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NFL Predictions Week 2: 3 Teams That Will Enjoy Blowout Wins

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  LaMarr Woodley #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Cian FaheyFeatured Columnist IVOctober 9, 2016

There is nothing more embarrassing in the NFL than being on the wrong end of a blowout. However, there is nothing more satisfying than blowing out your biggest rivals.

Baltimore Ravens fans were benefiting from being on the right side of a blowout this week. The Ravens dominated their divisional rival Steelers for Joe Flacco's first-ever victory over Ben Roethlisberger.

They weren't the only team enjoying a blowout as Buffalo Bills fans were rewarded for their recent struggles with a huge victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City.

Here are three teams that will be hoping to be enjoying a blowout victory this time next weekend:

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

After being blown out in the biggest game of the first half of their season, the Steelers will be angry this week. The punching bag being offered to them by the NFL schedule makers comes in the form of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. The 49ers sacked Tarvaris Jackson five times and forced him to fumble the ball three times last week. If the 49ers can manage that, the prospect of what the Steelers can do to Jackson is scary.

With James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley looking to turn that frustration from last week into pressure this week, Jackson may be lucky to finish the game healthy. The Steelers have much more talent than the Seahawks but it is a matter of how they rebound from the mental beating they took losing to the Ravens.

 

Green Bay Packers

Cam Newton was outstanding as a rookie. He showed more maturity and understanding of NFL defenses than anyone predicted that he would have. His accuracy and the velocity of his passes was overwhelmingly impressive.

However, Newton and Aaron Rodgers cannot be compared. Instead of going one for one with Kevin Kolb, Newton will have to keep pace with Rodgers' offense. The Packers will have no problem moving the ball on the Panthers. They have too much firepower.

Offensively, the Panthers will be facing a more talented group this week than he did on his debut. There should be more growing pains evident in Carolina for the young star.

 

New York Jets

I can't see a way that the Jacksonville Jaguars moving the ball consistently. Generally, they rely on Maurice Jones-Drew which is never a problem, but going against the Jets' strong run defense that may not be enough.

The problem for the Jaguars is that they lack any sort of receiver depth or game-changer on the outside to complement the running game. You cannot be one-dimensional against the Jets. You can get away with that against lesser defenses, but not Rex Ryan's.

On the other side of the ball, the Jaguars should be able to stand up to the Jets and frustrate them. However, eventually the amount of time they spend on the field will allow the Jets to put up a lot of points.

The potential for Luke McCown turnovers is heightened also with Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie ball-hawking.

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