6 bold NFL predictions for Week 2: Can LA Rams avoid 0-2 start?

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3. Detroit Lions rookie Aidan Hutchinson will record his first NFL sack in Week 2

The top overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft was virtually nonplussed in his first official game as a member of the Detroit Lions. Despite being on the field for 69 snaps, the defensive end recorded just one assisted tackle vs the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener.

It’s only one game, but Hutchinson hopefully has those first-game jitters out of his system and will be able to find his gaps and be more of an impact for his team. This week, Hutchinson and his Lions look to make life difficult for Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders.

Wentz, who loves to hold on to the football just a little too long, threw two picks and was sacked once against Jacksonville last week. And this week, his offensive line will be a bit thinner with RG Wes Schweitzer questionable for the game.

4. LA Rams upset by Atlanta Falcons, failing to shake off Super Bowl hangover

The Rams did not look like a motivated team against Buffalo in the NFL season opener last week— they just can’t seem to shake that Super Bowl hangover. QB Matthew Stafford’s elbow seems to be a bigger issue than perhaps he or the team is willing to admit to the public.

Stafford threw 3 INTs and was sacked seven times in the 31-10 loss to the Bills. While Buffalo has a stellar defense, Stafford is not one to throw a ton of interceptions. He’s thrown three interceptions in a game just one other time since the 2018 season (Dec. 26 at Minnesota).

The Falcons are coming into Week 2 knowing they blew a very winnable game against New Orleans last week. Atlanta was up by 16 points against New Orleans before surrendering 17 consecutive points. Atlanta has a ton of young talent on the team and they’re still figuring out to play with new QB Marcus Mariota. The Falcons can learn from mistakes. The Rams can’t suddenly get healthier.

Atlanta wins in one of the biggest upsets of NFL Week 2.