Week 2 Quick Picks

Posted: 14th September 2012 by Jeff Plattner in NFL
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Chicago (1-0) at Green Bay (0-1)

The Packers will play mad tonight against the Bears, not wanting to have anything to do with going 0-2, having played both games at home. Packers 27 Bears 17

Kansas City (0-1) at Buffalo (0-1)

The Chiefs were bad, but the Bills looked awful against the Jets. Two young speedsters, Jamaal Charles and C.J. Spiller will have a lot to do with the outcome of this game. Both will have big plays, but Spiller’s will be a difference maker. Bills 31 Chiefs 27

Cleveland (0-1) at Cincinnati (0-1)

The Bengals were trounced by Baltimore on Monday Night, however rookie QB Brandon Weeden’s 5.1 passer rating for the Browns in Week 1 is enough to take Cincy in this one. Bengals 27 Browns 13

Minnesota (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1)

AP will run wild on the Colts defense and Andrew Luck will keep Indy in the game by throwing all over a terrible Vikings secondary. It took Minnesota a last second 55-yard FG and OT to get by the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars, at home. Mr. Luck gets his first NFL win in his first NFL home game. Colts 27 Vikings 24

Oakland (0-1) at Miami (0-1)

Look for a huge game from Darren McFadden. Ryan Tannehill will find work versus the Raiders defense much nicer than facing the Houston Texans last week, but it still won’t be pretty. Raiders 23 Dolphins 16

Arizona (1-0) at New England (1-0)

I would say there’s no chance the Patriots lose this game, but then again isn’t that why they play the games in the first place? Larry Fitzgerald must come up with a career game here for Arizona to really have a chance, because the Cards are going to have to keep up with Brady and the high-flying Patriots offense. Patriots 34 Cardinals 17

Tampa Bay (1-0) at NY Giants (0-1)

The defending Super Bowl champs currently sit in the NFC East cellar. Somewhat surprised last week against the Cowboys, much like the Packers, the Giants will not let themselves dig an 0-2 hole to begin the season. With their schedule, an 0-2 start means some must wins beginning in Week 3. Giants 30 Bucs 20

Baltimore (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0)

One of the better matchups of the week, the Ravens are fresh off a Monday Night beat down of the Bengals, while the Eagles barely snuck out of Cleveland with a win. With the way Michael Vick struggled against the Browns defense, I don’t see him putting it all together against one of the best defenses of the last decade plus. Ravens 24 Eagles 20

New Orleans (0-1) at Carolina (0-1)

The man everyone is comparing to Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, tore up the Saints secondary in his pro debut. So what will the real Cam Newton do? Expect a big day for Cam, but the Panthers just may have to run for more than 10 yards if they plan on winning this game. Bounty Gate definitely affected the Saints in Week 1. Brees and the Saints could be in for a long season if they don’t figure things out soon. Saints 31 Panthers 30

Houston (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1)

The Texans can pretty much moonwalk to a 2-0 start if they so choose. With the Jags biggest offensive weapon, Maurice Jones-Drew, still working his way back from an extended holdout, don’t expect the Jags to be in this one for long. Texans 37  Jaguars 16

Washington (1-0) at St. Louis (0-1)

RG3 enjoyed a monster debut last week against the Saints, while the Rams nearly shocked Detroit. RG3 and the Redskins offense will be challenged against a crafty Rams defense, but simply challenging them won’t be enough. Redskins 24 Rams 16

Dallas (1-0) at Seattle (0-1)

Tony Romo looked good in Week 1, albeit against a depleted Giants secondary. Seattle has one of the biggest home field advantages in the league and if they can get the running game going early, with Marshawn Lynch, it may play a huge factor. Seattle 19 Dallas 17

NY Jets (1-0) at Pittsburgh (0-1)

While the Jets looked great against a Bills defense we all thought would be better, the Steelers proved their offensive line is patchwork, giving up five sacks of Ben Roethlisberger and averaging less than three yards per rush. However, the Steelers manage to get the job done in an ugly, defensive struggle. Steelers 16 Jets 13

Tennessee (0-1) at San Diego (1-0)

Chris Johnson is running out of chances to remind us what kind of running back he used to be. Probably to no surprise, his 11 carries for 4 yards versus the Patriots was a career low. Johnson’s had twelve 100 yard rushing games in his past 33 games after having twelve such games in his 2,006 yard season of 2009. The Chargers looked bad against Oakland on Monday Night, but good enough for the win. Chargers 24 Titans 20

Detroit (1-0) at San Francisco (1-0)

After going into Lambeau and proving they are a team to beat in the NFC, the 49ers host the Lions in a rematch of one of last seasons best finishes. San Fran will aim to tame the Lions Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection. Last year, the 49ers and Frank Gore ran all over Detroit. Will they do the same this week? 49ers 33 Lions 28

Denver (1-0) at Atlanta (1-0)

Just their fourth meeting since John Elway led Denver past the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, Peyton Manning now leads the charge for the Broncos. Matt Ryan had a blast taking his two stellar weapons, Roddy White and Julio Jones, for a spin in Week 1. Expect an aerial attack from both sides in this one. Whichever duo is better White/Jones or Demaryius Thomas/Eric Decker will win the game. Falcons 34 Broncos 19

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