What a way to start off the 2016 NFL season with a fair share of great games that was filled with drama. As we enter into Week 2, will we find out which teams are the real deal and which teams are in trouble It's time that I preview and predict Week 2 of the 2016 NFL Season.
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills: To be honest, I believe that Rex Ryan only cares about beating his old club he coached, more than putting the Bills in playoff contention. That's the coach he is, sorry Bills fans for saying that. The Jets are the better team in this matchup, and had a lot going on offense against the Bengals than the Bills had against the Ravens, but with this being a national game (and NFL debuts on Twitter), Ryan and the Bills will steal a win here (Bills).
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: The Browns were in poor shape with RGIII as their quarterback, but now he is on injured reserve thanks to a shoulder injury suffered in the season opener, and the Browns are forced to use Josh McCown. McCown is the only option they have left. However, this is a team that is still a hot mess, and while an upset is still a possibility, I have to give Baltimore the nod to win this game. In fact, this is my lock of the week (Ravens).
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers: Are the 49ers playing like division contenders? They were decent on offense, and it didn't hurt that the Rams were mediocre on offense. Now the 49ers travel to Carolina to play against the Panthers. Carolina didn't look great against the Broncos last week, but they get a win in their home opener (Panthers).
Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions: Even if he did botch a timeout, Jim Caldwell outcoached Chuck Pagano in Week 1 after the Lions won by a last second field goal and now they go up against another bad coach in Mike Mularkey. Granted, Caldwell still sucks, but hey, a win is a win. Detroit's defense is not better than the defense that the Vikings have, but the Lions can pull out a win (Lions).
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins: I had Pittsburgh winning against the Redskins this past Monday, but they were bad especially on defense. That is not a great sign especially if Kirk Cousins has issues taking care of the football. Dallas didn't have a great offensive display, but Dak Prescott was decent in QB. I think Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will have an impressive performance against the Washington defense to steal a win on the road (Cowboys).
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans: With the Texans getting embarrassed by the Chiefs last year in the playoffs, It's safe to say that they have revenge on their mind. I believe that this is a better Texans team than what we saw last year since they have Brock Osweiler under center and Kansas City looked rusty against the Chargers. Expect this game to be a good contest (Texans).
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants: Let's not confuse the Giants defense from 1986 with this defense, as they were better in Week 1. Granted, they went up against Prescott, but the Giants defense had some success in applying pressure on Prescott and Dallas' offensive live. The Saints still look bad on defense as they gave the Raiders 35 points, in which the Raiders are 1-0, and this contest will be a shootout at the MetLife, I like the Giants to win in a classic (Giants).
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: With Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski inactive in Week 1, and Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback, in which he had a solid game, they were able to play in a tough environment and steal a win against the Cardinals. Could they have a setback at home? It's possible, and it happened before, but Miami was able to play a trap game against the Seahawks. With that said, give me the Pats to win this (Patriots).
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: This has been one of the great rivalries in the AFC North in recent years, which makes this an exciting game to watch. Pittsburgh took care of the Redskins this past Monday, most importantly with their defensive body of work, while the Bengals came back against the Jets. Both are good football teams, but I believe that Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown will executive some big plays down the stretch to steal a W (Steelers).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals: I was surprised to see the Cardinals lose to the Patriots, but hey, predicting football games is a tough job. Jameis Winston looked great against the Falcons, but the Cardinals are a tough test for the second year QB. Look for the Cardinals to go 1-1 here (Cardinals)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams: Considering the Seahawks winning a trap game against the Dolphins, maybe this team is human after all. I'm not sold on this human talk and considering how poorly the Rams played on offense Monday night; I don't see how the offense is going to have a big game against this Legion of Boom despite Russell Wilson playing with a bad ankle (Seahawks).
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers: I like the road team to win here. Jacksonville looked pretty sharp against the Packers, even if they went down in defeat, and I think the defense will be the key in this contest, which has been the bread and butter of that team. And with Keenan Allen done for the year, it's the nail in the coffin for the Chargers (Jaguars).
Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders: Oakland rallied late in New Orleans to pull off a win on a two-point conversion, but the Raiders might not be rejects after all. The offense stepped up, against a horrible defense, and I see the similar result against another mediocre defense in Atlanta, hence why I have the Raiders winning (Raiders).
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos: Chuck Pagano was poor in his coaching decision in Week 1, in a game I had them winning. Andrew Luck was great and had a big game, but I just don't see that happening against a tougher Broncos defense, in which they have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. The offensive line of the Colts will have a long day on Sunday (Broncos).
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Rodgers has become the Vikings' daddy as of late and with the Packers winning in Week 1, Rodgers looked like the old Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Vikings did defeat the Titans, but the offense wasn't that good, and we know that the Titans are bad. With the Vikings playing in their new stadium, Green Bay will spoil the party (Packers).
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears: Carson Wentz made some good plays on his debut, against a sucky Browns defense, as Wentz is 1-0 in his NFL career. The Bears are still a work in progress on defense, and that was the reason why they lost to the Texans, but I do see them making some plays, which could lead to some errors by Wentz in his first road game (Bears).