NFL Week 2 Preview: The Picture Gets Clearer

Week 1 of the NFL is in the books and the overreactions are abound. Every NFL fan and media member thinks they know everything about everything after 1 week, myself included. However, the reality is the picture comes more into focus each week. So, no one really knows much yet. If they say they do, they are lying. Week 2 got going Thursday with a miraculous victory by the Broncos over Kansas City at Arrowhead. For KC, this will be a tough one to swallow. Denver needed every one of their five turnovers to win. Say what you will about Denver, they have no run game and can’t put together more than two good offensive drives per game, but 2-0 is 2-0. With this win they, find themselves in control of the AFC West yet again. Here is a look at a few other interesting games on the week 2 slate.

Patriots (1-0) at Bills (1-0)-The best game of the week by far. Buffalo thrashed everyone’s AFC Super Bowl favorite Indianapolis last week. The Pats are as steady as ever and Brady and company are out to proof the AFC East is still their turf. The Pats may still win the division, but I love the edge the Bills are playing with on both sides of the ball under new coach Rex Ryan who will have his team convinced this is the Super Bowl. They have also finally found solid QB play from Tyrod Taylor. If the Bills can control the clock and make this a hardnosed game, they have the edge. I say they do. Buf 23 NE 20

Cowboys (1-0) at Eagles (0-1)-Dallas comes into this rivalry game without freakishly talented WR Dez Bryant for the foreseeable future. The Eagles were unable to overcome early mistakes in the season opener. QB Sam Bradford looked comfortable in coach Chip Kelly’s offense. I really just hate the way Kelly’s system takes players on and off the field, particularly RBs. They signed last year’s top rusher DeMarco Murray away from Dallas. When you sign a guy like that, you run him until his legs fall off. Instead. he split time with two other backs and was limited to just 12 touches. By the way, Philly still has no defense. I think Chip Kelly may have outsmarted himself with the makeup of this roster. Look for TE Jason Witten to step up big in Bryant’s absence for the Cowboys. Dal 31 Phi 28

Seattle (0-1) at Green Bay (1-0)-The Seahawks season it at an early tipping point. Safety Kam Chancellor who puts the “boom” in Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary is sitting at home due to a contract dispute. Aaron Rodgers and company are in midseason form. Seattle’s highly touted defense is a toothless tiger without Chancellor. They made Nick Foles look like Kurt Warner. With Rodgers, this will get ugly. Memo to Seattle, if you want a shot at defending your NFC crown… Pay the man. GB 38 Sea 17

Jets (1-0) at Colts (0-1)-The Colts are in trouble. They are exactly what they have been for most of the last 20 years. A really average team in a bad division with a great quarterback. The QB’s name has changed from Manning to Luck. That is about it. The last two are a copy and paste from my last post. I will get them in every Colt related post until they prove me wrong. Meanwhile the Jets have a pass rush that will be in Luck’s face all night. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be solid. Luck will likely be forced into a couple mistakes. I’ll take the seven point underdogs for the upset. NYJ 20 Ind 14