NFL Picks Week 2: Which Underdogs Are Poised to Shock the NFL?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  The gloves of  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the season opener game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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There were quite a few shocks in the first week of the NFL regular season, as teams like the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals erased horrible seasons from last year from their minds to start off with victories this year.

Next week, there is bound to be more of the same, as many teams will be trying to reclaim their swagger from the offseason while others look to prove their Week 1 win wasn't an anomaly.

Here are a few teams that look like they could shock the NFL world next week.


Tennessee Titans

The Baltimore Ravens travel to Tennessee this week to face off against the Titans after a historical Week 1 victory over Ben Roethlisberger for Joe Flacco. The Ravens are delighted, and for good reason, with their first performance of the year, as the offense looked to be elite and the defense was dominant.

However, it is easy to get up for opening weekend against your biggest rival. A Titans team that just lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars may be overlooked.

The Steelers did manage to run the ball well enough Sunday, and with Chris Johnson looking to be in regular-season form, the Titans could pull out the upset at home.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite winning in his first game of the season, Luke McCown will get no respect from the Jets in New York.

The truth is that shouldn't really matter, because the passing game won't be where this game is won. The Jaguars will focus on getting Maurice Jones-Drew free on the Jets defense, and no matter how good the Jets are, Jones-Drew tends to get the job done when asked.

Offensively the Jets weren't that impressive against a Cowboys team with a poor secondary last night. The offensive line couldn't handle the Cowboys' talented pass-rushers and will be happy to see them leave town, but they won't like the interior of the Jaguars defensive line this week, either.


Chicago Bears

The Bears were unfairly written off against the Falcons, and I was happy to pick them last week.

This week, they face a tough trip to New Orleans to face off against the Saints.

This isn't a major upset, but I doubt there are many people expecting the Bears to win this game in Louisiana.

The Saints' passing game may be too much for the Bears to handle, but without Marques Colston and Lance Moore, the Bears could pull out the victory and start the season 2-0 against the powerhouses of the NFC South.