Week 2 NFL Matchup Predictions

Week 2 Matchup Predictions

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

September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRESaints @ Panthers: Both teams are coming off of painful upset losses, so this is a big division matchup. The Saints were very pedestrian on the road last year, going only 5-3. They beat the Panthers by only 3 points in Carolina last season, and after seeing them lose at home for the first time in well over a year, I say they can't handle the Cam and the Panthers.

Flipping last year's score - Panthers win 30-27.

Texans @ Jaguars: The Jaguars suffered a heartbreaking loss last Sunday to the Vikings, while the Texans coasted to victory against the Dolphins. Despite the departure of Mario Williams, this Texans defense is stifling, and the Jaguars don't have the offensive firepower to counter it.

Texans win 24-13.

Redskins @ Rams: I say that the Rams almost beating the Lions was more of a fluke than the Redskins actually beating the Saints. RG3 went into a dome and pulled out a victory against the Saints last week, so he'll go into a dome and beat a much weaker opponent this week.

Redskins win 31-16.

Cowboys @ Seahawks: Seahawks' rookie quarterback Russell Wilson hasn't yet gotten comfortable enough to run the offense efficiently, despite the fact that Braylon Edwards should have hauled in Wilson's game winning touchdown pass last Sunday against the Cardinals. Anyway, it's still September, which means Romo will tear it up after a week and a half of practice with his top receivers.

Cowboys win 27-13.
September 9, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes the ball during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos  at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Jets @ Steelers: The Steelers lost a tough one at Mile High on Sunday night, but they won't fall victim to the flawless Peyton Manning no-huddle when they face off against Mark Sanchez and the Jets in Pittsburgh this weekend.

Steelers win 31-21.

Titans @ Chargers: The Chargers' defense looked very good against the Raiders on Monday night, especially in containing Darren McFadden. They should be able to contain CJ2K as well, and with Jake Locker coming off of a separated non-throwing shoulder, he won't be able to make enough plays to counter the San Diego offense.

Chargers win 24-16.

Lions @ 49ers: The Lions are coming off of a nail-biting win over the lowly Rams at home, while the Niners are coming off of an impressive win over the elite Packers on the road. I've got to go with the league's best defense in this one, but I've got it close.

49ers win 27-21.

Broncos @ Falcons: Peyton Manning looked to be in mid-season form against the Steelers on Sunday, but he won't be the only one running an uptempo aerial attack on Monday night. Matt Ryan is certainly no slouch, and he's got far more weapons than Peyton does. At home, I've got to go with the Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez combination.

Falcons win 35-31.
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