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2013 NFL Week 2 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 2 box scores and stats included

UPDATE: September 12, 2013

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To account for injuries and roster moves announced late in the week, we will be re-simulating some games on Thursdays throughout the 2013 NFL season.

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Game of the Week: Cowboys at Chiefs

Known as one of the tougher visiting venues in the NFL, Arrowhead Stadium was void of its usual hysteria last season, with the Chiefs notching a lone victory in eight tries at home. With the offseason acquisitions of coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith, Kansas City advocates have hope that 2013 is a different tale. The ambition surrounding these procurements, along with the excitement emitting from the Chiefs' Week 1 victory, will have Arrowhead reenergized this weekend as the Dallas Cowboys come into town. This invigorated scene serves as our WhatIfSports.com NFL Game of the Week.

All season openers need to be treated with a tad of skepticism, as one impressive or disappointing performance does not forebode maturity of either fashion. This is especially true in the case of the Chiefs, who defeated the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. (How bad were the Jags? Punter Bryan Anger set a franchise record with 11 punts last Sunday. That bad.)

However, for a team that won a meager two games in 2012, the Chiefs are in no position to pooh-pooh a victory of any variety. Kansas City could not have asked for a better display from its field general Smith, who found nine different receivers against the Jaguars for 173 yards and two scores. Moreover, the presence of a viable passing game opened up lanes for Jamaal Charles, who racked up 77 yards on a modest 16 carries.

Yet as sound as the Chiefs were on offense, this squad's fruition ultimately lies in the ability of its resistance. For a unit that surrendered 26.6 points per contest last year (25th in the league), Week 1's shutout was a sight for sore eyes. With a strong core of Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers and Eric Berry, Kanas City is more than capable of transforming into an elite defense. Under new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton' plan on using an attack-based style, that aspiration is off to an auspicious start in 2013.

The Chiefs will need a similar output from their defense this weekend against a Cowboys offense that found pay dirt early and often in Week 1. Dallas lit up the scoreboard against the Giants last week, capitalizing on turnovers and field position to put up 36 points on its division foe.

Tony Romo wasn't on top of his game, tossing an interception and missing some open receivers, but still finished with 263 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Better yet, after injuries and offensive line problems led to a sophomore slump in 2012, running back DeMarco Murray delivered a bounce-back outing for the Cowboys, rushing 20 times for 88 yards and adding eight catches for 39 yards in the receiving game. If Murray can revive his 2011 success, the Cowboys offense could be a formidable match.

Speaking of challenges, DeMarcus Ware has regained his All-Pro mojo after dealing with a shoulder injury for most of 2012. Finally healthy, Ware returned to his beast-like ways last week, snagging an interception and giving the Giants' protection all they could handle. Few are as disruptive as Ware in the NFL, and with a clean bill of health, could single-handedly improve Dallas' 25.0 points per game allotment from 2012.

So who wins this Great Plains battle? According to the award-winning WhatIfSports.com NFL simulation engine, the Cowboys come out on top 63 percent of the time by an average margin of 29-24. For the rest of this week's scores and predictions, check below:

Please note: The Chargers-Eagles, Jets-Patriots, Lions-Cardinals, Broncos-Giants, Panthers-Bills, Browns-Ravens, Titans-Texans and Redskins-Packers games were resimulated on 9/12 to account for injuries and roster updates.

NFL Week 2
MatchupWin%Avg Score
New York Jets26.216Boxscore
@ New England Patriots73.824Simulate Game
Cleveland Browns26.319Boxscore
@ Baltimore Ravens73.727Simulate Game
Tennessee Titans37.221Boxscore
@ Houston Texans62.826Simulate Game
San Francisco 49ers40.920Boxscore
@ Seattle Seahawks59.123Simulate Game
Minnesota Vikings42.420Boxscore
@ Chicago Bears57.622Simulate Game
Washington Redskins45.623Boxscore
@ Green Bay Packers54.425Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers47.920Boxscore
@ Philadelphia Eagles52.121Simulate Game
St. Louis Rams47.725Boxscore
@ Atlanta Falcons52.327Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers48.522Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bengals51.523Simulate Game
Jacksonville Jaguars49.921Boxscore
@ Oakland Raiders50.122Simulate Game
Miami Dolphins53.724Boxscore
@ Indianapolis Colts46.323Simulate Game
Carolina Panthers54.822Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bills45.221Simulate Game
Detroit Lions55.125Boxscore
@ Arizona Cardinals44.922Simulate Game
New Orleans Saints58.230Boxscore
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers41.827Simulate Game
Dallas Cowboys63.029Boxscore
@ Kansas City Chiefs37.024Simulate Game
Denver Broncos74.729Boxscore
@ New York Giants25.320Simulate Game

Joel Beall is the Assistant Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jbeall@whatifsports.com.

Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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