NFC Editor Russ Loede’s Week Two NFL Picks

Last week ATS: 8-7-1

Lock: 0-1

Upset: 1-0

NFL Week Two Announcing Schedule

SUNDAY

Chicago (+7) at New Orleans – I’ll take the Bears and the points, however, I have this NFC showdown as a “push.”  The potential playoff preview will come down to Gregg Williams’ group rallying behind a boisterous Superdome, combined with the brilliant Brees bullying the bruising Bears defense.  New Orleans 29 Chicago 22

Kansas City (+8) at Detroit – Still unready to crown the Lions a playoff contending club, let alone a .500 club.  The dynamic duo of Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster will make this contest close.  Detroit 26 Kansas City 23

Jacksonville (+9.5) at New York Jets – When do the Jets ever completely dominate teams?  At home, they always play it down-to-the-wire.  Give me the Jags to cover.  New York Jets 24 Jacksonville 16

Oakland (+3) at Buffalo – As much as I admire the Bills offense, I have to choose the Raiders because of two difference-makers: Darren McFadden and Richard Seymour.  The Silver & Black’s conservative attack propel by McFadden on the ground will lead the way to a 2-0 start.  Oakland 21 Buffalo 20

Arizona (+4) at Washington – Too much talent on this Cardinals club convinces me to choose Kolb’s crew to cover.  Yet, in the end, Rex Grossman leads a game-winning field goal drive in overtime to catapult Shanahan and the ‘Skins.  Washington 19 Arizona 16 OT

Baltimore (-6) at Tennessee – Originally wanted to take the Titans.  Nonetheless, I will pick the Ravens because this is the type of game they will purposely decide to let the dogs out in order to avoid a hangover from last week’s powerful performance over Pittsburgh.  Baltimore 19 Tennessee 12

Seattle (+14) at Pittsburgh – It looks way too easy to side with the Steelers.  I smell a backdoor cover due to Leon Washington’s ridiculously remarkable return ability.  Pittsburgh 28 Seattle 15

Green Bay (-10) at Carolina – Cam is on his way to becoming an elite QB!  With that said, I like the defending Super Bowl champs to pick apart a Beason-less Panthers defense.  Shred city for Rodgers and weapons.  Green Bay 38 Carolina 27

Tampa Bay (+3) at Minnesota – I’ll take a prime Josh Freeman over an aging Donovan McNabb any day of the week.  LeGarrette Blount will play like a man on a mission.  Tampa Bay 23 Minnesota 21

Cleveland at Indianapolis (+2) – Kerry Collins has some Burt Reynolds/Longest Yard in him with that beard.  I can’t trust the Browns to win a game they should win two weeks in a row.  Indianapolis 17 Cleveland 16

Dallas (-3) at San Francisco – Everyone is picking the Cowboys; it’s “Romo Redemption Sunday!”  Plus, I don’t believe Gore will be able to run rampantly against Dallas’ Doomsday defense.  Dallas 24 San Francisco 20

Houston at (UPSET) Miami (+3) – The Dolphins defense isn’t as bad as it played Monday night against Brady’s bunch.  On top of that, the guys in Aqua and Coral are due for a victory at Sun Life.  Miami 27 Houston 24 OT

San Diego at (LOCK) New England (-7) – All signs point towards the Bolts covering.  Furthermore, the Chargers know they have to play better than last week and the Patriots know they can’t top last week’s aerial show – or can they?  Another clinic by Tom Brady and some Chad Ochocinco fireworks.  I’m smelling a vintage AFC shootout a la Dan Marino vs. Jim Kelly in the 90s. Finally, how is San Diego going to contain both Hernandez and Gronkowski?  New England 44 San Diego 34

Cincinnati at Denver (-4) – Kyle Orton is going to silence his own home crowd.  Predicting big things from Von Miller.  Keep an eye on Eric Decker and Eddie Royal; we are going to see a plethora of passes from Orton again this week.  Denver 33 Cincinnati 18

SUNDAY NIGHT

Philadelphia (-2.5) at Atlanta – Michael Vick is not leaving the Georgia Dome without a win.  Eagles defense is going to shutdown Matt Ryan, and I don’t think Michael Turner will be enough to win this game for the Falcons.  LeSean and DeSean both go for over 100 yards and a score.  Philadelphia 35 Atlanta 21

MONDAY NIGHT

St. Louis (+6) at New York Giants – I don’t like this game and the Giants are too banged up to cover the six-point spread.  Also, I like how the Rams get to the quarterback and Steve Spagnuolo returning to the Big Apple adds some extra incentive.  New York Giants 20 St. Louis 16


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