This is an early test for the Falcons as they face the reigning NFC South Champs. The Panthers who lost to the Eagles last week will be the more desperate team, (if you can be desperate this early in the season) as a loss would drop them two games behind the Falcons. Look for the Falcons another strong game from Matt Ryan, as the Falcons improve to 2-0.
It’s the Lions home opener, and for long suffering fans selling out is going to be a chore, especially with Detroit’s economy, this means black outs could be a regular occurrence in Motown. Maybe that will be a good thing, because their two year losing streak won’t end this week against Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
The Packers pulled out a tight game in the final minutes in Week 1 against the Bears, while the Bengals snatched defeat from the clutches of victory at home against the Broncos. This week it won’t be close as the Packers should have a field day, as their improved defense faces a struggling Bengals offense.
For a young up coming team like Texans, who entered the season with playoff aspirations, a 0-2 start could be devastating. The problem is against the Titans on the road a win could be a tall task. The Texans offense looked completely out of sync against the Jets. I don’t expect them to do any better against the Titans who battled the Steelers into overtime on the road.
Last season the Cardinals played like zombies when playing on the East Coast at 1 PM. Bad news is they will be playing early this week as they travel to Jacksonville in a meeting of 0-1 teams. Look for the Cardinals Super Bowl hangover to continue as they lose another in the Eastern sun.
I don’t know if it was the late Monday Night grogginess of midnight, but I was actually impressed by the Raiders as they lost a tough game to the Chargers in Week 1. The Raiders defense physically beat up the Chargers for the better part of three quarters. If they can repeat that performance they should be able to win against a Chiefs team that is not nearly as talented as the Chargers.
The Jets have been trash talking, and against the Patriots in the past that has not been wise. Sure the Jets defense looked good on the road against the Texans, but now this is Tom Brady and the Pats have beaten the Jets in the Meadowlands before. Look for a strong performance by the Jets defense to keep it close, but in the end too much Brady to Moss equals a Pats win.
Drew Brees lit up the Lions in Week 1 with six touchdown passes at home. On the road against the Eagles he will find it much harder. However, without a healthy Donovan McNabb the Eagles may have a hard time winning this game. Look for another strong day from Brees, who takes the early MVP lead, as the Saints edge the Eagles on the road.
The Redskins played well in Week 1 despite losing to the Giants on the road; the Rams meanwhile were silenced in Seattle. Don’t expect things to be much better this week, as the Redskins defense may be even better than the Seahawks. That being said the Rams should break their goose egg, just not their losing streak. Redskins win by two touchdowns.
The Bills suffered another Monday Night meltdown in Week 1 losing to the Patriots on the road, despite outplaying their division foe. The Buccaneers are a team that is rebuilding and road games could be a tough task. Look for a big bounce back day for the Bills as they are able to get Terrell Owens involved and into the endzone more then once.
The Seahawks defense was outstanding in their Week 1 win against the Rams, pitching a shut out at home, while the 49ers smothered the Cardinals on the road. Look for the 49ers in their home opener to continue to make a statement as they take the early lead in the NFC West, by edging the Seahawks in a tough defense battle at Candlestick Park.
Jay Cutler played poorly in Week 1 with four interceptions. However, the Bears still had plenty of chances to win on the road in Lambeau Field. Without Brian Urlacher the Bears defense may not be as strong, but the Steelers will be missing Troy Polamalu, and against a QB like Cutler that could hurt a little more. Look for Cutler to lead a late fourth quarter rally as the Bears pull this one out in the final minutes.
The Broncos seek to go 2-0 in the Josh McDaniel era as they look to complete the Ohio sweep. Nothing can help a two game winning streak, better then facing the Bengals and Browns. You won’t be impressed again, but the Broncos will find a way again, as they beat the Browns in a sloppy meeting of two former Bill Belichick disciples who both think they are God’s gift to football.
The Chargers struggled at times in Week 1 on the road against the Raiders, but in the end pulled it out as Phillip Rivers played well when it mattered most. The Ravens defense could present some of the same problems to the Chargers this week. However, with the energy of the home crowd look for the Chargers to get things rolling a little earlier as the Ravens defense may not be as strong as it was in the past.
Nobody is a better party pooper then the New York Giants, as seen when they stomped over the coronation of the Patriots on the way to winning Super Bowl XLII 18 months ago. Now in the regular season opener at Cowboys Stadium they look to spoil the party again. The Giants are the more talented better coached team and Jerry Jones will have a nice view of it on full display on his 60 yard wide video screen.
Last week the Dolphins stubbed their toe as they committed four turnovers against the Falcons on the road. The secret to their success last year was avoiding the big mistake, making such a performance unlikely to happen again. Look for them to get the Wild Cat rolling in their home opener, as they hand Peyton Manning and the Colts, who will sorely miss Anthony Gonzalez, a rare Monday Night loss.