Week 2 NFL Predictions

Week 1 in the NFL was pretty surprising to me. I went 8-7 in predictions and I plan on ignoring the week 1 hype as it usually never looks the same the week after.

Week 2

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills – 1:00 p.m.

  • The first AFC East matchup of the year should be good; Both teams are 1-0 and the hype surrounding the Bills seems to be legit.
  • The Bills 330 lb defensive monster Marcell Dareus is back this week, which should aid the Bills already-stout defense. The pass rush wasn’t outstanding last week and they still held Andrew Luck to 14 points… and it came in garbage time.
  • I’m riding with the Bills at home.

Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Titans are coming off a dominate win where rookie QB Marcus Mariota looked good and the defense was strong under new Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau.
  • Cleveland is going with Johnny Manziel and it’ll be interesting to see how he does with a full week of preparation as the starting QB.
  • I’ll take the Titans.

Houston Texans @ Carolina Panthers – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Texans are already making a QB change and that’s never a good sign in week 2.
  • The only hope is JJ Watt destroying the Texans’ offensive line, and I still don’t think it will be enough.
  • Panthers

Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Cardinals snuck by the Saints last week at home and I expect them to do the same in Chicago.
  • The offense is good enough to put up enough points for their defense to secure a win. Jay Cutler is always generous to the opposing team.
  • Cardinals, but close

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals – 1:00 p.m.

  • This should be a really good game.
  • The Bengals dominated the Raiders last week but the Chargers should be a different story. I expect them to be able to move the ball unlike the Raiders did.
  • I’m leaning toward the Bengals strictly because they are home, but won’t be surprised if the Chargers steal one in a shootout.

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Vikings were a huge disappointment in week 1, but I do think they will bounce back this season. Just not in week 1.
  • I am probably crazy for it, but I like the Lions this year. Something’s gotta give. I’ll take them on the road this week and I expect a big day for Megatron.
  • Lions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Bucs are another team that disappointed in week 1, and I think they will bounce back this year too.
  • But like the Vikings, it won’t be this week. Not against Brees at home.
  • Saints

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants – 1:00 p.m.

  • The Giants desperately need this win, but I don’t feel comfortable choosing them after last week’s debacle.
  • The Falcons should be able to move the ball pretty much at will. For me it comes down to the Giants’ offense.
  • Really tough game to call, but I think the Giants bounce back and Odell has a huge game.
  • Giants in a shootout

San Fransisco 49ers @ Pittsburg Steelers – 1:00 p.m.

  • The niners surprised everyone Monday night with a win over the Vikings, and I am not so sure they won’t have success against this Steelers’ weak defense.
  • I’m going to go with the Steelers at home, but I’m banking on the niners’ week 1 success being a result of the Vikings poor play.

St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins – 1:00 p.m.

  • I don’t think the Redskins are as bad as everyone thinks, but I am 100% on the Rams bandwagon.
  • Their defense is really, really good and I think Cousins will throw at least 1 or 2 INTs.
  • Rams on the road.

Baltimore Ravens @ Oakland Raiders – 4:05 p.m.

  • The Ravens are too good to fall 0-2 on the year.
  • Ravens on the road.

Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 4:05 p.m.

  • The Dolphins underachieved in their opener against the Redskins, but a win is a win and they will move on from it.
  • The Jags are another team I like this year to be better than previous years, but I think the Dolphins will prove to be too much.
  • Fins on the road.

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles – 4:25 p.m.

  • It’s going to be interesting to see a new look Cowboys’ offense without Dez Bryant.
  • More interesting, of course, is ex-Cowboys running back Demarco Murray facing off against his former team. Everybody knows he’s out for blood, but I think the Cowboys defense is coming into this game with the same attitude.
  • I like Dallas on the road, with big help from their defense.

Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers – 8:30 p.m.

  • This should be another great game, and another example of why Seattle needs to pay their safety.
  • It’s tough to predict the Hawks going 0-2, but I think the Packers pull off the win at home.

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts – Monday Night Football 8:30 p.m.

  • The Jets were impressive in week 1 and the Colts were just the opposite.
  • I am tempted to choose the Jets on the road here, but my head will not allow me to choose both the Seahawks and Colts starting the year 0-2.
  • I’ll take the Colts at home in a bounce back win.
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