Week One of the NFL season brought with it a lot of surprises and upsets, as well as a few injuries. Week Two should be no different. There will be unexpected NFL winners, and a few teams that shouldn’t lose will.
So what should you expect this time around? Let’s see what you should look out for in Week Two.
Oakland vs. Kansas City (Kansas City -3)
It’s been a while since the Kansas City Chiefs were actually favored to win a game, but when you’re playing the Raiders, it’s not hard to see why. The Chiefs went down to the wire with the Ravens last week, who went to the AFC championship game last season.
The Raiders looked strong in the first half against the Chargers, only to fade down the stretch. Expect a physical game that will probably be low-scoring. This should be the first game of the Matt Cassel era in Kansas City, which should help the offense.
Houston vs. Tennessee (Tennessee -6.5)
The Titans lost a heartbreaker against the tough Pittsburgh Steelers. Anytime you can go into Heinz Field and only lose by a field goal in overtime, you played a pretty good game overall.
The Titans should be able to get their running game going a little better against the Houston defense. The Texans will look to rebound from a terrible performance in Week One against the Jets. Look for the Texans to get Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson involved in the game early.
New England vs. New York Jets (New England -3.5)
New England barely came back and beat the Bills on Monday Night Football last week. Will they be able to impose their will against the hot New York Jets? Mark Sanchez looked like a veteran under center in his first game and will try to continue with his solid play in Week Two.
The Jets defense looked pretty decent under new coach Rex Ryan. This one should be a pretty good game.
Note to Jets: If you see anybody with a camera in the huddle, you might want to make them leave.
Cincinnati vs. Green Bay (Green Bay -9)
The Green Bay defense appears to be for real. They were flying around like madmen against the Bears on Sunday night, and they look to be markedly improved. Throw in a stud quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and a healthy Ryan Grant, and you’ve got a recipe for success.
With that being said, Chad Ochocinco looked like he was ready to finally play again in Week One. If the rest of the team can play better, they can compete with anyone.
Minnesota vs. Detroit (Minnesota -10)
This line is no surprise, considering the Vikings are one of the best teams in the league and the Lions are the worst. Detroit made a lot of changes in the offseason, but you wouldn’t have known it watching them get dismantled against the Saints.
Maybe the Lions pull it together behind Matt Stafford and put up a good game. However, the Vikes look like they are going to be legitimate contenders this year.
Carolina vs. Atlanta (Atlanta -6)
Tony G’s first game in Falcon black looked pretty good. He added another dimension to the offense, even though Michael Turner couldn’t get going on the ground.
Matt Ryan played pretty well in the opener, and the defense did great. They made the Miami offense look ridiculous and held them to seven points.
Last week, the Panthers flat-out were embarrassed by the Eagles. Can Jake Delhomme rebound against the Falcons?
St. Louis vs. Washington (Washington -9.5)
Can the Rams actually score a point this week? They put up a big zero against the Seahawks last week. Can the Redskins rebound from a loss to the G-Men last week? Look for a low-scoring game in this one.
Arizona vs. Jacksonville (Jacksonville -3)
Arizona looked completely lost without offensive coordinator Todd Haley calling the plays. Will Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, and Anquan Boldin be able to right the ship?
Look out for a big game from Maurice Jones-Drew of Jacksonville. He is a threat to rush and receive and has a nose for the end zone.
Seattle vs. San Francisco (San Francisco -1.5)
According to the oddsmakers, this should be a pretty evenly matched game. Expect a pretty good game with a lot of big plays on both sides of the ball. The Seahawks seemed renewed with their quarterback back in the fold. The Niners played a pretty solid game under Mike Singletary.
Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo (Buffalo -5)
The Bills stood toe-to-toe with New England and almost came away with a win. The Bucs pretty much got embarrassed by the Cowboys as Tony Romo threw all over their defense. The running game for the Bucs looked solid with Cadillac Williams and Derrick Ward carrying the ball. This should be a pretty evenly matched game.
Cleveland vs. Denver (Denver -3)
Who was in charge of giving the Broncos the Bengals and the Browns in the first two weeks of the season? Nothing like giving a bad team an easier schedule to start out with.
The McD era started out pretty slowly in Denver, but a lucky fluke of a play gave them the win. Will they be so lucky against the Browns? Look for Brady Quinn to have a solid game against an overrated Denver D.
Baltimore vs. San Diego (San Diego -3)
The Ravens looked downright dominant at times last week yet still almost gave away the game. The Chargers looked a little out of sync but ultimately won the game against the Raiders.
The Ravens defense is still as good as ever, and if last week is any indication, Joe Flacco will be given the green light to pass. Look for a very good game in this one.
Pittsburgh vs. Chicago (Pittsburgh -3)
Although the Steelers win a lot of games, it seems like they always give the other team a chance to win. This one should be no different as Matt Forte and Jay Cutler look to rebound from a disappointing first game.
Cutler had a tough time with Green Bay’s defense, so what should we expect against the Steelers?
New York Giants vs. Dallas (Dallas -3)
Tony Romo rebounded from a poor 2008 to put up a monster game in Week One. The Giants also looked strong again. Look for a very good game between two good teams here.
Indianapolis vs. Miami (Indy -3)
Miami got off to a rough start last week, and it doesn’t get any easier against the Colts. Peyton Manning looked good as always. The loss of Anthony Gonzalez won’t help the offense, but they should still score some points.
Check out Vernon Croy’s Expert NFL Football Picks for Week Two.