LT's NFL Week 2 Picks
After going 14-2 in a relatively easy week 1, I am going to try and keep it fresh in week 2. This is a tough week for pick’em, but that’s what I’m here for. So without any further ado here are my picks.
Panthers at Falcons (Falcons) – The Falcons held it down last week at home against last year’s playoff Dolphins, causing 4 turnovers en route to a 19-7 victory. The Panthers, on the other hand, got a beat down by Philly’s finest, in a game which Jake Delhomme looked like garbage. These teams are headed in opposite directions right now, so I gotta take the Dirty Birds at home.
Vikings at Lions (Vikings) – The Lions hung tough with Saints for a while, but rookie QB Matt Stafford was just too bad to really have a chance to win the game. As for the Vikings, AP looked stupendous against the porous Browns defense and should look equally stupendous against the Teflon defense of the Lions. Vikings in a laugher.
Bengals at Packers (Packers) – The Packers pulled it out in a battle against the rival Bears. In the game Aaron Rodgers proved why everyone was so high on him coming into the season, when he hit Greg Jennings for a 50-yard touchdown to come back for the victory. The Bengals, of course, had that heartbreaking loss to Broncos after Brandon Stokley caught a tipped ball and went 87 yards to the endzone to steal the win. Simply put, good teams find ways to win, and bad teams find ways to lose. Pack.
Cardinals at Jaguars (Cardinals) – Both teams lost close divisional games in week 1 and will look to bounce back. Boldin should be healthy which should make a huge difference for the Cards. If they can move the ball like I know they can, the Jags will never be able to keep up. The Jags struggle offensively, and their defense is suspect. This is a recipe for failure against a team like Arizona. Cards take this one.
Raiders at Chiefs (Chiefs) – A classic rivalry is renewed as the Raiders head to KC to face the Chiefs. Both teams performed better than expected in week 1, and each would love to get on the winning side in this game. The Raiders D-line which looked so good against the Chargers was largely due to injuries on San Diego’s O-line. The Chiefs O-line is healthy and should have an easier time with protection. Also, the Chiefs are tough at home, and if they get Cassel back, their offense should be clicking on all cylinders. KC at home in a close one.
Patriots at Jets (Patriots) – The Jets looked awesome against a very talented Texans team this past Sunday. They are a team on the rise, and they are for real. The Patriots are coming off of a late-game comeback against Buffalo, in a game that they struggled throughout. Expect the late-game Patriots to show up for most of this game and handle the Jets in a hard fought game. Pats by 10.
Saints at Eagles (Saints) – Both teams are coming off of blowout victories against turnover machine QBs. Unfortunately, the Eagles lost McNabb in the process, and they are forced to start Kevin Kolb in this one. The Saints should be able to put up enough offense to hold off Kolb and the Eagles. Could be a battle early, but the Saints should prevail.
Texans at Titans (Titans) – The Texans and the Titans both struggled offensively in their week 1 losses. I feel that the Titans will continue to struggle offensively until they make a switch at QB. However, because they are at home, and their defense is good enough to pull out victories by themselves, I’m going to take the Titans over the Texans in a tightly-contested battle.
Rams at Redskins (Redskins) – The Rams put up a goose egg in week one against the Seahawks, and the Redskins lost a close one to the Giants in the Meadowlands. The Redskins are an above average team right now, but because they play in the NFC East, they are overshadowed by 3 powerhouses. They are like the Blue Jays in baseball in that respect, and they should have no problem against the league worst Rams. ‘Skins big.
Bucs at Bills (Bills) – This should be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend, as these two teams are very evenly matched. They are both middle of the road teams trying to break through the pack, and they each possess some talent. The Bills felt like they were robbed last game against the Pats, and there is no doubt that they want to make up for it. Also, Buffalo’s defense is very aggressive and they could make the Bucs offense look anemic. Bills all the way.
Seahawks at 49ers (49ers) – Both teams are coming off of divisional wins and are looking to get a nice headstart in the division with a victory in this one. The ‘Hawks looked flawless in their game against the Rams, and the Niners held on in their game against last year’s NFC Champions. I have a ton of respect for Singletary, and what he brings to this team’s attitude. They can play defense with the best of ‘em, and I have a feeling that they will come out of here with a W. Niners in a barn burner.
Steelers at Bears (Steelers) – The Steelers are coming off of a solid victory against a very good Titans team. The Bears, on the other hand, lost to the Packers in a close game. Although the Bears had 4 turnovers, they were still able to stay within a score of the Packers, which is quite an accomplishment. But they are not playing the Packers this week, they are playing the Steelers. If the Bears look half as bad as they did last game, they will stand no chance against the defending Super Bowl Champs. Steel Curtain by two scores.
Browns at Broncos (Broncos) – The Broncos are coming off of a miracle victory, whereas the Browns are coming off of a terrible defensive effort against AP and the Vikings. The Broncos have some weapons on offense in Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, and an always productive running game. In addition, the Broncos D is underrated and should cause problems for Brady Quinn and the offense. Broncos by default.
Ravens at Chargers (Ravens) – Both teams are coming off of victories in week 1 against weak AFC West teams. The thing that stands out for me is the maturation of Joe Flacco, and the ability for the Ravens to have a legitimate passing game. Everybody is aware of the Ravens strong defense, but now that they have a potent offense to go along with it, teams will be in deep trouble against Baltimore. The Chargers might be going without LT which I actually think helps them, but it shouldn’t matter too much with the Ravens stout defense. Ravens.
Giants at Cowboys (Cowboys) – Both teams are fighting to stay atop of an extremely competitive NFC East. The Giants defense looked great against the Redskins, but that isn’t saying too much. Conversely, the Cowboys defense did not look so good against a relatively weak Bucs offense. The key in this one is going to be Dallas’ pass defense. They have had trouble with Eli in the past, but he had the luxury of Plaxico. If they can shut down the pass, the run defense will follow. Plus, it is the first game in the new stadium for the Cowboys, and they will definitely want to christen it properly with a victory over the hated Giants. Romo will have a big game because it is still September, and it is the month in which he plays his best. Cowboys by 13.
Colts at Dolphins (Colts) – Colts held on against the Jags in week 1, and the Dolphins never got it started against the Falcons in a loss. This should be an entertaining game, as I could see either team winning on any given Sunday. But this game is not taking place on Sunday, it is taking place on Monday night. The reason that is significant is because of Peyton Manning. As was shown in week 1, star quarterbacks shine under the lights, and Peyton Manning should shine the brightest in this one. Colts.
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