September 16, 2012

Week 2 in the NFL headlined by Manning, Ryan Monday night

Last week: 10-6

WEEK 2

THURSDAY
Bears @ Packers

SUNDAY
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-1) 1 p.m.
Both of these teams have high expectations for their season, especially the Bills after they rebuilt their defensive line.  Last week they looked bad against the Jets on offense, defense and special teams. The good news is that they have no where to go but up.  Normally I would lean toward the home team but the Chiefs have enough talent to take this one on the road.  Jamaal Charles should see plenty of work to keep the Bills pass rush on its heels.  Chiefs 23, Bills 17

Cleveland Browns (0-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Browns lost by only one point last week, but both of their first round picks (Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson) underperformed.  They both have talent but the Bengals should bounce back from the beating they took from the Ravens last week.  BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a solid game as he is accustomed to having, but look for A.J. Green to explode this week.  Bengals 24, Browns 21

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Andrew Luck's first start was also his first 300-yard game, but he also threw three interceptions.  As you can see from his stat line, Luck did some good things and some bad things.  The Vikings pass rush should force some of those bad things today.  The Vikings will rely on Adrian Peterson again this week. Peterson was a game-time decision last week and ended up with 84 yards and two TDs.  The Vikings will get a good game from Luck and the Colts but they will have enough to win.  Vikings 31, Colts 29

New Orleans Saints (0-1) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1)
This one could be an offensive show with Cam Newton and Drew Brees at their respective helms.  The Saints lost to Robert Griffin III last week which was a surprise.  They will bounce back because not many teams will make the playoffs after going 0-2. Both teams know this and it will be a battle.  Saints 36, Panthers 19

Houston Texans (1-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
The Texans are a solid bunch just looking at the talent they have on both sides of the ball.  The Jaguars, well, have nice weather for most of the year.  Besides Maurice Jones-Drew and a couple others, the Jags are lacking in a number of areas, including QB.  They will have a tough season.  Texans 24, Jags 12

Oakland Raiders (0-1) @ Miami Dolphins (0-1)
This is another one of those games where each team probably isn't good enough for the playoffs and if you are one that chooses the safe way, you would pick the Dolphins at home.  I on the other hand will pick the Raiders because the Dolphins just aren't talented compared to most of the league.  The Raiders can throw it and run it.  The Dolphins can almost run it and definitely can't pass it, so they are going for a high draft pick this year.  Raiders 21, Dolphins 16

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) @ New England Patriots (1-0)
Each and every game the number 1 priority for the Patriots is to protect Tom Brady.  If they can do that, then this game is in the bag.  The Cardinals don't seem like a team that has much on offense to stay with the Patriots.  If you are a Pats fan you have to be excited by the defense and the running game.  Those were the two weaknesses last season, but this is a new year.  Patriots 34, Cardinals 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) @ New York Giants (0-1)
The defending champion Giants laid an egg on Wednesday night last week.  No one was worse than Victor Cruz who dropped at least four passes.  He and Eli Manning will have better luck against the Buccaneers.  Tampa Bay could have some success throwing the ball because they have a decent QB and some good talent around him.  The Giants will get their act together enough to win this one. Giants 24, Bucs 14
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The battle of the birds would be quite easy to choose if this scenario happened in the wild.  Go eagles, but we were not talking about the birds.  The Ravens demolished the Bengals and the Eagles just slipped by. The Ravens have an improving offense and a aging, yet stout defensive front. The Eagles could be without DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, so without them, they don't have the talent surrounding Vick.  Ravens 20 Eagles 14

Washington Redskins (1-0) @ St. Louis Rams (0-1) 4 p.m.
Robert Griffin III had one of the best debuts in NFL history last weekend.  The Skins surprised the favored Saints and outscored them for the win.  RG3 has my vote for rookie of the year and I think he will be better than Vick was in his rookie year.  The Skins defense is strong this year which should hinder the progress of the Rams.  The Rams are struggling for talent on offense so they will not be winning a shootout.  Skins 37, Rams 16

Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-1) 
The Cowboys played a great game against the Giants on the league's opening night.  The Cowboys could have been overlooked this offseason, but if Tony Romo can keep his turnovers down then they will be in a great position to bet in the playoffs.  The Seahawks have a their 12th man in their crowd which makes it hard to audible and hear what is going on. Russell Wilson will lead the Seahawks to their first win today as the streaky Cowboys fall.  Seahawks 26, Cowboys 24

New York Jets (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
I admit that I was wrong about the Jets last week and they showed everyone that they are better than advertised.  The Steelers could be without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison on defense.  Even without their two stars the Steelers can't afford to lose two in a row, so I can see them playing much better offensively this week and making a couple plays on defense. Steelers 24, Jets 14

Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-0)
Tennessee got smacked around by the Patriots last week and even more alarming was that Chris Johnson was kept in check all day. He didn't even get double digits in yards.  The Chargers will be able to do what they want against the Titans especially on defense.  Their isn't much talent at receiver for the Titans besides Kenny Britt who has been suspended earlier this year. Chargers 33, Titans 24

Detroit Lions (1-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (1-0) 8:20 p.m.
What a big game! The last time these two played was last season in Detroit and the two coaches almost ended up fighting it out.  The Lions and 49ers have different offenses but both have strong defenses that can carry them throughout the season. The 49ers are a scary team in the NFC and should go deep in the playoffs.  The Lions have great talent on offense and should keep this game really close.  49ers 21, Lions 20

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Denver Broncos (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Peyton Manning vs. Matt Ryan. A great way to end week two.  I really like the Falcons because of their skilled positions on offense. Julio Jones is a beast.  Manning showed everyone last week that he is almost back to his old self.  The Falcons will take this one but it will be a struggle.  Manning is once again a football legend, but he will throw one pick late in the game to lose this one.  Falcons 21, Broncos, 14