Bearsgab.com Editor Russ Loede’s NFL Picks for Week 2

Vince Young

Record last Week 4-10-1

Pittsburgh (-9) over Buffalo
Steelers have a balanced attack on offense and Buffalo is too inconsistent. Gut feeling says Bills will cover the spread, though the Black & Gold’s defense will hold Lee Evans, Lynch, and Co. to under 10 pts.

Cincinnati (-6) over Cleveland
A close game would not be a surprise after last wk’s laugher was a lack of a contest. Cleveland should be ready to stop the run – Palmer is too strong for the defense and throws for 3 or 4 scores in a win.

Tennessee (+7) over Indianapolis
Titans play great at home vs. the Colts and it should be no different in Wk 2. Look for Titans to continue running well and go play-action for a score or two. Young does enough to cover spread, at least, vs. Manning and crew.

Carolina (-6.5) over Houston
No points needed here because Texans are not a road team at all. Carolina impressed me a lot and I see this game being an easy win.

S.F. (+3) over St. Louis
49ers won a tough, close, hard-fought battle Monday Nite at home vs. Cards, and I say it could be a turning point for this young team. Go with the underdog and expect the Rams to fall farther down in the hole. Keep an eye on rookie sensation, Rebel/LB Patrick Willis (Ole Miss – my #1 Impact Defensive Rookie – in front of LSU-Wash Safety LaRon Landry).

N.Y. (-4) over G.B.
Snoozefest – a “Blake Kelley” – expect Giants to pull this one out at home and be on top throughout the game. Derrick Ward will go for over the century mark, w/ or w/out Eli.

Atlanta (+10) over Jacksonville
Jerious “yes I’m SERIOUS” Norwood will have a coming out party like heshould’ve last week (will get the touches he needs, now that coach realizes), and expect Jags win by a score. I don’t think either of these teams will win a game by more than 10 this year.

New Orleans (-3) over Tampa
Saints rebound and win by 7. Tampa will not fool me again and I believe DE Will Smith (Ohio State) and the Saints defense will key a victory, in which both Bush and McAllister go for 100 all-purpose yards.

Detroit (-3) over Minnesota
Minnesota may be the better team, but Detroit at home is the pick. Lions will continue to pass for scores on offense and have enough D for just one more week.

Miami (+3.5) over Dallas
Dallas has a hangover and both Brown and Chambers show Coach Cam why his offense still has enough firepower left to succeed. Green and Romo both have decent games, and the Dolphins defense, led by Jason Taylor, will have a good day. Tough one to choose, I’ll take the home team to bounce back.

Arizona (+3.5) over Seattle
Leinart and the gang get back on track and Seattle will lose a close one in Glendale. Boldin will light up secondary and Edge will punch in a score.

N.Y. Jets (+7.5) over Baltimore
Jets cover the spread in another sleep-fest with Baltimore (ie: 2005). Clemens does well enough to keep it close, Musa Smith will get the rock in the end, and will score like he should’ve last week during crunchtime at goaline, (Billick/OC should get fired).

Denver (-9.5) over Oakland
Denver overmatches a dismal Raider squad in every way, shape, and form. Broncos cruise behind Cutler, Henry, and Walker’s performances. Defense forces turnovers in bunches.

Chicago (12.5) over K.C.
Bears defense hold Chiefs without a TD for second week in a row and the offense does just enough. Defense/ST will score a couple of times and All-Pro DT Tommie Harris will disrupt any chances of an L.J. running attack getting back to form.

N.E. (-4) over S.D.
Patriots offense too much for a shaky secondary of the Chargers. Brady and L.T. go at it, but Patriots will stop San Diego more times than not. Patriots will win this game by 10 and outplay the Bolts once again.

Philly (-7) over Washington
Eagles come out clicking on all cylinders and Donovan McNabb shows us why he is the MVP for ’07. Brown and Westbrook do more and this game will be high-scoring. Look for Eagles D to make some key stops, holding Wash. to FG’s early and often.


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