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ESPN NFL Experts
Our panel of NFL experts predictsWeek 2‘s biggest upsets, fantasy football flops and potential sleepers, plus makes a few predictions on the season.
Dive into what our analysts think of the Cowboys’ offense, the Eagles’ defense, the Browns’ surprising home loss and more.
What’s one surprising thing from Week 1 that will continue to play out this season?
Matt Bowen, NFL writer:Dak Prescott‘s passing-game production. With new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore pulling the strings, theDallas Cowboyslooked much more aggressive throwing the ball in Week 1. Toss in some tempo, play-action and vertical concepts? Yeah, the Cowboys have something going here, and Prescott also has two big-play targets inAmari CooperandMichael Gallup.
Jason Reid, The Undefeated senior NFL writer:Wide receiverSammy Watkinswill continue to shine for theKansas City Chiefs. His speed just jumps off the film. Watkins had the best game of his career in the season-opening victory over Jacksonville — a nine-catch, 198-yard, three-touchdown masterpiece. A Chiefs coach told me in the offseason that Watkins was getting rave reviews in the building for his approach and focus. Watkins has said he thinks this will be his best season. After his season debut, who could argue?
Aaron Schatz, editor of Football Outsiders:The defensive struggles of theAtlanta Falcons. Every year, we talk about the raw talent that’s supposed to be on this defense, but every year they come out as subpar. In particular, they play poorly early in the season, then improve near the end, getting everyone excited about the possibility they’ll be better … only to be worse again in the next season. Atlanta’s rank in our defensive DVOA ratings the past three years: 31st, 22nd and 26th.
Kevin Seifert, national NFL writer:Ejections. Three players were disqualified from games, two for unsportsmanlike acts and one for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Many fans might have been surprised to see it; as recently as 2015 the NFL ejected four players for the entire season. But ejections have trended upward since then, as the league has tried to rein in poor sportsmanship and reduce concussions. Senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron has the power to make the call from New York, and this trend isn’t going away.
Field Yates, NFL analyst:For those who were surprised by theTennessee Titansdefense’s manhandling of the Browns in Week 1, don’t be. This is a group defined by toughness and physicality and that thrives off being a group that many don’t seem to discuss frequently.Cameron Wakemight not be human.