NFL: The ‘You Are Looking Live!’ preview for Week 2

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Three years ago, we began honoring radio legend Steve Czaban — who was surprisingly booted from the SB Nation Radio morning lineup in 2016, despite having perhaps the most engaging program in radio — with a “You Are Looking Live!” preview of NFL Week 2.

The bit was so well-received, so roundly praised by media pundits (including a few SB Nation writers) and Czabe’s legion of fans alike, that we decided to make “You Are Looking Live!” a permanent Friday staple of the new BATSBY Sports Network blog.

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So, without further ado, here’s a print doppelganger to the best 60 minutes in sports radio — Hour #3 of Czabe’s NFL-heavy Friday show (heard daily from 4-7 p.m. in Washington D.C).

As such, it makes perfect sense to include Brent Musburger and Joey Porter into the presentation, via YouTube:

WEEK 2

SUNDAY: SEATTLE (1-0) @ PITTSBURGH (0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m. EST
LINE: Steelers (-3 1/2) Over/Under: 47
REFEREE: Carl Cheffers
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Lindsay Czarniak (FOX)
FUN FACT:
The Steelers have had a Week 2 home opener for five consecutive seasons (counting this week).

Of the previous four opening outings, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been a model of consistency for Pittsburgh, averaging 331 yards passing and 2.8 touchdowns.

What’s more, Big Ben passed for 456 yards and one touchdown in his last meeting with the Seahawks.

L.A. CHARGERS (1-0) @ DETROIT (0-0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Lions (+2) … Over/Under: 47.5
REFEREE: Craig Wrolstad
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon (CBS)
NO EXCUSES:
If the Lions can’t beat the Chargers with Melvin Gordon, Mike Williams (likely sidelined to injury) and Hunter Henry sitting this one out … there should be zero hope for a surprise NFC North title.

And check out that point spread! This has all the makings of a sucker’s bet.

DALLAS (1-0) @ WASHINGTON (0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Redskins (+5 1/2) … Over/Under: 46.5
REFEREE: Shawn Hochuli
TV ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (FOX)
FUN FACT:
Fantasy connoisseurs should expect a Week 2 bounce-back from Cowboys tailback Ezekiel Elliott.

Citing his five career outings versus the Redskins, the three-time NFL rushing champion owns stellar averages of 109 total yards and 1.2 touchdowns; and that includes a 42-yard, zero-TD clunker from last year.

MINNESOTA (1-0) @ GREEN BAY (1-0)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Packers (-3) … Over/Under: 43
REFEREE: John Hussey
TV ANNOUNCERS: Chris Myers, Darryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (FOX)
AT STAKE:
Sunday’s winner will garner a full share of first place in the NFC North; and for what it’s worth, the Packers have never defeated quarterback Kirk Cousins during the regular season.

NEW ENGLAND (1-0) @ MIAMI (0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Dolphins (+19) … Over/Under: 48.5
REFEREE: Bill Vinovich
TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (CBS)
FUN FACT:
The Dolphins were crushed like few teams in NFL history last week, falling to the Ravens, 59-10.

However, there was one quirky positive to celebrate from a fantasy standpoint:

Miami was the only Week 1 defense that didn’t allow a single receiving target to an opposing tailback.

Will this low-target trend hold up Sunday against the vaunted Patriots?

Well, of his eight career outings against the Dolphins, Patriots tailback James (87 catches, 123 targets last year) has collected three or fewer receptions six times.

INDIANAPOLIS (0-1) @ TENNESSEE (1-0)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Titans (-3) … Over/Under: 44
REFEREE: Clete Blakeman
TV ANNOUNCERS: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta (CBS)
FUN FACT I:
Recent history (2014-18) vaguely tells us Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton will dominate the Titans once per year … and then be near-invisible for the other seasonal matchup.

In other words, good luck guessing which Hilton shows up Sunday in Nashville.

Here are two clues that protend a sluggish Week 2 effort:

**Hilton has never posted 100 yards receiving in a road game during September.

**Charting the 10 times Hilton has notched multiple touchdowns (including the playoffs), he found the end zone the following week (or game) just once — his rookie campaign of 2012.

FUN FACT II: Tight end Delanie Walker (2 TDs last week) has enjoyed a strong track record against the Colts since joining the Titans in 2013.

Citing his last 10 outings versus Indy, Walker has produced five games of one touchdown, six efforts five-plus receptions and seven games of double-digit PPR points.

On the down side, Walker has never tallied multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games. #FirstWorldProblems

BUFFALO (1-0) @ N.Y. GIANTS (0-1)

TIME: 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Giants (+1 1/2) … Over/Under: 44
REFEREE: Shawn Smith
TV ANNOUNCERS: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (CBS)
QUIRKY SCHEDULING:
It’s hardly far-fetched for NFL teams to travel to the Giants and Jets in the same year.

However, it’s extremely rare for these teams to play inside MetLife Stadium in back-to-back weeks. Except maybe this season … with the Bills (Weeks 1 and 2) and Dolphins (Weeks 14 and 15) both drawing that fate.

SAN FRANCISCO (1-0) @ CINCINNATI (0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Bengals (-1 1/2) … Over/Under: 46
REFEREE: Tony Corrente
TV ANNOUNCERS: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (FOX)
FUN FACT:
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (418 yards passing, 2 TDs last week) looks to be a perfect fit in Zac Taylor’s go-for-broke offense, which called for 51 pass attempts in Week 1, despite the scoring differential being relatively tight throughout the game.

Which brings us to this: Of Dalton’s last four outings against NFC West defenses, the nine-year veteran sports elite-level averages of 324 yards passing and 2.5 touchdowns.

ARIZONA (0-0-1) @ BALTIMORE (1-0)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Ravens (-13) … Over/Under: 46.5
REFEREE: Ron Torbert
TV ANNOUNCERS: Brandon Gaudin, Cris Carter, Peter Schrager (FOX)
WRITTEN IN STONE:
Before the season, the Ravens were my Week 2 pick for NFL suicide pools; and after last week’s demolition of the Dolphins, there’s no going back from that preseason prediction.

JACKSONVILLE (0-1) @ HOUSTON (0-1)

TIME: 1 p.m.
LINE: Texans (-8 1/2) … Over/Under: 43.5
REFEREE: Scott Novak
TV ANNOUNCERS: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton (CBS)
CRANKY COMMENT:
If Jaguars tailback Leonard Fournette doesn’t touch the ball at least 25 times on Sunday, with Gardner Minshew logging his inaugural NFL start, then Jacksonville’s entire offensive staff should be fired by Tuesday morning.

KANSAS CITY (1-0) @ OAKLAND (1-0)

TIME: 4:05 p.m. EST
LINE: Raiders (+7) … Over/Under: 53.5
REFEREE: Clay Martin
TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (CBS)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Fantasy owners don’t need additional ammunition to start Patrick Mahomes (378 yards passing, 3 TDs last week), who should have no problem clearing $4,700 yards passing and 40 touchdowns this year.

Here’s something interesting, though: The Raiders inexplicably allowed the fewest completions to opposing quarterbacks last season … and the most passing touchdowns to the same lot of passers.

Mahomes’ career output versus Oakland: Tidy averages of 288 yards passing and three touchdowns … with the Chiefs eclipsing 30-plus points in both instances.

CHICAGO (0-1) @ DENVER (0-1)

TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST
LINE: Broncos (+2 1/2) … Over/Under: 40.5
REFEREE: Adrian Hill
TV ANNOUNCERS: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (FOX)
AT STAKE:
Barring a bizarre, Lions-esque tie on Sunday, one of these clubs will be in a 0-2 hole and feeling the wrath of their passionate fan bases.

NEW ORLEANS (1-0) @ L.A. RAMS (1-0)

TIME: 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Rams (-2) … Over/Under: 52
REFEREE: Walt Anderson
TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (FOX)
AT STAKE:
Yes, it’s very early in the season. But if the Saints and Rams end up competing for the No. 1 seed in NFC playoffs, Sunday’s showdown could serve as a major tiebreaker.

FUN FACT: There are three rock-solid stats to celebrate with the Saints’ Alvin Kamara, our No. 1 PPR tailback for Week 2:

a) Kamara has notched 100 total yards in his last five games (including the playoffs).

b) Charting his last five outings on natural grass, Kamara holds sterling averages of 123 total yards and 0.8 touchdowns.

c) Of the greatest importance, check out Kamara’s averages in three lifetime meetings with the Rams: 128 total yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game.

PHILADELPHIA (1-0) @ ATLANTA (0-1)

TIME: 4:25 p.m.
LINE: Falcons (+2) … Over/Under: 52.5
REFEREE: Brad Allen
TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya (NBC)
FUN FACT:
Charting his last four outings against the Eagles, including the playoffs, Falcons wideout Julio Jones boasts supreme averages of 9.5 catches, 15.5 targets, 137 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game.

CLEVELAND (0-1) @ N.Y. JETS (0-1)

TIME: 8:30 p.m. EST
LINE: Jets (N/A) … Over/Under: N/A
REFEREE: Alex Kemp
TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland (ESPN)
NOTABLE ABSENCE:
Jets QB Sam Darnold contracted mononucleosis and will likely miss a few games. On the plus side, New York has the most perfectly timed Week 4 bye in NFL history.

FUN FACT: There are only three guarantees in life: Death, taxes … and Le’Veon Bell crushing his former divisional foes.

Charting his last eight games against AFC North clubs, the newly minted Jets tailback boasts sky-high numbers of 150 total yards and 1.1 touchdowns.

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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