NFL Gridiron Gab Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Two

Last Week 12-4
Season 12-4

Oakland at Miami – Miami was pretty bad in Houston last week, they need Ryan Tannehill and Reggie Bush to make some big plays. This is going to be a game of two offenses trying to find their game early in the year, and I think in the end the Raiders with the better kicker will find a way late to win it. Oakland 13 Miami 10

Houston at Jacksonville – These two teams are well versed in each other, but something tells me the Jags are going to be ready, and Jones-Drew is going to have a big impact as the Jags march to an early season win at home. Jacksonville 19 Houston 14

Cleveland at Cincinnati Look for a strong bounce back day from Bengals QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green, while the Browns offense continues to be a work in progress. Cleveland’s D will keep them in it for 3 quarters, but that’s the best they will be able to do. Cincinnati 24 Cleveland 14

Kansas City at Buffalo – The Bills need to get a bounce back game from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the Chiefs D will make it a long day for him as they recover to get to .500 on the year with some returning players. Kansas City 28 Buffalo 17

Baltimore at Philadelphia – Michael Vick was terrible last week in throwing four picks vs the Browns, and this week it won’t get easier as the Ravens are looking to ground him and LeSean McCoy. The Ravens offense looked great Monday night, and I think Ray Rice will have a big game as the Ravens get to 2-0 looking good in doing it. Baltimore 17 Philadelphia 10

Minnesota at Indianapolis – Look for the Vikings to put the heat on Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck, and for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to have a good day on the ground again, and for the surprising Vikings to get to 2-0 with a hard fought win in Indy. Minnesota 21 Indianapolis 16

Arizona at New England – Kevin Kolb is expected to get the start for the Cards, and it doesn’t appear it will matter much. The Pats rode high last week in Tennessee, and Tom Brady and his cast of merry men at home will have an easy time for the second straight week, rolling to a win that will be cemented by the half. New England 34 Arizona 14

New Orleans at Carolina – The Cats home opener, Cam Newton and the Panthers will look to send Drew Brees and the Saints to 0-2, and I think they do it. Carolina’s D will look to make sure the Saints wide out feel physical play all day, while the Saints need to get Darren Sproles the ball more. Look for a big day from Newton and a Cats win. Carolina 31 New Orleans 26

Tampa Bay at New York Giants – The G-Men will look to rebound after an opening night loss, and will have to do it against a Bucs D that played well against Cam Newton in their opener. Tampa needs to control the tempo, and while they looked good with QB Josh Freeman, the Giants will make it a long day as they get back to form from last season. NY Giants 20 Tampa Bay 7

Washington at St.Louis – RG III will look to continue his rise after a great opening day win over the Saints, and on the road in St.Louis, he will get it done. Washington’s D played a solid game vs the Saints, and they will have enough to stop the Rams, who were good, just not good enough vs the Lions. RG III’s stock will keep rising. Washington 29 St.Louis 23

Dallas at Seattle – The Cowboys looked super in week one in beating the Giants, and now they head to Seattle to see if they can keep it going. The Hawks lost to the Cardinals, and while they are a bit banged up, Russell Wilson looked good in his debut at the QB spot. It won’t be so easy against a good Dallas secondary, and look for Tony Romo to lead the Boys to 2-0 with a big win. Dallas 21 Seattle 20

Tennessee at San Diego – Jake Locker and the Titans will look to rebound after a tough outing vs the Pats, while the Chargers were good enough to beat the Raiders Monday night. Chris Johnson needs to give the Titans some type of run game, but I think at home Philip Rivers and the Bolts will do enough vs a young Titans D. San Diego 23 Tennessee 13

NY Jets at Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh had a lead vs Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the 4th quarter, but wilted away before losing 31-19. Now they take on a Jets team that played a solid game vs the Bills in week one, with Mark Sanchez looking like Joe Namath in his prime. The Steelers at home with a crowd that always seem to add a little extra will help the Steelers, and their offense will score two TD’s vs the Jets, which will be enough. Pittsburgh 17 New York Jets 14

Detroit at San Francisco – The “handshake game” from a season ago, while all the cameras will be on the coaches, don’t forget about the players on the field. The Niners D did an excellent job on the Packers a season ago, and at home on prime time, they will lower the boom on Matthew Stafford and a Lions team that was fortunate to come out on top in week one. San Francisco 19 Detroit 10

Monday:

Denver at Atlanta – Peyton Manning’s first road test with the Broncos, they go to the Georgia Dome where the Falcons will look to ground Denver. Matt Ryan was very good against the Chiefs, and with an offense with two solid WR’s and Michael Turner, look for the birds to get an early lead and put pressure on the Broncos offense, which will struggle on the road in a hostile environment. Atlanta 27 Denver 17


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