Sunday, September 16, 2012

NFL Picks - Week 2

Wow, an ugly 8-7 is no way to start the season.  Let’s try this again. 

Chiefs @ Bills
Neither team is as bad as they looked last week; Buffalo wins a close one.

Browns @ Bengals
Bengals get back on track at home; Green shreds a Joe Haden-less secondary.

Vikings @ Colts
Luck throws for 300, but Peterson dominates on the ground and scores the game winner late in the 4th

Raiders @ Dolphins
Two ugly teams; McFadden again is the offensive for Oakland; they win by 3.

Cardinals @ Patriots
Patriots get scared for a half; pull away in the last 30; Hernandez scores twice.

Bucs @ Giants
Cruz doesn’t drop 3 passes, and the front four feasts on the Bucs banged up OL.

Ravens @ Eagles
Vick makes more bad decisions against a much better defense; the boos get loud in Philly.

Saints @ Panthers
I have a feeling this is an ugly ugly game; Cam gets back on track at home against a bad Saints defense (especially on grass).

Texans @ Jaguars
They don’t have the greatest history here (lost 4 of their last 5 in JAX), but the talent difference is too much.

Redskins @ Rams
If Baltimore isn’t the sucker pick of the week it’s Washington; STL’s defense is the key in this one.

Cowboys @ Seahawks
Seattle’s defense gives Romo fits; home team wins a very low scoring game.

Jets @ Steelers
I smell blowout here.  Revis isn’t playing, and Sanchez isn’t the guy we saw last week.

Titans @ Chargers
This game has potential; the edge for me is SD’s dominant run defense against a tip-toeing (and seemingly shadow of his former self) Chris Johnson.

Lions @ 49ers
Trying not to overreact here, but I don’t see Detroit hanging with San Fran for a full 60.  Niners comfortably move to 2-0 as they shut down the run and force Stafford into multiple mistakes.

Broncos @ Falcons
I love this matchup.  If the favorite wins the SNF game, take the dog on MNF.  Atlanta will really start to miss Brent Grimes this week. 

Biggest winners (highest margin to lowest) –
1) Steelers
2) 49ers
3) Bengals
4) Giants
5) Patriots

Closest calls (lowest margin to highest) –
1) Vikings
2) Seahawks
3) Texans
4) Rams
5) Bills

Top Performers –
QB – Cam Newton v. Saints
RB – Adrian Peterson @ Colts
WR – Victor Cruz v. Bucs
Defense – James Laurinaitis v. Redskins

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