NFL Predictions: Week Two

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 17, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 02:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during their game on November 2, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Week One of the NFL finally came for the fans all over the country.

Some fans know they have a potential playoff team early on this season. Some know their team has a lot of work to do if they even want to be considered. Then there are some who know their team will be an utter disaster in 2009.

In Week One, I finished 12-4 with my picks with the 49ers, Jets, Broncos and Eagles all providing the wins for their teams and Cardinals, Texans, Bengals and Panthers providing losses for me.

Three of these games were upsets. The Eagles are a good team, I just thought Carolina was better, but the Pathers have major problems starting with their quarterback whose carried over his high turnover numbers over from last year's playoffs.

But, that was last week, and it's a new week and lets take a look at who will square off in Week 2.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

New head coach for the Jets, but the rivalry continues with it now being Rex Ryan vs Bill Belichick. This will be a huge test for the entire Jets team as they will bring a new offense against a defense that has been good in the past, but have lost key veterans in the past. This will be an even bigger test for the Jets defense against Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and the potent Patriots offense. Last week, the Patriots showed comeback ability, and if the Jets want to have any shot, they must pressure Brady like they did Matt Schaub last week. But it's also hard to ever pick against New England with a healthy Brady.

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Final Score: Patriots 31, Jets 21

St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins

The Redskins better be careful this week, because in the past, the Rams have upset them on a last-minute field goal in their own building, so the Redskins need to be prepared. The Redskins on paper look like the better team and Jason Campbell needs to have a better game against the Rams. Clinton Portis should be able to run the ball better against the St. Louis defense and Albert Haynesworth will be unveiled at FedEx Field and should be able to rip through the Rams offensive line. The Rams are still miles away from being anything worth talking about.

Final Score: Redskins 27, Rams 7

New Orleans Saints @ Philadelphia Eagles

If you like offense, this is the game to watch. If you like to watch a quarterback air the living hell out of the football, this is definitely the game to watch. Now on one side, Donovan McNabb's status is uncertain with a fractured rib, so the Eagles starting quarterback is not determined and Philadelphia signed Jeff Garcia as an insurance policy. On the other side, Drew Brees is rolling again after throwing six touchdown passes. The Eagles defense will need to be on their toes all game and they square off again against Jeremy Shockey, a tight end who gave them tons of problems in the past. Before McNabb's injury, the Eagles were the favorites, but if he can't play or plays injured, I don't think I like the Eagles chances, especially if Brees keeps putting up touchdown passes.

Final Score: Saints 44, Eagles 31

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs

On Monday night, the Raiders were very close to pulling off an upset in their own building, but the Chargers moved the ball on their own field. If Matt Cassel returns healthy for the Chiefs, this could be a long day for the Raiders. If the Chiefs start someone else, it could be an interesting game, because Oakland has shown signs of getting better, but they are still the Raiders. However, JaMarcus Russell has also shown the world he has the greatest arm strength of any QB in the league. If the Raiders can establish the running game with Darren McFadden, the Chiefs defense could be in trouble. If your gut tells you one thing about this game, the Raiders have always been a horrible road team.

Final Score: Chiefs 27, Raiders 17

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions

The Lions will see the return of Brett Favre, only in a Vikings uniform. It's  2009, but the Lions still looked horrible against the Saints. Matthew Stafford is in for a rookie beating in 2009, as he threw three interceptions. If this continues for Stafford, Jim Schwartz needs to sit him and put in Daunte Culpepper for a few games, because even though Stafford is a rookie learning, throwing all these picks can not be good for his mental toughness. Minnesota played well in the first week under Favre and with a weak Detroit defense, Favre should be able to throw the ball well and Adrian Peterson should run wild all over Ford Field.

Final Score: Vikings 35, Lions 13

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

The Panthers look like a team on the decline in 2009, especially after their Week One blunder against the Eagles. Jake Delhomme is another start away from being benched; the team signed A.J. Feely in case Delhomme has another blunder of a game. The Carolina defense looked horrible at home and it won't get any easier against a playoff caliber team. The Falcons looked great with Matt Ryan throwing the ball to Tony Gonzalez. Gonzalez will become Ryan's security blanket in 2009. Expect a better game from Michael Turner in the back field, who didn't produce as well in Week One.

Final Score: Falcons 27, Panthers 20

Arizona Cardinals @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Cardinals were upset in Week One when they should have won against the 49ers, and now, they will be looking for blood. Expect Kurt Warner to come in and throw missiles to Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston. It's never fun opening the season as the conference champions and then getting beat in the first week. The Jaguars gave the Colts a fight in the first week, but the Jaguars don't look like a playoff team like they did two years ago upsetting the Steelers. Expect the Cardinals and Warner to light up the board in Jacksonville.

Final Score: Cardinals 42, Jaguars 17

Houston Texans @ Tennesse Titans

The Texans looked absolutely horrible against the Jets. They couldn't protect Matt Schaub all game and that was against a new Jets defense. Tennesse has an established defense that held the Steelers to 10 points until overtime and gave up 13 overall points in the opening game. The Titans could easily have been 1-0 instead of 0-1. Tennessee forced Ben Roethlisberger to make a ton of mistakes and will look to do the same to Shaub. Kerry Collins is still the starting quarterback and is a respectable leader on the field and should lead the Titans to their first win at home. Houston, who was picked by many to be a playoff team, look to be in trouble early.

Final Score: Titans 24, Texans 14

Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers

The Bengals almost went 1-0, but a tipped pass to Brandon Stokley crushed many fans in Cincinnati. The Bengals were only able to put up six points against the Broncos, and they've been one of the worse defensive teams in the league in recent time. Green Bay's new 3-4 defense looked vastly improved against the Bears, forced Jay Cutler to have a horrible game. Aaron Rodgers should be able to move the ball against the Bengals defense and win another game at home. Also, don't expect any Lambeau Leaps from Chad Ocho Cinco, who said he would do it if scored a touchdown.

Final Score: Packers 30, Bengals 13

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

Both teams are coming in 1-0 and are playing for first place early on in the NFC West division. This game is going to give one of these teams a major confidence boost moving on in the season. The Seahawks pitched a shutout last week against the Rams, but will have a tougher time against an inspred 49ers team. The 49ers have bought into the system of head coach Mike Singletary. If Matt Hasselbeck stays healthy, and if Julius Jones and Edgerrin James can run the ball all over the field, I see the Seahawks being a slightly better team than the 49ers. But I expect it to be a very close game.

Final Score: Seahawks 24, 49ers 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Buffalo Bills

The Bills were about two minutes away from pulling off a huge upset on the road against the Patriots on Monday Night Football. But Tom Brady took care of that dream. Buffalo showed they could move the ball well, even without Terrell Owens being a major factor with two catches. If Trent Edwards gets T.O. more involved and throws him the football, the Bills could have a big day. Fred Jackson also did a good job in place of the suspended Marshawn Lynch. Tampa is still a young team who are in major re-building mode and are in for a long year with another loss coming on the road.

Final Score: Bills 28, Buccaneers 14

Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos

Eric Mangini went from being "Man-genius" to "Man-idiot" very quickly, his first week for Cleveland did not go well at home. On the road, it might be even worse. It's Brady Quinn's team for now, as long as he can stay healthy. He got injured last season, so Quinn is still learning how to be a full-time NFL quarterback. In the first week, Quinn and Braylon Edwards did not look in sync whatsoever. The Broncos pulled off a miracle in Cincinnati and have a major confidence boost. Against a poor Cleveland defense, expect Brandon Marshall to have a better game with Kyle Orton and expect Knowshown Moreno to run the ball effectively and give Denver an early and surprising 2-0 record.

Final Score: Broncos 20, Browns 6

Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers

Joe Flacco is showing no signs of having a "sophomore slump" as he threw three touchdown passes in the first game and looks to be getting better, but this week will be a bigger test, because San Diego is not Kansas City. The Chargers pulled off a comeback win on Monday night in Oakland and look to return home where they play very good football. LaDainian Tomlinson is already hurt with an ankle injury, and it's hard to expect anything out of him anymore, so look for Darren Sproles to get the bulk of the carries. Phillip Rivers threw the ball well but the Ravens will be a tougher challenge then the Raiders. This will be a tough and physical game for both teams. This could come down to a late game-winning field goal.

Final Score: Chargers 27, Ravens 24

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears

Both of these teams have a star player injured and inactive for Week Two; Troy Polamalu and Brian Urlacher. The only difference is Urlacher's injury will be more costly than Polamalu's because the Steelers defense still has guys like James Harrison and LaMar Woodley, and still held the Titans to 10 points on opening night. Ben Roethlisberger struggled, Willie Parker struggled and Hines Ward had a big fumble in the fourth quarter, so they all need to step up their game. The Bears and Jay Cutler looked terrible against the Packers. The Steelers defense will not make it any easier on Cutler and will pressure him all game long and force him into making mistakes.

Final Score: Steelers 24, Bears 17

Sunday Night Football: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

This may be the best game on the whole schedule, two similar teams playing against each other, both are 1-0, both with power running games and pressure defenses. The Giants defense dominated the Redskins, especially with Osi Umenyiora's return from a year-long injury. The Giants showed a balanced passing attack as Eli Manning threw the ball to seven different guys. The Cowboys moved the ball against the Buccaneers and Tony Romo looked very comfortable without Terrell Owens in his ear. This will be a very physical and emotionally-charged game. Playing in the brand new Cowboys Stadium with the jumbo-tron hanging over head, the punters will try to figure out how to avoid the board. I am going with an upset here, because the Cowboys showed vulnerability late and being able to give up points, plus with Umenyiora's return to add alongside Justin Tuck and the rest of the pass rush, I'm picking the Giants to shock the world on Sunday night.

Final Score: Giants 28, Cowboys 24

Monday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins

The Colts era under Jim Caldwell began with a successful win. Peyton Manning had a tough game against the Jaguars, but on the big stage against Miami, should have no problem throwing the football. Anthony Gonzalez is out for the Colts, which will only increase the roles of Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark in the passing game. Plus, look for the Colts to run the ball more with Joseph Addai. The Dolphins took a step back in Week One on the road against a playoff team, and nobody is being caught off-guard by Miami this year. Look for Miami to start 0-2 this year with the Colts taking charge on Monday Night Football.

Final Score: Colts 34, Dolphins 23

There you have it for Week Two. I have two upsets this week in the Saints and Giants winning on the road in big time games, where last week, I did not pick an upset, which came back to bite me on the rear. This week has a lot of good games that could be a lot closer than the projected final scores, so it should be a fun week of football.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weeks and get ready for a fun Week Two.