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3 Bold Predictions For NFL Week 2

  • The Draft Network
  • September 18, 2021
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We are about to enter a crucial Week 2 in the NFL season. This weekend’s schedule is loaded with appetizing games, headlined by Sunday’s primetime showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.

Week 1 was full of surprises, but Week 2 can sometimes be even more unpredictable. This is when we start to separate the real from the fake, and we often find out we didn’t know as much about these teams after opening weekend as we thought we did.

That’s why we have three bold Week 2 predictions for you.

JOSH ALLEN AND BILLS FALL TO 0-2

One of last weekend’s most surprising results occurred when the Bills lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on their home soil by a score of 23-16. The Bills’ offense was largely held in check by a disciplined and smart Steelers defense. The Bills need to be better if they hope to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

The problem? They’ll take on a Miami Dolphins defense led by the terrific Brian Flores. There’s a difference between facing Allen and a rookie quarterback like Mac Jones, but Miami’s defense had the looks of a stellar defensive unit in their 17-16 win over the Patriots a week ago.

It may just be Week 2, but this is a crucial AFC East matchup. The Dolphins are already 1-0 in the division and the Bills will be looking to avoid dropping their second straight game to an AFC opponent, not to mention a division rival. Look for Miami to avenge last year’s Week 17 loss to the Bills that kept them out of the playoffs.

DEVONTA SMITH TOPS 150 RECEIVING YARDS

There was a lot of talk about Smith’s struggles throughout the preseason. The most recent Heisman winner battled drop issues in August and had difficulty staying healthy throughout training camp. Much was made—and I do mean MUCH—about Smith’s slow start to his professional career, but the Eagles’ first-round pick quickly put all of that nonsense to bed last Sunday by posting six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's blowout win over the Atlanta Falcons. 

Look for Smith to build on that performance with an even bigger day against a hurting San Francisco 49ers secondary on Sunday. San Francisco allowed Jared Goff to throw for 338 yards a week ago, so you can just imagine what Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense is going to do to them this weekend. Smith could see plenty of fellow rookie Deommodore Lenoir in coverage. I like his chances. 

JOE BURROW LEADS BENGALS TO 2-0 START IN CHICAGO

It was the dream start for Burrow and his Bengals last Sunday. Cincinnati topped the Minnesota Vikings in overtime and will now go on the road with a great opportunity to start their new season 2-0. I’m predicting the Bengals reach that milestone with a win over the Bears this weekend. 

Much was made of Burrow’s slow recovery from a torn ACL this offseason. And then we had the issues that surrounded Ja’Marr Chase throughout training camp and the preseason. None of that mattered on Sunday, as both players looked to be in mid-season form. Cincinnati has the horses on offense to move the ball efficiently on a Bears defense that allowed 34 points in Week 1. Chicago’s secondary offered little resistance to Matthew Stafford and his array of weapons last Sunday and I expect more of the same against Burrow and his feared trio of pass-catchers in Week 2.

The Bears are the favorites in this game and I can’t quite figure out why.

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