Broken records and surprise starts filled the NFL schedule in week 1. Now week 2 should offer a clearer picture for which teams are for real and which were faking.
Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills: Ryan Fitzpatrick has stiffer test in Raiders D
Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed four touchdowns in his first game for the Buffalo Bills. He faces a much tougher challenge with the Oakland Raiders defense coming to town boasting an aggressive pass rush led by Pro Bowler Richard Seymour.
Final score: Raiders win 20-17
Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton gets Clay Matthews intro
It was a record day for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Arizona. The rookie quarterback won’t have that same luck in his second NFL schedule game against the Green Bay Packers and their defensive front led by linebacker Clay Matthews.
Final score: Packers win 38-20
Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions: Matt Cassel faces terrifying Lions front four
Matt Cassel couldn’t throw a touchdown and his Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t run against the Bills. Don’t expect him to suddenly get a hot hand against Ndamukong Suh and the imposing defensive line of the Detroit Lions. Cassel might not even finish the game.
Final score: Lions win 42-10
Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts: Colt McCoy and Kerry Collins rebound
Colt McCoy got a hard lesson in underestimating an opponent while Kerry Collins got a refresher course on getting sacked. Now the two quarterbacks hope to recover the playoff hopes of either the Cleveland Browns or Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Final score: Colts win 24-20
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings: Will Donovan McNabb throw?
Throwing for 39 yards in a game doesn’t inspire confidence for quarterback Donovan McNabb and the Minnesota Vikings. With a ornery Tampa Bay Buccaneers team coming to the Metrodome, expect McNabb to air it out early.
Final score: Buccaneers win 21-20
Chicago Bears at New OrlÃ©ans Saints: Drew Brees missing Moore and Colston
Drew Brees and his New OrlÃ©ans Saints head into week 2 without two of his best receivers in Lance Moore and Marcus Colston against a Chicago Bears defense that humiliated division rival Atlanta. All depends on the depleted Saints defense holding down Jay Cutler and the surprise Bears offense.
Final score: Bears win 35-24
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets: Mark SÃ¡nchez can expose real Jags
Mark SÃ¡nchez escaped week 1 against Dallas bruised and exhausted. The New York Jets quarterback now should really showcase his offense against a Jacksonville Jaguars team out to prove they can win with quarterback Luke McCown and defense.
Final score: Jets win 28-14
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger in for a big night
Still smarting from their humiliating defeat against the Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers drew the lucky card with the feeble Seattle Seahawks coming to town. Super Bowl replay or not this game is likely to get ugly for Seattle.
Final score: Steelers win 27-3
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans: Ray Rice and Joe Flacco lead the way
Teaming with momentum after their dismantling of Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens will ride offensive stars Joe Flacco and Ray Rice into Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans. Unless the Titans get Chris Johnson going, the Baltimore defense will dictate the pace.
Final score: Ravens win 24-13
Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins: Kevin Kolb vs. Rex Grossman
Two quarterbacks enter this game fresh off opening NFL schedule wins. Kevin Kolb hopes to get his Arizona Cardinals off to their best start since their Super Bowl run while Rex Grossman aims to revive Super Bowl memories for the Washington Redskins.
Final score: Redskins win 26-23