So, not a lot went my way in Week 1, as I only picked six winners in the 14 games. Brutal. Let’s try to get better in Week 2…
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
The Steelers needed overtime to beat the Falcons, though they should take that as a positive, seeing as they beat a good team without Ben Roethlisberger. The Titans beat up on a supposedly improved Raiders team. I think the Titans carry the momentum and beat the Steelers, but Pittsburgh keeps it close.
Titans 20, Steelers 17
Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
The Dolphins were able to grind out a victory against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. It’s probably not how they envisioned it, but a win is a win. The Vikings lost a tough game to the Saints in Week 1, and many have since questioned Brett Favre’s ability to repeat last season’s magic. The Vikings are still a better team, but something about the Dophins intrigues me. I’m taking the Vikings, but wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong.
Vikings 24, Dolphins 17
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The Falcons dropped an overtime decision to the Steelers last week, so they’ll be looking for redemption in their home opener. The Cardinals’ Derek Anderson threw for just under 300 yards, but they needed a fourth quarter touchdown from Larry Fitzgerald to beat the Rams.
Falcons 21, Cardinals 14
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Bengals continue the tough start to their schedule as they now welcome the Ravens to town. The Ravens showed they haven’t lost a step on defense when they held the Jets to just nine points. Joe Flacco likes his new toy in Anquan Boldin, as he caught seven balls for 110 yards. The Bengals defense didn’t play well against the Patriots, and the Ravens are just as good, if not better than the Pats.
Ravens 30, Bengals 17
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
So much for the Chiefs being a pushover on Monday night against the Chargers. Their defense showed up in a big way and probably aren’t a bad fantasy pickup for this week. The Browns lost to the Bucs in Week 1, and Eric Mangini’s seat is getting hotter.
Chiefs 14, Browns 3
Chicago Bears (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
The Bears head to Dallas lucky to be 1-0. They needed a flukey rule interpretation to beat the Lions, and Detroit was playing without Matthew Stafford for half the game. That being said, Jay Cutler threw for 376 yards, and the run Bears’ run defense was very good. If the Bears are going to send the Cowboys to 0-2, they’re going to need to take advantage of the Cowboys’ offensive line. If they succeed at getting to Tony Romo, they’ve got a chance.
Cowboys 34, Bears 21
Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) at Detroit Lions (0-1)
The Lions are coming off of that tough-luck loss in Chicago, and they’ll be without Matthew Stafford for a full game this time. Michael Vick looked a lot like his old self filling in for the concussed Kevin Kolb. The Eagles already have a diverse offense, so adding Vick will only make it more difficult for Detroit.
Eagles 41, Lions 14
Buffalo Bills (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)
The Packers enter off a seven point win over the Eagles, in which Aaron Rodgers threw for just 188 yards. They also lost Ryan Grant for the season with an ankle injury.
Packers 35, Bills 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
The Bucs come in after beating the Browns in Week 1, and the Panthers come in after getting beat up by the New York Football Giants. Josh Freeman played pretty well for Tampa, and Matt Moore will try to come back from a concussion. If he can’t go, we’ll see Jimmy Claussen.
Panthers 21, Buccaneers 10
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
Coming into this week, I thought both these teams’ records would be reversed. The Seahawks, however, blew out the NFC West favorite 49ers, and the Broncos lost to Jacksonville. This week we get to see just how good the Seahawks are. Can Matt Hasselbeck continue to play well?
Broncos 24, Seahawks 21
St. Louis Rams (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Both teams have an upgrade at the quarterback position this year. I’ve always thought Jason Campbell has a ton of talent, and I think Sam Bradford will be a star. I think this will be a good week for Bradford to get comfortable, and he leads the Rams to victory.
Rams 21, Raiders 10
Houston Texans (1-0) at Washington Redskins (1-0)
Whose letdown will be bigger? Sports theory suggests that the game after a big win, there could be a letdown. Both these teams are coming off of big, upset wins in Week 1. The Texans finally got over the hump against the Colts, as Arian Foster lit up the fantasy scoreboards. The Redskins were able to outlast the Cowboys in their home opener, but can the defense stop both Foster and Andre Johnson?
Texans 30, Redskins 20
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Ah, the Jets. They lost in the season opener to the Ravens by one point. Now they have to deal with the Patriots. While the Pats defense wasn’t spectacular, it will be interesting to see how the Jets attack it. Mark Sanchez was disappointing in the opener, but he does have plenty of weapons. The Patriots offense was clicking on all cylinders, but faces a much tougher task in Rex Ryan’s defense.
Patriots 14, Jets 13
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)
The Chargers will look to regroup quickly as they welcome the Jaguars to the West coast. Their game against the Chiefs was vastly disappointing, maybe they were looking past KC? How will Maurice Jones-Drew handle the Chiefs’ defense? How will the Jags fare after traveling West?
Jaguars 21, Chiefs 14
New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Ah, the Manning Bowl. Peyton won round one four years ago, is tonight Eli’s turn? No doubt the Colts will take the field hungry after their Week 1 loss to Houston. While they’re mostly one-dimensional on offense, Peyton Manning is the best at what he does. How will the Giants take advantage of the Colts’ D without Bob Sanders? Consensus is the Colts won’t miss a beat because having him in the lineup is a rare luxury. Peyton shows why he’s the better player tonight.
Colts 45, Giants 30
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
If the Niners can’t stop the Seahawks, then how are they supposed to even come close to stopping the Saints? The Niners are supposed to be the ones to win the West, but they’ve got a great shot to go 0-2, and I think Drew Brees and company send Mike Singletary back to the drawing board.