Record: 3-2 | Bonus: 1-0
Saquon Barkley Over 76.5 Rushing Yards:
Barkley eased any concerns over another slow start to a campaign, by demolishing the Titans’ run defense week one for over 150 rushing yards, the most of any RB last week. Fortunately, the opponent won’t be any tougher this week, as the Panthers appear atrocious defending the run, allowing nearly 200 yards on the ground at over five yards a clip last week. Although we knew the Browns were going to be an effective rushing team again this year, it’s still surprising the Panthers couldn’t adjust with Jacoby Brissett leading the Browns uninspiring passing attack. Expect Giants to accumulate a majority of their offensive effectiveness through Barkley on the ground. Unless the Giants go down early, expect Barkley to reach 20-25 carries in this matchup, more than enough to reach his rushing total.
Raiders vs Cardinals Over 51.5 Total Points:
The story of this contest should be decided by which team has a better offense, as neither defense appears very competitive. The Cardinals’ defense was absolutely steamrolled by the Chiefs’ passing attack, and while Derek Carr is no Patrick Mahomes, the Raiders’ offense boasts far superior playmakers, and should similarly have no issues putting up big points. Although the 2022 Raiders’ defense may appear competent after limiting the high flying Chargers to 24 points, consider that Keenan Allen sat most of the game due to injury, and Staley’s second half offensive plan consisted of letting the Raiders back into the game. Herbert threw for less than 80 yards in half number two, so it’s reasonable to assume if the game stayed competitive, the Chargers would have scored at least thirty. All in all, this line feels all too low when taking into account these two teams strengths are their offensive units, while neither even possess an average defense.