NFL Picks Week 2: New York Jets, Peyton Manning Will Be Big Winners

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2010

NFL Picks Week 2: New York Jets, Peyton Manning Will Be Big Winners

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL season opener against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    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

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 27:  Head coach Norv Turner talks with Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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    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

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL season opener game on September 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    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

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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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    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

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears runs toward the end zone 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 Jon
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    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

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts during the NFL season opener against the New England Patriots  at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images
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    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

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Brad Smith #16 of the New York Jets runs against the Baltimore Ravens 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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    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

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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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    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

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants (L) congratulates his brother quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts on his 26-21 victory on September 10, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,
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    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

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 12: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up prior to the NFL season opener against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 12, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    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