Week 2 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 2 Matchup Predictions

9/13/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Last Sunday was not my proudest day when it came to making game picks. Even for my amateur self, 7-8 was by far the worst I've ever done (only picked 15 games because I don't pick my own team, the Raiders). But really, who could have seen RG3 debuting in the Super Dome and taking down the Saints? Or last year's 30th ranked defense shutting down Cam and the Panthers? That's why you play the games, I guess. Anyway, here's what I've got going on in Week 2:

Sept 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIREBears @ Packers: The Packers are coming off of a poor game in which their offense could only generate 15 points. Jay Cutler started off rusty for the Bears, but hit his stride with his old buddy Brandon Marshall and went off for over 300 yards. With a suspect defense and a "50/50" chance of seeing Greg Jennings suit up, I want to say the Packers go down, but something is telling me they won't. Maybe it's the fact that they beat the Bears by double digits twice last season.

Packers win 35-31.

Chiefs @ Bills: I think the Chiefs are a very similar team to the Jets, who pummeled the Bills last week 48-28. I also don't see the Chiefs letting CJ Spiller rip off a million yards per carry.

Chiefs win 27-20.

Browns @ Bengals: When the Browns almost pulled out a win against the Eagles last week, it was more about the Eagles being surprisingly bad than the Browns being surprisingly good. The Bengals playing the Ravens in Baltimore last week was like swinging a baseball bat with a donut on it, and now they're ready to come home and knock the Browns out of the park. Also, no Joe Haden (suspension) to shut down AJ Green.

Bengals win 27-10.

Vikings @ Colts: Adrian Peterson proved that he's a world-class physical specimen by coming back from knee surgery to rip up the Jaguars ninth ranked rushing defense last Sunday. Then again, the Vikings defense had Blaine Gabbert looking like a good quarterback, and now they're heading to Andrew Luck's stadium. I say Luck squeezes out his first win at home.

Colts win 27-23.
August 24, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA;  New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Cardinals @ Patriots: As I said last week, last year's AFC champions improved on both sides of the ball in the offseason. Stevan Ridley, as I expected, looks like a new running weapon for the Pats to make their offense more dynamic. Impressive use of two quarterbacks by the Cardinals helped them squeeze out a win against the Seahawks last week, but come on - this is the Patriots.

Patriots win 38-17.

Buccaneers @ Giants: The Bucs really surprised me last week with their ability to hold the Panthers to 10 points. The Giants are coming off of a tough loss and have a history of playing to the level of their competition. However, there's no way I'm picking against the reigning Super Bowl champs at home after a long week of preparation.

Giants win 24-13.

Ravens @ Eagles: The Eagles barely beat a bad Browns team. The Ravens smashed a good Bengals team. If the Eagles thought that the Browns defense, who forced five turnovers, was tough, they have no idea what they're in for with the Ravens. Also, the Ravens' new uptempo offense looked very nice.

Ravens win 31-20.
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