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Week 2 Picks

I am hoping to do far better than I did last week now that we’ve been able to see a full game performance of this year’s NFL teams.

Bears vs Packers: In week 1, Chicago was running hot while the 49ers had the Packers running scared on their home field. While Green Bay is making some adjustments to their secondary, the Bears are getting ready to welcome Brian Urlacher back to his rightful starting job on defense. Will the Packers lose a second game at home? I think they just might! Bears 28, Packers 20.

Chiefs vs Bills: According to reports, T-Jack isn’t ready to be a back-up with the Bills, so the Bills better hope that Ryan Fitzpatrick is kept safe by their o-line. The Chiefs are notoriously hard to beat at home, but the Falcons tore through them like, well, a falcon tears into a field mouse. I don’t see things getting better for them on the road. Bills 20, Chiefs 14.

Saints vs Panthers: Neither of these teams lived up to the hype in week one. Although the Saints looked a little slow. Maybe that investigation into their systemic abuse of prescription pain killers has merit. Stay classy, N’Awlins! Drama aside, I think Brees is still the better QB in this match up. Will that be enough? Potentially. Saints 19, Panthers 14.

Browns vs Bengals: Boy, this game ought to be a lot of fun. Brandon Weeden has a QB Rating of 5.1 (yes, literally, five-point-one), while Andy Dalton is tearing up the leader board – to #26 with a 65.3 QB Rating. Something is telling me that this isn’t going to be a Brees/Brady aerial-fest where 700 yards are thrown in 1 game. My intuition (supported by a great deal of logic) tells me that a QB with a 5.1 QB Rating isn’t going to give his team too much of a chance, especially on the road. Bengals 28, Browns 3.

Vikings vs Colts: The Colts won the “Suck for Luck” Bowl of 2011. That didn’t make them too lucky this last week. They just managed to sell out their home opener earlier this week at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Vikings, who had a severe case of MPD (Multiple Performance Disorder) in Week 1 seem to be flying high off of their OT win off the leg of one Blair Walsh. Let’s hope they use that momentum to pillage the Colts clan for a win. Vikings 21, Colts 17.

Texans vs Jaguars: Oh, I could write a lot of snazzy verbiage around this one or I could just go right to the pick. Texans 28, Jaguars 13.

Raiders vs Dolphins: Sweet baby Odin. Who knew that the long snapper was such a critical position? I think all of us Vikings fans can agree that when Cullen Loeffler was injured last season, Jared Allen was a HECK of a lot better than poor #50 for the Raiders. The Raiders were a hot mess in game #2 of MNF but the only QB with a rating worse than Ryan Tannehill is… Brandon Weeden. 39.0 ain’t so hot, Ryan!  Even so, something tells me it’s enough to beat the Dolphins. Raiders 21, Dolphins 19.

Cardinals vs Patriots: I believe it’s going to be a tough week to be a Cardinals fan. As good as Larry Fitzgerald is, he can’t make John Skelton turn into Tom Brady. The Patriots, meanwhile, are showing up with… Tom Brady. Patriots 42, Cardinals 10.

Buccaneers vs Giants: The Giants did not look like Super Bowl Champions in Week 1. My friend John used to say, “It’s not how you start the season, it’s how you end it.” We’ll see about that. I don’t think the Giants will drop 2 games in a row at home so I’m picking Eli over Josh in the Meadowlands. Giants 24, Bucs 17.

Ravens vs Eagles: The Ravens put on quite a show against the Bengals on MNF. The Eagles barely held up against a team led by a QB with a passer rating of 5.1. In this ornithological match up, I’m betting that the other purple team prevails, even on the road. Ravens 27, Eagles 14.

Cowboys vs Seahawks: The Cowboys were hot enough last week to defeat the defending Super Bowl champs on their own field. Tony Romo’s under pressure melting habit didn’t happen as expected. Meanwhile, the Seahawks lost to a team that a friend of mine (a Cardinals’ fan) said wouldn’t be winning any games this season. The prevailing wisdom is that it’s hard to win in Seattle. Barring a disasterous meltdown on Romo’s part, I think the Cowboys will go 2-0. Cowboys 24, Seahawks 17.

Redskins vs Rams: RGIII looks like the real deal with the highest QB Rating in the league, not to mention a win against the Aints at home. The Rams, however, managed to lose one against the Lions and Sam Bradford, while appearing to have improved, is still looking to find a rhythm on the field. Redskins 28, Rams 19.

Jets vs Steelers: Mark Sanchez played angry and the Jets won big over the Bills. The Steelers lost a sloppy game against the Broncos. I believe Big Ben will be the one playing angry the week and the Gang Green will feel the wrath on Heinz Field – but   Steelers 21, Jets 19.

Titans vs Chargers: The Chargers manhandled a bungling Raiders team in week one while the Titans were dominated by the Patriots. The Chargers looked fired up on MNF and if they can keep the intensity, they’ll register a win at home.  Chargers 21, Titans 14.

Lions vs 49ers: The 49ers pulled off a huge win on Lambeau Field. I’m still laughing about it (like all of Vikings Nation, I assume). The Lions beat the Rams in week one as well (which is why the Packers are at the bottom of the NFC North, where they belong). While the Lions are a much improved team, the 49ers are picking up where they left off last season.  49ers 28, Lions 17.

Broncos vs Falcons: Peyton Manning and the Broncos won in week one, with a solid assist from the defense in putting up points. Meanwhile, the Falcons looked impressive against the Chiefs. Both teams have momentum, but the Falcons have the home-field advantage. Falcons 28, Broncos 21

These are my picks this week. Disagree? Have your own? Leave a comment!

 

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