. Verdict: Broncos

-Bears (0-1) at 49ers (1-0), Sunday @ 8:30 PM EST

The Niners dominated the Cowboys throughout. Rookie Carlos Hyde scored a touchdown and Vernon Davis caught two. The Bears lost that shocker to the Buffalo Bills last week and I’m not sure their defense can keep up with the Niners’ fast west coast offense in the inaugural game for Levi’s Stadium. Verdict: 49ers

-Eagles (1-0) at Colts (0-1), Monday @ 8:30 PM EST

Interesting matchup here as the Eagles face the Colts on Monday Night Football. Andrew Luck threw for 370 yards against the Broncos. Darren Sproles and LeSean McCoy are a deadly combo for Philadelphia. Should be a great offensive duel but I’m taking the Colts at home. Verdict: Colts


 

Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy

2014 NFL DRAFT

The NFL Draft starts at 8:00 PM EST tonight. You can follow the draft coverage here

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 St. Louis Rams (From WSH) Greg Robinson OT Auburn
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
4 Buffalo Bills (From CLE) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
7 Tampa Bay Buccanners Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8 Cleveland Browns (From MIN) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
9 Minnesota Vikings (From CLE) (Via BUF) Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
10 Detroit Lions Eric Ebron TE UNC
11 Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
12 New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
13 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
14 Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller CB VA. Tech
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
16 Dallas Cowboys Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
17 Baltimore Ravens CJ Mosley LB Alabama
18 New York Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville
19 Miami Dolphins Ja’wuan James OT Tennessee
20 New Orleans Saints (From ARI) Brandin Cooks WR  Oregon State
21 Green Bay Packers Ha-Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama
22 Cleveland Browns (From PHI) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
23 Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford DE Auburn
24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU
26 Philadelphia Eagles (Via CLE) (From IND) Marcus Smith DE Louisville
27 Arizona Cardinals (From NO) Deone Bucannon S Washington St.
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR FSU
29 New England Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois
31 Denver Broncos Brandon Roby CB Ohio State
32 Minnesota Vikings (Via SEA) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

 

Draft Day Trades:

  • Bills acquire No. 4 Pick (Sammy Watkins) from Browns for No. 9 pick (Anthony Barr), plus 2015 1st & 4th round picks
  • Browns acquire 8th pick (Justin Gilbert) from Minnesota for 9th pick (Anthony Barr)
  • The Cardinals traded No. 20 (Brandin Cooks) to New Orleans for No. 27 (Deone Bucannon) and their third-rounder, Pick No. 91.
  • The Browns traded Pick No. 26 (Marcus Smith), and their third-rounder, Pick No. 83, to move up to No. 22 (Johnny Manziel)
  • Vikings acquire the 32th pick (Teddy Bridgewater) for the 40th pick and 108th pick
Amid all of the hype for other players this season, expect Clowney's name to be called first at the NFL Draft (Via Jeff Blake/US Presswire)

Amid all of the hype for other players this season, expect Clowney’s name to be called first at the NFL Draft (Via Jeff Blake/US Presswire)

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Brett Malamud is a Computer Science Major at Binghamton University. He is the co-founder of dabuzzza.com. His favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Todd Bertuzzi. You can follow him on twitter at @brettnyy