NFL Week 2 Predictions
Week 1 was full of upsets, surprises, rookie triumphs and mind-blowing terrible performances. Let's hope week two can be just as exciting. From Robert Griffin III's dominating upset over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, to Michael Vick's four interceptions, the first week of the NFL has left a lot of questions unanswered.
Who will rise and who will fall in Week 2?
Here are my predictions for the second week of the 2012 NFL season.
Bills Defeat Chiefs 27-17
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Buffalo Bills' running back C.J Spiller will continue to impress and the Chiefs defense will struggle to search for their identity. Spiller currently leads the NFL in rushing with 169 yards.
The Bills should be able to control the tempo of the game and keep their offense on the field. The Bills are also at home. Look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to have a better game than in Week 1; if he doesn't step it up, the Bills will have no other choice but to start their replacement search.
The Chiefs gave up 40 points in week one against the Falcons and not much will change in Week 2.
Bills' offense comes to life in their first victory of the year.
Bengals Defeat Browns 17-13
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The Bengals will have a bounce-back game in Week 2. First, because they're not playing the Ravens and second, they're playing an extremely inexperienced Browns team.
The Browns will continue to struggle to move the ball as Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden try to get on the same page.
Both teams have ineffective offenses, but the Bengals' defense should be able to keep the Browns' rookies at bay.
Don't look for too much excitement here: Bengals take it with a game-winning field goal.
Colts Nip Vikings 24-21
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Andrew Luck will earn his first NFL win on Sunday. Luck had his struggles playing against a top NFL defense on the road in Chicago, but with an NFL game under his belt and the home crowd behind him, he gets a win.
The Colts defense must contain Adrian Peterson. If they can shut down the run and Luck can limit the turnovers, the Colts have a great shot at winning.
Luck finds a little luck with a drive leading to a game-winning field goal.
New Orleans Stomps Carolina 38-14
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After the Saints were upset by the Redskins, New Orleans will be looking to bounce back big.
Drew Brees proved he still has the big arm and can put up the points. He will have a huge game on Sunday and will roll right through Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
The Saints need a much more balanced attack on offense. Brees needs to implement more runs so they can set up the big play action pass down field.
The Panthers cannot run the ball whatsoever and since the Saints had practice with an athletic quarterback last week, they will have a better game plan in Week 2.
Saints dominate all day.
Houston Destroys Jacksonville 38-13
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The Houston Texans have one of the most balanced teams in the NFL. The threat of Andre Johnson will allow Arian Foster to have a huge game on Sunday and the Texan's elite defense will keep their offense on the field.
Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert will have his hands full on Sunday. If he can limit the turnovers, he might be able to keep the Jags in the game—for at least the first half.
Houston, we have a victory in Week 2.
Oakland Slides Past Miami 24-14
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Carson Palmer almost threw for 300 yards (297) last week against the Chargers. He will continue to throw the ball well in Week 2 and the Raiders will defeat Miami.
Oakland only allowed 32 rushing yards in Week 1. Look for them to put tons of pressure on rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins' offense is going to struggle to put points on the board all season and that trend will be no different in Week 2.
Palmer proves he can still compete at the NFL level in an easy Raiders win.
Patriots Rock Arizona 35-13
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Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will put on a show Sunday in their home opener.
Kevin Kolb gets the start for Arizona. Any positives he can take out of this game will be a plus for the Cardinals; they just won't add up to a win.
Pats dominate at home, no questions asked.
Giants Defeat Buccaneers 27-10
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Eli Manning has had a long time to prepare for this week's game against Tampa Bay. That is a good thing for Giants nation, because if they want to get back to the playoffs, they are going to have to play a lot better than they did in their opener against the Cowboys.
It all starts with Manning. He needs to step up, and he will. Look for him to pass for over 300 yards on Sunday.
Giants will pass the ball down the Buc's throat and their defensive line will put ample pressure on Josh Freedman. Tampa's right tackle Jeremy Trueblood practiced on a limited basis this week, says ESPN's Pat Yasinskas. The Giants' defence will most certainly use this weakness to their advantage.
The Giants easily defeat Tampa Bay.
Eagles over Ravens 24-21
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I'm calling for an upset. Vick's winning drive against the Browns last week will give him the confidence he needs against the Ravens. The Eagles will use their home field advantage to throw off Joe Flacco and steal one from the Ravens.
Vick also knows if he does not perform well, the Eagles will begin second guessing his role as their starting quarterback. One bad week is OK, but not two in a row, especially in Philadelphia. Rookie Nick Foles has impressed Eagles nation so far and will be waiting for an opportunity.
Andy Reid's job is on the line this season. He also knows that four interceptions will not be tolerated if he wishes to stay with the Eagles. This week Reid with come at the Ravens with a more balanced attack, letting LeSean McCoy run the ball 30-35 times instead of 20 like last week.
Vick pulls one out again.
Redskins Take Care of Rams 27-10
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The Robert Griffin III show will continue in Week 2 as he leads his Washington Redskins to another victory against the lowly St. Louis Rams.
The Rams played well against the Lions last week, but they let a game that they should have won slip away. St. Louis also gave up 346 passing yards: the worst mark in the NFL in Week 1.
The Redskins' ability to stop the run will put pressure on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for the entire game. With that pressure will come turnovers and a lot of three-and-out series'.If the Rams have any chance of winning, Bradford is going to have to have a huge game.
Griffin will shine against the Ram's terrible pass defense in a big way and running back Alfred Morris will have another big game. Watch him break 100 yards rushing this weekend.
Should be a rather easy win on Sunday for the Redskins.
Cowboys Defeat Seahawks 27-13
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Tony Romo will exploit the Seahawks' secondary while DeMarcus Ware and the Cowboys' defense will take advantage of a young team and their rookie quarterback Russel Wilson.
The Cowboys looked very balanced against the Giants, which lead them to a huge win against a division rival. Romo passed for 307 yards and three touchdowns and DeMarco Murray rushed for 131 yards on 20 carries. Their defense was the start in Week 1, only giving up 187 passing yards and 82 yards on the ground.
Cowboys win easily, if not by a blow out.
Steelers Battle Past Jets 27-20
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The Jets absolutely dominated the Buffalo Bills last Sunday, whose defense was the talk of the town coming into this season with the huge signing of Mario Williams. That wasn't the case as Mark Sanchez threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
The Steelers lost a tough game to Peyton Manning and the Broncos and are looking to bounce back here in Week 2 at home. Ben Roethlisberger needs to get back to Steeler football and run the ball. Their running game sets up their play action and the boot-leg plays that Ben is so successful with. If they don't ever run, the defense knows what's coming and any surprise goes out the window.
Mark Sanchez will cool off and bring Jets fans back to reality. I see two interceptions at least.
Ben figures it out in Week 2, winning the game on their final possession.
Chargers Rout Titans 27-10
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Coming off a big win over division rival Raiders, the Chargers will move to 2-0 after a gift game against arguably the worst team in the NFL: the Tennessee Titans.
However, the Chargers failed any rushing offense in Week 1, so look for them to concentrate on establishing a run game to help balance the passing attack.
The Titans can't run the ball or stop the run on defense, ranking 31st in each category after Week 1. They just don't have the means to stop Philip Rivers.
Rivers will control all aspects of the game including, most importantly, the clock. Chargers dominate from start to finish and cruise to an easy victory. Rivers will have 300-plus yards and two TDs.
49ers Hold off Lions 27-24
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This game has a lot riding on it after what happened in last year's playoff game between coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz. Hopefully we'll get to see some sparks fly once again. The game should be intense and physical—a must-watch for Week 2.
This will be one of the best games during Week 2. Either team could pull this one out. Alex Smith has really turned over a new leaf with a huge win over the Packers in Week 1.
Frank Gore will have a big game with the Lions' inability to stop the run.
David Akers wins the game on a last second field goal.
Broncos Gallop over Falcons 31-27
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Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning will have an even bigger test in Week 2 as they face off against the Atlanta Falcons, who beat up on the Chiefs 40-24 in Week 1.
The Falcons have all sorts of weapons on offense, so the key to the game is Manning's ability to control the clock and keep his offense on the field. If Matt Ryan isn't on the field, he can't take advantage of all his weapons.
If the Broncos can come up with some big defensive stops, Manning will be able to pick apart the Falcons defense just like he did against the Steelers.
Look for a lot of offense and the team who doesn't turnover the ball will be the team who comes out on top.
Manning puts together a game winning drive in the fourth quarter to seal up a victory for the Broncos.