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The Skeptical picks Week 2

The Week 2 Skeptical Picks video
The Skeptical Carolina Panthers Fan

In Week 1 the Skeptical Carolina Panthers Fan was 10 wins and four losses. Note these picks were note against the point spread, but straight up.

Here is this week’s picks:

(made Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, but a little late in posting here)

Skeptical Pick: Cleveland 24 Cincinnati 18

Actual score: Cleveland 35 Cincinnati 30

The rest of the Skeptical Picks:

Carolina Panthers 34 Tampa Bay Tom Bradys 31

I’m skeptical but still a fan.

Pittsburgh 28 Denver 17

New Orleans 33 Las Vegas 25 (Shouldn’t the Raiders be called the Nomads)

New England 23 Seattle 21

Kansas City 34 LA Chargers 20

Baltimore 34 Houston 23

Tennessee 17 Jacksonville 12

Arizonia 23 Washington 17

LA Rams 24 Philadelphia 20

San Francisco 24 NY Jets 20

Buffalo 25 Miami 17

Minnesota 31 Indianapolis 17

Dallas 27 Atlanta 24

Green Bay 34 Detroit 21

Chicago 23 NY Giants 17

#KeepPounding #GoPanthers #NFL

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2
NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 131 of the 216 playoff teams (60.6 percent) began the year at either 1-
1 or 0-2, including five teams last season and three division champions – HOUSTON (AFC South), NEW ORLEANS
(NFC South) and PHILADELPHIA (NFC East).
Last season, seven playoff teams began the year by winning their first two games, the most in a single season since 2006
(seven teams).
A look at how playoff clubs in 2019 and 2018 began their seasons:
2019 2018
Team
After 2
games Playoff Result Team
After 2
games Playoff Result
Baltimore 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Baltimore 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Buffalo 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card Chicago 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Green Bay 2-0 Advanced to NFC Champ Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Houston 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Houston 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
Kansas City 2-0 Won Super Bowl LIV Indianapolis 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Minnesota 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Kansas City 2-0 Advanced to AFC Champ
New England 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card L.A. Chargers 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
New Orleans 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card L.A. Rams 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl LIII
Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card New England 1-1 Won Super Bowl LIII
San Francisco 2-0 Advanced Super Bowl LIV New Orleans 1-1 Advanced to NFC Champ
Seattle 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Tennessee 1-1 Advanced to AFC Champ Seattle 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
— NFL —
MAHOMES MILESTONES: Last season, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the fastest player to
reach 70 career touchdown passes (27 games) in NFL history, and he can continue to rewrite the record books in 2020.
Entering Week 2, Mahomes has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:25
PM ET, CBS), he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) as the fastest player to reach
10,000 career passing yards in league history.
The fastest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:
PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 36
Matthew Stafford Detroit 37
Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 38
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 38
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 38
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 32*
Has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games Last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win, Mahomes passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating, his 16th career game with at least three touchdown passes. With at least three touchdown passes in Week 2, Mahomes will surpass PEYTON MANNING (16 games) and DAK PRESCOTT (16) for the third-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (27) and KURT WARNER (21). The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM GAMES Dan MarinoHOF Miami 27 Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 21 Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 16
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 16
Dak Prescott Dallas 16
In fourth season — NFL — DUAL-THREAT DAK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 98 touchdown passes and 21 rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks. With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM, ET), Prescott will become the third quarterback to record at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining JEFF GARCIA and CAM NEWTON. The players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM TD PASSES RUSHING TDS Jeff Garcia San Francisco 113 21 Cam Newton Carolina 117 43 Dak Prescott Dallas 98 21
In fifth season — NFL — GURLEY AMONG GREATS: In his first game with Atlanta last week, running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, the 71st scrimmage touchdown of his career. Gurley, appearing in his 75th career game on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one scrimmage touchdown to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (72 scrimmage touchdowns) for the third-most scrimmage touchdowns by a player through his first 75 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (79) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (79) have more. The players with the most scrimmage touchdowns in their first 75 career games in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM TOUCHDOWNS Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 79 LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego Chargers 79 Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas 72 Todd Gurley St. Louis/L.A. Rams, Atlanta 71
Entering 75th career game on Sunday — NFL — GIANT NUMBERS: Last week, New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKELY recorded six receptions for 60 yards, his 12th-career game with at least five catches. Since entering the NFL in 2018, his 149 receptions and 1,219 receiving yards each rank fifth among running backs. Appearing in his 31st career game on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Barkley needs one reception to tie HERSCHEL WALKER (31 games) as the fourth-fastest running back to reach 150 career receptions in NFL history. The fastest running backs to record 150 career receptions in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 150 RECEPTIONS Reggie Bush New Orleans 26 Christian McCaffrey Carolina 27 Alvin Kamara New Orleans 29 Herschel Walker Dallas 31 Saquon Barkley N.Y. Giants 30
Has 149 receptions in 30 career games — NFL — HOME ON THE ROAD: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 93 yards last week in his first game with Detroit, and he enters Week 2 ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of rushing touchdowns (111) and fifth in rushing yards (14,309). Entering Sunday’s divisional matchup at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peterson has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past eight games at Lambeau Field, a streak spanning 12 seasons (2008-19) and two teams (Minnesota and Washington). With a rushing touchdown this week, Peterson will extend his streak of scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field to nine games, the second-longest streak of scoring a touchdown at a visiting stadium in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (10 consecutive games at the Oakland Coliseum) has a longer such streak. The players with the most consecutive games scoring a touchdown at a stadium as a visitor: PLAYER OPPOSING TEAM STADIUM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE GAMES LaDainian TomlinsonHOF Oakland Raiders Oakland Coliseum 2001-2011 10 Adrian Peterson Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 2008-present 8
Neal Anderson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Stadium 1987-1993 7
Haywood Jeffires Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1990-95 6
Joey Galloway Oakland Raiders Oakland Coliseum 1995-2001 6
Active streak — NFL — NEW TEAM, SAME HOP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS came to the Cardinals this offseason after recording 632 receptions in seven seasons with Houston, tied for the second-most receptions by a player through his first seven seasons in NFL history. In his debut with Arizona last week, he led the team with a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in its season-opening victory. With at least six catches on Sunday against Washington (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Hopkins will surpass EARL COOPER (19 receptions in his first two games with San Francisco in 1980) and ERIK METCALF (19 receptions in his first two games with Atlanta in 1995) for the most receptions by a player in their first two games with a team in NFL history. The players with the most receptions in their first two games with a team in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS Earl Cooper San Francisco 1980 19 Eric Metcalf Atlanta 1995 19 Anquan Boldin Arizona 2003 18 Jamison Crowder N.Y. Jets 2019 18 DeAndre Hopkins Arizona 2020 14
14 receptions in Week 1 — NFL — SCHUSTER & LADDERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER recorded six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns last week in the Steelers’ season-opening victory. In 43 career games, the fourth-year receiver has 2,964 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns. Smith-Schuster, who will be 23 years and 303 days old on Sunday vs. Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs 36 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to surpass ODELL BECKHAM JR. (23 years, 325 days) as the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns. The youngest players to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns in NFL history: PLAYER TEAM AGE Mike Evans Tampa Bay 23 years, 74 days Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 23 years, 108 days Randy MossHOF Minnesota 23 years, 231 days Odell Beckham Jr. N.Y. Giants 23 years, 325 days Hakeem Nicks N.Y. Giants 23 years, 352 days JuJu Smith-Schuster Pittsburgh 23 years, 303 days

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