Week 2 Sunday NFL Preview

  We got off to a great start this year winning three out of four last week. Now we need to continue that run with a successful week 2. New England at Buffalo (+1) Having grown up in Buffalo, I was a season ticket holder for a number of years until I started working for the Giants. That said, I feel this Buffalo team just may be the best Bills team since Jim Kelly led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls. This Bills team has an attitude and they play a very physical game. On offense, Tyrod Taylor gives them a dimension they have never had at quarterback with a guy who can not only throw, but he can make plays with his feet. Buffalo and New England split last year and this Bills team is much better. The defense is outstanding. Granted, Tom Brady is one of the best ever to play the game but I feel Rex Ryan will have this D keep the Patriots in check with his different blitzes. Buffalo was a home dog last week and won easily, I feel they will win again this week. Take the points, it may be the play of the week. Houston at Carolina (-3) I stayed away from Houston last week feeling they might have a pretty good team. They fell behind early against Kansas City and were unable to make to make up the deficit in their home opener. This week they travel to Carolina with a new starting quarterback. Ryan Mallett gets the call and since I have never been a Mallett fan going back to when he was at Arkansas, I don’t feel he will get it done on the road in his first start with the Texans. Carolina doesn’t do anything fancy, they just play good hard conservative football. They have an excellent defense and make opponents earn everything they get. Give the 3 points, it may just be money in the bank. Detroit (+2) at Minnesota Monday night in San Francisco the Minnesota Vikings were just awful. I thought Teddy Bridgewater would take a big step in his second year, but he looked like a rookie in his first game. The Viking offense as a whole was not impressive and why Adrian Peterson was used so sparingly is a huge question mark. Detroit didn’t look much better versus San Diego, but they did jump out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter before they fell apart. The difference in this game could be quarterback Matthew Stafford who threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns last week. While I feel this will be a close game, I like Detroit to win outright by 3. Take the points. Arizona at Chicago (+2) I went with Chicago last week getting 7 at home versus Green Bay. I lost by a point as a late Chicago turnover cost the Bears a chance of winning. The Bears played well enough to win and their run game was excellent. Anytime an NFL team runs for over 180 yards they have a darn good chance of winning. Look for the Bears to do more of the same, running the ball and controlling the clock. Arizona looked strong last week in beating New Orleans. What surprised me was how well Cardinal quarterback Carson Palmer moved around in the pocket. He also completed passes to eight different receivers with his favorite targets being Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. The Cards will be without starting running back Andre Ellington and that could prove harmful. Chris Johnson gets the start and he isn’t the running back he was earlier in his career. Since this is a home game for the Bears, and it’s early in the season, I have to take the points and pick the Bears. Home underdogs early in the season are usually a good play. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe  

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