NFL Predictions Week 2: Which Players Will Rebound from Woeful Week 1 Efforts?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans watches on from the sidelines against the Jacksonville Jaguars during their season opener at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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While many players are waking up today and are delighted that football is back, there are quite a few NFL stars wishing the lockout had lasted just a little longer.

The return of football didn't go so well for many players this past weekend, as there were losers where you would expect winners.

The biggest losers were probably the Indianapolis Colts, as they realized just how much they have relied on Peyton Manning over the past few years.

However, the biggest losers are less clear. Here are a few that will be looking to rebound next week, and should do so.


Peyton Hilis

Peyton Hillis struggled against a defense that he should have destroyed in Week 1, as he faced off against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hillis had 17 attempts for 57 yards but should at least double that this week, as he travels to Indianapolis to face the Colts' soft defense.


Josh Freeman

Freeman will be delighted that Ndamukong Suh and the Lions are now off their schedule. He struggled in the opener, as he had two fumbles and a pick in the 27-20 loss.

The Minnesota Vikings defense outdid itself against the Chargers in Week 1, but without Kevin Williams once again, Freeman should have a big day next weekend in Minnesota. 


Chris Johnson

As the weeks go by, Johnson will be better suited to pay off the Titans' huge investment in him. Training camp is important and missing it will hurt him early in the year.

However, nine attempts for 24 yards is crazy.

Johnson may be going against the Ravens this week, but the one thing the Steelers could do this weekend in Baltimore was run the ball with some sort of success.


Troy Polamalu

Speaking of the Steelers, they get a chance to redeem themselves—or end their season—in Week 2 with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town.

The Ravens dismantled the Steelers defense with ease Sunday and Troy Polamalu never got near the football.

With Tarvaris Jackson under center next week, expect an interception or two for the star safety.


Michael Turner

Michael Turner may have had 100 yards against the Bears on only 10 carries, but 53 of those yards came on one run. The Falcons didn't stick with Turner, as they allowed Matt Ryan to throw the ball 47 times playing from behind.

This week should be a huge week for Turner, as I firmly believe the Rams would have beaten the Eagles had Steven Jackson not left the game with an injury. The Eagles couldn't stop the run at all yesterday, and Turner could go over 200 yards if he is given the ball enough.