Week two was exciting and showed the true colors of a lot of teams. There should be some good matchups this week with some potential playoff previews. After this week there should be a clearer picture on who is a contender and who is a pretender in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills
The Cardinals seem to be back on track and need to take advantage of a poor Buffalo defense. Buffalo’s defensive strength is their secondary and they let the Jets take complete advantage them. The Cardinal’s have a better receiving squad and they can utilize the run as well with David Johnson. Tyrod Taylor shouldn’t scare the Cardinal defense especially now that Sammy Watkins looks like he will be out for this game. The Bills need LeSean McCoy to step up or this game could be ugly. Arizona should win this game pretty easily.
ARI 27 – 10 BUF
Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans
This is a game with one team that outplayed themselves last week and another that vastly underperformed. The Raider defense was supposed to be one of the strengths of this team and they have been one of the worst in the league to this point. They have to learn to stop the run this week as that is the strength of the Tennessee offense. DeMarco Murray seems to have revitalized his career. Oakland’s offense should be able to beat up on the Titans’ defensive unit. Derek Carr has averaged 309 yards and two touchdowns per game so far, and there is no reason he shouldn’t be able to hit those numbers again this week. The Raiders should win a pretty decent offensive battle.
OAK 27 – 21 TEN
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
This is should be an interesting matchup between two NFC East teams. The Redskins have lost both games this season due to Kirk Cousins not playing his best football and questions surrounding their defense. The Giants have won both of their games so far this season thanks to an improved defensive front and an improved receiving corps for Eli Manning to play with. The Redskins are desperate for a win and can’t lose two divisional games this early in the season without there being a lot of panic to follow. The Giants should be able to take advantage of the second and slot receiver matchups and end up with a win in a close game.
WAS 17 – 21 NYG
Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins
Cleveland has looked like most people expected they would, bad. Then they had injuries to their top two quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown, and have to rely on rookie Cody Kessler without their number one weapon, Corey Coleman. Miami has had a tough first two weeks losing to the Patriots and Seahawks in two good efforts from the Dolphins. Luckily for them, the Browns aren’t even close to the level of those other two teams and the Dolphins should be able to win this game pretty easily.
CLE 10 – 17 MIA
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars showed some promise in week one, but looked like the old Jacksonville team last week. Baltimore has looked better this year than they did last year, but they haven’t been overly impressive so far. Joe Flacco is still trying to find his rhythm and has thrown two interceptions to his three touchdowns through two games. He did look better than Blake Bortles did last week. Bortles has the potential to be really good with a powerful arm, but he has just made some bad decisions that helped Jacksonville lose. They will win eventually and they should be able to do so this week at home against an average Baltimore team.
BAL 14 – 20 JAX
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Neither of these teams were very impressive last week and they both need a win to keep up with the Vikings. The Lions gave up last week’s game against the Titans and the Packer looked poor against a good Minnesota defense. The Lions should be able to take advantage of the Green Bay secondary, but there are questions around the running game with Abdullah out for the foreseeable future. Aaron Rodgers is bound for a big game and this could very well be that game. The Packers should be able to pull out a win at home this week.
DET 17 – 21 GB
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Broncos seem to be better than a lot of people thought that they would be this season. Trevor Siemian has looked admirable against some good competition with a really good running game and one of the best defenses in the NFL. Von Miller has looked like an MVP candidate while just punishing opposing offenses. Cincinnati has not looked like the team that they were last year with the absence of Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert and will have trouble this week. Cincinnati should put up a good fight, but will ultimately lose to a better team.
DEN 24 – 20 CIN
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers
The Vikings and Panthers have been two of the best teams so far this season, but the Vikings have lost two of their key offensive pieces in Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Carolina has done a good job getting Kelvin Benjamin involved and has been able to capitalize on their running game with Fozzy Whittaker and Jonathan Stewart. The Vikings have shown up on defense and are arguably the best unit in the league through two games so far. Good defenses have been able to get to Cam Newton recently and Minnesota should be able to affect the game a little bit, but their offense will prevent them from winning this game.
MIN 13 – 17 CAR
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Rams got their first win in Los Angeles last week, but the game was very ugly. Tampa Bay showed a few of their flaws last week when they got beat up by a good Arizona team. The Rams have shown that they are able to get to young quarterbacks and disrupt an offense, but that is pretty much all that they can do. Jameis Winston is better than he showed last week and probably won’t have another four-interception game again this week. Todd Gurley should be able to get the Rams’ first touchdown of the season, but they won’t be able to outplay Tampa Bay’s offense.
LA 10 – 20 TB
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco has looked better than they were supposed to and Seattle has kept their annual tradition of looking poor at the beginning of the season and looking bad against the Rams. San Francisco hasn’t faced a complete defense like Seattle so far this season, and Seattle hasn’t looked good on offense at all this season. Seattle is bound to break out eventually and Russell Wilson needs to show that he is the leader that the Seahawks need. Blaine Gabbert will have trouble against the legion of boom and will cost his team the win.
SF 17 – 24 SEA
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Jets have looked really good so far this season and the Chiefs haven’t. The interesting matchup will be the Jets’ receivers versus the Chiefs’ secondary. The Chiefs were beaten by DeAndre Hopkins last week and will have their hands full with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The Chiefs do have Jamaal Charles coming back and should be able to cause some trouble against the Jets’ good defensive front. This will be a hard-fought defensive battle and the Chief should come out on top.
NYJ 16 – 20 KC
San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts
The Chargers have been one of the more surprising teams so far this season and the Colts have vastly underperformed. Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck are two of the best quarterbacks in the league, but Rivers has learned to do more with less whereas Luck is still getting back into the rhythm this year. The Chargers are still without Keenan Allen, but Travis Benjamin is showing what he can do with a good quarterback. Luck is going to play to the best of his ability for the Colts to win, but they will fall short this week.
SD 21 – 17 IND
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Steelers might have the best offense in the NFL. Even when Ben Roethliberger isn’t playing that well, they are still able to move the ball and score 24 points. Philadelphia has played really well so far, and Carson Wentz looks like an early rookie of the year candidate, but they have faced two of the worst teams in the league so far and the Steelers are their first real test. The Eagles need to make this game competitive at home or they will get blown out by a better team. Pittsburgh should be able to win this game pretty decisively.
PIT 31 – 17 PHI
Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys
The Bears have looked bad through two weeks and things seem to be getting worse. Jay Cutler looks like he will miss this week and there is uncertainty with the health of Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey has been a notorious Cowboy killer whenever these two teams matchup. Dak Prescott has been one of the most impressive players so far this season and has broken Warren Moon’s record for most consecutive passes without an interception by a rookie through his first two games. He should be able to play well again this week against a beat up Chicago defense. The Cowboys should be able to capitalize on the Bears’ weaknesses and win this game fairly easily.
CHI 17 – 27 DAL
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
This is the ten year anniversary of when the Saints returned to New Orleans and beat the Falcons on Monday night football. This game should be fairly similar to that game. New Orleans has looked pretty good so far, despite their two losses, and the Falcons haven’t looked good with the exception of Matt Ryan playing the best football of his life. His best weapon, Julio Jones, should play, but it is uncertain how much. New Orleans should be able to win this big game at home and build some momentum going forward.
ATL 13 – 23 NO
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