Week 2 Matchup Predictions
Bears @ 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.
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.
Saints @ 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.
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.