How great is it to have football back? And how entertaining were those games? Answer: VERY.
Huge comebacks, blowouts and injuries galore. So basically everything happened in week one.
10-6 to start my season. Not too shabby. Here’s what I’m thinking goes down in week 2.
Thursday Night Football
- Steelers @ Ravens: With all the bad press surrounding the Ravens, look for the team on the field to rally together and pick up their first win. Not to mention Pittsburgh was not impressive in their win over the Browns. So give me a defensive struggle ending in a home victory. BALTIMORE WINS
Sunday 1PM Games
- Dolphins @ Bills: An AFC match-up of two teams I thought would be 0-1 for, yet here we are, with one team set to move to 2-0. Buffalo’s success hinges on their run game, while the Dolphins pass attack is key. Neither starting quarterback is proven, but right now, give me Ryan Tannehill to lead his squad to a road win, and a perch atop the AFC for another week. MIAMI WINS
- Lions @ Panthers: Still no word as to whether the Panthers will have starting QB Cam Newton back. But they’ve shown they can win without him. However, the Detroit Lions looked like a team ready to finally take the next step in week 1. They’re healthy and Matthew Stafford played a smart, mistake free game. I’m thinking Detroit moves to 2-0, even if Newton is healthy and on the field. DETROIT WINS
- Falcons @ Bengals: Both teams looked pretty good on Sunday. Matt Ryan had maybe the best game of his career in the come-from-behind win over the Saints, while Andy Dalton looked solid. The difference was the play of the defenses. Sure Atlanta made the plays to win the game, but the Bengals front-seven were on point from the jump against Baltimore. Look for Cincy to get their first of many wins at home. CINCINNATI WINS
- Patriots @ Vikings: Sunday was one of the single worst performances I’ve ever seen out of Tom Brady and the Pats. And I don’t think the Vikings are as good as they looked. So what gives? It’s not often New England has two bad games in a row. So as long as Brady is healthy, I’m taking the Patriots. NEW ENGLAND WINS
- Saints @ Browns: The offense was great, the defense not so much for New Orleans a week ago. But expect better things at home, where it’s tough for opponents in the Superdome. Cleveland looked good in the 2nd half last week, but are without starting running back Ben Tate, and could be without superstar in the making, tight-end Jordan Cameron. Look out for a big day from wide-out Marques Colston for the Saints following a rare fumble that led to the Falcons game-winner last week. NEW ORLEANS WINS
- Cowboys @ Titans: Dallas’ defense looked as good as expected… note the sarcasm. But the real concern is Tony Romo and the offense. There were no positives, and the Titans at home could prove to be too much to handle. Give me another win-less week for the NFC East squad. TENNESSEE WINS
- Cardinals @ Giants: This is a tough one. The Cardinals offense wasn’t great in week 1. And the Giants defense, after the 1st quarter, did all it could to keep New York in the game against Detroit. But the G-Men’s offense looked bad and the Cardinals defense could have a field day. I wouldn’t be surprised if New York finds a way at home, but I’m still taking the Cards in this one. ARIZONA WINS
- Jaguars @ Redskins: Eventually Washington will win again. But I don’t think it happens this week. Until they figure out how to get RGIII going on the ground again, this offense just isn’t the same as it was a couple years ago. The Jags defense is much improved and their young guys on offense showed something in week 1, despite losing. JACKSONVILLE WINS
Sunday 4:05/4:25PM Games
- Seahawks @ Chargers: It would be weird for San Diego to start out 0-2, even after their slow start a year ago. But the Hawks are just too good. I would be very surprised if the reigning champs don’t start 2-0 this year. SEATTLE WINS
- Rams @ Buccaneers: Before the season started, I would’ve said this game would be won by the team who makes the fewest mistakes. Two very good defenses, but two teams with new QBs. But the Rams are already in a downfall as they could start their 3rd string quarterback on the road in week 2. So give me a fairly easy victory for the Bucs, who could be 2-0 by weeks end. TAMPA BAY WINS
- Chiefs @ Broncos: Kansas City isn’t as bad as they were good last season, so if this weren’t a road game for them, I’d give them a chance in this one. But despite almost blowing a 24-0 lead to Indianapolis, the Broncos are too good at home to pick against. DENVER WINS
- Jets @ Packers: New York got a huge boost from the run game in their season opening win. The Packers were blown out by the Seahawks, but they didn’t look horrible doing so. So as good as the Jets defense is, I can’t go against Aaron Rodgers at home here. GREEN BAY WINS
Sunday Night Football
- Texans @ Raiders: So JJ Watt is still really good. The Texans offense wasn’t spectacular in week 1, but it didn’t need to be. Oakland was okay on both ends to open up their season on the road. But Houston’s defense is better than the Jets, so despite being around their silver and black faithful, give me Houston to start another season 2-0. HOUSTON WINS
- Bears @ 49ers: Chicago lost a heart-breaker in overtime, while the Niners defense had some fun against Dallas to open their seasons. San Fran is going to be near the top of the league all season, so give me them to keep pace with the defending champs and move to 2-0. SAN FRANCISCO WINS
Monday Night Football
- Eagles @ Colts: It took a half for both of these teams to wake up from the off-season. Luckily for Philly, they were able to recover for a win, while Indy was facing the AFC Champs. Neither defense showed much in week 1, but at home, Andrew Luck has been great in his young career, so I’m looking for both sides to be 1-1 on the young season by Tuesday morning. INDIANAPOLIS WINS