Patriots, Bills Set For Key Early Season Showdown; Seahawks Visit Packers On Sunday Night Football In Week 2
Tom Brady endorsed Donald Trump for President, Rex Ryan said he would need King Kong to cover Rob Gronkowski one-on-one and Marshawn Lynch’s mom said that the Seattle Seahawks need to fire their offensive coordinator in a busy 48-hour span that linked the opening week of the 2015 NFL season to the next. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will open a loaded Week 2 slate with a key AFC East showdown while later that night it will be the Seahawks shooting for their first win of the season when they visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Here is a look at the four biggest games for Week 2 in the NFL including the two that will be played under the bright lights in primetime.
New England Patriots (-1) @ Buffalo Bills
Sunday, 1:00 PM ET
Ryan was his normal self at this week’s media conference on Wednesday when he talked about Brady’s dominance, covering Gronk and that the Bills are looking forward to the opportunity to challenge the defending Super Bowl champions on Sunday. Buffalo has taken on Ryan’s personality and they certainly got after it when they beat up the Indianapolis Colts in a 24-17 win in Week 1. New England is a very different team and its ability to both run the football and stop the run stand out as two of the biggest differences. However, Buffalo will approach this game as though it is the Super Bowl and that urgency should translate to a win against their division rival in front of another packed house at Orchard Park.
Pick: Buffalo +1
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles (-5)
Sunday. 4:25 PM ET
From one rivalry to another, the Eagles have to be wishing they had a better start in their 26-24 Week 1 loss to the Atlanta Falcons that went down to the wire while the Cowboys are very fortunate they escaped their primetime game against the New York Giants with a 27-26 win. Dallas probably should have lost that game especially when you consider how the Giants melted down in the final two minutes and gave them a shot at the comeback but a win is a win and they found a way to get it done. Week 2 should be a lot more difficult for Tony Romo and company especially since he won’t have his top receiver Dez Bryant while Philadelphia should be better than they were in their opener when they struggled to get going early on. The Eagles certainly have the weapons to make the Dallas defense pay and after the Cowboys stole a win last week they will give one back against another NFC East rival.
Pick: Philadelphia -5
Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers (-3.5)
Sunday, 8:30 PM ET
The Seahawks search for their first win of the season continues at Lambeau Field in Green Bay’s home opener and while Seattle won both meetings between these teams last year including the NFC Championship Game that will only add to the sense of urgency the Packers bring to this game. Aaron Rodgers threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns including two to James Jones while Eddie Lacy ran for 85 yards and another score in last week’s win over the Chicago Bears and they will be pumped to do some damage in Week 2. However, Green Bay’s defense didn’t exactly dominate last week and they will be in tough against Lynch and the Seahawks offense especially if they feed the beast the rock. Lynch’s mom called out Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for his play calling but we were bound to see a steady dose of Beast Mode against the Packers’ leaky defense anyways this week. The Seahawks might not win this game but they should at least be able to keep it close against an opponent they have had their way with in recent meetings.
Pick: Seattle +3.5
New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts (-7)
Monday, 8:30 PM ET
Indianapolis is coming off a tough loss to the Bills in which they were beaten up pretty bad on both sides of the football and now they will face another tough test on Monday Night Football against the Jets. Andrew Luck will have to find a way to play better than he did a week ago even without wide receiver TY Hilton in the lineup and while they have some considerable weapons Frank Gore struggled with cramps in Week 1 and it’s hard to completely trust him against a pretty good Jets front-seven. Meanwhile, Chris Ivory gashed the Cleveland Browns for 91 yards and two touchdowns last week while Ryan Fitzpatrick did pretty much what was expected of him with 179 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets are still defined by their defense but they should be able to score enough points to challenge for the win on the road and at the very least they will cover the seven-point spread under the bright lights of Monday Night Football.
Pick: New York +7