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NFL--Surprise, surprise

September 18, 2007|By ROBERT KELLER

Week 2 of the NFL season has passed and some teams are looking stronger than ever. More surprising games happened this week and surprising incidents occurred too. Who would have thought the Patriots would need to cheat with the offense and defense they've got?

My highlight this week was Cincinnati's loss to Cleveland. I thought for sure that Cincinnati would beat Cleveland easily. Not so. Cincinnati gained 531 yards and scored 45 points, but also had three turnovers. Cleveland had 554 yards of offense and one turnover and scored 51 points to edge the Bengals. Ex-Ravens running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 215 yards and one touchdown for Cleveland.

Other games this weekend included Buffalo at Pittsburgh and New York Jets at Baltimore. The Steelers crushed Buffalo 26-3, their second big victory. Baltimore won their first game of the season, defeating New York 20-13. Baltimore looked 10 times better this week than they did in last week's loss to Cincinnati.

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My predictions for this week will be on the following games: San Diego at Green Bay, Detroit at Philadelphia, Arizona at Baltimore, and Indianapolis at Houston. I think the winners will be San Diego, Detroit, Baltimore and Houston.

Houston and Detroit are both 2-0, which comes as a major surprise. Houston was 6-10 last season and Detroit was 3-13. I think both teams will be in the playoffs this season but lose in the first round.

You've heard of the calls the referees make each game. How would you feel if the refs decided to give the game to the other team because they made a bad call? I know exactly how that feels. They made that kind of call in Week 1 in the Baltimore game with Cincinnati. It was fourth and goal when Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller threw the football to the hands of tight end Todd Heap, who ran for a touchdown. But the refs denied the touchdown and called pass interference on Todd Heap. The TV replay did not show pass interference, but Baltimore lost the game 27-20 to Cincinnati.

We're just getting started with football this season, and it can only get better. As we draw closer to the playoffs, teams will begin to show their potential, just like Houston and Detroit have already done.

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