One week down, but a long way to go. Whether you survived Week 1 by the skin of your teeth with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles or sat back and enjoyed the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears roll their opponent, you are moving on to Week 2. The Thursday Night schedule starts this week so make sure to get your picks in. Read the full game-by-game analysis and my choice for Week 2.
Week 1: Chicago Bears –
Chicago at Green Bay – This is a divisional game, so avoid in survivor, but you have to like the Packers to rebound at home. You will be able watch one of the top waiver claims of Week 1, Randall Cobb, on national television.
Tampa Bay at New York Giants – The defending Super Bowl champions will have an extra few days to prepare for the Buccaneers, and they need to win this home game before they travel to Carolina on a short week in Week 3. I like the Giants to bounceback and are a top option for Week 2.
Arizona at New England – The other Super Bowl XLVI contestant is a potential choice for Week 2. New England is a great option in its home opener against Arizona. They are virtually a lock, but it is up to you if you choose to use them this early in the season.
Minnesota at Indianapolis – Andrew Luck makes his home debut, and in this toss-up, I will take the home team.
New Orleans at Carolina – This is an intriguing game as the Saints need to win on the road in order to avoid an 0-2 hole. They failed against Robert Griffin III and now must face a similar quarterback in Cam Newton. The Panthers do not have the same expectations as the Saints, but they do not want to drop another divisional game in their home opener. I would pass on this one.
Kansas City at Buffalo – C.J. Spiller will be the Bills’ lead back as Fred Jackson is expected to miss some time with his knee injury. Kansas City was facing a tough Atlanta attack in Week 1, but now must focus on the Bills running game. Avoid this game in survivor.
Baltimore at Philadelphia – The Eagles will face another AFC North team and hope to see a different Michael Vick in their home opener. This should be a low-scoring physical game, decided by three points.
Oakland at Miami – Stay away, but I guess I will choose Miami at home?
Cleveland at Cincinnati – I feel that a lot of people are going to look at this game and jump on Cincinnati after the Bengals lost on Monday night. I am not one of those people as Cleveland showed it could be physical last weekend against Philadelphia. Joe Haden will miss this game and that is big for the Browns defense, but I still see this game being close.
Houston at Jacksonville – The Texans are a touchdown favorite in this one, but it is on the road, so I would pass until they’re playing at Reliant Stadium. This will be a good test for Maurice Jones-Drew, especially if he needs to carry the full load with the injury to Rashad Jennings.
Dallas at Seattle – Seattle comes home after losing a heartbreaker to Arizona on the road. The Seahawks are a very good home team and I expect them to give all they have to the Cowboys. I would expect Seattle to use a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch in this game and come away with a three-point victory. Pass in survivor.
Washington at St. Louis – The Redskins are another NFC East team that picked up a big road win on opening weekend. The Rams showed some guts behind coach Jeff Fisher as they battled to the finish against Detroit. Look elsewhere.
New York Jets at Pittsburgh – The Steelers should be hungry for a win in this one, but I would avoid this slugfest. Pittsburgh should win this by a touchdown, though, because the Jets are not as good as their Week 1 performance indicated. They will come back down to earth in Week 2.
Tennessee at San Diego – San Diego looked impressive at times on special teams and defense on Monday night, but this may have been due to the fact that Oakland was awful on the opposite sides of the ball. Chris Johnson is always capable of taking over a game, even though it seems as if he hasn’t done that in nearly 20 games. If you are gutsy, take a chance, but I will likely go with a team I consider safer in Week 2.
Sunday Night Football
Detroit at San Francisco – Here is a game I think the 49ers could dominate and win big. Detroit is a weaker version of Green Bay, who the 49ers completely outplayed in Week 1 on the road. Detroit, a dome team, and a poor road team over the last decade, other than last year (5-3 on the road), must travel to San Francisco for its home opener. Detroit lost in this matchup last year by six points at home in the notorious handshake game. I would pass in survivor since both are quality teams, but the 49ers should win this game by at least a touchdown.
Monday Night Football
Denver at Atlanta – This will be a great Monday Night Football shootout, and Peyton Manning makes another primetime performance. It will not get old seeing him in primetime this season, and the countdown has begun until the Tom Brady-Manning matchup occurs.
Week 2 Selections:
My top pick for Week 2 would be the GIANTS. They cannot fall to 0-2 at home and need to keep up with the rest of the NFC East. Another option would be New England or potentially San Diego if you want to go with something more risky. However, I recommend sticking the Giants. Teams I would avoid would be the Bengals and Cowboys.
Good luck in Week 2!