NFL Week Two Predictions: Who Goes 2-0?

Mike CraigCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2008

After last week I feel confident in my predicting skills. If you pay attention to football, anybody can be decent at predicting who is going to win.

I finished last week's predictions with 11-5. Two of which were upsets, mind you. Nobody expected the Panthers and the Bears to win.

Enough chatter, onto the predictions:

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Chicago Bears
(1-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-0) 1:00 PM EST

Here is an interesting matchup, huh? In one corner, we have the Chicago Bears, whose defense kept Peyton Manning and the Colts from beating them. Wait, what?! Yep, that's right, the Bears beat the Colts last Sunday.

The Carolina Panthers...who did they beat? I'm trying to think but I can't remember. Oh wait, now I do. The Chargers! Seems to me that the Bears and the Panthers have a couple of things in common right now. Let me explain.

The Bears and Panthers are both teams that were close to the bottom of the NFC last season. Both teams beat AFC teams that are supposed to be amazing last week. Isn't the AFC supposed to be better than the NFC? At least that is what I thought. However, where the Panthers upset the Chargers in a last-minute touchdown play to win by two points, the Bears beat the Colts more convincingly.

My Pick: Bears

Tennessee Titans (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Wow, what is up with this game? Does anybody really even want to watch this game? Did the Bengals even care to show up to play last week? And what is up with Vince Young being a cry baby?

Okay, enough of this nonsense. At least the Titans attempted to show up to play last week, and they won.

My Pick: Titans

Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Detroit Lions (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Welcome to Mr. Rodgers's neighborhood, as everybody has been saying. Before Monday of this week, people were all going, "Is he going to lay an egg?...Let's see if the Packers were smart...I bet Brett Favre will have done better when the game is over."

Well in retrospect, Brett Favre did have more yards and touchdowns than Aaron Rodgers last week. Rodgers's rushing touchdown should have actually been Ryan Grants. However, Rodgers did throw an interesting touchdown pass to fullback Korey Hall. Some people even say it looked a little Favre-like.

As for the Detroit Lions, ummm, all I am going to ask you is this Detroit: After allowing Atlanta and their rookie quarterback Matt Ryan to gain so many yards on you, including Michael Turner and his 200-plus yards, do you really think you can stop Ryan Grant and the Pack's offense? The Lions are slowly beginning to look like the laughingstock of the NFL. Oh wait, they already are.

My Pick: Packers

Buffalo Bills (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

What the hell?! Now wait a minute. Did somebody switch the Jags' and the Bills' records on me?! No, no they didn't.

The Bills did, in fact beat the Seahawks. No wait, excuse me. They destroyed the Seahawks. Why Mike Holmgren would want to start his last season off that way I don't know. Does this mean that the Bills are that good? Or does it mean that the Seahawks are just that bad? Who knows?

Jacksonville also lost to a team that has a cry baby playing for them. The Titans somehow found a way to beat the Jags. If the Bills are as good as everybody is saying they are, well then I think they have this one.

My Pick: Bills

Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Ummm, can I just say Chiefs right away? Okay, no no, I'll explain.

The Raiders were destroyed by the Denver Broncos on Monday night. People were thinking that the Raiders would at least put up a fight. I even thought the Raiders were going to win. That's the last time I stick my neck out on the line like that for the Raiders.

The Cheifs, with a backup quarterback playing, kept it close with the Bradyless Patriots. New England might be in trouble, but they still beat the Cheifs. Are the Cheifs that good to keep up with the Patriots, or are the Patriots just that lost without Tom Brady?

My Pick: Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Here are two teams that need a win. Both were upset last week. The Colts, supposed to be amongst the dominant teams in the AFC, lost to the Bears. As for the Vikings, well they were the favorites to be the NFC North champions come season's end. However, it looks like Aaron Rodgers and the Pack would have none of that.

So in order to show everybody that last week was a fluke, both teams need to pick it up here.

My Pick: Colts

New York Giants (1-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Well there really isn't much to say about this game. The defending Super Bowl champs played like crap in the season opener against the Redskins. Some people are even calling that game one of the most boring games they have ever watched.

As for the Rams, well they managed to score only three points against the Eagles, who destroyed them 33-3. I don't know, this might be a tough one to decide. I hope people are getting the sarcasm there.

My Pick: Giants 

New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Washington Redskins (0-1) 1:00 PM EST

Ah, here we are. I had high hopes for the Redskins this season. I saw them going places; I really did. But yet, all they did was score one touchdown against the Giants in a boring game that ended 16-7.

The Saints beat the Buccaneers in a more exciting game that ended 24-20. I still strongly feel that the Saints are going to be the team in the Super Bowl for the NFC. As for the AFC, I'm not so sure anymore.

My Pick: Saints

San Francisco 49ers (0-1) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1) 4:05 PM EST

Hmmm, well the 49ers lost to the Cardinals in divisional play while the Seahawks lost...wait, I mean dropped on the ground and started crying, while the Bills walked all over them.

Honestly, I feel bad for the Seahawks. I still think they have the talent on that team to be Super Bowl contenders but not if they play the way they did against the Bills.

What's up with San Fran, huh? Are they ever going to be good? Well as weird as this may seem, I think for at least this Sunday they will be.

My Pick: 49ers

Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) 4:05 PM EST

So Matt Ryan looked good in his rookie debut in the NFL regular season. As for the Bucs, well they didn't looks so good. Plus, Jeff Garcia won't be starting this game, so what does that do to their chances? With Michael Turner running on all cylinders (or was that just Detroit's defense sucking really badly?) this game may not even be close.

My Pick: Falcons

Miami Dolphins (0-1) at Arizona Cardinals (1-0) 4:15 PM EST

Did anybody see that Miami game the other day? It's hard to really judge whether or not their team is good for almost beating the Jets. Why is that? Because nobody is sure yet whether or not he Jets are true contenders yet.

Because I feel that the Cardinals are true contenders, finally, I don't have faith in Miami here. Chad Pennington may be an okay quarterback, but Miami needs a good or great quarterback. Sorry Billy Parcells, but even you make mistakes.

My Pick: Cardinals

San Diego Chargers (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0) 4:15 PM EST

So the Broncos destroyed the Raiders on Monday night, correct? And the Chargers were beaten by the Carolina Panthers at the last second of the game?

Hmm, let me see here. I would be seriously stupid to bet against the Chargers still. After all, they did ALMOST beat the Panthers. I'm taking a greater risk by saying that the Colts are going to win. Do I think the Broncos are good? Well yeah, they seem alright, but I'm not sold that they are going to be a great team just yet.

My Pick: Chargers

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

Here we go! Will the storylines ever end for the Jets? If the Jets didn't have Brett Favre, nobody would be sitting here going, "Ohhh!! The Jets are going to beat the Patriots because they don't have Tom Brady." No, people would still think that the Patriots would improve to 2-0. However, even I feel that the Patriots don't have much of a chance.

The Patriots have Matt Cassel leading a hell of an offense and the Jets have Brett Favre leading a decent offense whose offensive line still needs work, in my eyes. Allowing three sacks on your 38-year-old quarterback just isn't going to cut it. Those three plays where he got sacked could have been something amazing.

My Pick: Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1) 8:15 PM EST

Yes, the Browns were facing the Cowboys last week and it might be an excuse for why they lost. Well, no, because there are no excuses in the NFL. As for the Steelers, all anybody can say is, "Oh they only beat the Texans." That's also not an excuse for why the Steelers did so well. Last time I checked, the Texans really aren't pushovers like they used to be.

So you tell me this: Do you really think a team that has Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward is going to lose to a team that can't seem to get their quarterback situation right? I mean, what the hell kind of football was Derrick Anderson playing last Sunday?

My Pick: Steelers

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys (1-0) 8:30 PM EST

The Dallas Cowboys looked good in their season opener. And, well, so did the Eagles.

This should be a good game to watch. What better stage for it than Monday Night Football? It's a shame this game has to share the spotlight with the Baltimore-Houston game.

This one is too hard to even try and predict so it's going to have to be a guess. Both Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo are looking good right now so...just to be on the safe side...

My Pick: Cowboys


Baltimore Ravens (1-0) Houston Texans (0-1) 8:30 PM EST

This game shouldn't even be on Monday night, however because of Hurricane Ike, it is.

Will the Texans bounce back from their first AFC North loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers? Will the Ravens continue to build on the success that they had against the Bengals?

Well I am going to put it simply this way, the way the Texans played against the Steelers was a fluke. The fact that the Ravens only beat the Bengals, that isn't enough for me.

My Pick: Texans 


Because of Hurricane Ike, the above game that is boxed off has been post-poned. That means both the Ravens and the Texans have a bye week.

So there you have it. Those are my second week predictions. Most of them were insightful. Some of them I didn't even have to be insightful on. Here is to hoping that the second week brings us even more excitement than the first.