2016 NFL Predictions Week Two
In the first week of the regular season, 8 games were decided by five points or fewer. How will this week play out? I think you'll see more close games early in the season as teams start to figure out who they are.
Jets @ Bills: A punishing Jets defense that totaled 7 sacks and allowed 57 rushing yards last week. Buffalo will have a tough time having success on offense. I expect Todd Bowles to prepare the defense better at defending the pass.
Saints @ Giants: What sort of adjustments will the Saints make to better defend the run? Even more so, how will they defend the Giants passing game? Welcome back, Victor Cruz. The Giants will attack with a balanced offensive game plan to get to 2-0.
Titans @ Lions: Can Tennessee protect the ball better and limit turnovers that proved dire for them last week in the season opener? Detroit will put up points and rack up the yards so it is important that the Titans have success in the run game to keep Matthew Stafford and Co. off the field. Tennessee will look to avoid a shoot out as I don't think they can have success if it happens.
Cowboys @ Redskins: Will Josh Norman line up in front of Dez Bryant throughout the game? If so, then fellow teammate Bashaud Breeland should feel a bit better after being abused against Pittsburgh on Monday. Both defenses had a difficult time defending the run last week but Dallas has the more talented running back group.
Chiefs @ Texans: Good win for Houston last week as they should continue to have success running the ball against Kansas City. Another big game for Will Fuller and the Texans defense.
Dolphins @ Patriots: The Patriots will look to be without Tight End Rob Gronkowski again as he is still nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out from the season opener last Sunday. Will be interesting to see which player steps in for New England and surprises us with a big game. I'll say other New England Tight End Martellus Bennett. For Miami, can they get pressure on Garrapolo which New England handled well last week against Arizona?
Ravens @ Browns: Who will start at quarterback for Cleveland with Robert Griffin III out with a shoulder injury? Terrelle Pryor came in to the league as a QB but is now a wide receiver which leaves veteran Josh McCown as the next guy. Baltimore should have a dominating performance on defense.
49ers @ Panthers: Carolina faced a fairly mobile quarterback last week and I am sure they did some extra studying on how to defend San Francisco and their quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The Panthers weren't as aggressive in the second half vs Denver and I expect them to not let off the gas after a disappointing loss.
Bengals @ Steelers: Not a high scoring game here between these two teams who meet again after the crazy finish to last year's wild card playoff game. The refs probably want to have a handle on this one early to avoid a similar outcome. Both defenses will come out to play but Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger will be too much.
Buccaneers @ Cardinals: It was quite a crime scene in Arizona on Sunday night with rookie cornerback Brandon Williams outlined in chalk. Hopefully there is an adjustment made so he won't be put left alone against a Buccaneers offense that will look to throw the ball quite a bit. Another close finish for both teams for a second consecutive game.
Seahawks @ Rams: What are we to expect from the Rams this week after an embarrassing performance on Monday night? If Jared Goff is listed as the backup for Sunday's game, I expect to see him play if Case Keenum can't drive the offense down the field. Will be a tough task against Seattle, however.
Falcons @ Raiders: Gusty win for Oakland in New Orleans and they will have their hands full again defending a Falcons team who will look to air it out as well. Oakland will gut it out again as they look to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2002 when they went to the Super Bowl.
Jaguars @ Chargers: Unfortunate for San Diego who will be without wide out Keenan Allen for the season with a torn ACL. Danny Woodhead and Melvin Gordon are going to have to come up big with Allen's absence. To lose a close game after dominating the Chiefs last week really hurts.
Colts @ Broncos: What kind of encore performance does Trevor Siemian have against this Colts defense? Indianapolis will have difficulty defending this offense. Expect the Broncos defense to have a better performance early on with DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller dominating the offensive front for the Colts.
Packers @ Vikings: Lots of excitement as the Vikings open up their new stadium against division rival Green Bay Packers. Minnesota needs to have better success running the football and get something other than field goals on the board. They can't get bailed out again by the defense. A close game throughout, but Aaron Rodgers works his magic.
Eagles @ Bears: A surprising win and performance by the Eagles last week. Carson Wentz put on quite a show in his rookie debut. Chicago will look to have a better performance on defense trying to get Wentz to make mistakes. The Eagles defense will come up big in this game who will be without Leodis McCelvin in the secondary.