NFL Week 2 Picks Against the Spread

Job TennantCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2011

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12:  The Denver Broncos take the field to face the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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People that pick NFL games are generally speaking, gamblers and drinkers. Rather than simply giving my opinion of who will win and who will lose, let's make this a little more interesting.

I challenge you to a contest of wits. I will post the lines for this week's Sunday games. I will give my picks against the spread, and I challenge you to post your picks. On Monday I will average the number of correct picks on the page and subtract that from the number that I get correct. 

For example, if I get five games right and you, the readers, averaged together, get seven games correct, I owe you two shots (probably whiskey) during Monday Night Football and I will have a post about the previous week's games.

Who else is willing to back up their picks? No one, but no one is as good as I am (Alright that's pretty arrogant but prove me wrong). 

Sound like fun? I think so. Obviously, this is all a gentleman's agreement and responsible drinking is the only way to drink.

Bears vs Saints -6.5: With Urlacher back, I like the Bears to stay tight in this one. They might not win, but I have them keeping it within the spread.

Pick: Bears +6.5

Chiefs at Lions -9: This one seems to easy. Granted the Chiefs played a terrible game the first week of the season, but that doesn't define who they are. Don't go overboard on your praise for the Lions either. They are a much-improved team, but that doesn't mean they are all the way there yet. I like the Chiefs plus nine, a lot.

Pick: Chiefs +9

Jaguars at Jets -9: Is it just me or is nine an enormous number? Isn't this the NFL where there is so much parody? I'll take the points again and hope that between MJD and Shonn Greene, they eat up a bunch of time and keep the total pretty low.

Pick: Jaguars +9

Raiders at Bills -3: Despite the fact that the Bills shocked everyone by winning against the Chiefs in Week 1, I am not sold. I like the Raiders to win outright, but I will always take the points if you want to give them to me.

Pick: Raiders +3

Cardinals at Redskins -3.5: I won't even deny it; I have a man crush on the Kevin Kolb to Larry Fitzgerald connection. There is no way I am betting against them against the Redskins who probably haven't had two consecutive good performances in the last three years.

Pick: Cardinals +3.5

Ravens -6 at Titans: Through one week, the Ravens defense looks absolutely ferocious and that is the team that you want to get Johnson started running against when he is coming off of a nine carry, 24-yard performance?  Good luck. Actually I hate the Titans so I don't wish them good luck. Especially since I am picking the Ravens.

Pick: Ravens -6

Seahawks at Steelers -14: So I thought nine was a huge line, but I just can't see the Steelers not coming out and dominating. Tomlin is too tough of a head coach to allow a mediocre performance in Week 2.

Pick: Steelers -14

Packers -10 at Panthers: The way I see this one is that the Packers would be at least three point favorites over the Cardinals, and the Cardinals still beat the Panthers by seven so the number doesn't seem quite so outrageous. Also there is a zero percent chance that Cam Newton has anywhere near as good of a game as he had in Week 1.

Pick: Packers -10

Bucs at Vikings -3: I don't particularly buy into the Donovan McNabb experience and I think the Bucs are legit playoff contenders. Typically the home team is favored by three if it is an even match, but I think the Bucs are simply more talented. Blount should be on the field more this week and will not have the same terrible game he had in Week 1.

Pick: Bucs +3

Browns -2.5 at Colts: After watching Ben Tate run through the Swiss cheese, I mean Colts defense, it is hard to believe that Peyton Hillis will have too much trouble with them either. An improved defense for the Browns brings this to an easy road victory for them.

Pick: Browns -2.5

Cowboys -3 at 49ers: There is no way that Romo has as bad of a game against the 49ers as he did in Week 1. That, along with the fact the 49ers are just outright bad makes this a relatively easy pick.

Pick: Cowboys -3

Texans -3 at Dolphins: The Dolphins defense got lit up like the Christmas lights that Uncle Ron never takes down by Brady and the Patriots last week. Then they cut Benny Sapp who played a majority of the snaps for them in Week 1. This week they go against Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, and maybe even Arian Foster. The Texans should roll on the Dolphins without too much trouble.

Pick: Texans -3

Chargers at Patriots -7: Even Tom Terrific can't be that good two weeks in a row, and the Chargers are one of the three other teams vying to be the best in the AFC this season. Seven points is way to many to leave on the board, especially with the heated history between these two teams.

Pick: Chargers +7

Bengals at Broncos -3.5: I am basically at a coin flip on this one, but I like the Broncos so, there's that.

Pick: Broncos -3.5

Eagles -2.5 at Falcons: By the end of the year I think the Falcons are a better team, but for Week 2, the Eagles have too much going for them to lose this one.

Pick: Eagles -2.5