Coltsgab.com Editor Stephen Rhodes’ NFL Picks for Week 2

Matt Leinart 

Week 1 Record: 9-7 (including the Thursday night game)

Week 2 Picks:

Indianapolis at Tennessee

Peyton Manning, in front of the Titans’ home crowd, shows why the Titans are the AFC South’s red-headed stepchildren.  Vince Young will make the game interesting, but Manning and Co. will make this game academic say around the 12:00 mark of the 3rd quarter.  Indianapolis 28, Tennessee 17

Green Bay at New York Giants

Packers QB Brett Favre makes mincemeat of the Giants’ secondary, and the Giants’ running game proves ineffective.  The same can’t be said for Giants’ QB Jared Lorenzen.  I mean come on now – would you trust a 6’4″, 290 lb. QB to run your offense?  I don’t and neither should you.  The Giants miss Brandon Jacobs already.  Green Bay 24, New York Giants 13

Cincinnati at Cleveland

Bengals QB Carson Palmer, like Packers QB Brett Favre, will embarrass the Browns’ secondary.  Probably the most entertaining part of this game will be when you see the newly incorporated “Browns Bag” – which is a simple paper grocery bag with holes cut out where the eyes should be.  The Bengals in a romp.  Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 14

Houston at Carolina

This game will be fairly entertaining.  If you like defenive-minded games, then you’re in for a treat.  I like Texans QB Matt Schaub’s chances vs. the Panthers’ secondary this week.  Houston should prevail in a close matchup.  Houston 17, Carolina 13

New Orleans at Tampa Bay

This week, the Saints defense will make the difference as the Bucs, minus RB Cadillac Williams, will sputter all game long.  Even the Bucs QB, Jeff Garcia, even if he morphs into the Eagles version of himself, can’t pull a rabbit out of the hat this week.  New Orleans 28, Tampa Bay 17

Buffalo at Pittsburgh

I expect this game to be closer than what this matchup of opposites implies.  Bills’ RB Marshawn Lynch should go over 100 yards this week with a TD, but that’s as good as it gets for the Bills this weekend.  Willie Parker gets between 85-95 yards and a TD.  Not the shellacking that the Browns took, but a loss all the same for the Bills.  Pittsburgh 21, Buffalo 14

Atlanta at Jacksonville

The Sominex Game Of The Week.  Not much excitement here, unless you like to see Falcons’ QB Joey Harrington get punked by the Jags’ Stroud and Henderson.  Offense (with the lone exception of the Jags’ duo of Jones-Drew and Fraud Taylor) will be in short supply this week as the Jags pull it out late 4th quarter.  Jacksonville 16, Atlanta 6

San Francisco at St. Louis

I like this matchup a lot; I expect lots of offense between these two teams.  Rams QB Marc Bulger should do well vs. the 49ers secondary this weekend, to the tune of 320-340 yards passing and 2 TD’s.  Long story short – lots of offense, very little defense.  St. Louis 35, San Francisco 28

Minnesota at Detroit

This game should be re-named “The Adrian Peterson Show”.  Peterson should rush for 140+ yards and 2 TD’s against a mediocre, at best, Lions D-Line.  And Kitna?  Let’s just say that 50 TD’s this season just isn’t in the cards (thank you very much Vikings’ secondary).  Minnesota 24, Detroit 17

Seattle at Arizona

My upset special of the week.  The aura of Charlie Frye will permeate the Seahawks this week.  Cards QB Matt Leinart, unlike last week, will put up some decent numbers (280-300 yards and 2 TD’s).  In what should normally be a very winnable game for the Seahawks, the Cards pull this one out late in the 4th quarter.  Arizona 27, Seattle 20

Dallas at Miami

Dallas will win this one easily.  And guess what?  Cowboys QB Tony Romo will have nothing to do with it.  The Boys’ 2-headed monster, aka Barber/Jones, will have a field day.  In an interesting subplot, Dolphins QB Trent Green will reprise his role of Batman.  Dallas 27, Miami 10

Kansas City at Chicago

This one’s gonna get ugly in a hurry.  Not because of any offense, but the defense of Chicago.  Chiefs QB Huard should have one of the worst games of his mediocre career this weekend.  Somewhere, former Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil is laughing his *** off – or is it crying?  Chicago 17, Kansas City 9

New York Jets at Baltimore

The Jets, unfortunately, have the unenviable position of starting QB Kellen Clemens this week.  And as the Ravens tend to do most weekends, they will make his life miserable.  Meanwhile, Ravens RB Willis McGahee should rush for between 115-125 yards and a score.  Overheard in the Ravens’ locker room – whispers of, “Ogden?  We don’t need no stinking Ogden!!”  Baltimore 20, New York Jets 10

Oakland at Denver

Who will start at QB for the Raiduhs?  McCown?  Culpepper?  Doesn’t matter really; Broncos RB Travis Henry will almost single-handedly win the game for Denver.  This game won’t even be close.  Denver 31, Oakland 17

San Diego at New England

By far the “must-watch” game this week.  LT will get his 125-130 yards rushing and 2 TD’s and Brady will putsome decent numbers as well.  A close game from beginning to end, with the Chargers squeaking this one out.  Meanwhile, a credentialed employee of the Chargers will get caught red-handed by stadium security with a videocamera – taping below-the-skirt shots of the Patriots’ cheerleaders- only to be confiscated.  San Diego 27, New England 21

Washington at Philadelphia

This game I expect to be close.  Redskins QB Jason Campbell should produce some decent numbers (around 250-260 yards and 2 TD’s), but unfortunately, Portis/Betts will be neutralized. The Eagles defense will save their butts late in the game.  Philadelphia 23, Washington 17


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