NFL Picks Week 2: 5 Safest Bets for Survival Pools

Josh TrueloveCorrespondent IIISeptember 13, 2011

NFL Picks Week 2: 5 Safest Bets for Survival Pools

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    Survival football picks are not easy. For those who do not understand the rules, here they are:

    You pick one team to win every week. If that team wins, you advance to the next week and you cannot pick that team again for the rest of the year. If that team loses, you are done picking for the year.

    A lot of people will try to save the best teams in the NFL for later use, but doing that can lead to an early exit. Going with the easiest pick does not always work, but it is the safest option.

    Here are the five safest picks for Survival football in Week 2.

5: The Dallas Cowboys over the San Francisco 49ers

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    Survival football is so difficult because the NFL is so unpredictable. There are absolutely no guarantees in the NFL.

    This week is no different. There are not a lot of games that are easy to predict, but there are always different options. Some safer than others.

    This week, picking the Dallas Cowboys over the San Francisco 49ers is the riskiest of the safest picks, but it is still a pretty safe pick. The 49ers are coming off of a big win against a division rival, but beating the Seattle Seahawks does not impress anyone.

    The Cowboys gave the game away against the New York Jets and will be looking to dish out punishment to their next opponent. A weaker opponent like San Fran may be just what they need.

    San Francisco can definitely pull the upset here, but it is not likely. Look for Tony Romo to have a bounce back game.

4: The Cleveland Browns over the Indianapolis Colts

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    The Cleveland Browns are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but they get to play the Indianapolis Colts this week.

    Without Peyton Manning, the Colts look B-A-D BAD! Kerry Collins is no slouch, but he is clearly not Manning. The Colts are the type of team that only a quarterback like Peyton Manning could play on. They are short on talent just about everywhere on the field.

    The Colts could be in the running for the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft without Peyton Manning, and they should be an easy victory for the Browns. This would be a nice survival move this week because you would be able to save elite teams for later on in the season.

3: The Pittsburgh Steelers over the Seattle Seahawks

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers took a BEATDOWN from the Baltimore Ravens. One has to believe that they will be looking to punish whoever stands in their way after that embarrassing loss, and the Seattle Seahawks are in their way.

    The Seahawks are in trouble.

    They do no match up well with Pittsburgh at all. The Steelers are bigger, faster, stronger and smarter than the Seahawks. They play a lot more physical, and Tarvaris Jackson will have nightmares for weeks after this game.

    You cannot go wrong with Pittsburgh this week.

2: The Baltimore Ravens over the Tennessee Titans

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    Did you see what the Baltimore Ravens did to the Pittsburgh Steelers?

    The Tennessee Titans are in for a game they will never forget, no matter how hard they try.

    The Titans had a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Chris Johnson did not play well, and the Titans looked bad. Imagine what the Ravens are going to do to them. It is hard to imagine Matt Hasselbeck making it out of this game alive.

    Ravens cannot lose this game. Go for it.

1: The Green Bay Packers over the Carolina Panthers

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    Cam Newton was more than impressive in his NFL debut, but he will not be facing the Arizona Cardinals defense this week.

    This week, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. The team with the first pick in the draft meets the defending champs, yikes.

    Cam was great in his debut, but this is the Packers. One has to imagine that Green Bay will eat a rookie quarterback right up.

    If Green Bay's offense plays the way they did on opening night, they are simply unbeatable.