FOX Sports South walks the plank of potential embarrassment by chronicling seven bold predictions for NFL Week 2 -- an ambitious gallery that could be way off the mark come Monday night. There's no fear of failure here, though. Just educated guesses. (Photos: Tommy Gilligan/Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
BOLD PREDICTION #1: Andy Dalton's regular-season home streak of 300 total yards and/or three touchdowns will modestly reach six games ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) Charting his last five non-playoff home encounters, Dalton has tossed 30 or more passes four times. 2) Including the wild-card defeat to the Chargers, Bengals wideout A.J. Green has collected nine-plus targets in each of his last five outings. 3) Of their last 10 regular-season games, the Falcons (Cincy's Week 2 opponent) have surrendered at least 370 total yards eight times. 4) The only distraction here: Atlanta has also allowed a staggering average of 148.2 rushing yards in its last 14 games (boding well for RB Gio Bernard).
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Interim Kings Of The Hill
BOLD PREDICTION #2: Come Monday, the Bills will be the AFC East's lone unbeaten ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) The 1-0 Jets will fall to the Packers on Sunday. 2) Buffalo tailback C.J. Spiller has averaged 117 total yards in his last five games against Miami. Teammate Fred Jackson (above -- 1,277 total yards, 10 TDs last year) remains a home-run threat at age 33. 3) The Bills defense stifled the Dolphins in Buffalo last December, giving up zero points and just six first downs. 4) The Bills should get an extra adrenaline burst on Sunday, playing before a home crowd that no longer has to worry about cities like Toronto or Los Angeles poaching their beloved franchise.
BOLD PREDICTION #3: Cam Newton will rush for a touchdown against the Lions ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) Newton boasts a three-year average of 9.3 rushing TDs with the Panthers. 2) Forget that Newton had offseason ankle surgery and that he'll be wearing a flak jacket to protect a cracked rib. He'll inveitably get sucked in by the adrenaline-based thrill of executing a goal-line carry sometime in the first half.
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BOLD PREDICTION #4: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will collect three sacks against the Raiders ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) The above proclamation has precedent here, since Watt enjoyed a pair of three-sack outings in 2012 (against the Lions and Colts). 2) Watt is an annual threat for 17-plus sacks (especially when Jadeveon Clowney returns from injury). 3) Oakland's offensive line allowed 44 sacks last season. 4) It's natural for rookie quarterbacks (like the Raiders' Derek Carr) to hold onto the ball a little longer in the pocket, out of fear of throwing interceptions.
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BOLD PREDICTION #5: Randall Cobb will lead all Week 2 wideouts in receptions ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) Before getting sidetracked by injury last year, Cobb notched three outings of double-digit targets and two total touchdowns from Weeks 1-3. 2) He tallied six catches, nine targets, 58 yards and one TD against the Seahawks last week. 3) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers predicted that Cobb would catch 100 balls back in the spring. The only drawback to that: Cobb has never recorded a game of double-digit receptions as a pro.
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BOLD PREDICTION #6: Jamaal Charles will rush for 150 yards against the Broncos ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) The last time Charles (34 total yards in Week 1) completed a game with less than 40 total yards (Week 15 of the 2012 season -- at Oakland) ... he racked up 230 total yards (226 rushing) and one TD the following week (against the Colts). 2) Of his last seven games against the Broncos, Charles holds rock-solid averages of 126 total yards and 0.6 touchdowns. 3) Coach Andy Reid has publicly admitted guilt for not getting Charles enough carries in the season-opening loss to the Titans. Expect a big bump of touches in Week 2.
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BOLD PREDICTION #7: Eagles-Colts will end up as the weekend's highest-scoring game ... REASONS TO BELIEVE: 1) Including last season's playoffs, the Colts have surrendered 118 points in their last three games (39.1 average). 2) In 2013, the Eagles had the NFL's worst passing defense, allowing 290 yards per game through the air. 3) Philly's Nick Foles (left) and Indy's Andrew Luck (right), two of the NFL's best young passers, have the capacity for 320 yards passing and multiple touchdowns on Monday night. 4) The up-tempo Eagles always have their sights set on 90-100 offensive plays per game. (Photos: Eric Hartline/Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)