Cardinals (0-1) @ Colts (0-1)
The Cardinals travel to Indianapolis to face the Jacoby Brissett lead Colts. Both teams are coming off absolute disasters in week one. The Cardinals lost star running back David Johnson for the forseeable future and the Colts are turning to Jacoby Brissett who has been in Indy for two weeks. Both teams are lacking talent and staring down lost seasons if their play continues. In the end, the Cardinals are a better team and a loss to the lowly Colts could ignite a total loss of faith in Arizona.
Eagles (1-0) @ Chiefs (1-0)
Eagles Head Coach Doug Peterson travels back to Kansas City where he made his name under Andy Reid as a Offensive Coordinator. This will be a reacurring theme throughout the week as two other head coaches return home for the first time. And while this is heartwarming, I see Peterson’s Eagles struggling against a good Chiefs team in arguably the NFL’s most hostile environment. That being said a win lead by Carson Wentz would speak measures about his development, and will officially legitimize this team.
Patriots (0-1) @ Saints (0-1)
The Patriots are 0-1 to start the season for the first time in recent memory, the Saints are 0-1 to start the season for yet another year. The Patriots are a much better team, however they struggled against a dynamic offense in Kansas City. They face another dynamic offense in New Orleans this weekend, an offense that looked to have a bit of an identity crisis on their hands during their week one loss in Minnesota. Both of these teams will look to rebound this week, I just trust New Englands rebound much more than New Orleans.
Vikings (1-0) @ Steelers (1-0)
The Vikings head to Pittsburgh coming off an impressive win Monday night, where they once again established their defensive identity of last year. This time with a new, potentially dynamic offense. The Steelers played down in a week one win in Cleveland, and will have to pick up their play if they want to beat this Vikings squad. I see that happening.
Bears (0-1) @ Bucanneers (0-0)
The Bears are coming off a surpisingly heartbreaking loss at home against Atlanta, where they had a great chance at the upset. It doesn’t get any easier this week as they travel to Tampa Bay, to play a team looking to get a season opening win after their game against Miami was postponed due to hurricane Irma. Sorry Chicago but you’re 0-2.
Bills (1-0) @ Panthers (1-0)
Cue the waterworks…Sean McDermott is coming home. The Bills first year head coach is returning to Carolina after spending the past five years there as the defensive coordinator. Despite the knowledge he perhaps might have of the Panthers, I have a hard time seeing the Bills win. The Panthers were slightly underwhelming during their week one win in San Fransisco. I look for this team, especially Cam Newton, to rebound in their home opener against a tougher Bills team.
Titans (0-1) @ Jaguars (1-0)
The Titans travel to Jacksonville for their first divisional matchup of the season. The Titans lost a competitive game last week against Oakland, and will face another test in the Jaguars. Jacksonville is coming off a week one showing in Houston where they seemed to finally show progress, after years of being barely mediocre. Their defense is pretty close to elite and they have a bell cow in rookie Leonard Fournette. In what could be a battle of the South’s best squads, I see the Titans coming out on top. I have a hard time seeing Blake Bortles outplay Marcus Mariotta.
Browns (0-1) @ Ravens (1-0)
The Ravens open up M&T Bank stadium to the Browns in their home opener. The Raven’s defense swallowed the Bengals last week and I expect them to do the same this week to rookie QB Deshone Kizer. The Ravens have some room to improve on offense and I think this game will be another step in the right direction. The Browns were competitive against the superior Steelers and will have to play the same role this week.
Jets (0-1) @ Raiders (1-0)
The Raiders showed that last year was no fluke as they went into Nashville and got a good week one win. The worst team in the league comes to town this week, and I expect the Raiders to make slight work of the lowly Jets.
Dolphins (0-0) @ Chargers (0-1)
The Chargers lost tough one at Denver last week, where they were victims of a slow start and were unable to capitalize on a last second field goal to send the game to overtime. They host Miami this week, a team who is playing their first game. Los Angeles will have their hands full with another playoff contender in the AFC. That being said, I think they will open up the Los Angeles era with a home opening win, as I think this team is better.
Cowboys (1-0) @ Broncos (1-0)
Both of these teams are coming off impressive week one wins against the Giants and Chargers respectfully. The Cowboys look to be up to last seasons ways as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot continue to establish themselves as the NFL’s brightest young duo, with a possibly improved defense to boot. The Broncos’ defense is still at it’s peak and their offense looked improved on last year as Trevor Simien looks more comfortable behind center. In the end however I think the Cowboys are the better team.
Redskins (0-1) @ Rams (1-0)
Sean McVey is the last of the coaches to face their former team this weekend. He however is the only one to do it at home, an advantage that could tip the scales in the end. The Redskins need a win, and they have all the tools to do it. That being said, I think the Rams a riding a wave of confidence and swagger that will carry over into this matchup giving them a win in a close game.
49ers (0-1) @ Seahawks (0-1)
The Seattle Seahawks will host the San Fransisco 49ers in their home opener this weekend. Both teams suffered opening loses and will be on the hunt for a win. The Seahawks however are the superior team behind an elite defense and an offense that I think will improve on their poor showing against Green Bay.
Packers (1-0) @ Falcons (1-0)
In this weeks marquee matchup the Packers travel to Atlanta for a rematch of last years NFC championship game. The Falcons just squeaked by the Bears last week, while the Packers beat the Seahawks. The Falcons are opening up their new, state of the art, stadium. And they are looking to repeat the success they had last year, against the Packers, in that championship game. That being said, I see Aaron Rodgers and co. getting the win in this battle of the NFC’s elite.
Pick : Packers
Lions (1-0) @ Giants (1-0)
The Lions travel to East Rutherford for a Monday night primetime game against the New York Giants, in a game Adam Klepp has called a sure thing for his hometown Lions. While I think Adam is a swell kid, he is seems to have his Honolulu Blue blinders on. This is as much of a must win for the Giants as a week 2 game can be. With or without Odell Beckham Jr. there is no excuse for them to put up another dud against a beatable Detroit team. It won’t be easy however, as the Lions seem to be ready for another playoff run behind 135 million dollar man Matthew Stafford. I’m picking the Giants because they simply can’t afford to lose.