NFL Week 2 Picks: Teams That Will Bounce Back from Disappointing Losses

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 11, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rishes with the ball and fends off defensive back Mike Adams #20 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 9, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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In case you weren't sure, the NFL season is longer than one week.

So, while plenty of NFL teams—16 in fact—are disappointed with their starts to the NFL season, there is still plenty of time for them to right the ship.

In fact, these three in particular have good shots at righting that ship right away. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are coming off a disappointing Week 1 loss to vintage Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The classic Pittsburgh defense looked overmatched.

The New York Jets are coming off a thumping, 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills. Mark Sanchez and company had an anemic preseason but quickly reminded us how little the preseason matters. 

Naturally, the Steelers will win the Week 2 matchup. That's just how the NFL works. 

That, and Ben Roethlisberger looked in Week 1 to be in mid-season form already. He should be able to cut up the Jets defense a little better than Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Green Bay Packers

It's like the Packers are Boise State, and they tried to load their early-season schedule with as many hard battles as possible.

A week after hosting the San Francisco 49ers, a popular pick to reach the Super Bowl out of the NFC, the Pack will see the Chicago Bears come to town.

The Bears spoiled Andrew Luck's debut with a dominant Week 1 win and have plenty of Super Bowl aspirations of their own.


Nonetheless, Chicago's defense—although plenty imposing—isn't San Francisco's defense. Aaron Rodgers still leads a high-powered passing attack and will find a way to avoid 0-2. 

Carolina Panthers

The first two teams on this list, despite losing, at least looked like shades of the teams they were supposed to be.

The Panthers, on the other hand, not so much. 

Cam Newton threw for over 300 yards, but the supposedly commanding offense only scored 10 points in Tampa Bay. The sophomore QB threw two interceptions and ran for just four yards. 

Carolina's defense surprisingly held the Bucs to 16 points, but if the Panthers are going to follow through on last year's encouraging season, the offense needs to be better.

New Orleans is a good team to help cure those woes.

The Saints secondary looked atrocious against Robert Griffin and the Redskins on Sunday, and the Panthers should have no trouble righting the offensive ship. They'll move to 1-1 with a home win in the shootout.