After an overtime loss in the opener to the Steelers, the Falcons come home hoping to get their offense on track. Against the Cardinals who are making the long cross country trip expect them to get the opportunity. Look for a strong game from Matt Ryan and Michael Turner as the Falcons win easy.
Last week the Panthers had their chances to spoil the Giants opener at Meadowlands Stadium, but were done in by five turnovers, while the Bucs earned a win against the Browns at home. The Buccaneers should be better, but they are not quite good enough to win games on the road. Look for the Panthers to get a nice comfortable win in their home opener.
Against another USC quarterback the Ravens defense gets to show its strength in the pass rush. The Bengals last week scored much of their 24 points in garbage and even their home opener will have trouble getting on track as Ray Lewis looks hungry. Expect a strong game from Joe Flacco as the Bengals will have no solution for Anquan Boldin and the Ravens balanced attack.
The Browns are just one giant mess. Eric Mangini and his secret police style of coaching have turned the Browns into the clowns of the NFL. Who will start at quarterback on Sunday? Only Mangini seems to know, if it’s Jake Delhomme which seems likely the Browns may win, but if not the Chiefs can expect to be sitting pretty at 2-0 by the time the game is over.
One team won last week and did not deserve too, the other simply took aim and shot themselves in the foot in a loss to hated division rival. For the Bears who nearly suffered an embarrassing home loss to the Lions, there is no question they need to play better, while the Cowboys know they can’t continue to make mistakes, but in their home opener they will make a statement as they run all over the Bears all day.
Fate my not be the friend of Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, who will likely miss this game with a concussion. Last week the Eagles struggled with Kolb and nearly came all the way back to win with Michael Vick. This week with Vick starting look for the Eagles to soar to victory over a Lions team playing with a back up QB in Shaun Hill; only making the rope shorter for impatient Eagle fans when it comes to Kolb.
The Packers had a solid win on the road last week in Philadelphia, coming home expect things to open up as they will need to rely on QB Aaron Rogers with RB Ryan Grant lost for the season. Against the woeful Bills it should be a field day at Lambeau as the Packers will be able to name the score.
Even in their win over the lowly Bills last week, the Dolphins defense showed they are vulnerable to the pass, facing a quarterback that actually knows how to throw a football this week; that is not good. Home opener in Minnesota, this is a nearly impossible situation for the Dolphins. Look for a big day for Brett Favre as the Vikings get back on track after their opening game loss.
Even if the Steelers had Ben Roethlisberger in at quarterback this would be a tough game for them to win as they go to Tennessee to face the Titans. With Chris Johnson seeming to be unstoppable look for the Titans to take advantage of two home games to start 2-0, as they look to get back in the playoffs, while Dennis Dixon finds playing on the road tough.
Historically the Seahawks have had their troubles in Denver. However, historically the Broncos have not been this bad. Look for the Seahawks to build off their promising Week 1 win by going on the road and stopping the Broncos nonexistent offense, as they are stuck trying to find out who should be carrying the ball while they try to find ways to get first round pick Tim Tebow involved.
The Raiders and Rams used to call Los Angeles home, and now they just spend time wandering the tunnels of Oakland and St. Louis in last place. Sam Bradford played well in his Rams debut last week at home, but in his first round game against the Raiders who have a decent pass defense expect their to be plenty of turnovers, as the Raiders will be glad to not see Chris Johnson carrying the ball against them.
Who is slouch that is the question as these two heated division rivals meet? The Jets continue to talk despite an ugly performance in the opener. This is a must win for the Jets who envision themselves as a Super Bowl team. Despite an anemic offense they only lost by one point to an elite team. The Pats are strong too, but the Jets defense will hold the key as they can get just enough offense to get back on track with a win.
After a bad Monday Night loss the Chargers will look to rebound in their home opener. With the Jaguars making the cross country road trip this should come easily. Look for a better game from Rookie RB Ryan Matthews and QB Phillip Rivers, as the Jaguars are a mediocre team that will have trouble winning on the road, and against teams that are playoff contenders.
The Redskins hope to do the Texas two step as they face the Texans in their second straight home game. Meanwhile fresh off a win over the Colts, the Texans hope to start 2-0 and get some momentum moving forward. It will be impossible for Arian Foster to match what he did in Week 1, but the Texans are a good bet to win again. They have a strong defense, and the Redskins offense looked out of sync in the opener. Look for that to be the difference as Matt Schaub out plays Donovan McNabb.
After a Week 1 loss where their defense was torched by Arian Foster, the Colts head into their home opener with perhaps their most important regular season game in years. A winless postseason is not cause for concern in Colts land, but when you add 0-2 then it’s time to panic. With Peyton Manning facing little brother Eli it’s hard to imagine the Colts giving anything less than their best effort in prime time. Expect another 300 yard game for Peyton as the Colts gallop to a win.
Heading into the season, the 49ers were the trendy to surprise team in the NFC. However, after a bad performance it seems as if enough people jumped off their band wagon to register on the Richter Scale in San Francisco. Facing the defending champs in their home opener, it seems everyone fears the worst. However, I expect a full 180 this week as the 49ers show why they are the Western Division favorites. Look for a solid performance from their defense as they score the upset win at home.