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Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Buffalo Bills at Green Bay Packers (-12.5)
The Green Bay Packers opened the 2010 with a big victory in Philadelphia. Philly almost came back under Vick, but the Bills don’t have any quarterback like Vick. The Bills opened 2010 as expected: A defeat to the Miami Dolphins with a dismal offensive performance.
The Bills had one of the NFL’s best past defenses in 2009 and that’s expected to continue in 2010. The Bills cornerbacks and Ryan Grant’s injury should help Buffalo maintain the Packers offense. Aaron Rodgers needs to settle down as the MVP discussions may be getting him a little rattled… that, and the Packers offensive line play.
I’m very confident in a Packers victory. I do think it’ll be closer than many Packer fans like myself would like it because of the Bills defense. The biggest question is will Trent Edwards be able to do anything against the Packers front-7 pass rush? Seeing how Vick’s athleticism and LeSean McCoy as a receiving back torched the Packers defense, expect them to use C.J. Spiller in this game for some big play advantage.
I did take the 13 points with Buffalo. However, while I think Buffalo’s defense will give the Packers problems, the Bills offense will give them too many opportunities and Edwards will struggle against the Packers defense. Packers should win by 13-20.
Straight & Against the Spread: Green Bay Packers (-12.5)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Baltimore Ravens (-2.0) at Cincinnati Bengals
The Baltimore Ravens secondary should be tested in week 2 against Chris Palmer and the Cincinnati Bengals receiving unit of Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. The Bengals are desperate for a victory and have home field advantage, and I expect a tight game that the Bengals will pull out in the closing minutes. To me, the 2 points sounds like Vegas is trying to take advantage of the Ravens hype. Bengals steal one here but will be .500ish throughout the year.
Straight & Against the Spread: Cincinnati Bengals (+2.0)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (-5.0)
I can tell you that much of the Titans domination was because of the Raiders ineptness. The Raiders were plagued with tons of penalties and had multiple occasions where the center couldn’t convert a snap to Campbell. Raiders are the worst coached team in the league and I’m not sure if it’s even close.
The Steelers will be with Dennis Dixon and will bring their vaunted defense to Tennessee. Pittsburgh has always had a strong rushing defense, so Johnson’s production could be limited.
In a defensive struggle, you have to love the 5 points that the Steelers get. The Titans can’t get arrogant over their victory against the Raiders because the Steelers are a more talented and better disciplined team.
Against the Spread: Pittsburgh Steelers (+5.0)
Straight: Tennessee Titans
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys (-7.5)
After a horrendous opening season loss to Washington, the Cowboys can’t start the season 0-2. Super Bowl aspirations will turn into coaching controversies…although they already should be.
Fortunately, they’ll get the Chicago Bears in week 2. The Cowboys have way too much talent to succumb to the Bears, but it’s hard taking 7 ½ points after seeing how pathetic Dallas’s offense has been since the preseason. They may not need it, however; Jay Cutler is bound to throw some meatballs towards the Dallas defense.
Then again, I don’t have much faith in Alex Barron covering the Chicago Bears DEs (Julius Peppers), either. I just don’t have the confidence in the Cowboys covering anything over 7 right now against anybody.
Against the Spread: Chicago Bears (+7.5)
Straight: Dallas Cowboys
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Philadelphia Eagles (-6) at Detroit Lions
The statuses of Kevin Kolb and Matthew Stafford are unknown. The Eagles defense forced 2 Aaron Rodgers interceptions in what proved to be one, if not, the worst performance in Rodgers career. Expect the Eagles to completely smother Shaun Hill or Mike Stanton defensively and win by double digits. Be even more confident if Michael Vick plays.
Straight & Against the Spread: – Philadelphia Eagles (-6)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Tampa Bay Buccaneers () at Carolina Panthers (-3.5)
With young quarterbacks and defenses, this should be a tight game. Look for the Panthers to pull it out at home, however.
Straight & Against the Spread: – Carolina Panthers (-3.5)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
The Atlanta Falcons started a season of Super Bowl aspirations with a loss in Pittsburgh. Arizona barely escaped St. Louis with a 17-13 victory.
The Falcons must win this game. If they lose, they’re probably losing to New Orleans in the Superdome in week 3. The Falcons are going to be desperate, and the Cardinals are not a good team. The Falcons are 13-3 at home in the past 2 seasons, so expected a spirited effort in their home opener.
Straight & Against the Spread: Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Are the Chiefs for real? After being trounced by San Diego twice in 2009, they upset the Chargers in week 1 21-14. If they can defeat the Chargers by 7, then how are they an underdog to Cleveland?
You have to consider the weather and big plays that propelled the Chiefs. The Chiefs won, but they were outgained nearly by nearly double in yardage and time of possession. The Chiefs won based on a criticla turnover deep in Charger territory, a punt return, and a 56 yard run by Jamaal Charles. Matt Cassell looked like he was competing with Mark Sanchez for NFL’s worst starting QB (honestly, what’s with the horrible QBs this year)? Don’t forget that Arrowhead is one of the league’s best home field advantages whenever the Chiefs field an actual NFL team.
I think it was just one of those nights for the Chargers and the Chiefs should be complimented for their opportunistic play. They’ll need to defeat Cleveland on the road before I’d even consider them a AFC West contender in 2010.
Straight & Against the Spread: Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings (-5.5)
The Minnesota Vikings looked out-of-sync offensively against the New Orleans Saints, but they must win their next two games. After games against MIA and DET, the Vikings will play DAL, NYJ, GB, NE, and ARZ, all playoff teams from 2009. They must get these next two or playoffs will become questionable in Minnesota.
The Vikings are always tougher at home. They’ll have 3 extra days to prepare for the Dolphins. They’re desperate, have home field advantage, and more time to prepare for the Dolphins. I’m pretty confident in a Vikings victory, but I’d take the 5.5 points with the Dolphins (though I’m not overly confident in that).
Against the Spread: Miami Dolphins (+5.5)
Straight: Minnesota Vikings
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos (-3)
The Seattle Seahawks throttled the San Francisco 49ers in week 1, so it’s tempting to jump on the Seahawks bandwagon. I’ve been a Pete Carroll critic so they certainly surprised me, but don’t forget that Seattle was one of the league’s most feared home field advantages before their disastrous 2009 season.
A convincing road victory would be more impressive. Currently, I believe they’ll be a team who performs well at home and will struggle on the road. They’ll need to win a road game against the Broncos before I buy into the Seahawks rebirth, but I do like the points.
Against the Spread: Seattle Seahawks (+3.0)
Straight: Denver Broncos
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: St. Louis Rams at Oakland Raiders (-3.5)
These could be the NFL’s two worst teams. The Oakland Raiders couldn’t even snap the ball correctly. They were extremely undisciplined with penalties, had numerous mishaps in their defense that resulted in long passing and rushing touchdowns, and the offensive line was nearly non-existent against the Tennessee Titans. Tom Cable’s hot seat is burning, and I’m uncertain that he’ll survive the season.
Sam Bradford will start his second game with the Rams. He had 55 passing attempts against the Cardinals, so the Rams must concentrate on giving Stephen Jackson the ball.
The Raiders have the advantage because they’re the home team. Raiders will win in a sloppy, low scoring game.
Against the Spread: St. Louis Rams (+3.5)
Straight: Oakland Raiders
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Houston Texans (-3) at Washington Redskins
The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins were involved in week 1 upsets. Houston defeated the defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts and look like they may finally live up to preseason playoff hype. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys in an ugly 13-7 victory that was plagued by Dallas penalties.
Washington has always played competitively at home and had a good defense to keep games close. Their offense is a work in progress, and I don’t see them hanging around with the Texans.
Straight & Against the Spread: Houston Texans (-3)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers (-7)
After out-gaining the Chiefs by nearly twice as many yards and time of possession, the Chargers are 0-1. Norv Turner never has this team ready to start the season and this team loses way too many games they should win.
Jacksonville is an interesting game. Kyle Orton nearly threw for 300 yards against the Jaguars secondary, so Phillip Rivers could have another sound performance against a subpar secondary. On the other hand, the Chargers run defense suffered with the loss of Jamaal Williams and the Jacksonville Jaguars could exploit the Chargers run defense with Maurice Jones-Drew.
This is truly a cross-country trip for Jacksonville. The Chargers should win this game, and 8 points isn’t impossible. However, the Chargers are too inconsistent this early to have faith in them covering an 8 point spread. They should win by 10-17… but they probably won’t. Not confident in this pick, so I’d take the points.
Against the Spread: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)
Straight: San Diego Chargers
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: New England Patriots (-3) at New York Jets
The combination of Mark Sanchez and Schottenheimer puts the Jets amongst the worst offenses in the league. Right now, I see the Jets as the Buffalo Bills with a super defense. You can’t be so imbalanced against the New England Patriots. Tom Brady will carve Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie up. The Patriots will want to send a message to the Jets after running their mouths about being Super Bowl champions all off-season. That’s not how you do things the Patriot way, Jets!
Straight & Against the Spread: New England Patriots (-3)
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (-5.0)
Eli Manning vs. Peyton Manning. The Colts started the season off with a loss against the Texans while the New York Giants had an impressive second half showing against the Panthers that helped them to a 31-18 victory.
The Colts have the league’s worst rushing defense as they gave up nearly 260 yards rushing to the Texans. The Giants love running the ball, and Eli will want to outdo his brother. At the same time, the Colts need a victory in week 2 because the Titans, Jaguars, and Texans all started 1-0.
Peyton Manning won’t let this game slide. I’m not guaranteeing a big victory, but they’ll win.
Against the Spread: New York Giants (+5.0)
Straight: Indianapolis Colts
Week 2 NFL Predictions against the Spread: New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers came into 2010 as the preseason favorite to win the NFC West. Their preseason accolades may have gotten them overconfident against the Seahawks. Despite a 31-6 defeat, they actually outgained the Seahawks offense in yards and time of possession. The 49ers had 45 passing attempts to 19 rushing attempts… the 49ers can’t have these stat lines with Alex Smith as their signal caller.
The 49ers have home field advantage, desperation, and will be playing on prime-time against the defending Super Bowl champions. However, how can the 49ers offense keep up with the Saints? Alex Smith will be vulnerable to the Saints opportunistic defense, and the Saints have had nearly 2 weeks for preparation.
Drew Brees versus Alex Smith. Can’t pick against Brees. The only chance the 49ers have is if they can exploit the Saints run defense with Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon while shortening the game with time of possession. Saints can cheat 8 in the box the entire game, however. Saints win, and I’d give the points.
Straight & Against the Spread: New Orleans Saints (-5.5)
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