Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) (Thu) 8:15p (ET)
The Vikings got upset by the Buccaneers at home in Week 1, looking sloppy on offense and disorganized on defense. The Eagles weren’t sharp either, but they got a win on the road to kick off the year. The Eagles are still pretty much an elite team, and unfortunately for the Minnesota Vikings, it probably won’t go well for them on a short week.
Final Score: Vikings – 23, Eagles – 33
Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0) 1:00p (ET)
The Falcons were originally the favorites to win this game, but after the Packers went into Chicago and “owned” the Bears just as they did when Aaron Rodgers was the QB, the books opened the official Week 2 spread with Green Bay as 1-point road favorite. This matchup will pit two of the game’s more dynamic threats at the RB position with Aaron Jones on one side and Bijan Robinson on the other. Atlanta is going to struggle against Green Bay’s elite pass rush, but if the Falcons can play ball control for 60 minutes, they got a shot. With that being said, I’m taking Green Bay in a close game.
Final Score: Packers – 19, Falcons – 17
Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-1) 1:00p (ET)
The Raiders came away from Week 1 with a solid win over the Broncos on the road. The Bills are coming off a devastating loss against the Jets in overtime. Josh Allen should come out in this one with a chip on his shoulder after 3 picks and a lost fumble against the Jets defense. We’ll probably see a bounce-back game for the Bills, a team that has all the weapons to be a big-time contender in the AFC once again this season.
Final Score: Raiders – 22, Bills – 28
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) 1:00p (ET)
Cincinnati’s offense was supposed to be lighting up scoreboards like a Christmas tree but it flopped in Week 1, managing only three points on 142 total yards, against the Browns. The Ravens scored an easy win over the Texans but lost RB JK Dobbins for the year to an Achilles injury. The Bengals will have to find a way to bounce back against a Ravens team that took care of business against the Texans, even though it wasn’t as dominating of a performance as the final score indicates. That horrible display against the Browns should wake up the powerful Bengals offense. Cincinnati comes out against Baltimore this week and wins this game.
Final Score: Ravens – 17, Bengals – 24
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) 1:00p (ET)
Jacksonville got a scare from Indianapolis in Week 1 before coming through late to secure the win, while Kansas City had a mini-bye to shake off the tough loss to the Lions last Thursday.
The Jaguars know they’re going to have to score a lot of points to win this game, especially because the Chiefs should be playing with an extra chip on their shoulders coming off that unexpected loss in Week 1. My mind tells me Kansas City goes into Jacksonville and wins this game, but my heart tells me the Jaguars get revenge for last year’s playoff game and beat the Chiefs in front of their home crowd.
Final Score: Chiefs – 27, Jaguars – 29
Chicago Bears (0-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) 1:00p (ET)
The Bears and the Buccaneers were two of the more surprising teams of Week 1 but for completely opposite reasons. The Bears got humiliated by the Packers in front of their fans and now head to Tampa Bay to face a Buccaneers team that shocked the Vikings on the road. It’s difficult to predict how this one is going to go after we witnessed somewhat the opposite of what we thought from these two teams in Week 1. But it seems that the Buccaneers are going to be better this year than people thought. The question is, can the Bears be even worse?
Final Score: Bears – 15, Buccaneers – 24
Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (0-1) 1:00p (ET)
If you score 34 points, you should win the football game. But the Chargers failed to come through with that amount of points on the scoreboard. The LA team is coming off a thrilling loss to the Dolphins and travels to Tennessee to face a more methodical and disciplined offense in the Titans. The LA Chargers struggled against the run last season, which should give Tennessee an opportunity to keep this game close. But talent should win out, meaning the LA Chargers grab their first win of the 2023 season.
Final Score: Chargers – 23, Titans – 21
Washington Commanders (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1) 4:25p (ET)
The debut of Sean Payton as head coach of the Broncos did not go according to everyone’s plans in Denver, as the team suffered a 17-16 loss at home to the Raiders. Russell Wilson was much better in this game than we saw for the majority of the 2022 season, including a solid first half with two TD passes. The Broncos will need to bounce back against the 1-0 Commanders, who got a difficult game against the Cardinals. This could end up being a low-scoring affair if Denver tries to play ball control once again against a very tough Washington front. Although the Commanders have what it takes to beat the Broncos on the road, it’s difficult to see Sean Payton kicking off the 2023 campaign going 0-2.
Final Score: Commanders – 17, Broncos – 23
Miami Dolphins (1-0) at New England Patriots (0-1) 8:20p (ET)
The Miami Dolphins’ offense was spectacular on Sunday, scoring 36 points and racking up 536 total yards, winning a shootout with the Chargers for a huge road win. Miami now takes that show to New England, where the Patriots and Belichick’s defense await as 2-point underdogs. You can never discount the Patriots completely, but Mac Jones doesn’t seem to have the weapons to be able to keep up with the Dolphins’ offensive attack right now. Given the fact that this is a Prime Time game, the Patriots could pull off the upset, but it feels like the Dolphins with Fangio’s defense will be coming through big as well.
Final Score: Dolphins – 30, Patriots – 20
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1) (Mon) 7:15p (ET)
The first of the Monday Night double-header in Week 2 is a NFC South division rivalry between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. It was somewhat of a deja-vu Derek Carr performance as the new Saints QB threw for over 300 yards but the team scored only 16 points. After the Saints racked up 10 QB hits, 3 picks, and 3 sacks against the Titans in Week 1, this game against the Panthers could end up being another defensive battle. Don’t be surprised to see another low-scoring game in Carolina, with New Orleans coming out on top by a narrow margin.
Final Score: Saints – 17, Panthers– 14