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Saturday, September 17, 2011

NFL PICKS WEEK TWO 2011

Week one was not so great for me. I went 5-9-1. John went 7-7-1. But I'm confident of victory in the long run.
 
1.) New Orleans Saints (0-1) at home (-6.5) vs. Chicago Bears (1-0)
The Saints offense was prolific in their loss to the Packers, and their defense can be partly excused for giving up 42 points in Lambeau. But there must be concern about their defense. The Bears defense looks rock solid again and highly motivated. The question is which Jay Cutler shows up? I'm thinking the Bears rattle Drew Brees enough to keep things close.
PREDICTION: BEARS TO COVER

2.)  Detroit Lions (1-0) at home (-9) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)
The Chiefs were handed the worst defeat in the league last week. They alse lost outstanding second year safety, Eric Berry. The Lions are on the rise. Don't believe me? When's the last time they were favored by nine points?
PREDICTION: LIONS
 
3.) New York Jets (1-0) at home (-9) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
Do I need to explain this?

PREDICTION: JETS

4.) Buffalo Bills (1-0) at home (-3) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-0)
Everyone seems intrigued by this game. I am not. Everyone loves the Raiders running game, but the Bills have a balanced pass and run game. They can strike quickly or sustain a drive. It's a short week for the Raiders coming off a Monday night victory and flying east to Buffalo.
PREDICTION: BILLS

5.) Washington Redskins (1-0) at home (-3.5) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Everyone's on the Redskins because they "upset" the Giants last week. Upset my ass. The Giants have been falling down since the end run of last season. The Redskins do get a gift of an Arizona secondary that gave up 422 pass yards to rookie Cam Newton. The Redskins also have a good running game and a pass rush. Which Rex Grossman will show up though? The Cardinals have had a history of tough losses when travelling east, but Kevin Kolb knows about the Redskins. For now, it's the home team.
PREDICTION: REDSKINS

6.) Baltimore Ravens (1-0) (-6) vs. Tennesseeee Titans (0-1)
The Titans underperformed against the Jags and the Ravens gave us the story of the week in crushing the Steelers. This is however, another rivalry for the Ravens, but I can't see Matt Hasselback getting much time to make.
PREDICTION: RAVENS

7.) Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) at home (-14) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0-1) 
The Steelers have got to be itching to get back out onto the field. Woe to be a Seahawk.
PREDICTION: STEELERS  

8.) Green Bay Packers (1-0) (-10.5) at Carolina Panthers
The Packers have had ten days to prepare for the Panthers and the Packers defense is light years better than the Cardinals defense that Cam Newton lit up last week.
PREDICTION: PACKERS

9.) Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at home (-3) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
 The Bucs blew its game against the Lions last week in large part because they abandoned the run. They won't abandon it this week. Speaking of running the ball there's always Adrian Peterson. The problem for the Vikings is that the Bucs defense is much younger,better and aggressive and they have a better set of receivers. The window has shut on the Vikings.
PREDICTION: BUCS

10.) Cleveland Browns (0-1) (-2) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Everyone seems to think that the Colts will wrangle up the courage and get its act together. Maybe. Kerry Collins has gotten hot before and still has the arm. The Browns eerily disappointed last week at home against the Bungles. The Browns are not noted for forcing turnovers on defense or for a lot of points on offense. That means the Colts should at least be in the game at the end. 
PREDICTION: COLTS

11.) Dallas Cowboys (0-1) (-3) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
How many ways can Tony Romo lose a game he set up to win? The 49ers are playing very conservative on offense to minimize mistakes by QB Alex Smith. That won't work against the Cowboys.
PREDICTION: COWBOYS

12.) Houston Texans (1-0) (-3) at Miami Dolphins (0-1) 
The Dolphins secondary is much better than the Colts from last week faced by the Texans. Chad Henne won't repeat his 400 yard passing game against the Texans but there are plenty of holes still to be exploited. The Dolphins played over their head on Monday night against the Pats and still don't have a running game. This has real upset potential as the Texans have yet to prove themselves entirely.
PREDICTION: TEXANS

13.) New England Patriots (1-0) at home (-7) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-0)
Again, a west coast team travels east. The Pats defense is not too daunting and Philip Rivers will exploit it, but in the end Tom Brady at home?

14.) Denver Broncos (0-1) at home (-3.5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
The Broncos don't have the offensive firepower and the Bengals defense is better than advertised. Andy Dalton or Bruce Gradkowski can keep them in this game. Kyle Orton? Not so much. Broncos are banged up.
PREDICTION: BENGALS TO COVER  

15.) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) (-2.5) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1) 
The Eagles recovered from early sloppiness to overcome the Rams convincingly. Mike Smith's Falcons are 0-3 against the Eagles. Last year they were lit up in Atlanta by Kevin Kolb. Michael Vick gets his homecoming. The Falcons can't block. That is the cause of concern. Tony Gonzalez will be a problem for the Eagles inexperienced LB's. If I were the Falcons, I'd use him early and often to relieve the pressure from Matt Ryan. This is an indoor stadium on turf. It helps Roddy White and Julio Jones for sure, but do you think Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin mind the fast track. Then there's Michael Turner. If the Falcons get him going early, Vick may not have the opportunity to make plays as he standing on the sidelines. But remember, the Falcons have yet to show they are a vertical threat and even clock management can't stop speed on a dime. Oh, and Lesean McCoy is the best back in this game and is quickly emerging as one of the best backs in all of football.
PREDICTION: EAGLES

1.) New York Giants (0-1) at home (-6.5) vs. St Louis Rams (0-1)
Both teams hurting mightily, so give it to the home team. 
PREDICTION: GIANTS
 
   
   
 
 

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