Dr. J's NFL Outlook

Week Two of the NFL season is upon us and the matchups this week should be interesting again. <br><br> Last Week I went (10-6) in my predictions and I look to continue the winning trend. A few upsets are on the way and a few games that will be blowouts. You heard it here first…or second…or third…

Sunday, Sept. 14th
Buffalo at Jacksonville
Bills come out roaring and look like they are right now, the class of the AFC. Look for them to continue it as the Bills spank the Jags. Mark Brunell won't have the same kind of game that Tom Brady did, but it won't be enough.

Cleveland at Baltimore
The Old Browns host the New Browns. I think Kelly Holcomb will move Cleveland into the end zone this time. New Browns win.

Detroit at Green Bay
Brett Favre's opening day disaster against the Vikings is (hopefully for the Packer faithful) a fluke. Detroit has not won in Wisconsin since 1991 when Mike Tomczak was Green Bay's QB. Slightly different situation here. I'm staying with the Pack to win a good game. This will be part of the learning curve for Steve Mariucci's team.

Houston at New Orleans
Perhaps the most telling stat in Houston's stunning upset of Miami was that the Dolphins had 0 sacks against a bad Houston OL. New Orleans hurt their own chances in Seattle with dumb penalties, turnovers, missed tackles, and dropped passes. I'm picking the Texans in a stinker over the Saints. Their defense is gritty if not spectacular, and the Saints could still be sleepless from Seattle.

Miami at N.Y. Jets
The Dolphins blew it last week and now have the Jets coming off a ten day rest after they looked tenative on offense. I'm going with the Jets on a hunch. Something weird always seems to happen in a game between these two...

Pittsburgh at Kansas City
The game of the day is between the high flying Chiefs and the Steelers who since naming Amos Zereoue as their starting running back have transformed themselves into a pass first offense. Trent Green and Priest Holmes just tore through San Diego and looked every bit like Dick Vermeil's Rams teams. I like the Chiefs to win at home in a shootout.

San Francisco at St. Louis
About 3 quarters too late, Mike Martz has finally put Marc Bulger behind center and the groggy Kurt Warner on the bench. I can't imagine that Marshall Faulk will carry the ball just 9 times for the 2nd straight week, but you can never count on Martz doing the right thing. Nevertheless, I'm picking the Rams to beat the Niners. Bulger has shown that he can move this offense and should under the dome.

Tennessee at Indianapolis
The Colts have improved on defense, but might have more problems with a Titans team that is playing like a team with something to prove. Titans win.

Washington at Atlanta
Okay, Doug Johnson's nice game not withstanding, there's nothing that the Falcons can do to replace Michael Vick. But they're certainly more than just a one man team and they'll prove it once again by beating Washington at home. Ramsey and the Redskins looked good last Thursday, but Falcons defense is faster and quicker to the ball.

Carolina at Tampa Bay
The Bucs showed that they are ready to pick up right where they left off, but will find themselves in a struggle against a surprising Panthers team. I'm still going with the Bucs to win, but the Panthers will stay right with them.

Seattle at Arizona
Arizona might not be as bad as advertised, but Seattle might be better than many think. Going with the Seahawks.

Cincinnati at Oakland
If the Bengals stop Jake Plummer and still get blown out, what chance do they have against the aging Raiders and gutsy Rich Gannon? None. Raiders whip the Bengals.

New England at Philadelphia
Both teams got shutout and dominated last week. It's going to be a matter of who gets over it first. I think the Eagles win and Donovan McNabb will lead the way. Just how will the Patriots respond in another tough road game against another good offensive team? Not well.

Chicago at Minnesota
I think the Bears just found out why Kordell Stewart was exiled from Pittsburgh. Dante Culpepper looks stronger and ready to bounce back from his subpar season last year. Vikings in a laugher at home.

Monday, Sept. 15th
Dallas at N.Y. Giants
There's only one reason why this game is on MNF and it won't mean a damn once the ball is kicked off. Hype Bill Parcells' return all you want ABC, but the Giants are better at every facet of the game. There's no reason that this game should be on Monday Night. I'm picking the Giants big in a game that will be over by halftime.

And of course...
Denver at San Diego
After an absolutely dreadful performance, the Bolts limp back into the Q for their home opener against a Broncos team that won despite a pitiful effort from new QB Jake Plummer. The key will be whether or not Clinton Portis or LaDainian Tomlinson can be stopped. If they are and it becomes a battle of the quarterbacks, then I've gotta like the Chargers chances. But it will be about stopping the run and opening it up on offense for the Bolts, something that they've failed to do in recent history.

Dr. J can be reached at charmeljun@hotmail.com

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