NFL Predictions: Week Two

Week one is in the books and we’re moving right along to week two. There were a couple surprises last week as Jacksonville stunned the Colts, all while Philly couldn’t keep up with Washington. I also had the Vikings beating Green Bay last week, as well as Dallas over LA. Overall, I finished 12-4 throughout the 16 games played over the weekend. Now that we’re in week two, I have my predictions set and ready to go.

Thursday – 9/17

Browns vs Bengals – Winner: Bengals

Despite losing, Joe Burrow and the Bengals didn’t look all that bad. In fact, the offense drove the field and Burrow put Cincy in a spot to win the game, only to have the kicker miss the field goal. Cleveland looked awful in their matchup against the Ravens and it’s really unclear what the future holds for this franchise. Baker Mayfield doesn’t look comfortable in the back field, and with all of those weapons to throw to, it’s starting to look like Baker may be on his last leg. This is a good matchup for both teams, but I give the edge to Cincinnati and expect them to catch the Browns sleeping at the wheel.

Sunday – 9/20

Bears vs Giants – Winner: Giants

Chicago ended up winning that game after Trubisky led the team to 21 unanswered points in the 4th quarter. The Lions should have won that game, but thanks to D’Andre Swift’s dropped catch in the end zone, the Bears squeaked away with a win. Meanwhile, the Giants actually looked pretty good in their debut game against the Steelers. The defense looked impressive, and Daniel Jones showed flashes of greatness. Barkely was bottled up against the Steele Curtain, but I’m fully expecting him to bounce back against this Bears defense.

Cowboys vs Falcons – Winner: Cowboys

I was expecting a bit more from Prescott and the ‘Boys against the Rams, but LA’s defense proved to be problematic for Dallas. This was also Mike McCarthy’s first game as the Head Coach, so maybe he just needed to shake the cobwebs. Atlanta doesn’t have the best defense, but they have one of the better offenses in the league. This should be a shootout and one of the more fun games to watch this week, but the Dallas defense should give the Cowboys the edge in this game.

Packers vs Lions – Winner: Packers

Sure, Green Bay didn’t do anything in the offseason to really help Aaron Rodgers, but it apparently didn’t matter. Rodgers looked like a man on a mission, and Davante Adams just might break 200 catches this year. The Lions have a terrible defense right now, and Green Bay will likely pick them apart. Detroit’s offense should be able to put points up on the board and make it interesting. So if you have any Lions players on your fantasy squad, they should still be able to help you out.

Titans vs Jaguars – Winner: Titans

The Jaguars came out and shocked the Colts last week and somehow put themselves in first place in the AFC South. That shouldn’t last long though, as the Titans are the favorite to win that division. They looked a bit rusty vs the Broncos on Monday Night, but that could have been due to the late kickoff and elevation of Denver. Derrick Henry always has monster games against the Jags, and with Jacksonville basically selling away their roster in the offseason, I fully expect Tennessee to run away with this one… Literally.

Colts vs Vikings – Winner: Vikings

The Colts didn’t look too great as Philip Rivers looked OLD. With Marlon Mack out for the year, expect Jonathan Taylor to become the workhorse for this offense. The defense is pretty good though, and the Colts will be competitive in this game, but due to the fact that Rivers’ is the starting QB, the passing game may be irrelevant this year. Minnesota got stomped in their season opener against the Packers, but they still put up a lot of points. This should be a close game, but the Vikings should be able to come out with a victory this week.

Dolphins vs Bills – Winner: Bills

Either Miami played great, or the Patriots aren’t as good as some people think. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter, as the Bills should come out week two and demolish this young Dolphins team. Buffalo is the heavy favorite to win the AFC East, and the fact the Dolphins are still in re-build mode, this may be an easy win for the Bills. I have Buffalo pegged as one of the best teams in the NFL this year. They should be able to prove that this weekend.

Jets vs 49ers – Winner: 49ers

Neither of these teams looked all that great in their season openers. NY might just have the worst offense in the league, especially now that Le’Veon Bell is out. Adam Gase is a terrible Coach, and he has to be fighting for his job here. Facing a tough 49ers defense won’t do the Jets any favors. For San Fransisco, I’m really hoping George Kittle is healthy, as this team has been hit with an injury bug early in the year. San Fran will likely focus on running the ball and eating the clock this week, which is something the Jets are going to struggle with all year long.

Eagles vs Rams – Winner: Rams

I wasn’t expecting the Rams offense to play as well as it did. The O-line played better than expected, which allowed for Malcolm Brown to eat in the run game. Considering how depleted the Eagles are right now, along with a poor offensive line to say the least, I’m fully expecting to see Aaron Donald go bonkers this week. Philly desperately needs Miles Sanders back in the lineup, but facing this LA defense won’t do him any favors. Could be a close game, but the Rams should be able to pull away in the 2nd half.

Steelers vs Broncos – Winner: Steelers

Denver played really well against the Titans in the season opener. Drew Lock, Jerry Jeudy, and Noah Fant showed they are going to be a problem in this league for quite some time. Although that may be the case, Pittsburgh is set up and ready to win now. They have the best defense in the league, and plenty of weapons on offense to help make Roethlisberger still like the Old Ben we all know. Broncos should make this competitive, but for a young team riddles with injuries, this is a tough matchup in week two.

Buccaneers vs Panthers – Winner: Buccaneers

Brady looked old in his first game of the year, but he also faced a strong Saints defense that made him look worse than he actually was. Carolina has a young defense that allowed Josh Jacobs to do whatever he wanted. I’m expecting this Bucs team to take a nice lead and hold it with a run game. This could be the week Leonard Fournette finds his way into the end zone, or, maybe Ronald Jones can separate himself away from Fournette for another week. This should be a fun one to watch, especially if you have any shares of any players on these squads on your fantasy teams.

Cardinals vs Football Team – Winner: Cardinals

Arizona looked impressive last week as Hopkins proved to be a dominant force no matter what jersey he wears. Washington also came out and showed everyone they have a nasty front seven this year. Chase Young was one of the more impressive rookies last week, and he’ll be looking to feast again on this Cardinals O-line. Luckily for Arizona, their offense is loaded and capable of putting points on the board. I kind of like the direction this Washington team is heading, but 2020 likely isn’t their year. Arizona should be 2-0 after this game.

Chargers vs Chiefs – Winner: Cheifs

LA beat the Bengals in week one, but it wasn’t because of how well they played… It was because Cincy missed a field goal. Tyrod Taylor looked awful against a questionable defense, which means we should be seeing Justin Herbert sooner rather than later. Kansas City on the other hand, could have the best offense in the league, and when things are going well, they’re hard to stop. I’m not expecting the Chargers to do a whole lot in this game, and this is probably going to be an easy W for the Chiefs.

Texans vs Ravens – Winner: Ravens

Houston has a problem, and it’s because they don’t have a WR1. Sure, Will Fuller V had a ton of targets and provided Deshaun Watson a nice target, but it just seemed that Houston wasn’t able to drive the field last week. Baltimore has a loaded defense, and possibly has the best offense in the NFL. It’s going to be hard for the Texans to keep up with the high powered Ravens, and this one could be a blow out.

Seahawks vs Patriots – Winner: Seahawks

I’m really impressed with Cam Newton and he played like I was hoping he would. Having said that, this Pats team is rather boring, and the offense just doesn’t have the fire power to really keep up with their opponents. Seattle finally allowed Mr. Unlimited to do his thing, and it proved to be successful against a below average Falcons defense. New England would have a top defense this year, but a lot of top players chose to opt out due COVID. The Patriots will likely be competitive in most of their games, but this week, Seattle should be able to come away with a win.

Monday – 9/21

Raiders vs Saints – Winner: Raiders

Drew Brees looked a little off in the season opener, and Michael Thomas might be out for a few weeks with an ankle injury. This means Alvin Kamara will likely be heavily involved this week. Even though New Orleans is an early favorite for the Super Bowl, I have the Raiders coming out with a win on Monday night. The Saints have a great defense, but Las Vegas should come out and shock New Orleans this week. Ronald Jones didn’t look that bad against this Saints defense, so Josh Jacobs has potential to finish the game with multiple touchdowns. This will be a close game throughout, but I see Las Vegas pulling away with a W.

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