NFL Picks Week 2: Opening Week Losers That Will Benefit from Home Cooking
Every season there are 16 Week 1 losers in the NFL, and all of them become desperate for a W in Week 2.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of this past weekend's more surprising victims, and will return home this coming Sunday looking for some much-needed support and home cooking.
So, who will join them in the win column in Week 2?
Let's look at three opening week losers that I like to think will benefit from some home cooking this weekend.
Cincinnati Bengals Over Cleveland Browns
The Bengals were thoroughly beaten down on Monday Night Football by division rival Baltimore in Week 1, losing by 31 points on the road. But in Week 2 Cincinnati will host lowly Cleveland with a shot at evening their record up at 1-1.
I'm all over the Bengals in this matchup despite how bad they looked during the second half against the Ravens. After all, the Browns couldn't even muster up an offensive touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at home in Week 1.
Give me Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts Over Minnesota Vikings
Even though I don't love the fact that the Indianapolis Colts asked Andrew Luck to drop back nearly 50 times against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, I do like that Luck threw for more than 300 yards and a touchdown in his first career NFL regular season start.
That's why I like Indy to upend the Minnesota Vikings at home in Week 2. Sure, the Vikings looked decent in their overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. But it was the Jags, not a Super Bowl contender.
I expect Luck to play with more confidence in his second start and to outshine Minnesota's Christian Ponder in the passing game. The Indy defense held the Bears to just 3.5 yards per rush this past weekend, which leads me to believe they will contain Adrian Peterson.
Pittsburgh Steelers Over New York Jets
Which team is the biggest lock to win at home in Week 2?
I wouldn't want to be the New York Jets this Sunday. Rex Ryan's ball club will head to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in Week 2 to take on the disgruntled Steelers, who are coming off a tough loss at Denver in Week 1.
Before getting caught up in the Jets' blowout win over Buffalo on Sunday though, it's important to remember just how poorly the Bills finished last season and just how terrible they look like they are going to be this year. It should also be noted that the Bills actually out-gained the Jets by six total yards in their 20-point loss at MetLife Stadium.
The lesson here is that the Jets' win over the Bills in Week 1 proved very little about the caliber of team New York is in 2012. Besides, we know what we will get from Pittsburgh at home year in a year out: Winning football.
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