Week 2 of the preseason was much more telling than Week 1, and there were a ton of very good performances to choose from. Review 3 of the biggest winners & apply your insight to future NFL picks.
Last week the Vikings barely bested the Raiders, and Matt Cassel clearly outplayed rookie Teddy Bridgewater. However this week, the debate on which Vikings quarterback played better is a little more interesting. Bridgewater was playing against the second and third string in this past weekend’s game against the Cardinals, but he looked very good.
Bridgewater finished the game throwing for 177 yards on 16/20 passing. He threw two touchdowns, including the game winning score in the 4th quarter. Cassel also played well against the Cards’ first stringers, throwing for 153 yards on 12/16 passes, with a touchdown of his own.
The Vikings have been getting better pretty rapidly this offseason, and with Adrian Peterson not even playing in these games, it’s not farfetched that some NFL bettors could be high on the Vikes this season. If their defense can come through for Mike Zimmer, this team should be pretty undervalued ATS once the season starts.
For the first time in Pete Carroll’s career in Seattle, he lost in Week 1 of the preseason. However after some offseason questions, including plenty from myself, the Seahawks quieted some of their doubters in Week 2 of the preseason. Russell Wilson, who continues to be undervalued as how good of a quarterback he is, played better than almost any other starting quarterback in Week 2 of the preseason. Wilson played in most of the first half, and threw for 121 yards on 11/13 passing. Although he didn’t throw for any TDs, he ran for two, adding on another 31 yards rushing.
Not only did Wilson look like the franchise and Super Bowl winning quarterback that he is, the rushing game looked nice. Marshawn Lynch made his preseason debut, however he was not the guy to watch. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael combined to carry the ball 20 times, for 126 yards and a touchdown.
Add on the fact that Percy Harvin had three catches in the first quarter and you have the Super Bowl champs actually looking like it. It’s a great sign for the Seahawks.
The 49ers are a pretty good team, but the Broncos made them look like children in Week 2 of the preseason. Peyton Manning looked fantastic during his time in the game. Manning played a little more than a quarter in this game, throwing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 12/14 passing. Julius Thomas had some nice catches and continues to embrace the role of regular pass catcher now that Eric Decker is gone, and Demaryius Thomas caught all five of his targets while in the game.
The Broncos are continuing to look like the best, or one of the best teams in the NFL, and by dicing up the 49ers this week, the Broncos are more than deserving to enter my list of winners. If their defense can play this well into the regular season, they may be unstoppable in a weak AFC.