One week of the 17 week grind that is the NFL Regular Season has been completed. Now we enter Week 2. There is a little bit less mysteriousness to each squad. There is a bit more familiarity and film to see what lays ahead. But still, there are a ton of question marks. A ton of teams looking to prove that Week 1 was a fluke, or for those teams that played well, that Week 1 was not a fluke. Once again I go head to head with CV3 on picks.
Week 1 Results: TheSportsKraze: 8 CV3: 9
Steelers at Titans: The Steelers proved me wrong last week. But this week they are on the road with their young 3rd string quarterback in Dennis Dixon. Not to mention they go up against the most dangerous running back in the NFL Chris Johnson. Look for this to be a very competitive game, but expect CJ to be the game’s determining factor. Titans by 3.
Dolphins at Vikings: You think that Brett Favre and the Vikings like losing? Now the Dolphins are a solid team, but you have to like Minnesota in their home opener. The Vikings are a great all around team, that even though they played pretty awful in their opener, they were still in a position to beat the defending champs on the road. Chad Henne, the former Wolverine, will struggle on the road against the outstanding pass rush of the very tough Viking’s defensive line. Brandon Marshall, will have to make a couple of highlight reel plays to keep the boys from Miami in the game. Though I think this game will be competitive most of the way, I got the Vikings by 10 at home.
Cardinals at Falcons: Arizona is flying high after a big week one win at St. Louis. Well not really. They struggled against one of football’s worst teams and looked out of sorts for much of the game. Other than a great 2nd quarter, and the phenomenal play of Steve Breaston, this team did not look like a team ready to make the playoffs for a 3rd consecutive year. The Falcons on the other hand, nearly came away with a victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday. And though their offense only mustered up 9 points, they were going against a whole different animal in the Steeler’s defense. Look for Matt Ryan to connect with Roddy White early and often, and look for Michael Turner to have a big day on the ground. I got the Falcons running away with this one by 13.
Ravens at Bengals: This may be the marquee matchup of the weekend. Two major AFC contenders and divisional rivals going head to head. The Ravens surprised many with a major Monday Night win in New York. While the Bengals shot their load in a bad loss to the New England Patriots. This is a whole new week. And expect to see a different Bengals defense, plus more of the offense you witnessed in the 2nd half of last week’s contest. In the Marvin Lewis/Carson Palmer era, the Bengals are 9 and 5 against the Edgar Allen Poe Bad Boy Ravens. I will state this though. If the Bengals play like they did in the first half of last week’s game even for a quarter, the Ravens will throw the knockout punch early. But I expect Mike Zimmer’s defense to play big time smash mouth defense, and Palmer’s offense to have a big day. I got the Bengals by 3 in a nail biter.
Chiefs at Browns: Can you say Jamaal Charles? Teams have a history of big days on the ground versus the Browns over the years. Well this game will be no different. And though the Browns sport the best return man in football, Josh Cribbs, the Chiefs are not too shabby themselves with rookie Dexter McCluster. The Chiefs were a team that I said would surprise people this year and sneak their way to a pretty solid season. They definitely turned some heads last week with a major upset victory over San Diego. Look for the Chiefs to be 2 and 0 at the end of Sunday. I got KC by 9 over Cleveland.
Bears at Cowboys: Da Bears verse America’s team. No big deal right? Wrong. Both of these teams have a lot to prove after weak performances in Week 1. The Bears escaped against the Lions on a very controversial call. I will state that I thought it was a completed pass to Calvin Johnson. And the Cowboys helped the Redskins shock the world. By beating themselves. This week will be different. Jerry Jones, will not let another team full of big time talent, choke away the season already. Look for the Cowboys to come out with a vengeance and expect Miles Austin to have another big day. Cowboys by 13 running away with this one.
Eagles at Lions: Michael Vick to start again? I feel like it is 2006 all over again. Talk about a time warp. Well both of these teams surprised many with their Week 1 performances. Though the Lions have weapons with guys like Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best. Without their former number 1 draft pick, quarterback Matt Stafford (injured), the Tryin Lions will not get to taste victory for the first time this season. I got Michael Vick leading the Eagles to a 3 point victory in Detroit.
Bills at Packers: Buffalo heads to Cheesehead Country. Well it will not be a pleasant visit. This is the game that I feel could end up with the most lopsided outcome of this week’s batch of contests. The Bills are one of the worst teams in football in my eyes, while the Packers are perhaps the most well-rounded. Look for Aaron Rodgers to make up for last week’s 2 interceptions with a 4 TD performance. Green Bay get excited, as your boys begin the year 2 and 0. I got Green Bay by 17.
Buccaneers at Panthers: Neither of these teams looked great in their openers. Tampa escaped against a weak Cleveland team, while the Panthers were torched by the G Men. This game will be close from the start, with two teams that are towards the bottom tier of the League. At least we may get to see former Notre Dame big shot, Jimmy Clausen, start his first game in the NFL. Believe me, it won’t matter. Buccaneers by 6 in a matchup of two bottom feeders.
Seahawks at Broncos: Seattle may have pulled off the biggest surprise of Week 1. They absolutely killed the hot pick in the NFC West, the 49ers, relentlessly. Matt Hassleback demonstrated great management skills at the QB position, while defensive back, Marcus Trufant, led the D to an outstanding performance. The Broncos on the other hand, surprised many including myself, with a tough loss to the Jaguars. 2 key turnovers killed them last week, and could once again hurt them this week. Kyle Orton threw for nearly 300 yards, going to Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royals with a great frequency. Well the Seattle defense is much tougher than Jacksonville’s, or at least they looked like it last week. I got the Seahawks continuing to surprise and moving to 2 and 0 with a 6 point victory in Denver.
Rams at Raiders: This is a matchup that I could never tune into unless forced. Two of the worst teams in the NFL going head to head. There is really nothing appealing about this one in any way unless you are a Rams or Raiders fan. I think the difference in this one will be Jason Campbell’s mediocre, yet steady play at quarterback. I got the Raiders by 3 at home in a game that I do not recommend watching unless you are a fan of either squad.
Texans at Redskins: Arian Foster, the story of Week 1, takes the Texan’s show to Washington. The way Houston was able to run the ball last week, and the passing attack we know they posses could cause major problems for Washington (or anybody for that matter). Though Washington pulled off perhaps the 2nd biggest upset of Week 1 over America’s team, the Texans destroyed a very tough Colts team. Look for Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson to stay hot in this one. Texans by 10 in D.C.
Patriots at Jets: This is a great matchup. The AFC East favorites locking horns already? Can the Jets recover from last week’s embarrassing offensive performance on Monday Night? Can the Patriots continue to play outstanding? My brain is telling me to pick the Pats in this one, but I got the Jets. Sanchez must wake up to give his team a chance though. The Jets tenacious defense will force Randy Moss onto Revis Island, and the Jets will win this thriller by 1 point.
Jaguars at Chargers: Both of these teams surprised in Week 1. The Jaguars surprised with a win, while the Chargers surprised with a loss. Well, do not expect San Diego to fall to 0 and 2. Especially since they are at home in this game. Norv Turner has led this team to the playoffs every year he has been with them for a reason. They have a tradition of starting slow, having started under 500 through their first 5 games for 3 straight years. But they will take care of business this week. I got SD by 7 at home.
Giants at Colts: I feel bad for the G Men coming off a big time performance last week. They are now facing an angry Colt’s team. And you know what that means? An angry and motivated Peyton Manning. Not what you want to hear as an opponent. Though the Giants are a very good team, good luck in going into Lucas Oil and knocking off Peyton’s Colts coming off of a loss. I got the Colts by 10 in this one.
Saints at 49ers: Two popular picks to bring home their respective divisions. Though I believe the 49ers are much better than what they showed last week, they are playing the defending champs on Prime Time now. Drew Brees, fresh off his debut appearance on the hit television show “Entourage” thrives on the big stage. Sorry San Fran. An 0 and 2 start will not be the end to your season in a weak NFC West by any means. Saints by 9 in this one.
FALCONS over Cardinals by 6- Look for the Falcons offense to have a much better week after facing off with the Steelers. Both teams are playing at a similar level but the home field advantage and Falcon D should be enough to edge the Falcons over the Cardinals.
EAGLES over Lions by 14- No Stafford, no win.
PACKERS over Bills by 10- Packers will roll at home with their offense, even without Ryan Grant. Look for the back-up Brandon Jackson to have a good day. Packers will be one of the teams with an early season winning streak.
Browns over Chiefs by 3- The Chiefs didn’t produce a whole lot when you look at the stats last week. The Browns can match the Chiefs on special teams and defense so I think the Browns have the edge if Delhomme plays. If not it is up in the air with two similar teams.
Cowboys over Bears by 10- The Boys should be embarrassed by their performance against the Skins last week. Jerry Jones will not let that happen in Jerry World. Look for the Cowboys to gel on offense and win a shootout against Jay Cutler and Mike Martz.
Vikings over Dolphins by 6- Vikings are hungry for the W after a repeat loss to the Saints. They are playing at home and they will most likely stick to the run, as opposed to last week. AP should have a decent day with at least 2 TD’s in this one.
Titans over Steelers by 3- The Steeler’s D will not allow Chris Johnson to run all over them. I believe he will get to 100 yards but it will take about 25 carries. This should be another low scoring one with a good Steeler’s D and a stagnant Steeler’s offense. Unless for some reason DD comes alive the Titans offense will prevail.
Broncos over Seahawks by 8- The Broncos will have a good offensive showing in this one. Last week the Seahawks shut down a poor offense that has trouble throwing the ball. This week Orton will pick through their D with a lot of short “West-Coast” style passes. The Seahawks are on the rise but will take a loss in this one.
Panthers over Buccos by 6- I don’t believe either team will be close to the playoffs but I give the advantage to the Panthers in this one solely on the home field advantage. Last week the home teams won 75% of the games.
Raiders over Rams by 1- These two are pretty evenly matched but again I give it to the home team. I think Bradford will show flashes of a future star but he will fall short again in this one. The Raiders offense should get a boost if Michael Bush is able to play this week. He is a big bruiser that will open up the game for McFadden. Plus if the Raiders are going to win a few games this season you would think St. Louis would one of the few they will beat.
Patriots over Jets by 10- This one will not be very close. The Jets coaching staff showed that Mark Sanchez clearly isn’t ready for the big time game yet. They had no confidence in him and limited him to the short game. The short game is what the Patriots are best at. The Jets D has taken a big hit looking Jenkins and I don’t think they will be able to hang with the Patriot’s high-flying offense that resembles 2007 already.
Jags over Chargers by 3- Last week the Chargers showed that something is clearly off in their organization. I doubt it is a quick fix. The Jags just saw the mighty Colts go down and have some extra motivation now that they realize the Colts can be beat. Unless Rivers can rally his team, the Chargers will struggle again.
Texans over Redskins by 9- WOW… This Texans team is scary! I wouldn’t want to play ‘em.
Colts over Giants by 7- Big brother will show why he is still big brother in this one. Peyton is at home and they are angry. He will not miss a beat in this one. Look for a three or four touchdown performance by him in this one. Little Eli will have to wait another year before he gets to take down big bro.
Saints over 49ers by a lot- Hmm… the tough 49er’s D was not so tough against the Seahawks. I think we know what will happen in this one. The defending champs will show why they are the defending champs.
Bengals over Ravens by 5- I do not have much faith in Bratkowski but if he comes out flat (not using the no huddle) then he should be fired. He should have been gone a while ago but Mr. Brown won’t let that happen. If he cannot recognize how effective that offense was last week (in the no huddle) then he deserves no spot in the NFL. Everyone knows what the Raven’s D is capable of but their offense is not very productive. The Bengals are angry and ready to react (not think) on defense. Playing at home against a division rival, I’m taking the Bengals in this one.
Can I begin to catch up to CV3 this week? Feel free to post your picks in the comments and see how you stack up.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.
OK Kraze, I have decided to buy into your games and I will post my picks on here so we can compare a little bit. Here are my week 2 picks. I will post what I had for week 1 on that actual blog.
Pittsburgh at Tennessee: Titans
The Steelers survived a scare last week from the Falcons. However, the lack of offense is not going to fly when they are playing the mighty Titans. Tennessee’s offensive line will create enough running room for Chris Johnson as the Titans squeeze out a close W. TEN 17, PIT 16
Miami at Minnesota: Vikings
If the Vikings are going to make me look smart and go to the Super Bowl this year, they need to be able to beat the Dolphins at home. The Dolphins are going to wish they still had Jason Taylor as the Vikings and AP run all over them. MIN 30, MIA 21
Arizona at Atlanta: Falcons
A lot of people think the Falcons could challenge the Saints in the NFC South this season. If they lose to Dennis Dixon and Derek Anderson on back to back weeks, they will be begging for mercy from Drew Brees. A tough loss last week at Pittsburgh, but Michael Turner comes back with a bang as they slam the lowly Cardinals. ATL 24, ARZ 10
Baltimore at Cincinnati: Bengals
Cincinnati has a chip on its shoulder and something to prove after the beat down the Pats laid on them last week. Baltimore winning two straight road games against playoff teams from a year ago to start their season would be unbelievable, but I do not see it happening. The Bengals bounce back after a disappointing performance and get their seventh straight victory over the AFC North. CIN 27, BAL 23
KC at Cleveland: Chiefs
Wow, the Chiefs surprised me Monday night. But, it was raining profusely, it was at home, they scored once on a punt return, and the Chargers looked sloppy with a rookie RB and their top WR out of the lineup. KC, you are still not winning more than 8 games this year so don’t get your hopes up when you beat the pitiful Browns on the road to go 2-0. KC 20, CLE 10
Chicago at Dallas: Cowboys
The Bears lost last week to the Lions. Well, they technically won but every fan in Chicago knows Da Bears should have lost. They looked awful- almost as awful as the Cowboys’ offense. Romo shakes off the rust this week and beats up on the fading Bears defense. DAL 30, CHI 16
Philadelphia at Detroit: Lions
Detroit lost in a heartbreaker last week in Chicago. However, they will show a sense of urgency when they play in front of their home crowd. Mike Vick might have beaten dogs, but he is not strong enough to beat lions. DET 27, PHI 24
Buffalo at Green Bay: Packers
I picked the Packers in ESPN’s Eliminator Challenge this week. Basically, you have to pick one game correctly each week with no lines but you can only use each team once. The Bills are terrible and CJ Spiller gets shut down again. GB 45, BUF 7
Tampa Bay at Carolina: Panthers
Buccaneers, 2-0, 2010. Those three words are simply not allowed in the same sentence. CAR 23, TB 6
Seattle at Denver: Broncos
The Seahawks looked good against the “underrated 49ers.” The NFC West is miserable this year and it is going to show in this one. The Broncos will get the ball rollin again and beat Seattle without any problem in my mind. DEN 28, SEA 16
St. Louis at Oakland: Raiders
I shouldn’t even grace this matchup with a prediction. OAK 2, STL 0
Houston vs. Washington: Redskins
Here is a very interesting game amongst two teams that are trying to prove that they are contenders to the rest of the league. I like the Skins here. I am a huge proponent of Shanahan and I really like the McNabb/Portis ancient combo in the backfield. Portis gets it done not only running the football, but also when he is protecting his quarterback. While I think Schaub will get his yards, Arian Foster is going to stall in the red zone leading to four field goals. Week 1 fluke= Arian Foster. WAS 27, HOU 26
New England vs. New York Jets: Patriots
Am I the only person who just simply does not believe in the J-E-T-S this season? I am sure they will get their victories, but I just don’t see this team overtaking the Pats in this division. Back to back home losses against teams that they should be beating if they have their eyes set on the Super Bowl. Big time expectations being put on by their general, Rex Ryan early in the season. New York is going to eat him and his fat mouth up when they get pummeled by the sleeping giant Patriots. NE 35, NYJ 24
Jacksonville vs. San Diego: Chargers
San Diego lost to a team they have consistently beat year in and year out. Due to the transitive property, the Chargers must not be as good as they have been year in and year out. False. I don’t think anyone in San Diego should be panicking yet especially because they lost to KC at Arrowhead, in the rain, and on Monday night when the KC fans were extra motivated and loud. It was Mathews’ first start as a RB and Rivers didn’t have his favorite target to throw to all game. The Bolts beat the Jags this week back at home where the sun shines down on the future AFC West Champs. SD 27, JAX 17
New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts
Manning vs. Manning. Older brother vs. Little brother. Being the oldest of the family, I can say that for the most part- Big Bro always trumps Little Bro. The Colts are out to prove that the team who loses the Super Bowl the year before CAN make the playoffs the following year. That proof begins this Sunday night. IND 35, NYG 20
New Orleans vs. San Francisco New Orleans
Not a difficult pick here- San Fran looked flat in their double digit loss to Seattle while New Orleans is coming off another huge victory over my Vikes in Week 1. Unless Gore gashes the NO defense, I see Brees jumping all over the Niners early and often en route to yet another double digit loss for SF. NO 31, SF 20
Lets see how DC stacks up with myself and CV3 in Week 2. There are a lot of differing picks so it should be interesting. He edged us both in Week 1.