Below are my picks for week 2. Most of the point spreads are already up, so here is what I think!
Tampa Bay @ Carolina (Sunday, 1:00pm)
The spread for this game isn't up yet, but I am guessing it will be something like -8 for Carolina. Tampa is coming off a close win at home against Cleveland, but Cleveland doesn't rock, they suck. Carolina's quarterback inefficiency was a big problem for them last week against the Giants. However, despite not having the most important position in order, I would pick them to win this game at a spread of -8 or lower. If the spread were something outrageous like 10+, I would pick Tampa.
Don't be fooled, they don't rock...
Chicago @ Dallas -9 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
Dallas losing last week was a shock for me, and the Bears nearly lost at home to the Lions. -9 is a pretty sizable spread, but I'm picking Dallas here because they can score points in a hurry, and I am not expecting Chicago to do anything on offense.
Pittsburgh @ Tennessee -5.5 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
Even with all of Pittsburgh's off the field problems, they showed up in a big way last week against Atlanta. Their offense is still not clicking on all cylinders, but their defense shut down Matt Ryan. Chris Johnson is an absolute beast, and Vince Young is going to have a great year, but in this game I'm taking Pittsburgh.
Miami @ Minnesota -6 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
This is a really hard one to pick. Miami won last week on the road at Buffalo, and Minnesota lost last week at New Orleans. I wouldn't want to bet on this game, but I reluctantly think Miami will keep it close enough.
Arizona @ Atlanta ? 7 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
Arizona won in a very non-emphatic manner last week on the road at St. Louis, and Atlanta could not move the ball last week against the Steelers. At home, I am picking the Falcon's to score a lot of points and win emphatically.
Kansas City @ Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00pm)
The spread is not up on this game, and it is no surprise why. I don't know how you could come up with a spread on this game because entering the season, Kansas City was not supposed to do much at all. However, last week they shocked the Chargers, and Cleveland lost to a really bad Tampa Bay team. It is at home for Cleveland, and I have heard that their team is supposed to be improved from last year, so I would imagine the spread would be something like -3 for Kansas City, but I really have no idea. I think Kansas City will win this game, and I would bet on them with a spread of up to -5.
Baltimore @ Cincinnati +2 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
This is another game I wouldn't want to bet on. Baltimore proved that they can win on the road, but Cincinnati has so much talent that I wouldn't think they would start the season off 0-2. Coming off a disappointing loss at New England, if they don't win this game, they could be in for a tough season. With all of that being said, the Ravens defense looks too strong to pick against right now. I would take Baltimore here.
Philadelphia @ Detroit +6 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
Stafford is out for 6-8 weeks, and although Kevin Kolb may not start either, Vick proved he can put points on the board last week. I personally think Vick is a much better quarterback than Kolb anyway. I think Philly will easily win this game.
Watching vintage Vick highlights is always fun...
Buffalo @ Green Bay -14 (Sunday, 1:00pm)
Yikes! 14 points is an enormous spread, but Green Bay has a dynamic passing game, and although their running back is out, Buffalo is awful. I think this will be a high scoring game, with the majority of the points for Green Bay. I'd pick Green Bay to cover that enormous spread.
Denver proved how far they have fallen when they lost to Jacksonville. I was nothing short of floored after Seattle had their way with the 49er's. The 49'ers looked like they had spent too much time at the saloons. I'm picking Seattle here, although I may be drinking their cool-aid too early.
St. Louis @ Oakland -3.5 (Sunday, 4:05)
St. Louis didn't embarrass themselves at home last week against the Cardinals, and Oakland looked uninterested in improving their team at all from last season last week against the heavily favored Titans. My head tells me to take Oakland, but my heart tells me St. Louis, and like Rocky, I'm all heart.
New England @ New York Jets +3 (Sunday, 4:15pm)
All of the fun in Jets camp will go away really quickly if they start off the season 0-2. Next week they have a tough game on the road against the Dolphins as well. Conceivably, they could be 0-3. The Patriots looked really strong against the Bengals last week, but the Jets defense is much tougher. Rex Ryan announced that Revis has a ?tight hamstring?, so if Revis is limited, I would take the Patriots. He is supposed to play and guard Moss, so if he can lock him down like he has in the past, I would take the Jets to win in a low scoring game. If the Jets offensive coordinator decides to take the kid gloves off and have Sanchez attempt a pass longer than 10 yards down field, the Jets could win. With all being considered, I'm picking the Jets here.
Houston @ Washington +3 (Sunday, 4:15)
Houston shocked us all when they upset the Colts last week. Washington too looked great last week against Dallas. I'm picking Washington at home, although Houston looks like they are for real this year.
Jacksonville @ San Diego -7 (Sunday, 4:15)
If you ask me, next to the 49er's, the Charger's were the most disappointing team last week. How do they get beat down by the Chiefs? Jacksonville looked strong last week against the Broncos, and if you count pre-season, they are on a three game winning streak. I'm picking Jacksonville to keep it close enough to cover.
New York Giants @ Indianapolis -6 (Sunday, 8:20pm)
I'm picking Manning. Hahahahaha. The Texans did a great job of keeping the Colts offense off the field, but I don't see how the Colts can start 0-2. They lost Bob Sanders for the season yet again, but I don't remember the last time that guy hasn't been injured, so I am sure they can get on without him. The Giants looked strong at home against a team with a guy who would have trouble making some college rosters, but they will be getting a real test this week. I have to take the Colts here, and I am expecting a good game.
New Orleans @ San Francisco +6 (Monday, 8:35pm)
As dumb as I will feel if the niner's can win this game, I can't in good conscious pick them with a spread of less than a touchdown. I think their head coach will have them on their best behavior, but their quarterback play last week was dismal, and the Saints haven't shown any reason why they shouldn't repeat as Superbowl champs.