By Andrew Nason
After an exciting and surprising week 1, I, like many NFL teams, am looking to bounce back strong.
Last Week’s Record: 10-5
Season Record: 10-5
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals
Both these offenses combined to score a total of 7 points last week, which makes me glad I will be missing this game to go out for sushi. Deshaun Watson gets the start for the Texans, improving their quarterback situation in my opinion, and I can’t imagine Andy Dalton will play as horrendously as he did last week, so it’s really a toss-up for me. I’ll take the more experienced QB and the home team Bengals.
New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints
Let me paint you a picture. New Orleans defense got shredded both through the air and on the ground Monday night by Sam Bradford and a rookie running back in Dalvin Cook. Now they welcome a pissed off Patriots team to town. Expect a beat down by Brady and the boys.
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
UPSET ALERT! Cleveland gave Pittsburgh a bit of a scare last week, and I’m still not high on the Ravens after they got the best of Andy Dalton on his worst day ever. Baltimore’s defense should give Deshone Kizer issues, but my gut says they can pull this one out.
Buffalo Bills @ Carolina Panthers
I’ve favored the Bills in every game so far this season. That’s been 1 game, and that game was against the Jets, so that nonsense ends today. Cam and company at home should have no problem taking care of business.
Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis Colts
Do I really need to say anything here? Scott Tolzien is starting...
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jags beat Houston last week because of their defense and their run game keeping their offense on the field. Blake Bortles had little to do with it. A real QB in Mariota will fare better against their defense, and as long as the Titans can force the Jags into passing situations, they should wrap up a road division win no problem.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs looked way to explosive last week for me to not take them, especially at home. The loss of Eric Berry for the season will hurt, but their secondary is still one of the best in the NFL. Good luck Wentz.
Minnesota Vikings @ Pittsburgh Steelers
One of my favorite match ups of the week. The Vikings defense looked otherworldly against the Saints, and Sam Bradford played his best game since he was a rookie. Pittsburgh struggled against Cleveland, and Le’Veon Bell couldn’t seem to get anything going, but expect that to change now that they’ve gotten a nice little reality check (almost losing to the Browns will do that to ya).
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Finally, we get a chance to see this new Bucs offense. Chicago played well against the Falcons last week, but Tampa’s offensive firepower and improved defense should be enough for the win.
Miami Dolphins @ Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers showed flashes against one of the league’s top defenses in Denver, and their dynamic duo of defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram should make Smokin Jay Cutler’s job even more difficult. Miami is in for a rough one.
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders
Great chance for the Raiders to pad their stats and rest some starters. Expect a blowout.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s defense shouldn’t have any issues with San Fran’s talent lacking offense, but it will be interesting to see how the Seahawks offensive line holds up against the 49ers pass rush.
Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos
The real battle will be between Dallas’s offense and Denver’s defense. Dallas’s defense embarrassed the Giants last week, but should face more of a challenge against a Broncos team with more weapons. The fact that Ezekiel Elliot will be playing is the biggest difference.
Washington Redskins @ Los Angeles Rams
I told you, Jared Goff is making strides. Yes, it was against the Colts, but still, he looked good. The Rams are feeling good and also get their best player, Aaron Donald, back from his holdout. Look for the defense to give Kirk Cousins fits in front of what I expect will be a slightly bigger crowd in Los Angeles.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Biggest match up of the week. The Packers defense looked improved against Seattle last week and the Falcons had a tough time putting away the lowly Bears, but the reigning NFC champs should come out firing in their first game in their new stadium, although they won’t be able to enjoy any Chick-Fil-A.
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants
The highest paid player in the league looked like it last week against Arizona, throwing for 4 scores in the win. Meanwhile, the G-Men’s offense looked lost without OBJ, and while there are reports he is practicing, there are also reports saying he'll be out longer, so who knows. But even best case he does play, the Giant’s offensive line is the main issue for New York, and while Beckham will help, it won’t be enough. And to Kenny Golloday fantasy owners, just remember what Janoris Jenkins did to Dez Bryant last week. Beware.