The second week of the NFL season is upon us. We are bringing you our week two NFL scores, excluding the Thursday night game. Give them a look and let us know what you think!
Cleveland Browns v. Baltimore Ravens
This game is going to be all about defense. DeShone Kizer is in for a rude awakening against this much improved Ravens defense, who shut out the Bengals in week one. The Ravens will continue to pound the ball with Terrance West and Javorius Allen.
Score: Ravens 20, Browns 7
Low scoring game, Ravens dominate most of the game and just give up a late-quarter score to bring it a little closer.
Score: Ravens 20, Browns 14
Cleveland comes into this game a week after nearly upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers, as rookie QB DeShone Kizer showed what could be the future for the Cleveland Browns at the QB position. Joe Flacco and the Ravens are looking to go 2-0 after shutting out the hapless Bengals last weekend. After losing Danny Woodhead to IR, the Ravens will lean on a rag-tag bunch in the backfield to try to lead them to victory. As this is another division game I expect it to be close, however, the Ravens will ultimately pull it out.
Score: Ravens 20, Browns 13
The Browns showed signs of promise week 1 against the Steelers. They finally might have a decent quarterback in DeShone Kizer. However, going to Baltimore is going to be too much for Kizer and the Browns offense. The ravens strength is a very stingy defense so this should be low scoring game.
Score: Ravens 17, Browns 9
Buffalo Bills vs. Carolina Panthers
The Bills beats the lowly New York Jets last week, but now they will have to go up against Cam Newton and the Panthers. The key for the Bills is going to be to stop the two-headed monster of Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey. However, I do not think they are going to be able to.
Score: Panthers 28, Bills 17
With a healthy LeSean McCoy, I believe this game will be close all the way through. Panthers just squeak by with the help of their passing game against a diminished Bills pass defense
Score: Panthers 27, Bills 21
LeSean McCoy looked to be the catalyst for the Bills otherwise anemic offense last weekend as he helped lead them to a win over the Jets. The Panthers meanwhile steamrolled the 49ers, as rookie running-back Christian McCaffery made his long-awaited debut. I don’t see much offense from the Bills other than through McCoy, and the Bills defense is beatable. Carolina takes care of business at home to move to 2-0.
Score: Panthers 24, Bills 14
I can’t see any way the Bills can keep up with the Panthers in Carolina. It’ll be interesting to see how Christian McCaffrey progresses after a good preseason and game 1.
Score: Panthers 27, Bills 14
Indianapolis Colts vs. Arizona Cardinals
Injuries galore in this game. No Andrew Luck for the Colts and no David Johnson for the Cardinals. We saw last week how much the Colts need Andrew Luck, as they were destroyed by the Rams. The Cardinals have a better defense than the Rams and the change to Jacoby Brissett is not the answer for the Colts. They need Luck back.
Score: Cardinals 30, Colts 13
Score: Cardinals 27, Colts 13
Other than the Bengals/Texans Thursday Night Football crap-fest, this could be the worst game of the week. The Cardinals head into Indy post-David Johnson as he was put on IR earlier this week with a wrist injury. The Colts will once again be without star QB Andrew Luck as they are starting recently acquired QB Jacoby Brissett after Scott Tolzien‘s horrendous showing last weekend vs the Rams. Not trusting in the Colts defense, I predict the Cardinals will right their ship and get their first W of the season as the Colts move to 0-2.
Score: Cardinals 27, Colts 10
This game could be a mess. The cardinals lost David Johnson last week and didn’t look good against the lions. The colts are without Andrew Luck and just look bad. The Cardinals should have enough in the passing game to make up for losing David Johnson.
Score: Cardinals 30, Colts 10
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars defense looked phenomenal in week one, but their offense, not so much. Blake Bortles continued his struggles from the preseason, but Leonard Fournette did have a great game on the ground. The Titans will most certainly be planning to stop the run against the Jags. If they can do so, they should win this game as their offense is much better than the Texans and will be too much for the Jaguars to handle.
Score: Titans 27, Jaguars 20
Defense will factor in this game. I like Titans as my preseason surprise pick for AFC South champions. Marcus Mariota is so much better than Bortles and will play like it.
Score: Titans 24, Jaguars 21
The Titans and Jaguars head into a reversal of order as the Jags took care of business in Week 1, while the Titans fought hard but came up short. Leonard Fournette showed right from the gate how good he can be, as well as how the offense will be running through him (no pun intended), with Allen Robinson going down for the season with an ACL tear. The Titans run game was anemic, however, rookie WR Corey Davis showed a glimpse of how good he will be. This one will probably be what everyone expects and I am taking the Titans for their first win of the season.
Score: Titans 23, Jaguars 17
This isn’t your father’s Jaguars – they have a defense and running game good enough to win games. All they need is for Blake Bortles to be just good enough and I think he will this game. The upset special.
Score: Jaguars 21, Titans 20
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs looked like world beaters last week against the New England Patriots. They had a long week off, which means plenty of preparation for the Eagles. The Eagles have had the Chiefs’ number the last few times they have played each other, but I think the tables will turn this week. Even without Eric Berry, the defense will be too much for Carson Wentz and co. to handle. Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt will not be what they were last week. However, they will be good enough to get the job done again.
Score: Chiefs 30, Eagles 20
Feels like it’ll be closer than others think it will be. Carson Wentz looks hungry with the Eagles, but I think Hunt and the Chiefs will find a way to get through that growing Eagles D and pick up a W.
Score: Chiefs 28, Eagles 20
The Chiefs showed up to play last week as they manhandled the Patriots in New England, on the night that the Patriots celebrated their 5th championship in 15 years. Kareem Hunt looked like he was on another planet as he racked up 246 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wow. The Eagles showed strong in Week 1 as Carson Wentz torched the Redskins defense for 307 yards and a couple of scores. However, the Chiefs are at home and Arrowhead is a raucous place to play, which is why I am going with the Chiefs to move to 2-0.
Score: Chiefs 27, Eagles 17
The Andy Reid bowl! It’s a cliche that arrowhead is tough for visiting teams, but it does give the Chiefs an advantage.
Score: Chiefs 35, Eagles 19
New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints
SHOOTOUT ALERT! This game is going to contain A TON of offense. The Patriots’ defense got torn apart by the Chiefs last week and the Saints’ offense will only create more problems. However, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will not accept another loss so they come away with the win.
Score: Patriots 40, Saints 33
A shootout that ends with a last minute drive down the field from Tom Brady, little defense will be displayed here.
Score: Patriots 31, Saints 28
Out of all Week 2 games, this is the one I may be most excited about mainly because of the shootout potential. The Patriots came into 2017 with what was perceived to be a pretty good defense. Last week, however, the Chiefs came into Foxborough and hung 42 on their way to victory. The Saints defense was atrocious and giving Tom Brady ten days to prepare is almost not even fair. As the highest over/under of the week, I am picking another upset as the Saints get into the win column and the mighty Patriots scare everyone as they fall to 0-2.
Score: Saints 31, Patriots 28
It’s not often you have two Hall of Fame quarterbacks playing each other. This might be a high scoring game, but the Patriots have had 10 days of rest. On top of that, they’re not going to be embarrassed two games in a row.
Score: Patriots 41, Saints 28
Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
With or without Sam Bradford, I think the Steelers at home are too much for the Vikings to handle. If you pay attention to football at all you know Ben Roethlisberger thrives at home and struggles on the road. You will see a totally different team than you saw last week against the Browns. Le’Veon Bell will get the ball more, while Antonio Brown will continue to do his thing. Martavis Bryant will come to life as well.
Score: Steelers 24, Vikings 13
This is the result if Sam Bradford plays, if not then the Steelers win big. Roethlisberger plays better at home and has multiple weapons to even beat the tough Vikings defense.
Score: Steelers 24, Vikings 20
The Vikings came out on fire in Week 1 as Sammy Biscuits (credit to the Fantasy Footballers) was hot vs the Saints leading them to the W. He looked to have a great rapport with both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and even Kyle Rudolph found the end zone for a score. Pittsburgh looked sloppy last weekend and superstar running-back Le’Veon Bell couldn’t find his groove. That being said, there are reports that Bradford may miss the game tomorrow with some post-ACL related soreness and the Steelers are at home with a new week upon us. I’m taking Pittsburgh all the way here.
Score: Steelers 31, Vikings 20
There are some great match-ups here. The Steelers offense and the Vikings defense are highly ranked. The Vikings offense and Steelers defense are not considered as great, but should be better than last year. The Steelers big play ability and playing at home should put them over the top.
Score: Steelers 27, Vikings 18
Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The new look offense of the Buccaneers will finally be taking the field. The Bears kept the game respectable last week against the Falcons, but that was in Chicago. Traveling to Tampa may be a different story. The Buccaneers are one of the most improved teams in the NFL this season. Jameis Winston and company should handle this game with ease.
Score: Buccaneers 27, Bears 14
Emotions running high for the Bucs after Hurricane Irma. They come out fast and furious under Jameis Winston and don’t look back.
Score: Buccaneers 30, Bears 16
Last weekend the Bears looked rejuvenated behind the quickness of rookie running-back Tarik Cohen as they nearly pulled off what would have been the biggest Week 1 upset against the defending NFC Champion Falcons. Meanwhile, the Bucs started their season with a bye, so this is the first time we will get to see Famous Jameis in action. Seeing how Chicago played last week (not completely terrible), I am going to make this my upset of the week as the Bears go on the road and get their first W.
Score: Bears 24, Buccaneers 21
Tampa bay didn’t get to play week 1, so there’s a chance they could be rusty. However, this is another game where they have too many weapons and are at home.
Score: Buccaneers 21, Bears 13
Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
Ugly. The one word to describe how this game is going to be. The Jets got owned by the Bills last week and the Raiders are lightyears better than them. This game will be over with from the start. Marshawn Lynch will see plenty of work as LeSean McCoy tore up the Jets for over 100 yards on the ground last week. Just don’t even bother watching this game.
Score: Raiders 35, Jets 7
Nothing more lop-sided than this matchup. Raiders at home will throw the ball all over and their defense will prevent the Jets from doing anything.
Score: Raiders 31, Jets 10
When it comes to the Jets, there is no easy way to sugarcoat it: they stink. They will continue to stink and I don’t see it getting better this entire season. The Oakland Raiders find themselves on the opposite end of that spectrum as they opened their 2017 season with a win last weekend against the Titans. As the Jets gear up to head to Oakland, this one is shaping up to be a blowout. Derek Carr looked as solid as always last week and Amari Cooper found the endzone on a red zone target, which was great to see. Marshawn Lynch made his return to football in the black and silver as he looked pretty good himself. There was nothing noteworthy to mention about the Jets in Week 1 and that will probably be the case all season. Oakland runs away with this one fast.
Score: Raiders 34, Jets 9
This could be ugly. No, this will be ugly.
Score: Raiders 42, Jets 10
Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers were a missed field goal from forcing overtime against the Broncos last week. I think they are a much better team than people are giving them credit for. Keenan Allen is healthy for now, Melvin Gordon will build off of last year and their defense is underrated. We finally get to see Jay Cutler back in action this week. Who will be his go to receiver? Will it be DeVante Parker or Jarvis Landry? I think this will be one of the better games played this week.
Score: Chargers 24, Dolphins 23
Cutler may be a little rusty after not having an NFL game snap since Week 12 last year and will have to face two very tough corners on the Chargers defense.
Score: Chargers 23, Dolphins 17
The Dolphins, like the Bucs, will have their opening week in Week 2, as they were also derailed by the hurricane last week. Jay Cutler makes his “welcome out of retirement” debut for the Dolphins, which should be interesting to watch. The Chargers are coming off a hard-fought Week 1 road tilt in which they saw their hopes of a win dashed thanks to Shelby Harris, as their last second field goal attempt was blocked. They’ll aim to bounce back this weekend at home. I am taking the Chargers in this one as they pull it out.
Score: Chargers 30, Dolphins 17
This is a very even matchup. The Chargers will play their first game in the StubHub Center, so who knows if that’ll be a home field advantage.
Score: Chargers 29, Dolphins 28
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
It does not matter who the Cowboys’ offensive line goes up against, they are going to win the battle every single time. Ezekiel Elliott will find holes to hit all game and Dak Prescott will have plenty of time to read the field. The Giants were not able to stop this offense and neither will the Broncos. The question will be, can the Broncos put pressure on the Cowboys defense? If they can they will win the game, but I do not think they will be able to.
Score: Cowboys 23, Broncos 17
Cowboys win it with the running game and don’t let Trevor Siemian do too much to them on defense.
Score: Cowboys 24, Broncos 14
The Cowboys and Broncos both got out into the win column in Week 1, as they both look to build on their momentum heading into Week 2. After what felt like a long time, it was determined last week that Ezekiel Elliot would be suiting up for the near future after he was initially suspended 6 games, which will be a huge test for the Broncos as they were one of the worst run defensive teams in the NFL in 2016. However, they did hold the Chargers to 2.9 yards per carry last week, so they will look to continue to shut him down. The Broncos defense looks as great as always and Dak Prescott will find himself in an interesting matchup trying to maneuver around the “No Fly Zone”. Dallas will play Denver hard, but ultimately I think Denver pulls it out to move to 2-0 on the season.
Score: Broncos 24, Cowboys 20
What a matchup! This should be a very close game, but Dallas’ strong offensive game should be enough to put the Cowboys on top.
Score: Cowboys 24, Broncos 23
Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams absolutely dominated the Colts in every aspect of the game last week, while the Redskins did not look very good at all. Kirk Cousins struggled and the running game was non-existent. The Eagles offense is much better than the Rams and I think that will be the difference this week. Cousins will bounce back, while the defense will pressure Jared Goff just enough to win this game.
Score: Redskins 21, Rams 17
To some the Redskins are underdogs after that sloppy Week 1 game and the Rams crushing the Colts, but I think Kirk Cousins has a bounce-back game and finds a way to win the game.
Score: Redskins 17, Rams 13
This is a tale of two strange narratives. First, the Redskins looked awful last week as they were pushed around by the Eagles. Meanwhile, the Rams, and most importantly Jared Goff, stepped up against the Colts as he finally looked the part of an NFL Quarterback. While this was one game, and it was against the defenseless Colts, it is still positive for that team under their new coaching regime. The Redskins offense will aim to bounce back as Kirk Cousins tries to secure the win. That, however, does not happen this weekend, as the Rams keep rolling under McVay and find themselves 2-0.
Score: Rams 23, Redskins 17
This one is a toss up. We know the Rams defense will be tough, especially with Aaron Donald back. Will it be good enough to stop the Redskins?
Score: Rams 21, Redskins 18
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
This game will be dominated by the Seahawks defense, but it will not be as big of a blowout as people expect because the Seahawks cannot score. The offensive line looked atrocious against the Packers last week, as Russell Wilson had no time in the pocket and the run game had no holes to hit. However, the 49ers are not a good team and Seattle’s defense is top notch. This is the Seahawks’ game from the start.
Score: Seahawks 24, 49ers 7
Similar to Jets/Raiders, lop-sided on both sides of the football. Seattle runs the ball down their throats.
Score: Seahawks 28, 49ers 14
This once anticipates being another blowout as the Seahawks look to bounce back after a disappointing Week 1 performance against the Packers. The 49ers looked worse than people initially predicted, even if those predictions weren’t much better, as they find themselves in a very tough matchup in one of the hardest places to play in the NFL, in Seattle. Russell Wilson will aim to bounce back and I believe he does and that he has a big game. Not much to talk about with the 49ers and I think Seattle runs away with this game.
Score: Seahawks 41, 49ers 10
The 49ers usually play terrible football in Seattle and this game should be no different. Seahawks in a rout.
Score: Seahawks 42, 49ers 17
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
This game, like New England against New Orleans, will be a shootout. There will be just a little less scoring as both defenses are a tad bit better. However, it is very hard to stop either offense. I think the Packers are the best team in the league right now. The game will come down to who has the better offense and I think the answer is Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers was able to beat the Seahawks’ defense last week. You think the Falcons’ defense can stop him? No way. Expect Julio Jones to have a HUGE game as well.
Score: Packers 33, Falcons 30
A hard-fought battle. I think the Falcons’ O-line will work better in their favor and help Matt Ryan and the run game get going in their first game at their new stadium.
Score: Falcons 28, Packers 27
The only other game that has this high of scoring potential is the Patriots and Saints. This game is another one that has the opportunity to get out of hand and light up the scoreboard. The Falcons are coming off what is arguably one of the hardest Super Bowl losses in recent memory, and they are playing a Packers team that knows how to score. The Falcons survived the Bears, while the Packers took care of the Seahawks. I am excited to watch Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan chuck the ball up and down the field as there should be many scoring chances. Because they are at home I am taking the Falcons in this one as they move to 2-0.
Score: Falcons 37, Packers 31
A rematch of the NFC championship game where the Falcons won by a large margin. Since it’s in Atlanta, expect a similar result. However, the score will be closer.
Score: Falcons 37, Packers 33
Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
The Giants looked real bad last week, while the Lions looked very good. However, I think the Giants will get Odell Beckham back this week and he will be the difference maker. The Giants’ offensive line needs to improve or else they are going no where this year. The Lions defense is not very good and their offense is very one-dimensional. The Giants will stop Matthew Stafford and the passing game, which will be the key to winning this game.
Score: Giants 20, Lions 13
Will be a field-goal kind of game. OBJ returns to help spread out that Giants offense and their defense will again stifle Matthew Stafford.
Score: Giants 23, Lions 19
The Lions travel to New York to play the Giants on this week’s MNF game. Last week, despite a slow start, the Lions rebounded nicely with a big win over the Cardinals as Matt Stafford showed his moxie once again. The Giants looked completely lost without Odell Beckham Jr., while the newest Giant, Brandon Marshall, was held without a catch until late in the 4th quarter. The run games for both teams looked atrocious as well, so we will see what kinds of changes they made. Something else to note is that it still does remain to be seen if OBJ will be able to play and so right now I am operating as if he will not return for Week 2. I believe this one lands more on the defensive side of the ball and will take the Lions to move to 2-0.
Score: Lions 27, Giants 13
There’s something wrong with the Giants. It’s not just that Odell Beckham Jr. is hurt and might not play. Eli Manning did not look good Week 1 and if he’s not on his game, it could be a long season for the Giants.
Score: Lions 28, Giants 17
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