NFL Week 2 Picks

Friday September 17, 2010

Welcome to the second week of the NFL. The first week showed teams who were NOT who we thought they were, players rising from out of nowhere, and interesting scenarios on how this season will play out. I opened my pick segment with a 9-7 record. Here’s what I got wrong:

THU, SEP 9 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Minnesota at New Orleans 8:30 PM

NBC

Superdome
SUN, SEP 12 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Carolina at NY Giants 1:00 PM

FOX

New Meadowlands Stadium
Atlanta at Pittsburgh X 1:00 PM

FOX

Heinz Field
Cleveland at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM

CBS

Raymond James Stadium
Denver at Jacksonville 1:00 PM

CBS

EverBank Field
Indianapolis at Houston X 1:00 PM

CBS

Reliant Stadium
Miami at Buffalo 1:00 PM

CBS

Ralph Wilson Stadium
Detroit at Chicago 1:00 PM

FOX

Soldier Field
Oakland
at Tennessee

(s.o.)
1:00 PM

CBS

LP Field
Cincinnati at New England 1:00 PM

CBS

Gillette Stadium
Arizona at St. Louis X 4:15 PM

FOX

Edward Jones Dome
San Francisco at Seattle X 4:15 PM

FOX

Qwest Field
Green Bay at Philadelphia 4:15 PM

FOX

Lincoln Financial Field
Dallas at Washington X 8:20 PM

NBC

FedEx Field
MON, SEP 13 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Baltimore at NY Jets X 7:00 PM

ESPN

New Meadowlands Stadium
San Diego at Kansas City X 10:15 PM

ESPN

Arrowhead Stadium

I saw seven games this week, so here are my first impressions from each team:

Vikings at Saints: both teams looked okay, showing rust in their game plans. Favre looked decent (considering the age), but Peterson looked amazing. They probably should have given him more carries in the second half. The Saints looked better, utilizing their running game and passing game. Both teams will improve as the season goes along.

Panthers at Giants: the Giants finally beat the Panthers at home. It was a good Giant victory to open the New Meadowlands. Let’s see what they can do without the 12th man. The Panthers have some holes in their offense. QB Matt Moore already has a concussion. Their running game and defense looked terrible. They must step up and put this loss behind them.

Bengals at Patriots: the Bengals need help, while the Patriots should do just fine. They must settle the dynamic egos of Ochocinco & T.O. The Patriots looked like the usual; a healthy Welker, determined Moss and Brady should lead the Pats to another successful season.

Cardinals at Rams: I thought Bradford did okay in his debut, despite throwing three interceptions. He threw too many passes, which should tell you about their running game. The Cardinals looked okay, but WR Larry Fitzgerald has a knee injury. Will he play this week, and how bad is the injury?

Cowboys at Redskins: shocking is the word for this game. The Redskins’ victory wasn’t shocking, but the way they won surprised me. If that holding call wasn’t called, the Cowboys would not be panicking at this time. This will be an interesting year for the NFC East.

Ravens at Jets: the Ravens looked a lot better from the Jets, but this defensive game showed why they are two of the best defenses in football today. Ravens QB Joe Flacco needs to rebound after getting rocked, but their running game carried the offense through a tough game. Jets QB Mark Sanchez might be entering his sophomore slump, which is not what the Jets need for their potential Super Bowl campaign.

Chargers at Chiefs: the game that shocked most experts was this one. The Chargers looked horrible against the fast and young Chiefs. They might be a team that could give many others problems. The Chiefs could be a fun and intriguing team to watch this season.

Here are my picks for Week 2 (the s.o. stands for the shutout game):

SUN, SEP 19 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
Pittsburgh at Tennessee 1:00 PM

CBS

LP Field
Miami at Minnesota 1:00 PM

CBS

Metrodome
Arizona at Atlanta 1:00 PM

FOX

Georgia Dome
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM

CBS

Paul Brown Stadium
Kansas City at Cleveland
(s.o.)
1:00 PM

CBS

Cleveland Browns Stadium
Chicago at Dallas 1:00 PM

FOX

Cowboys Stadium
Philadelphia at Detroit 1:00 PM

FOX

Ford Field
Buffalo at Green Bay 1:00 PM

CBS

Lambeau Field
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM

FOX

Bank of America Stadium
Seattle at Denver 4:05 PM

FOX

Invesco Field at Mile High
St. Louis at Oakland 4:05 PM

FOX

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Houston at Washington 4:15 PM

CBS

FedEx Field
New England at NY Jets 4:15 PM

CBS

New Meadowlands Stadium
Jacksonville at San Diego 4:15 PM

CBS

Qualcomm Stadium
NY Giants at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

NBC

Lucas Oil Stadium
MON, SEP 20 TIME (ET)

TV

LOCATION
New Orleans at San Francisco 8:30 PM

ESPN

Candlestick Park

Now here’s my game of the week:

Game of the Week:

Welcome to the Manning Bowl! The Colts return home to take on the Giants. This family feud is arguably the biggest in sports. Both are Super Bowl MVPs, and both are eager to get the Lombardi Trophy back in their possession. Yet, they’ll continue their campaign against each other. The Colts looked bad against a rising Texan team last week, while the Giants opened their season by dominating the Panthers. Both teams are looking to make a statement. The Giants want to prove they are a contender. The Colts want to prove that they are still relevant for this season. Either the Giants will be exposed, or the Colts will be forced to rebound from an 0-2 start.

Prediction: Colts 27-17

Good luck with your teams and your picks

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyrighted @ 2007

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One thought on “NFL Week 2 Picks

  1. Good luck with ur picks this weekend….u really didn’t do so hreat last week…9-7?????? Anyway, I’m not into football + standings too much, I enjoy a game here + there. Can’t wait for MLB playoffs…….NYY, now that’s what I like!!!!:)

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