In what turned out to be a far from predictable opening Sunday of the regular season, there were many surprise endings to heavily favored teams! Here's a recap of a few games that I found to end surprisingly, either by margin of score or underdog wins:
Buffalo Bills - 34 Chicago Bears - 29
Seattle Seahawks - 10 Indianapolis Colts - 13
Philadelphia Eagles - 38 Minnesota Vikings - 19
St. Louis Rams - 3 Green Bay Packers - 24
Carolina Panthers - 26
San Diego Chargers - 24
Now for my Week 2 Picks:
Green Bay @ Detroit
I was impressed by the play of Aaron Rodgers in his first Monday Night regular season debut as the official starter, and I'm going to take a ride to Detroit on the Green Bay band wagon. I take the Packers +6 to beat the Lions in Motor City.
Oakland @ Kansas City
I was appalled at Oakland's play makers and their lack of ability to make a play on Sunday night! I have a feeling it's going to be another long season for Raider Nation. On the lighter side I was surprised at Kansas City's ability to keep up with the Patriots even though the Chiefs were on the losing end. I take the Chiefs +3 over the Raiders.
St Louis @ NY Giants
The New York Giants came out strong in a division matchup against the much hated Washington Redskins, but it didn't take long for the old habits of Eli Manning to creep back in as the Giants escaped with a victory on Thursday night. The Rams on the other hand, were totally ransacked by Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles, and I find it very hard to imagine that they're going to allow the Giants to take advantage of them in the same light. This should be a very close game. I favor the Rams in this game by 3.
Minnesota @ Indianapolis
The Vikings had a productive start of the regular season that ended in an interception by the Packers for a loss. The Colts on the other hand were absolutely mauled by the Bears with Kyle Orton leading the offensive attack! Even though the Colts are at home, I am going to have to play spoiler to their housewarming party. I take the Vikings +3.
Tennessee @ Cincinnati
The Titans won their first game of the regular season against the Jaguars in an AFC South battle. I don't think they'll have too much trouble against the injury-riddled Bengals. I'll go with Kerry Collins arm in this match. I like the Titans +7.
New Orleans @ Washington
The Redskins are off to a shaky start since losing to the New York Giants on the national stage in the regular season opener. The Redskins are learning a whole new offensive scheme, and I don't see them faring too well against a semi-battered New Orleans team even! I'll go with the Saints in this game, Saints +7.
Chicago @ Carolina
Who would ever have thought the Bears would beat the Colts and play so well on both sides of the ball? Then again, who would have thought the Panthers were going to pull off a shocking upset in San Diego? I think this could be the game of Sunday, maybe even the week! I take the Panthers -/+3.
Buffalo @ Jacksonville
Buffalo is a sleeping giant this year. They've been silently building their roster and collecting talent the last few years. Jacksonville's offensive line is a little shaky, and I think Garrard's confidence is a little shaken since the last play against the Tennessee was a Titan sack. I take Buffalo in this game; Bills +7
Eagles @ Cowboys
The Eagles are looking scary! Dallas is looking just as scary!This is going to be a good old fashioned NFC East showdown on Monday Night Football! This game has the potential to get out of hand, but knowing how NFC East matchups go, it should be close. I take the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Dallas Cowboys by a margin of 3 points.
Now for the rest of my picks:
I'll take Seattle over the 49ers, the Falcons will beat Tampa Bay, New York Jets should pull off a close win against the Patriots, Miami will lose to Arizona, San Diego over Denver, Cleveland pulling off a win over Pittsburgh, and Baltimore playing spoiler to the Texans.
Be sure to check back next week for Week 3 picks!