NFL Picks to Click-Week 2

Victor AndersonCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2008

Now I know what the Bengals defense felt like when Joe Flacco had that 41-yard TD scramble last week. After starting strong with an 8-5 mark, I lose my last three games to finish week one 8-8. While it might not be a sign of things to come, I did get assurance from Jessica Simpson that I would kick (you know what) in week two. So, with all due apologies to Slick Rick, HEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE WE GO!!!!


Sunday Night Football-Steelers @ Browns

Some of the Browns said that the reason they played so poorly against Dallason week one was because they were looking ahead to their AFC North showdown with Pittsburgh this Sunday night. Well, if they saw any of the Steelers-Texans game, they know that they will have their work cut out for them. This starts a string of three early division games for Cleveland and an 0-2 start won't do them any favors. Meanwhile, Big Ben has his offense rolling along after lighting up the Texans for 38 points in their victory last week. The bigger surprise has to be RB Willie Parker surpassing his 2007 touchdown total and showing the form that had him leading the NFL in rushing before his season-ending injury. All the pressure is on the Browns to win, but I'll go with the Steelers here to go 2-0. Steelers 34 Browns 17


Monday Night Football (Game of the Week)-Eagles @ Cowboys

Both teams look to start off 2-0 after coming off impressive victories in week one. The Eagles sans their top two receivers Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis embarrassed the Rams 38-3 thanks in part to having their other three receivers (Hank Baskit, DeSaun Jackson, and Greg Lewis) each have 100-yard receiving performances. The Cowboys, as expected, rolled up the Browns 28-10 thanks to a dominating performance from Marion Barber and Felix Jones. The biggest storyline will be the play of Tony Romo as he looks to break his jinx against the Eagles. In each of his last two match-ups against Philly at home (with his hot blond singer g/f in the stands), Romo has stunk it up and with Jessica practically guaranteeing her boo's Boys will win, he had better perform well on Monday night. It will be a close game, but I'll give the nod to the Cowboys. Dallas 31 Philly 27


Upset Special-Saints @ Redskins

After the performance of head coach Jim Zorn and his Redskins in their 16-7 opening night loss to the Super Bowl champion Giants, they needed all 10 days off to get themselves ready for the Saints high-powered offense. However, the Saints will be down one major player with WR Marques Colston out 4-6 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. While Devery Henderson and the rest of the receiving corps will need to increase their production, their defense will have trouble stopping RB Clinton Portis and his many alter egos. A key match-up will be the Saints offensive line versus Jason Taylor and the Redskins front four. I got a funny feeling that the home turf and Mr. Portis will be enough as they knock off the Saints. Redskins 24 Saints 21

Rest of the Slate

Bengals 31 Titans 21 (No way Palmer and Co. stink it up two weeks in a row)

Packers 27 Lions 10 (Count me in on the Aaron Rodgers bandwagon)

Chiefs 24 Raiders 10 (It's the Raiders, it's at home, it's about time Huard was the starter)

Giants 27 Rams 17 (Rams won't struggle as bad, but the Giants will pound them on the ground)

Vikings 24 Colts 21 (If Matt Forte can run on the Colts, you know A.P is licking his chops)

Panthers 28 Bears 13 (No late-game dramatics needed for John Fox and the Panthers)

Jags 21 Bills 17 (Something tells me that I might be wrong about this game)

Seahawks 23 49ers 21 (No healthy receivers means big day for Julius Jones)

Bucs 17 Falcons 10 (Monty Kiffen introduces Matt Ryan to the NFL in his own special way)

Texans 24 Ravens 17 (See above except replace Kiffen and Ryan with Capers and Flacco)

Jets 27 Patriots 21 (If the Pats lose this game without Brady, should there be an asterisk?)

Dolphins 24 Cardinals 23 (Cards always seem to lose a game they should it, this is said game)

Broncos 31 Chargers 24 (41 points WITHOUT Brandon Marshall has Bronco fans excited)


Those are my picks and I'm sticking to them; until I find out the police are looking for me because my flag football team is concerned about my mental well-being.