Two teams who played terrible football in Week 1, meet on Thursday Night hoping to avoid a 0-2 start. The Texans got buried by the Jaguars early as Tom Savage was awful in the first half before being replaced by Deshaun Watson. Andy Dalton was not much better with four interceptions and a fumble in a shut loss at home to the Ravens. Watson looked capable when he came on in the second half. The Texans defense on national television should come out strong which is bad news for Dalton who usually struggles under the lights. Look for turnovers to be on the menu as Houston wins on the road.
It looked like the Baltimore Ravens of old as they went into Cincinnati in Week 1 and shutout the Bengals. The Ravens defense picked off Andy Dalton four times and forced a fumble, as Joe Flacco did just enough to pace the offense. The Browns lost to the Steelers at home in the opener but had many positives as Deshone Kizer looked solid in his NFL debut as the Browns coming off a 1-15 season, lost by a field goal. Things by tougher on the road for Kizer and the young Browns, but expect the same type of result a loss, with reasons to be optimistic the corner is being turned in Cleveland.
Two teams coming off wins in the opener meet in Carolina to see which team in finer. The Bills got a big game from LeSean McCoy in their win over the lowly Jets at home, while the Panthers looking to bounce back after a disappointing 6-10 season trotted the horrendous 49ers on the road. The Bills in truth are not much better than the Jets, as they have just one worthwhile player on offense and that’s McCoy, while the Panthers with the addition of Christian McCaffrey. Looking for the Panthers to come out strong in their home opener and win easily.
Both of these teams are crippled by injuries already. The Colts have no clue when Andrew Luck will be able to play, as their All-Pro Quarterback has yet to throw a football in practice following off season shoulder surgery. The Cardinals may have lost David Johnson for the rest of the season with a dislocated wrist in Week 1. Carson Palmer struggled as the Cardinals lost their opener in Detroit. The Colts meanwhile look like a disaster after a hideous loss in L.A. to the 49ers as Coach Chuck Pagano says. Jacoby Brissett should get the start because he can’t be worse than Scott Tolzien, though it won’t matter as the Pagano watch has begun in Indy.
Last week the Jaguars went down to Houston and rolled all over the Texans 29-7 as free agent acquisition Calais Campbell had four sacks in his Jacksonville debut. The Jaguars as a team had ten sacks, as they ended Week 1 alone atop the AFC South. The Titans played well in their opener but lost at home to the Raiders. Overall, I believe the Titans are a better team though the Jaguars will be extra fired up in their home opener making things tough. In the end, it will come down to the better quarterback, as Marcus Mariota makes the big pass, while Blake Bortles reminds everyone he is still Blake Bortles.
The Kansas City Chiefs come home to Arrowhead Stadium after marching up and down the field at Foxboro and handing the defending champion New England Patriots a loss in the NFL’s Thursday Night kickoff. The Eagles meanwhile beat the division rival Redskins on the road. This one is personal for Andy Reid who faces his former team, though few players remain from his time as coach. I can’t see Alex Smith going vertical again, as 300-yard games will remain rare for Kansas City QB, but Kareem Hunt looks like a genuine play maker who after fumbling the first carry set a rookie yardage record in his debut. With a sea of red, I see the Chiefs showing they might be a real contender as they take down the Eagles.
The Patriots waltzed into Gillette Stadium for the Thursday Night opener, raised the banner, booed Roger Goodell and waved those beautiful clown face towels from Barstool Sports. However, when the game was over they were angry and embarrassed giving 42 points. As David Banner once warned you won’t like me when I’m angry, the Saints will pay the price. The Saints defense is awful they can’t get pressure on the quarterback, that is the formula for a big day by Tom Brady who hulks out and will throw for at least 400 yards as the Patriots win easily, with Saints scoring in garbage time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come home to Heinz Field, after sweating through a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, while the Minnesota Vikings looked strong in their Monday Night win over the New Orleans Saints. Both of the teams have the players to be legitimate contenders, with the Vikings rebuilt offensive line hoping to erase the bad taste from last year’s second half meltdown. Sunday will be a real test for the Vikings as Heinz Field is one of the best home fields in the NFL. The Steelers should get just enough out of Le’Veon Bell to win this close battle by a field goal.
After having their opener postponed by Hurricane Irma, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin the season against the Chicago Bears who played well but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. For Mike Glennon, it is a home coming, as the Bears starting quarterback is a former backup in Tampa. You can bet that Glennon will be amped up to show his former team they made a mistake by letting him go. However, there is a reason Mike Glennon was not a starter and that’s Jameis Winston who with the addition of DeSean Jackson could have a big year. Additionally, the Bucs are familiar with Glennon’s mechanics which could lead to a long day for Chicago’s newest single caller.
The Raiders may be on the way to Las Vegas in a few years, but they look to give fans in Oakland something to cheer about in their final few seasons in Oakland. With an impressive road win in Tennessee last week, the Raiders showed clearly they are among the best teams in the AFC. The New York Jets meanwhile look as bad as we thought they were as they sputtered in Buffalo. With the Black Hole in full force for the home opener, this one could get ugly fast. The only chance the Jets have to win is to hope that the Raiders all get arrested or forget to show up at the Oakland Coliseum.
It’s been a week of upheaval for the Miami Dolphins, who had their season opener postponed by Hurricane Irma. With the storm forecasted to strike Miami, the Dolphins relocated to Los Angeles to prepare for the start of the season. With Jay Cutler still learning how to work with his new teammates the rain out could not have hurt Miami more. The Chargers are making their debut in their temporary home in Carson, and though fans are not fired up to fill the 30,000-seat stadium, they have to feel good after nearly rallying from down 17 points on Monday Night. This looks like a tough task for the Dolphins who won’t play at home until October, going around the world literally in the next three weeks.
Two teams coming off primetime wins meet in one of the best games of Week 2. The Dallas Cowboys dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage as they took the down the New York Giants on Sunday Night, while the Denver Broncos held off the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night. The Broncos offensive line is much better than the Giants, so the Cowboys defense should have some of their flaws revealed. The Broncos have an excellent pass rush and a top notch secondary which should slow down the Cowboys offense as well. This will be close, but at altitude, I give the Broncos the edge.
Believe it or not, no team scored more points in Week 1 than the Los Angeles Rams who flattened the Indianapolis Colts 46-9. The Rams are known for a having a strong defense, but in the first game of his second season, Jared Goff looked vastly improved at quarterback. The Washington Redskins meanwhile bumbled and fumbled their way at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins like the Colts are a bit of a mess, which means more fun in the L.A. sun for the Rams as the start 2-0.
Once again, the Seattle Seahawks had a tough time at Lambeau Field, losing to the Green Bay Packers 17-9 in their season opener. For Seattle, there is no place like home, and that is where they excel as perhaps the most dominant home team in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers meanwhile were home in Week 1 and managed just a field goal against the Carolina Panthers. Brian Hoyer is no Aaron Rodgers and the Seahawks defense with the aid of the 12th man are certainly going to be hungry and angry and bad combination for anyone. This game has shutout written all over it.
It’s grand opening in Atlanta, as the Falcons play their first official game at the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Falcons hope to be able to open their flowering roof as they host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons beat Green Bay twice in Atlanta last year and should have the edge. However, fourth quarters are a problem for the Falcons. Look for the Packers to rally and win the game late, as memories of 28-3 continue to swim like sharks around Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons team.
Last week the Detroit Lions got off to a terrible start as they did everything possible to lose against the Arizona Cardinals at home. Fortunately, their defense picked off Carson Palmer three times to get the win at home. The New York Giants meanwhile were rolled over by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football as their offensive line gave one of the most pathetic performances of all-time. Coming home big blue faces a lot of questions as Odell Beckham Jr. is slowly healing. A loss here and the noise from the Meadowlands could wake up Jimmy Hoffa. It will be a struggle for the Giants, but a late field goal will help them escape with a win on Monday Night.