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Friday, September 17, 2010

NFL Picks: Week 2

Baltimore (1-0) at Cincinnati (0-1)
After taking a half just to wake up in New England, the Bengals will come into this game more prepared and a little humbled. The Ravens offense fell far short of their anticipated greatness in week 1, but as Boldin and Housh get their timing down with Joe Flacco the offense should improve to compliment a solid defense. This one goes down to the wire.
Trevor's Pick: Cincinnati Bengals 19-17

Chicago (1-0) at Dallas (0-1)
In a fair universe both of these teams would be 0-1, but this is the real world and the Bears look to stay undefeated in Jerryland. Unlike most ESPN analysts, I'm just not buying the Cowboys as the second best team in the NFC. The Bears running game took a huge step up with the acquisition of Chester Taylor from the Vikes in the off-season, but they still lack any real players at wide receiver. A snoozer.
Trevor's Pick: Dallas Cowboys 13-9
Philadelphia (0-1) at Detroit (0-1)
In a battle of two teams without their starting quarterbacks this one has to come down to the better defense. The Eagles looked good against a potentially high-powered Packers offense in week 1 and the Lions were sufficient against an unproven Bears offense. If Vick goes over Kolb it does give the Eagles an edge at quarterback. Not the game of the week.
Trevor's Pick: Philadelphia Eagles 27-13

Arizona (1-0) at Atlanta (0-1)
Arizona was lucky to escape St. Louis with a win. They have a quarterback controversy between an interception machine and a rookie (I still say getting rid of Matt Leinart was a good idea). Atlanta came up short in a slug-fest with the Steelers where they only managed 9 points. Matt Ryan is one of the most overrated quarterbacks in the league and they lack weapons on offense. This one may come down to who can produce more turnovers.
Trevor's Pick: Arizona Cardinals 21-17

Kansas City (1-0) at Cleveland (0-1)
There's not much to say here. The Chiefs look better (even though they were dominated statistically by the Chargers). The Browns look like they will continue to find ways to lose games. If they can't beat the Bucs they can't beat the Chiefs.
Trevor's Pick: Kansas City Chiefs 31-10

Buffalo (0-1) at Green Bay (1-0)
Want to see a blowout? This is your game. The Packers are at home after an average performance in Philly. The Bills are looking at joining the WAC.
Trevor's Pick: Green Bay Packers 40-6

Pittsburgh (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
Two words: Dennis Dixon. He had enough to get the job done against the Falcons, but Tennessee looks like a top third team in the NFL. Pittsburgh's defense will have to have a gargantuan performance if they even want to stay in this one. They're capable of it, but they can't make any mistakes. The Steelers focus on Chris Johnson in this one and Vince Young gets it done through the air.
Trevor's Pick: Tennessee Titans 17-13

Tampa Bay (1-0) at Carolina (0-1)
I'm not sure this one is even worth picking. Needless to say I won't stop at this one while flipping through the Sunday Ticket lineup.
Trevor's Pick: Carolina Panthers 20-10

Miami (1-0) at Minnesota (0-1)
The question here is whether or not Minnesota will show up. Brett looks and sounds like he wishes he was watching from the couch this year, Percy Harvin looked like he pulled an all-nighter and was hungover in the Saints game, and Bernard Berrian forgot how to catch a football. The Dolphins are an improved time and while they may be getting a little more national love than they deserve they can easily win this game if the Vikings don't pull it together.
Trevor's Pick: Minnesota Vikings 23-21

St. Louis (0-1) at Oakland (0-1)
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be anymore horrible games on the docket you get this one. The only intrigue here is seeing the continued development of Sam Bradford.
Trevor's Pick: Oakland Raiders 14-13

Seattle (1-0) at Denver (0-1)
Seattle might be good. Denver isn't very good. I am a Kyle Orton fan and I believe he can lead the Broncos to a better record than many think, but that still works out to about 7-9. I'm looking forward to this game because I think we'll find out a lot about Seattle. They had a big win against the 49ers and now it's time to see if they can keep it going.
Trevor's Pick: Seattle Seahawks 20-17

Houston (1-0) at Washington (1-0)
It's no secret, I'm on the Houston Texans fan bus. Not because I've traditionally been a fan but because I like watching them play on both sides of the ball and believe this is the year they put it all together and make the playoffs. Washington looked okay in their opener, but they barely beat a Dallas team that will prove over time that they're average. The only danger for Houston here is letting down after the big win over Indy.
Trevor's Pick: Houston Texans 19-9

New England (1-0) at New York Jets (0-1)
The Jets are the most overrated team in the NFL and it's not close. They've smack-talked their way into having people think they're good enough to challenge for the Super Bowl, but I don't think they'll even make the playoffs. Mark Sanchez is an average quarterback at best, they lost Thomas Jones, and the defense is going to get tired of trying to hold other teams in single digits to have a chance at winning. New England looked great in week 1 and there's no reason to think that won't be the case again.
Trevor's Pick: New England Patriots 28-12

Jacksonville (1-0) at San Diego (0-1)
This game is interesting (don't you love when someone tells you something is interesting? That usually means it's not all that interesting, but in this case I think it really is, really.). By the end of the season the Chargers will be a better team, but right now they look like they're struggling with the holdouts of key players. Under Norv Turner they also start slow every year and then come on strong at the end. Jacksonville, on the other hand, is just a solid but not great NFL team. They have an average quarterback, great running back, and decent defense. If this was week 12 I'd take the Chargers, but in this case...
Trevor's Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars 17-14

New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis (0-1)
Mmmm...two Manning brothers. That reminds me of me and my brother doing this blog. They should tie so everyone can be happy and the Mannings have a nice family dinner afterward. Since ties aren't a regular occurrence I guess I have to pick someone. Peyton Manning is the only thing I believe about the Colts, but that's more than I believe about the Giants.
Trevor's Pick: Indianapolis Colts 24-21

New Orleans (1-0) at San Francisco (0-1)
Let's hope the 49ers are better than their showing against the Seahawks or this game will end up 100-3. I do think the 49ers have some good talent, but Alex Smith doesn't have what it takes to be a great NFL quarterback. New Orleans may not be the best team in the league but they're pretty dang good. After a slow start last week against the Vikings they've had a long week to prepare for an overrated 49ers team still reeling from last week's whipping at the hands of the Seahawks.
Trevor's Pick: New Orleans Saints 31-13

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