NFL Picks Week 2: Seattle Seahawks and Underdogs Who Will Score Stunning Upsets
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While Russell Wilson had a disappointing 18 completions for 154 yards, the rookie quarterback showed a lot in the loss. With Sunday's game being in Seattle, Wilson is ready to go off and prove that the Seahawks got a steal when they drafted him in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Then there's Marshawn Lynch, or as I like to call him, "The Human Seismograph" (for his 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 playoffs). Lynch is the playmaker for the team and no doubt wants to get the bad taste out of his mouth from last week's loss.
However, those aren't the main reasons why the Seahawks will win, although their fans play a large part in distracting the other team.
The key will be the Dallas offense.
Can you really expect Kevin Ogletree to follow up his 114-yard, two-touchdown performance from Week 1? If it wasn't for Ogletree, Tony Romo and the Cowboys would have experienced their third straight loss in a season opener. That from a guy who had 25 receptions for 294 yards in his career prior to last week.
Unless the running game can do more against as tough of a defense in Week 2, the Cowboys are going to be hard-pressed to win.
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It's not enough they're playing in Seattle, but the struggles we saw from the Cowboys in Week 1 against the Giants are going to be exposed even more against the Seahawks.
Of course, this isn't the only upset that will happen this week.
Philadelphia at home against Baltimore
Then, there's the Baltimore Ravens, who absolutely dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. The Ravens played great in all three phases of the game and look like an early-season pick to contend for an AFC title.
However, that won't be the case this week.
Last week was just that for Vick and the Eagles' on offense. And, the Ravens won't score 44 points on the Eagles' defense.
The defense will impress again this week, frustrating Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco. While I don't expect to see Flacco have a 5.1 quarterback rating like Cleveland's Brandon Weeden, they'll hold him to under 220 yards passing.
This game will be close, but Vick and the Eagles will pull out the victory to go 2-0.
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Chicago at Green Bay
The Green Bay Packers also struggled last week.
They are a one-dimensional team with no running game and the Chicago Bears are going to take advantage of it.
Whenever you see a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers be the team's leading rusher (27 yards) like we did in Week 1, you know there are weaknesses in the running game.
Now, Rodgers will still get over 300 passing yards, but the Bears' defense will be able to concentrate more on coverage and less on sending extra guys at Rodgers.
That will help out the secondary and possibly take out the dump-off to tight end Jermichael Finley.
Then, there's the Chicago offense, which got significantly better with the offseason acquisition of Brandon Marshall. That addition gives the Bears a vertical passing game, something they've lacked for many years.
The Bears are balanced on offense, which is something the Packers can't claim.
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