By Danny Cox
Two weeks of the 2012 NFL season are down, and there is no way that anyone saw happening what has already transpired. Some of the usual leaders of the pack have put on mediocre performances while others can’t even break into the win column. Some of the normal cellar dwellers are experiencing a bit of the spotlight, but that may not last too long.
This is the type of thing that keeps the NFL as one of most interesting, exciting, and intriguing professional sports leagues in the world.
Yet, it makes life a living hell for those that try to predict the games and act as if they know what they are talking about. After a miserable outing last week, let’s see if this week’s picks are any closer to what may actually go down on the field.
Thursday Night Football: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
New York looked bad in Week One and defeated in Week Two. Carolina crashed and burned in Week One, yet defeated the Saints in Week Two. Nothing is secure, but one thing is certain: The Panthers won’t continue to win if Cam Newton stays their leading rusher throughout the season. New York buckles down.
St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears
Can Jay Cutler keep his temper under wraps this week? Even better question is will his offensive line care enough to even block for him? The Rams have a good offense, but the Bears’ defense will keep them at bay.
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns
The Buffalo team that showed up in Week Two was not the same squad that got destroyed by the Jets in the first week of the season. Cleveland is just awful.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Again, it all depends just what team shows up for both the Cowboys and the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay was very close to starting the season at 2-0, but completely collapsed against the Cowboys. Dallas just didn’t even show up against Seattle. Still, the Bucs aren’t going to go far this year.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
Reggie Bush couldn’t possibly have two great games in a row, could he? Could the footsteps of Tim Tebow be getting louder behind Mark Sanchez’s back? New York needs to batten down and concentrate or it will be a long year.
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota is surprisingly off to a great start, but the 49ers are playing great ball all over the place. Should be a fun game for a while, but expect the Niners to pull away in the second half.
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints
Kansas City is horrible–just horrible. The Saints are staring an 0-3 start in the face, and there is a lot of animosity happening in New Orleans. Expect the Saints to actually start quickly this week instead of coming out sluggish and having to play catch-up.
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins
This could end up being one of the better games this week. RG3 is leading the Redskins to an impressive season so far, and the Bengals are surprising everyone. Somehow though, the cats will find a way. It will be a squeak-by way, but it’s there.
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans
Tennessee is ridiculous.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck and the Colts aren’t looking great, but they’re certainly more impressive than Blaine Gabbert and the Jags.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
Upset alert. The Eagles were able to upset the Ravens, but they just don’t look good. Arizona not only upset the Patriots, but did it convincingly, and they’ve just got that “never quit” feel about them.
Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers
San Diego is off to a fast start, but Atlanta is looking like the team to beat in the NFC South right now. It’s going to be a great game, and possibly the best of the weekend, but the Falcons will be able to take this one out west.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Even though he isn’t in the same division anymore, the Texans are still being tormented by Peyton Manning. Houston is currently the better looking team so far in 2012, but Manning is going to want to improve off of that three interception game.
Like a few others in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders stink. Pittsburgh is dealing with numerous injuries, but will be able to handle the Raiders and head into a much needed bye week.
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
Another great game and it’s one that deserves to be on Sunday night. Both teams are coming off losses last week, and they were both losses that neither really saw coming. The Ravens and Pats meetings are always fun, and this one will likely be the same. Big-time air and huge hits will litter this game as the Pats spring forth into a two-game losing streak.
Monday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
This is one to look forward to and a great game to end the weekend. Many expected this to be a battle of Aaron Rodgers versus Matt Flynn, but it was rookie Russell Wilson who won out as starter for the Seahawks. Seattle is quietly going to do well this season, but not against the Pack.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.