By Ryan Aranda
So it’s two weeks into the NFL Season, and well, my past Super Bowl predictions don’t look good so far, but it has only been two weeks…
I previously chose the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts to be matched up in Super Bowl L, however both teams have had disappointing starts to the season.
The Seahawks have begun the season with a pitiful record of 0-2. After losing a Week 1 heartbreaker against the St. Louis Rams in overtime 34-31, they then went on to lose the primetime game on Sunday Night Football in a rematch of the 2014 NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in a score of 27-17 after poor performances by team leaders Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman. However, I predict that Seattle will turn it around next week against the Bears with the return of star S Kam Chancellor to add even more strength to “The Legion of Boom.”
The Colts also started the season with zero wins and two defeats. They were clearly overmatched in their Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills, as the Bills defense, led by HC Rex Ryan, was able to slow down Colts star QB Andrew Luck and their newly added RB Frank Gore. The Bills would go on to win the game 27-14 in what can be considered a blowout. In Week 2, Indianapolis would go on to be overmatched by the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, losing 20-7. Luck, the leader of the Colts, struggled in the game, throwing three interceptions and losing one fumble, setting the tone for the rest of the team. The whole Indianapolis offense seemed to be on, “Revis Island” all night as Jets star CB Darrelle Revis recovered two fumbles and intercepted one of Luck’s passes. In my opinion, the Colts look far from being a Super Bowl contender, but they will look to get their first win next week against the Titans.
Around the rest of the NFL, there have been injuries to multiple Pro-Bowl players that have greatly affected the playoff race. The Dallas Cowboys have experienced two disastrous injuries to two of their top players, those players being veteran QB Tony Romo (broken collarbone) and one of the best wide receivers in the entire league, Dez Bryant (fractured foot). Both players are expected to be out for at least six weeks, which I believe should help eliminate the Cowboys from playoff contention. However while some teams are losing players due to injury, some teams are receiving key players back from suspension. For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to have star RB Le’Veon Bell back for their game in Week 3 vs the St. Louis Rams. With Bell’s return, the Steelers now have what could be the most dominant RB-WR combination in the league with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. I’m looking for the Steelers to now gain momentum with their full team; momentum that I’m expecting to last until the end of the season.
The NFL Season has been quite unpredictable thus far, and I’m expecting the rest of the season to be no different.
Well Week 3 is now upon us, so here are my predictions:
New York Giants win over Washington Redskins
Atlanta Falcons win over Dallas Cowboys
Indianapolis Colts win over Tennessee Titans
Oakland Raiders win over Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals win over Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots win over Jacksonville Jaguars
Carolina Panthers win over New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles win over New York Jets
Houston Texans win over Tampa Bay Bucs
San Diego Chargers win over Minnesota Vikings
Pittsburgh Steelers win over St. Louis Rams
Arizona Cardinals win over San Francisco 49ers
Buffalo Bills win over Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks win over Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos win over Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers win over Kansas City Chiefs