Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season. Everything started out on the wrong foot to begin this season. My first week, my record was 4-5, which means there’s an uphill climb being under 50%. The season kicked off with the defending champion, Philadelphia Eagles beating the Atlanta Falcons. Monday night saw the Jets blow out the Lions and the Rams best down the Oakland Raiders. Week 1 saw quite a few great performances that started off with Ryan Fitzgerald as he outdueled Drew Brees in New Orleans. The Patrick Maholmes Era got off to the right start as he lit up the Chargers. Tom Brady continues to defy the odds and Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a legendary comeback over the Bears. Khalil Mack’s debut with Chicago proved his worth and even more. This week I’ll be predicting nine games with the hopes of getting over 50%.
We kick things off with the Thursday night game as Baltimore travels to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. Baltimore was probably the most impressive team during the opening weekend. The Ravens beat the Bills 47-3 and Joe Flacco looked great. The entire offense looked great as Flacco have vertical threats and a good running game to help. Can they go to Cincinnati to beat their division rival? Cincinnati spoiled the return of Andrew Luck in Indianapolis with a physical defense. Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Joe Mixon looked great in the win. Cincinnati still haven’t heard if Safety Shawn Williams will be suspended for the hit on Andrew Luck. This should be a much tougher game for the Ravens as the Bengals are hoping to prove they’re one of the better teams in the AFC. I’m picking the Ravens to get the road win.
Baltimore Wins 27-24
This is a huge matchup in the NFC South as the Atlanta Falcons host the Carolina Panthers. Atlanta is coming off a tough loss on the road in Philadelphia to begin the season. The Falcons got shocking news this week as Keanu Neal was lost for the season with a torn ACL. If that wasn’t enough, Deion Jones was placed on IR and that makes two vital pieces of their defense missing. Can Matt Ryan and the offense rebound? Carolina escaped their opener with a 16-8 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The offense of the Panthers struggled throughout the game, but the defense was on point. Whoever loses this game, could find themselves two games behind to start the season. I’m thinking the Falcons offense will look much better against the Panthers and they’ll win.
Atlanta Wins 27-17
We now head to the NFC North as the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings. The Green Bay Packer Nation thought they lost their leader last week against the Bears. Aaron Rodgers went down with a knee injury but returned to lead the Packers to the win. The big question now is, will Aaron Rodgers be able to play or is his knee injury worse than expected? The Minnesota Vikings used their tough defense to smother the 49ers offense. Minnesota is still one of the favorites to come out of the NFC to advance to the Super Bowl. This should be a tough game, but if Aaron Rodgers doesn’t play this is an easy one for the Vikings. Either way, I’m picking the Vikings to head to Lambeau Field and beat their division rival.
Minnesota Wins 24-17
We now head to the AFC East as the Miami Dolphins head to New York to face the Jets. The Miami Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans in the longest game ever due to the weather. With the absence of Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills stepped up and caught 2 TD passes. Ryan Tannehill returned and struggled, but that was expected. The Dolphins defense gave the Titans fits throughout the game. The New York Jets was probably the surprise from Week 1. After Sam Darnold threw a pick-6 on his first throw but rebound to completed 16 out of 20 passes. The Jets defense gave Matthew Stafford fits the entire game as they beat the Lions 48-17 on the road on Monday night. I’m picking the Jets to win again with the help of the defense.
New York Wins 27-20
This is a battle between two teams that could challenge the Patriots in the AFC. The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in one of the best matchups for Week 2. Patrick Maholmes looked like a veteran in the opening game of the season. Tyreke Hill looked like someone who’s ready to take that next step after his great game. The defense should get better whenever Eric Berry returns from injury. Can the Chiefs offense continue their hot start? Pittsburgh opened their season finishing in a tie with the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh will still be without LeVeon Bell, but James Connor had an awesome game. Sooner or later, the Steelers offense will explode because they have numerous weapons. I’m picking the Steelers to rebound and beat the Chiefs in their home opener.
Pittsburgh Wins 31-21
We head to Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles in their season opener. In one of the most surprising storylines of opening week, Ryan Fitzpatrick outdueled Drew Brees in New Orleans. The Buccaneers beat the Saints 48-40 in what looked like a Big Ten game. Desean Jackson was put in the concussion protocol and his status is still unknown for this game. Can this Bucs offense put them kind of points on the board against one of the better defenses in the league? The Eagles escaped their opener with a win over the Falcons as their defense stood strong. The issue with the Eagles in their offense and lack of play from the WR position. The status of Carson Wentz is unknown, and the Eagles worked out several WRs this past week. I’m rolling with the Bucs to make it 2-0.
Tampa Bay Wins 27-17
We have a rematch from the AFC Championship as the New England Patriots head to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars. New England is coming off winning their home opener against the scrappy Houston Texans team. The Patriots are hoping to make yet another run at another Super Bowl and Jacksonville could be their biggest foe. This week should be bulletin board material especially with what Jalen Ramsey said about Gronk. Will the Patriots pick up the road win in Jacksonville? Jacksonville used their tough defense to beat the New York Giants on the road. Leonard Fournette could miss this game because of his hamstring injury. Without Fournette, the Jaguars can’t control the clock to keep Brady off the field. In the end, New England will beat Jacksonville on the road.
New England Wins 23-21
The Sunday night game will feature a pair of NFC East teams. The New York Giants will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys. New York is coming off a tough, home-opener as they fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In that game, Odell Beckham Jr. looked great and Saquon Barkley rushed for over 100 yards. The Giants defense also looked great and will need another amazing effort against the Cowboys. Dallas also opened the season with a loss as they fell to the Carolina Panthers. If Dallas is going to win this game, Dak Prescott need to play better and Ezekiel Elliott will need more than 15 carries. For the most part, the Cowboy defense played a great game, but can they contain the two Giants stars? This is a critical game for both of them and I think Dallas comes away with the win.
Dallas Wins 20-17
We come to the Monday night game as the Seattle Seahawks travel to Soldier Field to battle the Chicago Bears. Seattle opened on the road in Denver against the Broncos with a loss. Russell Wilson played great, but that Bronco defense was just too much, especially Von Miller. This week, they’ll face another tough defense in the Bears. If Seattle is going to win, the defense must play a better game and create some stops. Can Seattle avoid an 0-2 start? Chicago should’ve beat the Packers last week after being up 20-0 almost midway through the 3rd quarter. Khalil Mack paid dividends immediately, but they couldn’t close the deal. Chicago is headed in the right direction and the defense will get tested again. I’m predicting the Bears to play another great game and finish what they started also. I’m rolling with the Bears to beat the Seahawks in an entertaining game.
Chicago Wins 31-20
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