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Miller led the Bears to the playoffs with an regular season record as a starter and still ranks among Michigan State's all-time passing leaders. Follow Jim Miller on Twitter, 15miller. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in One factor that could make this a much tighter contest: Gang Green's secondary, which got nicked up Monday night and is still waiting for Marcus Maye to make his debut. After all, this is a short week for that group.
Jets , Jets , Jets. Los Angeles Chargers 26, Buffalo Bills The Bills get off to a fast start in this one with a couple of defensively fueled scores. I'm seeing a Tre'Davious White pick-six. Then Philip Rivers and the Chargers get the offense moving. Love what little-known RB Austin Ekeler adds to the unit. Sure, Buffalo won't have to face Joey Bosa -- but the Bills ' offense isn't at the point that it can take advantage of something like that.
One area Buffalo should definitely attack or try to attack is the Bolts' middle. Give the chicken-wired offensive line a chance to hit people and get into the flow of the game.
Of course, it's kind of hard for a running back to make hay when down by 44 points. Josh Allen gets a chance to improve on that performance in his starting debut. Let's hope this deal goes better than the last time a Buffalo QB got his first career start against the Chargers.
Minnesota Vikings 22, Green Bay Packers It won't come easy. Kirk Cousins will face better personnel in the back seven than he saw in coverage against the Niners last week. Minnesota's own back seven will see a far more talented passing game, as well. Make no mistake, this is an incredibly important game in the NFC North, irrespective of the week. With the Lions stinking up the joint last Monday night, going up against division threats Chicago and Minnesota would be huge for Green Bay.
But the Packers must get something out of the running game, which won't be easy against this loaded Viking defense. Minnesota can line up across the board against any offense. New Orleans Saints 34, Cleveland Browns Look for the Saints to get back on track. I hate that phrase almost as much as watching New Orleans' defense get marched on repeatedly by Tampa Bay last week.
The Browns are better on offense than they were a year ago. That said, QB Tyrod Taylor can ill-afford to be inaccurate this week. The Bucs ousted the Saints in their own place because Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with his receivers. It's not about opportunities in this matchup; the game will be defined by missed opportunities. Or else it will be the foreclosure of Cleveland's dream of reaching Week 3 without a loss. Sorry, listening to Megadeth right now. San Francisco 49ers 29, Detroit Lions Looks as though the Lions are starting In what amounts to an important game for both teams, the 49ers should prevail at home.
While Jimmy Garoppolo did face pressure against the Vikings last week three sacks , there were other times he enjoyed adequate time to throw. Except the advantage is going the wrong way for the Lions and I love Jim Kleinsasser. Going to the other side of the ball, perhaps the biggest disappointment from Detroit's blowout loss to the Jets other than Matthew Stafford 's four picks was the play of the offensive line -- which was thought to be a team strength.
Detroit gained little traction on the ground. The Lions can't put the whole game on the quarterback anymore. Los Angeles Rams 31, Arizona Cardinals Last Sunday , the Cardinals couldn't get anything going offensively. Last Monday , the Rams were just getting warmed up. I would anticipate Arizona giving L. Arizona will also want to increase the game speed. Their offense stalled in the second half, and Oakland did not take any time off the clock, which caused the defense to peter out over several drives.
If the Cardinals thought they saw a good tailback in their first game against the Redskins and Adrian Peterson , wait until they get a load of No.
They've seen him -- and this Rams offense -- before. Jacksonville Jaguars 17, New England Patriots This sucker made my "Top 18 games of the season" back in April. It's an enticing matchup that should come down to the wire -- unless the Jaguars ' defense absolutely controls the engagement.
If the Patriots are to win, it will be in a close contest where Tom Brady engineers a couple of clutch fourth-quarter drives. None of the Pats' wide receivers are superior one-on-one players when compared to the Jags' DBs. Put Jalen Ramsey on Rob Gronkowski to counter that strategic advantage. So, what's the issue with this prediction, and the score? The uncertainty of Fournette's hamstring. Denver Broncos 23, Oakland Raiders The Raiders will show up, but will a strong road effort be enough?
Case Keenum has historically been much more careful with the football than he was last week. Although his season with the Vikings was, statistically speaking, a bit of an anomaly for the Broncos quarterback, he did sport a His career interception percentage interceptions divided by pass attempts is a respectable 2. So there will be no freebies. Oakland should run right at this Denver front, so as to neutralize the pass rush to some extent. Von Miller hurt the Seahawks.
Player I want to see more of: New York Giants 28, Dallas Cowboys The Giants spoil Dallas' home opener. They did precisely that nine years ago -- also in Week 2, also on "Sunday Night Football" -- in the grand opening of Jerry World sort of.
Hard to believe it's been that many years since the palatial football estate opened. Unfortunately, for all its wonder, the stadium just doesn't present a hostile environment for visiting teams. It's as if teams enjoy playing there. Big Blue won there in a defensive slugfest -- and in Dak Prescott 's first start -- back in The G-Men will probably play eight in the box against Dallas -- even on a few obvious passing downs, much like the Panthers did in Week 1, daring Prescott to beat them through the air.
Dallas needs this win more than the Giants , given the Cowboys' schedule and the perception in some corners that they're already done. Meanwhile, New York needs to close the deal, unlike last week. Chicago Bears 27, Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson gets Seattle moving late, when it's too little, too late. Despite the collapse in Lambeau , I like this Bears team. The running game is totally legit.
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