Welcome to Week 2 of True or False. Before we look at this week’s questions, here is a look at the current standings.
Mike Straw: 4-1
Michael Bundt: 4-1
Brandon Hess: 3-2
Ryan Talbot: 2-3
Clearly I wanted to give the other writers a head start in this new weekly feature. This week Michael Bundt, Brandon Hess, Rob Quinn, and I answer this week’s questions.
1. Eric Berry will take a cheap shot at Stevie Johnson at some point in the game.
Brandon Hess: False. Even though it’s week 2, it’s essentially a must win game for both teams. Last year is last year and Berry is enough of a professional to move on and focus on getting his team a win. He should be more worried about covering Johnson than exacting revenge.
Rob Quinn: False. Personally, I think it would be a bad move on Berry’s part if he took a cheap shot on Stevie. He could be penalized, putting the team in bad field position, and I think he may have gotten over it by now.
Michael Bundt: False. Berry obviously isn’t happy about what happened last year when his season ended week one after being blocked by Stevie Johnson but that won’t carry over in dirty play. If anything, Berry will just be more committed to trying to shut down Stevie.
Ryan Talbot: I’m going with true here. I think he’ll lead with his helmet once on Johnson and draw a personal foul. To me that’d be enough to be considered a cheap shot.
2. C.J. Spiller will rush for over 100 yards.
Hess: True. Even though I expect Fitzpatrick to have success through the air, Spiller is going to put the offense on his back and follow up his monster week 1 totals with a similar outing against the Chiefs.
Quinn: True. Spiller proved his worth last week against a stout New York Jets defense, and with his increased role in Fred Jackson’s absence, 100 yards should be attainable.
Bundt: True. The Bills need more balance to their offense which means they have to start running the ball more. CJ is more than capable and will show his worth this week.
Talbot: True. Spiller is one of those backs who can score anytime he touches the ball due to his speed. I see him breaking off enough big runs to gain over 100 yards.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw two interceptions or less.
Hess: True. Fitzpatrick is nothing if not resilient, and he will have a bounce back performance against a much weaker Kansas City secondary than he faced in New York.
Quinn: True. The Chiefs will be without safety Kendrick Lewis, and cornerback Brandon Flowers has been limited in practices after missing the first contest of the year. I think Fitz throws a pick or two, but nowhere near the three he had last week.
Bundt: True. Fitzpatrick more than likely will throw an interception or two but I highly doubt he’ll throw three interceptions in consecutive games. Look for a better outing from him this Sunday.
Talbot: True. Fitzpatrick played well at home early in 2011 and I see him doing the same today.
4. The Bills will record two sacks.
Hess: True. Matt Cassel isn’t the fleetest afoot and the much ballyhooed Bills front four is fired up to prove last week’s disappointment was an anomaly. I see Buffalo getting to Cassel at least twice with Mario Williams racking up his first sack as a Bill.
Quinn: True. With the defensive line struggles last week, I’m still optimistic about the Bills’ chances to create a pass rush. Matt Cassel was sacked three times last week in the Chiefs’ loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The sacks may not come from the defensive ends though, as Brandon Albert and Eric Winston are quality players. The interior line of the Chiefs is weak, and Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams will create some penetration in the middle.
Bundt: False. I’d like to be able to say they will but can’t after seeing how they were man handled by the Jets O-line. I think the Bills could go out and record 4+ sacks. I’m just not willing to predict that they will.
Talbot: True. The Bills have to record a few sacks today right?! The Atlanta Falcons only got to Matt Cassel three times in week one, but I think the Bills can get to Cassel twice.
5. The Bills will give up fewer than 25 points.
Hess: True. Buffalo’s defense is angry after having been embarrassed by Mark Sanchez and the Jets. Unfortunately for the Chiefs that means a relentless 60 minutes effort from Mario Williams and company on Sunday, and I don’t see KC cracking the 20 point barrier.
Quinn: True. After last week’s defensive debacle, the Bills will be more focused on techniques and will hold the Chiefs to under 25 points.
Bundt: True. The past few times, the Bills have taken on the Chiefs, the Bills defense has stepped up big. That continues today as they’ll have a lot better performance against a mediocre Chiefs offense.
Talbot: This is going to be close, but I’ll go with true. I have the Bills winning 27-24.
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