Week 2 offers more options than Week 1, but expect a wild weekend. This is notoriously known as an unpredictable week as teams you expect to be 2-0 or not to drop to 0-2 may shock you. For example, the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys or Indianapolis Colts can’t be 0-2, right? What surprise teams might be 2-0? Remember the Green Bay Packers last season who no way could lose at home to Cincinnati? Check out my Week 2 game-by-game analysis …
Remember the basic principles: Avoid road teams and divisional games.
: New York Giants – WIN
On to the games …
Bears @ Cowboys – Chicago escaped their home town with a tight victory over the Lions. Dallas was unable to pull off a last second win in D.C. Dallas is a nice favorite this week and should be a good bet in their home opener. Potential pick.
Bills @ Packers –The Bills dropped their home opener to Miami and now the heavily favored Packers will host them in Week 2. As the Packers open as the biggest favorite of the weekend, Aaron Rodgers and company should find plenty of success on Sunday. Possible selection.
Dolphins @ Vikings – Upset alert. Brett Favre may be rethinking his comeback if Minnesota falls to 0-2. Don’t be shocked if Miami goes into Minnesota and wins. This one is going to fall on the shoulders of Adrian Peterson. If he can have a monster game, the Vikings will be able to come away with a win. However, if he has an average game, it will fall on the arm of Favre and the passing game, which I do not have much confidence in right now. Expect a close one.
Cardinals @ Falcons – Arizona won one of the ugliest games on Sunday as they escaped St. Louis with a win, but there is not much confidence surrounding the Cards. Atlanta lost a tough one in Pittsburgh, but now they come home and if they play the same way they did in Pittsburgh, they’ll win on Sunday. Expect big days from Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Atlanta’s an option.
Eagles @ Lions – The Lions played Chicago tough, but lost their quarterback in the act. Philadelphia is a mess of injuries right now as well and I’m not taking a chance on them, especially on the road. Avoid.
Steelers @ Titans – This will be a battle in Tennessee as the Titans look to prove they are back for 2010. The Steelers look to weather the storm until the return of Ben Roethlisberger. As long as the defense plays strong, which there is no reason to believe otherwise, the Steelers will be fine. I like the Titans to make a statement in a close one. Skip.
Buccaneers @ Panthers – This one is tough to predict as the Panther offense did not look so hot, especially the run game. You figure they will try to get that going this weekend, but Tampa Bay also showed some grit coming back against Cleveland. Look elsewhere.
Chiefs @ Browns
– The Chiefs are coming off a big Monday night win at home against San Diego. Since they recently do not see primetime home games often, the Chiefs were fired up and played with a lot of emotion. Remember Oakland did the same last year, but finish off the Chargers. Delhomme’s status for Sunday is in question, but how will Cleveland respond after blowing a double digit lead on the road? I am leaning towards the Browns to win this one with KC coming off an emotional win on a short week. Avoid in survivor, though.
Ravens @ Bengals – Very interesting game in the AFC North. What’s up with Cincinnati? The final score of their Week 1 game in New England does not even tell the story of how bad they were dominated. However, Baltimore used a lot of energy on Monday night and they’ll be looking to win back-to-back road games against tough teams to start the year. That is a very difficult task. Picking the Bengals to rebound and win, but not in survivor.
Rams @ Raiders – Give me the Raiders for the win by double digits. Too many other options than to take Oakland, though. Avoid.
Seahawks @ Broncos – Not sure what to expect from either team here. I’ll lean towards the home team for the win, but pass on this one.
Texans @ Redskins – I love the home underdogs, especially in this one. Houston beat the Colts, which was a big win for their franchise, but now they travel to D.C. and face a better defense against an NFC East opponent. Avoid in survivor, but I’m liking the home dog in the Redskins with the points here.
Patriots @ Jets – The Jets need this one or they could quickly be 0-2 and heading to Miami in Week 3. The Dolphins would like nothing better than to put the Jets away after all of the offseason chatter and hype surrounding Gang Green. I keep going back and forth on this one. I think the Jets will win, but I won’t be betting on them.
Jaguars @ Chargers – Not feeling the Chargers early this season and although they ran into a tough matchup on Monday night in Kansas City, I’m not willing to take them this week. The Chiefs were fired up for a rare Monday night home game and that will usually bring out the best in a team. However, the Jaguars picked up a win and it is hard to make an assumption about them as well.
Sunday Night Football
Giants @ Colts – Peyton’s Colts 0-2? Can’t see it, but not going to pick them as their defense is very questionable. Bob Sanders can never stay healthy, but I expect Peyton to outshine little brother Eli in this one at Lucas Oil.
Monday Night Football
Saints @ 49ers – Please don’t be the one to take a road team this weekend. Monday night football brings out the best in home teams that aren’t accustomed to playing in primetime. Perfect example is San Francisco, who played terrible last week in Seattle, a tough place to play, but will be looking to rebound in primetime. The Saints have a few extra days off since they played on Thursday night and now will not play until Monday, but they did not look all that impressive against the Vikings after their opening drive. I am on the home underdogs this weekend and think that the 49ers will give the Saints all they can handle. The question is whether Alex Smith can make a big play to turn this game into a win for San Francisco.
I am going with the
Green Bay Packers in Week 2. They are a different team from their 2009 Week 2 squad, who were upset by the Bengals, and when you look at Buffalo’s roster, you cannot find many threats. They appear to be without Paul Posluszny, and that is a blow to their defense. Expect Rodgers to find plenty of success and the loss of Ryan Grant will not affect them this weekend. Give me the home team in a non-conference game.
Others to consider: Falcons, Cowboys
Tempting picks to avoid: Saints
Good luck this weekend!
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