Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 2
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Last week: 10-6 (.625)
Season record: 10-6 (.625)
New York Jets (1-0) at Steelers (0-1), 4:15 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Jets had never won a game here until their most recent regular-season visit in 2010. That was one of those games where Mark Sanchez looked like he did last week against the Bills. Of course, the Jets remember their other game that year at Heinz Field -- a loss in the AFC title game.
Prediction: Steelers, 24-16
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It was a tough start for Browns rookie Brandon Weeden, who had four picks and a 5.1 passer rating against the Eagles. It might get tougher against the Bengals, who return home home after getting pummeled by the Ravens.
Prediction: Bengals, 24-13
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: It may prove to be true that the Ravens will miss Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson and that Ray Lewis is too old to be an effective middle linebacker. But it didn't look that way against the Bengals.
Prediction: Ravens, 20-17
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Five teams scored 40 or more points on opening weekend, and these are two of the teams that allowed them. Since the Bills signed him to $59 million contract extension, Ryan Fitzpatrick is 2-9.
Prediction: Bills, 30-20
New Orleans Saints (0-1) at Carolina Panthers (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Two teams who were surprised on opening weekend by rookies -- the Saints by the Redskins and RG3, the Panthers by Tampa Bay and its first-year coach, Greg Schiano. There will be no more surprises.
Prediction: Saints, 27-23
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Andrew Luck threw for more than 300 yards in his Colts debut, but he also threw three picks against the Bears. He should have an easier time against the Vikings, who need four FGs from their rookie kicker to beat the Jaguars.
Prediction: Colts, 27-21
Houston Texans (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: What was not to like about the way the Texans handled Miami in the season opener? They ran the ball, threw the ball and got after rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. Probably won't be much different against the Jaguars.
Prediction: Texans, 28-13
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New England Patriots (1-0), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Dating to last season, the Cardinals have won six of their past seven games, mainly because of their defense. They will need that in New England, where the Patriots have never lost a home opener at Gillette Stadium (10-0).
Prediction: Patriots, 33-13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The defending Super Bowl champs have had plenty of time to rest after their opening home loss to the Cowboys. This could be a rude welcome home for New Jersey-born Bucs' Coach Greg Schiano, who coached at Rutgers.
Prediction: Giants, 27-10
Oakland Raiders (0-1) at Miami Dolphins (0-1), 1 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Rookie QBs, most of them anyway, are going to struggle in the NFL. So it is with Ryan Tannehill, who was picked three times and sacked three times in his debut with Dolphins. Unless the Raiders don't find a long-snapper ... Prediction: Raiders, 23-17
Washington Redskins (1-0) at St. Louis Rams (0-1), 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: Wonder how many suicide polls were immediately ruined with the 'Skins win in New Orleans? Probably just as many had the Rams held on to beat the Lions. Can RG3 do it two weeks in a row on the road?
Prediction: Redskins, 23-20
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1), 4:05 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: If the Cowboys can go on the road and beat the Giants, they can certainly do the same in Seattle. Especially with the herd of receivers Tony Romo appears to have at his disposal. And RB DeMarco Murray.
Prediction: Cowboys, 27-17
Tennessee Titans (0-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-0), 4:25 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The Chargers finally got to feel what it's like to be on the receiving end of so many special-team gaffes. But they might not need botched long-snaps against the Titans, who have lost seven in a row to Bolts.
Prediction: Chargers, 24-16
Detroit Lions (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0), 8:20 p.m., Sunday
The Skinny: The 49ers are starting the season with the best two teams in the NFC North, which means another test for their defense. But, if they can beat the Packers in Green Bay,m they can outlast Matthew Stafford at home.
Prediction: 49ers, 23-20
Denver Broncos (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0), 8:30 p.m., Monday
The Skinny: It didn't take long for Peyton Manning to look like, well, Peyton Manning again against the Steelers. But it will be a different atmosphere in the Georgia Dome, where Matt Ryan tends to look like the Great One.
Prediction: Falcons, 30-23
First Published September 14, 2012 12:00 am