Whenever the Patriots have their backs to the wall they seem to be at their most dangerous. Through two games without Tom Brady who is serving a four game suspension the Patriots have continued to win even without Rob Gronkowski. A big part of their success was Jimmy Garoppolo who has played well in Brady’s absence, but now with a sprained shoulder the Patriots will be forced to turn to third stringer Jacoby Brissett. The Texans defense meanwhile is off to a strong start with J.J. Watt dominating in the first two games. Brissett will have to pull a miracle to win this game.
After a disappointing loss to the Patriots in Week 1, the Cardinals bounced back in a big way last week against the Buccaneers. The Bills meanwhile have been absolutely awful on defense, and confused on offense, leading to the dismissal of Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman. However, the problem is their defense which has lost several key players up front and are poorly matched in the secondary. With Larry Fitzgerald coming to town, chances are things will continue to get ugly as the Ryan Twins will likely be the next to be thrown over the falls in a barrel.
So far the Vikings defense has been impressive, more than making up for the loss of Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. However, now that they have also lost leading rusher Adrian Peterson, it will be a much tougher task for the purple people. Cam Newton has been erratic at times in the first two games, as his mistakes kept the Niners in the game last week. Cam Newton needs to be better if the Panthers are to continue to win. With this game at home that should be easier for Carolina, as Luke Kuechly has a big day teeing off on Sam Bradford.
Trevor Siemian hits the road for the first time as the Broncos after winning their first two games in Denver take on the Bengals in Cincinnati. The Broncos have played in Cincy the previous two season late in the year. Both games, saw the Bengals control much of the action, winning in 2014 and losing last year. The Bengals had plenty of chances to win that game in Week 16 last season as it went to overtime without Andy Dalton. With Dalton back and the Broncos without DeMarcus Ware, this sets up well for the Bengals in their home opener.
The Packers so far have not been at their sharpest as they struggled in the heat of Jacksonville and lost in Minnesota. Finally, at home for the first time, they need a strong showing. Last year the Lions won for the first at Lambeau Field since 1991, though they tried like hell to blow it. The Lions have blown fourth quarter leads in their first two games, while they bounced back at the end in Game 1 they were not as lucky last week. The Packers get a big boost from the cheese heads as Aaron Rodgers gets the offense back on track with an easy win.
Last week the Ravens got off to a rough start on the road, as the Browns scored three early touchdowns. However, after returning a blocked PAT for two points, they were able to rally and beat the pitiful Browns. The Jaguars after a morale victory in Week 1 against the Packers were embarrassed in Week 2 in San Diego. Back home, I see them looking more like the team in the opener, as the Ravens who are fortunate to be 2-0 finally pay for their mediocre play.
Forget Pat Sajak and Vanna White the new game that everyone loves is Wheel of Quarterback as Cody Kessler becomes the fifth starter in five games for the haplessly inept Cleveland Browns. In each of their first two games, the Browns lost a QB to injury. The Dolphins defense meanwhile have hurt two quarterbacks in their first two games. The prediction as Clubber Lang would say, pain. Next up is Charlie Whitehurst. The Dolphins who last week nearly rallied to beat the Patriots in Foxboro get their first win of the season in their Hard Rock Stadium opener.
Last year when Josh Norman was with the Panthers, he was able to frustrate and torment Odell Beckham Jr. into committing three personal foul penalties, leading to a NFL rule change. Norman will now face Beckham twice a season with the Redskins and the trash talking has been ongoing since the pre-season. The Redskins who have not had much success at the Meadowlands in recent years face a must at 0-2. Kirk Cousins has been awful so far, last week throwing a killer pick in the endzone, while routinely overthrowing wide open receivers. Cousins struggles continue as Beckham gets the best of Norman for a Giants win.
in the first two games, the Raiders offense has been terrific as their defense has been horrific Winning in New Orleans but losing at home to Atlanta has their fans looking to guzzle Mylanta. Who knows what we will see as the silver and black saunter down to Tennessee in Week three. Derek Carr to Amari Cooper can take the Raiders far, but if their defense continues to stumble Marcus Mariota will be the game’s star. Going East for the early kickoff has usually made the Raiders look lame, which is why the Titans will win the game.
The Seahawks offense has looked rather anemic in the first two games, as their offensive line has been porous giving Russell Wilson little or no time to throw the ball as they have scored just a total of 15 points so far. Their defense meanwhile has been solid allowing just one touchdown in two games. The Niners offense has not looked too bad behind Blane Gabbert. However, Seattle’s 12th man has been San Francisco’s bogey man with the Seahawks dominating the Niners at home. Look for that trend to continue as the Seahawks defense gets a win and does not allow a TD for the second straight week.
The Rams had a successful return to Los Angeles last week, as they beat the Seahawks at the Coliseum. However, they did so without a touchdown and have yet to find the endzone this season. The Buccaneers meanwhile have been up and down, looking strong in Atlanta in Week 1 and get poleaxed in Week 2 in Arizona. Coming home the Bucs should be able to erase the bad taste of the desert air and make the Rams walk the plank.
Maybe the Colts need to set their alarm clocks to be an hour ahead, because far too often they don’t appear to be ready at the start of the game. The same early jitters hit them in the season as they have now started 0-2 for a third straight season. Each of the last two years, the Colts were able to get on track in Week 3. The Chargers come in hobbled losing two key offensive pieces Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead in their first two games. That loss will begin to sting as Andrew Luck has just enough to get the Colts a win at home.
Both teams come in at 1-1, with the Chiefs having their issues falling behind early. The Jets may be without Brandon Marshall who suffered a sprained knee in Buffalo last week. The Chiefs secondary and defense are much stronger than the Bills and the Chiefs have a much better offense. Look for Kansas City to take control of the game early as Marshall’s knee becomes an issue whether he plays or not preventing the Jets from getting their offense on track.
It’s been a party so for in Pennsylvania as both the Steelers and Eagles have gotten off to 2-0 starts. The Eagles have done so with rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz showing veteran poise without a turnover. The Eagles though have played light completion with the Browns and Bears looking quite putrid. The Steelers have played two 2015 playoff teams and have been sharp on both sides of the ball. Look for Pittsburgh to take Pennsylvania bragging rights as the Eagles will have no answers for Antonio Brown.
In his first two games, Dak Prescott has had a good accounting playing in place of the injured Tony Romo. The Bears meanwhile have hardly looked like a team with a direction. Their defense has been soft and their offense is the gang that can’t shoot straight, add to the fact that Jay Cutler has another slight booboo and needs to be in traction sending Brian Hoyer to start the game. Hoyer has never accounted for much on fans across America wonder why are we seeing this team in primetime again.
Ten years ago the Saints triumphantly returned to the Superdome with an emotionally stirring win over the arch-rival Falcons. The anniversary of that game will be celebrated as they face the Falcons again on Monday Night Football. The Saints have lost two tantalizing close games, having a chance to win each. The Falcons meanwhile have been up and down, losing at home but winning in Oakland. Defense has been troublesome so far for the dirty birds as well as the Saints. This one has shootout written all over it, with Drew Brees once again getting the best off Matt Ryan.