NFL Picks Week 2: 4 Teams That Will Keep on Rolling
Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, and it's time to start thinking about Week 2, which promises to be another exciting week of football.
There were a handful of teams that impressed in their season openers, most notably the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and Baltimore Ravens, who dominated the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. All of those victories came against playoff teams from last season.
The Green Bay Packers offense picked up where it left off from last year's Super Bowl run. Tom Brady led the Patriots with a monster Monday-night performance, and the Detroit Lions, a trendy playoff pick, shut down another promising young team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Houston Texans embarrassed the Colts, proving that without Peyton Manning, things are looking grim in Indy.
Perhaps the most emotional victory came in New York, as the Jets rallied furiously to defeat the Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.
Each of the teams mentioned ride a huge wave of momentum into Week 2.
So, who will keep the ball rolling with another victory?
New York Jets
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The Jets get a visit from the Jaguars this Sunday.
This is a team the Jets match up very well with. Riding the huge emotional high from Sunday's frantic comeback victory, the Jets should have no problem disposing of Jacksonville.
Plaxico Burress showed the NFL that he is still going to be a force as he makes his comeback from prison. He will continue to be a matchup nightmare for defenses.
Mark Sanchez showed tremendous poise leading the comeback. His development is coming along nicely.
The Jets defense matches up very well against Jacksonville's fairly toothless offense.
The Jaguars have a very good running back in Maurice Jones-Drew but not much else. The Jets should be able to load up to stop the run, daring Luke McCown to beat them.
I don't see that happening.
McCown is lucky to be starting. He will not be able to carry an offense, especially against a defense as good as that of the Jets.
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The Texans coasted to an easy, 34-7 victory over the Peyton Manning-less Colts. The final score is not indicative of just how dominant the Texans were.
Their 34 points all came before halftime.
The Texans could have easily put up 50 or more points on the hapless Colts defense.
This week, Houston faces a Miami Dolphins team that surrendered over 500 passing yards to the Patriots.
With Arian Foster set to return from his hamstring trouble, Houston's potent offense will be firing on all cylinders. The Dolphins defense is not good enough to shut down Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and Arian Foster.
Chad Henne played well in the loss to New England, but he cannot match the scoring ability of the Texans offensive unit.
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The Ravens may have played the best game in the history of their franchise last Sunday against the Steelers. They looked like a team on a mission and proved that the team will indeed be a Super Bowl contender this season.
If the Ravens play even half as well as they did against the Steelers, they will coast to an easy win over the Titans.
In Week 1 the Ravens offense performed at a level never before seen in Baltimore.
Joe Flacco played with a swagger and confidence he has not exhibited before, the offensive line was exceptional, and Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin showed why they are considered among the best at their positions.
On defense the Ravens have one task this weekend: shut down Chris Johnson.
The rest of the Titans offense is not particularly dangerous. Bottling up Johnson with gang tackling will put more pressure on Matt Hasselbeck and Kenny Britt than the quarterback and receiver will be able to handle.
The Ravens will not need to play as well as they did against the Steelers to beat the Titans, but do not expect a letdown.
John Harbaugh has the purple and black dialed in and ready to go this season.
Green Bay Packers
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Against the Saints on Thursday, the Packers picked up right where they left off last February. Aaron Rodgers and the offense were once again unstoppable, and the defense stood firm when it needed to.
The Packers could not have asked for much more in their opening-week victory over another Super Bowl contender, New Orleans.
Their opponent this week, the Panthers, will not provide as stern a test.
Cam Newton generated a lot of headlines by passing for over 420 yards against the Cardinals in the Panthers opening-week loss.
He will not be able to replicate that performance against Green Bay's opportunistic secondary. Look for Newton to throw at least two picks here.
The Packers should win this game going away.