Thursday, September 11, 2008

NFL week two picks

Crazy opening week. Who could have predicted the drama, or indeed the scorelines. Lost somewhat in the madness were the two big shock scores as both the Chargers and Colts lost to big underdogs.

Some of us actually saw this coming

Bears +9.5 over Colts (H)
Panthers +9 over Chargers (H)

Of course some of us also said this;

Patriots -38 (H) over Chiefs

Oh boy.

Overall I was happy with my week one picks going a decent 11-5 against the spread. Can I keep this up in week two? Let's find out!

In order of how Pineapple Express I feel about the picks..
(In other words, I really, really like Arizona, and the movie Pineapple Express)

Miami at Arizona (-6 1/2) -
I have to admit I am not a huge 'Zona fan, they are just a little paper thin sometimes against bigger ball clubs, however Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin are going to absolutely torch Miami at home this week. This could be the kind of game that people suddenly start talking about 'Zona as outsiders, and then they will fall flat in subsequent weeks. This week though, Arizona in a landslide.

Saints at Redskins (Pick em)
Even with Colston out the Saints still have too many weapons for the punchless Redskins. Saints, Saints, Saints!!

Buffalo at Jacksonville (-5 1/2) -
Their offensive line was brutalized in the opener: Vince Manuwai suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Maurice Williams ruptured his right biceps muscle, not to mention backup Uche Nwaneri taking a hit to his left knee. The Jaguars are a mess, hit by injuries and a general lack of cohesion. The Bills, on the other hand, have hit the ground running and should not only cover, they could actually win. Bills with the points.

NY Giants (-8 1/2) at St. Louis -
The Giants have the power and the finesse to absolutely destroy St.Louis. Bulger will be on the run all day while Eli can play-action them to death behind his strong offensive line. Giants in a landslide.

Green Bay (-3) at Detroit -
Welcome to the official Aaron Rodgers coming out party! After getting his feet wet last week, Rodgers and the Pack absolutely annihilate a completely clueless Lions team. Packers with consummate ease.

New England at NY Jets (-1 1/2) -
Randy Moss, Richard Seymore, Wes Welker, Mike Vrabel, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maloney. Ellis Hobbes, Jarvis Green, Tedy Bruschi, Adalius Thomas and Rodney Harrison. Eleven reasons why New England are going to make a huge statement this Sunday night. New England straight up.

Tennessee at Cincinnati (-1)
Football is a team game, and the Titans are a vastly superior team to the Bungles.
Titans straight up.

San Francisco at Seattle (-7) -
Another brutal game. Cutting to the chase quickly, Seattle have an all-round better ball club. Seattle with home advantage against the spread.

Baltimore at Houston (-4 1/2) -
Do we have to pick a winner here? Do they still do ties in the NFL? A rookie QB against a team that looked like it would struggle against a D3 College side last week. Houston do play better at home and Schaub to Andre Johnson should be enough to see them through. Houston against the spread, just!

Oakland at Kansas City (-3 1/2) -
Kind of a tough start for Oakland, Denver and then at Arrowhead where the mediocre (at best) Chiefs are actually reasonably tough to beat. Oakland just aren't good enough to win here, yet. Maybe in two years. Not now though. Kansas by ten.

Indianapolis (-2) at Minnesota -
Wait a second, hold on. The hobbled Colts, with their porous run defence. are travelling to Minnesota to play The Vikings featuring Adrian Peterson? Um, where can I sign up to take the Vikings plus the two points?

Atlanta at Tampa Bay (-7) -
Can I go out on a limb and say Matt Ryan controlled the tempo of the Falcon's win last weekend? Is it totally out of reason to think the upstart birds can at least stay within seven against the dour Bucs? Let's try it out. Atlanta with a touchdown.

Pittsburgh (-6) at Cleveland -
Things are going to get a bit rough for Romeo this weekend when the Steelers come to town and dismantle the Brownies. Pittsburgh look completely and utterly legitimate. Pittsburgh minus 6.

Philadelphia at Dallas (-7) -
I have no clue. I can't stand Dallas, but begrudgingly admit they are a decent side. The Eagles looked fabulous last week, however the opposition is somewhat superior in week two, even if they are complete clowns. Loving the points though, so Eagles plus a whole touchdown.

Chicago at Carolina (-3)
Both teams pulled of shock wins last week, however one was more dramatic than the other. Yes. Carolina really and truly did go into San Diego and whip the carpet from under LT and the gang's feet. Chicago's win was pretty nifty, however they are traveling to play the team that pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the NFL in the last couple of seasons. Carolina, at home against the spread.

San Diego at Denver (+1.5)
Huh? A wobbly Chargers side travels to the Mile High and gives Denver points? Denver at home straight up, baby.


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