Week 2 NFL Picks

Week 1 Results ATS: 7-7-2

Role Reversal, Defense Dictates: Arizona Cardinals (+7) @ Atlanta Falcons- Give the edge to Arizona due to their defensive display.  So many playmakers for this Arizona unit.  Ryan gets rattled, Turner held in check; this team cannot win with Matty Ice throwing the ball 44 times a game.  I like how Cards match up against Dirty Birds top two targets.  Anderson-Fitzgerald are going to click.  Wells is back.  Breaston fills in for Boldin extremely well.  Darnell Dockett is poised for big game.  Arizona 24 Atlanta 20

Bad Blood, Watch Rambo Pre-Game: Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals (+3)- Why is everyone so high on Baltimore’s defense?  Wow, they shutdown Mark Sanchez and overhyped New York Jets, give me a break!  Why is everyone so down on Cincinnati’s defense?  Tom Brady’s bunch put up 24 points, that’s to be expected, and it wasn’t like they got lit up defensively, did they?  I like the Bengals to expose the Ravens shaky secondary.   No doubt, this will be a hotly contested battle between AFC North rivals that love to hate each other.  Keep an eye on Jordan Shipley and Bernard Scott as difference makers during key 3rd down passing situations.  Cincy will win on 3rd down, this will be the deciding factor.  Baltimore 15 Cincinnati 23

Young Guns Strike Again: Kansas City Chiefs (+2) @ Cleveland Browns- Best draft class of 2010, making an big impact right away.  Notice the abundance of SEC guys?  Chiefs were the most exciting team to watch Week 1, I expect an even better showing against Cleveland Week 2.  Two rebuilding teams heading in the opposite directions.  Browns look like the worst team in the NFL, where as the Chiefs look a team on the rise.  Kansas City’s rushing attack will control the game, too much for Cleveland to overcome.  If Jamaal Charles touches the ball more than 12 times (no-brainer), the Chiefs will surely be 2-0.  Kansas City 27 Cleveland 13

We Must Protect This QB: Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys (-9)- Jay Cutler meet DeMarcus Ware.  I believe this will be more of a defensive struggle than an offensive party.  There’s no way Dallas doesn’t run the ball less than 60% of the time.  I have a hunch they will outmuscle Chicago’s front four and take it to ’em.  Power rushing attack, more Jason Witten, and stifling defense will lead Dallas to victory over the Bears.  Chicago 12 Dallas 24

Hide The Wife & Kids: Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions (+6)- Mike Vick will scooter past the Lions on his way to more than 300 total yards of offense.  Philly’s D will pressure Shaun Hill, contain Calvin Johnson, and limit Jahvid Best.  I don’t see Eagles winning comfortably.  They will fight to finish.  DeSean Jackson will actually show up to Ford Field.  Philadelphia 19 Detroit 14

Classic Cover, Look Ahead Contest: Buffalo Bills (+14) @ Green Bay Packers- 14 points is too much in the NFL.  C.J. Spiller is ready to rebound.  Buffalo defense is better than you think.  Secondary is their strength.  Ryan Grant will not be missed.  Too many weapons in red zone for Packers.  Clay Matthews will have field day.  Early DPOY candidate?  Buffalo 17 Green Bay 28

Football The Way We Like It: Pittsburgh Steelers (+5.5) @ Tennessee Titans- Could be the toughest game to pick.  Love both teams.  Plenty of action, despite low score.  Chris Johnson against the Pittsburgh run defense is the best match-up of Week 2.  I’m curious to see how Vince Young handles Steelers blitz.  Very intriguing game.  I have lots of faith in Mike Tomlin’s troops in tight, close-fought games. Pittsburgh 23 Tennessee 17 (OT)

Feed The Warrior, Adrian Come Out And Play: Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings (-6)- Give “All Day” the ball all day, it’s over.  Mix in the pass from time to time; game, set, match.  There’s no way Vikings should lose at home against average Dolphins squad.  Minnesota’s club is too talented to start off ’10 campaign 0-2.  Miami doesn’t impress me much on either side of the ball.  Favre, Peterson, and friends take advantage early and often.  Miami 9 Minnesota 27

Red Zone Execution Tells Story: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers (-3)- This time they will run inside the 20.  Williams/Stewart will be the featured group.  The main attraction, the stars of the show.  I’m impressed with the way the Tampa held its composure and rallied back to win Week 1.  Young group, big win.  Bright future ahead.  As for Carolina, Matt Moore shrugs off poor performance in Big Apple and we see his real self.  Tampa Bay 14 Carolina 20

Sleeping Like A Baby In Seattle: Seattle Seahawks (+3.5) @ Denver Broncos- I trust Hasselbeck more than I do Orton.  Maybe this Seattle squad is this year’s Denver Broncos?  What a number Seattle’s defense put on the 49ers Big 3.  Was there a more shocking, dominate victory in Week 1?  Knowshon Moreno looked really good, makes me think he can run on Seahawks D.  Yet, for some reason, I don’t think Seattle is a fluke and I still have my questions about the Denver defense if they can get to the QB in time.  More concerns for McDaniels soldiers, less reasons to doubt Carroll’s club.  Speaking of Pete Carroll, I love the bravado, energy, and pizazz he brings to the table.  He clearly lets it overflow, as it showed against 49ers.   His gusto will carry over to his players on the field, it’s contagious.  Seattle 25 Denver 23

How Far Away Is April: St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders (-3.5)- Defense of Oakland plays up to its skill level.  McFadden has best game as pro.  Rams passing frenzy plays right into hands of Raiders game plan.  Bradford’s comeback falls short, plays well enough to make this an interesting finish.  St. Louis 16 Oakland 23

Remember Who’s Boss: New England Patriots (-3) @ New York Jets- Tom Brady to…whoever’s open.  Brady is razor sharp accurate, Fred Taylor turns in big day, and New England’s defense corrals woefully sad Jets offensive unit.  Randy Moss vs. Darrelle Revis will be of no importance, yet fun to pay close attention to.  Patriots show world they have a well-rounded attack.  Complete control for 60 minutes.  Score doesn’t do enough justice, no real indicator.  New England 23 New York 13

Time To Re-Evaluate: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7) @San Diego Chargers- Consider this, ponder for a moment: David Garrard a top 10 QB?  Why not?  He’s as steady, solid, and consistent as they come.  He gets little to no respect, does so much with less, and keeps Jags competitive.  More reason to think this is an upset.  Chargers may not be able to recover from Monday Night hangover at Arrowhead.  They are in a funk without Vincent Jackson.  Remember this name: Mike Thomas.  I’m riding the Jags.  Jacksonville 20 San Diego 18

Not So Fast: Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins (+3)- Arian Foster.  Right on with my thoughts as a top 10 RB.  I knew this kid had something to him at Tennessee.  Ben Tate?  Why even draft a RB in the 2nd round.  Steve Slaton?  You had your run as a rookie.  As correct as I am so far about Foster, the exact opposite could be said about my opinion on the Texans.  I didn’t think they could be the Colts, let alone beat them the way they did.  In such a fashion that was totally unexpected, they won a game without having to pass the ball much.  They won with defense.  Surprised.  Foster, Johnson, Schaub and a defense led by Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans is clearly the more talented team on paper. However, with that being said, I like the Skins to ride their momentum from Sunday night’s thrilling victory over Dallas, as they bring the emotion and intensity in front of their home fans.  Crowd noise will be a big factor (think College atmosphere).  Give me the Washington at home, not yet sure of Houston away from home.    Houston 14 Washington 21

Manning Brothers In For A Treat: New York Giants (+6) @ Indianapolis Colts- Defensive clash.  Both QB’s are going to be running for their lives.  Turnovers a plenty.  I see this being a weird game, filled with lots of crazy plays.  Sloppy affair.  Give Giants defense credit, they look like a resurgent unit out there.  As for Colts, they will be on top of their game defensively after last week’s letdown.  Lackluster performances from both Peyton and Eli.  Jitters, anxiety, and panic?  I have a feeling both QB’s are going to be in a nightmare, forcing throws, making bad decisions due to consistent pass rush.  Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Mathias Kiwanuka are stepping their games up to a new level.  Antrel Rolle will have a couple of picks, difference maker.  New York 25 Indianapolis 22

Singletary Vs. Payton, Game Of The Week: New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers (+6)- Singletary/Payton.  Talk about two different mindsets/personalities.  Agendas, personas, completely unalike.  However, both coaches bring great attitude to their respective teams.  They do it “their way”.  They are distinctive in how they operate.   Their clubs are an extension of what they embody.   So, its your classic defense against offense battle of the styles.  I love it!  Hard to pick which side will prevail.  I have the 49ers bouncing back.  I feel as if they really are going to die for this game.  They will play like its the Playoffs, not Week 2.  Singletary will make them stand for nothing less after last week.  He will not accept a second loss this early in the season.  He will make them think like its the Super Bowl.  They will play, act like it.  Frank Gore will have himself a night.  Vernon Davis will catch two touchdowns.  Time of possession is crucial for 49ers.  49ers play is a 1080 turn from last Sunday at Seattle.  I can’t see Singletary’s squad going 0-2.  They will play to the applause of the home crowd.  There’s just something different for team’s hosting home Monday night games when they are not accustomed to.  One of the best games of 2010.  New Orleans 28 San Francisco 31

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