MC's Week Two NFL Picks

Matt CullenAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2009

IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 14: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls the play at the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Alright so my chances of 256-0 are officially over but you know what can happen? 252-4 can happen!

I ended up going 12-4 on my picks, senselessly changing my mind to the Redskins over the Giants as I was writing my article. I'm hoping to fare even better this week. So without further ado, here are my Week Two picks:

Panthers (0-1) at Falcons (1-0)

Solely based on their Week One results, this one almost seems too easy. Jake Delhoumme has become a very big question mark at QB to say the least. It's not time to give up on him yet because they did win 12 games last year and I think he legitimately is the best they have on the depth chart. That being said, the Carolina Panthers will be starting off 0-2.

Falcons win 31-17.

Vikings (1-0) at Lions (0-1)

What more could possibly needed to be said about the Detroit Lions that has not been said? Matthew Stafford threw three INT's in his debut against what is a much inferior New Orleans Saints defence, compared to the Minnesota Vikings.

Adrian Peterson should continue to run wild and Brett Favre should have another solid game. Honestly, even though the Vikings are on the road, if I get this one wrong my head will explode.

Vikings win 28-10.

Bengals (0-1) at Packers (1-0)

Both teams have potentially explosive offenses that had disappointing Week One games statistically. Difference is that Green Bay was facing a tough division rival and a good defense in the Chicago Bears. The Bengals were facing one of the worst defenses in the league last year in the Denver Broncos.

I still think the Bengals will make some noise in the AFC but with Carson Palmer missing much of the preseason with an ankle injury, it's going to take longer for that offense to start clicking than I originally thought.

Packers win 28-17.

Texans (0-1) at Titans (0-1)

Tennessee's defense had a better opening week than I anticipated. I'm not sold on Kyle Vanden Bosch staying healthy but they should continue to soar and beat the Houston Texans in their home-opener.

Titans win 21-10.

Raiders (0-1) at Chiefs (0-1)

This is the "I have no clue who to pick" game, I liked Oakland a little more before the season but might we see a little Monday night hangover due to a tough loss? Kansas City's offense looked pretty solid against the Ravens even without Matt Cassel. Ultimately I'm giving the nod to the home team.

Chiefs win 24-21.

Patriots (1-0) at New York Jets (1-0)

Tom Brady proved against the Buffalo Bills that he is either not quite 100 percent healthy yet or he is not mentally ready. He completed a lot of passes but wouldn't take chances down-field even with all of the talent at WR.

I thought Rex Ryan would do great things in New York, but I thought it would be a year away due to starting a rookie QB. I am officially a believer in the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!

Jets win 27-24.

Saints (1-0) at Eagles (1-0)

I've got two words for you: Kevin Kolb. I'm sorry for not writing more but that's really all I need to know.

Saints win 27-14.

Rams (0-1) at Redskins (0-1)

As putrid as the Detroit Lions are, the St. Louis Rams are nearly as bad. The Rams in fairness actually defeated the Redskins last season but that came directly after changing head coaches, this worked for about three games before the Rams slipped back into obscurity.

The Redskins offense is not explosive enough to turn this game into a laugh-er but they should win.

Redskins win 21-13.

Cardinals (0-1) at Jaguars (0-1)

Before the season I would not have expected the defending NFC Champions to start off 0-2. But West Coast teams do not fare well playing the morning game on the East Coast. The Cardinals are no exception. This includes losses last year to the Patriots by 40 and the Jets by 21. The Jaguars put up a good game against the Colts and I expect the same here with better results.

Jaguars win 21-17.

Seahawks (1-0) at 49ers (1-0)

It's sometimes hard to tell early in the season just who's who. After the 49ers, much to my surprise, went into Arizona and beat the NFC champs, I do not have much of an idea who to pick here either. I'm going to with the home-field advantage again.

49ers win 21-20.

Buccaneers (0-1) at Bills (0-1)

I sense some possible Monday night hangover from the Buffalo Bills much like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also, the Buccaneers offense seems to be better than expected with Cadillac Williams running hard and the offensive line protecting Byron Leftwich well.

Buccaneers win 23-21.

Ravens (1-0) at Chargers (1-0)

One of the most intriguing games of the week. The Chargers did not look very convincing in beating what was supposed to be the hapless Oakland Raiders. The Baltimore Ravens defense did not look as good as expected against the Brodie Croyle led Kansas City Chiefs.

As highly acclaimed as the Baltimore Ravens' defense has been, this unit can be thrown on. Phillip Rivers' had a breakout season last year and has not lost any weapons to throw to.

Chargers win 31-21.

Steelers (1-0) at Bears (0-1)

As electrifying as Troy Polamalu is, the absence of Brian Urlacher is a bigger loss for the Bears than Troy Polamalu is for the Steelers. Expect the Jay Cutler led Chicago Bears to drop to 0-2 as doubt continues to seep in to the minds of Bears fans all around the city.

Steelers win 20-14.

Browns (0-1) at Broncos (1-0)

I expect the Denver Broncos to be pitted in yet another extremely low scoring affair. I'll give the benefit of the doubt to the home-field advantage again.

Broncos win 13-10.

Giants (1-0) at Cowboys (1-0)

Granted I'm biased, but this to me is the game of the week.

Once upon a time, back when Tony Romo was dating Carrie Underwood, the Dallas Cowboys defense was exposed late in the 2006 season after Greg EllisΒ got hurt. Teams were able to key on DeMarcus Ware and nobody was able to step up and pressure the opposing QB.

Fast-forward to last week, Greg Ellis is now on the Oakland Raiders and the Cowboys struggled to pressure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Do the New York Giants have the personnel to expose the Dallas Cowboys lack of pass rush? I'm not so sure but this could be a problem for the Cowboys in the future.

Who to pick...Who to pick...Who to pick...Reverse jinx!

Giants win 27-24.

Colts (1-0) at Dolphins (0-1)

After going 11-5 last season on a cupcake schedule, the Miami Dolphins are the team with the most to prove after a rough Week One showing. I did not like this team before the season and nothing has happened to change my mind. The Colts looked less than spectacular against the Jacksonville Jaguars but the Jaguars have a history of playing them tough.

Colts win 24-14.

Last Week: 12-4

Overall: 12-4


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