Movie quote of the day:
“Oh, I’m sorry. Did I break your concentration?”
– Jules Winnfield, “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
Here are the week two matchups in the NFL:
Week one record: 11-5 (68.7 percent)
2016 record: 11-5 (68.7 percent)
All-time record: 163-110 (59.7 percent)
New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)
New Era Field
Line: NYJ -1
Buffalo has one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL and the Jets have a great front seven. I’m not a fan of Tyrod Taylor either. I think he’s a mediocre quarterback and there’s a chance that Sammy Watkins might not play tonight, which will make things even more difficult for Taylor. I think the Jets have a better coach and will be ready to play this week after letting one slip last week at home against Cincinnati.
Prediction: Jets 24, Bills 21
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Line: PIT -3.5
Pittsburgh looked like one of the best teams in the league Monday against Washington. It’ll be a much tougher contest this week at home against a division rival. Cincinnati has a lot of talent and will keep the game close, but I think Pittsburgh has too much offensive fire power for the Bengals. I don’t think Andy Dalton will be able to outscore Ben Roethlisberger on the road.
Prediction: Steelers 31, Bengals 23
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0)
Line: DET -6
Detroit impressed me a lot in its road win against Indianapolis last week. The Lions were able to move the ball up and down the field with ease. Even though I think Tennessee has a solid foundation for the future, the Titans are probably one of the worst teams in the league. I don’t think the Tennessee can hang with Detroit on the road.
Prediction: Lions 28, Titans 16
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Line: BAL -6.5
I think it’s safe to say that Cleveland is the worst team in the league. Baltimore is well coached has a better roster than the Browns. I think Joe Flacco should be able to score points with ease against Cleveland’s defense. Plain and simple, I think the Ravens win easily.
Prediction: Ravens 28, Browns 9
Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Washington Redskins (0-1)
Line: WAS -2.5
After getting embarrassed by Pittsburgh on Monday, I expect the Redskins to bounce back and play well for this game. I’m interested to see how Dak Prescott will handle his first career road start. Even though he wasn’t terrible in the opener, I think Prescott will struggle this week.
Prediction: Redskins 26, Cowboys 21
New Orleans Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)
East Rutherford, N.J.
Line: NYG -4.5
These teams played a crazy shootout last season that ended with New Orleans winning, 52-49. Buckle up, it could be another wild game this year. Both offenses are loaded with talent and the game will come down to which defense is better. I think the Giants have the better defense and they will have home-field advantage.
Prediction: Giants 34, Saints 31
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Bank of America Stadium
Line: CAR -13.5
Even though San Francisco looked impressive Monday against Los Angeles, I think that was mostly because the Rams are terrible. The Panthers are easily the better team – and West Coast teams rarely fare well for early kickoffs on the East Coast. I think Carolina will win comfortably.
Prediction: Panthers 34, 49ers 17
Miami Dolphins (0-1) at New England Patriots (1-0)
Line: NE -6.5
New England was very impressive – particularly Jimmy Garoppolo – after beating Arizona on Sunday night. The Patriots look like a team on a mission and I think that mind set will carry over into this game. The Patriots have only lost two division home games since 2008. I don’t see that changing this week.
Prediction: Patriots 27, Dolphins 14
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0)
Line: HOU -2.5
Houston’s offense was better than I thought it would be this early in the season. I thought Kansas City would have a better defense, but without Justin Houston rushing the quarterback that defense is subpar. The secondary was getting exposed before Keenan Allen got hurt last week. I think Brock Osweiler should be able to handle the Chiefs’ defense at home and put enough points on the scoreboard to win.
Prediction: Texans 24, Chiefs 20
Seatte Seahawks (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-1)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Line: SEA -3.5
Los Angeles looked horrible in its debut Monday night. However, the Rams match up well with Seattle and have beat the Seahawks at home in three of the last four years. After the butt kicking the Rams took against the 49ers, I think they’ll be prepared for this game. Plus, Seattle did not look good at home against Miami. It’s a bold pick, but I think Los Angeles gets the upset at home in a low-scoring game.
Prediction: Rams 17, Seahawks 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
U of Phoenix Stadium
Line: ARI -7
Tampa Bay was impressive against Atlanta last week, but I think the Falcons are a bottom-half team. Arizona has a much better defense than Atlanta. I think Tampa Bay’s offensive line will struggle against the Cardinals’ pass rush. This is a long road trip for a young Buccaneers team. I think the Cardinals get it done at home.
Prediction: Cardinals 30, Buccaneers 20
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)
Line: SD -3
Jacksonville looked like a much improved team against Green Bay. The strength of San Diego’s defense is in its secondary. So, if the Jaguars are going to win this game they’ll have to run the ball effectively on the Chargers’ below average run defense. San Diego has one of the worst offensive lines in the league and I think Jacksonville will blitz a lot and make it difficult for Philip Rivers to deliver the ball. I think the Jaguars get the win.
Prediction: Jaguars 27, Chargers 20
Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-0)
Line: OAK -5
This is another game that could be a shootout because both of these defenses were torched last week. However, Atlanta has a terrible run defense and I expect Oakland to run Latavius Murray a lot and keep Matt Ryan and Julio Jones off the field. The Raiders impressed me last week after going into New Orleans and coming from behind to get the win. I like the Raiders to win this game.
Prediction: Raiders 31, Falcons 24
Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Line: DEN -6
This one could get ugly for Indianapolis. The Colts’ offensive line is terrible and Denver has the best pass rush in the league. I expect Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to get after Andrew Luck and make it difficult for him. Also, the Broncos are a run-first team and the Colts have a bad run defense. I expect the Broncos to run the ball a lot and try to keep Luck off the field. Luck will make some plays and keep the Colts in the game, but I like the Broncos to get the win.
Prediction: Broncos 27, Colts 21
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Chicago Bears (0-1)
Line: CHI -3
This game will tell me a lot about Carson Wentz. He was impressive in his first career start at home against Cleveland, but Cleveland is awful. I’m interested to see what Wentz can do in his first road start. It’s tough to win on the road in this league and I think Chicago will win because of home-field advantage.
Prediction: Bears 23, Eagles 17
Game of the week:
Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
U.S. Bank Stadium
Line: GB -2.5
If Minnesota is gonna win this game, the Vikings will have to run the ball effectively. Sounds easy, but the Titans held Adrian Peterson in check last week with just 31 rushing yards – and Green Bay’s run defense looks much better this season than in past seasons. I think the Vikings will run the ball better at home. It’s the first regular-season game in Minnesota’s new stadium. I think the atmosphere will be electric. However, Green Bay has the edge at quarterback and coaching. I don’t see Shaun Hill or Sam Bradford making enough plays to outscore Aaron Rodgers.
Prediction: Packers 26, Vikings 17
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