Considering the wet and windy conditions that prevailed for the opening round of games, the fare on offer did produce some high-scoring contests, with Cork, Donegal and Galway keeping the scoreboard operator busy. It is only week two of the competition, but the pressure will be on counties that don't get off the mark this weekend.

Division 1  

Saturday 6 February
1900 Mayo v Dublin, MacHale Park

Sunday 7 February
1400 Donegal v Cork, Ballyshannon 
1400 Kerry v Roscommon, Fitzgerald Stadium
1400 Monaghan v Down, Clones

Dublin's start to the their league defence began with an assured win over Kerry. Jim Gavin's side travel west with the aim of once again lowering the Green and Red. And while the injury to Lee Keegan made most of the news in Mayo's loss to Cork, the nature of the defeat was worrying even at this early stage of the season.

Indeed, RTÉ analyst Dermot Earley is bit fearful for Stephen Rochford's side ahead of Saturday's evening's clash. "I'd have concerns for Mayo after last weekend, because they certainly didn't have their shooting boots on," he said.

"Okay, their full-forward line did all the score but they had no return from their half-forward line. That has been the problem with Mayo down through the years in that they don't have enough scoring forwards. Overall their execution was poor expect against Cork. Even though I expect an improvement against the Dubs, it probably won't be enough to avoid a second defeat."

Donegal and Cork had excellent wins the last day and they meet in Ballyshannon. 

Rory Gallagher is freshening things up with Donegal, but Michael Murphy still remains a key component in the and his accuracy from placed ball was exemplary in the demolition of Down last Saturday. Having Rory Kavanagh back is a real plus. And while they hit the ground running in Newry, Dermot Earley has his doubts.

"There are big question marks over Donegal as to whether they can reach the peaks of a few years ago - a lot of the old guard are still there."

On the Rebels, Earley adds: "They were exceptional against Mayo. Can they do it again. I have my doubts."

The former Kildare star is going for the home side here, but I think the Rebels can prevail and maintain the momentum from last Sunday as the squad look to impress the new management. 

Roscommon, after the agony of losing late on against Monaghan, travel to Killarney and our analyst is not tipping them to take the points on offer. 

"We said at the start of the league that every single point is going to be vital for Roscommon and they certainly left two points behind them in Kiltoom last week.

"Someone said to me 'it was a great performance', I said it was a good performance but they still left two points behind them. Every point is critical for Roscommon because they are now in with the big boys. 

"Kerry took a bit of a beating against Dublin and I expect a response from them. Zero points for Roscommon after round two."

Another side facing the prospect of a zero return after two games are Down. "Dreadful" was on the many words to describe their effort against Donegal. It doesn't look as if it's going to get any easier against Monaghan in Clones. 

Earley is quite emphatic as to the outcome of this encounter. 

"You would have to fancy Monaghan. They never gave up against Roscommon - six points down at half-time. They will take the momentum of last week's victory and will beat Down fairly handily."

Division 2

Saturday 6 February
1400 Armagh v Laois, Athletic Frounds
1400 Cavan v Derry, Breffni Park

Sunday 7 February
1400 Fermanagh v Meath, Brewster Park
1400 Galway v Tyrone, Pearse Stadium

The game of the weekend could be in Salthill as Galway welcome Tyrone to Pearse Stadium. Kevin Walsh's side need to get to the top tier if they are to break Mayo's stranglehold in Connacht.

"I expect big things from Galway this year and I believe they we may see the fruits of the recent U-21 successes coming through in the weeks ahead. Galway are a footballing heavyweight, they underperformed last year but I see them as genuine contenders for promotion. I feel they can sneak this one."

Tyrone didn't set the world on fire against Cavan last Sunday, though U-21 star Lee Brennan did make his mark. Mickey Harte has to be looking at promotion and winning a first Ulster title since 2010. I think they'll achieve the former but I agree with Dermot Earley in predicting that they may just fall short by the seaside on Sunday next.

Elsewhere in the second tier, I fancy Derry to make it two wins from two when they take on Cavan. Meath, after a strong second-half showing against Armagh, will take that confidence forward for their trip to Fermanagh. Hard one to call, but I fancy the Royals to come away victorious. Laois look like a side who could struggle in this section and they find life difficult against an Armagh outfit that fell away badly when losing in Navan. McGeeney's men should get back on track.   

Division 3 
1400 Kildare v Offaly, Newbridge 
1400 Longford v Limerick, Glennon Bros Pearse Park 
1400 Sligo v Westmeath, Markievicz Park 
1400 Tipperary v Clare, Sean Treacy Park

The meeting of Kildare and Offaly evokes memories of some mighty battles from yesteryear. The Lilies were comfortable in seeing off Westmeath on day one and should have too much for Pat Flanagan's side. That side, the Faithful look good enough to comfortably hold their place in this grouping.

Elsewhere, Westmeath should get points on the board against a Sligo side who fell away badly against Clare last Sunday, while Longford and Tipperary look set for narrow wins over Limerick and Clare respectively. 

Division 4

Saturday 6 February
1300 London v Carlow, Ruiuslip

Sunday 7 February 
Antrim v Wexford, Corrigan Park 
1400 Leitrim v Wicklow, Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada 
1400 Waterford v Louth, Fraher Field

The meeting of Antrim and Wexford is the standout game here. The Model County struggled to get the better of Leitrim on home soil and may find the going even tougher in Belfast. Expect Saffron joy come the end of 70 minutes. Louth can also make it two wins from two from their visit to Dungarvan, while Leitrim and Wicklow should be a tight affair in Carrick. A tentative vote goes to Shane Ward's side. It could be just as close in Ruislip when London face Carlow. Slight nod here for the Exiles.