NFL 2015 Week 2 Preview
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs started off extremely hot last week going up 27-6 at one point. They were able to hold on against a dysfunctional offense of the Texans. The Broncos offense certainly looked dysfunctional, however, I think they struggled against a stout defense. On a neutral field, the Broncos would have my pick, but being a short week, I think the Chiefs will take a commanding lead in the division with a win over the Broncos.
Chiefs 28 Broncos 24
Houston Texans @ Carolina Panthers
The Houston Texans need to figure out their quarterback situation. Ryan Mallett might be that answer, as he came in late in the fourth quarter and led the Texans to two scoring drives. However, the Texans are traveling the Carolina this week and the Panthers are looking to improve to 2-0 after beating up on the Jaguars last Sunday. They were able to get to the quarterback five times last week. If they can keep the pressure up on Hoyer or Mallett, I think they'll win.
Panthers 24 Texans 17
San Francisco 49ers @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The 49ers are coming off an impressive win in week one behind running back Carlos Hyde. He ran for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Steelers, however, are licking their wounds after a loss to the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Steelers defense was not very good in week 1 and if they want to win this game and avoid going 0-2, they will need to improve. I did not think the 49ers would be very good this year, and I'm not willing to change my mind yet.
Steelers 31 49ers 21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
Famous Jameis looked pretty bad in his opening game, and I don't think he is going to look much better in week 2. The Saints are going to come after the young quarterback and try to force him into poor decisions. The Saints are coming off a week 1 road loss to the Cardinals and are looking to get themselves in the win column. I don't think the Saint's will have any issues putting up big numbers on the Buccaneers.
Saints 38 Bucs 21
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings
The Lions blew an 18 point lead. They may have better luck this week if they can get ahead early, forcing the Vikings to throw the ball. The Vikings lost in an embarrassing 20-3 loss. Adrian Peterson's first game back was not all that impressive, but he only had 10 carries for 31 yards. If he had more carries, maybe he would have been able to break a few big runs. Peterson will need to have a bigger impact in the game if he wants help his Vikings to victory.
Lions 27 Vikings 17
Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears
The Bears surprised me last week, when the put up a fight against the Packers and led at halftime. The Bears were led by running back, Matt Forte who rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals come in with one of the best defenses in the NFL and will likely be able to slow down that Bears running game. Once they do that, Jay Cutler will be forced to throw more often, which is exactly what the Bears don't want.
Cardinals 28 Bears 10
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Both of these teams are coming off impressive wins. However, the Bills have a better defense than the Steelers and I think they are going to be able to slow down the Patriots offense. The big question will be, "Can the Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to improve on the offensive side of the ball?" I don't know if they'll be much better than they were against the Colts, but I think they will still have enough to get passed the Patriots.
Bills 27 Patriots 24
San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals won their game last week rather convincingly, where the Chargers came storming back from behind against the Lions for the win. The Chargers were behind 21-3 and then rattled off 30 unanswered points to go ahead and stay ahead of the Lions. The Chargers are looking to ride that momentum wave (and Phillip Rivers 404 yards passing), into week 2 when they travel to Cincinnati. I think they will do it and keep pace with the Chiefs at 2-0 in the division.
Chargers 30 Bengals 22
Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns
Josh McCown was removed from the game with a concussion which gave us a moment of Johnny Football. Manziel wasn't awful in this game, but he certainly wasn't very good. I look for him to improve on his performance last week. The Titans started red hot against the Bucs last week, where Marcus Mariota threw for four touchdowns, all in the first half. I think the Browns will be able to rattle Mariota and force some mistakes.
Browns 24 Titans 20
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants
The Falcons looked really good last week, especially in the first half. They were able to hold off the Eagles and with a late missed field goal, sealed the victory. The Giants, however, looked very good for about 58 minutes and then awful time management gave the Cowboys an extra 40+ seconds to score, and score they did. I don't think the Giants will be as bad in the closing minutes this week.
Giants 21 Falcons 13
St. Louis Rams @ Washington
The Rams are coming off a huge win against division rival, Seattle. I think they will have a much easier time with their opponent this week. Washington was not solid last week, Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions. Alfred Morris did have a pretty big day with 121 yards rushing, but Rams held Marshawn Lynch to 73, and I think they'll do the same to Morris.
Rams 31 Washington 10
Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Dolphins offense was not as good last week as I thought it would be. I expect them to start clicking a little better this week. The Jaguars struggled against the Panthers, at least offensively. They're defense actually did a pretty good job at containing Cam Newton and not letting him go off, like he has in the past. I think the Jaguars offensive problems are much worse than Miami's and the Dolphins start to figure things out.
Dolphins 27 Jaguars 15
Baltimore Ravens @ Oakland Raiders
The Ravens didn't just lose their game on Sunday, they lost the heart and soul of their defense Terrell Suggs for the season. The Ravens defense was fierce on Sunday against the Broncos and their "high powered" offense (even though, I'm a little worried about Manning). The Raiders were not good last week at all. They were playing a good Bengals team, but they couldn't stop them defensively, and they couldn't move the ball offensively. I think it's going to be another long week for the Black and Silver.
Ravens 27 Raider 7
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys are coming of an incredible fourth quarter comeback, helped along by the terrible time management of the Giants, but nonetheless, won the game. They have the BEST offensive line in the game, I'd be surprised if Tony Romo gets sacked more than a handful of times this year. The Eagles just a lost a heart breaker on Monday, with a missed field goal that would have put them ahead in the final minutes of the game. This is going to be a close game.
Eagles 28 Cowboys 27
Who will win?
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers and the rest of the country has waited eight months for this NFC Championship rematch. Last year, the Packers should have won this game, but a fluke of a two point conversion and a botched onside kick allowed the Seahawks to send the game to overtime and get the victory. The Packers are coming off a tough win in Chicago where the Seahawks are coming off a tough overtime loss in St. Louis. The Seahawks are traveling to Lambeau; I'll take the Pack.
Packers 30 Seahawks 28
New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts
The Jets just had a convincing win against the Manziel-led Browns, which was led by their ground and pound running game. They are going to look to improve their record to 2-0 when the take on the Colts in Indianapolis this week, and will need to do it on the ground again. The Colts lost to a good Bills team last week, and are looking to bounce back with a big victory at home on Monday Night. They will need to improve in the run game on both sides of the ball if they want to win this week. I think they will.
Colts 34 Jets 17
Chiefs 28 Broncos 24 Broncos 31 Chiefs 24
Panthers 24 Texans 17 Panthers 24 Texans 17
Steelers 31 49ers 21 Steelers 43 49ers 18
Saints 38 Bucs 21 Bucs 26 Saints 19
Lions 27 Vikings 17 Vikings 26 Lions 17
Cardinals 28 Bears 10 Cardinals 48 Bears 23
Bills 27 Patriots 24 Patriots 40 Bills 32
Chargers 30 Bengals 22 Bengals 24 Chargers 19
Browns 24 Titans 20 Browns 28 Titans 14
Giants 21 Falcons 13 Falcons 24 Giants 20
Rams 31 Washington 10 Redskins 24 Rams 10
Dolphins 27 Jaguars 15 Jaguars 23 Dolphins 20
Ravens 27 Raider 7 Raiders 37 Ravens 33
Eagles 28 Cowboys 27 Cowboys 20 Eagles 10
Packers 30 Seahawks 28 Packers 27 Seahawks 17
Colts 34 Jets 17 Jets 20 Colts 7