Weekly NFL Picks: Week 2 Picks and Analysis

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Weekly NFL Picks: Week 2 Picks and Analysis
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After an pretty impressive start to Week 1, we are now 9-5-2 (W-L-T) here at FFS. The first two weeks of the NFL season are very unpredictable as history has told us, but you can certainly have success as the books have not yet completely caught up with certain teams.

Fantasy football and picking games are very similar in that there are several variables involved that make certain selections more difficult. Do we bench Tom Brady (or pick the Jets to win) if there are less than perfect passing conditions in New Jersey this Sunday? Everything needs to be taken into account when making such difficult decisions.

For you fantasy football owners out there, yes bench him! And,although not one of my GIMME PICKs, bet the J-e-t-s this week! Here are my Week 2 picks with analysis.  

Note: Check out the spread next to the home team. All spreads/lines are taken from covers.com.


Upset Special:
Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)

Although the Vikings played well against a great Saints team in a tough environment, the fish are well coached and much disciplined. Miami’s rushing attack should be good enough to keep them close.

Vikings 20, Dolphins 17

Gimme Pick 1: Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys (-7.5)

In about as sloppy of a game that can be played the Cowboys, who made a plethora of mistakes in Week 1, lost to the Redskins. This week the Cowboys will be facing the Bears, who received a “gimme” victory against the Lions. Look for the Boys to roll and notch their first W.

Cowboys 34, Bears 17


Gimme Pick 2: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans (-5)

This one should be as physical as it gets. This is going to be a fun game to watch with big hits although it will be a “grind-it-out” type of matchup. It will be a close one and I have the Titans winning with a last second field goal.

Titans 13, Steelers 10

Gimme Pick 3: St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders (-3.5)

Look for rookie Sam Bradford to struggle in his first professional road game against the Raiders defense who will play much better than they did last week. We probably won’t see too many offensive fireworks, but the Raiders will dictate the tempo of the game with their rushing attack.

Raiders 20, Rams 10

Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)

Although the Vikings played well against a great Saints team in a tough environment, the fish are well coached and much disciplined. Miami’s rushing attack should be good enough to keep them close.

Vikings 20, Dolphins 17


Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)

Atlanta comes home after a tough loss at Pittsburgh last week. Arizona’s defense is a huge drop off from the Steelers and the dirty birds should be getting their offense started this week.

Falcons 28, Cardinals 13


Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals (+1)

This is going to be another tight battle in the AFC North as these two teams will be trash talking and the game will be getting chippy as usual.

Baltimore proved last week they can win a big time road game and this week look for them to put up more points against the Bengal defense while allowing a few more as well. This should be a field goal game with the Ravens pulling it out at the end.

Ravens 23, Bengals 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers (-3.5)

The Bucs are flying high after a come-from-behind victory against the Browns in Week 1. However, they will be brought back down to earth while set to play the Panthers this week. Matt Moore is expected to play this week after suffering a concussion last week. Look for the Panthers to force some turnovers to set up some scoring opportunities.

Panthers 29, Buccaneers 16


Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers (-7)

San Diego is coming off their heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs in Week 1. Look for MJD to have a lot of yards on the ground in this one but he will be out shadowed by Phillip Rivers who should have more than enough fire power to keep the Jaguars at bay.

Chargers 27, Jaguars 13


New England Patriots @ New York Jets (+2.5)

In another big time home game for the Jets, the Patriots come to town bringing all kinds of riff raff between Revis and Moss. The Patriots offense looked dynamite last week but the Jets defense is far more superior to the Bengals. The Jets should generate some scoring chances as New England’s defense is a step back from the Ravens. This is going to be a classic as the Jets come out on top.

Jets 21, Patriots 20


Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins (+2.5)

The Redskins offense looked pretty inept last week outside of the first two drives of the game last week while Houston is coming off arguably its biggest win in its franchises history.

This looks like it could turn into a letdown for the Texans as the Redskins match up very well. Breakout fantasy football stud, Arian Foster will not put up 200-plus yards again this week but look for Schaub and his receivers to get back on the same page.

Texans 24, Redskins 16


St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders (-3.5)

Look for rookie Sam Bradford to struggle in his first professional road game against the Raiders defense, who will play much better than they did last week. We probably won’t see too many offensive fireworks, but the Raiders will dictate the tempo of the game with their rushing attack.

Raiders 20, Rams 10


Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns (-1)

Cleveland looked bad last week while losing to the lonely Buccaneers. The Chiefs are coming off an emotional against their rival San Diego on Monday night. KC is coming off a short week so I don’t expect them to have the same spark as they did last week. The Browns defense will shutdown Matt Cassel and the Chiefs and come up with the victory.

Browns 14, Chiefs 9


Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos (-3.5)

Seattle got off to a good start with new head coach Pete Carroll Week 1 against the 49ers; however Seattle has been a much different team on the road in years past and vice versa for Denver. The Broncos return home and have a balanced attack good enough to get by with the win.

Broncos 19, Seahawks 10


Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions (+6)

Even though the Lions have to start Shaun Hill at quarterback this week and they are six point dogs, I think they have enough talent to cover the spread this week.

Eagles 21, Lions 17


Buffalo Bills @ Green Bay Packers (-13)

Green Bay looked good in Philly, which is a tough place to play; they did lose a very important piece to their offensive machine in Ryan Grant however. Aaron Rodgers will have a high volume of passing attempts this week, but I feel the Bills secondary is justgood enough for them to sneak in for a backdoor cover.

Packers 31, Bills 20


New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts (-5)

The Colts will be coming home to play a primetime game, where as we all know, No. 18 is pretty good.

Colts 31, Giants 24


New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers (+6.5)

With more than 75 percent of the country on the Saints, look for the Niners to play a hard-fought, inspired game at home.

Saints 24, 49ers 20

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