Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 2

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  • Last week: 10-6 (.625)

    Season record: 10-6 (.625)

    THURSDAY

    New York Jets (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0), 8:25 p.m., Thursday

    Gerry's Picks: Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season

    The PG's Gerry Dulac offers predictions on NFL games, including Monday nIght's Steelers game in Cincinnati against the Bengals. (Video by Andrew Rush; 9/13/2013)

    The Skinny: The Patriots have won 12 in a row against AFC East teams, a streak kept intact last week with a last-minute victory at Buffalo. They have also won the past four home meetings with the Jets, who pulled out a last-minute victory against Tampa Bay. Patriots will be without RB Shane Vereen and probably WR Danny Amendola because of injuries.

    Prediction: Patriots, 30-20

    SUNDAY

    Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The entire AFC North division is winless after week one, and it's possible that the only team more concerned than the Steelers might be the Ravens. They gave up 49 points in the opening loss in Denver. The Browns have lost five in a row in Baltimore and had never beaten Joe Flacco (0-10).

    Prediction: Ravens, 27-14

    St. Louis Rams (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The Rams had to rally for a victory against Arizona in the season opener, and they did it with two of their newest weapons -- WR Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook, who combined for 13 catches. The Falcons will be a pinch ornery after losing their opener in New Orleans.

    Prediction: Falcons, 34-24

    Carolina Panthers (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The Bills almost pulled off the biggest opening-week upset before losing to the Patriots. And the Panthers almost did the same, holding the Seahawks to 12 points in their defeat. I'm only telling you that Carolina CB Captain Munnerlyn has three interception TD returns since 2010 because I like saying Captain Munnerlyn.

    Prediction: Panthers, 20-17

    Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The Vikings are hoping they don't have as many problems with Bears RB Michael Bush as they did Lions RB Reggie Bush. The Vikings open with back-to-back games on the road. The Bears open with back-to-back games at home before traveling to Heinz Field.

    Prediction: Bears, 20-17

    Washington Redskins (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: Robert Griffin III looked rusty and tentative in his first game of 2013 Monday night against the Eagles. The Redskins defense is still trying to catch its collective breath after getting blitzed in the first half by the Eagles. They won't have much opportunity against Aaron Rodgers, who is 19-1 in past 20 home games.

    Prediction: Packers, 34-24

    Tennessee Titans (1-0) at Houston Texans (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The Texans had to come back from a 21-point second-half deficit on the road to beat the Chargers. All the Titans had to do was come back from a 2-0 deficit against the Steelers at Heinz Field. They can expect the Texans to score more than one lame touchdown.

    Prediction: Texans, 27-16

    Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: So Mike Wallace is upset and pouting because he had only one catch in the Dolphins' victory last week? That might be breaking news in Miami; that is old news in the 'Burgh. He will be much happier if he catches six passes and the Dolphins lose to the Colts, who have won past seven games at home.

    Prediction: Colts, 24-21

    Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: It was the Chiefs' offense that was supposed to be better under Andy Reid, and it was. But it was the defense that didn't allow a point in Jacksonville after allowing 425 points in 2012, fifth most in AFC. Dallas defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin forced six turnovers against Giants, nearly half of their 2012 total (16).

    Prediction: Chiefs, 24-21

    San Diego Chargers (0-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: That lightning bolt on the Chargers' helmet might best be suited for the Eagles and their new high-octance offense under Chip Kelly. After one game, the biggest benefactor is RB LeSean McCoy, who had 184 yards rushing and xx-yard TD in Washington. Biggest detractor: QB Michael Vick, who got pounded repeatedly.

    Prediction: Eagles, 37-26

    Detroit Lions (1-0) at Arizona Cardinals (1-0), 4:05 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: New Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians was able to get Larry Fitzgerald back involved with the offense, catching two TD passes in the season-opening defeat. But the Lions were able to re-introduce the threat of Reggie Bush back to the NFL after he had 191 yards offense (101 rushing, 90 receiving) against the Vikings.

    Prediction: Lions, 34-30

    New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1), 4:05 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: Tampa Bay LB Lavonte David might have made SportsCenter with a sack and interception against the Jets. Instead, he gained national infamy with a stupid personal-foul penalty that allowed the Jets to kick the game-winning FG. The Saints, of course, know all about national infamy.

    Prediction: Saints, 24-20

    Denver Broncos (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), 4:25 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: Peyton Manning has never lost in two meetings against his brother, Eli, who is 6-1 in last seven starts at home. And, after throwing seven TDs in the season opener against the Ravens, it doesn't look like that streak is about to end anytime soon. The Broncos have won 12 regular-season games in a row, the longest active streak in the league.

    Prediction: Broncos, 37-30

    Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1), 4:25 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The Jaguars, who averaged 12.4 points during their five-game losing streak to end the 2012 season, couldn't even muster any offensive points in their opening loss to the Chiefs. The Raiders, meantime, are hoping Terrelle Pryor can energize their offense after rushing for franchise-record 112 yards in Indianapolis.

    Prediction: Raiders, 27-13

    San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0), 8:30 p.m., Sunday

    The Skinny: The 49ers went to the Super Bowl last season, but it was the Seahawks who handed them most convincing defeat -- a 42-13 shellacking in Seattle in late December. Russell Wilson became the first rookie QB in league history to lead his team to an 8-0 home record in 2012. They will need that karma to stop Colin Kapernick who has a new target -- Anquan Boldin.

    Prediction: Seahawks, 28-27

    MONDAY

    Steelers (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), 8:30 p.m., Monday

    The Skinny: The Steelers have won 11 of the past 12 games at Paul Brown Stadium, including playoffs, and the only player on the Bengals roster who enjoyed that run is LB James Harrison. The Bengals are coming off an opening loss in Chicago, but their defeat wasn't as distasteful as the Steelers' performance against the Titans. Bad matchups all around for the Steelers. Prediction: Bengals, 20-12

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