NFL Lines Week Two: The Quick Read

Louis PisanoAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2009

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 13:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs 38-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Some craziness last week that is the NFL knocked some out of their pools with last minute heroics obviously I am referring to the Bengals Broncos game. This week looks as though it holds some of the same scenarios that we witnessed in last weeks season openers.

I went 13-3 straight up last week and 9-7 against the spread. Here’s this weeks read.

Oakland @ Kansas City -3.0 O/U 38.5

Oakland’s run D looked pretty solid against San Diego in their loss and KC’s run D was ugly as hell, the running game for Oak should be able to rumble which should set up a couple deep opportunities for Heyward-Bey, while KC’s running game is seemingly one dimensional with aging Larry Johnson.

Oakland wins 20-13

Houston @ Tennessee -6.5 O/U 41.0

Houston’s offense was almost non-existent in their home opening loss but should come around, but I wouldn’t bet on this week, Tenny battled with the Super Bowl champs and should be rested having played last Thursday and should continue to pound the ball with its two headed running attack while Gage and rookie Kenny Brit continue to improve but the loss of Scaife will hurt.

Tennessee wins 27-17

New England @ New York Jets+3.5 O/U 46.0

Jets rookie QB aka the Dirty Sanchez look pretty gritty last week while the Pats D couldn’t get to Buffalo’s QB in a squeaker which saw the return of the King Tom Brady leading his team back in the fourth quarter aided by a bone-headed fumble.

This game should see some scoring though the Jets D did a pretty solid job against the outstanding receiving core of the Texans. Loss on the D and injury may vault Rookie to his second win.

Jets win 31-27

Cincinnati @ Green Bay -9.0 O/U 42.0

Cincy stumbled out of the gate on offense though their D looked pretty good while Green Bay’s offense came out gunning and their D made some plays causing turnovers. I don’t see this game coming down to a bizarre play.

Green Bay’s high powered attack and excellent secondary will make it tough, Cinny goes to 0-2 and Ocho may not be able to leap during it but the Pack sure will!

Green Bay wins 37-10

Minnesota @ Detroit +10.0 O/U 45.0

Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre look to be a deadly combination and will be too much for the Lions to handle but I expect a few points on the board from Stafford and Calvin Johnson. These teams play tight games usually being divisional foes. Favre has more wins over the Lions than any other team and throws for 35 ypg better indoors.

Minnesota wins 27-17

New Orleans @ Philadelphia +1.0 O/U 46.0

Donovan McNabb has cracked ribs and is I believe a game time decision, likely replaced by Kevin Kolb. Drew Brees put up sick numbers last week and the Saints offense was off the hook. The Eagles pass rush and pass D is tough and won’t allow the Saints to put up the same type of numbers.

Westbrook and Jackson could have big games against NO D if Kolb can get them the ball.

Philadelphia wins 34-27

Carolina @ Atlanta -6.5 O/U 42.0

The Dirty Birds D played pretty tough allowing only a late TD to the Fish last week though they have been marked as having a weak secondary. With the addition of Tony G the Falcons offense has yet another weapon.

Carolina looked terrible and Jake Delhomme has been awful in his last two starts turning the ball over like a hot potato. Cadillac will need an enormous game for the Panthers even to be a factor in this game.

Atlanta wins 27-10

St. Louis @ Washington -9.5 O/U 37.0

St. Louis’ offense was anaemic last week being shut out by a rejuvenated Seahawks team while Washington hung around with the G-men in a loss. The Rams offense will have a harder time scoring against the tough run D of the Redskins with newly acquired Albert Haynesworth in the middle. Is it possible for them to lose the game with minus points?

Washington wins 17-3

Arizona @ Jacksonville -3.0 O/U 43.0

The Jags hung tough with divisional opponent Indy last week and held them to just 14 points in the loss while Arizona had Super Bowl hangover and lost San Fran. The Cards offense looked confused and tight while their D actually played fairly well.

I look for the Cardinals to bounce back this week and get their offense clicking while limiting the Jags running game. Zona’s WRs Boldin and Breaston are injured and were limited in practice, if they’re healthy for the game Cards win if not I would go home Jags in a close one.

Arizona wins 27-13

Seattle @ San Francisco -1.0 O/U 39.5

Seattle romped against St. Louis and San Fran took out Arizona in a tight one. Both teams look to be on an upswing. T.J Whoseyourdaddy looked good with a healthy Hasselbeck getting him the ball. Gore looked good running the ball, this is a clash of rising teams and proves to be a good game, I know San Fran Seattle a good game, things change!

Seattle Wins 17-14

Tampa Bay @ Buffalo -4.5 O/U 42.0

Buffalo looked pretty good aside from a late brain fart which they’ve been defending all week. Tampa Bay was pretty much what everyone expected neither here nor there.

Buffalo may be able to exploit the secondary with their two big WR in Owens and Evens while last week Fred Jackson looked like a No. 1 back and should continue to be effective. The loss of Paul Posluszny who is a leader for the Bills D is out and could be a factor.

Buffalo wins 24-17

Cleveland @ Denver -3.0 O/U 39.0

Denver amazingly in the last min beat the Bengals and the Browns looked fairly inept against the Vikings in a lopsided loss. Both teams are pretty much only a threat to themselves and this game should come down to who limits mistakes in my mind. Home field for the Broncos may just be enough.

Denver wins 23-17

Baltimore @ San Diego -3.0 O/U 40.0

The Ravens and Joe Flacco started out the season well against KC with a 14 point win though it was a close game somewhat and their D wasn’t as effective as it has been in the past but I expect them to step up and stuff the running game which will be made easier perhaps by the injury to LT who will not play leaving Sproles as the featured back win/lose situation.

Rivers has an amazing home record rarely loosing in his house. The Raiders gave the Chargers all they could handle last week in four point win for Diego.

Baltimore wins 23-20

Pittsburgh @ Chicago +3.0 O/U 37.5

The loss of Troy Polamalu in the win against Tenny was a big one for the Pitty D and they will have to fill that gap the best they can. Chicago’s QB the newly acquired Jay Cutler had a very poor game against the ball-hawking secondary of the Pack, but I would look for him to rebound and not have back to back poor showings. Chicago will be in tough at home against the Super Bowl champs.

Pittsburgh wins 23-17

New York Giants @ Dallas -3.0 O/U 45.0

Dallas looked competent against a thrown together Tampa team last week. This will be the opening game at the new $1.5 Billion—yeah billion—stadium and owner/manager Jerry Jones will no doubt expect to win, but Dallas had a hard time stopping the run game of the Bucks and should have all they can handle with Brandon Jacobs running downhill and Eli Manning throwing the ball. I look for the G-men defence to step it up a notch on the road.

This is a tough spot for the Boys and a lot of pressure at home in this Sunday night game but the 80-plus thousand fans will be going nuts.

Giants win 27-23

Indianapolis @ Miami +3.0 O/U 42.0

Indy played a tough divisional game against the Jags and hung in and won though lacking some of the offensive weapons of the past, while the Fish looked as though they were scooped out of the water by the Falcons and left for dead on a beach. No one will be fooled by the wildcat anymore I think the kitty has been tamed.

Indianapolis wins 24-16

Ship it Send it Chalk it and Lock it! Good luck boys enjoy the weekend!

All the Best!


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