NFL Picks Week 2: Chiefs, Seahawks, and Most Unlikely To Stay Undefeated

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2010

NFL Picks Week 2: Chiefs, Seahawks, and Most Unlikely To Stay Undefeated

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans runs in the NFL season opener against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Week Two of NFL football is fast approaching, and (since each team has only played one game) half of the league enters this weekend with an undefeated record.

    But perfection will end this week for many of these teams.

    And others will add yet another win to their records.

    Let's take a look at which teams are undefeated and which teams have the best shot at staying that way.

14. Kansas City at Cleveland

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked by Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers during the 1st quarter of the game against on September 13, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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    2-0 Possibility (1): The Chiefs were able to take advantage of the weather, the fans, and a weakened Chargers' squad in Week One, but their winning streak will end against the Browns.

    Matt Cassel is far from a great quarterback (throwing for only 68 yards against San Diego), and Cleveland is a tough team to beat at home.

    Predicted Score: Chiefs 17, Browns 24

13. Tampa Bay at Carolina

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    TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Receiver Michael Spurlock #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receives this kick against the Cleveland Browns during the season opener game at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty
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    2-0 Possibility (1): The Bucs pulled off a tough win against the Browns last week, but the Panthers will be their downfall.

    Even though Carolina is having trouble in the quarterback department, I still expect them to get the win over Tampa Bay.

    Predicted Score: Buccaneers 10, Panthers 21

12. Miami at Minnesota

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins readies to pass as Chris Ellis #93 and Marcus Stroud #99 of  the Buffalo Bills rush during the NFL season opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.
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    2-0 Possibility (2): Even though the Vikings opened their season with a loss to New Orleans, they will get their first win of the season against the Dolphins.

    I actually feel a little sorry for Miami in this one because Minnesota will not want to add another loss to their record, and they will show no mercy.

    Predicted Score: Dolphins 13, Vikings 38

11. Jacksonville at San Diego

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback David Garrard #9 gives the ball to Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the NFL season opener game against the Denver Broncos5 at EverBank Field on September 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Flor
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    2-0 Possibility (2): Even though the Bolts lost to the Chiefs this past Monday, they're a playoff-caliber team.

    San Diego had a rough start to their season, but once they get the Jags on their home turf, it shouldn't be much of a contest.

    Predicted Final Score: Jaguars 21, Chargers 27

10. Chicago at Dallas

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Chester Taylor #29 of the Chicago Bears runs for a first down against the Detroit Lions during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by J
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    2-0 Possibility (3): The Bears got lucky against the Lions last Sunday, and the Cowboys didn't build that beautiful new stadium for nothing.

    Many will say that Dallas is overrated this year, and that might be true.

    But they're better than the Bears.

    Predicted Final Score: Bears 9, Cowboys 24

9. Houston at Washington

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans hands the ball to Arian Foster #23 at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    And now we come to our first meeting between two undefeated teams.

    Better Chance of Going 2-0: Texans

    Texans fans are saying that this is their year, and what can I say?

    I believe them.

    Houston passed the difficult test of defeating the Indianapolis Colts, and this explosive offense will be hard for Washington to keep up with.

    Predicted Final Score: Texans 34, Redskins 21

8. Arizona at Atlanta

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals passes against the St. Louis Rams during the NFL season opener at the Edward Jones Dome on September 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Rams 17-13.  (Photo by Dilip
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    2-0 Possibility (5): This game could go either way. The Falcons offense had some trouble getting started against a tough Pittsburgh defense.

    Even though the Falcons are favored in this game, I think the Cardinals have a shot.

    Predicted Final Score: Cardinals 24, Falcons 17

7. Seattle at Denver

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field prior to the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Imag
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    2-0 Possibility (6): I'll admit that I underestimated Seattle at the beginning of the season, but I won't make that mistake again.

    The Broncos definitely have some kinks to work out, and I expect the Seahawks to take advantage.

    Predicted Final Score: Seahawks 21, Broncos 17

6. New York Giants at Indianapolis

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants hands the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw #44 during their game against  the Carolina Panthers on September 12, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Gian
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    2-0 Possibility (6): It will be so much fun to watch the Mannings go head to head, and this time, Eli has momentum working in his favor.

    Sadly, I don't think that a win over the Panthers is enough to propel little Manning to a win over his big brother at home.

    Predicted Final Score: Giants 17, Colts 27

5. Pittsburgh at Tennessee

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFL season opener game on September 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Ima
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    Here is the other matchup between two undefeated teams.

    Better Chance of Going 2-0: Steelers

    The Titans are favored in this game, but I'm not convinced. Sure, Chris Johnson is an excellent running back, but did everybody suddenly forget that the Steelers' defense is at the top of the league every year?

    I pick my Steelers.

    Predicted Final Score: Steelers 24, Titans 17

4. New England at New York Jets

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Tom Brady #12  of the New England Patriots hurdles with the offense during the NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Roga
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    2-0 Possibility (8): The Jets are not as good as they would like people to think. Great defense. Almost zero offense.

    Sanchez will eventually put down his juice box and get his act together, but this won't happen in time to beat the Pats.

    Predicted Final Score: Patriots 17, Jets 13

3. Baltimore at Cincinnati

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets runs past Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton
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    2-0 Possibility (8): The Ravens will beat the Bengals. Their defense was too much for the over-hyped Jets to handle, and the Bengals will be no different.

    Cincinnati's offense is much better than that of New York, so this will be a higher scoring game.

    But the Ravens will still win.

    Predicted Final Score: Ravens 35, Bengals 24

2. Buffalo at Green Bay

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers hands the ball off to Brandon Jackson #32 during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mik
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    2-0 Possibility (9): Even with the loss of Ryan Grant for the season, the Packers have the talent to win at home against the Bills.

    Green Bay will make a playoff run this year, and they'll start their season 2-0.

    Predicted Final Score: Bills 10, Packers 31

1. New Orleans at San Francisco

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    2-0 Possibility (9): The 49ers looked so sad against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend, and they will get their butts kicked by the reigning Super Bowl champions.

    If San Francisco pulls out a win this week, it will be the biggest upset of the season.

    But that's not happening.

    Predicted Score: Saints 35, 49ers 17