Posted by Jack Tumen
The first week in the NFL is always filled with chaos. Now that the dust is beginning to settle and we’ve seen something from each team, it’s time to predict week two’s match ups.
Steelers @ Ravens: This is always a hard-hitting rivalry. Pittsburgh got a little lazy against Cleveland last week and almost let one slip away while Baltimore nearly stole one from Cinci but came up just short. The Ravens have been in the national spotlight this week and not for the right reasons. I’ve got them finishing 11-5 but with too many distractions at the moment, Pittsburgh gets a leg up in the division on national television
PIT 26, BAL 16
Dolphins @ Bills: It would have been a safe bet to say both of these teams would be 0-1 coming in to this game; that’s not the case. Miami put the heat on Tom Brady to grind out a win at home while the Bills showed resiliency behind a surprisingly upstart E.J. Manuel. Most people would pick Miami in this one but Buffalo’s won three of the last four in this rivalry and I like the Bills to edge the Fins at home in their first game under new ownership.
BUF 23, MIA 17
Lions @ Panthers: The Lions come roaring into Charlotte after bludgeoning the Giants on Monday Night Football. Cam Newton’s status is still up in the air after missing the first game. Luckily, Derek Anderson filled in admirably and got the opening ‘W’ on the road. Detroit will be facing a new animal in the Panthers’ defense; but Carolina’s depleted O-Line will have to deal with Ndamukong Suh & co. as well. The air show continues as the Lions ride their hot start.
DET 27, CAR 21
Falcons @ Bengals: The Falcons won a tone-setting game at home vs. the Saints; something most people wouldn’t have predicted. The Bengals’ defense is much better than New Orleans’ and Matt Ryan might not have the same protection with Jake Matthews’ status in question. A.J. Green is going to burn Atlanta’s secondary as the Bengals continue their home winning streak.
CIN 31, ATL 20
Saints @ Browns: Oh boy. This isn’t the matchup you wanted in week two if you’re Mike Pettine. Coming off a close loss, Drew Brees is waiting to feast on Cleveland’s secondary. The Browns’ defense isn’t bad but they don’t stand a chance against this high-octane offense. Brian Hoyer should have a better game but he won’t be able to keep pace with Drew Brees, especially if Jordan Cameron misses this game. Ben Tate’s absence doesn’t help either as this backfield is composed of two rookies right now.
NO 30, CLE 17
Patriots @ Vikings: New England looked overwhelmed in the second half against Miami’s defensive pressure. I’m still scratching my head over the Logan Mankins trade and I really think his absence is going to be felt along that O-Line. Minnesota is playing with energy under new Head Coach, Mike Zimmer. Their defense is underrated and they’ll be bringing the heat in their home opener. The Patriots will get it figured out sooner than later but I’m going with the upset here for the purple people leaders.
MIN 20, NE 19
Cardinals @ Giants: The Giants look like they could be one of the worst teams in the league this year. I’m starting to think that my 8-8 prediction for them was wayyy too generous. Eli Manning is straight up not enjoying this new offense and he looks like the worst passer in the NFL. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are incredibly disciplined and showed toughness in their close win on Monday night. ‘Zona’s got this one.
AZ 24, NYG 13
Cowboys @ Titans: Tony Romo looked awful last week while Jake Locker looked great. Both quarterbacks played against good defenses but Ken Whisenhunt was able to size it down for his young QB while Romo was throwing balls into triple coverage. Dallas has the worst defense in the league and Tennessee could be a pleasant surprise this year. I was adamant about the lack of veteran leadership affecting the Titans but they’re looking to prove me wrong in a big way. Dallas won’t find their first ‘W’ this week.
TEN 24, DAL 21
Jaguars @ Redskins: Jacksonville gave Philly quite the scare last week and in doing so, put the rest of the league on notice. This Jaguars’ defense is underrated and they’ll be bringing the heat for RGIII. Jay Gruden will be scratching his head as long as Griffin is his quarterback. The future isn’t looking bright for the team in our nation’s capital.
JAX 20, WAS 14
Seahawks @ Chargers: San Diego’s defense did a great job of holding a good Cardinal’s offense in check for most of the game on Monday night. They only got a little taste, however, of this powerful NFC West. Two weeks in a row of that is tough to start with if you’re a Charger. Losing your starting center for the year doesn’t help either. They’ll find their stride later this month, but Seattle looks unbeatable right now.
SEA 31, SD 13
Rams @ Buccaneers: As if it couldn’t get any worse for St. Louis, defensive end Chris Long will miss 8-10 weeks after injuring his ankle in week one and will require surgery. What was once looking to be a breakthrough season is now looking like a top-five pick. Josh McCown will find his groove against this weak Rams’ secondary as Tampa Bay picks up its first win.
TB 23, STL 7
Chiefs @ Broncos: Kansas City took a massive blow by losing both Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito to torn achilles’ tendons. Denver is Denver and they’ll have a field day against a Chiefs team that is now looking way worse than expected. KC couldn’t win even if Jamaal Charles touched the ball 60 times.
DEN 35, KC 14
Jets @ Packers: If there was any time for the Jets to want to play the Packers, it would be right now. Green Bay’s offensive line is shot with Brian Bulaga getting hurt…again, and Eddie Lacy is iffy with concussion symptoms. But if you’re Aaron Rodgers, you’ve already faced the toughest defense in the league. So in theory, it can only get easier from here. Green Bay’s defense isn’t very good and the Jets will keep it closer than expected but Rodgers has a field day against this depleted secondary.
GB 27, NYJ 20
Texans @ Raiders: Houston didn’t look great last week – putting up 17 points against the lowly Redskins – but Oakland…they are bad, man. I’m proud to say that Derek Carr – my favorite QB in this draft class – was also the first rookie QB to start right off-the-bat. His future is bright; the current state of the Raiders is not. Ryan Fitzpatrick dinks and dunks the Texans to 2-0.
HOU 20, OAK 12
Bears @ 49ers: Chicago was stunned at home by Buffalo in week one. Marc Trestman is not going to let his team falter so easily in the future. San Fran had a patty-cake matchup against Dallas’ D – and even though Chicago’s isn’t top notch, they’ll be a tougher test for Kaep and co.. It’ll be a tight game but I like Chicago to get back on track in this primetime matchup.
CHI 28, SF 24
Eagles @ Colts: Philly got a scare in week one but was able to bounce back in the second half to secure a win vs. Jacksonville. Indy had a nice comeback attempt against a revitalized Broncos’ defense as Andrew Luck showed why he’s one of the best young quarterbacks in this league. Against a weak defensive unit, Luck throws for 400 yards in the Monday night spotlight in a high-scoring affair.
IND 38, PHI 29