NFL Week 2 Picks: Upsets Nobody Will See Coming This Weekend

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 16, 2012

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Jeff Fischer of the St. Louis Rams raises his arms as Cortland Finnegan #31 intercepts a pass for a touchdown in front of Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Lions won 27-23  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Picking upsets in the NFL is like attempting to pinpoint how the weather will be like in seven days—good luck with that. 

With a league as even as the NFL, upsets happen every week, and it's mostly ones we don't see coming.

Here are three upsets we won't see coming in Week 2:


St. Louis Rams defeat Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III will be much better than Andrew Luck. Griffin has already proved that he should have been the No. 1 pick in the draft. 

These are the things we have heard over the week on television and on the Internet. Really? After one week and we are making this conclusion?

Griffin will be a great quarterback in the NFL, but it was just one game against a porous defense. Week 2 will be a more difficult challenge for Griffin and the Redskins offense as they travel to St. Louis, a place that hasn't treated them well over the years. 

Actually, the Rams haven't treated them well on the road or at home over the years as the Skins are just 2-3 against St. Louis since 2007. In 2008, when the Redskins started 4-1, everybody thought that they were for real. They went to St. Louis and laid an egg, losing 19-17.

Jeff Fisher and his Rams defense forced three Matthew Stafford interceptions last week against Detroit. They played a formidable game on the road against a quality offense and just fell short. 

Griffin will go through his rookie slumps and rookie performances in the NFL, and against that improved defense in that dome, I'm calling that it will be Sunday.


Rams 20, Redskins 17.


Seattle Seahawks defeat Dallas Cowboys

I'll be the first to admit that Dallas looked not just good against the New York Giants in Week 1, they looked great. Does that mean they are for real, though?

They have given us plenty of reasons not to believe that they are for real in the past, however. And while it may be a new year, they still have Tony Romo at quarterback. 

Despite him throwing three touchdowns in Week 1 with only one interception, I still don't fully trust his decision making on a game-by-game basis.

Seattle has a good defense, and they will be playing in one of the best home field advantages in all of football. 


Seattle 24, Dallas 17.


Carolina Panthers defeat New Orleans Saints

People are expecting Drew Brees and the Saints to bounce back from their opening week loss to the Redskins. Not so fast.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers moved the ball through the air last week against Tampa Bay but just fell short. Nevertheless, Newton still passed for 303 yards, and if we learned anything from Griffin and the Redskins, it's that New Orleans' pass defense still is awful.

Newton should be able to have a field day against the league's 28th ranked pass defense. Expect this game to be a shootout. 


Panthers 31, Saints 28.