Week 2 NFL Predictions: Chances Week 1 Studs Repeat Success in Week 2
Robert Griffin III's the talk of the NFL after his unforgettable premier with the Washington Redskins. DeMarco Murray powered his way to 131 yards against a stout New York Giants defense. Julio Jones made six catches, 108 yards and two touchdowns appear to be an easy feat.
We know what they did on Kickoff Weekend, but the real question is—how will they perform in Week 2? Were their opening efforts an aberration or a sign of what's to come?
Let's breakdown the chances Week 1's studs repeat success this weekend.
Robert Griffin III
RG3's 19-of-26, 320-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win on the road against the New Orleans Saints may have sparked a new nationwide craze, the cousin of "Tebowing" if you will.
If the reigning Heisman Trophy winner continues the exciting play, "Griffining" will catch on, but can RG3 build off his amazing professional debut with another strong showing in Week 2?
He faces a St. Louis Rams club that gave Matthew Stafford and the high-powered Detroit Lions all they could handle on Kickoff Weekend.
Cortland Finnegan leads what seems to be an improved secondary, a group that intercepted Stafford three times, but the young gunslinger did throw for 355 yards and got the victory.
Griffin III certainly doesn't have the luxury of throwing the ball to the Lions receivers, most namely Calvin Johnson, but that didn't matter in Week 1.
He was on time and accurate with nearly all of his throws and delivered them with the necessarily velocity.
Mike Shanahan will look to establish the run, which will set up play-action passes in the second half, throws in which RG3 can rip over the middle. Pierre Garcon injured his foot against the Saints, but he said this to The Washington Times: “I’m feeling good. Should be good to go next week. We’ll get it checked on, I’ll be ready back for St. Louis.”
All signs are pointing to another impressive outing for Mr. Griffin.
Chances to repeat Week 1 success: 75 percent
Ryan made it look easy against the Chiefs and was calm playing within the hostile confines of Arrowhead Stadium.
He finished the afternoon completing 23-of-31 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. Julio Jones looks primed to live up to the heightening expectations many set for him entering his second professional season. His combination of size, speed and aggressiveness make him an exceedingly difficult cover.
Roddy White is Roddy White, a steady chain-mover with ample big-play ability, while Tony Gonzalez is the most prolific tight end in NFL history.
Talk about a luxurious situation for Matty Ice.
However, his offensive line is far from stellar, and they were fortunate Tamba Hali was suspended by the league for the opening game.
Facing Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Co. will undoubtedly test the Falcons' offensive front, but they dodge another bullet as the Broncos' starting defensive tackle Ty Warren was lost for the year when he tore his right triceps against the Steelers.
Ryan should be able to move the ball through the air, but he'll have a much more difficult time than he did against the Chiefs last week.
Chances to repeat Week 1 success: 45 percent
Murray ran violently against the intimidating Giants front seven to open the season and amassed 131 yards on 20 carries, good for a 6.6 yards per carry average.
He didn't seem slowed by the broken ankle that prematurely ended his 2011 campaign, cutting decisively and bursting through the line of scrimmage.
His Cowboys face an under-appreciated Seattle Seahawks defense in Week 2, a unit that will undoubtedly test Murray and Dallas' offensive line.
They held a rather pedestrian Cardinals running game to a paltry 2.2 yards per carry in Week 1, but Beanie Wells was clearly not at 100 percent.
Murray has the natural skill, vision and power to piece together another impressive game, and he'll be running behind a punishing offensive front.
But another 6.6-yard-per-carry game doesn't seem likely. Then again, averaging over six yards per rush isn't easy against any defense. Murray set the bar high against Big Blue.
Chances of repeating Week 1 success: 25 percent
Although the Bills were trounced against the Jets 48-28, Spiller had a tremendous performance. He toted the rock 14 times for 169 yards and had a 56-yard touchdown scamper in which he broke a few tackles and accelerated into the end zone.
He ran with determination, displayed great vision and finished hard.
With starter Fred Jackson out with a knee sprain, Spiller is now the unquestioned starter and should be the focal point of the Bills offense.
This week, he faces another seemingly stout run defense, a Chiefs unit that allowed a mere 3.7 yards per carry against the Falcons on Sunday.
However, Atlanta is a pass-first club that torched the Kansas City secondary for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
It doesn't take a football genius to know Spiller won't average over 12 yards per rush again, but with an increased role and an agile offensive line in front of him, he should have another solid performance. Expect fewer rushing yards and a bigger impact in Buffalo's passing attack for Spiller.
Then again, if he breaks another long run, his YPC could be high once again.
Chances of repeating Week 1 success: 20 percent
Ogletree was the most surprising stud of Week 1, emerging from relatively obscurity to reel in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He has solidified himself as the No. 3 wideout for the Cowboys behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
Facing a strong Seahawks secondary will be more challenging for Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense, but they'll still produce at home,
Ogletree will garner close to 10 targets from his slot position, but it's hard to predict another eight-catch, two-touchdown showing.
However, he won't be completely shut down, and should be found by Romo rather frequently.
Chances of repeating Week 1 success: 30 percent
Jones is a physical specimen, an ideal pass-catching target with vast upside. He over-matched the Chiefs secondary in Week 1, and will deal with Champ Bailey or Tracy Porter on Monday Night Football inside the Georgia Dome.
While both Bailey and Porter are sound cover corners, they simply aren't big enough, fast enough or athletic enough to keep Jones at bay.
The second-year wide receiver will get close to 10 targets from his quarterback and should be the top priority in the red zone.
His production will likely hinge on how well the Falcons offensive line protects Ryan in the pocket.
Chances of repeating Week 1 success: 70 percent
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