CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 18: Joe Flacco #19 of the New York Jets reacts as he runs off the field after their 31-30 win against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Last week the Jets went from the doorstep of 0-2 and all the fallout that comes with it, to – in the matter of 91 seconds – totally flipping the script with a stunning 31-30 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Now at 1-1 the Jets host the Cincinnati Begnals (0-2) who come in desperate for a victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Of course Jets fans have been on Cloud 9 since last week’s shocker. It’s almost like Gang Green won the Super Bowl.

In addition, rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson was named Rookie of the Week, and Joe Flacco went from washed up with fans calling for Mike White in Week 1, to a resurgent veteran looking for a third straight 3oo-plus yard game this week vs. Cincinnati.

It’s all good and fun. But at some point the smoke is going to clear, and the business of football returns on Sunday with another game.

  • Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) (-6.0) @ NY Jets (1-1)

    Joe Burrow

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 31: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws a pass during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 31, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


    As mentioned previously, the Jets and their fans have been on Cloud 9 since last week’s win over the Cleveland Browns. But the facts are this, the Jets 13-point comeback was so rare it hadn’t happened since 2001 when Chicago Bears did it to the Browns. The Jets were still thoroughly outplayed by Cleveland, and were it not for Nick Chubb scoring a touchdown rather than falling to the ground late in the fourth quarter, the Jets would be 0-2.

    The Bengals (0-2) are a prideful group. The AFC Champs have lost two straight games by three points, and remember last year’s trip to MetLife when the Jets shocked them 34-31. This is a rough and rude wake up call for Gang Green to get just a week after an incredible victory. But here…we…are.
    BENGALS 27 – JETS 20.

  • Bills (2-0) (-5.0) @ Dolphins (2-0)

    Buffalo Bills v Jacksonville Jaguars

    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 07: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 07, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Ohhhh doctor! Talk about a 90’s throwback. The Bills and Dolphins with first place in the AFC East on the line. Instead of Dan Marino vs. Jim Kelly, this year’s version is Tua Tagovailoa vs. Josh Allen.

    The Bills are the established team here. Buffalo has looked Super Bowl worthy the first two weeks of the year with back-to-back blowouts of the Rams and Titans to start the year. Meanwhile Miami had a historic come-from-behind 42-38 win over Baltimore last week, a game where they trailed 28-7 in the second quarter.

    Tagovailoa is the talk of the NFL right now. Through two games with head coach Mike McDaniel, Tua has tossed for 739 yards, seven touchdowns and just two picks. So much for the talk about being inaccurate.

    Not to mention the Fins beat two teams (the Patriots and Ravens) that many think could contend for the playoffs. The Bills are another level however. We know Buffalo can roll up the points. The question here is Buffalo’s ability to manage the humidity in Miami, while competing in a likely track meet.

    BILLS 29 – DOLPHINS 27

  • Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) (-6.5) @ Washington Commanders (1-1)

    Carson Wentz taking on his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time is the storyline here. But by the end of the afternoon it could be, and probably should be about Jalen Hurts. Hurts was mighty impressive last week competing 84 percent of his passes in a 24-7 win over Minnesota.

    This could be a tricky spot for the Eagles on the road on a short week against a Commanders team who will feel like they are playing a road game at home, with the plethora of Eagles fans that will swarm into Maryland to see this one.

    PICK: EAGLES 23 – COMMANDERS 19

  • Green Bay Packers (1-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) (-1.0)

    Tom Brady

    TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.

    There is something off about these Bucs this season. Sure they are 2-0, but consider the following: 1) Mike Evans has been suspended for a fight on the field last week in New Orleans. 2) They are battered with a number of injuries including receivers Julio Jones and running back Leonard Fournette. 3) Tom Brady seems totally distracted by his own personal issues with his wife. 4) Who the hell is coaching this team? Especially after supposed retired head coach Bruce Arians was on the sideline last week yelling at players and refs.

    The Bucs have issues. So do the Packers, but at least they don’t appear to be as dysfunctional right now. Packers have lost last two games to Bucs, including the NFC title game from two short seasons ago. PICK: PACKERS 31 – BUCCANEERS 24.

  • Dallas Cowboys (1-1) @ NY Giants (2-0) (-1.0)

    Giants Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 10: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants runs the ball and is hit by Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    How good are the 2022 New York Giants? We are going to get a even better feel this week. The Giants (2-0) can make a huge statement in the NFC East with a win over the Cowboys (even without Dak Prescott under center).

    The Giants should win this game. Big Blue’s defense has held opponents to 18.0 points per game, and they are about to get Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari back from the IL potentially in this game.

    However, don’t totally discount the Boys in this one. Quarterback Cooper Rush was really good last week against the AFC Champs, and Dallas could get Michael Gallop back in this game too. This has the earmarks of a dangerous game for the Giants. The key could come down to Daniel Jones’ ability to protect the football.

    PICK: UPSET SPECIAL: COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 21.

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