Giants, Chiefs continue to win?Week two predictions: | WRGW Sports

by Ashley Tobin

Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 44-21 victory over the Cardinals last week (Image: Getty Images)

The first week of the NFL game ended with surprising results, expected wins and room to grow for each team. Teams and bettors will use last weekend to learn and hope to do better in the second week.

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

The game was a great primetime matchup. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense didn’t skip a beat after losing Tyreke Hill in the offseason, racking up six touchdowns against the Cardinals last week. Justin Herbert was great in the Chargers’ win over the Raiders and will continue to be successful in this game. The Chiefs have the edge defensively in this game, and I doubt the Chargers can stop the onslaught of Mahomes-led offense. The Chiefs won on penalties.

Winner: Chief

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

I’m not sure why the Patriots are favored in this game. They hit the road again, showing how bad Miami’s offense was last weekend. The Steelers have a better defense than the Dolphins, even if the offense is a little worse, but they should have no problem playing against New England. The Steelers are going to win this game in a low-scoring game, and that’s my gripe this week as well.

Winner: Steelers

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

The Giants played surprisingly well against the Titans last week. Saquon Barkley is healthy and looking great when he comes back. Meanwhile, the Panthers gave up 217 rushing yards to the Browns. Barkley wants to continue his success in this game to keep the Giants running. Baker Mayfield’s season started well, but the Panthers’ use of Christian McCaffrey was odd. He only had 33 yards on carry-10s. If Carolina is to have any chance of winning this game, they need to pass the ball to their best playmaker more often. The Giants started 2-0.

Winner: Giants

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

This game is my lockdown of the week. The Browns beat the Panthers with a rookie kicker’s game-winning shot, proving they can win without Deshaun Watson. Meanwhile, the Ravens beat the Jets, and New York still hasn’t gotten Zach Wilson back from injury. The Jets defense had no chance against Cleveland’s 217-yard running offense last week. The Browns won the game by a dominant performance.

Winner: Browns

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Both teams struggled in their season openers. The Colts’ offense struggled and tied with the Texans. Not an ideal way to start the season for a team looking to win the AFC South. Jacksonville also struggled in their debut, getting off to a slow start against the Commanders. However, their offense ended up being a solid game, with Trevor Lawrence passing for 275 yards and a touchdown. Indianapolis has the edge on defense and is looking to bounce back from an embarrassing showing last week.

Winner: Colts

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens

The Dolphins started their season by beating the Patriots in Miami. Miami’s defense was excellent, limiting New England to just seven points. On the other side of the ball, their offense began to build chemistry between quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The trio will continue to have success against the Ravens, but it will be a challenge for Baltimore to lock down the Jets defense last week. Lamar Jackson may not have completed his trade with the Ravens before the season started, but he did have three touchdowns in Week 1. Under Jackson, Baltimore should easily win this game.

Winner: Raven

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

After all the drama surrounding Tom Brady in the offseason, one thing remains the same. He knows how to win. Leonard Fournette had a great run against the Cowboys for 127 yards. Fournette was the bright spot for Tampa’s offense, and he had trouble scoring touchdowns. But give Brady a week to figure it out; this offense should happen soon. The Saints defense gave up a ton of rushing yards for the Falcons, and it will do the same against Tampa this week. Jameis Winston will have a hard time moving the ball up the floor against the Buccaneers defense, which only allows 3 points and 75-yard rushing. Brady and the Buccaneers won on the road.

Winner: Pirates

detroit lions washington commander

The Lions had a great game against the Eagles last week, while the Commanders had a close game over the Jaguars. Detroit’s offense had 35 points, led by running back D’Andre Swift, who rushed for 144 yards. Even if Washington wins, their offense can’t keep up with the Lions this week. The Lions won at home.

Winner: Lion

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Yes, Geno Smith looked good when the Seahawks beat the Broncos last week. But I don’t think he can continue that trend against the 49ers defense. The 49ers offense should be better this week because they won’t be playing on rain-filled fields. San Francisco’s offense is too active and Seattle’s defense is unmanageable, and they’re set for their first win of the season.

Winner: 49ers

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are poised to bounce back this week after a crushing loss to the Beals last Thursday. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Falcons again led by double digits in the fourth quarter against the Saints. I’m going to use the Rams in this one; their offense is too good to compete with Atlanta’s defense, and their defense will have an easier time controlling the Falcons’ offense than their defense against the Bills.

Winner: Rams

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders

The Cardinals had a terrible offense last week without star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Kyler Murray led the team with just 29 yards rushing, while their top receivers combined for 63 yards. On the other side of the field, the Raiders got off to a good start against the Chargers. Despite their loss, their offense showed promise with the addition of Devante Adams, who recorded 141 receiving yards. Arizona’s defense will struggle again this week as the Raiders clinch a home win.

Winner: Raiders

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos

The Seahawks spoiled Russell Wilson’s revenge game last week, but this week he will be looking forward to his first win as a Broncos. Denver’s offense dropped two turnovers in the red zone, but with Drewlock at center, it does look better than it did last year. After clearing the rust from the preseason on Monday, they will benefit from this week’s game against the Texans. Despite Houston’s early game against the Colts, their defense gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter, leading to a tie. I have no hope for a Texans offense that ends the game with zero points. The Broncos are a well-rounded team that will take Wilson’s first win at home with his new team.

Winner: Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys

Joe Burrow flipped the ball five times in his first game since Super Bowl 56. However, he still managed to throw for 338 yards and two touchdowns to keep the Bengals in the game. Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ offense takes on the Buccaneers, who will be without starting quarterback Dak Prescott this week. The Bengals will be looking to get back on track and win away.

Winner: Bengal Tigers

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Green Bay’s offense got off to a slow start against the Vikings last week and was clearly injured without Devante Adams. But I think Green Bay will have more answers when they play the Bears this week. Chicago played well against the 49ers, but they also played in terrible conditions, making it difficult for any team to score. Aaron Rodgers rebounded in this game to win.

Winner: Packers

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen had the Bills rolling in last Thursday, and now they have a home game on Monday night in front of enthusiastic fans. There’s no way they could lose to the Titans, who were just beaten by the New York Giants. The Titans have yet to progress offensively without AJ Brown, and their defense struggled to stop the game on Sunday. Allen has no problem moving the ball around the field, rushing or passing it. The Bills scored their first win at home.

Winner: Bill

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Both offenses got off to a strong start on Sunday and will continue to be successful in football on Monday night. AJ Brown was great in his first game as the Eagles, while Justin Jefferson dominated the Packers for the Vikings. Both teams have star receivers, but Philly has a more dynamic quarterback who will give them the edge in this game. The Eagles won and climbed to 2-0.

Winner: Eagles

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