Saturday, September 16, 2006

Week 2 NFL Picks


Last week, I wallowed to a 10-6 start.  Not the best....not the worst.  So, let's go to Week 2.

GIANTS AT EAGLES:  I don't like the G-men in this matchup.  The Giants were 3-4 away from Giants Stadium last year...and none of those victories were over a team with more than 6 wins.  Eli struggles on the road, and Philly has the defense that can trip him up.  And McNabb goes off again.  Eagles 24-17

PANTHERS AT VIKINGS:  Carolina is usually a great road team.  They've won 3 of their last 4 in domes....4 out of 5 on turf....and 12 of their 19 road games.  The Panthers are a little peeved at getting spanked at home last week and will be ready to make up for it.  Panthers 26-20

BUCCANEERS AT FALCONS:   Atlanta stymied Jake Delhomme last, they should be able to do the same with Chris Simms.  Tampa owns the Falcons, winning 6 of their last 8 in the Georgia Dome.  Well, I'm going against that stat.  Falcons 13-9

BILLS AT DOLPHINS:  A battle of 0-1 teams.  Buffalo is one of only two teams to have not played a home game in the first two weeks of the season [Saints are the other].  The Dolphins will use Ronnie Brown to pound the ball into a weak Bills run defense...and dominate.  Dolphins 23-10


SAINTS AT PACKERS:  A matchup of new coaches.  Green Bay must win this game.  If they fall to 0-2, both at home, they would most likely not be in position to win a game until they go to Buffalo on November 6th.  Lastyear, the Saints went into Green Bay and were thumped 52-3.  The Saints didn't have Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister then.  They do now.  Saints 24-10

RAIDERS AT RAVENS:  Let's see.  B-more shut out the Buccaneers in Tampa last week.....while the Raiders were shut out at home.  Hmmm.  Ding-ding.  Ravens 19-13

LIONS AT BEARS:  If there was any team that really surprised me last week, it was the Bears.  Not what they did to Brett Favre...but the fact that their offense moved the ball a bit.  Holding the Seahawks to 9 points shows how much Detroit's defense has improved.  Will this be another defensive struggle???  Yep.  Bears 10-7

BROWNS AT BENGALS:  The Browns will try to re-establish their run game against a team that isn't good at stopping that.  Still, that Cleveland offense doesn't have the weapons that Cincy does.  They just can't keep up.  Bengals 31-10

TEXANS AT COLTS:  The Colts are 8-0 against Houston.  They aren't gonna start losing to them now.  Colts 34-13

PATRIOTS AT JETS:  I have no idea why, but this thing just smells of upset.  Add to the fact that there is some real bad blood in this game due to the Deion Branch tampering rumors.  Jets 20-17


CARDINALS AT SEAHAWKS:  This will be a lovely shootout.  The Seahawks will abuse the Cards weak defense at the toughest place to play in the NFL.  Seahawks 30-20

CHIEFS AT BRONCOS:  Denver is 15-3 at home over the past three seasons.  Kansas City doesn't have it's QB.  Broncos 23-6

RAMS AT NINERS:  Niners should put up some decent numbers....but not enough after Bulger and Holt attacks that defense.  Rams 35-19

TITANS AT CHARGERS:  The Billy Volek bowl will see the guy that is replacing Volek [Kerry Collins] wish the God that he never came back to football.  San Diego's defesnse wins this one.  Chargers 31-14

REDSKINS AT COWBOYS:   The loser of this game will be 0-2 and, most likely, be two games back of Philly for 1st place in the NFC East.  Huge game here, moreso for Washington.  In the next 11 games, they face the Jags, Giants, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles [twice], Bucs, Panthers and Falcons.  I don't see how they can win this one.  Their secondary looked bad against Minnesota....and the Vikes didn't have T.O. or Terry Glenn - plus a banged up Clinton Portis doesn't help.  The only hope is the Skins defense bull rushing that suspect Dallas offensive line and force Drew Bledsoe [aka Sitting Duck] into mistakes.  Of course, they could get that one big pass play to make the Skins into the mistake.  Cowboys 14-10. 

STEELERS AT JAGUARS:  Pittsburgh played the first game in Week 1 and will play the last game of Week 2.  In that time, Big Ben Roethlisberger has gotten himself healthy, Hines Ward is healthier and the Steelers as a whole got some rest.  Meanwhile, the Jags looked good against Dallas.  These teams are more similar than they'd like to admit....but Pittsburgh does everything better.  They'll get to Leftwich and make him have a bad day.  Steelers 20-10

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