Saturday, September 19, 2009

2009 Week 2 Game Predictions

I didn't end up having time posting my Week 1 picks because I went to the Dolphins-Falcons game, but you'll just have to trust that I went 11-5 with my picks. It's not that impressive and I should have done better, but oh well.

Last week's record: 11-5
Season record: 11-5

Falcons over Panthers — These divisional games are always close, but I have to go with Atlanta as the home team and the team with the better quarterback situation at the moment.

Vikings over Lions — It's going to take a couple wins by Detroit before I'll ever pick them, and even then it would have to be a really favorable situation for them, which is hard to imagine. Adrian Peterson and the Vikings should roll over the Lions as the losing streak continues.

Packers over Bengals — I think Cincinnati will improve on their dismal 2008 performance with the return of Carson Palmer, but Green Bay is just too good team all-around and they have to be the pick this week.

Titans over Texans — I'm not too high on Tennessee this season, but they should be able to beat Houston in this one. The Texans do seem to play their division opponents well though, so an upset wouldn't surprise me.

Chiefs over Raiders — Kansas City played much better than expected in Week 1 despite not having their starting quarterback in Matt Cassel. Meanwhile, JaMarcus Russell was pretty bad against San Diego on Monday night, so I'm going to ride the hot hand in KC.

Patriots over Jets — Sorry Kerry Rhodes, but I think you're going to be the only one embarrassed tomorrow. New England got off to a bit of a slow start against the Bills, but I expect them to get hot soon, I don't think rookie Mark Sanchez will be able to keep up with Tom Brady.

Saints over Eagles — This one would be very tough to pick if Donovan McNabb were playing. But, as it stands, Kevin Kolb will get the start, and I just don't see him being able to keep up with the league's hottest offense in a shootout. Even against a great Eagles secondary, Drew Brees is simply going to put up way too many points for Kolb to match.

Redskins over Rams — The Redskins are a solid all-around team and played the Giants very well in Week 1. They get a bit of a break with an out-of-division game against St. Louis and should capitalize.

Cardinals over Jaguars — The defending NFC champions were caught a little off-guard in Week 1, as they were upset by the San Francisco 49ers. I think they rebound here in a high-scoring performance against Jacksonville.

Bills over Buccaneers — This one is a bit of a tough one to call, as both had their good moments in some tough losses in Week 1. The Bills lost a heart-breaker late against New England, but I predict they don't let those emotions carry over and instead get their first win.

49ers over Seahawks — San Francisco surprised Arizona in Week 1, and I predict they win their second straight divisional game here. Seattle just doesn't impress me outside of a handful of players, and I don't see them doing much this year.

Steelers over Bears — I don't think Jay Cutler will have many games as bad as the one last week against Green Bay, but I also don't see him rebounding enough to put together a win against a tough Steelers defense. Chicago's secondary is also suspect with some changes at safety, while their defense overall just got much weaker with the loss of Brian Urlacher.

Broncos over Browns — Denver played better than expected in Week 1, even if they did win primarily due to a lucky pass deflection that receiver Brandon Stokley took all the way for a score. The Browns, however, just don't impress me at all.

Ravens over Chargers — San Diego wasn't all that impressive against a poor Raiders team in Week 1. I like Philip Rivers a lot, but the absences of LaDainian Tomlinson and nose tackle Jamal Williams (the latter placed on season-ending IR) will hurt against a sound Baltimore team.

Cowboys over Giants — NFC East matchups are just complete toss-ups, aren't they? I'm a big fan of this Dallas team and I'll take them in a close shootout, but who really knows...

Colts over Dolphins — I hope I get this one wrong and I would love if Miami rebounded from their dismal performance against Atlanta, but that's just not the sensible pick. Indianapolis is the better team right now, and I'm very worried about what Dallas Clark and Dwight Freeney could do against Miami's weak spots.