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Jacksonville looks for upset against Steelers

Buffalo @ Miami

J: Miami could not establish a running game against the Steelers last week, but not a lot of teams can. Culpepper will get his roll on in a surprising win against a tough Bills defense.

O: Daunte Culpepper was shaky in his Miami debut, throwing key interceptions that Pittsburgh capitalized on. Dolphins will utilize Ronnie Brown to take away pressure from Culpepper and get the win.

Carolina @ Minnesota

J: If Steve Smith plays in this game, the Panthers will win easily. If not, they are going to have to rely on their defensive line and solid secondary to win it.

O: Vikings surprised all with a week one victory and they’ll surprise again.

Cleveland @ Cincinnati

J: Have your DVRs ready for Chad Johnson on Sunday. The Browns’ defense will have their hands full and their offense will struggle against a Bengals defense that held Kansas City to 289 total yards last week. Cincy will prove to be too much for Romeo Crennel’s team and will lose their second straight game.

O: Browns have improved over the years by adding exceptional talent, but the Bengals still have more. Expect Carson Palmer to have a good day and keep the Bengals rolling.

Detroit @ Chicago

J: Are the Lions’ defense for real or did they have an outer body experience last week against the Seahawks? The way the Bears’ defense played last week, they do not even need an offense. The Lions will stay close for as long as they can, but the Bears will win it at home.

O: The Lions’ defense looked impressive stopping Shaun Alexander and keeping the Seahawks to only nine points. Bears continue to play great, defense as well, and will get the win.

Houston @ Indianapolis

J: Look for Peyton Manning to have a field day against a suspect Texans secondary. Colts win easily.

O: Texans defense vs. Colts offense? It will be a good day for fantasy football fans who drafted Peyton Manning.

New Orleans @ Green Bay

J: This will be the game Reggie Bush scores his first NFL touchdown. The Packers were humiliated last week at home against the Bears and Brett Favre wants to redeem himself. It will be close, but the Saints will win.

O: The Saints looked impressive at times in week one against Cleveland and wasted no time in using Bush. The Packers continue to struggle on offense, but it is time to wake up. Packers take a home victory.

NY Giants @ Philadelphia

J: This will be a good game that could go either way. McNabb looked impressive against the Texans, but then again, they are the Texans. The Giants pull off a close win against the Eagles.

O: Donovan McNabb showed that he is back, while the Giants showed signs of promise, despite a loss to the Colts. Look for Brian Westbrook to have another solid game to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 record.

Oakland @ Baltimore

J: This could get ugly really fast. Quarterback Steve McNair brings stability to the Ravens’ offense, which they have not had for a long time. There is no doubt in my mind, the Ravens will destroy the Raiders.

O: Despite the new roster and coaching change, the Raiders still looked the same. Look for them to be more aggressive and improve, but not enough to beat the Ravens’ scary defense.

Tampa Bay @ Atlanta

J: The Bucs have been one of the few teams that have contain Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in the past, but not any more. Derrick Brooks ‘ Co. have gotten slower and will not be able to contain both Vick and the best rushing attack in the league. The Falcons will beat their second division rival in a row.

O: The Falcons were able to defeat the Panthers decisively in week one with good defense and a solid run attack. Falcons will try to run and set up the play-action pass, but the Bucs know this team too well. Bucs win a close one.

Arizona @ Seattle

J: Arizona only beat San Francisco by a touchdown last week and needs to play a lot better to last year’s NFC champions. The Seahawks will have regrouped from last week’s shaky performance and win on Sunday.

O: The Cardinals looked impressive beating the 49ers, and the Seahawks won an ugly game 9-6 over the Lions in week one. Alexander should bounce back with more carries and scoring opportunities. Seahawks will go 2-0.

St. Louis @ San Francisco

J: Jim Haslett had fun in his first game as the defensive coordinator for the Rams, holding the Denver Broncos to only 10 points. The 49ers are still rebuilding and will lose this one.

O: The 49ers nearly pulled off a comeback against Arizona in week one, but the offense woke up too late. The Niners’ offense will pick up where they left off, but St. Louis will overcome.

Kansas City @ Denver

J: Without Trent Green, the Broncos will be too much for them. Look for Jake Plummer to quiet all his critics from last week with a win.

O: Broncos fans must be upset after Jake Plummer’s performance against the Rams, but he will bounce back and put up much better numbers this week. Enough to beat Larry Johnson and the Chiefs.

New England @ NY Jets

J: Chad Pennington looked solid in his first game back from surgery, but the Patriots will win.

O: The Patriots did not look like the three-time Super Bowl champions in week one against Buffalo, while Chad Pennington showed critics that his shoulder problems are a thing of the past. Tom Brady and Corey Dillon will lead the team to a victory on the road.

Tennessee @ San Diego

J: The Chargers look scary on defense. They kind of remind me of the Steelers during Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie season. Philip Rivers will only be asked to help keep their drives alive; LaDanian Tomlinson and their defense will win the game. Titans fall to 0-2.

O: Ladanian Tomlinson is on his way toward another great season, and the Titans will not stop him. Chargers win big at home.

Washington @ Dallas

J: Gibbs vs. Parcells, it is going to be a good one. The Cowboys will win after a wake-up call from last week’s loss.

O: Two teams with high hopes that ended their games with losses. Neither team wants to fall to 0-2, especially the Cowboys. Drew Bledsoe will bounce back for the win.

Pittsburgh @ Jacksonville

J: The Jaguars were impressive in their season opener against Dallas. Look for an upset over a strong Steelers team.

O: The Jaguars looked impressive with a comeback victory over Dallas. The Steelers still look good, even without their starting quarterback and will leave Florida with another win.

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