NFL Week 2 Picks, Predictions: Jaguars, Raiders use offense to score upset wins

Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr.com

Photo: Keith Allison via Flickr.com

Welp, Week 1 was an adrenaline-filled slate complete with comebacks, upsets, and season-altering injuries as well.

Last week, I felt confident in each of my picks, but many of the teams I predicted against proved me wrong in a variety of different ways.

Week 1 was historic as well, as ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter pointed out:

Will Week 2 give us as many close games?

Let’s take a look at each matchup together:


Thursday, Sept. 15

New York Jets (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)

I was high on the Bills offense and their weapons last week but they managed a single touchdown all game against the Ravens and just couldn’t put anything meaningful together.

The Jets, on the other hand got torched by the Bengals passing threat but managed to lose by only a point last weekend.

I like Ryan Fitzpatrick in this game and New York has a better chance of figuring things out in the short week than Buffalo does.

Q’s Pick: Jets, 23-17


Sunday, Sept. 18

Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Detroit Lions (1-0)

It may not have been a complete upset, but the Lions did work against the Colts last weekend, utilizing Ameer Abdullah and a new-look offense.

DeMarco Murray was successful in Tennessee’s own new-look offense and he should reach the endzone again this weekend, just not enough times to outscore Detroit.

Q’s Pick: Lions, 26-21


Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0)

The biggest matchup to watch in this game is how Brock Osweiler and Houston’s explosive passing game fares against the Chiefs secondary that took awhile to gel last week.

On the other side, Alex Smith has proven he can win close games and has the poise to lead his team to a comeback if the Chiefs fall behind early again this week.

This is going to be one of the closest games of the week.

Q’s Pick: Texans, 30-28


Miami Dolphins (0-1) at New England Patriots (1-0)

The Dolphins defense shut down the Seahawks in Week 1 but won’t perform as well against Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots.

New England’s offense has the tools to make this a blow out but the final stat line will be close.

Q’s Pick: Patriots, 27-20


Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)

The Browns spent last week struggling with Robert Griffin III and now they need to figure out how to win with Josh McCown.

At least he has Terrelle Pryor, to target right?

Joe Flacco should lead the Ravens and their improved defense to a win in Cleveland.

Q’s Pick: Ravens, 23-17


Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Sorry Baltimore, but the Bengals have made this rivalry the most intense in the AFC North. There’s certainly hard feelings after how the AFC Wild Card game went last year so expect some hard hits at Heinz Field.

The Steelers offense looked so explosive last week that it’s hard to pick against them; Antonio Brown and company will be too much for the Bengals secondary to handle.

Q’s Pick: Steelers, 29-19


Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Washington Redskins (0-1)

The Cowboys didn’t give themselves a chance to win last weekend. Terrance Williams, just step out of bounds!

A bigger concern is that Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant only connected one time and that needs to change if the Cowboys have any hope of winning games this year.

Josh Norman will get the Bryant assignment so that opens up the rest of the offense, which should be just enough for Dallas to sneak by with a win.

Q’s Pick: Cowboys, 24-23


New Orleans Saints (0-1) at New York Giants (1-0)

The Saints will score points, we know that, but their defense had a lot of trouble with the Raiders last weekend.

Now they have to control Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz? Drew Brees will keep it a close game but the Giants should be able to hang on at home.

 Q’s Pick: Giants, 30-28


San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Wide left! Sorry Graham Gano, but hopefully the Panthers don’t need a game-winning field goal to get their first win of the season at home.

San Francisco isn’t a bad team, but Cam Newton is healthy (or so he says) and he doesn’t lose at home.

Q’s Pick: Panthers, 30-21


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

Jameis Winston scored four touchdowns last week, but the Falcons secondary doesn’t have Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Bucannon, etc., etc.

Arizona should feel pumped after general manager Steve Keim publicly called them out on their local radio station after last week’s loss to the Patriots.

I don’t see the Cardinals losing two in a row at home.

Q’s Pick: Cardinals, 27-22


Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-1)

Russell Wilson isn’t 100 percent with an ankle injury and even when he was last week, the Dolphins pretty much shut him down.

The Rams have a much bigger, better defense that didn’t show up against the 49ers, but they’ve had Seattle’s number winning three of their last four meetings.

Don’t forget, this is also the Rams first game in Los Angeles since the mid-90s.

Q’s Pick: Rams, 20-17


Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)

This is the first time these teams are playing without one of them having Peyton Manning since the Revolutionary War, but the Broncos have had some extra rest and time to prepare for Andrew Luck.

The Colts offense knows how to score points, but the Broncos defense has shown they can stop high-flying offenses.

Once again, Trevor Siemian is the difference maker. His performance determines the winner of this game.

Q’s Pick: Broncos, 29-24


Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (1-0)

Derek Carr to Amari Cooper is one of the most exciting connections to watch in the NFL.

Oakland stood tall against the Saints last weekend and have another test in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, but I’ll give the edge to the underdog.

Can we even call Oakland that anymore?

Q’s Pick: Raiders, 31-27


Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)

The Jaguars were this close to upsetting the Packers last weekend and the Chargers were this close to blowing out the Chiefs.

Neither happened, but Blake Bortles looked like he finally has his offense clicking and under control while the Chargers looked like they forgot how to score in the second half last week.

This should be another good one, but the Jags have more weapons and a better D.

Q’s Pick: Jaguars, 26-20


Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

These teams have the best chance to win the NFC North and this is the first meeting between the two this season.

Shaun Hill played average at best and Adrian Peterson was a non-factor last week, but the latter will surely change in Week 2.

I just don’t think it will be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and company who are coming off a too-close-to-comfort win in Jacksonville.

Q’s Pick: Packers, 30-23


Monday, Sept. 19

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Chicago Bears (0-1)

The Eagles put up 29 against the Browns last week, but more impressive was Carson Wentz in his NFL debut. He threw for 278 yards with a pair of touchdowns and looked poised and comfortable in the Eagles offense.

The Bears have a chance to make this a close game but they need to tighten up the offensive line, which allowed five sacks and only helped Jeremy Langford rush for 57 yards last week.

If Chicago can’t get the offense going, the Eagles will “Fly Eagles Fly” away with a victory in the final game of the weekend.

Q’s Pick: Eagles, 27-19


Last Week’s Record: 6-10

Season Record: 6-10

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