Sep 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers running backCarlos Hyde
(28) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. San Francisco beat Dallas 28-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Buccaneers 21 Rams 13
This is going to be a very boring game between two squads that are going to be very bad in 2014. However the Bucs showed a bit of promise last week against the Panthers, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Meanwhile the Rams got obliterated by Minnesota, and are without their starting quarterback. Bucs by eight.
Seahawks 23 Chargers 20
Based on the Seahawks’ first game, I would say this contest would be a blowout. But the Chargers are a pesky bunch, and if they can get the running game going, and control the clock. They could potentially pull off the upset. However ultimately, Seattle’s dominating defense, and Percy Harvin will carry them to a 2-0 start.
Texans 20 Raiders 13
Somehow, someway, the Texans will be starting the 2014 season 2-0. They are lucky they drew two teams that are just as bad as them in the first two weeks, but a win is a win. J.J. Watt will lead the way for Houston, who will win a game in which neither team cracks 300 total yards.
Packers 35 Jets 17
Aaron Rodgers is going to play angry in this one, which is bad news for a Jets secondary that is just ravaged by injury. The Packers were embarrassed in their season opener up in Seattle, and like all great quarterbacks, Rodgers will not let that happen two times in a row, especially to start the year.
Broncos 33 Chiefs 27
I am predicting that Peyton Manning will throw for 350 yards and four touchdowns, but also throw two huge interceptions late that give the Chiefs a chance at a late comeback. But Kansas City simply doesn’t have enough firepower on offense to climb all the way back, and the Broncos will open up a commanding lead in the AFC West.
Niners 24 Bears 16
San Francisco’s defense surprised me last week, which gives me hope for their showdown with Jay Cutler‘s Bears in week two. Chicago has an explosive offense, and they will move the ball against the Niners. But a stout red zone defense will carry San Francisco throughout, and a few magical Colin Kaepernick runs late seal the deal.
Colts 38 Eagles 34
Prepare for a good old-fashioned shootout on Monday night. This game features two of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and two of the most transparent defenses in the league (although the Colts did step up in the second half last week against Peyton). Andrew Luck will get the last laugh over Nick Foles, leading a last second game-winning touchdown drive to get Indy their first win of the year.