The New Orleans Saints travel to the City of Angels to face the Los Angeles Rams in one of the NFL’s biggest matchups of the season. Far too much has been said about this past January’s NFC Championship Game between these two teams in New Orleans. That game has little to no bearing on this one. While this game has nowhere near the bearing on which team earns the right to the Super Bowl, both of these contenders know this result will loom large as the season wears on. Regarding the past, there’s really nothing left to say, as for the present, the Saints will do their talking on the field this Sunday in Los Angeles.
Last week I went 10-6 (I count the tie as a loss here)
I told you so: Saints over Texans (“It will come down to the very end”)!
What do I know: Browns over Titans?
Thursday, September 12th - Thursday Night Football
Buccaneers(0-1) at Panthers(0-1)
Carolina takes out their NFC South rivals behind a big night from both Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. Tampa will fight to stay in this one, but turnovers will cost them once again. Carolina wins 30-26.
Sunday, September 15th - Early Games
A week after demolishing the team that will surely have the first pick in next year’s draft, Baltimore will also beat the team with the current top pick in Arizona’s Kyler Murray. Baltimore wins 24-13.
If Washington can focus on slowing down Dallas’ rushing attack and control the clock with their own ground game, they've got a shot of keeping it close. Dallas wins 24-21.
Tennessee can jump to an early division lead here, while also putting Indy in a very tough position with an early 0-2 hole. Tennessee wins 35-14.
While Pittsburgh faces a tough task against the Seattle defense, they’ll start to put some points on the board here, though Seattle will show that all is not right with this Steelers defense. Seattle wins 32-27.
Buffalo jumps to a surprising 2-0 record behind a solid defensive effort in this one. Buffalo wins 23-20.
Cincy surprised many with their near win in Seattle last week, but victory eludes them again at home against the Niners. San Francisco wins 17-14.
Detroit’s late game collapse a week ago cost them a victory and it certainly doesn’t get any easier in this matchup against the bolts. Los Angeles wins 31-27.
A big day from Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota offense will be the difference in this close contest in Green Bay. Minnesota wins 27-23.
Houston bounces back from heartbreak on Monday Night with a trouncing of Jacksonville. Houston wins 27-10.
Common wisdom says Miami is in for another beating this week. That type of embarrassment isn't likely to be repeated against a division rival. Oh, it’ll be bad, just not 49-point loss bad. New England wins 35-14.
Sunday, September 15th - Late Games
Oakland rallied from the Antonio Brown situation and looked good last week, but they’re just not in KC’s class. Kansas City wins 38-17.
Denver looked flat and uninspired last week, while Chicago’s offense looked non-existent behind Mitchell Trubisky in the season opener. The best unit on the field is the Chicago defense, but it’s possible the best person to find the weakness in it is the architect of that defense, in new Denver head coach, and former Chicago defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio. He’ll also know a thing or two about how to attack Chicago’s offense. Denver wins 21-17.
Saints(1-0) at Rams(1-0) - Game of the Week
Let’s keep this short and sweet. The Saints will stop LA’s ground game but they will have to be ready for the dangerous Rams receiving corps, who are equally as threatening as the one Houston fielded this past Monday Night. The key player for the Saints will be tight end Jared Cook, who will have a monster game and will be instrumental in this Saints “home” win away from home, in front of a pro-Saints crowd in LA. Saints win 34-30.
Sunday Night Football
Eagles(1-0) at Falcons(0-1)
Although these two teams has two marquee matchups over last year, Carson Wentz was not part of those games. This will be his first game against Atlanta since his rookie season and he will be the difference in this one. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be packed and rocking in this one, with choruses of “Fly, Eagles, Fly” resonating throughout the stadium. Philadelphia wins 20-13.
Monday, September 16th - Monday Night Football
People have been jumping off the Cleveland bandwagon at a record pace since their beatdown at home last week, but fear not, Browns fans, it was against the Jets last season that Baker Mayfield finally got the Browns in the win column and he’ll do it again against them here. The Jets being without their best players makes it even worse for them. Cleveland wins 27-16.
That’s how I see it, tell us how you see Week 2 playing out. Leave your comments and insight below. Who Dat!