2010 NFL Week 2 Predictions: This Is Just The Beginning

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2010

Eli and Peyton after the last time the two teams met.
Eli and Peyton after the last time the two teams met.

Week one was crazy. I would say that picking the Lions and Browns is what put me at a 8-8 record for predictions, but I would be wrong. Those were both good picks and I would have picked them again. The Chiefs beating the Chargers, well I am almost a hundred percent certain that the only people who would have got that right would have been Chiefs fans.

The Saints beating the Vikings, well that game could have gone either way. I don't regret picking the Vikings either. As a matter of fact, I believe I stand by all of my picks. I mean, I got Houston over Indianapolis right. I didn't think Arian Foster would have such a big game, but doesn't make me wrong.

Top Stories from Week 2:
1. Can the Packers, Jets, and Colts Bounce Back From Injuries? - These three teams all lost someone important to their team. The Packers have lost Ryan Grant for the season, the Colts lost Bob Sanders, and the Jets lost Kris Jenkins for the season. Luckily for the Packers, they have Brandon Jackson to turn to, but the Colts and Jets might be in trouble.

2. Will Favre and His Receivers Find Some Chemistry? - A lot of why the Vikings lost the opener is because of this reason. The game was close, yet Favre didn't get his revenge. If Sidney Rice had gone to get surgery before Brett made a decision, you know he wouldn't have come back.

3. Can the Dennis Dixon Led Steelers Go Into Tennessee with Another W? - The Falcons game had gone into overtime and a Rashard Mendenhall run won the game for the Steelers. Pittsburgh has been known as a run first offense and a smash mouth defense team for years. Recently, Ben had changed this offense to a balanced attack. Dixon is going to have to step it up these next three games.

In Week 2, there are only three Division games this weekend. One from the NFC South, the AFC North, and the AFC East.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1) - The NFC South is usually a tough division. There was a season where all four teams were fighting for the title. This year, not so much. These two teams are going to be fighting for last place while the Saints and Falcons are looking towards the Super Bowl.
2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - People might not believe this, but this should prove to be a good game. The AFC North title will most likely be fought for by the Ravens, Bengals, and Steelers. Well that is if the Bengals play a lot better than they did last Sunday against the Patriots.
3. New England Patriots (1-0) at New York Jets (0-1) - This is another game that should prove to be a good one. The Ravens and Jets game looked to be a defensive battle. That's good considering the Jets are going to need it against an offense like the Pats.

Aside from the Divisional match-ups, there are three games I am going to be keeping my eye on in Week 2.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0) - With Dixon starting and Vince Young showing he truly deserves to be where he is at, this should prove to be an interesting match up. The question is, can Dennis Dixon and crew improve to 2-0, or will Vince Young and CJ2K destroy the hopes of every Steelers fan?
2. New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1) - Anytime these two teams meet, it is going to be a show-down for sure. This game will have so much hype around it, it's not even funny. The two Manning brothers meet on the field in regular season. Well Peyton, you wont have to check on how you're brother is doing this week, he'll be right across the field from you.
3. New Orleans Saints (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1) - I know what everyone is thinking, after the 49ers showing last Sunday, why would this be a key match-up. Well because everyone has a bad day and I am sure Mike Singletary has flipped out enough on these guys that they'll know to play a lot better. Not to mention, the defending Super Bowl champs who couldn't seem to score very many points in their opener are also in this game. Will this be where their offense explodes?

Week 2 Predictions:
Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Buffalo Bills (0-1) @ Green Bay Packers (1-0) (1 EST)

Miami Dolphins (1-0) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-1) (1 EST)

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1) (1 EST)

Chicago Bears (1-0) @ Dallas Cowboys (0-1) (1 EST)

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (0-1) (1 EST)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1) (1 EST)

Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) @ Detroit Lions (0-1) (1 EST)

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) (1 EST)

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) @ Tennessee Titans (1-0) (1 EST)

Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ Denver Broncos (0-1) (4:05 EST)

St, Louis Rams (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (0-1) (4:05 EST)

Houston Texans (1-0) @ Washington Redskins (1-0) (4:15 EST)

New England Patriots (1-0) @ New York Jets (0-1) (4:15 EST)

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) @ San Diego Chargers (0-1) (4:15 EST)

New York Giants (1-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1) (8:20 EST)

Monday, September 20th, 2010
New Orleans Saints (1-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-1)


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