Football fans, we are back again for the second installment of “Call Your Shot” where we will take a look every game, each week, and predict a winner. Buckle your seat belts folks, here we go.
Houston Texans (0-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The Texans travel to Cincinnati for Thursday Night Football this week. Both teams are coming off big losses in week one, highlighted by poor play from their starting quarterbacks. The Texans benched Tom Savage mid-game, while the Bengals stuck with Andy Dalton and did not see any improvement. Rookie Deshaun Watson threw both a touchdown and an interception after taking over. All of the Texans tight ends are concussed currently, they will need to figure something out for Thursday. Also, who will start under center? Even with all these question marks, I take Houston in a low scoring affair.
Texans win 17-7
Cleveland Browns (0-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
The Browns travel to Baltimore for an AFC North matchup in week two. The Ravens are coming off a dominant victory over the Bengals, while the Browns are coming off a tough loss to the Steelers. The Browns shocked a lot of people by hanging with the Steelers. They won’t hang with the Ravens this week.
Ravens win 27-10
Chicago Bears (0-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
The Bucs host the Bears as Tampa Bay finally kicks off their season. The Bears made a game out of their matchup with the Falcons, losing due to crucial drops on the goal line. The Buccaneers will kick off their season after having their week one game pushed to week 11 due to Hurricane Irma. The Buccaneers have been pent up for a week longer than anybody else and it will show in their energy. The Bucs offensive attack will unleash a fireworks show on offense.
Buccaneers win 31-10
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
The Vikings face the Steelers in week two. The Vikings are coming off a dominant Monday Night Football victory to kick off the season, highlighted by rookie running back Dalvin Cook. The Steelers battled with the Cleveland Browns, winning a one score game. I think the Vikings will continue their hot streak to start the year, as they did last season.
Vikings win 27-21
New England Patriots (0-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-1)
Two teams coming off disappointing losses in week one face off in week two. Simply put, the Patriots are the best team in the league at making adjustments. They will bounce back in a big way, with Drew Brees and the Saints as the victims.
Patriots win 31-10
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Eagles travel to Kansas City to take on former coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs. Reid and company shocked the league with a dominant win on opening night, crushing the defending champion Patriots. They take the number one spot in this weeks cover32 power rankings. They will keep their momentum rolling and take down the Eagles, despite a strong performance from Carson Wentz.
Chiefs win 24-13
Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
The Titans are coming off a tough loss, while the Jaguars are coming off a surprising win. The Jags will likely fail to keep their offensive momentum rolling, while Mariota and company will get on track in week two. The Titans take this one on the road.
Titans win 24-10
Arizona Cardinals (0-1) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
This is a tough game to call, both teams will be without their best players. David Johnson has been placed on IR for the Cards and Andrew Luck is yet to be cleared for game action in Indy. In an absolute slugfest, the Cardinals win this one with defense and better quarterback play.
Cardinals win 10-7
Buffalo Bills (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (1-0)
The Bills are coming off a victory against one of the league’s worst teams, the Jets. On the other hand, the Panthers also beat one of the league’s worst in the 49ers. This is a matchup of two teams who still have a lot to prove this season. Nonetheless, I give this one to the Panthers behind a strong performance out of Cam Newton.
Panthers win 20-14
New York Jets (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (1-0)
The Jets travel west to Oakland for a matchup with the Raiders in week two. The Raiders looked strong against the Titans, a difficult opponent for any team. The Jets faced the Bills, a much less difficult opponent. The Jets are currently shaping up to be the worst team in the league this season, the Raiders are a very safe bet this week.
Raiders win 38-3
Miami Dolphins (0-0) @ Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
The Dolphins did not play last week due to Hurricane Irma. The Chargers lost, missing a last-second field goal that could have sent the game to overtime. The Dolphins are shaping up well this season, but will only go as far as Jay Cutler can take them. Cutler is too big of a question mark for me, I like the Chargers at home.
Chargers win 27-21
San Francisco 49ers (0-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
The Niners travel to Seattle for an NFC West battle in week two. The Seahawks took a tough loss against the Packers in week one, while the 49ers lost to the Panthers. Simply, the Seahawks are the better team.
Seahawks win 24-10
Washington Redskins (0-1) @ Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
Rams head coach Sean McVay faces his former team for the first time on Sunday. McVay was the Redskins offensive coordinator before becoming the Rams coach this season. The team will likely play to a new level for him this week. Additionally, Aaron Donald may potentially play. Donald did not participate week one, but the Rams still beat a crippled Colts team 46-9. This was a resounding victory for the Rams. Look for them to pick up another in week two, they are scorching hot.
Rams win 24-13
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)
The Broncos and Cowboys are both coming off primetime week one wins. The Cowboys, however, are the much stronger team. I like Dallas, even on the road.
Cowboys win 27-13
Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
The Packers picked up a crucial victory over the Seahawks to start their season. Meanwhile, the Falcons just managed to squeak past the Bears. I feel as though this trend of play will continue Sunday night, and the Packers will win comfortably in Atlanta.
Packers win 31-17
Detroit Lions (1-0) @ New York Giants (0-1)
The Lions are coming off yet another comeback victory, continuing their trend from last season. Meanwhile, the Giants are coming off a tough loss to their division rival the Dallas Cowboys. Expect the Giants to come out fired up for this one, as Odell Beckham Jr. will likely take the field for the first time this season. On OBJ’s shoulders the Giant’s win on Monday night at home.
Giants win 24-21
That concludes this weeks edition of “Call Your Shot”. Feel free to reach out on twitter and let me know what you think about my predictions. Until next week, football fans.