Well the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills sure know how to put on a show right? That was quite the entertaining game to open up week 2 in the NFL. Jets pulled off the win 37-31, but it wasn’t easy though Ryan Fitzpatrick sure made it look easy carving up that Rex Ryan defense. I’d also like to thank Matt Forte for what he did in one of my fantasy leagues. What else will we see in week 2? Find out now in the Football Friday edition of “the stack” for today, Friday, September 16th:
San Francisco 49ers @ Carolina Panthers 1 PM ET FOX
Even I was surprised that the 49ers not only shut out the Los Angeles Rams, but put up 28 on them Monday night. Against a Panthers team looking to forget last week’s defeat against the defending Super Bowl champions, if they can keep it within two touchdowns it would be a miracle.
Prediction: Panthers 38 49ers 14
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns 1 PM ET CBS
If RGIII were starting in this one, I was really thinking of picking the Browns. I don’t know why it would change so much with Josh McCown. I really want to pick the Browns, but I feel like the Ravens will do enough to get the win.
Prediction: Ravens 20 Browns 16
Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions 1 PM ET CBS
Smash mouth football wasn’t really all that smash mouth last week against the Vikings. The Lions offense seems somewhat potent though the Colts defense had a lot to do with that. Still, I like the Lions to win this one in part because they have a veteran quarterback and their offensive coordinator (Jim Bob Cooter) is pretty good.
Prediction: Lions 27 Titans 20
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans 1 PM ET CBS
If you don’t think the Texans don’t remember the whooping that the Chiefs put on them in the playoffs last year (30-0) you have another thing coming for you. The Texans remember and they want revenge. New quarterback and new running back. Don’t think the Chiefs will be able to come back in this one.
Prediction: Texans 23 Chiefs 20
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots 1 PM ET CBS
The Dolphins were so close to beating the Seahawks last week in Seattle. They have a good chance to beat the Patriots, but New England is playing their first home game of the season. Gronk might play and if the Patriots can beat the Arizona Cardinals on the road without Gronk or Brady, they should be able to hold off the Dolphins.
Prediction: Patriots 23 Dolphins 17
New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants 1 PM ET FOX
Last year’s matchup between these two teams was high scoring (52-49 Saints in case you needed a reminder). This year’s game won’t quite be as high scoring, but Eli Manning will have a field day against that Saints defense and Drew Brees is going to do what he can to keep up. It won’t be enough.
Prediction: Giants 38 Saints 27
Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers 1 PM ET CBS
Is this the NFL’s best rivalry at the moment? It certainly feels like it. These teams hate each other. Antonio Brown will want to have a big game after what the Bengals did to him last year in the playoffs. No Vontaze Burfict for the Bengals. They got a big win at the Jets last week, but I don’t see it happening this week unless A.J. Green has another big game. Even that might not be enough.
Prediction: Steelers 27 Bengals 20
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington 1 PM ET FOX
Both teams had disappointing outings in week one. Hopefully Cowboys fans have forgiven Terrence Williams for his miscue to end the game last week. Until Dallas can prove that they can win with anyone other than Tony Romo under center, I can’t pick the Cowboys to win.
Prediction: Washington 24 Cowboys 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM ET FOX
You hate to label games as “must-win” this early in the season, but if the Cardinals lose this game they will be 0-2 with both losses coming at home. They can ill-afford for that to happen. They must come out ready to strike, something that they didn’t do last week against New England. Jameis Winston is great and everything, but I can’t pick against the Cardinals in this one.
Prediction: Cardinals 27 Buccaneers 17
Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM ET FOX
Welcome back to L.A. professional football. The Rams didn’t decide to show up for Monday night’s game in San Francisco, but something tells me they will be ready for this game against Seattle. Combine that with the questions surrounding Russell Wilson’s ankle and if he’ll be 100 percent and I’m going major upset and taking the Rams.
Prediction: Rams 13 Seahawks 12
Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos 4:25 PM ET CBS
When Andrew Luck looks across the line of scrimmage at the Broncos defense that is about to pummel him, he’s going to wish that Ryan Grigson would have the intelligence to get him a good defense. If the Colts can allow the Lions to put up 39 points on them, what will the Broncos be able to do with Trevor Siemian?
Prediction: Broncos 30 Colts 20
Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM ET CBS
Falcons blew a golden opportunity to start 1-0 by losing to the Bucs at home last week. The Raiders won a huge game last week in New Orleans and now in what could be their last season in Oakland, they want to make the fans in the Black Hole happy right away to start the season.
Prediction: Raiders 27 Falcons 24
Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers 4:25 PM ET CBS
Doesn’t sound like Joey Bosa will play this week for the Chargers. We’ll see who can step up for them on offense now that Keenan Allen is done for the year with a torn ACL. The Jaguars impressed a lot of people against the Packers last week and they will impress again this week. Unlike last week though, they’ll earn a W on Sunday.
Prediction: Jaguars 27 Chargers 23
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings 8:30 PM ET NBC
The Vikings open up a new stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium is absolutely gorgeous. If the Vikings had Teddy Bridgewater playing I would have no doubt that they win this game, but they don’t. It’s Sam Bradford or Shaun Hill and by all accounts it sounds like Bradford will get the nod. Adrian Peterson needs to have a monster game after last week’s egg, but I don’t think it will be enough and the Vikings will lose to their biggest rival who will win the first ever regular season game at The Bank.
Prediction: Packers 26 Vikings 17
Coming up Monday: Week 2 NFL Sunday reaction plus MNF preview