It was quite an interesting beginning to the 2013 NFL season to say the least. Many teams surprised and many players also surprised.
Week 1 was the week of the quarterback. Many quarterbacks threw for insane numbers and many actually led their team to victory in interesting fashion. So will week 2 be the week of the running back? Will there be a running back that will pull a Peyton Manning and tie or even smash a record?
Here are some week 2 extreeeeeeeeemly bold predictions:
NY Jets @ New England Patriots:
The Jets will keep themselves in this game early on by two Geno Smith touchdown passes to TE Kellen Winslow and WR Stephen Hill. But Brady and his new receiver, Aaron Dobson, will take over in the second half and New England rolls to a 42-27 victory.
St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons:
Remember that little tid-bit about week 2 being about the running back? Well, RB Steven Jackson is going to have a huge game here against his former team. Jackson will rumble for 28 carries and 186 yards and two touchdowns. St. Louis, however, will keep this game close with their young playmaker, Tavon Austin, leading the way. But Matt Ryan‘s offense will be too much for this young Rams team. Atlanta wins 30-24.
San Diego Chargers @ Philadelphia Eagles:
San Diego will have a tough time defending this fast offense Philadelphia has. That being said, I’m expecting a shoot out in Philadelphia. Philip Rivers is not ready to lay down and he will lead his team by using his talented running back. Philadelphia ultimately wins the game as the star of the game, WR Desean Jackson, adds another deep ball to his already impressive stat-line (13 receptions 231 yards 3 touchdowns). Philly wins 47-42.
Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs:
Remember how everyone was picking this Kansas City team to be a surprise team in the AFC? Well Dallas has something to say about that. Just kidding. Kansas City’s offense finally gets the opportunity to shine against a good opponent (Sorry Jacksonville). QB Tony Romo ends the day with 3 interceptions and 1 touchdown. While QB Alex Smith leads his team to a huge upset victory by using his ultra skilled running back, Jamaal Charles. Kansas City wins 27-21.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts:
Here we have a very interesting match-up that involved two potential AFC Wild Card players. Miami’s offense will be stuck throwing the ball 50 times to keep up with the young Andrew Luck led Colts. Surprisingly QB Ryan Tannehill keeps this game close by throwing for 410 yards (the second 400 yard game of his career) and three touchdowns, but Luck throws a beautiful late fourth-quarter touchdown to T.Y. Hilton beating CB Jimmy Wilson. Colts win 27-24.
Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans:
The young buck Titans took down one the AFC’s “powerhouses” last week. Can they do it again this week? You bet. QB Jake Locker gets the ball rolling by finding WR Kendall Wright for a score. And then RB Chris Johnson takes over behind his revamped offensive line. Oh, Houston? Tennessee’s defense is too fast for QB Matt Schaub to read and react leading to one of those putrid stat-lines that he produces once in a while. Tennessee wins 31-17.
Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers:
Washington’s defense looked bad to open the game against Philly. Well, they looked better after a bit. But this Green Bay offense is much better than Chip Kelly‘s. QB Aaron Rogers throws for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns, connecting with WR Randall Cobb for three of those. Robert Griffin III finally gets his offense going late in the fourth, but it’s too late. Green Bay wins 38-27.
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens:
Can the Ravens bounce back from a terrible outing to open the season? QB Joe Flacco will find himself in a shoot-out with QB Brandon Weeden in terms of just throwing the ball around. Both defenses will shut down the opposing offense’s running attack forcing both quarterbacks to try and win the game with their arm. In the end, Flacco will find WR Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown with 0:34 seconds left. Baltimore wins in a very low scoring affair. Baltimore wins 10-7.
Carolina Panthers @ Buffalo Bills:
I want this one to be interesting, so….it will be. Carolina QB Cam Newton leads his team to an early 21-3 lead. But Buffalo QB EJ Manuel says, NOT SO FAST! Connecting with WR Stevie Johnson for two quick scores before the half. Once we return, both offenses decide to run the ball. That’s when we see a DeAngelo Williams – CJ Spiller match-up. Williams eventually reincarnates his career with a 26 carry, 210 yard outing leading his team to a 33-30 win.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears:
Minnesota lost a heart breaker last week against an under-rated Detroit Lions team. Guess what, the same will happen this week. RB Adrian Peterson will finish the day with 33 carries for 293 yards and 4 touchdowns. But four Christian Ponder turnovers will allow QB Jay Cutler to hook up with WR Brandon Marshall twice and TE Martellus Bennett twice. And that running back, I think his name is Matt Forte, he’ll tote the rock 22 times for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Chicago wins 42-35.
New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Tampa lost to the Jets last week. But let’s pretend that didn’t happen. QB Drew Brees is picked off twice by CB Darrelle Revis. Drew, never throw to Revis island…But, QB Josh Freeman also throws 3 picks as New Orleans rolls to victory in an un-New Orleans-like win 10-6.
Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals:
Detroit put up points last week against them there Minnesota Vikings. Can they do it again? Sure, why not. Arizona and Detroit find themselves in a Carson Palmer – Matthew Stafford shoot out! Palmer hooks up with his star receiver, Larry Fitzgerald 16 times for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns. Stafford, on the other hand, hooks up with his all-universe receiver, Calvin Johnson 20 times for 256 yards and 5 touchdowns (A guy can dream can’t he?). Ironically, S Louis Delmas scores on a pick six off the hands of WR Michael Floydd for the win because Notre Dame guys can’t hold onto the football. Detroit wins 48-42.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders:
Can this game end in a scoreless tie? Eh, screw it. Oakland wins 7-0 on a Darren McFadden 55-yard touchdown run with….0:01 second left. Why wouldn’t they throw it? Because these are bold predictions, man.
Denver Broncos @ NY Giants:
Hmm, from an awful game to an excellent game. QB Peyton Manning continues where he left off last week throwing for another 402 yards and 6 touchdowns. Younger brother Eli says, I’ve got this guy named Rueben Randle and he’s pretty good too, Peyton (Eli voice). Randle breaks-out for 12 receptions 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. But those darn Broncos roll to a 42-30 win.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks:
QB Collin Kaepernick leads his offense into a darn tootin’ shoot out against Russell Wilson‘s Seahawks. Just kidding, these defenses hold both offenses to under 200 yards combined. RB Marshawn Lynch punches it in for the score late in the fourth-quarter for the 13-10 win.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals:
Did you see how the Steelers looked last week? Bad right? It gets worse this week. Cincinnati’s defense forces 5 turnovers and collects 9 sacks in route to a 27-13 win over the rival Steelers. That AJ Green guy snags 12 balls for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Have something even bolder than those? Let’s hear it in the comment section.