NFL Picks Week 2: Overrated Teams Heading for an Upset
After starving for football for months, it's only natural to jump to conclusions about particular teams through just one week of NFL action.
We like labels, buzz words and attempting to prognosticate how things will shake out over the next 16 weeks.
Just as the players are known to do, let's take this slowly, one week at a time.
Here are some overrated teams headed for an upset in Week 2, with the NFC East division heavily involved in all cases.
You might be thinking, "Wow, what an easy target. Real original."
After a phenomenal road victory against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, Dallas starts the season on a high note against a division rival.
All the positive momentum will be thwarted in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks.
I defend Tony Romo fairly frequently as a quarterback, and if his showing in the season opener is any indication, he's on his way to another stellar statistical campaign in 2012.
He just won't have a good game this particular Sunday. The fantastic stat line he notched in last Wednesday's game was more due to a beat up Giants defensive backfield than anything else.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks just lost a heartbreaker to the Arizona Cardinals on the road, and return to Qwest Field, home of one of the biggest home-field advantages in the NFL.
The young, freakishly athletic defensive front seven is backed up by arguably the best secondary in the league. It doesn't get much better across the board than Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman as a starting secondary.
This underrated unit was blindsided by a game-winning Kevin Kolb drive last week, and will be eager to get back after it.
Rookie QB Russell Wilson was also part of a conservative game plan on offense, and in front of the home crowd, the playbook is likely to open up a bit more.
Seattle will get its season back on track with a blowout win, and the Dallas Cowboys "overrated" discussion will commence once again.
Some would argue their blowout win on Monday Night Football was among the most shockingly good performances of Week 1.
Let's not get confused here, though. It was one game against a suspect Cincinnati Bengals secondary, and Joe Flacco is in no way, shape or form an elite quarterback yet.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton also had to pass 37 times since his team was behind, which is definitely not the team's formula for winning.
Baltimore's defense is without Terrell Suggs, and they face a much tougher test this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Everyone will write off Philly for its terrible display in Cleveland, where franchise quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions, and nearly a fifth that would have ultimately proved costly.
At OddsShark.com, the latest spread is Philadelphia by one point, but over 85 percent of bets have the Ravens covering, which means they will win straight up.
The Eagles' loaded, balanced offense can't play much worse than it did against the Browns, and a return home with their backs up against the wall will result in the Ravens crashing back down to earth.
The question will once again be whether Flacco can quarterback this team to a Super Bowl.
As much as I have a crush on Robert Griffin III and as electric as his debut was, he is headed for a bit of a rockier time on the road against St. Louis.
The Rams, under new head coach Jeff Fisher, nearly pulled off the biggest upset of the young season against the Detroit Lions, only to be done in by Matthew Stafford's late-game heroics.
Prior to the final drive, Stafford had thrown three interceptions, two of which were grabbed by free-agent acquisition Cortland Finnegan and second-round pick Janoris Jenkins.
That duo forms one of the most exciting in the league, and they lived up to the hype in Week 1.
It's no secret that the Saints' defense is leaky, and they simply didn't have an answer for Griffin all day. Still, it was a phenomenal beginning to what's likely to be a spectacular career for the No. 2 overall pick.
The fact that the Rams were able to baffle Stafford for four quarters shows that they may be competitive sooner than expected.
Although Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson was shut down for most of the Lions' game, the Rams were able to move the ball effectively and didn't turn it over.
Washington's receivers will have more trouble getting open, and Griffin will face pressure from the duo of Robert Quinn and Chris Long all afternoon.
That will lead to RGIII making a couple of costly mistakes, and the Rams will make just enough plays on offense to ransack the Redskins.
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