NFL Schedule - Team vs. Team - Week 2
Week 2 is on now for the 2012 NFL season. Week 1 was a blockbuster and we can promise that Week 2 is going to be just as good, if not better! OnlineGambling.com has a list of 2012 NFL Season game previews listed out below for you to place your NFL bets with confidence.
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The New England Patriots started the 2012 NFL season with an easy victory over the Tennessee Titans while Kevin Kolb led the Cardinals to a comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Kolb will be the Cardinals starting quarterback for this clash as John Skelton has been ruled out with a low ankle sprain. The Patriots have dominated the Cardinals in their recent meetings and this game should be no different. They were clinical against the Titans and should be able to account for the Cardinals in a similar fashion.
The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking for a far better performance against the Ravens after only narrowly beating the Cleveland Browns in week 1. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was terrible, throwing four interceptions, and will need to improve significantly if the Eagles are going to beat the Ravens. The Ravens defense looks as strong as ever and gives them the edge over the Eagles in what should be a close game.
The biggest rivals in the NFL meet for the 185th time. The new-look Bears offense was very impressive against the Colts and will challenge the Packers suspect secondary defense. The Packers were outplayed on both sides of the football against the San Francisco 49ers and will need to improve to hang with the high-powered Bears offense. If Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall can connect against the Packers like they did against the Colts the Bears are an excellent chance to upset the Packers and condemn the pre-season Super Bowl favorites to a 0-2 start.
The Cleveland Browns almost pulled off a big upset against the Eagles in week 1. The Browns defense played extremely well but the performance of their offense was worrying. Quarterback Brandon Weeden struggled in his NFL debut, throwing four interceptions, while running back Trent Richardson is still feeling the effects of pre-season knee surgery. The Bengals have won the last seven clashes between these sides and their squad is stronger on both sides of the football. They should be able to make eight in a row in week 2.
The Dallas Cowboys looked exceptional on both sides of the football against the New York Giants in week 1. Their defense appears to have improved significantly, after a full off-season under Rob Ryan, and Tony Romo was able to link up with all his talented receivers. The Seahawks showed some promising signs, against the Cardinals, but failed to take several opportunities they had to win the game. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson had a decent game on debut but will need to improve against the Cowboys. If the Cowboys can recapture their week 1 form they should have no problem beating the Seahawks.
Both these sides were impressive in week 1. Peyton Manning played as if he hadn't missed a full NFL season and led the Broncos to an impressive victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Atlanta Falcons put in a dominate display against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Falcons passing game was superb with quarterback Matt Ryan completing 75% of passes and throwing for 299 yards. This will be a very interesting game and will show the true level that both teams are at. Because some of the Broncos receivers are still learning the Manning system the Falcons probably just have the edge.
The 49ers signaled themselves as leading Super Bowl contenders after their impressive victory against the Green Bay Packers. The 49ers offense looked far better than it did in 2011 and Alex Smith played like an elite quarterback for the first time in his seven year NFL career. The Lions won their first game of the season, against the Rams, but would not be thrilled with their performance. Lions quarterback Matt Stafford threw three interceptions and it took until the fourth quarter for the team to secure the victory. If they 49ers can neutralize Stafford, like they did Aaron Rodgers, they should win easily.
The Texans started the season in impressive fashion, easily accounting for the Miami Dolphins. The Texans played like an elite side on both sides of the football and their defense tortured rookie Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked a much improved side and were unlucky not to walk away with the win against the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked ten times better than he did in 2011 and threw for a career high 260 yards. If he continues to perform like that the Jaguars will win a few games this season but it is difficult to see them beating the Texans in week 2.
Both the Chiefs and Bills will be disappointed with their week 1 efforts. The Chiefs were expected to trouble the Atlanta Falcons but were on the wrong side of a blow-out. The one positive for the Chiefs was the performance of running back Jamaal Charles who looked good in his return from a knee injury. The Bills were probably the most disappointing team of week 1. Their defense had been praised for their improvement in the offseason but looked helpless against Mark Sanchez and the Jets. If they don't improve the Bills will struggle to wins five games in 2012. The Chiefs should win this game easily.
Adrian Petersen looked as good as ever in his comeback game from a career-threatening knee injury. The running back scored two touchdowns and helped the Vikings to an overtime victory over the Jaguars. The Colts are still a work in progress and their defense wasn't good enough to handle the Chicago Bears star-studded offense. Andrew Luck was decent in his NFL debut but must improve his decision-making, after throwing three interceptions. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is developing into a solid quarterback and should lead the Vikings to victory.
There are alarm bells ringing in both New Orleans and Carolina are both sides week 1 performances. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had one of the worst games of his career and completed just 40% of his passes. Brees wasn't the only Saints player to struggle, as they made costly mistakes on both sides of the football. The Panthers looked even worse against the Buccaneers. Their offensive line was dominated leaving Cam Newton and running back DeAngelo Williams with nowhere to run. If the offensive line does not improve it could be a long season for Panthers supporters. The Saints should bounce back and win this game comfortably.
The New York Jets were the real surprise packets of week 1. Written off as a joke in the offseason Mark Sanchez led to the side to an impressive victory over the Buffalo Bills. The Jets were worried about a possible concussion to star cornerback Darrelle Revis but they are now confident he will play against the Steelers. The Steelers were inconsistent against the Broncos in week 1. Big Ben made some big plays but he was under pressure all day as the Steelers offensive line couldn't deal with the Broncos pass rush. They also gave away a large number of penalties. The Jets are a strong chance to cause an upset and beat the Steelers in week 2.
The Miami Dolphins were dominated in all aspects of the game against the Texans in week 1. Their defense was especially poor and could not stop the Texans running or passing game. Their only standout was running back Reggie Bush who made some big runs and looks like being the Dolphins only real threat on offense. The Raiders defense should have no problem handling Bush and Carson Palmer should be able to take advantage of the Dolphins poor pass defense. The Raiders should win this game easily.
There were worrying signs for the New York Giants in week 1. The side did not look like a defending Super Bowl champion and struggled to contain Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys offense. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had an inconsistent game and was outplayed by Romo. On the other hand the Buccaneers, under new coach Greg Schiano, showed some promising signs. Their defensive line shutdown the Panthers rushing game and they ran the ball well. Josh Freeman did not have the best game but didn't take any risks. He will have to improve though if the Buccaneers are going to beat the Giants. The Giants should win what should be an interesting game.
The Titans had a tough opening week fixture against the San Diego Chargers. They performed admirably but were simply outclassed by a better team. Quarterback Jake Locker played well but was forced to leave the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. He is expected to play against the Chargers. Running back Chris Johnson was a disappointment once again for the Titans and doesn't look like the same player who rushed for 2000 yards in 2009. The return of Kenny Britt is a big plus for the Titans. The Chargers should be too strong for the Titans and this is the type of game they need to win if they want to return to the playoffs.
Robert Griffin III well and truly lived up to the hype in his NFL debut and led the Redskins to a huge upset over the New Orleans Saints. Griffin threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and maintained his composure even when the Saints fought back. The Rams would also be happy with their week one performance. Their defense was strong in the first half and really put the pressure on Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. Both these sides need to maintain their momentum and prove that their week 1 performances were not a fluke.