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NFL Week Two Preview

Here’s a look at the Week Two match-ups in the NFL.

Miami at Buffalo
The Dolphins started out their season campaign with arguably one of the biggest wins in Week One when they beat New England. Now they’ll face another AFC East foe who has the same record when they go up against a 1-0 Bills squad. The biggest factor for the Fins last weekend was Knowshon Moreno in his debut, as he racked up 134 yards on 24 carries, including a clutch touchdown in the fourth that sealed the deal for Miami. Ryan Tannehill will hope to improve, as he was just 18-32 for 178 yards on the day against the Patriots secondary. The Bills are 1-0 after their overtime win against Chicago. Buffalo started out strong against Chicago, taking a 17-7 lead before halftime. However, they let the Bears come back to tie things up, before Dan Carpenter hit a 27-yard field goal after a 7 play, 69-yard drive. Miami is slightly favored in this one, as both teams will hope to go undefeated in a tough AFC East.

Jacksonville at Washington
While both the Dolphins and Bills are undefeated, the Jaguars and Redskins will both be looking to get their first win of the season on Sunday. The Jags started their season with a 34-17 loss against another NFC East squad in Philly, which just so happened to be the only team that was able to get a win in that division in Week One. The Redskins were hopeful for a turnaround season after a disappointing campaign last year, but they flopped in a 17-6 loss to a Houston squad that hasn’t won a game since Week Two last year. Robert Griffin III was 29-37 for 267 yards last weekend in the new offensive scheme, but he certainly looked shaky playing in a less run-oriented playbook. As for the Jags, Chad Henne got the start over Blake Bortles, and he was able to go 24-43 for 266 yards and two touchdowns. Not to bad for his first start on the season, but fans in Jacksonville are obviously wondering how long it’ll be before Bortles get his chance under center. If the Jags have trouble against Washington, it could be sooner than expected. The Redskins are favored across the board in this one, as they desperately seek their first win of the season.

Dallas at Tennessee
Tony Romo didn’t help his case for the Dallas Cowboys last weekend when he threw three interceptions against the 49ers in the first half. This weekend, he’ll face a Titans team that is slightly favored, and they also sit at 1-0 after an opening win against Kansas City. In what many consider to be a make-or-break year for Jake Locker, he was able to go 22-33 for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns against a Chiefs defense that was highly touted last season. His favorite target on the day was Justin Hunter, who had 3 receptions for 63 yards. The good news for Cowboys fans is that DeMarco Murray had 118 yards on 22 carries, and he also found the end zone for one of Dallas’ scores. If the Titans can get the win, it’ll be the first time since 2008 that they start the season 2-0. As for the Cowboys, they’ll be hoping to avoid their first 0-2 start in since 2010.

Arizona at New York Giants
The Cardinals used a late-game push to edge out a 18-17 win against San Diego last week, and they won’t be able to take any weeks off if they hope to keep up with Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West. Luckily, they’ll be playing an 0-1 Giants squad that hasn’t looked great in quite some time. The typically clutch Eli Manning was just 18-33 for 163 yards, including two interceptions. Playing in a new offensive scheme, there was no confusion that Manning looked confused the entire game. The Giants defense also looked lost, as the Lions offense scorched them for 417 yards. Things won’t get any easier for Manning and company this weekend, as they face an Arizona team that finished among the top defenses in the league last season. And while Carson Palmer wasn’t perfect last weekend, his 24-37 for 304 yards and 2-touchdown performance was enough to help things out on the offensive side of the ball. 119 of Palmer’s yards went to Michael Floyd, so the Giants will need to find a way to lock him up if they hope to survive on Sunday. With their Week One resumes to look at, the Cardinals are favored in this one.

New England at Minnesota
The match-up between New England and Minnesota took a surprising twist on Friday afternoon. After losing the first game of the season against Miami because Knowshon Moreno ran all over them, the Patriots will be able to breath a bit easier knowing that Adrian Peterson won’t be in the backfield for the Vikings on Sunday. It was announced that Peterson would be out of the game on Sunday, after turning himself into authorities. This is a huge loss for a Vikings squad that started the season with their own win over St. Louis. Without any real idea who will step up to the plate on Sunday, the Patriots are favored here. As for the future of the Vikings, check in with sportspicks.com in the future. Their handicap insight and information will give you the news you need for all of your odds and picks.

New Orleans at Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns find themselves in the way of an angry Saint’s team that lost their opening weekend game to Atlanta in overtime. What might be worse for Cleveland is that they certainly didn’t look that impressive in their own opening weekend game against Pittsburgh, as they lost 30-27. The Browns did rack up 183 yards rushing, which is good enough for 6th best in the league so far. 100 of those yards came from Terrance West, as he had 16 carries. However, the elephant in the room that everyone is talking about is the fact that Brian Hoyer was 19-31 for 230 yards. And while that’s not the worst numbers for a quarterback on the day, there are plenty of whispers as to whether or not Johnny Manziel is closer to getting his chance at starting. For the Saints, there’s no question who will be under center on Sunday, as Drew Brees lit up the Falcons defense for 333 yards and a touchdown on 29-42 passing. 110 of those yards went to Marquis Colston, and Mark Ingram had 60 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 carries. The Saints are favored to get their first win of the season and they still sit at 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl this year, despite losing their first game. As for the Browns, apparanetly the Johnny Football madness hasn’t affected the odds much, as they currently sit at 150/1 to win the Super Bowl in 2015.

Atlanta at Cincinnati
The Falcons will hope to follow up their huge overtime win against New Orleans as they head to Cincinnati on Sunday. Matt Ryan was on fire last weekend, throwing for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31-43 passing. Those numbers were good enough for the best on the day, as the Falcons currently lead the league in passing after just one weekend. Steven Jackson only had 52 yards on the ground, but Julio Jones had 116 yards on seven receptions. As for the Bengals, they too started their season with a big win, as they defeated Baltimore 23-16. Andy Dalton was 25-38 for 301 yards on the day, including 131 of which went to AJ Green. This could be one of the more interesting games on the day, as we look to see whether or not the Falcons are for real this year, or if the Bengals can extend their home winning streak to 10 games.

Detroit and Carolina
Not many people knew what to expect from Detroit in Week One, so it had to come as a welcome surprise when they torched New York on both sides of the ball for a 35-14 win. Their 341 yards passing was good enough for fourth in the league, their 144 passing yards against was second, and their 53 rushing yards against was third best on the day. After the win, the Lions improved to 38/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl, but they certainly have a long way to go since they started the same way last season before an epic meltdown. As for the Panthers, you could easily say that their win came as just as big of a surprise. Without Cam Newton, many had picked the Buccaneers to win, but Derek Anderson was able to throw two touchdowns, and the Panthers defense held the Bucs offense to just 264 total yards. This weekend, Cam Newton will return in hopes of exposing the Lions defense much better than Eli Manning did last weekend. Nonetheless, this should be a good one that shows us where both of these teams could go moving forward in 2014.

St. Louis at Tampa Bay
With so many great games this weekend, the Rams and Bucs game may not immediately stand out as one that draws much attention. However, both teams are looking to find an identity, and they’ll be hoping that their first win on the season could allow them to do so. The Bucs lost their opening game to Carolina, and the Rams opened up with their own loss to Minnesota. Neither team looked incredibly impressive in either outing, so we’ll keep an eye out to see what progresses as these teams kick off in Tampa.

Seattle at San Diego
Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers may be angry after losing to Arizona on Monday night, but unfortunately for them they’ll have an even tougher matchup this weekend against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Rivers was 21-36 for 238 yards, but the Chargers defense let up 294 yards passing (25 most on the day) and 109 yards rushing (19th most on the day). Now they have to worry about Russell Wilson, who threw for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns last weekend, and also Marshawn Lynch, who rushed for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own in a win against Green Bay. The Seahawks are still atop the board with 4/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl, but the Chargers aren’t too far behind at 30/1. Seattle made a statement last weekend at home, and they’ll look to reiterate the fact on the road in San Diego this weekend.

Houston at Oakland
The Houston Texans started last season 2-0, before losing every game on the remainder of their schedule. This year they’ll hope to go 2-0 once again, and then plan accordingly as they move forward. Unfortunately, they won’t have their prized pick from this years draft, as Jadaveon Clowney will be out. Luckily for them, they’ll be playing an Oakland team that started their season off with a 19-14 loss to the Jets. Derek Carr was the only rookie quarterback to get a start last weekend, and you could tell the Raiders were limiting the playbook for him. He was 20-32 and had 2 touchdowns, but he only had 151 yards on the day. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t fair too much better, as he had 206 yards on 14-22 passing. The good news for Houston is that Arian Foster appeared to return to form as he had 103 yards on 27 carries. Unfortunately for Oakland, their backfield amassed just 25 total yards, as Darren McFadden had 15 of them. The Raiders had the worst offense in the league against New York, and they could have even more trouble this weekend against a Houston team that will need their defense to show up big if they hope to win.

Kansas City at Denver
The Chiefs gave the Broncos a run for their money in the AFC West last season, so Denver will hope to quickly advance their lead to two games in the division. Led by a heavy offensive onslaught in the first half, Denver quickly took hold of the lead against Indy. Peyton Manning would finish with 269 yards and 3 touchdowns, all of which went to Julius Thomas. Thomas will hope to follow up his career-best day against a Chiefs defense that let up 26 points to Tennessee. As for the Chiefs, they’ll need to find something on offense, as they had just 178 yards total passing and only 67 yards on the ground, which was 25th and 27th worst in the league, respectively. The Broncos remain with the second best odds in the league at 11/2 to win the 2015 Super Bowl, while the Chiefs have quickly fallen to 150/1.

Chicago at San Francisco
Sunday’s games will finish off as the Bears head to San Francisco in an NFC showdown. Many experts had Chicago being a much-improved team this year, but they didn’t get off on the right foot when they lost to Buffalo last weekend, 23-20. Luckily for them, Jay Cutler threw for 341 yards, which was third highest on the day, and their defense allowed just 167, which was fourth least. This weekend, Cutler will have a much tougher time against a 49ers defense that intercepted Tony Romo three times last weekend before the teams could even take their first water break. However Collin Kaepernick threw for only 192 yards, which was 22nd least on the day. Both NFC teams want a statement win, so there is no better way to do it than on Sunday night. The 49ers currently sit at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 Super Bowl, while the Bears are at 60/1. That could all change if the night ends with both teams at 1-1.

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