Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week 2 NFL Picks

Alright, I was 10-5 last week. There were 16 games, but I forgot there were 2 Monday night games last week, so I didn't pick a winner for the Kansas City/San Diego game. Oops. Anyways, on to the picks!

Pittsburgh @ Tennessee - Dennis Dixon won his first NFL start, but I like Tennessee this week as Pittsburgh is playing without both starting tackles on offense. Tennessee should be able to get decent pressure on Dixon to force some mistakes. Rashard Mendenhaal needs to have a big game for the Steelers to compete in this one.

Miami @ Minnesota - Brett Favre and the Vikings should get things back on track after a difficult week one game against the Saints. Miami could surprise some people this week though.

Arizona @ Atlanta - I just don't like Derek Anderson as a starting quarterback. He does have a few more weapons than he did in Cleveland, but he just doesn't scream "STARTING QUARTERBACK!!!" to me. I like Matt Ryan and the Falcons in this one at home.

Baltimore @ Cincinnati - I don't see me picking against the Ravens too many times this year. I think they're great on offense and defense, even though they have some questions in the secondary.

Kansas City @ Cleveland - The Chiefs are coming off a great win last week against San Diego, and the Browns are just abysmal. Before the season, this looked like one of the games the Browns could win, but if Kansas City plays as well as they did last week, this won't be close. If the Browns want to compete, they need to get the ball to Jerome Harrison, who has the ability to put up monster numbers. He has plenty of big play ability, the coaches just need to do a better job of calling his number. However, it is looking more and more like Seneca Wallace will get the start in place of Jake Delhomme, who has missed 3 days of practice this week.

Chicago @ Dallas - Chicago is improved on the defensive line from last season with the addition of Julius Peppers, and Dallas has a questionable offensive line, so the Bears could very well take this one. I think Dallas is too good of a team to start out 0-2 though.

Philadelphia @ Detroit - Both teams will be starting their #2 QBs. Michael Vick will make his first NFL start since 2006, and Shaun Hill will make the start for Detroit. I like Michael Vick to run all over Detroit's defense in this one.

Buffalo @ Green Bay - Too much firepower for Green Bay on offense and defense. Watching the Green Bay/Philadelphia game last week, I couldn't help but notice how much of a beast Clay Matthews is. He was all over the place. He is the reason that Michael Vick is getting his first start this week for the Eagles. Also note that Ryan Grant is out for the season, but the Packers think Brandon Jackson is a very capable replacement. This will probably be a blowout.

Tampa Bay @ Carolina - I picked Carolina last week to upset the Giants, and it didn't pan out. I think they will win this one though.

Seattle @ Denver - Seattle surprised me last week by upsetting the 49ers. I don't think they can do it again against the Broncos.

St. Louis @ Oakland - It is difficult picking Oakland to win. I really don't want to pick a winner in this game to be honest. Sam Bradford did look decent in his first start last week against Arizona. However, this will be his first road game in the NFL. I think Oakland will do enough on defense to keep St. Louis in check. Darren McFadden also is finally looking good as a running back, so Oakland does have some playmaking ability.

Houston @ Washington - Houston was great last week against the Colts. However, Washington also looked pretty good against the Cowboys. I like Washington at home in this one.

New England @ NY Jets - The Jets are all talk. I'm just not convinced that they are a playoff contender. Their defense is great, but their offense just can't move the ball with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. They only had 6 first downs last week, that simply won't cut it against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Look for Wes Welker to have a big game, as Randy Moss typically gets shut down by Darrell Revis.

Jacksonville @ San Diego - The Chargers were shocked by the Chiefs last week, but I think they get back on track this week at home. I think this will be a close game though.

NY Giants @ Indianapolis - The Colts have a lot of question marks on defense and on the offensive line. They got smothered by Arian Foster and the Texans last week, but I think they will make the necessary adjustments this week against the Giants. I don't see them going 0-2 to start the season.

New Orleans @ San Francisco - The Saints have too much stuff. The 49ers didn't look good last week against the Seahawks. Their defense can keep them in any game, it is just a matter of Alex Smith and the offense making plays to put up some points. Drew Brees and the Saints are just too good though.

1 comment:

  1. like all the picks except houston/was. washington might have a bottom 5 offense in the league this year