NFL Week 2 Preview
Week 1 has come and gone. There are 15 teams that are still chasing the 1972 Dolphins and perfection. There are 15 teams that are learning to overcome adversity. And two teams that have yet to introduce themselves, due to the natural disasters that have displaced so many lives and families. To those people, we send our prayers, our love and sincerely hope all will be restored as soon as possible.
Here are five games to watch this week in the NFL.
Chicago Bears (0-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
This game will be a welcome distraction for the Tampa area after Hurricane Irma. The Bucs, looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, need a good start against the Bears. The offense better show up after signing Desean Jackson and O.J. Howard in the off season. They only scored 10.8 points per game in the preseason and need more production to live up to the hype.
Prediction- Bucs 24, Bears 17
New England Patriots (0-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-1)
New England, the reigning Super Bowl champions, lost in week 1 to Kansas City. New Orleans and their high flying offense lost to Minnesota. Both teams were uninspiring in their losses. Both teams are looking to rebound. The Patriots have a real chance to be 0-2 for the first time since 2001.
Prediction- Patriots 35, Saints 31
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Sam Bradford had an amazing Week 1 after having a poor preseason leading the Vikings to a lopsided win over the Saints. Rookie Dalvin Cook broke Adrian Peterson’s rookie debut rushing record for the Vikings with 127 yards. The Steelers were honestly outplayed by the Browns, the Cleveland Browns, in Week 1. They were lucky to squeak out a victory. This will be a good indicator if the Vikings are the real deal and ready to compete in the NFC.
Prediction- Vikings 28, Steelers 24
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)
Dak Prescott leads the Cowboys into Denver to face Von Miller and the extremely tenacious Bronco defense. Assuming Ezekiel Elliott plays (thank you justice system for being so slow) this will be a matchup of a top 5 offense versus a top 10 defense. The Broncos needed a last second field goal block to win in Week 1, but face a tougher challenge in Week 2.
Predictions- Cowboys 27, Broncos 14
Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Green Bay did not look that impressive going up against the Seahawks but they found a way to win. The Falcons almost blew a lead (sound familiar) against the Bears last week. This is a matchup of two of the best teams in the NFC and should be fun to watch. The real question is, can Aaron Rodgers beat Dan Quinn. Coach Quinn is 4-0 against Green Bay, 2-0 in both Seattle and Atlanta.
Prediction- Green Bay 27, Atlanta 24