NFL Week 2 Predictions 2013
The first week of NFL games are in the books. The Chip Kelly era started in Philadelphia with an impressive win over the Washington Redskins. The Eagles offense put up 26 points in the first half, and held on despite a strong second half by the Skins. Former Eagle coach, Andy Reid, also got off to a winning start in his debut with the Chiefs. They cruised to a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Denver Broncos kicked off the NFL season against the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos actually trailed at home in the first half, but exploded for 35 points in the second half as Peyton Manning ended the game with a record tying seven TD passes. The Broncos travel to East Rutherford in the “Manning Bowl” as Peyton takes on little brother Eli.
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Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers (-7)
Matchup: Robert Griffin (RG3) returned to lineup last week against the Eagles, but struggled in the first half as the Redskins came up short. Green Bay hung with the 49ers in week one, but couldn’t get over hump losing by six. One of these playoff teams from last year will leave Lambeau at 0-2.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 31 – Redskins 27
Dan’s Pick: Packers 30 – Redskins 20
Matt’s Pick: Packers 37 – Redskins 24
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)
Matchup: The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens led the Denver Broncos at halftime, but were outscored 35-10 in the second half on the way to a 22 point defeat. The Browns managed only 10 points at home and lost their opener to the Dolphins. It will be interesting to see if the Ravens can bounce back here.
Steve’s Pick: Ravens 27 – Browns 24
Dan’s Pick: Ravens 24 – Browns 14
Matt’s Pick: Ravens 28 – Browns 14
St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons (-7)
Matchup: The St. Louis Rams travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons and former teammate RB Stephen Jackson. The Rams started the season with a comeback win against the Cardinals outscoring them 14-0 in the 4th. The Falcons had the ball inside the Saint 10 yard line late in the game, but couldn’t punch it into the endzone.
Steve’s Pick: Falcons 27 – Rams 23
Dan’s Pick: Falcons 34 – Rams 24
Matt’s Pick: Falcons 34 – Rams 21
San Diego Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles (-7.5)
Matchup: The Eagles jumped all over the Redskins in the first half and held on as Chip Kelly won his first NFL game. The Chargers suffered a devastating loss Monday night at the hands of the Texans. After taking a 28-7 lead in the third, SD was outscored 24-0 by the Texans to end the game.
Steve’s Pick: Eagles 27 – Chargers 26
Dan’s Pick: Eagles 33 – Chargers 23
Matt’s Pick: Eagles 24 – Chargers 14
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-6)
Matchup: The Minnesota Vikings look to change their luck as they travel to Chicago. The Vikings have been owned by the Bears in recent years. The Bears have taken the last 11 of 12 at home against the Vikings, including six straight. The Bears look to start 2-0 after nice comeback win last week against Cincinnati.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 28 – Vikings 24
Dan’s Pick: Bears 23 – Vikings 20
Matt’s Pick: Bears 21 – Vikings 14
Carolina Panthers (-3) at Buffalo Bills
Matchup: The Buffalo Bills gave the New England Patriots all they could handle last week, but came up a little bit short 23-21. They’ll look to get their first win against a Carolina team that lost a tough against Seattle last week. The Panthers were driving late for the go ahead touchdown when DeAngelo Williams fumbled eight yards away from the end zone. This is Carolina’s first visit to Buffalo since 2005.
Steve’s Pick: Panthers 30 – Bills 20
Dan’s Pick: Panthers 27 – Bills 23
Matt’s Pick: Panthers 31 – Bills 17
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-9)
Matchup: The Titans are off a big upset win in Pittsburgh where they led the entire game after a 2-0 deficit. The Titans now travel to Houston to take on a Texan teams off a thrilling win in SD.
Steve’s Pick: Texans 34 – Titans 27
Dan’s Pick: Texans 20 – Titans 10
Matt’s Pick: Texans 27 – Titans 20
Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts (-3)
Matchup: This is a battle of 1-0 teams. The Colts did enough to get the win last week against the Oakland Raiders. The Dolphins won on the road last week at Cleveland 23-10 led by QB Ryan Tannehill.
Steve’s Pick: Colts 27 – Dolphins 17
Dan’s Pick: Colts 24 – Dolphins 20
Matt’s Pick: Colts 21 – Dolphins 10
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)
Matchup: Andy Reid faces one of his old rivals as the Cowboys visit Kansas City. The Chiefs routed the Jaguars as new KC quarterback Alex Smith went 21 of 34 in Jacksonville. The Cowboys played a wild one at home against Giants and found a way to win 36-31.
Steve’s Pick: Chiefs 31 – Cowboys 27
Dan’s Pick: Cowboys 28 – Chiefs 24
Matt’s Pick: Cowboys 24 – Chiefs 17
New Orleans Saints (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matchup: The Bucs look for their first win as they take on the Saints in Tampa Bay. The Bucs lost a tough one to Jets after leading most of the way. The Saints, with Sean Payton back at the helm, outlasted the Falcons 23-17.
Steve’s Pick: Saints 33 – Buccaneers 23
Dan’s Pick: Saints 40 – Buccaneers 33
Matt’s Pick: Saints 31 – Buccaneers 27
Detroit Lions (-1) at Arizona Cardinals
Matchup: Arizona and new QB Carson Palmer played well last week until the fourth quarter against the Rams and fell 27-24. The Lions look to go 2-0 after taking care of the Vikings last week at home.
Steve’s Pick: Lions 34 – Cardinals 20
Dan’s Pick: Lions 27 – Cardinals 20
Matt’s Pick: Cardinals 21 – Lions 20
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at NY Giants
Matchup: The third “Manning Bowl” takes place Sunday as Peyton looks to go 3-0 against little brother Eli. Peyton is off a huge game against the Ravens where he threw seven TD’s. Eli and Giants were hit by the turnover bug in Dallas in a loss to the Cowboys. All-Pro Denver linebacker, Von Miller, remains suspended and will not play.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 41 – Giants 38
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 30 – Giants 23
Matt’s Pick: Broncos 41 – Giants 35
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (-6)
Matchup:A battle of two teams that have struggled mightily over the the last decade. Watch this one with your eyes covered.
Steve’s Pick: Raiders 23 – Jaguars 20
Dan’s Pick: Raiders 24 – Jaguars 10
Matt’s Pick: Raiders 17 – Jaguars 10
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-3)
Matchup: The game of the week. Seattle was undefeated at home last year, and look to expand on that streak as the 49ers come to Seattle. Both teams came out victorious last week, but only one will be 2-0 when the clock strikes zero.
Steve’s Pick: Seahawks 33 – 49ers 20
Dan’s Pick: 49ers 17 – Seahawks 13
Matt’s Pick: 49ers 24 – Seahawks 20
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati Bengals (-7)
Matchup: The Steelers were shutdown last week against Tennessee at home, and they lost Center Maurkice Pouncey. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee, and linebacker Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. Cincy looks to bounce back from a tough loss in Chicago.
Steve’s Pick: Bengals 24 – Steelers 20
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 40 – Steelers 7
Matt’s Pick: Bengals 23 – Steelers 20
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