Which teams will bounce back this week? How many home teams will win this weekend? How will the Chiefs look with Travis Kelce and Chris Jones back. These are the questions I’m asking as we prepare for Sunday and Week 2 of NFL football.
Las Vegas Raiders at Buffalo Bills
Raiders eked out a good win in Denver but will place way stiffer test in Buffalo. Look for Josh Allen to bounce back with a huge day just like last year after he had a rough game. The Buffalo D will force a few turnovers in this game and Allen will throw for over 300 yards.
PREDICTION: Buffalo 40 Las Vegas 24
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Just like Buffalo Cincinnati is coming off a bad loss. Expect them to bounce back the problem is there facing a very good Baltimore defense. This will be a close fairly high scoring game with the Bengals eking out the close win.
PREDICTION: Bengals 34 Ravens 31
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars
What will the Chiefs look like with Kelce and Chris Jones back? Well way more formidable. Jacksonville will put up a fight but KC is too good to go 0-2. Take the Chiefs in this one.
PREDICTION: Chiefs 28 Jaguars 24
LA Chargers at Tennessee Titans
We got the high flying Chargers playing against the well coached Titans. The Chargers put up 34 pts last week and the Titans struggled. The Titans need Henry and Ryan Tannehill to play better this week but it won’t be easy. I don’t think the Titans can put up enough points to stay with the Chargers. Their only hope is to force turnovers. Also it will be interesting to see if Austin Ekeler will be playing this week, as he is a game changer when playing.
PREDICTION: Chargers 28 Titans 20
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
I like Atlanta in this one at home. Green Bay did look sharp in their first game but look for them to come down to Earth in this game. I think Jordan Love will struggle, and Desmond Ridder will play efficiently
PREDICTION: Atlanta 21 Green Bay 17
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
Detroit is coming off a huge win in KC. There defense comes to play each game, they just need their offense to keep up. Detroit will need to lock up DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, and with their pass rush should make this difficult for the Seahawks. With that said, Seattle will play well in this game and win by 3.
PREDICTION: Seattle 17 Detroit 14
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Battle of the rookie Qb’s! CJ Stroud struggled in his first game for a rookie but to no surprise. Houston will have a tough time handling the Colts this weekend who have a stout running game. Look for the Colts D to take over in this one.
PREDICTION: Colts 21 Houston 17
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Bucanneers
The Justin Fields led Bears stroll into Tampa Bay coming off a loss to the Packers. Tampa Bay is coming off a big win against the Vikings in Minnesota. What Baker Mayfield will we see? If he can manage the game and Tampa’s D can stay dominant they should win. This will be a close one with the Bears winning.
PREDICTION: Bears 24 Tampa 23
NY Giants Giants at Arizona Cardinals
The Giants laid a big egg against Dallas last week. Luckily they face the Cardinals this week who looked tough in Week 1 but are still a bad team. The Giants need to run Saquon Barkley, mix in some Darren Waller and have Daniel Jones play well against a decent Arizona defense.
PREDICTION: Giants 24 Arizona 10
Washington Commanders at Denver Broncos
Washington didn’t look the best in Week 1 against a weak Arizona team. Denver almost won at home and looked efficient at times but had issues also. It’s always tough to play in Denver but I think Washington does enough to get this win. Look for Sam Howell to be more efficient in his third game starting for Washington.
PREDICTION: Washington 21 Broncos 13
San Francisco 49ers at LA Rams
For all the doubters who doubted Brock Purdy in year 2 he looked mighty sharp in Week 1. Along with the tough defense 49ers will give many teams trouble this year. This will include the Kuppless Rams this week. Look for SF’s offense to have a big day!
PREDICTION: 49ers 24 Rams 7
New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys
These two teams have very good defenses and one of these teams offenses is way more superior. Look for Dallas to win big riding their defense against the Jets. Zach Wilson is not the answer and the Jets will struggle with him as their leader.
PREDICTION: Dallas 27 Jets 13
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
This will be a good one as the red hot dolphins play the well coached Patriots. The Pats will look to rebound this week but it won’t be easy. I believe Bill Belichick will have a plan for Tua Tagovailoa and the Patriots will make life difficult for them. I like the Patriots in this one.
PREDICTION: Patriots 24 Dolphins 20
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
These two NFC south rivals face off in Carolina. I gauge teams on the proficiency of their QB and the Saints have a far more experiences and skilled QB in Derek Carr. Bryce Young will struggle against a Saints pass rush led by Cameron Jordan.
PREDICTION: Saints 31 Carolina 17
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Is Cleveland for real? Are the Steelers the weakest team in the division? The answer to both of those questions is NO. Yes Deshaun Watson is back and the Browns looked good, but the Steelers will slow them down this week. Pittsburgh is always a tough place to play. Look for Najee Harris to have a big game along with Pickett.
PREDICTION: Steelers 19 Browns 14