We definitely started the season off with a bang with our 7-9 record, so let's see if we can make less noise and some better picks.
Pittsburgh @ Tennessee – Well Dennis Dixon gets his next test in Tennessee. We all know from Week 1 that the Steelers defense can get them out of a lot of trouble, but the offense is going to have to step it up this time around. The Titans will give the Steelers large doses of Chris Johnson, and I imagine that VY is going to have to throw the ball more than 17 times. This ought to be quite the game. Winner – Steelers.
Miami @ Minnesota – Miami travels all the way to Minnesota and I imagine that their ground game will be ready to test the Vikings front 7. The Saints seemed to run well against them in Week 1 and I think the Dolphins have a more dynamic group of runners. I hope someone in Minny tells Childress that Chris Johnson got 27 carries in a laugher of a game last week for the Titans,…….give AP his carries!!!! Winner – Vikings.
Arizona @ Atlanta – After giving away last week’s game to the Steelers, the Falcons are at home and hopefully they’ve implemented more than one pass play and more than 4 running plays or it’s going to be a long season. The Cardinals can be tough against the run upfront, but I expect the home cooking to work in favor of the Falcons and give them their first win of the season. Winner – Falcons.
Baltimore @ Cincinnati – When I look at this game, the one thing that comes to mind is that Cedric Benson was the first back in 61 games to get 100 yards on this Baltimore defense. That’s a gauntlet being thrown down to this defense. The Ravens on offense looked pretty good with Boldin last week and I expect some more work for Houshmandzadeh this week. Which receiving core are you going to pick, Ocho and Owens or Boldin and TJ? Winner – Bengals.
Kansas City @ Cleveland – The Chefs, they got their ‘i’ back so I’ll say the Chiefs surprised last week with a pretty good performance by beating the Chargers. Cassel looked decent and the surprised play from the defense shocked me. The Browns are already on quarterback number two with Seneca Wallace getting the start. I can’t say much more about the Browns. I think this one is closer than most expect, but I imagine that the Chiefs come out on top. Winner – Chiefs.
Chicago @ Dallas – One team got a W with an asterisk (Bears) and the other got an ‘L’ for not showing up (Cowboys), so something’s got to give. Hillenmeyer is out for the year with the Bears with a concussion, and DeMarcus Ware is coming back from a mild concussion himself. What’s the over/under on the number of games Urlacher plays before he gets hurt? There’s no way the Cowboys let the Bears come in and spoil the home opener for them, right? Lots of running by the Cowboys and I expect Dez Bryant to show out. Winner – Cowboys.
Philadelphia @ Detroit – Mike Vick, glad to see you back in the saddle. The Eagles finally announces that Vick would start (we knew this was going to happen, right?) and he has been practicing with the 1st team all week long. Vick should be a lot better prepared and the game plan should be wide open. Shaun Hill will get the start for the Lions, so I expect that he’ll see a lot of blitzing from the Eagles, but they will double Calvin Johnson (they are smarter than the Bears), so this one may end up being a blowout. Winner – Eagles.
Buffalo @ Green Bay – The tundra isn’t quite frozen yet, but the Packers are feeling a little sick from losing their starting RB, Ryan Grant, in their first game. Because of Aaron Rodgers, they can pretty much insert running back X and keep that machine moving. The Packers defense seems to be close to mid-season form and the Bills don’t have anyone. Winner – Packers.
Tampa Bay @ Carolina – Well, Week 2 and it seems as though Matt Moore will start this game, but if he does, I don’t expect him to end it on the field. We will probably end up with a Jimmy Clausen sighting preparing for his Week 3 start. Neither team is loaded but I bet against the Bucs last week and lost. Winner – Bucs.
Seattle @ Denver – I don’t think many people outside of Pete Carroll’s office thought they would play like they did last week. Is this a sign of things to come or an anomaly? They go to Denver who may be able to provide them with some issues on the defensive side of the ball, but I’m not sure anywhere else. I don’t actually believe this, but I’m going with,…..Winner – Seahawks.
St. Louis @ Oakland – Talk about two bad teams (at least right now). The Raiders will once again turn to Darren McFadden to see if he can pull the load, which he should against this defense. Maybe they’ll even open things up a little for Jason Campbell and this one should be over by halftime. Winner – Raiders.
Houston @ Washington – This is the test for the Texans. You come off a game where many thought you couldn’t beat the Colts and now you get a team in the Redskins that everyone expects you to beat. Are the Texans going to step up? We know Arian Foster won’t get 231 in this game, but I expect a better performance out of Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. I liked the Redskins on defense last week and if they can keep that up, this won’t be the cakewalk that many think it will be. This is the Texans year. Winner – Texans.
New England @ New York Jets – I love the trash talk. We all know that Moss plays when he wants and this is probably one of those where he plays. Revis has a built in excuse with his sore hammy, but this will come down to whether the Pats can protect Brady. As we saw in their game against the Ravens, they are going to bring it all day. The Jets are just limited on offense with Shonn Greene (the dropsies) and Sanchez not wanting to complete a pass for more than 9 yards. Winner – Patriots.
Jacksonville @ San Diego – Chargers, are you ready to start the season yet? You are already looking up to the Chiefs in your division, and that should never happen. Jacksonville surprised last week with a decent performance, but I expect the Chargers to be extra motivated after that debacle last week. Winner – Chargers.
New York Giants @ Indianapolis – I guess this is Manning Bowl Part Deux. Normally the better Manning should win this game and I think that holds. Note to insurance agents, if an individual named Bob Sanders applies for any type of insurance, you probably want to deny him, he’s accident prone. The Colts defense will be okay with Bullitt back there, but Peyton seemed to be already in mid-season form. I’m just not a believer in Eli. Winner – Colts.
New Orleans @ San Francisco – I can already see it, Mike Singletary addressing the media after this game,…’I’d like to thank the Saints for kicking our a$$ like that because it’s something we need to learn from’. Winner – Saints.
Who you got?