NFL Picks Week 2: Winning Teams That Will Disappoint in Second Game

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 25:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws against the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The first week of the NFL season brought a good vibe to half of the teams across the league. Unfortunately, those positive feelings will only last one game for a bunch of franchises.

Week 2 betting lines are often filled with the most misleading spreads of the entire season. Gamblers put too much emphasis on the first week of the year, when really some wins were just an example of luck or small sample size. 

These teams will not necessarily all lose after starting 1-0, but you should temper expectations going into next week's games. 


Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys started the NFL season off strong by beating divisional rival New York Giants in the opening night game. DeMarco Murray dominated on the ground for 131 yards and Tony Romo threw three touchdowns to give fans a lot of hope heading into the season.

They now have 11 days to prepare for their next matchup against the 0-1 Seattle Seahawks.

However, this is a classic letdown game. Dallas has been preparing for the Giants since the Week 17 loss last season kept the team out of the playoffs. It will be hard to keep the same energy on the road against a Seattle team that has a very dangerous home-field advantage. In the last three seasons, the Seahawks have won eight more games at home than on the road.

Rookie Russell Wilson is certain to improve in every game and he could be ready to pull the upset.


New York Jets

Since the end of last season, the Jets have been a laughing stock of an organization. Every week it seemed a new player was telling internal secrets to the media and it was starting to get out of control.

With one win, the Jets silenced the critics and reminded people that they have been a pretty good football team over the past few years.

Unfortunately, they will not be able to score 48 in every game. Only two teams allowed more passing touchdowns than the Buffalo Bills last season, and it seems like they will be at the bottom of the league in that stat once again.

This week, the Jets face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not only will the team be coming home angry after losing the opener to the Denver Broncos, but getting back safety Ryan Clark will help the defense return to top form. 

New York took the pressure off of itself for one week, but it remains to be seen how long that will last.


Arizona Cardinals

This one almost seems too easy, but it will be remarkable how much the Cardinals will fall. The team goes from playing a home game against a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut, to a road game against one of the best quarterbacks in history.

The New England Patriots opened as 12.5-point favorites according to Vegas Insider, but there might be no number too high to place the bet on the Pats. Tom Brady has all of his weapons from last season on offense, while the addition of Brandon Lloyd and the emergence of Stevan Ridley only make them more dangerous.

Arizona once again has quarterback issues after John Skelton was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of last game. Kevin Kolb performed admirably in relief and threw the game-winning touchdown, but he has a 6-10 career record as a starter.

It will take a great effort from the Cardinals to simply cover the spread in this game.


Philadelphia Eagles

Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brandon Weeden completed only 12 of his 35 passes and threw four interceptions, but the Eagles still needed a touchdown with 1:18 left to leave with a one-point victory.

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia comes into the year with great expectations after upgrading the roster during the offseason. However, once again the team seems to be on the road to disappointment.

The Eagles host the Baltimore Ravens next week, and the AFC North juggernaut will not be as forgiving if Michael Vick plays like he did against the Browns. The quarterback threw four interceptions and fumbled twice, although neither of those were lost. Against a better team, Vick might not have a chance for redemption.

Even bad wins are better than losses, so the Eagles are not in bad shape. However, they definitely need to improve their play if they want to win next week and beyond.