2010 NFL Game Predictions: Week 2 Spreads and Picks

Christopher SchmidtContributor ISeptember 18, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after defeating the New York Jets during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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A popular gambler's mantra warns against putting too much stock in one week's performance.  This is true of football teams, and those who pick football games.  The moral then, it would be rash to burn your Brett Favre jersey, and don't judge too harshly the 8-8 result of our Week 1 predictionsThe Swami went 2-4-1, by the way.

In Week 1 some teams confirmed rumored brilliance (Green Bay), others revealed untoward incompetence (San Francisco).  Do not read too much into what took place in this single weekend.  If the Raiders lose to the Rams tomorrow, you may then panic with a clear conscience and our understanding.

Arizona Cardinals v Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
Can a team that doesn't score touchdowns (Atlanta) beat another team by seven points?  Not likely.  On the other beak, can a team with more turnovers than first downs (Arizona) keep a team with Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and Roddy White close? When in doubt, take points.  Pick: Arizona +6.5

Baltimore Ravens v Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5)
In deference to the Gambler's Mantra, last week's Ravens/Jets game was rather revealing.  The Ravens are good, their offense has potential, and that defense, once dominant, is now frightening.  Cincinnati beat Baltimore twice last season, however, and the Ravens haven't beaten anyone by more than a point all year (I know).  Pick: Cincinnati +1.5

Kansas City Chiefs v Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
What does it take for the Chiefs to gain some respect?  Evidently more than a rain-soaked field and some fortunate kick returns.  Luck is as fickle as the weather, and their is little future depending upon either. Pick: Cleveland -2.5

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys (-8.5)
The Cowboys team that last week disgraced themselves, the Sunday Night game and televisions everywhere are not going to beat anyone by 8.5 points. The Bears, which needed an appalling disallowed touchdown to beat the Lions, would have lost to anyone else last Sunday, by a lot.  This Week 2 match-up should reveal which team has the more glaring inadequacies.  We're betting it's Chicago. Pick: Dallas -8.5

Philadelphia Eagles v Detroit Lions (+4.5)
Despite ridding themselves of Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, the Eagles are still plagued with injury concerns.  Fortunately, the road to recovery passes directly through Detroit and the Lions.  Calvin Johnson should find the end zone, and revenge for last week's ridiculous rule application, but Shawn Hill is likely to throw the ball to more Eagles than anyone else. Pick: Philadelphia -4.5

Buffalo Bills v Green Bay Packers (-12.5)
Buffalo could go weeks without another offensive point, and they haven't scored that many to begin with.  Playing in Green Bay is ever a dubious task, even for those with talent upon which to rely.  The Bills are no such team.  Aaron Rodgers is genuine, outstanding, and reliable (sorry Brett). Pick: Green Bay -20

Pittsburgh Steelers v Tennessee Titans (-5.5)
This would be must-see TV if the Steelers' starting Quarterback wasn't such a discipline problem.  At full strength, it would be hard to beat Pittsburgh by six points, even for Chris Johnson and the Titans.  Dennis Dixon, however, inspires as much fear in the Titans as, well, Rashard Mendenhall.  Pick: Titans -5.5

Miami Dolphins v Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)
Ralph Wilson Stadium: sight of the Dolphin's first game; home of the Buffalo Bills and their hundreds of loyal fans.  The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: home of the Minnesota Vikings and the loudest, most ravenous bunch of barbarians this side of Valhalla. Pick: Vikings -5.5 (also take the Under. Favre and the Vikings offense won't have it all together yet, and the Vikes could shut the Dolphins out)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers (-2.5)
If the Rams and Raiders weren't playing each other this week, the Bucs/Panthers game would be the ugliest thing on television.  Still, this dog will be as hard to stomach as a Quiznos commercial. Pick: Panthers -2.5 (Full Disclosure, this was a coin toss - actual, not figurative)

Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos (-3.5)
Seattle's performance against San Francisco was as unexpected as it is un-repeatable (what?).  The Broncos' Week 1 loss was not unexpected, but this is a team that plays a lot better in at home.  We do not have a good read on either of these teams yet, nor can we remember the last time the Seahawks won two games in a row.  Pick: Denver -3.5

St. Louis Rams v Oakland Raiders (-4.5)
To stay in their game, the Rams relied upon 55 pass attempts from a rookie Quarterback.  Meanwhile the Raiders were beaten heartily, but at the hands of the Titans, so there is little enough shame in that.  If the Raiders have a strength, beyond their blinkard fan-base, it is their defense, despite the crazy points they gave up last week.  Against an actual defense (I said it) Stephen Jackson probably won't live to see Monday, and if Bradford is again called upon to pass 50+ times, six or seven of these are going to end up in the hands of Nnamdi Asomugha.  Pick: Raiders -4.5 (eeesh)

New England Patriots v New York Jets (+1.5)
The Network world is obsessed with making something out of the Jets every year.  The Patriots are something every year, as long as Tom Brady plays. History teaches to trust facts, not hype.  There is no question about Darrelle Revis, but he can't cover everyone. Pick: New England -1.5

Jacksonville Jaguars v San Diego Chargers (-7.5)
The Chargers did not distinguish themselves in week one, though did much to extinguish their playoff hopes in the Kansas City downpour.  The Chargers should win this game, but we cannot give eight points to a team with Maurice Jones Drew on their roster.  Pick: Jacksonville +7.5

Houston Texans v Washington Redskins (+3.5)
Though undoubtedly fired up for the game against the Colts, even accounting for a Week 2 letdown, the Texans should handle the Redskins.  The Colts QB is Peyton Manning, whom the Texans finally beat.  The Redskins QB might as well be Joe Theismann, it won't matter, since they don't have anyone near as good as Manning. Pick: Houston -3.5

New York Giants v Indianapolis Colts (-5.5)
The Sunday night nationally televised game, predictably, features another NFC East team.  This game, though, is watchable on every level.  The Manning-factor is intriguing on its own, and overall, this could be an amazing spectacle.  Six points is a lot to give in a match-up such as this, though we hope Peyton sends his brother home in tears. Pick: Giants +5.5

New Orleans Saints v San Francisco 49ers (+4.5)
Saint difficulties in Week 1 cause doubt among those who have them slated for a return to the Super Bowl.  If anyone cared enough to watch the 9er's last week, they would know New Orleans has nothing to fear here.  Pick: New Orleans -4.5

  See the Week 1 Recap, and all Spreads, Picks and Analysis within the Sports Haze.