NFL Week 2 Predictions

DeAndre Pearson

Graphic by Drew McDonald

As we continue to get the NFL season rolling, here are my predictions for this week’s games.

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) vs Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

The Ravens visit the Bengals following a 47-3 beatdown on the Bills. Featuring a revamped offense, they will look to avenge their bitter loss against Cincinnati, which cost them the chance of competing in last year’s playoffs. This game will be a lot closer than people would expect. Nevertheless, the Ravens will still come out with a good win, 24-20.

Carolina Panthers (1-0) vs Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

The Panthers will take on the Falcons in Week 2. Cam Newton will continue to do what he does best, but the speedy bruiser will need help taking on the Falcons in Atlanta. Despite a number of key players listed as questionable, the Falcons still will rely on their passing game, especially after Julio Jones had a monster performance against the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Falcons win, 17-9.

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) vs Washington Redskins (1-0)

The Colts will have a very tough task of going on the road to face the Redskins. With the additions of Alex Smith and Adrian Peterson, the Redskins will pick up a relatively easy win at home. Redskins win, 21-10.

Houston Texans (0-1) vs Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Both teams found themselves on the losing end of in their Week One matchups. Although the Titans are heavily favored at home, the Texans have more playmakers than the Titans. Texans win, 17-10

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

The reigning Super Bowl Champions head south to take on the Bucs. This should be an interesting matchup since Carson Wentz is still listed as doubtful and Jameis Winston is currently suspended. With Nick Foles at the helm, Eagles should grab the win, although Ryan Fitzpatrick and others will try to steal a win. The Eagles advance, 24-13.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)

It will be a clash of high-powered offenses when the Chiefs visit Pittsburgh this on Sept. 16. The Chiefs will be coming from a commanding 38-28 win while the Steelers are recovering from a strange 21-21 tie against Cleveland. I’ll say this again, the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming from a 21-21 tie against Cleveland. With running back Le’Veon Bell not on the depth chart, it seems the Steelers are currently moving on. This game will boil down to which quarterback performs better, the hot-shot Patrick Mahomes or the great Ben Roethlisberger? I think the Chiefs steal one on the road in a close contest, 34-31.

Miami Dolphins (1-0) vs New York Jets (1-0)

The Dolphins travel to East Rutherford, New Jersey after a win over the Tennessee Titans, while the New York Jets grabbed a win over the Detroit Lions. This will be another good test for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who recovered greatly after throwing an early interception in his debut. With a healthy offense, “Sammy D” will deliver again and bring joy to the Jets faithful, 24-13.

San Diego Chargers (0-1) vs Buffalo Bills (0-1)

Both teams face each other after rough defeats in their week 1 matchups. The Chargers have more veteran experience and should easily grab their first win of the season over rookie Josh Allen and the Bills. Final Score: 31-9.

Minnesota Vikings (1-0) vs Green Bay Packers (1-0)

The Vikings visit their NFC North rivals on the road in Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is currently listed as questionable, after his miraculous performance against the Chicago Bears. Minnesota has a really good change to earn a quality win on the road if Rodgers is not healthy. Green Bay will win if Rodgers is in, 27-20.

Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) vs New Orleans Saints (0-1)

The Browns head to New Orleans after a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. With a brand new offense, the Browns will look to prove doubters wrong and can send that message with a win over the Saints. New Orleans is home from a 48-40 defeat to Tampa Bay and are looking for the first win of the season. Although the Browns looked impressive at times against the Steelers, the Saints should be victorious, 28-17.

Detroit Lions (0-1) vs San Francisco (0-1)

The 49ers host the Lions after 24-16 defeat to the Vikings, while the Lions were defeated by the Jets. Both quarterbacks had a terrible stat line in their games and will put on a show. The 49ers should be able to take advantage of a pass-happy attack from the Lions and win, 33-21.

Arizona Cardinals (0-1) vs Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

The Cardinals will have their hands full with a loaded Rams team. To make matters worse they will be on the road in L.A .  The Rams will win this matchup, 27-10.

New England Patriots (1-0) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

It’s the rematch of the year. The Patriots come to Duval and take on the Jags. The last time these two teams met, it was for the AFC Championship with the winner going to the Super Bowl. Tensions will run high as “Sacksonville” will look to get revenge and show the NFL who’s boss in the AFC. I think this is the game to watch and I believe the Jags will get a quality win at home, 24-21.

Oakland Raiders (0-1) vs Denver Broncos (1-0)

The winless Raiders go on to mile-high city to take on the Broncos. After defensive star Khalil Mack left, the Raiders defense were definitely exposed in their loss against the Rams. The Raiders also have a list of key players that are on the injury list to add to their woes. Combine that with a fully healthy Broncos team and you have a recipe for disaster. Broncos win, 27-13.

New York Giants (0-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

The Giants head to “Jerry World” in their second week of the season. Both teams are searching for their first win on the season. Dallas will be heavily favored since they are the hosts, but the Giants will have their playmakers, ready and able to come out with the win. Giants will come home with the win, 20-13.

Seattle Seahawks (0-1) vs Chicago Bears (0-1)

To wrap up week two, the Seahawks will square off against “Da Bears” in Monday Night Football. Both teams will need a statement win and this would be the perfect opportunity. The Bears will win 19-13, mainly because they will be simply healthier and have hold field advantage.  The 12th man can’t help the Seahawks in this game.

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