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Survivor Pools – Week 2

It was a Monday night that was full of nerves and anxiety for those who took the Patriots and Chargers in their survivor pools. After a Sunday without any big upsets, Monday night almost went 2-for-2. Week 2 does not provide many one-sided games and the season is still young. Therefore, it is still not easy to come up with a selection. Check out the analysis for all 16 games and my pick for the week …


Here will be the process until the win streak is snapped: I will list my picks that I used in previous weeks and not select a team I have already used. However, I will still provide analysis for each game and some alternate options in case you did not use my pick for that week.


Previous Selections


Week 1:

New England Patriots – Win


On to the Week 2 games …


Panthers @ Falcons

– It looks like the Panthers could be in for a long season, but I still cannot trust a divisional matchup, especially with the playmakers that

Carolina has on their team.


Vikings @ Lions

– The Lions are coming off an 0-16 season and have started 2009 off with a loss. Adrian Peterson looked like the best player in the league on Sunday.

Detroit doesn’t stand a chance, right? Probably not, but this is a road divisional game for

Minnesota and, for that reason, I am staying away. Don’t forget that in 2008 the Vikes barely beat the Lions 12-10 in

Minnesota and it took a fourth-quarter comeback for them to get the 20-16 victory in

Detroit. Of course,


should win, but I’m not breaking my golden rule here in Week 2.

(See the heavily favored Chargers @ Raiders Week 1. The Chargers held on, but they were seconds away from defeat).


Bengals @ Packers

– At first glance, this game looks easy for Pack in their Lambeau opener. However, the Bengals defense has improved and they lost a heartbreaker in Week 1. You wonder how they will respond after a loss like that. The Packers will probably want to play better football on the offensive side of the ball, though, so I’m not worried about them looking past Cincy in their home opener.


Texans @ Titans

– This is a tough game for

Houston as they’ll look to rebound after an embarrassing home opener against the Jets. The Titans lost a tough overtime game in

Pittsburgh and have had a few extra days to prepare for

Houston. This is a divisional matchup and since it looks like it is set up for the Titans to win, don’t be surprised to see Texans the pull off the upset.


Raiders @ Chiefs

– This is a tough game to determine in the AFC West. The Raiders played their hearts out on Monday night against the Chargers, but lost in the final seconds.

Kansas City played without their starting QB, but still held their ground in



Patriots @ Jets

– This is setting up to be a great matchup in Week 2, especially if the Jets repeat their Week 1 performance. I am glad

New England bailed me out in Week 1, but I expect them to play much better this weekend. What a big win it could be for the Rex Ryan and the Jets if they move to 2-0.


Saints @ Eagles

– Let’s see what Drew Brees can do away from the dome and against an NFC East defense. The Eagles may be without Donovan McNabb and even if he plays, you figure he won’t be 100 percent. Either way, it should be a good game.


Rams @ Redskins

– The Rams have left off where they finished last season. I do not have much confidence in Jason Campbell, but I do have enough in Clinton Portis to lead the ‘Skins to victory. However,

St. Louis defeated

Washington last season after the ‘Skins came home following two big road wins in

Dallas and

Philadelphia. Also, Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is very familiar with

Washington after coaching in

New York.


Cardinals @ Jaguars

– This is an odd matchup you do not see often. Both teams are looking to avoid the 0-2 hole to start the season.

Arizona did not look good and

Jacksonville played


 tough. Stay away.


Bucs @ Bills

– I am not touching this one, but you would expect

Buffalo to win this game. Nevertheless, how will they respond to losing a Monday night game in a dramatic fashion? If you recall, in 2007, the Bills lost another MNF heartbreaker to the Cowboys by a score all too familiar (25-24). They had a bye the following week and then ripped off four straight wins. Let’s see if they can do the same Sunday. If you want a gutsy pick this early in the year, circle the wagons with the Bills.


Seahawks @ 49ers

– This is an intriguing NFC West game, but like I said last week, I do not trust a matchup between any four of these teams. The Rams may be distancing themselves, though – in the wrong direction, that is.


Steelers @ Bears

– Take the heart and soul out of both defenses. This is a big game for

Chicago and it won’t be easy. This is a tough way to begin the season as

Chicago began in Lambeau and now will host the reigning champs in their home opener. Week 3 doesn’t get any easier as they travel to one of the toughest places to play – Qwest Field in

Seattle. Jay Cutler needs to regroup quickly because if he struggles early, the Steelers will pounce on every mistake he makes.


Ravens @ Chargers

– A similar game to the one above, but the main question here is the health of LaDainian Tomlinson. He was poised to have a big season, but he started off on the wrong foot. Is the end near for him? And is

San Diego fine without him?


Browns @ Broncos

– No comment for these teams. Just stay away.


Giants @ Cowboys

– The Cowboys beat the Giants in the 1976 opening of Giants Stadium. Do the Giants seek revenge in the 2009 debut of Cowboys Stadium? This will be another great NFC East battle.


Colts @ Dolphins

– The Dolphins are back on Monday Night Football and they’ll host the Colts, who will have too much offense for

Miami. Unless

Miami can play ball control, like they did during the ’08 season, the Colts will run away with this one. If the Fish can keep the ball out of Peyton Manning’s hands and protect the football, they have a chance. Pass on this game since you don’t want to trust the Monday night road team.



: Here are my options: Redskins, Packers and Bills. I am staying away from

Minnesota for the reasons listed above. I would like to pick

Washington, but there are reasons to avoid them as well.

Buffalo seems like a riskier pick than the cheeseheads from

Wisconsin. With that said, I’ll go with Aaron Rodgers and the revamped Packer defense.


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