NFL: Week 2 Game by Game Predictions
Week two of the highly anticipated NFL season is upon us. There are some fantastic matchups in store. Here is a game by game look along with predictions.
Thursday, September 17th
(0-1)Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns(0-1) at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network
The Bengals were competitive but missed an opportunity to get a winnable game against the Chargers. Cincinnati will have inconsistencies throughout the season. I don’t expect them to win a lot of games, but will derail someone’s season in December and build for 2021. The Browns were undisciplined. A big part of it is because the Ravens will force the opposition into mistakes, some of it was not good enough on the Browns part, and perhaps a lack of preseason games had a role. This game will not be an easy watch, but Cleveland gets back on track with Nick Chubb rushing and Jarvis Landry receiving. Browns 24 Bengals 13 will be the final score, one in which there was not a lot of time to prepare for either side.
Sunday, September 20th
(0-1)Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys(0-1) 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Dallas had an opportunity slip with a controversial push-off decision working in Jalen Ramsey’s favor. The Falcons did not show much resistance defensively. I expect Ezekiel Elliott to have a strong day. Dak Prescott will run for a touchdown and throw two others. The Cowboys defense makes a few stops down the stretch. Dallas wins 35-24.
(0-1)New York Giants at Chicago Bears(1-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Chicago snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last week. They were very fortunate to avoid taking a late sucker-punch with six seconds left a drop by D’Andre Swift and completed a seventeen-point fourth-quarter comeback. I don’t think Daniel Jones is ready for prime time and the Bears will be able to contain Saquon Barkley. I don’t think Mitchell Trubisky has to do much in this game in order to win. The Bears win convincingly, 30-13.
(1-0)Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans(1-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Jacksonville found a way to earn a win against a divisional rival after trailing much of the game. Three touchdowns to three different receivers by Gardner Minshew is impressive. Still, I like Tennessee at home. Mike Vrabel is a great coach, and I recall that the Titans were able to slow down the Jaguars on a Thursday night last year. Tennessee will play great defense and get a lead to be able to utilize Derrick Henry. The game will be close, but the Titans take it 24-20.
(0-1)Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(0-1) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Tampa Bay is still a good NFL team despite looking second best against the Saints. I think Teddy Bridgewater and Tom Brady each throw two touchdown passes in this NFC South confrontation. Christian McCaffery will indeed get the ball in a short-yardage situation in the fourth quarter and help his team keep pace on the scoreboard. However, these Buccaneers know that they go west to Denver next week. Tampa gets the ball last in a tie score and kicks a field goal with no time remaining to win their home opener, 27-24.
(0-1)Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers(1-0) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Pittsburgh continues to play great defense courtesy of Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt. Pittsburgh took advantage of the slant routes against the New York Giants defense. The Steelers at home go to 2-0 this week following a 31-20 victory against the Broncos. The chemistry on offense clicks, which is why they come out on the right side of the scoreboard.
(1-0)Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles(0-1) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Draft class of 2016 members Jared Goff and Carson Wentz encounter once again. Though the Eagles have had the upper hand in recent years, I like the Rams to travel to the east coast and disrupt the suspect Philadelphia offensive line. Even though he will draw a lot of attention, Aaron Donald will cause chaos. The Los Angeles no-huddle offense did a lot of good things against Dallas. I think McVay’s team will go back to that tactic this Sunday to see if he can tire out the defense to get a firm grip on the flow of the game. Rams 30 Eagles 20 in Pennsylvania.
(0-1)San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets(0-1) at 1:00 PM on FOX
Another game hailing a team from the west coast playing an early Sunday game in the Eastern time zone in Week 2. Raheem Mostert will be able to break some on runs in the second half. The defense plays better, getting multiple turnovers to create short fields. The 49ers will lick their wounds after a tough loss against Arizona to avoid an 0-2 hole, 36-18.
(1-0)Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins(0-1) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Buffalo has a great chance to go 2-0 not just overall, but in the AFC East, one that is there for the taking with Tom Brady switching conferences. The Bills have the know-how, having qualified two of the last three years, but they know that if they can win the division, they can secure top-four status and host a playoff game unlike 2017 and 2019. Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Miami offense could only find the end zone after the Patriots turned it over. The Dolphins offense will have to go back to the drawing board again because Buffalo is a stout unit defensively. The Bills win 20-10.
(0-1)Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts(0-1) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
Two teams will try to get off the canvas invade the Hoosier State. Minnesota could not go score for score in chasing Green Bay. Historically, the Colts have had the Vikings number, so I think the trend is due to end. Adam Thielen and Olabisi Johnson stretch the Indianapolis defense to loosen them up. Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison wear down the Indianapolis defense. As a result, Minnesota evens their 2020 NFL mark by the final score of 32-20.
(0-1)Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers(1-0) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
It was a really tough loss for the Lions last week because they have the difficult task of putting it behind them. As if that’s not enough, the Packers are next up on the schedule. Green Bay put a forty-three point spot in Minneapolis last week. I think Davante Adams goes nuts again and does even better than his 156 yards, two-touchdown outing. Green Bay 42, Detroit 28 the final numbers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
(1-0)Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals(1-0) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX
It is hard to understate the character shown by Washington after falling behind by seventeen points. The defense kicked it up an extra gear, making things tough on Carson Wentz. Ron Rivera was a great hire and will continue to be successful, but this week, Arizona plays from ahead most of the game and Chase Edmonds catches a late touchdown from Kyle Murray. The Cardinals beat Washington 27-24.
(1-0)Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans(0-1) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS
After a great defensive performance against Cleveland, the Ravens get a chance at another team with playoff aspirations. Baltimore looks to be in gear, they do not show any signs of slowing down. I think Houston is about to get out coached and outplayed again like last year’s game in Maryland. Ravens are balanced offensively, and they get the road win, 35-17.
(1-0)Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers(1-0) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS
Outside of a dropped touchdown early on in proceedings, there was not a whole lot that went wrong for the Chiefs last Thursday versus the Houston Texans. The teams are familiar with one another, still, I believe Kansas City gets a comfortable win 37-20. Though color commentators over the years talk about defenses traditionally having an edge early in the season, it will not be the case in this game.
(1-0)New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks(1-0) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
Russell Wilson at home is very difficult to beat. He was razor-sharp in Atlanta and I see that continuing. Cam Newton will make plays with his arms and legs. New England controlled the clock last week, which will serve them well to stay close. The Seahawks need the fourth quarter in order to pull away. Their defense forces field goals in a good cross-conference game, 27-17.
Monday, September 21st
(1-0)New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders(1-0) at 8:20 PM ET on ABC and ESPN
I came away really impressed with the Saints’ defense. They were very aggressive, coming away with two interceptions against Tampa Bay. However, in this game, I see this being a high-scoring NFL game in the brand new stadium in Nevada. The Raiders put on a good show because they have a committee of receivers like Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs, and Nelson Agholor. Still, the New Orleans offense get big plays time after time from Jared Cook and Michael Thomas. New Orleans beats Las Vegas 38-35.
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