Now that week 1 in the NFL is in the books, it’s time to get ready for week 2. As in most cases every year, there are some teams that start off like a cannonball being shot out of a cannon, then coming crashing quickly back down to earth. On the other hand, there are teams tripped over their shoelaces at the starting line, then quickly catch up to speed. Only time will tell this season who those teams are.
Last week, I went 11-5 in my predictions. Since I didn’t make an official article, I’ll recap my Week 1 predictions:
Here are my week 2 predictions:
Packers 31, Bears 27
In a very close game that could go either way, I feel the Packers will edge out the Bears. The Bears have improved in the offseason, but we need to see them beat a serious contender first, instead of a rebuilding Colts team.
Bills 31, Chiefs 29
Another very close game that could go either way. Last year, the Bills demolished the Chiefs 41-7 in the season opener, but that was last year. Both the Chiefs and the Bills lost convincingly to their week 1 opponents, and look to redeem themselves in week 2.
Saints 38, Panthers 20
Are the Saints one of the week 1 teams that tripped themselves up at the starting line? That is very possible. I see the Saints rebounding this week over the Panthers.
Bengals 30, Browns 19
Neither team looked good last week. The Bengals had the daunting task of taking on the defending AFC North division champs, the Ravens on the road in Baltimore, and were beaten soundly in all three phases of the game. The Browns on the other hand were in “the battle of the interceptions” as Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden and Eagles QB Mike Vick had four interceptions each. I like the Bengals at home on this one.
Vikings 27, Colts 23
Both the Colts and Vikings are rebuilding, so this is another game that could go either way.
Texans 31, Jaguars 13
Texans are proving that they are a top contender in the AFC, while the Jaguars hired former Bills HC Mike Mularkey, who was recently fired as the Falcons Offensive Coordinator (OC). Texans will prove to be too much for the Jaguars.
Raiders 20, Dolphins 12
Both the Raiders and Dolphins continue their HC and QB carousel. The Dolphins have lost too much in the offseason and look to have one of the worst records in the NFL this year. Advantage: Raiders.
Patriots 40, Cardinals 13
The Patriots have arguably one of the best offenses in the NFL, which will prove to be too much for the Cardinals on Sunday.
Giants 20, Buccaneers 17
The Giants look to rebound after getting beat by division rivals, the Cowboys in the season opener. Can the Bucs take advantage of the injuries to the Giants secondary? In a game that could go either way, I’m looking for the defending Superbowl champs to rebound this week.
Ravens 41, Eagles 10
Expect a Baltimore beat down of epic proportions on Sunday. If Eagles fans had concerns about their team going into the season, they should be very concerned this Sunday. In a town that booed Santa Claus, expect Eagles fans to be calling for the entire coaching staff and Mike Vick to be fired!!
Cowboys 27, Seahawks 15
Are the Cowboys legit this year? For Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ sake, they better be as Jones put a lot of resources into the team in the offseason.
Redskins 34, Rams 27
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (RGIII) showed in week 1 that he was worth the very heavy investment the team put into him in this year’s draft. Are Rams fans going to be second guessing the trade with Redskins for RGIII? If Rams QB Sam Bradford doesn’t turn out to be a probowl player that leads the team to multiple playoff wins, then Rams fans will start their grumbling.
Jets 27, Steelers 23
The key to this game will come down to whoever can get the most pressure on the opposing QB. I like the Jets in a close one.
Chargers 20, Titans 18
In a game that could go either way, I see the Chargers squeaking by on this one.
49ers 31, Lions 24
49ers look to be one of the more dominating teams in the NFC this year. The 49ers already beat the Lions division rivals the Packers in week 1, and look to do the same against them. I like the 49ers at home.
Falcons 31, Broncos 27
Both the Falcons and Broncos have made significant upgrades in the offseason. The Falcons hired Dirk Koetter as their OC, and Mike Nolan as their Defensive Coordinator. The Broncos acquired arguably one of the best QB’s in the game this offseason, Peyton Manning. In a game that could go either way, I give the edge to the Falcons, only because of the limited amount of time Manning has had so far with the Broncos. If this game took place towards the end of the season, I would lean more towards the Broncos.