Many NFL games definitely didn’t go according to plan in Week 1, which leaves the door open to speculate what is in store for Week 2.
Could Seattle really go 0-2 to start the season? Will Chip Kelly’s Eagles do the same? Can anyone stop Rob Gronkowski?
These are just a few of the questions we will attempt to answer. Based on some observations from the first week of NFL action and other various factors, here are some bold Week 2 predictions.
The Green Bay Packers force the Seattle Seahawks to go 0-2
The Packers will be seeking revenge after a humiliating loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC conference title game from earlier this year.
Green Bay has a home matchup against the Seahawks and their atrocious offensive line that did a terrible job of protecting quarterback Russell Wilson against the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. Another road game against a talented front seven for the Seahawks — a team that scraped up only one offensive touchdown last week — will be challenging.
Look for Aaron Rodgers and company to light it up at Lambeau Field. The Seahawks defense just allowed Nick Foles to pass for 297 yards in Week 1. Imagine what Rodgers will be capable of with a better supporting cast. Plus, Mr. “Discount Double-Check” is dynamite when playing at home. He did not throw one interception in all of 2014 while playing on his own turf.
The Packers will improve to 2-0, leaving the Seahawks winless after Week 2.
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. get their groove back
A Week 2 home matchup against the Atlanta Falcons should find Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. back in their 2014 form.
Forget about their lousy performances in Week 1 and realize that the Falcons just let Sam Bradford torch their defense for 336 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, the secondary allowed Jordan Matthews 10 catches, so Beckham could be poised for a monster day, and once he is in possession of the ball he’s electric.
Surely, the Falcons offense will be tough to keep up with, so Manning will have to air it out to rack up points. And, there shouldn’t be any funny business going on with Manning advising his running back not to score this time around.
Look for Manning to post close to 300 passing yards while Beckham tallies a couple of touchdowns — redeeming his fantasy status along the way.
— New York Giants (@Giants) September 16, 2015
Ameer Abdullah runs wild
Detroit Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah is poised for a grand week against the Minnesota Vikings.
Did anyone watch San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde bust out and make fools of the Vikings deffense on Monday? Hyde rushed for 168 yards on 26 attempts and scored two touchdowns against a nearly invisible run defense.
Abdullah could have his way as well when given his opportunities to touch the ball on Sunday. He was already incredibly impressive in his season debut rushing for 7.14 yards per carry, scoring one rushing touchdown and piling up 105 return yards.
The Vikings will have its hands full when the young speedster comes to town. We predict he’ll Minnesota it for 200 combined yards and two scores.
Johnny Manziel and the Browns outperform Marcus Mariota and the Titans
Say what? We can bet the Cleveland Browns are studying film right this moment on Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota who scored four times in his rookie debut. The Browns are not going to let Mariota get away with what he accomplished last week.
If Johnny Manziel gets the nod to start, at least we know that he has been practicing with the first-team this week.
#Browns QB Johnny Manziel said Josh McCown watched part of practice today outside on field.
— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 16, 2015
Josh McCown won’t be cleared to practice until at least Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Northeast Ohio Media Group, but he could still start. We’re of the opinion that you must start Manziel at some point, and there is no need to rush anyone back from a head injury.
In an ever-so-bold prediction, Johnny Manziel will lead the Browns to pull off a home victory over the Titans and win 24-20.
St. Louis Rams will shut out the Washington Redskins
The St. Louis Rams defense could easily get the best of Kirk Cousins and company in Week 2.
It did a quite spectacular job of rattling Russell Wilson, who endured six sacks and passed for only one touchdown with one interception last week. Additionally, the Rams limited Marshawn Lynch to just 73 rushing yards and zero scores.
Washington is playing without their top receiver DeSean Jackson, and Cousins wasn’t exactly stellar last week coughing up two interceptions to one touchdown. Based on his struggles, the Rams could most definitely force mistakes out of Cousins and keep Washington’s offense bottled up completely in Week 2.
Drew Brees will be the top fantasy football scorer in Week 2
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees could very well be the top fantasy football point scorer in Week 2.
Brees just passed for 355 yards against the Arizona Cardinals defense. Arizona’s secondary is significantly better than the suspect Tampa Bay Buccaneers unit that allowed four passing touchdowns in Week 1 to a rookie quarterback.
Brees is on track to have a field day at home against such a ragged defense. He could easily toss four touchdowns and pass for 400 yards by the end of the game.
There’s not another quarterback with this ideal of a matchup in Week 2. Regardless of your fantasy football scoring system, Brees should easily outscore all other fantasy players this week.
Dallas Cowboys will fail to continue their regular season road win streak
The Cowboys have nine consecutive regular-season game wins on the road.
This streak will end in Week 2 when the Cowboys travel to square off against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles offense, armed with DeMarco Murray and a powerful blend of running backs, along with wide receiver Jordan Matthews, will beat the Cowboys minus Dez Bryant.
Last week the Eagles narrowly lost when Matthews couldn’t control a catch that wound up being intercepted. And, the Cowboys narrowly won because of some poor play-calling by the Giants that would have changed the outcome of the game.
It will be close, but the Eagles will be victorious, 28-24.
Rob Gronkowski doesn’t score
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a beast last week turning five of his catches into three glorious touchdowns versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, in Week 2, Gronk could be challenged to score against the Buffalo Bills that have only allowed three tight end touchdowns in 17 games. The Bills are surely studying Gronkowski on tape and its stingy defense will be much better equipped than that of the Steelers in shutting down Tom Brady’s most powerful weapon on Sunday.
While the Bills don’t have King Kong at their disposal, they do feature a stingy defense. Gronk may get a few catches, but he won’t find the end zone in Buffalo.
Tyler Dunne adds that at times the Bills may put THREE defenders on Gronk this weekend.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 16, 2015