NFL Picks Week 2: New York Jets, Peyton Manning Will Be Big Winners
Call your bookie, get your money ready, get your pick slips out, and lock these in. Okay, wait. Before you do that, maybe we ought to back up a little bit.
We're into the second week of the NFL season and I've got 10 games that we'll go through and I'll pick the winner and give you a little bit of a breakdown before give you the score prediction.
We had some surprises last week, thank you Houston, and some boring games, thank you Jets, but this week should be a lot different than Week 1.
So, if you're ready, because I'm ready, here are my 10 picks of the week.
San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The San Diego Chargers are coming off what should be considered a very embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Not saying the Chiefs didn't earn it, but the Chargers sure didn't help the idea that they got it handed to them.
This week, they will have their home opener and welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Philip Rivers will have a better week, Ryan Mathews will have over 100 yards rushing and the defense will force at least two turnovers.
Only problem is, the only people who will see it are the fans in the stands. The Chargers have been blacked out for the first time since 2004.
If the Chargers win at Jack Murphy (I won't call you Qualcomm) Stadium and there's no one to watch it on television, did it really happen?
Chargers 31, Jaguars 17
Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
After a 15-9 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Falcons will have the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and look for a better performance from quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Cardinals beat the St. Louis Rams. Big whoop.
Falcons 27, Cardinals 10
Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills
The Green Bay Packers will be without Ryan Grant for the remainder of the year and that only puts more pressure on the shoulders of quarterback Aaron Rodgers to lift his team against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday.
The Bills are coming off a 15-10 loss to Miami, while the Packers beat the Eagles on the road 27-20.
It's not close.
Packers 37, Bills 17
Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
Two of the most boneheaded plays I've seen in a long time were performed by one team this past Sunday night.
The Dallas Cowboys fumbled at the end of the half, instead of taking a knee, then got called for a holding penalty right at the end of the game that negated what would have been a game-winning touchdown over the Redskins.
As for the Bears, they're coming off an unimpressive 19-14 win over the Detroit Lions, though quarterback Jay Cutler did throw for 372 yards and two scores.
The Cowboys' secondary is questionable, as is their offensive line. It's going to be a tough night in Dallas on Sunday.
Bears 17, Cowboys 14
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In a game that was, for the most part, void of defense, the Cincinnati Bengals couldn't appease their two drama queens (Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho Cinco) and dropped a 38-24 decision to the New England Patriots.
They will face a Baltimore Ravens team who won a very ugly 10-9 game over the Jets this past week.
I don't see the Bengals losing back-to-back games though, don't get me wrong, I'm always wondering what those two fellas will say next.
Bengals 28, Ravens 13
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
Michael Vick will get his first start of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles, as Kevin Kolb has been listed as out for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Speaking of the Lions, they'll most likely be without Matthew Stafford on Sunday.
Without Stafford, there isn't much to like about this one.
Eagles 27, Lions 7
New England Patriots vs. New York Yets
The Jets are coming off an ugly loss, while the Patriots are coming off an opening week win over the Bengals.
The Jets will be at home and are better defensively than the two. Only problem is, can they stop Tom Brady and can the Jets muster any offense at all?
Answers are yes and yes.
Jets 17, Patriots 13
Houston Texans vs. Washington Redskins
If you haven't yet met the Houston Texans or gotten to know the team, you probably should.
They knocked off the Colts 34-24 in Week 1, a game no one saw coming and a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score.
As for the Redskins, they were lucky to come away with a win against the Cowboys. Their defense was okay, but their offense wasn't good.
Houston might put up the same kind of numbers this week.
Texans 31, Redskins 13
Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
The game that will pit brother vs. brother.
Peyton Manning and the Colts will face off against little brother Eli Manning and the New York Giants.
Little brother has always been the shadow of big brother, that was until Eli got his own championship ring. Yet, Peyton is the more celebrated quarterback.
This day will belong to big brother.
Colts 27, Giants 10
The "Wake Me When It's Over" NFL Game Of The Week: Rams vs. Raiders
The Oakland Raiders looked worse than pitiful in their opening week 38-13 beatdown at the hands of the Tennessee Titans.
As for the Rams, they dropped a 17-13 decision to the Arizona Cardinals. Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, threw the ball 55 times for 253 yards, but was intercepted three times.
Kind of explains a four-point loss, don't you think?
It gets better for the Rams this week, even on the road. The Raiders are not a good team.
Rams 27, Raiders 17