NFL Week Two Predictions

Posted: September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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lashawn-mccoy-eagles1It’s been impossible to avoid coverage of the NFL this week. Of course, Roger Goodell and Co. would prefer coverage of a different kind, as news outlets throughout the country focused not on the ferocious action of week one; but, instead peppered the league with questions surrounding the domestic abuse case of Ray Rice. The NFL’s nightmare got even worse on Friday, when star RB Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse by a Grand Jury. The good news is that Sunday is almost here. Hopefully, the media and fans alike can forget about the off-the-field transgressions for one day.

After missing out on week one, Skood Sports’ NFL predictions are back again. It’s probably a good thing that I missed the deadline last week, as my off-the-record picks were about as accurate of Goodell’s initial suspension of Rice. This week, the matchups are even more difficult to prognosticate. Many expected playoff contenders are fighting to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. Which ones will climb out of an early hole? We’ll find out in just over a day.

Detroit Lions (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-0) – Panthers -2.5

Prediction: Detroit, 27-21 – The Lions came out like gang-busters last week in their triumph over New York. Carolina’s defense will present a few more problems for Calvin Johnson. But, the Panthers’ banged up offense is not going to be able to keep up Detroit.

Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-0) – Pick ’em

Prediction: Buffalo, 20-16 – The Bills’ defense was considered a solid unit even before they neutralized the Chicago Bears’ vaunted offense last week. One of these two teams will be a surprising 2-0 after Sunday. If it’s Buffalo, don’t rule out the Bills making a run towards their first playoff berth since 1999.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Washington Redskins (0-1) – Redskins -6

Prediction: Washington, 23-20 – This spread is a little too large for my liking. Washington hasn’t proved that they can put up points against anyone this season. Meanwhile, the Jaguars looked like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde last week in their loss to Philadelphia. I think the Redskins should win this game. But, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Jags were able to come out of DC with a victory.

Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-0) – Titans -3.5

Prediction: Dallas, 24-21 – The NFC East is so bad that it would seem very possible for the division to start the season a combined 1-7. However, until Jake Locker proves that he can consistently contribute to a winning team, I have to go with the more experienced Tony Romo.

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1) – Cardinals -2.5

Prediction: Arizona, 26-16 – New York’s beleaguered offense looked as poor as expected on Monday. Eli Manning’s fall from grace hasn’t been as publicized as a Big Apple failure should be. Meanwhile, the Cardinals can move to 2-0 with a road win. That would put them firmly in contention in the uber-difficult NFC West.

New England Patriots (0-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0) – Patriots -6

Prediction: New England, 27-23 – Child abuse is unacceptable and Adrian Peterson’s team is paying the price. The Vikings went from three to six point underdogs in 24-hours since the Peterson story broke. Without him, they’ll have to rely more on former Patriot Matt Cassel. Meanwhile, New England should focus on pounding the rock more after their week one loss in which Tom Brady through the ball over 50 times and ended up on his backside throughout the course of the day.

New Orleans Saints (0-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-1) – Saints -6.5

Prediction: New Orleans, 31-16 – The Saints are coming off of a disappointing road loss to Atlanta last week. An 0-2 start, with both losses coming to teams that picked in the top-10 of May’s draft, would be unacceptable. The QB matchup of Drew Brees and Brian Hoyer should be enough to sway even the staunchest of Browns fan to New Orleans.

Atlanta Falcons (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) – Bengals -5.5

Prediction: Bengals, 19-16 – After a brutal 2013 campaign, the Atlanta Falcons came out with an impressive overtime victory over New Orleans in week one. This week, their defense will need to rise to the occasion, as Cincinnati’s offense continues to improve week-by-week. I think that the Bengals should hold fort at home. But, covering that spread might be difficult against a resurgent Falcons squad.

St. Louis Rams (0-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Buccaneers -6

Prediction: Buccaneers, 26-14 – There may be no team that was hurt more in the last month than St. Louis. The Rams’ loss of Sam Bradford during the preseason likely cemented their status as also-rans in the NFC West. Then, the team’s 34-6 opening day loss to Minnesota was made worse by an injury to DE Chris Long, who will miss at least 8 weeks. Lock of the week, Tampa Bay evens up at 1-1.

Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-1) – Seattle -6

Prediction: San Diego, 23-21 – Upset of the week. The Seahawks are riding high after their Super Bowl championship and impressive week one showing vs. Green Bay. Meanwhile, the Chargers couldn’t be lower, as they somehow found a way to blow a big lead in Arizona before falling on Monday night. An 0-2 start in the AFC West could be game over for San Diego. Seattle is never the same team on the road as they are at home. A last second Nick Novak field goal figures to be the difference in this exciting matchup.

Houston Texans (1-0) at Oakland Raiders (0-1) – Texans -3

Prediction: Houston, 30-13 – Oakland will see Derek Carr under center against the team that drafted his older brother 12-years ago. The Raiders, however, look to be wildly overmatched against JJ Watt and the Texans’ defense. Houston should be able to come out of this one with a win.

New York Jets (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-1) – Packers -8

Prediction: Green Bay, 26-17 – Green Bay has a few days of extra rest and a much better QB. Aaron Rodgers was harassed by Seattle last week. He’ll hopefully find greater success against a dominant New York front seven. It’s never easy to go into Lambeau and win. It’s even more difficult when your QB is Geno Smith.

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0) – Broncos -12

Prediction: Denver, 31-21 – The Chiefs are in for a long season. After a spectacular start led to a dismal finish last year, a more difficult schedule and losses along their offensive line figures to derail any momentum Andy Reid and Co. built up in 2013. Despite this, I find the spread to be a little one-sided towards Denver. Yes, the Broncos are a much better team. But, we saw just last week that their defense is still too soft to hold onto big leads.

Chicago Bears (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0) – 49ers -6.5

Prediction: Chicago, 29-24 – The Bears are desperate after a pathetic home loss to Buffalo. An 0-2 start, in their division, is a definite blow to playoff chances. San Francisco, meanwhile, somehow avoids any media barrage for their handling of the Ray McDonald situation. We’ll see how immune Jim Harbaugh is to criticism once his team starts losing some games.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1) – Colts -3

Prediction: Philadelphia, 35-27 – These two teams look almost like mirror images of each other. Both have solid offensive units carrying mediocre defenses. Both also feature starting QBs from the 2012 NFL draft. However, Philadelphia boasts perhaps the best running game in the league. Meanwhile, Trent Richardson continues to prove he’s nothing more than another first round running back bust. If Nick Foles can play like he did during the second half of last week’s game, the Eagles should be 2-0.



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