PREDICTION: Patriots 21, Jets 17
St. Louis (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1), Sunday. 1 p.m.
Line: Falcons by 7
THE SKINNY: This game will feature the top 3 picks of 2008 NFL Draft: St. Louis left tackle Jake Long (No. 1 by Miami), Rams defensive end Chris Long (No. 2) and Atlanta Pro Bowl QB Matt Ryan as well as Falcons running back Steven Jackson facing his former team for the first time. Jackson, drafted No. 24 overall by the Rams in 2004, is that franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,138 yards, rushing for 1,000-plus yards in a team-record eight consecutive seasons.
The Falcons, considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender by many, are trying to avoid an 0-2 hole after last week's tough loss in New Orleans. Ryan is 2-0 in his career against the Rams and had a 101.8 passer rating the last time he faced St. Louis back in 2010. That's a magic number in Dixie. When Ryan starts and has a 100-plus passer rating, the Falcons are a gaudy 32-1.
PREDICTION: Falcons 34, Rams 20
Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (0-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Ravens by 6 1/2
THE SKINNY: The reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens aim to bounce back from an embarrassing opening night loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Baltimore is 33-7 at home under head coach John Harbaugh and has won five straight in the Charm City over Cleveland. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, meanwhile, is 10-0 as starter in his career against the Browns.
PREDICTION: Ravens 24, Browns 13
Carolina (0-1) at Buffalo (0-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Panthers by 3
THE SKINNY: A pair of teams coming off tough losses during Kickoff Weekend meet in Western New York. Buffalo is 4-1 all-time versus Carolina and impressive rookie QB E.J. Manuel, the first freshman to start at the game's most important position for the Bills since Joe Ferguson in 1973, posted an impressive 105.5 passer rating last week against New England, the fourth-best mark in the AFC. The Panthers have won two straight versus AFC foes and ride QB Cam Newton, who became the fifth-fastest in NFL history to reach 8,000 passing yards against Seattle last week.
PREDICTION: Panthers 21, Bills 20
Minnesota (0-1) at Chicago (0-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Bears by 6
THE SKINNY: The Vikings will be attempting to avoid an early 0-2 hole in the NFC North against a Bears team that has dominated them in Chicago in recent years. The Bears have won five straight over Minnesota in the Second City and 11 of 12 overall. Chicago QB Jay Cutler, meanwhile, has won five of his past six starts against the Vikings.
PREDICTION: Bears 27, Vikings 17
Washington (0-1) at Green Bay (0-1), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Packers by 7 1/2
THE SKINNY: A pair of reigning division champions come in ornery after embarrassing defensive efforts. Washington got run over by the truck that was Chip Kelly's offense and Colin Kaepernick continued his dominance over Clay Matthews and Co. The Packers will likely right the ship this weekend because Aaron Rodgers has won 19 of his past 20 starts at Lambeau Field while Robert Griffin III, despite passing for a career-high 329 yards thanks to extended garbage time on Monday night, didn't look all that confident in his surgically repaired knee.
PREDICTION: Packers 30, Redskins 20
Tennessee (1-0) at Houston (1-0), Sunday, 1 p.m.
LINE: Texans by 9 1/2
THE SKINNY: Houston takes a shot at continuing its dominance over the AFC South during the team's home opener against Tennessee. Texans QB Matt Schaub, who registered his 26th career 30-yard passing game in Monday night's thrilling comeback win over San Diego, has a 6-2 career record with 17 TDs versus just one interception and a 105.6 passer rating against the Titans. Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt had two sacks in each of his last two games against Tennessee. Chris Johnson is the Titans' best chance. The speedy running back has averaged 89.3 rushing yards per game versus the Texans, and when he hits the century park, Tennessee is a solid 24-9 overall.